2016 Speakers

Conference Chair

David D. Hay
Managing Director, Delgatie Incorporated
Former Vice Chair and Managing Director of CIBC World Markets Inc.
Former President and CEO of New Brunswick Power

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    Mr. Hay is the Managing Director of Delgatie Incorporated, a strategic advisory firm.  Prior to this, from 2010 until his retirement in 2015, Mr. Hay was a Vice Chairman of CIBC World Markets Inc.   In that role, Mr. Hay focused on senior relationships for CIBC with particular attention to power and utility and infrastructure clients.
    Mr. Hay was the CEO of New Brunswick Power Corporation for six years ending January 2010. Mr. Hay and his team executed a turnaround of the corporation turning four years of losses ($156 million) into five profitable years ($285 million).
    Prior to NB Power, Mr. Hay, through Delgatie, Co-chaired the New Brunswick Task Force “electricity in New Brunswick and Options for its Future”, orchestrated the IPO financing for Star Choice Communications, and the TSX public takeover of Champion Road Machinery by Volvo.
Keynote Speaker

Bob Delaney
MPP (Mississauga—Streetsville)
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy

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    Bob Delaney was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Mississauga West. In 2007, he was elected as the MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville, then re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2014.
    Delaney currently serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy.
    He was appointed as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy in February 2013. He has also been Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, the Minister of Revenue, the Minister of Tourism, the Minister of Research and Innovation and the Minister Responsible for Seniors.
    Before joining government, Delaney was a web developer and consultant. He taught internet marketing at Ryerson University’s Business Studies Faculty. He also taught planning, budgeting and business statistics, and co-authored a book on IT consulting.
Colin Andersen
Chair, Energy Council of Canada
Member, World Energy Council
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    Colin Andersen is Chair of the Energy Council of Canada, whose mission is to forge a better understanding of energy issues in order to optimally shape the energy sector for the benefit of all Canadians. The ECC is a Founding Member of the World Energy Council, which was established in 1923.Mr. Andersen was most recently Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), responsible for ensuring a reliable, sustainable, cost-effective supply of electricity for Ontario. He led the organization in its efforts to coordinate province-wide conservation initiatives, plan the electricity system for the long term and procure clean supply resources.Prior to joining the OPA in 2008, Mr. Andersen held a variety of senior financial and policy positions in the Ontario Public Service, including Deputy Minister of Finance, Revenue and Policy; Secretary of Treasury Board; Chair of the Ontario Financing Authority; and Chair of the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation. He has a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary.
Mary Anne Aldred
General Counsel and Vice President, Legal Services & Strategic Policy
Ontario Energy Board
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    Mary Anne Aldred joined the Ontario Energy Board as General Counsel in November 2006. Prior to joining the Board, Mary Anne was a lawyer and regulatory affairs advisor for over 12 years with Hydro One and the former Ontario Hydro where she held the roles of Assistant General Counsel, Senior Legal Counsel and Director, Transmission Regulation. Mary Anne has provided legal counsel and leadership on a range of issues, including rates and facilities applications made to the OEB and has provided advice on aligning regulatory strategy with business goals, on government relations, administrative law and civil litigation. At the Ontario Energy Board Mary Anne’s portfolio includes acting as General Counsel and as Vice President of Strategic Policy. Mary Anne obtained her Law degree at the University of Western Ontario and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1986.
John Barrett
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association
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    Dr. John Barrett is President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA). His professional career includes Foreign Affairs, National Defence and the Privy Council Office; international organizations such as NATO; and policy think-tanks such as the Canadian Centre for Arms Control & Disarmament.
    Before joining CNA, Dr. Barrett was Canada’s Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, where he chaired the IAEA’s Board of Governors, and was Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization and to the United Nations in Vienna. He has served as Ambassador to Austria and to the Slovak Republic.
    Dr. Barrett has a BA (Honours) and MA from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.
Murray Elston
Chair
Ontario Distribution Sector
Review Panel
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    Murray Elston was originally appointed to the IESO Board of Directors on March 21, 2014. Born in Wingham, Ontario, Mr. Elston attended the University of Western Ontario where he received Law and BA Degrees. He practiced law in Wingham before being elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1981 (Huron Bruce) and was re-elected in 1985, 1987 (Bruce) and 1990 (Bruce). In the Legislature, Mr. Elston served as Health Minister, Minister of Financial Institutions and Chair of Management Board.
    Following his tenure in the Legislature, he served as President of the Canadian Nuclear Association and Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies before joining Bruce Power in 2009. After retiring from Bruce Power, Mr. Elston served as Chair of the Electricity Distribution Panel (2012-2013).
Ken Goodwin
Partner
PwC
Review Panel
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    Ken Goodwin is a Partner in PwC Canada and is the Deals Utilities leader, as well as the National Practice Leader for the Valuations, Modelling and Disputes group. Ken has more than 15 years of valuation and transactional experience in the power and utilities industry.
    As an advisor, Ken has worked closely with industry participants across the electricity distribution, transmission and generation spectrum on matters impacting shareholder and stakeholder value in matters such as tax, financial reporting, restructuring and M&A transactions.
    Ken and PwC have been actively involved in Ontario’s distribution sector, assisting both private and public clients with respect to potential consolidation and M&A activity.
John A. Gorman
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Solar Industries Association
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    John is President & CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries’ Association (CanSIA) and brings to the organization over 20 years of professional involvement in the sustainable infrastructure sector. Prior to joining CanSIA, he served as Senior Vice President, Empower Energy Solutions – an innovative, global integrator of energy systems.
    John’s role as the Canadian Designate on the International Energy Agency’s Executive Committee (PVPS) provides him with a global perspective on energy matters. He has served as a director on the boards of numerous community and corporate organizations including one of the nations largest electric utilities.
    His family and Ottawa-based home are proud participants in Ontario’s microFIT program.
Paul Grod
President
Rodan Energy
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    Paul Grod is President & CEO of Rodan Energy Solutions, a leading smart grid company delivering integrated solutions to North America’s largest energy consumers, distributors and power producers. Rodan provides metering, power systems monitoring and engineering services. As a leading demand response provider, Rodan manages a large and diverse portfolio of distributed energy resources in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Prior to founding Rodan in 2003, Paul was a corporate and investment banker with CIBC World Markets and most recently practiced corporate finance and M&A law with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and holds a Bachelor of Political Science degree, a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master of Business Administration degree.
Paul Harricks
Partner
Gowling WLG
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    Paul Harricks is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office. He is chair of the Energy, Infrastructure & Mining Industry Group.
    Paul has a primarily transactions-based practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions (in a variety of sectors), energy and infrastructure, project development and finance. He acts for a wide range of Canadian and foreign corporations, investment dealers, governments, banks and financial institutions.
    He also is a director of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario and co-chair of the Energy Working Group of the Toronto Region Board of Trade. He has been recognized a Leading Canadian Energy Lawyer by Lexpert and as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada for over a decade.
Mark Henderson
Executive Vice President, Asset Management
and Chief Operating Officer
PowerStream Inc.
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    Mark Henderson is Executive Vice President, Asset Management and Chief Operating Officer of PowerStream Inc. PowerStream is the second largest municipally owned electrical distribution company in Ontario serving more than 375,000 customers in eleven communities across York Region and Simcoe County. The company is jointly owned by the City of Vaughan, the Town of Markham, and the City of Barrie.
    Formerly, Mark was President and CEO of Barrie Hydro Distribution Inc. Prior to joining Barrie Hydro, Mark spent more than a dozen years in the business strategy and management consulting industry.
Jim Hogan
President and Chief Executive Officer
Entegrus Inc
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    Jim is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Entegrus Inc. and has been with Entegrus since 2001. Prior to joining Entegrus, Jim worked in leadership positions in finance and regulatory in utility companies in the gas, water, electrical and cable television sectors.
    Under Jim’s leadership Entegrus has purchased and merged with 3 other Utilities in South-western Ontario which brings the total communities served to 16. Entegrus has been a strong supporter of large renewable projects in South Western Ontario.
    Jim is active in the Ontario Energy sector as he was previously a member of the Electricity Distributors Association where he served as Chair in 2014. He is also a participant in the Ontario Energy Board Chair’s Leadership Roundtable and Industry Advisory Steering Committee.
Richard Horrobin
Vice-President, Commercial Services
Bruce Power
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    Richard has worked for Bruce Power since 2001 and has worked within the nuclear industry for over 20 years. He has worked in deregulated electricity markets in England, the United States and Canada.
    Prior to joining Bruce Power, Richard worked in various capacities with British Energy, the UK’s largest electricity generator. Initially, Richard worked in Corporate Planning before moving to Power and Energy Trading in 1998 where he focused on providing support for British Energy’s North American acquisitions. Richard was involved in the successful acquisition of both Three Mile Island and Clinton nuclear facilities.
    In 1999 Richard moved to Canada to work on the Bruce Power project as part of the acquisition team and subsequently in the role of Head of Power Sales. Richard took on the role of Vice President, Power Marketing in 2005 overseeing the sale of electricity from the Bruce Power generating units into the Ontario and US electricity markets.
    Richard’s role expanded to become the CIO of Bruce Power, taking on that role in 2010 in addition to being the Vice President, Power Marketing. In this role he lead the IT organization through a three year transition from IT Operator to Valued Service Provider, driving improvements in governance, project management, and enterprise architecture.
    Richard took on a new role as VP Commercial Services in 2014. In this role Richard continues to have responsibility for the Power Trading team as well as for leading the development of a Strategic Procurement Group. The strategic procurement group has been set up to optimize enterprise spend at Bruce Power and works in collaboration with Supply Chain as well as other business units.
    Richard is a Director of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO) and an Officer of a Huron Wind, the first commercial wind farm in Ontario. An MBA graduate from the University of Warwick in the UK, Richard enjoys playing soccer and golf in his spare time.
Bob Huggard
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Energy Association
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    Bob is the President and CEO of the Ontario Energy Association (OEA).
    Bob has recently been the President of Lindaura Consulting, a management consulting practice in the energy and services industry. His prior experience includes leading Direct Energy as President of Home and Business Services from 2008 to 2009, as President of Canadian Operations from 2005 to 2007 and as Executive Vice President from 2002 to 2005.
    Prior to joining Direct Energy, Bob was the Vice President and General Manager of Home and Business Services at Enbridge from 1999 to 2002, the Vice President of Retail Services at Enbridge Gas Distribution from 1997 to 1999 and the Vice President of Marketing at Enbridge Gas Distribution from 1994 to 1997. Bob joined Enbridge in 1977. Over his career, he has actively been involved with associations such as CGA, AGA, IGU, CABA and he served on the Board of OEA.
    Bob serves on the Board of Crius Energy Trust and the non-profit organization ProAction Cops & Kids. Additionally, he was Chairman and director of SCITI TR Limited and the Trustee of SCITI Total Return Trust from May 2006 to May 2011, and was the CEO of the Administrative Agent of The Consumers’ Waterheater Income Fund from 2002 to 2006.
    Bob holds a B.A. Honours (Economics) from Dartmouth College, an M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business and an ICD.D Certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Marc Leblanc
Commission Secretary
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
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    Member of the Barreau du Québec since 1982 and with more than 30 years of experience in the public service in the areas of administrative and business law, Marc Leblanc is the Secretary of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) since October 2001. He is a member of the Executive Committee, Management Committee and Audit Committee of the CNSC. He is the Official Languages Champion as well as the Informal Conflict Management System Champion. He currently is on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee (Treasurer) of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals (CCAT).He previously occupied legislative policy and senior management positions at Industry Canada. His last position at Industry Canada was as Director, Incorporation and Disclosure Services Branch, Corporations Canada where he received a Silver Medal as part of the GTEC Distinction Awards for having successfully completed one of the first e-commerce projects in the public service in Canada. His key motivation is and has always been continuing improvement to services.He has received a Bachelors of Law (LL.L) and a Graduate Studies Diploma (Dipl.E.S.D.) from the University of Ottawa, for which he obtained the Prix de l’Ambassade de France. He has successfully completed the Canadian Securities Course and participated in the first masters program in Electronic Commerce of Dalhousie University. He has been teaching corporate and securities law at the Faculty of Law (droit civil) of the University of Ottawa for the past 20+ years. He has also been very involved with the École du Barreau du Québec (Québec’s Law Society) in the business law sector for more than 15 years.
David J. McFadden, Q.C.
Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson
Chair of the Board, Fengate Capital
Chair of the Ontario Energy Association
Michael Lyle
Vice-President, Legal, Aboriginal and Regulatory Affairs
IESO
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    Michael Lyle is responsible for Long Term Power System Planning, Legal, Aboriginal and Regulatory Affairs at the IESO. Mr. Lyle has an extensive background in Ontario’s electricity sector, having worked previously at the Ontario Power Authority, the Ontario Energy Board and the Ministry of Energy.
Greg Lyle
Founder and Managing Director
Innovative Research Group
Dr. Ron Oberth
President
The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI)
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    Dr. Ron Oberth has worked in the Canadian nuclear industry for more than 30 years at Ontario Hydro, Ontario Hydro International, Ontario Power Generation and the former AECL Reactor Division (now SNC-Lavalin/ Candu Energy). In June of 2011 Ron became president and CEO of the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI) – an industry association that represents 180 private sector companies that supply equipment and services to CANDU and other nuclear power plants in Canada and offshore. His nuclear experience includes reactor safety, used fuel management, medical isotopes, and the marketing of CANDU reactors both domestically and internationally. Ron is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and the Rotman School of Business and received his PhD in aerospace propulsion from Princeton University.
Neetika Sathe
Vice President, Corporate Development
& Smart Grid Technologies
PowerStream Inc.
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    Neetika Sathe is Vice President, Corporate Development and Smart Grid Technologies at PowerStream Inc. She is responsible for implementing PowerStream’s strategy to become a premier integrated energy services provider. Her role in the organization is to identify, analyze and develop leading-edge technologies and business opportunities. Prior to joining PowerStream, Neetika was the Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan LEAF and Cross-Overs in Canada responsible for sales and profitability for her portfolio, including the launch of the Nissan LEAF in Canada. During her career span, Neetika has held various positions in Corporate Development, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Strategic Planning and Finance. Neetika has established thought leadership in areas of electric mobility, clean energy, next generation utilities, microgrids, combined heat and power and energy storage. She is also passionate about change management, innovation and mentoring. Neetika has a Masters degree in Physics from Panjab University, followed by an MBA from McMaster University.
Meg Timberg
Vice President, Project Assurance and Contract Management
Ontario Power Generation
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    Meg is the Vice President, Nuclear Projects Oversight for OPG’s Nuclear Projects Group, which includes the Darlington Refurbishment Program. She is responsible for Project Oversight, Contract Management and a new Onboarding organization, which has a mandate to integrate OPG’s nuclear project training functions. Previously, Meg was OPG’s Assistant General Counsel supporting the Nuclear, Energy Markets, Supply Chain, Finance and Corporate Secretarial groups and spent two years on secondment working on a project controls integration project.Meg received her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queens University and graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School. She articled and became a partner at Gowlings in the business law group, prior to joining OPG in 2000.
Chris Tyrrell
Executive Vice-President and Chief Customer Care
and Conservation Officer
Toronto Hydro Corporation
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    As Executive Vice-President and Chief Customer Care and Conservation Officer for Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited, Mr. Tyrrell is responsible for leading all aspects of the customer care and conservation and demand management business unit, including the media, municipal relations, marketing and customer communications. With a corporate emphasis on delivering superior customer service, his role includes all aspects of strategic planning, execution and related business operations. Previous to this role, Mr. Tyrrell has held executive leadership roles including General Manager and President of Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc.
    Mr. Tyrrell has an engineering and business educational background, with over 29 years of experience in the utility and energy services industry.
Alex Wood
Executive Director
Ontario Climate Change Directorate
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    Alex Wood is the Executive Director of Ontario’s Climate Change Directorate at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. Alex has over 20 years of experience working at the intersection of economic and environmental policy. He started his career with the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC, before moving back to Canada to work at the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE), where he eventually acted as President and CEO. He then helped TD Bank Group establish its environmental policy, before moving to work at Sustainable Prosperity as Senior Director, Policy and Markets. In addition to his extensive work experience, Alex is a graduate of the University of Toronto and holds a Masters degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies with a double major in International Economics and Energy and Environmental Studies.