Linda Bertoldi
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

 

Linda is the National Leader of BLG's Electricity Markets Group.  Linda has extensive experience in the power sector including project structure, project development, project finance and mergers and acquisitions with respect to waterpower, natural gas, cogeneration, district energy, distributed generation, wind, solar and other renewable technologies. Linda provides strategic advice on regulatory developments and represents developers, lenders, equity providers, large industrial and commercial consumers and industry stakeholders. Linda advises Ontario municipalities and municipal electric utilities on mergers, divestitures, governance and corporate and financing structures, and assists the private sector on restructuring and commercialization of water, wastewater and infrastructure projects.

Linda has been recognized by Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in Canada®, The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada for her work in the areas of electricity and corporate mid-market law.  Linda was recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada® as the 2012 Toronto Energy Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year. She was the only Canadian named as a "Groundbreaking Lawyer" by Public Utilities Fortnightly.

Dave Butters
President and CEO, APPrO

 

David Butters is President of APPrO. He comes to APPrO from Hill & Knowlton in Toronto, where he was Vice President, Public Affairs, and Director of their Canadian Energy Asset Group. He has been active in the sector as Secretariat to the Stakeholders Alliance for Competition and Customer Choice. His professional background also includes work for Bruce Power, TransAlta, AECL, Fortis, Toronto Hydro, the Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario, and as Chief of Staff to a federal cabinet minister. Mr. Butters also has an extensive background in advertising and marketing communications.

Jake Brooks
Executive Director, APPrO

 

Jake Brooks is the Executive Director of APPrO and its Corporate Secretary. He has been with the organization since its inception, serving on the Board continuously since 1986. Jake's primary functions at APPrO include developing and producing the annual Canadian Power Conference, editing the association's magazine IPPSO FACTO, and overseeing internal operations. He represents APPrO on the Hydro One Customer Advisory Board and co-ordinates and/or supports APPrO participation in selected regulatory proceedings and advocacy initiatives. He was the recipient of the Hedley Palmer Award in 1999.

 

Prior to joining APPrO, Jake worked for the Credit Union Central of Ontario, Pollution Probe, and in his own consulting business.

Michael Bernstein
APPrO Chair; President and Chief Executive Officer, Capstone Infrastructure Corporation

 

Michael Bernstein is responsible for the company’s overall portfolio management of power infrastructure and utilities businesses in Canada and internationally.
 
As an executive with extensive experience in the Canadian infrastructure and utilities sector, Michael was formerly the President of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Canada Ltd. and a Senior Managing Director of Macquarie Group Limited. Prior to this, Michael served as the Senior Managing Director of Infrastructure and Utilities Advisory for Macquarie Capital Markets Canada, as well as a senior executive with CIBC World Markets’ Power & Utilities investment banking group. Michael has been involved in a wide range of significant projects and transactions, such as advising on Autoroute A-25, Quebec’s first public-private partnership project, and working with the Province of Ontario on the restructuring of Ontario Hydro.
 
Currently, Michael is the Vice Chairman of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO) and serves as a board member of Youth-in-Motion, a charitable organization that helps youth to make meaningful life and career decisions.
 
Michael Bernstein holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Philosophy from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and ICD.D designations.

Tom Brett
Partner, Fogler Rubinoff

 

Tom Brett has practiced, as a specialist, in both the regulatory and transactional aspects of energy law for the last twenty five years. He has appeared frequently before the Ontario Energy Board and the National Energy Board, and has drafted and negotiatated gas and electricity, renewables, demand response and energy efficiency performance contracts, and established First Nations transmission and generation joint ventures. He has also held senior positions in the energy ministry of the federal government (where he co-led a group responsible for renewable energy and efficiency), in the energy business, and as a banker specializing in energy project and corporate work. He has recently advised First Nations in the formation of a transmission utility and on a large hydro-electric project. He has advised governments in Canada, the United States, Poland, and Thailand on energy projects.

Lynn Byrd
President, GDF SUEZ Canada Inc.

 

Lynn Byrd leads the operations and development activities in Canada for the multinational energy company ENGIE (formally GDF SUEZ).  GDF SUEZ Canada owns and operates a portfolio of clean and green electricity generating facilities that span from Vancouver Island to Prince Edward Island.  Lynn is a strategically focused, results oriented leader with over 20 years of business development and commercial experience.  She has a track record of identifying, developing and executing business plans and complex transactions on time and within budget.

Prior to joining GDF SUEZ in 2008, Lynn led various acquisition, development and engineering initiatives for Air Liquide in the US and Canada. She earned a Chemical Engineering degree from McGill University and then complemented her management experience with the completion of the Executive MBA program at the Jones School of Management at Rice University.

George Vegh
Counsel, McCarthy Tétrault

 

George Vegh is the head of McCarthy Tétrault's Toronto energy regulation practice, where he provides advocacy and advisory services to private and public sector clients. George's main focus is on regulatory and wholesale market governance in the energy sector.
Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, George was General Counsel of the Ontario Energy Board.


George is a leader in the energy sector, having served as Chair of the Ontario Energy Association and the IESO Market Forum. He also led a number of industry initiatives, including Task Forces on Distribution Rate Regulation, Infrastructure Renewal, Distributed Generation, and Transmission Connection for Renewable Generation. He currently serves on the Board of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario.


George is an Adjunct Professor of Energy Law at the University of Toronto Law School, the School of Public Policy & Governance, and at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he is also the Program Director for the Masters Program in Energy and Infrastructure Law.

Stephen Somerville
Vice President, Business Development & Acquisitions with H20 Power LP

 

Stephen has worked for fifteen years in the power industry, including all types of natural gas fired generation, wind, hydro, biomass and biogas. He is currently a Vice President, Business Development & Acquisitions with H20 Power LP. H2O owns and operates 8 hydro facilities in Ontario representing 136 MW of nameplate capacity. Prior to this, Stephen was a Vice President with Competitive Power Ventures (“CPV”), Inc. where he was responsible for the development of all CPV’s natural gas-fired power generation development projects (and associated natural gas pipeline and transmission lines) and large scale wind projects, across Canada.


Prior to joining CPV, he was a member of the Probyn & Company and Clean Power Income Fund team responsible for business development and acquisitions. Stephen has experience working with the OPA, the IESO, the Ministry of Energy, and various First Nations Groups across Canada and he is a long standing member of the Board of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (“APPrO”).

 

Stephen’s mission is to ensure that all generation developers in the electricity sector have a fair opportunity to compete in future generation procurements.  Stephen has been a Member of the Board since 2003 and he has been the APPrO Annual Conference Chair from 2005 through 2015. Stephen also currently serves on the Finance Committee and he has served on many Ad-Hoc Committee’s over the years. Stephen holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and an Honours B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo.

Robert McLeese
President, Access Capital Corp.

 

Mr. McLeese is the Founder and President of Access Capital Corp. (“Access”), a Toronto based Financial Advisory firm specializing in the independent power industry for over 25 years.  Access has been involved in over $2.3 billion of independent power production (IPP) project financing.  Through Access, Mr. McLeese provides strategic and financing advice to buyers and sellers of alternative energy projects (and companies) and has provided project reviews and rating services for lenders, owners and utilities.  Access has worked on gas fired cogeneration, hydraulic, biomass, waste coal, wind, other renewables, and district heating and cooling.

Mr. McLeese is Chairman and President of ACI Energy, Inc. which owns and operates two waste coal fueled power plants aggregating 91MW in the United States.  He is Chairman of a Canadian company developing two significant hydro projects in British Columbia,  is a Director of Export Development Canada and Rand Capital Corp. and is a Past President and still a Director and Treasurer of APPrO (the Association of Power Producers of Ontario).  Past Boards of which Mr. McLeese has been a member include: Fengate Capital (an Ontario based infrastructure fund), Creststreet Power and Income Fund, which co-developed wind projects in Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Alberta totaling 149 MW, Toronto Atmospheric Fund, Pristine Power, and the Advisory Board of Ontario Centres of Excellence for Energy (OCE-Energy).  Mr. McLeese is the recipient of the 2011 Probyn Prize for innovation in sustainable energy finance and a Recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Chris Benedetti
Principal, Sussex Strategy Group

 

Chris Benedetti is a Principal with Sussex Strategy Group, and Head of its Energy and Environment Practice.  With experience in both federal and provincial governments, Mr. Benedetti provides an in-depth insight and expertise into various policy development and political processes, and brings to Sussex an extensive background in strategic communications and public affairs.

 

Since 1999 he has led client efforts related to energy-related policy, regulatory and procurement matters.  This work has led to the successful development of over 4.5GW of generation in Ontario, in addition to extensive experience in distribution and transmission.  He is a Past Chair of the Recycling Council of Ontario, has served on the Program Advisory Committee for the Sustainability Programme at Ryerson University, and is a Past President of the Public Affairs Association of Canada.  Prior to joining Sussex, Mr. Benedetti was Vice President and Government Relations Practice Leader for a global public affairs and communications company.  He has also held several positions in the federal government with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and as a political advisor within the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada. 

 

Mr. Benedetti holds a BA in law and a BA (High Hons.) in political science from Carleton University, and an MA in political science (International Relations) from McMaster University and the University of Bath, England.

Sean Gillespie
General Manager, Canadian Operations, Atlantic Power

 

Sean has over 25 years of experience in the power generation industry in Ontario. He is responsible for the general oversight of the Company’s Canadian Operations including four combined cycle gas fired power plants, two biomass facilities and two hydro-electric facilities with a combined output of ~320 MW.  Prior to that, he focused exclusively on the Ontario assets and managed a 40 MW combined cycle facility in North Bay for 8 years.  He was also involved in the commissioning and startup of 3 thermal power plants over his career.  As a result, he has a diverse and extensive knowledge of power plant operations, maintenance, labour relations and EHS management.

Sean has experience working with various Unions and First Nations Groups across Canada, in addition to several Provincial Ministries.  Sean holds a First Class Power Engineer license and sits on the Power Engineering Advisory Committee for Cambrian College.  

Chris Lambeck
President and CEO, Regional Power


Chris leads an experienced team operating 9 hydro facilities in BC and Ontario that is also currently constructing 2 hydro projects in Ontario, advancing the company’s existing development pipeline, and securing new investment opportunities, both in new hydroelectric generation and other renewable generation sectors.  He has been with Regional Power since 2007 and previously was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the company.  


Prior to joining Regional Power, he was Managing Director, Manulife Project Finance, one of the leading lenders providing project finance solutions to independent power producers in North America.  Previously he held positions with other Canadian financial institutions serving power and infrastructure markets in Canada and the US. Chris is an experienced executive able to identify opportunities, present innovative solutions, and successfully negotiate complex transactions with a focus on developing profitable long-term outcomes.


Chris is Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator and earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.

Paul Harricks
Partner. Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP


Paul Harricks is a partner in Gowlings' Toronto office. He is Leader of the firm’s Energy, Infrastructure & Mining Industry Group, comprising over 150 lawyers and other professionals across the firm’s Canadian and international offices.


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, banks and financial institutions. In the power sector, he has represented generators (nuclear, hydro, wind, solar, biomass and natural gas), as well as distributors, transmitters, lenders, retailers and consumers.  

Luigi Colangelo
P.Eng., General Manager, Toromont Energy Ltd.

Lou Colangelo has worked in the power industry for over 30 years, actively engaged in Ontario’s energy sector focusing on development and operation of renewable and clean energy projects.  Experience in the electricity market includes direct involvement in all aspects of business development, engineering, construction, contract negotiation, regulatory affairs and operations of combined heat & power, renewable energy and district energy projects.

Lou is responsible for overall management of Toromont Energy’s power generation assets which include, in part, a district energy system located in downtown Sudbury, Health Sciences North's combined heat & power plant and the Waterloo Landfill Gas Utilization Plant project.

Lou currently serves on the Board of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario supporting the small generator sector by participating in a number of stakeholder engagement sessions and working groups in support of IESO initiatives, including Combined Heat & Power Standard Offer Program (CHPSOP 2.0) and Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) stakeholder activities.  Most recent participation in the energy sector has been advocating for 3rd party eligibility for CDM programs.
Barry Chuddy

As of May 2015, Barry Chuddy was with Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. (GMHI) where he served as the company's CEO, coming there from Guelph Hydro Inc. (GHI). Both GHI and GMHI were holding companies for Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. the regulated utility serving the needs of the City of Guelph, and Envida Community Energy, serving the City’s non-regulated needs, and Mr. Chuddy served as the CEO of these companies for just under 6 years.
 
Mr. Chuddy has over two and a half decades of industry experience. He came to Guelph from Columbia Power Corporation (“CPC”), a run of the river hydro-electric generation owner, developer and operator in southern British Columbia, where he served as its President and CEO. Previous to working at CPC he was Executive Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Enersource Hydro Mississauga, the entity serving the needs of the City of Mississauga. Mr Chuddy has also held senior positions with TransAlta and Emera Inc., and has served on numerous boards in the electricity industry.
 
A team leader with a strong financial and development background, Mr. Chuddy is a graduate of several Canadian military schools. He was an original stakeholder board member of the Independent Electricity Market Operator (now the IESO) in Ontario, where he chaired the IESO’s audit committee, and he is a past Director of the Canadian District Energy Association which merged in late 2012 with the International District Energy Assocation or the IDEA as it is commonly known, and is a past board member of APPrO, serving on that Board from 1998 to 2002. Mr. Chuddy graduated from the Directors College in early 2013, a joint venture of McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.
 
Mr. Chuddy is currently evaluating where he is going to be with the number of changes that the electrical industry in Ontario is going though, in a way that takes advantage of his generation, renewable generation, high efficiency generation and LDC skills.
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