Wed August 8, 2022 7:39 am
David Butters
President, 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.

Paul Murphy
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.

Julie Dill
Union Gas Limited
Julie Dill is president of Union Gas, an integrated natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company serving about 1.3 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities in northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. The company also provides storage and transportation services to other utilities and energy market participants in Ontario, Quebec and the United States. Union Gas is a Spectra Energy company.

Dill brings a wealth of experience in the energy sector, having served in a number of executive capacities in the natural gas and power industries.   Before assuming her current role in January 2007, Dill served as group executive – investor relations and chief communications officer for Duke Energy. She was responsible for monitoring changes and trends in investment markets, as well as developing, maintaining and enhancing key relationships and communications with retail and institutional investors, financial analysts and financial institutions.

Dill is chair of the Canadian Gas Association and serves on the board of the Ontario Energy Association. She is also a member of the United Way of Chatham-Kent Women's Leadership Council, the New Mexico State University Alumni Association and sits on the Advisory Council for the College of Business and Economics. She was named to the College of Business Hall of Fame in 2000 and was named one of the top 50 Women in Energy in 2002. 
Michael Binder
President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

One member of the Commission Tribunal is designated as the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission's (CNSC's) President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This position is currently held by Mr. Michael Binder.

 

Throughout an extensive career in the federal public service, Michael Binder has held senior positions in Industry Canada, the Department of Communications, the Office of the Comptroller General of Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Ministry of State for Urban Affairs and the Defence Research Board.

 

During his previous tenure as Assistant Deputy Minister of Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications, in Industry Canada, Michael Binder oversaw Canada’s transition to a network economy, and was responsible for the regulation of the telecommunication industries, the promotion of electronic commerce, and the development and use of world class information and communications technologies for the economic, social and cultural benefit of all Canadians. He was also responsible for the Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC) as well as for the delivery of programs such as SchoolNet, Computers for Schools, Community Access Program, CANARIE and the CA*Net4, and dealing with policy and regulatory issues associated with Electronic Commerce, SPAM, Privacy and Cyber Security.

 

As CNSC’s President, Michael Binder is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities of the nuclear industry, a sector on the verge of unprecedented growth. His avowed mission is to ensure that Canadian nuclear facilities and activities are among the safest and most secure in the world.

 

Michael Binder holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Alberta.
George Smitherman
Ontario Minister of Energy and Infrastructure
George Smitherman was first elected to serve the diverse communities of downtown Toronto in 1999, but his interest in politics was sown over 20 years earlier. Inspired by the life and politics of Pierre Trudeau, he gained experience at all three levels of government, working in support of several senior political leaders.

From his home base in Toronto’s gay community, where he owned and operated a small business for nearly a decade, Smitherman launched his campaign for public office. He is Ontario’s first openly gay MPP and cabinet minister. He married his partner, Christopher, in the summer of 2007 north of Elliot Lake, Ontario. They live in Cabbagetown.

In the community, Smitherman is well known for his advocacy in areas such as housing, heritage preservation, community economic development, protection of pension rights, efforts to combat guns and drugs, and human rights issues.

Smitherman was appointed Minister of Energy and Infrastructure in June 2008. He previously served as Minister of Health and Long-Term Care since 2003.

As the longest-serving Ontario Minister of Health in the last quarter century, Smitherman strongly led key McGuinty government initiatives, including the effort to reduce wait times and enhance access to nurses and doctors.
Sean Conway
Queens University, and Public Policy Advisor, Gowlings
Mr. Conway has been the Director of Queen’s University’s Institute of Intergovernmental Relations in the School of Policy Studies and is also a policy advisor with the law firm Gowling, Lafleur Henderson LLP, and a public affairs analyst on TV Ontario.

Prior to joining Queen’s, Mr. Conway served as a Member of the Ontario Legislature for 28 years, including five years as a Cabinet Minister during the Government of Premier David Peterson. While in Cabinet, Mr. Conway held a number of portfolios, including Government House Leader and Minister of Education, Colleges and Universities and Skills Development.

His most recent position in the Legislature was as Liberal party spokesperson for energy and electricity policy. Mr. Conway retired from the Legislature in October 2003.

Mr. Conway joined Gowlings as a Policy Advisor in January 2004. His is on working with clients in the energy and natural resources sector.

In addition to his work at Gowlings, Mr. Conway is a Visiting Fellow in the Queen’s University School of Policy Studies and a regular panellist on the TVO public affairs program Studio 2.
Michael McFadden
Independent Project Analysis
Michael McFadden joined IPA in 2000 and currently serves as IPA’s Regional Director of North America. In this role, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of IPA's headquarters in Ashburn, Virginia. Before becoming Regional Director in 2006, he was the Manager of IPA's Global Refining and Petrochemicals Business Area. Michael has also been responsible for IPA's Industry Benchmarking Consortium Conference since 2004.

As a Project Analyst, Mike focused on evaluating refining process projects. He led numerous benchmarking efforts and has conducted over 100 individual analyses of capital projects. He also led research to understand the drivers of project performance during periods of labor shortages as well as the common drivers of the truly best projects.

Before joining IPA, Mike worked for more than fourteen years in the paper and chemical industries in research and product development. In these roles he published numerous articles and presentations and holds two U.S. and European patents. Mike earned a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Chemical Engineering also from the University of Virginia.
Dan McGillivray
Ontario Centres of Excellence for Energy
Dr. Dan McGillivray brings over 30 years of experience to OCE’s Centre for Energy having worked as an environmental consultant, university professor, physical oceanographer and President and CEO of Environmental Software Consultants Inc. Dan received his Ph.D. in 1988 from the University of Toronto, specializing in Earth and Environmental Sciences. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Environment Industry Association in November 2001 and served until July 2008.

Dan joined the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) in October 1997, initially as Director, Business Development and Technology Transfer and was appointed Managing Director of the Centre for Earth and Environmental Technologies in July 2005. Dan is Co-Chair of OCE’s Research Investment Committee and became Managing Director of OCE’s Centre for Energy in July 2007. From this position, Dr. McGillivray has overseen the growth of Centre resources from $2 to $20 million and the development of a $44 million project portfolio of transformative innovations focused on clean energy production, distribution and consumption. Dan lives in Toronto with his wife, Karen, and their three children.
Paul McMillan

Paul McMillan brings a strong understanding of deregulated energy markets to the leadership of EPCOR Ontario.  Paul was appointed to this position on April 7, 2005 and is responsible for all of EPCOR’s Ontario based business and commercial activities.


Prior to assuming this new role, Paul was the President of EPCOR Merchant and Capital L.P., responsible for EPCOR’s deregulated marketing and merchant activities.
Before becoming EMC President in 2000, Paul was with Engage Energy Canada L.P. (“Engage”) and its various predecessor companies. In this capacity, he held the position of Vice President, Energy Management Services at Engage.


Paul started his career with Union Gas Limited in 1982, holding positions of progressive responsibility, primarily in the restructuring of Union’s commercial business in response to the deregulation of the natural gas industry.


Paul holds Master’s Degrees in Business Administration and in Human Kinetics (Administration). In addition, he is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and has earned two baccalaureate degrees.


Paul is currently the Chairman of the Ontario Energy Association and also on the Stakeholders Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors of the Independent Electric System Operator.


EPCOR’s vision is to become an essential services provider offering power and water services to commercial, industrial, and government sponsored entities in Alberta, Ontario and the BC’ / Pacific Northwest.

Adam White
AMPCO
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 17 years’ 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.
Paul Bradley
Macquarie Capital Markets Canada
Mr. Paul Bradley joined Macquarie Capital Markets in its Infrastructure and Utilities practice in August 2008, where advises companies across Canada on strategic and financing engagements.
Mr. Bradley was the founder of PJB Energy Solutions Inc. which advises and invests in early stage energy companies.  He served as Vice President, Electricity Resources for the Ontario Power Authority, from June 2005 to June 2007 and was responsible for designing implementing and managing the OPA’s power generation procurement program. 
Mr. Bradley spent six years as Executive Director with CIBC World Markets’ Investment Banking Power and Utilities team and 8 years with Duke Energy in the US and Asia.
Mr. Bradley is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Accounting from Boston College.  He previously served as a Director on the boards of Stratacon Inc., Clean Energy Developments Corp., EarthFirst Canada Inc., and Helix Wind Inc.
Mr. Bradley was awarded the prestigious Hedley Palmer award by the Association of Power Producers of Ontario in November 2006.


Jason Chee-Aloy
Director, Generation Procurement, OPA - Ontario Power Authority
Jason Chee-Aloy joined the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) in August 2005. He is responsible for procuring and negotiating contracts for electricity generation supply to enhance the adequacy and reliability of Ontario’s power system. To date, the OPA has procured over 5,000 MW of generation, representing an approximate value of $5 billion. Over the next 20 years, over $60 billion of additional power system resource investment is planned. Mr. Chee-Aloy is a member of the Integrated Power System Plan Project Team and is responsible for developing the OPA’s Procurement Processes.

Prior to joining the OPA, Mr. Chee-Aloy worked for Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) from November 1999 to July 2005 where he was closely involved with restructuring Ontario’s electricity market. Mr. Chee-Aloy was the Chair of the Long Term Resource Adequacy Working Group consisting of key stakeholders from the electricity sector. He delivered design documents and market rules for a Forward Capacity Market. Prior to the May 2002 market start, Mr. Chee-Aloy was responsible for development of the organisation, structure and business practices of the Market Assessment and Compliance Division.

Prior to the IESO, Mr. Chee-Aloy worked as an Energy 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.

During his time away from the electricity sector, Mr. Chee-Aloy is a part-time baseball scout for the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau and a former Kansas City Royals scout. He has coached competitive baseball for 15 years and has won six National Championships. In 2006, Mr. Chee-Aloy was presented with the Lionel Ruhr award as Baseball Canada’s coach of the year.

Elisabeth (Lisa) DeMarco
Macleod Dixon
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.


Jim MacDougall
OPA - Ontario Power Authority
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.

Sarah Thorne
Decision Partners Inc., Thorne Butte
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.
George Vegh
McCarthy Tetrault LLP
George Vegh is the head of McCarthy Tétrault’s Toronto energy regulatory practice, where he provides advocacy and advisory services to private and public sector clients.  George is recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada in the National Post’s 2008 Annual Survey.

Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, George was General Counsel of the Ontario Energy Board.  George 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 and a leading commentator on energy policy developments in Ontario.

Geoff Ogram
Vice President, Asset Management, Hydro One
Geoff is responsible for planning and managing Hydro One’s transmission and distribution investments. Geoff is also responsible for Hydro One’s conservation and demand management program and Hydro One Telecom. Prior to being appointed VP, Asset Management, he led Hydro One's Strategy & Development group.

Geoff began his career at Ontario Hydro as a research scientist in the field of nuclear safety and environmental studies. Since 1991, he has held various positions of increasing responsibility, both at the corporate and at the business unit level, including Generation, Retail and Transmission.

He has an undergraduate degree in physics and applied mathematics, a Ph.D. in physics and has completed the Senior Executive Program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York.
Dr. Bernard Fleet
FRSC, M.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc., Fleet Technology Partners
Bernard Fleet has combined a career in business and academia where his main areas of expertise are in the fields of environmental management, industrial pollution abatement, sustainable energy and clean transportation.  He is the author of over 150 scientific/technical articles his work is cited on more than 50 patents. 

Dr. Fleet’s career started in the UK – after completing his Ph.D at Birmingham University he spent two years as NATO postdoctoral fellow at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences in Prague, Czechoslovakia.  He was then appointed lecturer (associate professor) at Imperial College, University of London where his research was mainly in the fields of industrial ecology and electroanalytical chemistry of industrial pollutants.  He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science from the University of London in 1976.  After moving to Canada in 1980, Dr. Fleet worked as research director for an environmental management company while also serving as Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto.

In 1992, Dr. Fleet moved to Southeast Asia where he served as managing director for a European environmental company specializing in the application of geographic information systems monitoring the remediation of contaminated industrial waste sites. 

During the past decade, Dr. Fleet’s work has focused on the areas of clean transportation and renewable energy.  Following his major interest in electric vehicles, Dr. Fleet has carried out several technology and market studies for private sector clients and government agencies.  Most recently he lead the background study on a Roadmap for the Electric Vehicle Industry in Canada.

Richard Marceau
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Richard J.Marceau obtained his B.Eng. from McGill University in December 1977 and began his engineering career with MONENCO Inc. in January 1978. In 1982, he joined Hydro-Québec as an operations engineer in Montréal, Canada and later as a researcher at the Hydro-Québec Research Institute (IREQ). Though engaged in a full-time engineering career, he obtained his M.Sc.A. in Electrical Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1983 through part-time studies. Beginning full-time in doctoral studies at McGill University in 1990, he obtained his Ph.D. there in October 1993, and became Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Ecole Polytechnique deMontréal. He obtained tenure in December 1996, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997, was elected Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1998, was promoted to the rank of Professor in May 1999, and remained Chair until May 31st 2001. On June 1st 2001, he became Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the Université de Sherbrooke. On January 1st 2005, he assumed the position of Provost of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). His research has centered primarily on power system security.
Mark Kerbel
CEO, REGEN Energy

Mark Kerbel is the CEO and co-founder of REGEN Energy, a Toronto-based firm committed to providing innovative, cost-effective, and practical energy solutions to energy consumers. He is a key member of the research team that developed REGEN’s unique EnviroGrid controllers, and is co-author of REGEN’s patent-pending method using swarm logic to control the peak energy demand. Mark is a frequent speaker to property managers, building equipment service providers and utilities on the topic of innovation in energy efficiency and building controls.

This is the second firm Mark has co-founded, following Screaming Solutions, a specialized software firm that evolved to become Ontario’s major retail electricity transaction clearinghouse, rebranded as the SPI Group. His extensive involvement in Ontario’s electricity industry background follows prior experience in developing IT systems for the banking and brokerage industry. Mark is a past chair of the OEB’s Electronic Business Transaction Standards Working Group, past president of the Toronto Java Users Group, and was an industry representative on the OEB’s Smart Meter and Regulated Price Plan working groups. He received a B.Math in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.

Pierre Guimond
President & CEO, Canadian Electricity Association
Pierre Guimond was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) in May 2008. As President of CEA, Mr. Guimond acts as spokesperson on issues of national concern to the electric utility industry.
Prior to joining CEA, Mr. Guimond served as Director, Federal Government Liaison for Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG). Since 2003, he was seconded to the Canadian Nuclear Association where he coordinated regulatory activities and guided policy development initiatives aimed at improving the nuclear legislative and regulatory frameworks. He also served as spokesperson for the nuclear industry and contributed to building public acceptance for nuclear power’s re-emergence as a viable energy option in Canada.

Throughout his extensive career, Mr. Guimond has worked in a wide range of government relations as well as political roles. From 1991 to 1999 he was the head of government relations at CEA, and prior to that managed Consumer and Corporate Affairs Canada’s (now Industry Canada) Grants and Contributions Program where he implemented a regulatory program in the area of consumer protection.

Mr. Guimond has also served as Executive Assistant and political advisor to a number of federal cabinet ministers, and in 1979 was the Executive Assistant to the Speaker of the House of Commons, the late Honourable James Jerome.

Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, Mr. Guimond has lived in the National Capital Region for over thirty years. He holds an Honours B.A. in Political Science from Carleton University.


Pamela Nowina
Ontario Energy Board
Pamela Nowina has been Vice-Chair of the Ontario Energy Board since July of  2005. As Vice-Chair, Ms. Nowina sits on the Management Committee, the governance body of the Board. In addition to her governance responsibilities, Ms. Nowina has presided over many of the OEB’s most significant cases, including most recently the Bruce to Milton Transmission case and the Integrated Power System Plan. She also has a key role in developing many of the Board’s policies.

Ms. Nowina has more than 25 years of experience in the natural gas and electricity sectors. Ms. Nowina was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM where she was responsible for the Energy Strategy Practice in Canada.  

Prior to this, Ms. Nowina was an executive at Compugen Systems and held several management positions at Union Gas Ltd. Ms. Nowina holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Windsor and an MBA from the University of Toronto.  Ms. Nowina was recently Chair of the Board of Nazareth House, a shelter for women and babies at risk.
Jeff Rosenthal
Brookfield Asset Management
Jeff Rosenthal has over 25 years of senior management and executive experience in the Electrical Utility and telecommunication sectors. Jeff is currently responsible for the development of the transmission business for Brookfield Asset Management, for oversight of the existing operating platform in Ontario and to participate with utility mergers and acquisitions.

His experience includes leading the largest capital program undertaken by Toronto Hydro in the city’s voltage conversion, working with ABB Sweden to deliver a state if the art SCADA system and working with the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology to install a cogeneration unit that provides hot water and electricity to the campus. Prior to his role at Brookfield, Jeff was President and CEO of Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation.

Jeff is currently Chair of the Board of the Ontario Energy Association and has previously been a member of the IESO Technical Panel and a Director on the Board of the EDA.
Robert Silver
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 24 months in business, DPC assisted clients with over $3.5 billion in clean energy projects including natural gas, wind, solar, nuclear, demand side management and demand response. In addition, DPC advises some of Ontario's leading industry associations on a wide variety of policy issues.

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 on all energy issues. Robert is a frequent commentator on energy, environmental and political issues. He is an ongoing contributor in Canada's national newspaper, the Globe and Mail. Robert received his law degree from the University of Western Ontario where he won two North American and two Canadian National Debating Championships.
Aiman El-Ramly

Aiman has twenty years experience in the energy industry. He is the Senior Vice President Strategy and Business Development for ZE PowerGroup. He is also the Chief Operating Officer for ZE Power Engineering. Aiman teaches in the MBA leadership program at Royal Roads University as an Associate Faculty member. He is a certified management consultant (CMC) as provided by the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CAMC). Aiman Received his MBA from Royal Roads University (RRU) and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Prior to joining ZE PowerGroup, Aiman was an independent marketing consultant. Aiman started his career with BC Hydro spending several years in the energy management and marketing departments.
 

About ZE PowerGroup:

ZE PowerGroup Inc. (www.ze.com) is an experienced software and strategic consulting firm that combines energy industry expertise with advanced software development capability. ZE PowerGroup’s ZEMA data management and analysis suite is built by experts to meet the specific challenges faced by energy industry participants. In addition to ZEMA, the company provides strategic consulting, regulatory support, commodity price forecasts, market outlooks and due diligence.
 

About ZE Power Engineering:

ZE Power Engineering Inc. (www.zepowerengineering.com) provides its customers with engineering services that cater specifically to the electric utility industry. The team has extensive knowledge and experience in generation, transmission and distribution systems and in utility operational requirements. The firm provides design engineering services in transmission, distribution and substations.

Adèle Malo
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Direct Energy
As Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Adèle is responsible for all aspects of Direct Energy's legal and regulatory functions in North America, as well as for the property and real estate functions. As Executive Sponsor of the Direct Energy Climate Change Committee, Adèle is responsible for ensuring that the various energy efficiency initiatives of the company are effective and co-ordinated. She is also a member of Direct Energy's Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Direct Energy, Adèle held the role of VP, Law and General Counsel and VP, Sustainable Development at Ontario Power Generation (OPG), one of the largest electricity generators in North America. Adèle was responsible for the identification, management, and oversight of all legal, governance, corporate environmental and real estate matters affecting OPG. She was with the organization for seven years.

Prior to that, Adèle was VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Union Gas and Director of Strategic Development for a subsidiary of The Oshawa Group. Her career in law and corporate counsel also includes over three years in private practice.

Adèle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph, a law degree from the University of Windsor and a Master of Law degree from the University of Cambridge in England. Adèle is a director of two not for profit organizations and is a member of the Independent Review Committee for Aegon Fund Management.

Ed Chilton
Project Coordinator for Five Nations Energy Inc. (FNEI)
ED CHILTON, C.E.T., Principal of Edward W. Chilton Consultants, has worked with First Nation communities in the area of infrastructure development for most of his professional career.  For the last 11 years, he has been Project Coordinator for Five Nations Energy Inc. (FNEI) taking the project from the conceptual stage, through the development, construction and now the operations stages. He most recently has played a vital role in assisting with the project development of FNEI’s fibre optic telecommunications infrastructure. Ed also serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of FNEI.
 
Mr. Chilton worked as Project Coordinator for Moose Cree First Nation bringing the Lower Mattagami River Hydro Re-development Project to a level ready for development. He is now taking on other First Nation specific energy projects.  He previously was employed with the Mushkegowuk Council as Supervisor of Technical Services where he was responsible for the management of numerous multi-million dollar Capital Projects for the Mushkegowuk communities. In the role of a First Nations Project Developer, Ed brings to the table a unique blend of skills that he uses to develop the partnerships between First Nation governments, Canadian governments and the private sector that are necessary to develop a First Nation project. In 2002, Mr. Chilton was honoured with the Executive of the Year Award at the Nishnawbe Aski Nations Business Awards. His many interests include baseball and hockey along with traditional activities such as hunting, camping and fishing.
Linda Bertoldi
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
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.
David J. McFadden
Gowlings
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).

Stephen Somerville

For the past eight months Stephen has been Director, Development with Competitive Power Ventures (“CPV”), Inc. a U.S. based power developer. Stephen and a colleague have responsibility for the development of both thermal and wind project opportunities in Ontario.

Prior to joining CPV, Stephen was 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 CPV 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, 2006 and 2007 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 past 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.
Jim Fonger
President & CEO, H2Green Energy Corporation
Jim Fonger is co-founder, President and CEO of H2Green Energy Corporation. H2Green, in conjunction with the University of Toronto and McMaster University, is developing the Hydrolyser™ a novel mega-watt scale electrical energy storage and mediation system that uses a hybrid mix of energy storage and heat recovery technologies.

Prior to re-focusing his career and investment initiatives into the sustainable energy sector in the fall of 2006, Jim invested in and operated businesses in the high-tech and telecommunications fields and was co-founder of Telmetrics Inc.

With a degree in Economics from York University, Jim is also a director of Windy Hills Caledon Renewable Energy, a community based 10 megawatt wind farm project located in north-west Caledon and also plays an active role in the Caledon Chamber of Commerce on the policy committee, focusing on policy development that will foster economic growth of green energy technologies and projects within Caledon.

Andrew Johnson

Dave Goulding
Chairman of the Board, Northeast Power Coordinating Council
Dave Goulding has been Chair of the Northeast Power Coordinating Council Inc. (NPCC), the body that oversees reliability in the North American power grid, since May 2007. Prior to that, he was a member of NERC’s Board of Trustees, from 1998 to 2001. From April 1999 to October 2006 he was President and CEO of the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator.
    He was Senior Vice President at Ontario Hydro from 1997 to 1999, responsible for the preparations for the restructured electricity market. He was Vice President and General Manager at Ontario Hydro from 1994 to 1997, responsible for system operations, electrical safety, regulation of municipal utilities and interjurisdictional trade. Prior to that he was Director of Grid System Management Ontario Hydro from 1993 to 1994. He has also had various roles in power system operations, transmission, and generation with CEGB in the U.K.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ontario and a graduate of the Banff School of Advanced Management.
Catherine Cottingham
ED & CEO, CHRP
Catherine Cottingham is intimately familiar with the human resources profile of Canada’s electricity sector. Formerly one of six managers responsible for vetting the global workforce strategies of a billion-dollar multinational telecom corporation, Cottingham joined the Canadian Electricity Association in 2003. While there, she applied her experience developing large-scale human resources plans to head a national assessment of the electricity sector’s HR challenges and opportunities. Cottingham’s research and management skills are backed by academic expertise acquired during her years at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Cottingham’s insights into human resources management have been featured in several magazines, including HR Today and Canadian HR Reporter, and covered by CBC Newsworld. She is a leading speaker on HR issues in the electricity sector.
Richard King
Partner, Ogilvy Renault LLP
Richard is a partner in the Toronto office of Ogilvy Renault and practises environmental and energy law. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1996 and has an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall, York University and an LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.  His wide-ranging energy practice encompasses representing electricity and natural gas utility companies on regulatory matters (including facility approvals and rate applications) before the Ontario and National Energy Boards. He also advises large industrial, commercial and institutional users of natural gas and electricity on energy commodity purchase agreements. Mr. King has acted for a number of First Nations in respect of energy development on reserve lands and traditional territories.

His environmental law practice focuses on the environmental aspects of corporate transactions (due diligence, negotiating agreements, working with consultants and engineers to assess liability risk, advising clients, liaising with regulators, etc.) and the development of major projects (assisting in the planning and conduct of environmental assessments, representing clients in hearings before regulatory tribunals, negotiating with affected stakeholders and parties, etc.).

Mr. King has participated in transactions and projects in virtually all economic sectors, including nuclear energy, mining, steel manufacturing, retail, forestry, power generation, food and beverage, petrochemical, waste management, high-tech and shipping. Mr. King has appeared before the federal and provincial courts on environmental matters.

Client Work

•       Involved in obtaining the approvals associated with the construction of a new 1,000 MW combined-cycle gas-fired power plant near Sarnia, Ontario

•       Acted for a number of First Nations in respect of energy development on Reserve lands and traditional territories

 
Lynda O'Malley
York University
Lynda O'Malley is a Masters Degree Candidate in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, where she is studying policy options for renewable energy solutions, particularly energy storage and distributed generation.
 
Lynda has worked with the Pembina Institute on their energy storage primer, Storing Renewable Power.  She has also published in Renewableenergyworld.com.
 
Lynda is also working with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority and York University on the TRCA's Renewable Energy Road Map project.
Ken Pearce
Partner, Blakes
Ken Pearce is a Partner in Toronto and practises in the corporate/commercial and securities areas.  He is a member of the National Energy Group.  He acts for a number of companies listed on the Toronto Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange, including high tech and junior exploration companies.
Ken specialises in financings for entrepreneurial, public and private company clients, project financings and mergers and acquisitions.  As part of his financing and acquisition practice, he has advised on a wide range of energy-related and public/private partnership projects, including acting as counsel to:
• Ontario Power Generation in connection with the redevelopment of hydroelectric generating projects in Northern Ontario;
• the Ontario Power Authority in developing the Request for Proposals and contracts for the up to 1,000 MW of combined heat and power RFP;
• the Ontario Ministry of Energy in negotiating the Bruce Power nuclear refurbishment and implementation agreement;
and many others.
Shayne Smith
CEO, Wardrop Engineering
As Chief Executive Officer of Wardrop Engineering Inc., Mr. Smith is responsible for Wardrop’s national and international growth and prosperity, leading the firm’s worldwide strategic growth and overall management.  Mr. Smith’s 20-year career at Wardrop comprises a broad range of operational and management portfolios.

Mr. Smith received a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1988 and is a Professional Engineer.  He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Wardrop Engineering Inc. is a 1300-person multi-disciplined consulting firm with offices located in Canada, the United States and internationally.  As an employee-owned firm, Wardrop’s vision is to be a company that stands for “People, Passion, Performance.  Trusted Globally”.  Wardrop’s operations are focused primarily in the mining, energy and infrastructure markets with project experience in over 50 countries.  Over the past nine years, Wardrop has been recognized eight times as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.
Mike Richmond
Partner & Co-Chair, Energy Law, McMillan Binch Mendelsohn LLP

Mike Richmond is a lawyer in the Energy Law, Emissions Trading and Climate Change, and Government Relations Practice Groups of McMillan LLP. 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 purchase and gas 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 industry or the client. 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.

Keith Stewart
World Wildlife Fund Canada, Climate Change Campaign Manager
Keith Stewart is the manager of WWF-Canada’s climate change campaign. His current work is focused on promoting a low-carbon energy future in Ontario by maximizing the contribution of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and high-efficiency cogeneration in Ontario’s Integrated Power System Plan. This work is part of a broader effort to secure fair, effective and science-based national and provincial climate action plans.

Prior to joining WWF in 2006, Keith worked with a variety of groups, including the Toronto Environmental Alliance, the Canadian Environmental Law Association, the Ontario Public Interest Research Group, the Clean Air Partnership, and the Canadian Climate Action Network.

Keith has a Ph.D. in Political Science from York University where he wrote his dissertation on environmental policy and politics in Ontario, and has taught at the universities of Toronto, York, Ryerson and Trent. In 2004, he co-authored a book on Ontario electricity politics entitled Hydro: The Decline and Fall of Ontario’s Electric Empire and has authored a number of articles on climate change policy and politics.

 
Julie Girvan
Energy Advisor to the Consumers Council of Canada
Ms. Girvan is an independent consultant who currently advises the Consumers Council of Canada in its role representing the interests of residential consumers in both electricity and natural gas matters in Ontario.   She has been involved extensively with the industry restructuring initiatives in both the natural gas and electricity sectors.  She has been participating in the Natural Gas utility consultative processes for over ten years and related OEB proceedings. Ms. Girvan was a member of the electricity industry’s Market Design Committee and was the residential representative on the IMO’s Technical Panel for two terms.  She is also currently the residential sector representative on the IESO Stakeholder Advisory Committee.   She spends a large part of her time managing interventions in proceedings before the Ontario Energy Board.  Prior to becoming a consultant Ms. Girvan spent several years as a Project Manager at the Ontario Energy Board.    
Glenn Zacher
Partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP

Glenn Zacher is a partner in the Litigation Group of Stikeman Elliott’s Toronto Office and his practice focuses on energy regulation and commercial litigation.  He is called to the bars of both Ontario and British Columbia and has an LLB from UBC and a BAH from Queen’s University.


Mr. Zacher’s practice includes advising and representing electricity and gas companies (generators, marketers, transmitters) and energy agencies before the Ontario Energy Board and in review and appeal proceedings before the Ontario Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal.  Mr. Zacher also acts for energy clients in complex commercial litigation disputes.  In 2002, Mr. Zacher spent a year’s secondment at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) where he acted as counsel to the IESO during the lead-up to and for the first eight months following the opening of the restructured Ontario electricity market.


Mr. Zacher is the co-author of Energy Regulation in Ontario and he regularly speaks and writes on energy regulation and commercial litigation topics.

Mark Smith
Partner, KPMG Canada
Mark Smith is a Partner in  KPMG’s Advisory Services practice and global lead of KPMG’s People and Change services.  

Mark specializes in strategic planning, strategy implementation, and organization-wide change. Broadly trained, he integrates the areas of strategy, organization design, human resources and financial management.  His work with senior leadership teams and Boards ensures that organizations produce strategic decisions that are not only well conceived, but accepted and implemented as well. He is equally at ease as a consultant, trainer, facilitator and speaker.  One of his significant specialties is facilitating senior teams and Boards as they create strategies and plans and lead change in their organization

Mark has depth of experience in both the private and public sectors. He has led over 300 assignments in 150 organizations in Europe, Bermuda, the United States and Canada. Industries include financial services, telecommunications, real estate, professional services, hi-tech, retail, the public sector and health care. Private sector clients have included Union Gas, Encana, the Royal Bank, ACE Insurance, Bell and AT&T Canada, Canadian Tire, the LCBO and Platform Computing,   Public sector clients include most of the Ministries in the Ontario government, plus many of the significant arms length agencies.
Cherie Brant
Gardiner Roberts LLP

Cherie is an associate with the law firm of Gardiner Roberts LLP located in Toronto.  She graduated from the University of Toronto Law School in 2002 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2003.  Her practice is focussed in two main areas:  Renewable Energy and Real Estate.


On the Renewable Energy side, Cherie acts for wind energy proponents and investors on joint ventures, loan agreements and co-operatives and advises building owners and developers on business opportunities within the renewable energy sector.  Cherie has appeared before the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) on regulatory review matters in connection with Integrated Power System Plan (IPSP) and the Transmission Cost Connection review.  


One of Cherie’s main goals is to promote change within the current legal and policy frameworks of the energy sector in order to facilitate economic development opportunities for First Nations and the Community Power Sector.  In particular, she acts for the First Nations Energy Alliance (FNEA) who is an intervenor on the IPSP and she regularly provides technical advocacy advice to the FNEA and other Community Power Groups on matters such as the Duty to Consult, RFP consultation provisions and development and approvals streamlining.

Tom Harris
P.Eng
Dr. Harris is currently Professor of Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.  He has a B.SC. in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s and a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University.  Prior to joining Queen’s in 1986, he worked for six years in the United States. He was appointed department head in chemical engineering in 1992.  and in 1996 he was appointed dean of the Faculty of Applied Science, a position he held for eleven years.  He has served on the boards of several research consortia.  Currently he is a member of the Management Board for the Ontario Centres of Excellence (Energy).

His research interests are in the areas of process control and the development and application of statistical methods in Chemical Engineering.  He has given many industrial short courses in these topics. 
He is a Fellow of both the Chemical Institute of Canada and Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Chris Ball
Exucutive Vice President, Corpfinance International Ltd.
Christopher Ball brings over 30 years of domestic and international lending experience to the position of Executive Vice President of Corpfinance International Limited (CFI) and President of CFI Capital the equity funding arm of the CFI Group of Companies.

Due to the diversity of his professional experiences and his commitment to future focused initiatives, Chris has become CFI’s infrastructure and energy business specialist. In addition to his work in the increasingly important infrastructure and energy sectors, Chris is also responsible for managing CFI’s structured loan portfolio, where he has advised and organized debt financing for over 100 projects.

Prior to joining CFI, Chris held various managerial positions within the Canadian and International Banking community

Chris is a Director of the Independent Power Association of British Columbia. Chris is also a recognized speaker within the Financial Industry and is a member of the Hydrovision Advisory Board.

 Chris is an Independent Trustee and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Algonquin Power Income Trust one Canada’s a prominent Power Generation Income Trust.
Paul Grod
President & CEO, Rodan Energy & Metering Solutions Inc.
Paul is President and CEO of Rodan Energy & Metering Solutions Inc.  Under Paul's guidance, Rodan has become a leading provider of energy management solutions including a full spectrum of engineering services, metering solutions and demand management programs.  Rodan is Ontario’s first load and generation aggregator through the OPA 's York Region Demand Response Program and is actively engaged in the integration of Demand Response and Distributed Generation into North America’s power supply mix.

Prior to joining Rodan, Paul was a corporate and investment banker with CIBC World Markets and most recently a lawyer with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, one of Canada's largest national law firms, practicing in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance with a focus on the energy and infrastructure sectors.  He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and holds Bachelor of Laws and Master of Business Administration degrees.
Edith Chin
Enbridge Gas Distribution
Edith joined Enbridge Gas Distribution in 2000, and is currently Manager, Distributed Energy, responsible for gas service to all gas-fired generators in Enbridge’s franchise.  Prior to joining Enbridge, Edith spent most of her career in the manufacturing industry, in engineering, marketing, and energy management.  

Edith has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters degree in Science (Quantum Mechanics) from the University of Waterloo and studied at the London School of Economics in the U.K.
Robert Nicholson
RBC Capital Markets
Robert Nicholson is a Managing Director in the Energy and Power Group at RBC Capital Markets. He is responsible for coverage of a number of utilities, IPPs, alternative energy companies, power trusts and infrastructure investors. Rob's duties include M&A advisory, strategic and capital structure advice as well as both equity and debt raising. He has been intimately involved with the deregulation of the utility industry in the U.S. having advised governments, independent power producers and corporate entities.

He has been responsible for financing billions of dollars of power generation facilities and advised on both asset and corporate merger and acquisition activities in the power and pipeline sector. Rob spent 10 years in project finance and mergers and acquisitions in San Francisco and New York with a U.S. investment bank before joining RBC in Toronto.  He is a regular speaker at conferences on industry issues.

Prior to joining the investment banking industry, Rob was a professional engineer advising clients on environmental clean-ups and mitigation strategies. He holds a B.A.Sc from the University of Waterloo and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Errick 'Skip' Willis
President & CEO, Carbon Capital Management
Errick ‘Skip’ Willis is the President and CEO of Carbon Capital Management, a Canadian focused carbon corporation dedicated to supporting the development and deployment of low carbon technologies. Prior to accepting this new position he was the Managing Director Canadian Operations of a global consulting firm with extensive practice in the areas of energy and the environment. For the past two years the readers of Environmental Finance have voted the firm Top Advisor on Climate Change in North America. The Canadian operations are consultants to the Canadian Government and the Government of Ontario on analysis of climate change policy options. They have also been retained by the States of Illinois and Wisconsin and the Western Climate Initiative to do the modelling that will form the basis of the policy development process.

On the private sector side his clients represented a cross section of major industry in Canada including most of the power sector, oil and gas and clients in mining, pulp and paper and chemicals. The range of services included, inventory auditing, marginal abatement cost curves, policy impact analysis, strategic consulting and compliance option analysis. He has led his team in developing the first models for pricing credits in the CDM market, risk analysis of international credit and a tool to analyze credit prices in the Canadian offset market.

He has also been engaged in working with hedge funds and major financial institutions in New York in verifying potential projects and analyzing the credit creation potential of proposed projects. His team has performed expert due diligence work for a major IPO and is engaged in portfolio evaluation for a major carbon fund.

He has over 25 years of consulting experience in strategic planning, issues management, regulatory affairs, strategic communications and international market development. He has worked at the international level as an industry advisor to the Canadian delegation to the Montreal Protocol starting in 1992. He has been widely quoted in the press on issues relating to climate change and he is regularly called upon to speak at conferences both domestically and internationally. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Toronto in Environmental Finance.

Merv McLeod
McLeod Wood Associates Inc.
Merv is a founding partner in the firm McLeod Wood Associates Inc. The firm specializes in building the business relationship between First Nations and commercial interests. We are currently facilitating relationships in the areas of mineral exploration, mining, hydro development and electricity transmission.   Over the last 11 years the staff of MWA Inc. has been involved in significant ground breaking relationships between First Nations and between First Nations and Commercial Businesses.  This includes the creation of Five Nations Energy Inc., three local distribution companies on the James Bay Coast, a Winter Road management company, and Coral Rapids Power Inc. a company developed to facilitate the entry of the Taykwa Tagamou Nation into the electricity generation business in Ontario.  We were part of the team to undertake the initial study for the Nishnawbe-Aski Development Fund regarding the long term potential of transmitting electricity from Manitoba to Southern Ontario. Merv holds a Bachelor of Public Administration (Honours) from the University of Windsor. Originally from Moose Factory, Merv is a member of the Kashechewan First Nation.
Merv McLeod
McLeod Wood Associates Inc.

Merv is a founding partner in the firm McLeod Wood Associates Inc. The firm specializes in building the business relationship between First Nations and commercial interests. We are currently facilitating relationships in the areas of mineral exploration, mining, hydro development and electricity transmission.   Over the last 11 years the staff of MWA Inc. has been involved in significant ground breaking relationships between First Nations and between First Nations and Commercial Businesses.  This includes the creation of Five Nations Energy Inc., three local distribution companies on the James Bay Coast, a Winter Road management company, and Coral Rapids Power Inc. a company developed to facilitate the entry of the Taykwa Tagamou Nation into the electricity generation business in Ontario.  We were part of the team to undertake the initial study for the Nishnawbe-Aski Development Fund regarding the long term potential of transmitting electricity from Manitoba to Southern Ontario. Merv holds a Bachelor of Public Administration (Honours) from the University of Windsor. Originally from Moose Factory, Merv is a member of the Kashechewan First Nation.

David McLaughlin
President & CEO, National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
David McLaughlin was appointed as President and CEO of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) in August, 2007.

David has served as senior policy advisor and as chief of staff to several provincial and federal Ministries. In 1993, he was appointed Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister. He was Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs in New Brunswick from 1999 to 2001 and Deputy Minister of Policy and Planning from 1999 to 2003. In June 2000, he was also appointed as Secretary to the Cabinet Committee on Policy and Priorities. In 2003, he served as Chief of Staff to the Premier of New Brunswick. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. McLaughlin served as Deputy Minister to the New Brunswick Commission on Legislative Democracy, an independent, non-partisan commission examining democratic reform. In May 2005, the Premiers of Canada’s provinces and territories announced the creation of the Council of the Federation Advisory Panel on Fiscal Imbalance, and Mr. McLaughlin was hired as the Panel’s Executive Director. From March 2006 to August 2007, Mr. McLaughlin served as Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of Finance.
Bob Waldon
Métis Nation of Ontario
Bob Waldon is Director, Natural Resources, Environment & Community Relations for the Métis Nation of Ontario. Since the early ‘80’s, his career has mostly been in private sector, in the energy (pipeline) industry through roles with TransCanada PipeLines, Union Gas and Westcoast Energy. As a result, he has worked in most provinces, including senior management roles with Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline (a Westcoast Energy company) as part of the Sable Offshore Energy project, with responsibilities for Lands, Community Relations and Environment areas.

While at M&NP, he was involved in negotiation and implementing a participation agreement with the 13 Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs and in negotiations with two other Tribal Councils in New Brunswick. The agreement became a model in the industry and the region.

After M&NP, he was one of the negotiating team for province of Nova Scotia in the Canada-Nova Scotia-Mi’kmaw Framework Agreement. He also did the foundation work for the province’s stakeholder participation program to support Treaty and Aboriginal Rights negotiations that followed the Framework.

The MNO generally, and his Branch specifically want to work with proponents to develop consultation programs that are transparent, objective and effective. They understand industry wants predictable and consistent consultation processes, and see this area as an area of common interest, and as a basis for relationship-building with the private sector.
Rafael Kleiman
McMaster University
Rafael Kleiman is a Professor of Engineering Physics at McMaster University, holds the Canada Research Chair in MicroElectroMechanical Systems and directs the Centre for Emerging Device Technologies (CEDT).  Dr. Kleiman came to McMaster from Bell Labs (Murray Hill) in 2003, where he provided his expertise in modeling, design, and characterization of semiconductor devices to a number of projects at the leading edge of nanoscale electronics and high speed photonics for telecommunications applications.  Dr. Kleiman has translated this expertise to high efficiency single crystal photovoltaic devices, where he has developed a patent pending method for the growth of III-V semiconductor materials on silicon for lower cost, high efficiency multi-junction solar cells.  He leads a large ($4.1M) multi-faceted project, funded by OCE-Energy and ARISE Technologies to commercialize this technology.  He has brought together researchers from diverse disciplines with a unified vision to form the Canadian Photovoltaic Innovation Network.
Warren Reinisch
Co-ordinator, Business Development S&T, Union Gas

Warren joined Union Gas Limited in 2004.  After gaining experience in the Finance and Gas Supply groups, Warren recently moved to the Business Development team, where he is responsible for marketing, expansion Open Seasons, and working with Power Generators outside of Union’s franchise area.  Prior to joining Union Gas, Warren spent 3 years working for a small Canadian brokerage firm as a stock trader.

Warren has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor.   He currently lives in Chatham with his wife and daughter.

Tim Stringer
TransCanada

Tim Stringer is Manager, Commercial East for TransCanada Pipelines’ office in Toronto, Ontario.  He is responsible for managing the commercial relationships with gas-fired power generators in Ontario and the U.S. Northeast, as well as identifying new opportunities to provide gas transportation services to these customers.

 

Tim has worked for TransCanada PipeLines since 1991, and has worked in a variety of areas including Gas Scheduling, Gas Control, and Customer Service, both on TransCanada’s Canadian Mainline and Alberta Systems.  He and his family relocated to Toronto from Calgary in 2003.