President & CEO, Toronto Hydro
David O'Brien was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Hydro Corporation effective July 5, 2004. Prior to joining Toronto Hydro Corporation, Mr. O'Brien was on a six-month secondment with Ontario's Ministry of Energy from the City of Mississauga, where he initially joined as Associate Deputy Minister of Energy and then later appointed as Deputy Minister. David O'Brien began his career 31 years ago in the City of Sudbury where he rose to the position of City Manager. Since then he has held the position of City Manager for the Region of Ottawa Carleton, the City of Gloucester, the City of Ottawa, and most recently, the City of Mississauga where he was City Manager since 1995. Mr. O'Brien has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Enersource Corporation, the parent company of Hydro Mississauga. After stepping down from this position, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Enersource Corporation. In 2005, Mr. O'Brien was the recipient of the Ontario Energy Association (OEA) Leader of the Year Award, establishing him as one of the most influential leaders in the Ontario electricity industry. He was honoured at the Ontario Easter Seals Toronto Tribute Gala for his community involvement. Mr. O'Brien is the Chair of the OEA, a Board Member of the EDA and a Board Member of OMERS. Mr. O'Brien is also a member of the Campaign Cabinet of the United Way of Greater Toronto. Mr. O'Brien has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Windsor and has studied public administration at the graduate level.
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.
McCarthy Tetrault, Counsel
George Vegh is the head of McCarthy Tétrault’s Toronto energy regulatory practice. Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, Mr. Vegh was General Counsel of the Ontario Energy Board (OEB).
Mr. Vegh provides advisory and advocacy services to domestic and international energy players respecting regulatory challenges and opportunities in the Ontario energy sector. He works with clients to develop and implement their regulatory strategy.
Mr. Vegh teaches Energy Law and Policy at the University of Toronto Law School as an Adjunct Professor and as an Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Energy Association.
Mr. Vegh received his LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1989, and his LL.M. from the Osgoode Hall Law School in 1996. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1991.
Chair, Hydro One
Rita Burak was appointed Chair of Hydro One Inc. on May 30, 2003. She served as the Vice Chair of our Board of Directors from August 22, 2002 to May 30, 2003. She is also a Director of The Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada and the President of a consulting partnership, The Network Executive Team, Management Consultants, Inc. and has held such posts since 2003 and 2001, respectively. Ms. Burak is a member of the University Health Network Board of Trustees and the TELUS Ontario Advisory Committee and Chair of the Toronto Community Board. Previously she held a number of senior positions in the public service in the Ontario Government including Secretary of the Cabinet and Clerk of the Executive Council, and Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Rita Burak holds a B.A. in Political Science from York University, and is the 2001 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontarioâ€™s Medal of Distinction in Public Administration. She is also a member of the Order of Ontario. .
Vice-Chair, Ontario Energy Board
Gordon Kaiser was appointed Vice-Chair of the Board in July 2004. He has specialized in competition and regulatory law for three decades and served as a partner at two law firms. Mr. Kaiser has acted as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Canada in competition law and represented the Association of Municipalities of Ontario in gas and electricity rate hearings before the OEB and the National Energy Board. Mr. Kaiser has served as a special lecturer in Competition Law at Queenâ€™s University and as a Visiting Professor in Law and Economics at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Competition Law in Canada and the monthly newsletter on competition law published by Lexis-Nexis.
President, Ontario Power Authority
Jan Carr was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) in January 2005. Dr. Carr has more than 30 years of experience in the electricity sector as a professional engineer, holding senior positions in the design and planning of electricity transmission and distribution systems. He has worked on projects in many parts of the world, including Asia, Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. He has been a consultant to utilities, governments and other stakeholders on the financial, business, strategic and policy aspects of the electric power industry. Prior to joining the OPA, Dr. Carr was Vice Chair of the Ontario Energy Board. He has served as a Commissioner and Chairman of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro Electric Commission and he served the Municipal Electric Association (now the Electricity Distributors’ Association) both as a District Chairman and as a member of the Board of Directors. He has also served on the Board of Directors of both a publicly traded generation company and a privately held infrastructure investment fund. He was a member of the Advisory Committee on Competition in Ontario’s Electricity System (the Macdonald Committee) and Chairman of the Electricity Task Force of the Toronto Board of Trade. The OPA is responsible for ensuring an adequate, long-term supply of electricity for Ontario. In pursuit of this mandate, the OPA facilitates investment in new generation and conservation projects, creates and implements conservation and demand management programs, performs long-term electricity system planning, and fosters the development of an electricity sector that is economically and socially sustainable. A statutory, not-for-profit corporation without share capital, the OPA is governed by an independent Board of Directors. It reports to the Ontario Legislative Assembly through the Minister of Energy, and is licensed and regulated by the Ontario Energy Board.
Stikeman Eliott LLP
James Harbell is a partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP and head of the Toronto Real Estate Group, chair of environmental section and co-chair of its electricity practice. He handles a wide range of municipal and environmental matters, and has considerable expertise in independent power project finance and development. Recent work has included deal structuring and permitting for renewable, combined cycle and cogeneration facilities. He is certified as a Specialist in Environmental Law by the LSUC and has appeared before various levels of courts and regulatory agencies including the Ontario Municipal Board, Environmental Tribunal and Ontario Energy Board. He is Past Chair of the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Committee of the ABA Business Law Section, a current member of the ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law and has written and spoken extensively on legal aspects of environmental, land-use and energy matters. Ontario Bar in 1984
IESO, President & CEO
Paul Murphy was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Electricity System Operator in October 2006. Under Mr. Murphy, Ontario's IESO is responsible for overseeing the safe and reliable operation of Ontario's bulk electrical system - one of the most diversified, reliable and efficient in the world. The organization also oversees the IESO-administered wholesale electricity markets.
Prior to his appointment as President, Mr. Murphy was the Chief Operating Officer for the Independent Electricity System Operator since 2000. In that role, he was responsible for managing the operation of Ontario’s competitive wholesale electricity market and for directing the operation of the IESO Controlled Grid; forecasting and assessing resource and transmission adequacy; developing and administering contracts and operating agreements and for settling market transactions.
Mr. Murphy is past chair of IESO’s Technical Panel; the panel of market participant representatives that recommend market rule changes to the IESO Board. He has worked in the integrated operation of Ontario’s electrical system for over 25 years and in the development and operation of competitive markets for the last ten. Mr. Murphy has been the Vice Chair of NPCC’s Reliability Coordinating Committee and represents Independent System Operators on NERC’s Member Representatives Committee.
Paul Murphy has a Bachelor of Applied Science from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.
Managing Director, Pipelines and Utilities Research, BMO Capital Markets
Karen joined BMO Capital Markets in August 2000, as a pipelines and utilities analyst. Her previous experience includes eight years at another investment dealer—five as an analyst (where she established the pipelines and utilities franchise) and three on the preferred share desk. Karen also worked at a Schedule II bank in the commercial lending area for almost three years. The 2006 Brendan Wood International survey again ranked Karen as an all-star analyst in both the utilities and income trust – power & pipeline sectors. Karen holds a B.Comm. (finance) from the University of Alberta (1987) and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario (1992).
Adam White joined the Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario as their President in August 2005. The Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario is a not-for-profit consumer interest advocacy organization that promotes the competitiveness of Ontario industry through reliable supplies of electricity at affordable rates. AMPCO represents business consumers in the forestry, chemical, mining and minerals, steel, petroleum products, cement, automotive and manufacturing industries. Prior to joining AMPCO, Mr. White was Vice President of Public Affairs and External Relations with the Ontario Energy Association, Account Manager with Mirant Canada Energy Marketing, Manager of Regulatory Affairs with TransAlta Energy Corporation, Senior Policy Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology, and Senior Economist at the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy. Mr. White has more than 16 yearsâ€™ experience in policy economics and analysis, public relations, communications and advocacy, achieving superior energy, environmental and public health policy outcomes for clients and employers in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors. Mr. White has a degree in economics from the University of British Columbia and a diploma in facilitative leadership from the York University Faculty of Environmental Studies. Mr. White is a Canadian Fellow of the international programme for Leadership for Environment and Development.
President, Dynamic Policy Consulting
Robert Silver is the President of Dynamic Policy Consulting, Ontario’s leading Public Policy and Government relations firm focused solely on the province’s energy and infrastructure sectors. In its first 12 months in business, DPC assisted clients with over $2.5 billion in clean energy projects including natural gas, wind, nuclear, demand side management and demand response, smart meter, water initiatives. In addition, DPC advises some of Ontario’s leading industry associations on a wide variety of policy issues. In addition to its core business, DPC owns Dynamic Municipal Energy Policy Consulting, a company that advises municipalities on how to participate fully in the Ontario Energy Sector’s revitalization and energy companies on how to manage municipal relations. DPC recently purchased a 50% interest in one of Canada’s leading public opinion research firms.
An active federal and provincial Liberal, Robert was Gerard Kennedy's National Policy Director during last year's Liberal Leadership Campaign. Prior to returning to the private sector, Robert worked for Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty as a special policy advisor. Robert received his law degree from the University of Western Ontario where he won two North American and two Canadian National Debating Championships.
Minister of Energy
Gerry Phillips first entered provincial politics in 1987 as the MPP for Scarborough-Agincourt and has been re-elected five times. Phillips previously served as Minister of Government Services, Minister of Citizenship, Minister of Labour and chair of Management Board. In Opposition, he served as finance and native affairs critic, and as chair of the Economic Policy Committee.
After graduating with an Honours BCom from the University of Western Ontario’s School of Business, Phillips worked for Procter & Gamble. In 1970, he joined the Canadian Marketing Associates and became president in 1977. Under his direction, Canadian Marketing Associates became Canada’s leading marketing management consulting firm. He later founded two spin-off companies. In 1979, he launched the Sales Development Group, which became Canada’s largest management consulting firm specializing in sales force consulting. Three years later, he founded the Retail Resource Group, which became one of the largest retail service groups in the country. By 1987, he was chair of all three companies, employing 300 people.
Phillips served as a school trustee for 11 years and during this period was chair of the Metropolitan Toronto School Board and the Scarborough Board of Education. He was also chair of the board of governors for Scarborough General Hospital and is a past president of the Bridlewood Community Association. Phillips coached in the Agincourt Lions Club Minor Hockey League for 30 years.
Ontario Power Authority
Mr. Paul Bradley is the founder and managing director of PJB Energy Solutions Inc., a direct investment and financial advisory organization dedicated to the energy industry as well as all aspects of Corporate Finance, Project Finance, and Business Development activities.
Paul Bradley most recently served as Vice President, Electricity Resources for the Ontario Power Authority, from June 2005 to June 2007. At the OPA, Mr. Bradley was responsible for designing implementing and managing the OPA’s power generation procurement program. During his tenure, the OPA procured over 3,000 MW of power generation resources, including Demand Response, and managed over 116 contracts totalling 8,600 MW. As a result of this effort, Mr. Bradley was awarded the prestigious Hedley Palmer award by the Association of Power Producers of Ontario in November 2006.
Prior to founding PJB Energy Solutions in 2003, Mr. Bradley spent six years as Executive Director with CIBC World Markets’ investment banking Power and Utilities team, with his main focus on cross-border transaction origination as well as financial advisory in the power and utility industry. Mr. Bradley played key roles in a number of financial advisory engagements, examples include advising the Province of Ontario with respect to the electricity industry restructuring, advising TransAlta in the divestiture of their distribution and transmission businesses, the US$8 billion sale of Westcoast Energy to Duke Energy, and leading the initial public offering of the $264 million Calpine Power Income Fund.
For the eight years prior to CIBC World Markets, Mr. Bradley served in a number of roles at Duke Energy including the roles of Project Director for various international business development efforts, independent power project developments and acquisitions in the US and Asia. Mr. Bradley also worked extensively on the US$7.7 billion merger between Duke Power Co. and Pan Energy Corp. and developed the organization’s policies for treasury risk management.
Mr. Bradley has also served as a Senior Accountant at Arthur Andersen & Co. in the Small Business Client Services group which provided audit, tax and consulting services for small entrepreneurial and growth oriented companies.
Mr. Bradley holds a B.S. in Business/Accounting from Boston College and holds a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) designation in the U.S.
Chariman and Co-Chief Exec. Officer, Brookfield Power
Brookfield Power comprises the power operations of Brookfield Asset Management Inc., in North and South America. With over US$10 billion of assets, Brookfield Power’s portfolio of high quality power generation facilities includes approximately 160 hydroelectric power plants and Canada’s largest wind farm totalling nearly 3,900 megawatts. These operations, located primarily in North America, span eight markets - British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, New England, New York, PJM, and Louisiana – as well as Brazil.
Harry joined Brookfield in 1997 and has held several senior positions within the company, including President and Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President and General Counsel. In addition, he played an active role in the restructuring of the electricity industry in Ontario as a member of Ontario’s Market Design Committee. Harry is currently responsible for Brookfield Power’s strategic initiatives, governmental and regulatory affairs, and for monitoring the electricity industry’s restructuring and deregulation initiatives in global markets with a focus on North America.
Harry attended the University of Toronto and is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School (1980). He was called to the Ontario bar in 1982.
Constellation Energy Resources
Dan Allegretti is a Vice President of Energy Policy with Constellation Energy Resources, a nationally recognized wholesale energy marketing and trading company and a leading power retailer. Dan has served over the last decade in numerous leadership capacities within the New England Power Pool organization, including two terms as chairman of the NEPOOL Participants Committee. He is currently a vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Power Coordinating Council and has served on the New York ISO Management Committee, the Market Advisory Council of the Ontario IESO, and the Boards of Directors of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association and the Independent Power Producers of New York. An active participant in electric restructuring matters, Dan has appeared and testified before FERC and before numerous state and provincial legislative committees and utility commissions. He has over 18 years experience in the electric industry with an emphasis on competitive markets and regulatory reform. Dan lives in New Hampshire and holds a B.A. from Colby College and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
President, AREVA Canada Inc.
Armand Laferrère was appointed as President of AREVA Canada Inc. from July 10, 2006. He joined the AREVA Group in 2004 as Vice President, Strategy and Audit for AREVA NP, in charge of coordinating acquisition, disposition and joint-venture projects worldwide, managing the company’s Internal Audit and Strategy teams and being Secretary to the meetings of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Before joining the AREVA Group, Armand had a career as a senior civil servant in the French Court of Auditors – with a one-year secondment to the British National Office in London – then in the French Treasury. From 2002 to 2004, he was a personal advisor to Nicolas Sarkozy (then the French Minister of the Interior) in charge of the Department’s budget and public service reforms.
Armand is a graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure (1987-1991), Institut d’Etudes Politiques (1988-1990) and Ecole Nationale d’Administration (1993-1995).
Director, Generation Development, OPA
Jason Chee-Aloy joined the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) in August 2005. He is responsible for the procurement and negotiation of contracts for electricity supply and demand resources to enhance the reliability of Ontario’s power system. Investment of approximately $70 billion in resources is anticipated over the next 20 years.
Prior to joining the OPA, Mr. Chee-Aloy worked for Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) from November 1999 to July 2005. He has been closely involved with the restructuring and evolution of the Ontario electricity market. He was responsible for the project management to design and develop short-term and long-term resource adequacy mechanisms. Mr. Chee-Aloy was the Chair of the IESO’s Long Term Resource Adequacy Working Group.
Among his prior responsibilities at the IESO, Mr. Chee-Aloy was responsible for the development of the organisation, structure and business practices of the Market Assessment and Compliance Division, prior to market start. He has also worked as an Economist, in both the public and private sector, analysing competitive electricity and natural gas markets.
Mr. Chee-Aloy holds an M.A. in Economics and graduated from the University of Toronto.
Jim MacDougall is a professional electrical engineer with 20 years of diverse experience in the energy sector. He started his career with a small seller of off-grid electricity systems and has maintained an interest in renewable energy throughout his career.
He worked overseas in Africa in both Sierra Leone and Eritrea on energy training programs.
Jim’s professional experience includes, The Ontario Ministry of Energy, Toronto Hydro’s retail energy services company, The Ontario Energy Board and now The Ontario Power Authority as Manager of Distributed Generation where he helped roll out the Standard Offer Program for renewable energy electricity generation as well as the Clean Energy Standard Offer Program.
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. Through Access, Mr. McLeese provides advice to buyers and sellers of alternative energy projects (and companies) and has provided project reviews and rating services for lenders, owners and utilities (from 5 MW to 900 MW).
Mr. McLeese is President and Chief Executive Officer of a holdco, American Consumer Industries Inc., which owns and operates four power projects in the U.S. (a 47 MW biomass and three waste coal fired Qualifying Facilities (33 MW in Pennsylvania, 50% of 53 MW in Utah and 25% of 38 MW in Montana)). He played a major role in the development and financing of one of the projects and the acquisition and re-financing of the balance.
Mr. McLeese is a Past President of IPPSO and is currently Director & Treasurer of APPrO. He sits on the Executive Committee of SAC (Stakeholders’ Alliance for Electricity Competition and Customer Choice) and is past Chairman of the Toronto Board of Trade Electricity Task Force.
Mr. McLeese is a Director of Creststreet Power and Income Fund, which has developed two wind projects; 54 MW in Quebec and 30 MW in Nova Scotia. He is also a Director and Treasurer of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.
Manager Generation Connections, Hydro One
Bob Singh is Manager Generation Connections at Hydro One Networks and responsible for studies/assessments as well as customer interface associated with new generation connection to Hydro One’s transmission and distribution systems. Prior to joining Hydro One, Bob worked at Toronto Hydro as Manager Engineering Services, at the former North York Hydro as Manager Standards and at Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro in System Planning and Protection & Control Departments.
Bob and his team has been involved in assisting generation proponents with the Ontario Government and Ontario Power Authority initiatives (RFPs) as well as individual generation project announcements to add renewable and clean generation to the province’s supply mix.
President, MZConsulting Inc.
Milt Caplan is President of MZConsulting Inc., providing services to the energy industry with a focus on project/business development, energy economics and energy policy development. He has more than 25 years experience in international energy markets, having led a number of major nuclear projects and business development initiatives in Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia. This included overall project development, strategy formulation, business model development, economic assessment, costing and pricing, strategic partnering, project financing and contract negotiation. Milt also has a strong focus on energy economics with emphasis on demonstrating the economic viability of electricity supply options and a keen interest on how new electricity projects will have to be structured for success.
Milt Caplan obtained his Bachelor of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, USA, and a MBA from the University of Toronto. He is the current chair of the World Nuclear Association Economics Working Group, a member of the Toronto Board of Trade Electricity Task Force and is on the faculty of the World Nuclear University where he has taught nuclear economics and nuclear plant structuring and financing.
President, Decision Partners
Sarah Thorne is a founding partner of Decision Partners and President of the company’s Canadian entity, Thorne Butte: Decision Partners, Inc. The company is the world leader in new knowledge and science-based strategies and communications for addressing decision-making and behaviour. In the past several years, much of her work has focused on challenges including: siting linear and stationary facilities; stakeholder engagement on emissions from industrial facilities and the health and environmental impacts; developing public health focused strategic risk communications systems, including pandemic preparedness, water-borne contaminants, municipal drinking water safety, and groundwater contamination. Sarah is a member of the Canadian Standards Association’s Technical Committee on Risk Assessment and Communication, which developed the state-of-the-science Q850 Risk Management Process. She is also a member of the Institute for Risk Research at the University of Waterloo and the Society for Risk Analysis. Sarah was recently appointed to the Board of the Ontario Centres of Excellence – Centre for Energy.
Elizabeth (Lisa) DeMarco
Mcleod Dixon LLP
Lisa is recognized as a Canadian expert, and has ten years of experience, in the law relating to emissions trading, the Kyoto Protocol and the evolving area of environmental finance. As head of Macleod Dixon LLP's Toronto energy practice, Lisa represents several marquis energy clients in a wide variety of natural gas and electricity matters before regulatory agencies and the Ontario Energy Board. She also assists leading Canadian and international energy companies on domestic and overseas power project development, renewable power projects, alternative fuel projects and business strategy. Lisa is one of the leading carbon transaction lawyers in the international market, having worked for investment banks and energy companies on deals and projects in India, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, China, and Russia. She plays an ongoing and active role in the development of energy and GHG emissions policy and law throughout Canada, and in various countries around the world.
In 2006, Lisa was recognized as one of Lexpert Magazine's Top 40 Lawyers under 40 and included in the inaugural edition of the 2006 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 lawyers in Canada. She is ranked as a repeatedly recommended as a leading energy lawyer by the Canadian Lexpert Directory.
Clients & Deals
Lisa’s experience includes:
• Assisting an international lender in carbon finance and Kyoto emissions transactions under the CDM and JI mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol
• Acting on precedent emission offset backed loan/conditional grant financing
• Representing energy wholesalers and marketers, and electricity generators in natural gas rate proceedings before the Ontario Energy Board
• Advising large power producers on emissions transactions and the Kyoto Protocol
• Assisting clients on the development of gas and renewable power project development and proposals pursuant to Government RFPs
• Advising a multinational energy company on the international trade implications of Canadian implementation of the Kyoto Protocol
• Assisting both governments and international government bodies in emission trading policy formation, legislative drafting, contractual and international emissions trading
• Advising on cross border contractual considerations in an international emissions trading regime
• Coordinating energy companies to form, and ongoing representation of, the Clean Energy Markets Group (“CEMG”) and the Efficient and Effective Emission Markets Consortium of Canada (“E3mC2”) on an array of emission trading issues
• Clients represented on the public record include: Infineum, Sithe Energies Canada Development Ltd., TransCanada Energy, Northland Power Inc., Duke Energy, Calpine Canada, Coral Energy, EnCana, and TransAlta Energy Ltd.
R.P.Bio., MCIP, Associate/Senior Environmental Planner
Mr. Don Gamble is a Senior Environmental Planner and Associate based in Golder’s Burnaby office, with 19 years of progressive environmental management experience with expertise in project management, environmental assessment, regulatory review processes, facilitating project development approvals, and developing mitigation and management plans for infrastructure and energy development projects. Mr. Gamble is the Power Market Sector Lead for Golder’s B.C. operations, and is responsible for managing the environmental planning and assessments for various energy development projects, and for developing new opportunities within this sector.
Mr. Gamble is currently serving as Project Manager for the environmental assessment of the British Columbia Transmission Corporation’s (BCTC’s) Interior to Lower Mainland (ILM) Project, which is a proposed new 240-km long, 500-kV high voltage transmission line from Merritt to Coquitlam, B.C. He served as the Environmental Coordinator during the Definition Phase of the Vancouver Island Transmission Reinforcement (VITR) Project since July 2004 leading up to project certification in February 2007, and is currently serving as the Environmental Manager during the Implementation Phase of the VITR Project.
Don is a Full Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Planning Institute of British Columbia, and College of Applied Biologists of BC.
Chair/Director, Ontario Clean Air Alliance/Pollution Probe
Jack Gibbons is Chair of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance and Director of Pollution Probe’s Energy Programme.
In the past Mr. Gibbons has been a Toronto Hydro Commissioner; a member of the Ontario Energy Board staff; Senior Economic Advisor, the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy; and Economist, Energy Probe.
Mr. Gibbons has studied economics at the University of Toronto (B.A.), Queen’s University (M.A.) and the University of British Columbia.
William (Bill) C. Taylor
Vice-President, Commercial Operations, TransCanada
Based in TransCanada’s Westborough, Massachusetts office, Bill Taylor is Vice-President of Commercial Operations for TransCanada’s eastern power business area, which includes Ontario, Quebec, New York, New England and Canada’s Maritime Provinces.
Mr. Taylor joined TransCanada’s Calgary office in 1996 and has played a major role in building and restructuring the company’s growing power business. Since 1999, he has been actively involved in the opening, continued restructuring and operations of both the New York-ISO and New England Power Pools. Mr. Taylor is a member of the management committees of both organizations and a former member of the board of directors of the Independent Market Operator in Ontario. Prior to joining TransCanada, Mr. Taylor worked in various capacities in the energy business, starting his career in the upstream oil and gas sector.
Mr. Taylor received an honours degree in Applied Science - Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and has attended Harvard Business School for Advanced Management traning.
Ogilvy Renault LLP
Mr. Keizer is National Co-chair of Ogilvy Renault's Energy Group. He practices administrative and corporate/commercial law in the energy sector. He advises clients undertaking transmission and generation projects in respect of a variety of aspects including financing, project development, regulatory and contractual matters. He has also negotiated interconnection and operating agreements on behalf of transmission companies inside and bordering Ontario. Mr. Keizer has advised energy companies on generation and transmission matters, in particular, strategic advice related to federal and provincial regulatory regimes. He has been lead counsel in respect of a number of transmission line development projects. He is also lead counsel for a project proponent developing and constructing a 1005 MW gas fired generation facility. Charles is ranked by the 2006 Canadian LEXPERT Legal Directory as “repeatedly recommended” in the area of Energy (Electricity – Corporate). Listed in 2008 edition of the Best Lawyers in Canada for Energy Regulatory Law.
EPCOR Utilities Inc. - Vice President, Commercial and Regulatory Affairs
Leigh-Anne Palter is the Vice President, Commercial and Regulatory Affairs with EPCOR Utilities Inc. (“EPCOR”). EPCOR. builds, owns and/or operates power plants, electrical transmission and distribution networks, water and wastewater treatment facilities and infrastructure in Canada and the United States. Ms. Palter has over 15 years experience in the energy industry since assuming her first role at Union Gas Limited in 1992. She has held progressively more senior roles at Union Gas, Westcoast Energy, the Ontario Energy Board, Hydro One and Union Energy before joining EPCOR in 2002. Her responsibilities include ensuring the commercial performance of 370 MW of installed generation which EPCOR owns and operates in Ontario and New York State, as well as advising each of EPCOR’s business units on matters related to compliance and market evolution in Ontario. Ms. Palter has extensive experience successfully managing proponents’ participation in regulatory proceedings including rate and facility applications and influencing market restructuring initiatives. Ms. Palter is an active Director of the Association of Power Producers Ontario and a number of other community and industry associations. Ms. Palter lives in Toronto holds a Master’s of Business degree from Queen’s University.
Marvin Stemeroff is a Principal in Gartner Lee Limited. He is the Firm Leader of the Energy Markets Practice and is a senior consultant in the economics and business planning group. Mr. Stemeroff has unique expertise in helping his clients obtain their “social license to operate” for energy projects.
Marvin has worked on a wide of range of assignments for a combination of public and private sector clients throughout North America. Marvin has experience in numerous industry sectors, but he recently completed a major assignment for the Nuclear Waste Management Association (NWMO) where he lead the benefit, risk, cost assessment of alternative management options for used nuclear fuel in Canada. Mr. Stemeroff’s specific experience and qualifications include: Cost/Benefit Analysis, Socio-Economics, Business Modelling, and Organizational Review within the context of:
Sustainability Assessment & Planning
In addition to the above, Mr. Stemeroff has participated in various community engagement and public consultation activities in the course of conducting social and economic impact assessments. He has worked with First Nations and he is familiar with the issues and success factors in working with First Nations and other stakeholders.
Managing Director, Innovative Research Group Inc.
Greg is the founder and Managing Director of Innovative Research Group Inc. (INNOVATIVE), a national public opinion research and strategy firm with offices in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
INNOVATIVE has a strong track record in areas of interest to APPrO, having worked extensively in the electricity sector with generators, transmission companies and government agencies. In electricity, INNOVATIVE has looked at such topics as NIMBY, private public partnerships, relationships with first nations and market preferences. INNOVATIVE welcomes the opportunity to share this experience with APPrO.
Senior Manager, Business Development, Probyn & Company
Stephen Somerville is a member of the Probyn & Company team responsible for business development, acquisitions, "Requests For Proposals", and monetizing the "green" attributes of renewable energy facilities owned and/or operated by The Probyn Group. Stephen was also part of the successful bid team for the 99 MW Erie Shores wind project in Ontario. He also played a significant role in the August 2006 Renewable Energy Generation Limited ("REG") acquisition of AIM PowerGen Corporation, a leading Canadian wind project developer.
He represents The Probyn Group on the Board of Directors of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (formerly, IPPSO) and was a participant in the IPPSO Taskforce on Distributed Generation. He is currently a member of the Renewable Generation Committee, and involved in APPrO's OPA Procurement Policy Working Group and Supply Mix Committee. Stephen was also the 2005 and 2006 APPrO Conference Chair.
Stephen is a member of the Canadian Wind Association ("CanWEA") and is a member of following CanWEA committees: Tax policy, federal government and Ontario caucus. He is also a member of the European Wind Energy Association ("EWEA") and a past member of the Solid Waste Association of North America ("SWANA") - landfill gas division.
He also served as a member of the Renewable Portfolio Standard implementation-working group and of the Canadian Electrical Association Taskforce - "Capital Cost Allowances (CCA) Rates For The Electric Power Industry".
He received his Honours degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo and an MBA degree from The University of Toronto.
Linda Bertoldi is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and is Chair of the National Electricity Markets Group and Co-chair of the Energy Markets and Infrastructure Group in Toronto. Linda was called to the Ontario Bar in 1976 and has a B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Toronto. She was recognized by Lexpert Magazine and the National Post as one of the top 25 women lawyers in Canada in September, 2003. Linda was named one of the top 500 lawyers in Canada by Lexpert Magazine for 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 because of her expertise in the energy field.
Linda Bertoldi has been a corporate lawyer throughout her career and has been involved in major corporate and securities transactions, financings and mergers and acquisitions. Linda has represented clients in the electricity sector since 1987 and has been intensively involved in all aspects of Ontario’s electricity restructuring since the enactment of the Energy Competition Act in 1998.
Areas of Practice include:
Advised clients since 1987 concerning all aspects of electric power project development with technologies including natural gas, wind, hydro-electric, biomass and cogeneration; structuring transactions, contract design, risk assessment, project finance, regulatory issues, power purchase and energy sales agreements, tolling agreements, non-utility generation contracts, construction contracts, operations and maintenance agreements;
Advises major electricity consumers in Ontario on their energy needs including regulatory requirements, requirements under the Market Rules relating to market participation and energy procurement strategies and contract arrangements;
Provides ongoing advice during the operations phase of electricity projects on areas such as procurement, operations, maintenance and finance;
Advises on district energy projects including transaction structure, financing and energy services agreements;
Advises on landfill gas projects including transaction structure, key contracts and financing arrangements.
AIM PowerGen Corporation
Mike Crawley is President CEO at AIM PowerGen Corporation. Since 2002, Mike has led the development of AIM's pipeline of more than 2000MW of wind power projects across Canada and the development, financing and construction of the 99MW Erie Shores Wind Farm. Active in the energy sector, Mike has been twice elected to the board of directors of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario, is a past co-chair of the Renewable Energy Task Team and was appointed to the Ontario Government's Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force in 2003. Since AIM's acquisition earlier this year by Renewable Energy Generation of the United Kingdom, AIM's mandate has broadened from bringing its own pipeline of projects to construction to also partnering with other developers in getting their projects financed and constructed. Prior to entering the renewable energy sector, Mike served in a number of senior capacities in the financial services sector.
Mr. McFadden is Chair of Gowlings’ National Energy and Infrastructure Industry Group. He acts for a broad range of clients involved in infrastructure development and in power generation, distribution, sales and financing.
He was appointed by the Government of Canada to serve as a member of the Electric System Working Group, which was part of the Joint Canada-U.S. Task Force established to investigate the power blackout that hit Ontario and much of the Northeastern United States in August 2003. The final report of the Task Force, issued in April 2004, set out a blueprint to enhance the reliability of the North American electricity grid. The U.S. Energy Policy Act, which was signed into law by President Bush in August, enacts many of the key electricity reliability recommendations made by the Task Force.
In June 2003, Mr. McFadden was appointed to the Ontario Government’s Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force. The Task Force, which issued its final report in January 2004, provided a comprehensive strategy to meet the future energy demands of the province.
Since October 1996, he has been Chair of the Stakeholders Alliance for Electricity Competition and Customer Choice, a broad coalition of business and energy-related organizations including the Association of Major Power Consumers, Association of Exporters and Manufacturers, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Electricity Distributors Association of Ontario, the Ontario Energy Association and the Association of Power Producers of Ontario.
Over the years, Mr. McFadden has been active in Canada-U.S. affairs. He served as the founding President of the Canada-U.S. Business Association from 1989 to 1993. In December 1988, Mr. McFadden was appointed one of Canada's members of the binational dispute settlement process created under the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement to review and settle disputes arising from the application of Canadian and American trade law. He was reappointed in January 1992.
Recently, Mr. McFadden has been recognized in Lexpert's 2005 Guide to the Leading 100 Canada/US Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada; was listed in the “Consistently Recommended Energy–Electricity Corporate” section of the 2005 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; and was “recommended” in the Energy section of Public Law Company's Which Lawyer Yearbook, 10th ed., 2005 (formerly Global Counsel 3000).
Partner & Co-Chair, Energy Law, McMillan Binch Mendelsohn LLP
Mike Richmond chairs McMillan Binch Mendelsohn's Energy Law and Emissions Trading & Climate Change Law groups, and is also a member of the firm's Public Policy & Government Relations Group. Mike provides corporate, regulatory and financing advice to developers, investors and lenders of power projects, including renewable energy projects, district energy systems, co-generation facilities and demand-side management. Mike has acted for electricity distributors in connection with incorporations, sales and amalgamations pursuant to the Energy Competition Act, 1998, and for energy and telecommunications clients in the negotiation and drafting of license agreements and standard form customer contracts. He has provided advice in relation to power, gas and steam purchase agreements, as well as development and connection agreements and has represented numerous clients in the distribution, metering, generation and municipal sectors with respect to the development and promotion within government of policy positions favourable to the energy industry. He also advised the Ontario Power Authority in the development of Ontario’s first Standard Offer Program.
In 2001-2002, Mike served as Senior Energy Policy Advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Energy, responsible for overseeing the restructuring of Ontario’s electricity markets. This included the drafting of legislation and regulations relating to the introduction of a competitive market, overseeing a public awareness and consumer education campaign, briefing Cabinet Ministers, liaising with OPG, Hydro One, the IMO (now the IESO) and the OEB, and advising the Minister on all matters ranging from the disposition of Hydro One and OPG, to the creation of an emission trading framework, to the selection of a market opening date. In addition, as acting press secretary, Mike was the primary media contact for the Government of Ontario on the issue of electricity restructuring and conducted interviews for publications and broadcast stations from across Canada and the US.
Director of Business Development, Storage and Transportation, Union Gas
Mark is Director of Business Development, Storage and Transportation for Union Gas Limited. Union Gas is a natural gas utility in Ontario that serves in excess of 1.3 million retail customers. As well the company provides storage and transportation services for other utilities in Ontario, Quebec, and the U.S. Northeast.
Mark is currently responsible for leading Union’s Upstream Regulatory Group, Gas Management Group and Union’s long term storage and transportation sales efforts. Previous roles at Union involved responsibility for purchasing natural gas supplies, marketing and sales for industrial customers and early on, pipeline and compressor engineering. Mark has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the University of Windsor. Mark is married with 3 children aged 21, 18 and 14, and one grandchild. His interests include golf in the summer and downhill skiing in the winter.
Vice-President, Reactor Development - AECL
Jerry Hopwood was appointed Vice?President, Reactor Development in April 2006. He continues as a member of AECL’s executive team as a new phase in the nuclear power industry begins to take shape.
Previously, Jerry was General Manager, Product Applications. In this role, he was responsible for CANDU 6 And ACR?1000 pre?project support, CANDU applications such as oil sands, and was a member of the ACR Review Team. In his new role, Jerry is responsible all engineering, licensing, R&D and product application work associated with the Advanced CANDU Reactor and the CANDU 6.
Jerry has worked in many areas of AECL since joining us in 1975, following graduation with bachelors and masters degrees in Applied Physics from Oxford University. His first assignment was safety and licensing, where he worked on Ontario Hydro and CANDU 6 designs. In 1985, he became Manager of Safety Systems Design for new CANDUs.
In 1992, Jerry was appointed Technical Director, Korea. During this assignment, the Wolsong 3 and 4 contract was signed. Since returning from Korea in 1995, he has held various positions in Reactor Development, and has had a leading role in defining the design of the Advanced CANDU Reactor.
Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP
Adam Chamberlain is a partner with the Toronto law firm of Aird & Berlis LLP and a member of the firm’s Environmental and Energy practices.
Adam’s is a broad practice that involves matters including environmental assessment with respect to energy and other projects (including transmission projects).
He as acted as counsel to several transmission projects as well as to private and public sector energy companies. Through these activities he has developed and applied a pragmatic approach to problem solving and liability management.
Adam currently sits as the Chair of the Environment Committee of the Ontario Energy Association and supports several other industry organizations in the environmental and alternative energy sectors. Adam is a Certified Specialist in the area of Environmental Law.
Outside of the industry, Adam is the Board Member and President of Camp Awakening, a summer camp for children with disabilities.
Sr. Vice President, Pickering A - Ontario Power Generation Inc.
W. M. (Mark) Elliott, P. Eng. has been appointed Senior Vice President, Pickering A at Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG).
Mark Elliott’s appointment is effective April 1, 2007. He reports to the Chief Nuclear Officer and is responsible for the operation of the two Pickering A units and the Safe Storage of the remaining two units.
Prior to assuming his position at Pickering A, he was Director, Station Engineering, Pickering B and was responsible for providing technical support to the Pickering B Station.
Mark Elliott has held various positions with Ontario Hydro, the predecessor company of OPG, including Director, Training at Pickering; Director, Operations and Maintenance Support at Pickering; Authorized Shift Supervisor at both Pickering B and Darlington stations and Unit Pair Manager for Units 1 & 2 at Darlington.
Mark Elliott graduated from McMaster University in Engineering Physics (1978) and has been a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario since 1981
Westinghouse Electric Company
Ed Cummins has spent his 29-year Westinghouse career in a variety of assignments in project management, engineering management and new plant design. Prior to joining Westinghouse in 1976, Ed served seven years in the U.S. Navy with assignments in engineering and operations on two nuclear powered submarines. Mr. Cummins’ first assignments in Westinghouse were in the Power Systems Projects Division as a project engineer and then engineering manager for the turnkey project implementation of the Krsko Project in Yugoslavia. In 1982, he joined the Preheat Steam Generator Task Force as project manager for the counterflow preheat steam generator effort.
In late 1983, Mr. Cummins returned to turnkey project business as Project Deputy Director for the Philippine nuclear project. Following completion of the Philippine plant construction, he served as program manager to develop a standard 1000MW plant design and cost estimate to be used for international turnkey opportunities in the mid 1980’s.
In 1985, Ed joined the Plant Engineering Division as a Department Manager responsible for nuclear mechanical equipment, materials and fossil plant engineering. In 1988 and 1989, he was responsible for the project management, project development, financing, and contracts structure for a Westinghouse-owned gas turbine combined cycle project in Mojave, California.
In 1990, Mr. Cummins joined the AP600 project development team as manager of Balance of Plant Design. He served in various program and design management positions on the AP600, including Project Manager for the First of a Kind Engineering Program. In 1997, Mr. Cummins became General Manager of the New Plant Projects Division, assuming responsibility for the marketing and project implementation for new nuclear plant projects.
In March of 2000, Westinghouse initiated development of the AP1000 plant designed to be competitive with natural gas fired combined cycle plants. He is currently Vice President, New Plant Regulatory Affairs and Standardization, responsible for the licensing and commercialization of the AP1000.
Mr. Cummins holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Applied Science from the University of California, Davis, Livermore and a Master of Business Administration from Duquesne University.
Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
Mr. Brett is a partner in Gowlings' Toronto office and serves as vice-chairman of the firm's Energy Group. He specializes in both the regulatory and transactional aspects of energy law. On the regulatory side, he has served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Chair of the Ontario Energy Board. He has represented gas pipelines, gas producers and marketers and independent power producers before the National Energy Board of Canada in both facilities and rates applications. He has represented natural gas consumers, gas marketers and producers, energy services companies and independent power producers, at Ontario Energy Board and Manitoba Public Utility Board hearings, in both rate cases (including a number of Performance Based Ratemaking cases) and a series of policy-related hearings over the last 15 years which have resulted in restructuring of the natural gas industry in Ontario. More recently he has advised and/or represented independent power producers, electricity distributors and large industrial electricity customers in the Hydro One transmission rates case, electricity distribution rates cases and policy cases related to the restructuring of the Ontario electricity markets. He has acted for several LDCs involved in acquisitions, divestitures, and mergers in Ontario. He has acted in numerous matters on behalf of the Ontario Power Authority.
John Rosenkranz is an independent consultant with experience in gas supply planning and contracting, pipeline and storage development, and utility regulation. He has recently been involved in assisting clients to develop gas supply and transportation strategies for large electric generating plants, including the 1,005 MW Greenfield Energy Centre in Ontario. Mr. Rosenkranz has negotiated gas supply and pipeline service agreements, and supported litigation and arbitration related to long term gas purchase contracts. Mr. Rosenkranz has participated in pipeline rate cases and other regulatory proceedings, submitted testimony at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and appeared as an expert witness before state and provincial regulatory boards.
Mr. Rosenkranz received a BA in economics at George Washington University and completed all course and examination requirements for a doctorate in economics at Northwestern University
Managing Director, Morrison Park Advisors
Pelino Colaiacovo is a Managing Director at Morrison Park Advisors, an independent investment banking and financial advisory firm. Mr. Colaiacovo specializes in mergers and acquisitions, independent valuations and capital raising for firms the energy sector. Prior to joining MPA, he served as Chief of Staff to then Ontario Minister of Energy Dwight Duncan. Mr. Colaiacovo has more than 15 years of experience in financial services, consulting and government.
Enbridge Gas Distribution
Jeff Sim is Manager, Market Development, Distributed Energy, working on a team responsible for serving both large and small gas-fired generators in the Enbridge franchise. Prior to joining Distributed Energy in January, 2002, Jeff held positions in Enbridge Pipeline Control and Gas Supply Planning, helping determine utility requirements for upstream supply, storage and transportation. Jeff was educated at the University of Toronto, and is a past board member of Fuel Cells Canada.
Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund
Harvey Yesno was born in Eabametoong (Fort Hope) First Nation in 1955, one of twelve children of the late John and Jane Yesno. He has been married to Helen for twenty-six years; they have four children and three grandchildren. He is bilingual (English and Ojibway) and though now a resident of Thunder Bay, ON has lived in his home community for most of his life.
An avid reader of history and business, Harvey uses travel to bring Aboriginal history alive for his children. Harvey describes the key motivators in his life as his family, faith, and a lifelong learning and commitment to the advancement of First Nation people in Northern Ontario. He received a Diploma in Avionics Maintenance Technology from Confederation College in 1977 and continues to pursue new knowledge and skills by participating in seminars and courses.
His career spans a wide range of experience in the public and private sectors and he is currently the President and CEO of Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund; he has held this position since 1993. He served as Chief of Eabametoong First Nation for five terms and as Councilor for one term. For the past thirty years, he has been an active participant in many different capacities in the National Indian Brotherhood/Assembly of First Nations and Grand Council Treaty #9/Nishnawbe Aski Nation. He founded and operated Mid Can Air for seven years and later became a free lance consultant in the late 80’s.
The guiding objectives of his career are the creation of a sustainable business and economic development sector in the Aboriginal community and the development of regional and community institutions to achieve self-determination.
Chief, Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve
Chief Robert Corbiere is a member of the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve located on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron, Ontario. He has been involved with politics for over 35 years and is currently serving his second term as Chief of the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve. He was first elected as Chief in 2004 and subsequently re-elected in 2006. He has devoted his time and commitment to serving the community and the Anishnawbek Nation. He has also served on various committees and boards, both locally and provincially. In 2005, he was honored with an Anishinabek Lifetime Achievement Award which was hosted by the Union of Ontario Indians. His primary interest for serving the people of Wikwemikong is to develop major economic initiatives to generate much needed revenue for the survival of his people.