As a Senior Planner at the Independent Electricity Systems Operator (IESO), Bernice Chan works with municipalities, Indigenous communities and local utilities to develop long-term electricity infrastructure plans for a number of regions across Ontario, including York Region, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge-Guelph, Parry Sound-Muskoka, and parts of Northwestern Ontario. She focuses on facilitating community-level energy planning activities and integrating community-based energy solutions, smart technologies and distributed generation in the design and planning of the provincial electricity grid. Recently, she was involved in a study that looked at the cost and feasibility of implementing residential solar-storage and virtual power plant technology in York Region. She is passionate about using technology and policies to help build healthy, affordable and sustainable communities in Canada and around the world.
Bernice received her engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and also completed her graduate studies in Public Health. Her passion for international development and social change has inspired her to take part in an initiative with the World Bank to reduce air pollution in Mongolia and to provide pro-bono consulting services to non-profit organizations in the Greater Toronto Area.