Alex Bettencourt is a management consultant in the electric utility industry. Recently, he has been advising his clients on how to evolve the grid so they can integrate more renewable energy, energy storage and electric vehicles into the electricity system. Alex has been pioneer and leader in this evolution of the grid, known in the industry as Smart Grid. In addition to his consulting work, Alex has been asked to run Canada's leading smart grid industry association and hosts the premiere smart grid conference in Canada. He works to evolve grids international through the International Energy Agency's smart grid task force and is an officer of the Global Smart Grid Federation. With his expertise, he has been invited to speak at leading Smart Grid events in Asia, Europe and North America.