RoadLighting 2015 Featured Speakers


Lawrence Yule

President of Local Government New Zealand and Mayor of Hastings

Lawrence is the current President of Local Government New Zealand, elected in July 2008. Before being elected President he served as a provincial sector chair and member of the National Council of Local Government New Zealand, with special responsibilities for the transport and water portfolios. He is patron of several local groups and organisations, and takes a keen interest in organisations that operate to support the community of Hastings.  He has been Mayor of Hastings District since 2001. Lawrence has an Honours Degree in Engineering, and has recently been made a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers.

 Day One Opening Address

Mike Underhill

Chief Executive, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

Mike-Underhill-webMike has extensive management experience in the gas and electricity sector in New Zealand and overseas. He has been Chief Executive of WEL Networks, TransAlta, and Energy Direct. He has also had significant governance experience in this sector, and has been chairman of Pacific Energy Ltd, EECA, and Katolyst, the Waikato Regional Development agency. Mike is currently the independent chairperson of the Security and Reliability Council of the Electricity Authority. He has degrees in engineering and economics, has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers. Mike joined EECA as Chief Executive in May 2007.

Day Two Opening Address

Hon Simon Bridges

Minister of Transport and Minister of Energy and Resources

Simon Bridges

In the current National-led Government, Simon is Minister of Energy and Resources, Minister of Transport, Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues, Associate Minister of Justice and Deputy Leader of the House. Prior to standing for Parliament, Simon was a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the District and High Courts. Simon was educated at the University of Auckland, completing a BA (Political Science and History) and a LLB (Hons). He later completed a Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford.

 Day Two Welcome Address

James E. Donegan

United States Consul General to New Zealand

 “Innovation and international trade”

James Donegan US Consul GeneralJim Donegan has served the U.S. Department of State for 20 years. His assignments have included Caracas, Accra, Washington, Rome and London. He served as Deputy Team Leader in the British-led Coalition Provincial Reconstruction Team in Basra, Iraq, and was, most recently, Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. Jim is the recipient of the State Department’s Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards. Jim leads the Consulate in expanding the United States’ political, economic and trade relationships with New Zealand, increasing the Mission’s outreach to youth, and promoting academic and cultural exchanges.

 After Dinner Speaker

Te Radar

Award winning satirist and amateur historian

Te Radar Headshot Cropped 2Te Radar (Andrew Lumsden) is an award winning satirist, documentary maker, writer, stage and screen director, failed gardener and amateur historian. He has presented six top rating TVNZ documentary series, winning Film and Television Awards for three of them. He’s a regular satirist on Radio NZ, and has won two Qantas Media awards for his columns in the NZ Herald. He is currently filming a new TV series called Radar’s Chequered Past, based on his stage show Eating the Dog, which is a celebration of NZ history.

 Day One Session 1 – Smart City Infrastructure

Almis Udrys

Director, Performance & Analytics Department, City of San Diego, United States

“Turning a modern city into a smart city”

Almis Udrys DSC_1816Almis Udrys was appointed by Mayor Faulconer to establish the City of San Diego’s Performance & Analytics Department. Almis brings over a decade of local and statewide policy and operational experience, starting with the California State Auditor’s office, before moving to the State Legislature as a health care policy consultant, and a key strategist in negotiating a bi-partisan budget agreement with the Schwarzenegger Administration that included pension reform. More recently, Almis has delivered results for the City of San Diego in areas including strategic planning, economic development, workforce empowerment, and infrastructure funding. Almis has a master’s degree in public policy and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Jesse Foote

Senior Research Analyst, Navigant Research, Colorado, USA

“The future of networked street lighting and smart cities”

Jesse-Foot-150x150In his role with technology strategy consultant Navigant Research, Mr Foote leads the firm’s advisory service on energy efficient lighting including industry analysis, demand assessment, go-to-market strategies, and strategic advice. He also participates in custom research projects and syndicated market reports. Prior to joining Navigant Research, Mr Foote was the director of employer partnerships for the Illinois Green Economy Network, where he worked to grow the state’s green economy. He has also managed the green building services for Harvard University Office for Sustainability. Foote has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and environmental studies from Dartmouth College.

Flemming Madsen

Head of Secretariat, Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab (DOLL)

“Using LED lighting to create a platform for the Smart City” (By video)

Flemming Madsen image001Flemming Madsen is manager of the Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab (DOLL), a bold Copenhagen-based living experiment to demonstrate how LED lighting and sensors installed on 9.2 kms of suburban streets can tie into urban IT infrastructure and assist public services such as police, fire, emergency, health and others.  The sensors can also detect things like traffic density, air quality, noise, weather conditions and UV radiation.  DOLL also has test facilities at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). DOLL was launched last year with funding from Green Lab, which was established by the Danish Energy Agency.

Will Gibson

Co-founder and Managing Director, Telensa, UK

“Issues for Councils from a lighting controls supplier perspective.”

Will_Gibson_managing_director_TelensaTelensa is the UK market leader in street light wireless monitoring and control systems with installations across the globe and managing more than half a million street lights. In 2014 the company delivered the world’s largest wireless street light control system, connecting 125,000 street lights to a central management system for Essex County Council. Telensa was established in 2005 as a part of Plextek Ltd, one of Europe’s largest, independent electronic design consultancies. Based near Cambridge, UK, Plextek’s wireless technology is used in military, security, vehicle tracking and smart metering applications.

Day One Session 2 – Cities in Action

Ed Ebrahimian

Director, Bureau of Street Lighting, City of Los Angeles

“How would Los Angeles upgrade its street lighting if it was starting now?”

Ed Ebrahimian photo with LEDsThe City of Los Angeles Street Lighting LED Initiative was launched in collaboration with the Clinton Climate Initiative five years ago to international acclaim. It is the largest municipal LED retrofit program in the world, and has become a model for cities and utilities everywhere. Five years later – against a background of rapid technological change – would Los Angeles do the same thing if it was starting now? Mr. Ebrahimian will review the LA program, its genesis, outcome and lessons learned. He will also examine the importance of street lights for deployment of new technologies and cutting edge applications for the “smart city”. Mr Ebrahimian manages the 2nd largest municipal street lighting system in the US with 215,000 streetlights, 250 employees, an operating budget of $25 million and a pass-through budget of more than $65 million.

Graham Mawer

Director, Next Energy, Sydney.

“A review of the 20 largest LED road lighting projects in the world”

Graham Mawer 026smlGraham Mawer has worked in the Australian utilities sector since 1996 on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Graham leads Next Energy’s street lighting practice and is Program Manager of a major street lighting initiative for 35 local governments in the Sydney area. He also works for other private and public sector clients on street lighting projects.   Graham has a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from McGill University in Montreal.

CJ Boguszewski

Global Commercial Director for Smart Lights and Cities, Silver Spring Networks, USA.

“Florida: the world’s largest networked street lighting system under contract”

CJ BoguszewskiCJ will detail Florida Power and Light’s (FPL’s) decision to expand its networking program from 75,000 street lights to nearly 500,000 street lights across its territory statewide. He will discuss the criteria used and the expected benefits that the networked controls will bring to Florida. CJ is the Global Head of go-to-market strategy for the most rapidly growing new business within Silver Spring Networks. Since joining SSN in 2011, he has worked in various capacities, including leading the company’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure business. CJ has more than 20 years’ experience in ICT working with Vodafone, Oracle, CIBER and others.

Dave Johnson

Highway Manager, Transport for London; Member of the UK Lighting Board

“London’s £11 million road lighting upgrade to controllable LEDs.” (By video)

Dave Johnson gen6-3In a project to support Mayor Boris Johnson’s goal to reach a 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025, London’s transit authority, Transport for London, is spending £11 million to upgrade 35,000 lights to LEDs by 2016, controlled through a central management system (CMS). This first phase of a larger overall project is projected to reduce annual energy costs by 40% and annual carbon emissions by 9700 metric tons. The controls system will be aligned with traffic flow and road usage, and will reduce maintenance costs by keeping track of light failures.

Alan Wallace

Regional Road Corridor Delivery Manager, Auckland Transport

‘Making the decision to switch to LED street lighting’

alan wallace colourIn October 2014 Auckland Transport announced it would switch 40,000 HPS (yellow) streetlights to LED – the first city in New Zealand to decide to undertake a large-scale LED replacement programme.  Alan will discuss the lead-up to the decision and the expectations arising from it.  Alan and his team are responsible for Auckland’s local road network comprising 6,302 km of sealed roads, 844 km of metal roads, 994 bridges, 6,879 km of footpath and 105,000 streetlights. He has made his career in local government and has held senior transport management roles in the Auckland region since 1994.

 Day One Session 3 – Innovative Project Management

Guillaume Garric

Regional Director, VINCI Energies (Citeos), France

“A smart, sustainable long term contract for energy efficiency and Smart City development: the Cergy-Pontoise PPP”

IMG_5854Guillaume is Project Director of France’s largest-ever Public-Private Partnership for ‘Smart City’ street lighting renovation. This €200m project commits VINCI Energies/Citeos to achieve energy savings of 47% for Cergy-Pontoise, an urban area 20 km from Paris. Citeos is the lighting and dynamic urban equipment brand of Vinci Energies, which employs 63,000 people in 45 countries to provide energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. Guillaume has been with VINCI Energies for 15 years since graduating from HEC Paris EMBA and the French Engineering school Ponts Paris Tech. He is a key developer of new business models oriented towards new technologies. Smart Cities is one he is pioneering in France.

Jon-Erik Dillon

Founding Partner, RealTerm Energy, Canada

“Evaluating today’s technologies for the needs of tomorrow – the Canadian experience”

Jon-Erik Dillon (centre)For decades, street lighting saw little technological advancement, and city managers simply chose lighting systems between competing HID vendors, usually based on price. Suddenly, technology has moved beyond a simple upgrade to energy-efficient LEDs. Now, managers face a range of intelligent data gathering and network control options that are rapidly becoming available in the complex and evolving world of Smart Cities. How do municipalities evaluate these technologies today based upon the perceived needs of tomorrow? From the basics to future proofing your system, Jon-Erik will walk you through the Canadian experience. RealTerm Energy is Canada’s leading LED street lighting ESCO, currently converting streetlights in over 100 Canadian municipalities.

Scott Vokey

Energy Services Manager, Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s LAS (Local Authorities Services) Ltd, Canada

‘Why Ontario is quickly becoming a leading adopter of LED streetlights’

Scott_Vokey_headshotIn 2013 less than five Ontario municipalities had upgraded their streetlight network to LEDs. Today there are more than 100. Scott Vokey explains how a not-for-profit municipal association became involved, and how it helped overcome traditional barriers to adoption. The risks, benefits and lessons learned may help Australian and New Zealand Councils. Scott is an urban planner responsible for developing and overseeing energy conservation services for LAS Ltd. He has a proven track record of developing concrete policy recommendations that are implemented and utilised by, or on behalf of, more than 150 municipal governments.

Ewan Gebbie

Energy Management Association of NZ

“Developments in New Zealand energy performance contracting”

Ewan Gebbie CroppedEwan has been Executive Officer of EMANZ since April 2009.  In that time EMANZ has introduced a range of initiatives to boost the capacity and capability of the NZ energy services sector, such as establishing specialist training courses and adapting an Australian building energy performance rating scheme to New Zealand (NABERSNZ). Ewan has been involved in the technical and stakeholder advisory groups for NABERSNZ, and is also a member of the Retail Advisory Group for the Electricity Authority. Prior to joining EMANZ, Ewan was Regulatory Manager at energy and fibre utility Vector, bringing with him a wide range of industry and government experience.

 Day One Session 4 – Commercial Forum

Luminaire Supplier Q&A

Moderator: Jon-Erik Dillon, Founding Partner, RealTerm Energy, Canada

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LIghting Controls Supplier Q&A

Moderator: Graham Mawer, Director, Next Energy, Sydney

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 Day Two Session 1 – Safer Cities

Dr John Milton

Director of Enterprise Risk and Safety Management, Washington State Department of Transportation, USA

“Using road lighting to minimise vehicle crashes in Washington State – a cost-benefit approach”

Dr John Milton_2Washington State Department of Transportation is a world leader in the risk analysis of road crashes, injuries and fatalities and the mitigating effect of road lighting. Using statistical analysis, it is applying digital LED lighting and control technologies to reduce the road toll at highway blackspots. This innovative programme falls within Dr Milton’s responsibilities for the identification, assessment and mitigation of all transport risks for the State’s 7 million population. Dr Milton has been with the Department since 1999, and took up his present role reporting directly to the Secretary of Transport’s Office in 2007.

Dr. Ron Gibbons

Director, Centre for Infrastructure Based Safety Systems, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), USA

“The safety effects of road lighting – what international research tells us.”


Dr Gibbons is Virginia Tech’s lead lighting and visibility researcher in roadway-based safety systems. He is the author of several published papers on roadway lighting, photometry and target visibility showing that lighting and visibility are critical to the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists on roadways, parking lots and garages. His research examines the effect of the spectral components of lighting and the use of adaptive lighting technologies that will adjust lighting based on need. Dr Gibbons is a past president and Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

 Day Two Session 2 – Liveable Cities

Ian Dryden

Team Leader – Industrial Design, City of Melbourne

“Melbourne’s lighting strategy has helped revitalise the CBD”

Ian Dryden Head Shot copyIan and his team design and coordinate lighting systems and street furniture for the City’s master plan. Educated at Swinburne University, Ian’s work has received both popular and professional recognition including an Artists and Industry Award in 1990. The City’s Design team has won AIA, AILA, IES and Australian International Industrial Design awards for the cities projects.  Ian will discuss Melbourne’s lighting strategy, its contribution to the revitalisation of the CBD over the past 25 years and the decision to embark on a five-year programme to switch to LED street lighting.

Kevin Cawley

Lighting Designer, Christchurch, New Zealand

“Lighting for People: Humanising pedestrian area public lighting”

Kevin Cawley 14Over three decades Kevin Cawley has grown an international reputation for creative lighting design based on stage and theatre lighting, which has evolved into interior and exterior architectural and urban lighting. This encompasses urban lighting precincts, streets and building facades and city beautification projects. Kevin will step the audience through the meaning and mechanics of “humanised” public lighting, the possibilities attainable and their effects on the moods and feelings of people. He will show how to create comfort and ambience through the use of variations in light levels, the use of warm light, cold light, and even …. no light.

 Day Two Session 3 – Finance & Risk

Grant Hodges

Partner, Infrastructure Advisory, Ernst & Young, New Zealand

“Project Finance Solutions”

Grant HodgesGrant has 20 years’ experience delivering project finance solutions for Government and private sector clients. Grant has a deep understanding of the PPP market, through his experience leading our work with Department of Corrections on the Auckland Prison PPP, as well as his role as bid leader to the successful SecureFuture consortium bid for New Zealand’s first PPP Prison. Grant is currently working with NZTA, leading our involvement with the East-West Connection project. Grant also heads our advice to CERA, covering a variety of Anchor Projects including, most recently, the Metro Sports Facility Project and Christchurch Convention Centre.

Gregor Paterson-Jones

Managing Director, Energy Efficiency, UK Green Investment Bank plc

“The ‘Low Energy Street lighting’ green loans initiative” (By video)

Greg Paterson JonesGreg Paterson JonesGreg is jointly responsible for the bank’s investment activities in the energy efficiency, industrial and public sector infrastructure and small renewables team. He has over 20 years’ transaction experience at leading financial services organisations focussing on the public and private sector, with specific expertise in emerging markets internationally in clean energy infrastructure finance, and across numerous sectors in sub-Saharan Africa. Greg was previously CEO of Sterling Waterford Securities (SWS), a South African asset management and advisory firm, where he was involved in a number of financial innovations in the renewable energy market and carbon emissions trading market.

Michael Schrempp

Head, Green Technology Solutions Team, Munich Re, Germany

“A LED Performance Warranty can help make your project bankable.”

Michael_SchremppThe Green Tech Solutions unit of global underwriter Munich Re develops and offers new and innovative insurance solutions for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technologies. Major developments include cover for wind turbine losses, solar PV performance, and a LED Performance Warranty Cover to support the bankability of large projects. Previously Michael worked as a Senior Underwriter for Special Enterprise Risks. Prior to joining Munich Re, he was a research assistant at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and engaged in risk consulting projects for various industries. Michael holds a mathematical degree from the University of Karlsruhe.

Day Two Session 4 – Design & Technology

Paul D. Mercier

President, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)

“How NZ and Australia can benefit from the American experience of LED deployment.” (By video)

Paul Mercier-LDI-290x435A professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers and a professional lighting designer certified by the National Council on Qualifications for Lighting Professions, Paul is a principal of Lighting Design Innovations with over 30 years’ experience in lighting design completing projects in Montreal, New York, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Phoenix and other centres across North America. Paul is an author, an international lighting design awards judge, and a lighting course instructor at SUNY College, Buffalo, and the University of Calgary. He has a Masters Degree in Lighting from Queensland University of Technology (Australia).

Greg Williams

President, NZ Chapter, Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia & NZ (IESANZ)

“Maximising the potential of new technology by best-practice lighting design”

Greg Williams_012Greg’s more than 25 years practical experience in electrical engineering has been focussed on lighting, electrical and utilities design, and management for the first 11 years in a power utility, and for the past 15 years at Engineering Consultancy Beca Ltd, where he works as a Technical Director of Building Services. Greg has skills and knowledge of best practice lighting designs, within NZ and internationally, having provided lighting design solutions for clients throughout New Zealand, and in the wider world arena – Jakarta/Indonesia, Australia, South Pacific and Sri Lanka. Greg currently serves as the President of the IESANZ NZ Chapter.

Steve Hare

General Manager, HBW Lighting, Australia

“Understanding LED Luminaires: Key points for procurement decisions”

Steve Hare179Steve Hare is the General Manager of HBW Lighting in Australia, distributors of AEC Illuminazione, and regular columnist for Lux Review Australia. Steve has worked in both the UK and Australia within the street lighting and tunnel lighting industries, working on significant projects such as Piccadilly, Westminster UK and Holmesdale Tunnel, M25, UK. Steve is an experienced lighting designer with a depth of knowledge covering interior and exterior lighting applications. He has an engineering degree from the University of Huddersfield, UK.

Iain Bramwell

StreetCam 3D Manager, CoreLogic NZ Ltd

“Identifying and mapping road lighting assets accurately, quickly and at low-cost”

Iain_Bramwell_headshot2Wellington City Council has recently undertaken a pilot project with CoreLogic NZ to assess the use of Street Cam 3D, a mobile laser scanning system, to identify and map roadside assets in urban and residential areas. With LED road light conversion on the horizon, one focus of the pilot project was to improve the quality of the data the City holds on its street lighting assets. Iain’s presentation will review mobile laser scanning technology and the benefits it offers asset managers. Iain was educated at Newcastle University and was GM of 3D Laser Mapping International in Perth before moving to CoreLogic NZ last year.

Bryan King

Director, Strategic Lighting Partners Ltd

“LED Luminaire Demonstration – ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'”

BRYAN KING - HEADSHOT - NOV 2009 crop-resizeWithin a darkened auditorium Bryan King will deliver a non-branded, live demonstration comparing LED luminaire optical performance. This is to show the real consequences of LED luminaire choices and how different beam spread and colour options affect the outcomes delivered. The demonstration will highlight the effects and consequences of appropriate and inappropriate choices of equipment and/or its application. Bryan is a highly experienced practitioner and recognised authority on road lighting practices worldwide with a 30-year history of leadership and governance in the lighting industry. He was founding Chairman and is current Executive Director of Lighting Council NZ, he sits on several Lighting Standards committees, and is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of ANZ and the Energy Management Association of NZ.

Day Two Session 5 – Emerging International Guidelines

Nigel Parry

Institute of Lighting Professionals UK, Principal Lecturer, CIE Division 4 Editor

“The development of the UK specifications on CMS lighting controls and adaptive lighting techniques.”

Nigel Parry 400xNigel Parry is the UK Member and Editor of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) “Division 4” standards, responsible for “Lighting and Signalling for Transport”. In the UK he is also Professional Services Advisor for the Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP), has his own Lighting Design consultancy “Array Lighting”, and works for OrangeTek LED road lighting luminaire manufacturers.

Kim Craig

Board Member, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Standardisation Management Board, Geneva.

“IEC standards for smart lighting and smart cities”

Kim Craig KLC DC 240215 copyKim Craig is a Council member of Standards Australia, and an elected member on the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Standardisation Management Board in Geneva, Switzerland, representing Australia. He is also the HPM Legrand Standardisation and Regulatory Policy Manager. He is a Director and Honorary Treasurer of Lighting Council Australia, the peak body of the lighting industry in Australia and Chairman of the Country Committee for the electrical industry digital information platform Voltimum Australia. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New England, Australia.

Chris Byrne

Chairman, Lighting Council New Zealand

“Towards transforming NZ road lighting: Industry responses to new standards and guidelines.”

headshot2Chris has more than 30 years’ experience in the New Zealand Lighting Industry, having worked for a number of companies covering a range of responsibilities from lighting design, through sales and sales management, Luminaire Design and senior management. Recently Chris has been involved in the instigation of Better Road lighting in NZ, including the installation of Road Lighting Control Systems.

Dr Steven Finlay

Manager Business Solutions, EquiP: The Centre of Excellence for Local Government NZ

“Conference wrap-up and future directions”  

Steven Finlay (preferred and cropped)Steven brings deep experience in working with technologies and services that increase efficiency, effectiveness and reduce resource use. As director for the Road Transport Unit – a partnership with the NZ Transport Agency – Steven coordinates a team of experienced Engineers and Asset Managers who enable asset owners to improve Activity Management. With Councils now adopting smart lighting solutions, Steven is keen to facilitate the uptake of LEDs, connecting best practice through the sector.   Steven’s past work includes 5 years facilitating a Centre of Excellence for Clean Technology with Grow Wellington, the region’s Economic Development Agency.

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