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 in a range of industry stakeholder contexts 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.



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.



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.



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.



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.  



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.



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.



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.

Jan Buijk

AB Energy Canada Ltd.

Jan Buijk is the CEO of AB Energy Canada Ltd., a Canadian company that is specialized in providing energy solutions with best in class gas engine technology for clean energy projects such as CHP, biogas and other gaseous fuelled power generation applications. 

Over the past 25 years Jan has had engineering, project management and direct sales and marketing responsibilities for many of the reciprocating gas engine based CHP, district energy, and other distributed generation projects currently in operation in Ontario and across Canada.

Jan received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, where he also wrote a thesis on the use of landfill gas for power generation applications.

Jan is a director of APPrO, a former director of OSEA and CDEA, and holds a director position with the Decentralized Energy Association of Canada.

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