Hon. Glenn Thibeault
Minister of Energy
Glenn Thibeault was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2015 as the MPP for Sudbury.

He is a strong advocate for supports for persons with developmental disabilities, and for quality services for families struggling with autism. Thibeault is also a champion for greater retirement security, enhanced consumer protection measures and significant investment in the Ring of Fire.

As a director with the United Way, he led many successful campaigns in support of community development. He has also been a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, as well as with minor hockey and football leagues.

Thibeault was born and raised in Sudbury, and is a graduate of Cambrian College. He lives in Sudbury with his wife, Yolanda, and their two daughters.

Patrick Brown
Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
Patrick Brown was elected Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario on May 9, 2015.  He ran on a platform of Party renewal, promising to grow the Party to over 100,000 members from every walk of life and every corner of the province.  A bigger Party, firmly rooted in every neighbourhood of every community in Ontario, is key to reconnecting the PC Party with the people of the province before the next provincial election.

Also critical, is reshaping the Party to give members a stronger voice in setting its priorities; and growing, training and nurturing a powerful, province-wide network of candidates, riding associations, volunteers and activists ready to compete and win in 107 ridings whenever the next election is called.

One of three children in a close family, Patrick often credits his parents with teaching him the values and principles – including his work ethic – that have guided his career.  His interest in politics began while growing up in Toronto.  He served as a Vice President on the executive of the PC Party of Ontario and also served two terms as President of the Progressive Conservative Youth Federation (PCYF).

Patrick was first elected to Barrie City Council in 2000 and was re-elected in 2003 with 72% of the vote.  In 2006, he beat an incumbent Liberal cabinet minister in the federal election and became the Member of Parliament for Barrie.  He was re-elected in 2008 and 2011, each time increasing his share of the vote.

In 2011, Patrick was named Chair of the GTA and Central Ontario Caucus. This role allowed him to grow strong relationships with business and community leaders across Ontario.  He was also Chairman of the Canada-India Parliamentary Association and has made 15 trips to India, building relations with one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Patrick has worked hard to build partnerships with people, groups, corporations, governments and organizations – both at home and abroad – establishing connections that allow him to better serve his constituents and to rebuild Ontario as Premier.  As a result, Patrick was named an honorary citizen of Gujarat by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, then Chief Minister of Gujarat. Patrick is also one of two honorary firefighters in the Province of Ontario, a testament to his commitment to working with the men and women who keep Ontarians safe.

An alumnus of St. Michael's College School in Toronto, Patrick studied political science at the University of Toronto before earning his LL.B from the University of Windsor. Prior to his first election, Patrick ran a law practice in downtown Barrie. Functional in French, Patrick also attended l’Université du Québec à Trois Rivières for extensive French studies.

As a marathon runner and an avid hockey and tennis player, Patrick has combined his passion for sports and public service to make Canada and Ontario a better place to live and work.  Patrick’s dedication to enhancing healthcare access has seen him help raise nearly $2 million dollars for the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie and charities, including JDRF, Autism Ontario, ALS Canada, Busby Street Centre, Talk is Free Theatre, and The Bill Wilkins Scholarship

David Butters
President & CEO, Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO)

David Butters has been APPrO’s president and chief executive officer since April 2004.

Mr. Butters has an extensive background in government, government relations, and corporate and advertising communications.

Prior to joining APPrO he was Vice President, Public Affairs for Hill & Knowlton Canada, with responsibility for their national energy practice. He was also Chief of Staff to the Hon. Tom Hockin in the Mulroney government.

He sits on Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee, representing Ontario generators, and is a member of the IESO’s Market Renewal Working Group and the Ontario Energy Board Chair’s Advisory Roundtable. He is also a Director of the Churchill Society.

Mr. Butters is a graduate of York University in Toronto.

APPrO is a non-profit organization representing more than 20 independent power producers in Ontario, and over 100 suppliers of services, equipment and consulting services. APPrO members produce power from co-generation, hydro-electric, gas, nuclear, wind energy, waste wood and other sources. APPrO’s members currently produce about 50% of the electricity made in Ontario.

Kris Aksomitis
Director, Power Advisory LLC

Kris Aksomitis joined Power Advisory LLC’s newly opened Calgary office as a Director in April 2016. He has over 15 years of experience, and his expertise includes electricity price forecasting, market policy development, carbon policy, and electricity market rule development. Prior to joining Power Advisory, Kris was the Manager of Market Analysis at TransAlta where he developed long term market forecasts for a range of jurisdictions, provided due diligence for potential asset acquisitions, supported commercial and regulatory analysis, and provided in depth analysis on the impact of Alberta carbon policy to TransAlta’s fleet.


Prior to TransAlta, Kris was Program Manager in the Market Design group at the AESO.  His work included developing wind integration proposals for the Alberta market, altering the structure of the operating reserve market, developing demand response services and examining the market price cap for potential changes.  During his time at the AESO he conducted stakeholder consultations, developed demand response products, created ISO market rules, worked with system controllers to implement new rules and was a key resource interfacing between internal and external groups.  Prior to the AESO, Kris worked at the Alberta Utilities Commission in the Markets group as a Senior Analyst.


Kris has an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary with a focus on competition theory. 


Colin Anderson
President, Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario (AMPCO)

Mr. Anderson has dedicated his entire career to the energy sector, in one capacity or another. As a Professional Engineer with an MBA and over twenty five years’ experience, Mr. Anderson has considerable knowledge of the power generation / utility / electricity industry. He has demonstrated understanding in all areas of business and has achieved success in resolving executive-level strategic and tactical issues.

Colin has previously worked as a power plant engineer at a major generating company, a design engineer at a power generation sector OEM, as a management consultant at a major consulting firm and as a regulatory professional within the energy sector.

Currently, Colin is the President of the Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario (AMPCO). AMPCO is a not-for-profit consumer interest advocacy organization. AMPCO's members represent Ontario's major industries: forestry, chemical, mining and minerals, steel, petroleum products, cement, automotive, industrial air, manufacturing and business consumers in general. AMPCO members are investors, employers and form a major part of the communities in which they operate, across Ontario.

Linda Bertoldi
Senior Counsel, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Linda Bertoldi is the Chair of the national Electricity Markets Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. She has been actively involved in the power sector since 1987, with a focus on corporate transactions, project finance, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions.  She advises developers, lenders and investors in power projects across Canada including wind, solar, hydro, biomass, natural gas, cogeneration and district energy projects. Linda has extensive experience advising municipal electric utilities and their owners on governance, financing, and mergers and acquisitions.
Linda is a leading lawyer in the electricity sector recognized by Lexpert®, Chambers Global, The Best Lawyers in Canada, IFLR1000 and other organizations for her extensive expertise. She was recognized by the Women's Executive Network as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women and is a recipient of the Hedley Palmer Award.

Rebecca Black
Founder & President, Black Current Marketing

Rebecca Black is the Founder & President of Black Current Marketing, a boutique communications and business development agency that helpsclients focused on low carbon solutions to climate change, achieve their sustainability and sales goals on time, on budget and in style.  Her specialties include clean energy, social finance and the sustainable built environment.

Rebecca co-founded Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) alongside Co-Chair Joanna Osawe in 2013. With the support of WiRE’s dynamic Advisory Committee, consisting of group of professional women working across the energy sector in Canada, WIRE has diversified programming and attained national reach, supporting its goal of elevating the role and recognition of women in the field.

Rebecca has a Master’s degree in Business and the Environment from Schulich (York University) and serves on the Board of the TREC Renewable Energy Co-op.

Michelle Branigan
CEO, Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)

Michelle Branigan is the Chief Executive Officer of Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC). Recognized as a HR leader in the electricity industry, she works closely with employers and industry stakeholders to address labour market and HR challenges. ensuring they have the tools, resources and research needed to meet current and future workforce needs. She has led the organisation since 2010, having first led several key initiatives as senior project manager, including the renowned labour market research program.  Michelle has been instrumental in supporting the advancement of women and minorities in the sector by spearheading a number of influential diversity programs and initiatives including:  EHRC’s Connected Women Mentorship Program , The Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity for the Electricity Industry, and the EnAbling Change program from which an online portal was developed to support the recruitment and retention of people with disabilities in the sector. 


Michelle has over 20 years of experience in project management, human resources development, recruitment, and curriculum development and evaluation, both in Canada and Ireland. Michelle holds a Master’s degree in Training and Performance Management from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom and is a certified Project Management Professional. She is currently an active Board Member with the Energy Council of Canada, Irish Film Festival Ottawa, and a recipient  of Women in Renewable Energy’s (WiRE) 2015 Woman of the Year award, which recognizes and celebrates professional women working in the energy sector who go above and beyond business as usual. 


Vince Brescia
President & CEO, Ontario Energy Association (OEA)

Vince is the President and CEO of the Ontario Energy Association. Most recently, Vince was the President of Wyse Meter solutions, a fast growing submetering and utility expense management company.  Vince led the company through a period of 600% growth in installed meters. Prior to that Vince was the President and CEO of the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) from 2000 to 2013, a non-profit industry association representing rental housing owners and managers across Ontario.  During his time at FRPO, Vince’s leadership was instrumental in obtaining property tax reform for rental owners and residential tenants, and in preserving vacancy decontrol/recontrol when a new government considered reinstituting unit-based rent control.  Vince served as a director of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation as it made reforms to adopt modern assessment practices.

Previously his career included senior roles with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Greater Toronto Home Builders Association, LIUNA Local 183, and Clayton Research Associates Ltd.  Vince also spent a number of years working at Queen’s Park, with positions in the Ontario Ministries of Finance, Treasury Board, and Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Vince currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations, and has previously served as Chair of Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. and as a Director for Toronto Hydro Corporation and the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.

Julie Desjardins
President, Desjardins & Associates Consulting Inc.

Julie Desjardins, CPA, CA has over 20 years of business consulting experience, focusing on business reporting, including reporting on the business issues of climate change and carbon markets. 

Julie has been active on a number of relevant committees, including:
•    the Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee on Climate Change
•    the international Climate Disclosure Standards Board Technical Working Group
•    the University of Toronto’s Environmental Finance Committee, including its Carbon Finance program.

She is on the board of the Responsible Investment Association and is the recipient of two Governor General of Canada medals for dedication to community service.

Ron Dizy
Managing Director, Advanced Energy Centre, MaRS Discovery District

Ron is the Managing Director of the Advanced Energy Centre at the MaRS Discovery District. The Advanced Energy Centre (AEC) collaborates with a diverse set of partners to foster the adoption of innovative energy technologies in Ontario and Canada, and leverage those successes and experiences into international markets. Under Ron’s leadership, the Centre is convening energy players in a unique way. At the AEC, Ron and his team provide a forum in which energy players can speak openly, think deeply, ask the hard questions and co-create innovative solutions to complex, system-wide challenges. In doing so, the Centre is helping energy systems become more cost effective, reliable and resilient to change and opportunity.

Ron was previously the President and CEO of ENBALA Power Networks, a smart grid technology company that offers grid optimization services to utilities and system operators to increase the overall efficiency and reliability of the power system.
Ron is viewed as a thought-leader on innovation opportunities that lie within the evolution of the modern power system. Based on his well-respected perspective on the smart grid, he was recruited to the executive committee of the board for the Ontario Energy Association and the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid. He was also elected chair of the Corporate Partners Committee of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum.

Ron’s entire career has been focused on bringing new technologies to evolving markets, including spending nearly ten years as a venture capitalist (both as a direct investor and as a pension fund manager), co-founding a company specializing in artificial intelligence and gathering experience in major consulting firms.  Ron holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Dan Dolan
President, New England Power Generators Association (NEPGA)
Dan Dolan has served as President of the New England Power Generators Association (NEPGA) since the fall of 2011. NEPGA is the trade association representing 80% of the installed generation capacity in New England, approximately 26,000 megawatts. As President he is the principal spokesperson and oversees all activities for the largest trade association representing competitive electric generating companies in New England. Dolan leads a staff that represents the membership on electricity market rules development and expansion of wholesale electric competition and is a frequent speaker at legislative and regulatory hearings as well at industry conferences.

Dolan had previously worked at the Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA), the national trade association representing competitive power suppliers, including generators and marketers. He departed as Vice President of Policy Research & Communications where he was responsible for coordinating research, reports, studies and analysis as well as directing communications and state advocacy for the organization. Dolan also oversaw the development of energy trading policy including spearheading EPSA’s activities in the development and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall St. Reform Act. 

Dolan holds a bachelor’s degree in business management with a concentration in international business from Goucher College. He currently is a Board Member of Goucher College’s Alumni Association and is a past Chairman of My Sister’s Place, the oldest shelter and advocacy group for victims of domestic violence and their children in Washington, DC. Born and raised in Massachusetts, he lives there now with his wife and two daughters.

Mabel Fulford
Senior Associate, ICF

Mabel is a Senior Associate at ICF, working in the Energy & Carbon Markets group in Toronto. Mabel’s primary focus is on climate policy advisory and analytical services. She is ICF’s technical lead on Ontario Cap and Trade and the Climate Change Action Plan, including modeling of allowance supply and demand and the impacts of policy design on natural gas and electricity demand. She has extensive experience in greenhouse gas quantification and verification. Mabel also works on energy efficiency projects for large utility clients and is skilled in regional energy modeling.


Mabel is the President of Young Professionals in Energy Toronto. Young Professionals in Energy is an association representing young leaders in the sector, with over 800 members in Toronto and more than 40,000 members across 40 chapters worldwide. YPE Toronto aims to support the advancement and career growth of young professionals in the energy industry through social and educational events in the Toronto area.

Mabel has a strong academic background in global energy systems, combining technical, economic and policy subjects. She holds a BEng in Chemical Engineering (McGill University), MSc in  Sustainable Energy Futures (Imperial College London) and MASc in Chemical Engineering (University of Toronto), and holds certificates in ISO 14064 and Advanced Building Recommissioning (NRCan).


Dr. Karen Farbridge
President, Karen Farbridge and Associates

As President of Karen Farbridge and Associates, Dr. Karen Farbridge has over twenty-five years of experience leading community innovation. She has a diverse background successfully managing complex, multi-stakeholder policy environments to deliver results. Through her consulting practice, she is committed to the creation of smart, sustainable and resilient communities.


Her experience includes seventeen years in municipal politics, eleven as the mayor of Guelph, Ontario. Karen is a thoughtful change agent who can effectively challenge status quo thinking and approaches to provoke new conversations and inspire innovation.


She is well connected in the municipal and community energy sector in Canada currently serving as a Senior Associate with QUEST, with the Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) at York University and as a partner with the Community Energy Knowledge and Action Partnership (CEKAP).  She is also a highly-respected speaker who has delivered hundreds of talks, to a diverse range of audiences both locally and internationally, on matters of current urban interest, including sustainability, engagement and community energy.

Jonathan Frank
Partner & Director of Projects, CoPower

Jon is a partner and Director of Projects at CoPower, one of Canada's leading clean energy investment platforms. Jon brings a wealth of clean energy industry experience to CoPower, where he is responsible for the company's investments in clean energy projects like solar energy, geothermal and energy efficiency retrofits. Over his career working at companies like Sun Edison and RESCo, he has played a lead role in securing clean energy contracts valued at over $300 million. Jon is one of the founding executives of Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy and has served as Co¬Chair of the National Board of Directors. He is also the 2015 recipient of the Canadian Solar Industries Association’s “GameChanger” Award for Emerging Solar Leader.

Matthew J. Gazzola
Vice President & Global Head, Manulife Real Estate Technical Services

As Vice President of Manulife Real Estate Engineering and Technical Services, Matt is the lead advisor for the physical real estate assets and associated risk management, both for the Company’s general account and for the benefit of the third party real estate investors. His responsibilities include engineering, building systems and infrastructure, development design and construction, acquisition physical and environmental due diligence, building system operations and property standards, capital planning and execution, energy, sustainability and environmental risk management for the Company’s global real estate portfolio inclusive of the general account, corporate and third party fund properties. Matt also advises the Company’s Commercial Mortgages group regarding physical and environmental risk management. Matt originally joined Manulife in 2007.

Prior to joining Manulife, Matt worked in consulting engineering with Halsall Associates Limited and later oversaw general engineering, technical services and development with Realstar Properties, one of Canada’s largest Multi-Family and Hospitality owners, operators and asset managers, and Rogers corporate real estate portfolio, Canada’s largest telco. He has extensive experience with capital planning, physical and environmental due diligence and risk management, structural system repairs and asset redevelopment. During his career, Matt has worked in Canada, US, Europe, SE Asia and Japan.

Matt is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and has a Masters in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.  During his undergraduate and graduate degrees he also attended the University of Siena in Italy, the University of Leeds and London Business School, both in the UK.

Dan Goldberger

Dan has over 25 years of experience in the energy sector, including expertise in energy efficiency, utility issues management, R&D / commercialization, and renewable energy technology.  Much of Dan’s work has been in varying senior roles at trade industry associations such as the Canadian Gas Association, the Canadian Electricity Association, and Local Environmental Initiatives.  Dan presently is interested in advancing Geothermal commercial projects, is Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA), and is raising capital for WIndular Research & Technologies Inc., a renewable energy company servicing the Telecom sector. Dan previously served on the Board of the Toronto District Heating Corp. (now “ENWAVE Energy Corp."), where he supported the innovative Deep Lake Cooling project in Lake Ontario.

Reena Goyal
Lawyer & Sr. Advisor to the CEO, Independent Electricity System Operator of Ontario (IESO)

Reena is a lawyer at the Independent Electricity System Operator of Ontario (IESO), and is currently the Senior Advisor to the CEO. At the IESO, Reena applies her expertise in energy law and regulation across the organization, including providing strategic advice and managing complex matters relating to electricity markets and long-term natural gas and renewable energy supply contracts.

Prior to joining the IESO, Reena worked for a number of years as a litigation and dispute resolution lawyer with two major national law firms and a litigation boutique, appearing before various provincial tribunals and all levels of court in Ontario. Reena has completed her Master in Laws (LLM) in Energy and Infrastructure Law. Reena sits on the Executive Steering Committee for Women in Energy Canada, is an Executive Advisor to the Young Professionals in Energy association and a member of the In-House Corporate Counsel Roundtable with the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Peter Gregg
President and CEO, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Peter Gregg is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Electricity System Operator. Under Mr. Gregg’s leadership, the IESO oversees the safe and reliable operation of Ontario's bulk electrical system and market, the province’s energy planning and procurement, and works with its partners to guide conservation efforts across the province.

Mr. Gregg is an experienced leader in Ontario’s electricity sector. As the President and CEO of Enersource from 2014 to 2016, he was integral in the merger of four of Ontario’s largest local distribution companies to create Alectra Energy Solutions Inc., the second largest municipally-owned utility in North America. Prior to this, Mr. Gregg served as COO at Hydro One Networks, overseeing effective power distribution across Ontario. Throughout his career, he’s been recognized for his leadership abilities and in 2015 and 2016 received the Ontario Energy Association’s “Leader of the Year Award”.

Mr. Gregg currently serves on the Council of Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations, which supports sustainable and reliable electric power delivery to millions of consumers across the continent.

Mr. Gregg received a Masters of Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business and holds the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D (Certified Director) designation.

Anthony Haines
President & CEO, Toronto Hydro Corporation
Anthony Haines is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Toronto Hydro Corporation and its subsidiaries, one of the largest urban electricity distribution companies in Canada. He is a seasoned leader with over 25 years of experience in the Canadian energy industry, including 15 years in various senior roles in the natural gas industry.
Mr. Haines is currently the Chair of the Canadian Electricity Association and has been a member of the Board since 2006.  Mr. Haines serves as the Public Sector Chair for the United Way of Greater Toronto's Cabinet and is actively involved with charities throughout Toronto.  He is also a member of the Finance Committee for the Pan Am Games, Toronto 2015.

Alexander (Alec) H. Hay, CEng PEng FICE FInstRE CRM
Risk, Resilience & Security Planner, Southern Harbour

Founding Principal of Southern Harbour, based in Toronto, Alec was previously the Resilience & Security leader at DIALOG, before which he served 25 years in the British Royal Engineers.  A graduate of the University of Edinburgh and the Royal School of Military Engineering, he specialized over the last 25 years in fortifications and infrastructure development, which he practiced around the world.  He is and adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Centre for Resilience of Critical Infrastructure, where he focuses on operational risks and resilience of complex infrastructure systems and their socioeconomic influence.  He speaks internationally on infrastructure and resilience, and is past Chair of the BOMA Toronto climate change resilience committee.  Author of numerous books, articles and research papers and a director of Rethink Sustainability Initiative, he is a Principal and International Secretary of the Register of Security Engineers and Specialists.

Goldy Hyder
President & CEO, Canada, Hill + Knowlton

Goldy provides strategic communications counsel to the firm’s extensive and diverse client base. Building on his experience in the public and private sectors, Goldy offers clients an acute understanding of the dynamics of public affairs, government relations and strategic communications, particularly from a reputation and issues management perspective.
Goldy works with a wide array of industries, including banking, insurance, energy, environment, mining, health, international trade, transportation and US-Canada relations. He is a seasoned expert on mergers and acquisitions, having worked on numerous transactions, including for state-owned enterprises (SOEs), in a variety of industries from energy to mining to technology.
With a firm grasp of the public policy process and the issues that face the private sector in dealing with federal and provincial governments, Goldy is able to provide clients with strong representation that generates desired results.
Goldy brought to H+K more than 22 years of experience in the private and public sectors. Prior to joining the firm in 2001, Goldy served as director of policy and chief of staff to the Right Honourable Joe Clark, former prime minister and former leader of the then federal PC Party.
Goldy holds a master of arts degree from the University of Calgary in public policy with a specialization in policy-making during times of crisis. Goldy is a board and executive member of United Way Ottawa and co-chaired the 2013-2014 community campaign. He is Chair of the Ottawa Senators Foundation and past-chair of the Communications and Community Investment Committee. Goldy serves on the advisory board of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce and is on the advisory board for Century Initiative where he also a member of the Executive Committee.
Goldy is a regular commentator on business and politics in the national media and appears weekly on the Big Picture Panel on CBC’s hit show The Exchange. Goldy received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for his distinguished service to Canada.

Glenn Jager
President, OPG Nuclear and Chief Nuclear Officer

Glenn Jager is the President, OPG Nuclear and Chief Nuclear Officer at Ontario Power Generation (OPG).  Glenn was appointed to this position in April 2015.  Prior to this appointment, Glenn was Chief Nuclear Officer (CNO), appointed in November 2013.


Glenn is also President of Canadian Nuclear Partners (CNP), a wholly owned subsidiary of OPG providing technical management and field services to the Nuclear Industry and Power Sector.  Glenn reports directly to President and CEO Jeffrey Lyash.
Prior to his appointment as CNO, Glenn was the Senior Vice President at Pickering Nuclear. Appointed to this position in August 2011, Glenn was responsible for the strategic direction, planning and execution required to achieve nuclear production targets at Pickering, while focusing on safety and reliability.

Glenn joined OPG (formerly known as Ontario Hydro) in 1981 as a System Engineer at Pickering. He has held positions of increasing responsibility within OPG as, Shift Manager, Reactor Projects Manager, Outage Manager, Maintenance Manager, and a two year secondment to the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) in Atlanta as a Team Manager in Plant Evaluations. Upon his return from WANO, Glenn was appointed Director of Operations and Maintenance at Pickering Nuclear, and then as Site Deputy Vice President at Darlington Nuclear.

Glenn has been licensed as a Shift Manager at Pickering and a Duty Manager at both Pickering and Darlington Nuclear stations. He is a graduate of the University of Western in 1981 with a BESc in Electrical Engineering.

Glenn and his family are long time residents of Bowmanville, Ontario.

Gordon Kaiser
Arbitrator & Mediator, JAMS Resolution Centre

Gordon Kaiser is a Arbitrator and Mediator practicing in Toronto and Washington DC at the JAMS Resolution Centre. His practice involves domestic and international disputes in energy, infrastructure, regulation and technology. He served as Vice Chairman of the Ontario Energy Board for six years. Prior to that he was a partner in the Gowlings law firm for 25 years where he appeared in the courts of five provinces as well as the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.


Mr. Kaiser has advised both regulators and utilities. The regulators include the Ontario Energy Board, the Alberta Utilities Commission, the Commissioner of Competition, the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator and the Competition Tribunal. The utilities include Toronto Hydro, Union Gas, Bell Canada, Hydro One, PowerStream, London Hydro, Ontario Power Generation, AltaLink and EPCOR.


Mr. Kaiser has mediated settlements in the energy and technology sector, including disputes on multi-year rate plans between public utilities and their major customers and long term contracts for the pricing of gas, electricity and wireless data. He has advised the Alberta’s Utility Commission and the Ontario IESO on settlements under the Market Rules and the Attorney General Canada on settlements under the Competition Act.


Mr. Kaiser has arbitrated disputes dealing with the construction of transmission and pipeline facilities, power purchase agreements, gas supply contracts, the construction of power plants and wind and solar interconnection. He is a member of the JAMS Global Engineering and Construction panel in Washington DC, the Independent Electricity System Operator panel in Toronto, the ICC Canadian arbitration panel in Ottawa and the London Court of International Arbitration.


Mr. Kaiser has served as a Adjunct Professor at Queens University, the University of Toronto and the Osgoode Hall Law School. He is Co-Chair of the Canadian Energy Law Forum and a Managing Editor of the Energy Regulation Quarterly. He is recognized as one of Canada’s leading Arbitrators by Chambers Global.


Mr. Kaiser is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London and a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. Mr. Kaiser has served on a number of corporate boards including subsidiaries of Bell Canada and AltaLink, Alberta’s largest electricity transmitter. He currently serves on three nonprofit boards.


Scott Kessler
Director of Business Development, LO3 Energy

Scott Kessler is currently the Director of Business Development for LO3 Energy in Brooklyn NY. He previously lived in San Francisco and worked for TRC Energy Services as a consultant, primarily focused on working with PG&E, SMUD, and other west coast utilities to implement energy efficiency programs, integrate renewables, and assess their impact across the grid. Prior to his time in the Bay Area, Scott spent time in NYC working at NYSERDA and Connecticut Light and Power. Throughout his nearly ten years of experience in the energy industry, Scott has combined an engineering background with experience in business and project management to achieve success and energy savings amidst difficult regulatory environments. He received his Bachelor's degree in physics from Middlebury College in Vermont, has a Master's in Engineering from the University of Maryland, and is proud to originally be from New Jersey.

Len Kula
Chief Operating Officer & VP – Planning, Acquisition and Operations, IESO

Leonard Kula is Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Planning, Acquisition and Operations at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). In this role, Mr. Kula is responsible for the reliable and efficient province-wide power system both today and in the future. This includes planning, market design, resource and transmission procurement, real-time operations and engineering, and the Market Renewal Program.

Prior to this position, Mr. Kula held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at the IESO, including Vice President, Market and System Operations (2016-17), Director, Power System Assessments (2016), Director, Market Operations (2013-15), Manager, System Operations (2011-13), and Manager, Market Forecasts and Integration (2009-10).

Mr. Kula began his career at Ontario Hydro in 1986 designing control systems and building simulators for Ontario’s nuclear power plants. He joined the IESO in 1999.

Mr. Kula holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of Calgary), an M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of Waterloo) and an M.B.A. (York University), and is registered as a Professional Engineer in Ontario.

Greg Lyle
Managing Director of 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.  As a former Principal Secretary to Manitoba Premier Gary Filmon, Greg has built a career at the intersection of public opinion, communications and public policy. 


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.  INNOVATIVE has looked at such topics as EMF, NIMBY, private public partnerships, conservation, time of use, relationships with first nations and generation preferences.

Jamie MacKinnon
Vice President, Environmental Solutions, Bluesource

Jamie leads Bluesource’s project sourcing and development, as well as Advisory Services client management in Ontario, Eastern Canada, and other select markets. He brings a strong track record as a catalyst of significant project investment in waste-to-energy, programmatic fuel switching, renewable power generation, energy efficiency, and methane capture within the oil & gas and consumer packaged goods sectors. He has worked in the carbon market since 2002 and has a deep technical, financial, policy, and strategic skill set in this area.

Amongst Jamie’s successes are having structured pioneering trades in the carbon market, developed first-of-its-kind offset projects; generated significant value in offset credits; and co-authored a Clean Development Mechanism methodology.


Andres Mand
Manager - Industry Policy & Compliance, Ontario Energy Board

Andres Mand is a professional engineer who has worked in the power sector for over 40 years.  Over his career, he has had opportunities to work on many of its aspects.  A significant portion of his career was in the field, where he managed the installation and refurbishment of nuclear reactors, as well as construction and upgrading of transmission facilities.  Andres also was the Director of Engineering for over 8 years, managing a major utility’s engineering work force comprised of internal staff and engineering consultants.    

Andres joined the Ontario Energy Board in 2012 as the Manager of policy, and has continued to work with stakeholders and industry to improve sector regulations.  

His team has worked on various policy initiatives that include Regional Planning, Cyber Security, Natural Gas Supply Planning and Commercial & Industrial Distribution Rate Design, to name a few.

Lisa Marshall
Senior Manager, Organization Design & Business Change. Ontario Power Generation (OPG)

Lisa Marshall is currently Ontario Power Generation’s Senior Manager of Organization Design and Business Change.  Lisa holds a Master Of Arts Degree in Leadership from University of Guelph, reflecting her passion for facilitating the progressive development of not only competencies but individuals.  Lisa’s extensive research on Mentoring Best Practices for Organizations has seen her deliver a number of presentations and workshops on the topics of mentoring and gender diversity, taking into account organizational benefits, as well as those which can be derived by both the mentor and mentee.


A career which had its beginnings in the Nuclear Security field, ultimately progressing through Emergency Management and Labour Relations, has uniquely equipped Lisa to identify obstacles which, if overcome, can present organizational opportunities to develop and leverage talents across the full breadth of its workforce.  The diversity of her experience, combined with her practical encounters with the “blind spots” which can limit individuals and employers, makes her a sought after role model for aspiring professionals.


Lisa is currently on the Women in Nuclear (WiN) Canada Executive Board and is also the Chair of the WiN Durham Chapter.  WiN is an organization which promotes the role of women in the Canadian nuclear and radiation related industries.  WiN Canada brings women together into a supportive environment to provide opportunities to succeed through mentoring, networking, and personal development initiatives.  Lisa has recently taken on the lead role for the development of the Mentoring Program for WiN Global which will be launched at the Global Conference in Argentina in February 2018.  

Timothy John Murphy
Co-Chair, Aboriginal, Government Relations, Project Finance, Infrastructure and Energy, McMillan LLP

Tim Murphy's practice focuses on transactions with a public component with a particular emphasis on project finance, infrastructure, energy and public private partnerships. Tim also brings extensive experience in the public sector. Formerly Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, Tim provided strategic advice and direction to the Cabinet, the Prime Minister and to senior levels of the public service. His public sector experience also includes serving as Chief of Staff to the Finance Minister of Canada, as a Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario and as a strategic advisor to governments at all levels.

 As a lawyer, Tim has advised national and international clients in diverse areas including project finance, construction law, infrastructure and renewable energy, government procurement and bid practices generally. Tim is ranked in Projects by Chambers Global and PLC Which Lawyer and in Project Finance by Who's Who Legal, the Legal 500 Canada, Canadian Legal Lexpert and IFLR 1000. Tim was also nominated by in-house counsel and his peers to appear in the 1st edition of the Guide to the World's Leading Banking Finance and Transactional Attorneys in the field of Project Finance

Joanna Osawe
Business Development Manager, DMC Power Inc. and Co-Founder & Co-Chair, Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)

Joanna Osawe is the Business Development Manager – Major Projects at DMC Power Inc. and Co-Founder & Co-Chair of Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), a Canadian-based group which encourages and supports women to enter this dynamic field. WiRE is inclusive and educates on all renewable and emerging energy technologies with chapters in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and British Columbia. WiRE regularly organizes educational field trips (open to men and women), monthly networking meetings, an awards recognition program, student mentoring and bursaries, communications and engagement initiatives.


Joanna attended Western University studying Languages, Graduating with an Honours BA, Joanna has used her language skills on a focused, 15+ year management career at leading renewable and energy sector companies in Canada and the United States. By carrying complex projects through many stages she has seen firsthand the vital role renewable energy and emerging technologies serve in moving the Canadian, American and Global energy mix forward.

Francisca Quinn, M. Sc.
Founder and Managing Partner, Quinn & Partners Inc

Francisca is the Founder and Managing Partner of Quinn & Partners Inc. Over the last fifteen years she has worked with leading Canadian and international companies and investors on climate change and sustainability strategies.  Her Canadian clients include significant institutional investors, public and private companies, of which her team has supported many over multi-year mandates. In 2014 and 2017, Francisca was recognized as a Clean50 honouree for her contributions to clean capitalism in Canada.

Francisca started her consulting career in 1995 with Oliver Wyman, a leading international management consultancy, where she specialized in growth strategies and organisational design for Fortune 500 companies. Her personal engagement on the climate change issue brought her to the Carbon Trust in London in 2002, where she worked with FTSE companies on carbon emissions reduction and global investors on identifying risks and opportunities from climate change.

At WSP, which she joined in 2008, Francisca built a successful corporate sustainability advisory practice, serving sustainability leaders in primarily the real estate, retail, hospitality, construction and transportation industries. As Managing Partner at Quinn & Partners, Francisca leads a recognized consulting team whose mission is to advance sustainability in business and capital markets. The team supports organizations to design and execute sustainability leadership strategies to enhance organizational reputation, manage risks, realize efficiencies, identify business opportunities and ultimately create more resilient, futureoriented businesses. Quinn & Partners became a B Corp in 2014 to reinforce its commitment to positive environmental and social impacts and company values.

Francisca has spoken on sustainability and climate change-related topics to business and investor audiences and she advised the FTSE Index Group on climate change criteria in its development of the FTSE4Good and index products. She has spoken at real estate and investor conferences and contributed to Corporate Knights Magazine, Ethical Corporation and various industry publications.

Francisca has a deep personal engagement in environmental issues and champions a low carbon lifestyle. She is a board member of No. 9 Contemporary Art & the Environment; an arts organization that uses art and design to bring awareness to environmental concerns.

Lyne Parent-Garvey
Chief Human Resources Officer, Hydro Ottawa

As Chief Human Resources Officer, Lyne is responsible for leading the development of strategic human resources programs and initiatives which include human resources services, labour relations, occupational health and safety, environment and business continuity management.

A seasoned human resources professional, Lyne has over 25 years of experience in human resources, health and safety, and labour relations, where she has held various management positions in the municipal, health care and not-for-profit sectors.

Lyne is fluently bilingual and holds a Master of Industrial Relations from Queens University, as well as a Bachelor of Public Administration from Carleton University. Lyne has been trained in human resources governance practices through the Conference Board of Canada and McMaster University and holds certifications in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Leadership Development.

Lyne is a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association, the Society for Human Resource Management and the Canadian Electricity Association’s Human Resources Committee.

Jim Redford
VP Business Development, Storage & Transmission, Union Gas Limited

Jim Redford is accountable for Union Gas’ storage and transmission business.  This includes long-term storage and transportation sales and marketing, as well as business development activities and upstream regulation, gas supply and carbon credit acquisition, product and service development, customer support and gas control and nominations.

Before assuming his current role in 2016, Redford was director of business development & upstream regulation for Union Gas. He was responsible for the growth and development of the Union Gas storage and transmission assets and for NEB and FERC regulatory matters related to Union Gas business. Redford was also responsible for the operation of affiliate storage and transmission companies in Ontario.

He served as Project and Construction Manager with Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline in Halifax bringing natural gas to Maritimes communities.

He has over 28 years of natural gas industry experience in engineering, project development, business development and sales roles.

Redford is a graduate in Geological Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a licensed member of Professional Engineers Ontario.

Peter Ronson
Vice President, Markham District Energy

Peter Ronson is Vice President of Markham District Energy, which owns and operates two district energy systems currently supplying over 10 million sq. ft of building space, including 15.5 MW of cogeneration (CHP) equipment.  His background includes many distributed generation projects including cogeneration, district energy, bio-gas generation, diesel standby and peak shaving applications.  Peter has for many years, and continues to actively work with APPrO and other associations to deliver the facts and promote the benefits of distributed generation and district energy

Jake Sadikman
Partner, Energy & Infrastructure Group, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Jake Sadikman is a partner in the Energy and Infrastructure Group at the law firm of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. His practice focuses on commercial aspects of the electricity sector, specializing in procurement, development, finance, construction and M&A matters relating to electricity generation, distribution and transmission assets. Jake is also active in the firm’s Derivatives Group, focusing on regulatory matters relating to trading and marketplace activities for commodities and derivatives products. Jake is also active in the firm’s Climate Change Group and is experienced in various emissions trading and renewable energy credit trading markets and associated regulations.  Jake has acted for the IESO (previously the Ontario Power Authority) on a number of its most significant procurement initiatives, including on the initial version of the renewable energy Feed-in Tariff Program, on replacement contracts for Ontario’s legacy non-utility generators, on contract implications of Ontario’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade regulations, on the IESO’s 2015 utility-scale energy storage RFP, and on energy supply contracts for projects developed by OPG. Jake has served as a director of the Canadian Solar Industries Association and regularly acts for owners and lenders on renewable energy projects across Canada.

Heather Sears
Vice President of Gas & Power Services, Workbench Corp.

Heather Sears has unique field experiences and an impressive track record spanning over 17 years in Ontario’s electricity industry.   Heather has a strong understanding of the integration of gas and power markets in Ontario, real world gas plant operating experience and niche expertise in short notice gas management strategies.  Her detailed experience in all aspects of commercial operations of contracted gas-fired generation has helped her develop a valuable, specialized skill set that translates to efficient optimization of IESO market participation for Workbench clients

Dr. Kathleen Spees
Principal, The Brattle Group
Dr. Kathleen Spees is a Principal at The Brattle Group with expertise in designing and analyzing wholesale electric markets and carbon policies.  Dr. Spees has worked with market operators, transmission system operators, and regulators in more than a dozen jurisdictions globally to improve their market designs for capacity investments, scarcity and surplus event pricing, ancillary services, wind integration, and market seams.  She has worked with U.S. and international regulators to design and evaluate policy alternatives for achieving resource adequacy, storage integration, carbon reduction, and other policy goals.  For private clients, Dr. Spees provides strategic guidance, expert testimony, and analytical support in the context of regulatory proceedings, business decisions, investment due diligence, and litigation.  Her work spans matters of carbon policy, environmental regulations, demand response, virtual trading, transmission rights, ancillary services, plant retirements, merchant transmission, renewables integration, hedging, and storage.
Kathleen earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from Iowa State University.  She earned an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

Vinay Sharma
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), London Hydro

In addition to his role as the EDA Chair for the 2017-2018 term, Vinay Sharma is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of London Hydro, which provides electricity to about 150,000 customers. Having joined the utility in 1998, Mr. Sharma assumed progressive leadership roles until he became the CEO in 2009.

Mr. Sharma’s career and dedication to the electricity industry spans across decades since entering the industry at Saskatchewan Power Corporation. He also worked as a consulting engineer with Cambrian (now AMEC) and served as an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.

Mr. Sharma has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and is a Professional Engineer in the provinces of Ontario, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. He also holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan and an MBA from the University of Regina. He is also a Chartered Director and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Janene Taylor
Manager of Market Services and Regulatory, TransCanada Energy Ltd. (TCE)

Janene Taylor is the Manager of Market Services and Regulatory at TransCanada Energy Ltd. (TCE).  Janene has ten years of experience in the Alberta electricity industry since starting her career at the Market Surveillance Administrator in 2006.  She has spent the last six years at TCE where she is responsible for leading the development of TCE’s corporate position on emerging regulatory and policy issues and market rules.  Janene is actively engaged in the Alberta Electric System Operator’s (AESO) capacity market design consultation and is chairing one of the five AESO work groups reviewing the design of the capacity market.  She holds both a Master’s degree in Economics and Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Alberta.

George Vegh
Head of McCarthy Tétrault’s Toronto energy regulation practice

George Vegh is the head of McCarthy Tétrault’s Toronto energy regulation practice, where he provides advocacy and advisory services to private and public sector clients.  George’s main focus is on regulatory and wholesale market governance in the energy sector.

Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, George was General Counsel of the Ontario Energy Board.

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

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

John Vellone
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

John Vellone is a member of the Electricity Markets Group and the Information Technology Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He practises corporate/commercial and regulatory law with a focus on energy law and matters relating to the Ontario electricity sector. John specializes in the corporate/commercial and regulatory components of electricity markets and infrastructure revitalization.
John also has a comprehensive technology law practice encompassing the breadth of corporate/commercial matters. He has particular experience drafting and negotiating agreements for hardware, software and information technology services.
John is on the executive of the Natural Resources and Energy Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association, is an executive member of Young Professionals in Energy of Toronto, and is a member of the Board of ZooShare Biogas Co-operative Inc. which is developing a 500kW biogas electricity generation facility at the Toronto Zoo.

Jan Vrins
Navigant, Global Energy Practice Leader

Jan Vrins leads Navigant’s Global Energy Practice. He advises executives on developing and operationalizing their strategies and achieving sustainable excellence and increased shareholder value. This covers enterprise and operational strategy, go-to-market and product development strategy, operating model design, organizational (re)structuring, business process improvement, business transformation and change management, performance management, post-merger integration, and technology strategy and implementation.

Navigant’s Global Energy practice provides consulting and research services for energy companies, government organizations, NGO’s and Foundations, large corporations, product manufacturers, technology companies, and investors in areas including climate strategies and policies, energy policy and implementation, sustainability, market structures and pricing, business and operational strategy, go-to-market and product development strategy, business models and partnerships, energy efficiency and demand side management, emerging technologies, renewables, urban energy and distributed energy resources, transmission, and grid modernization.
Since joining Navigant (in 2014), Jan has guided his team to develop thought leadership, solution offerings, and capabilities to support clients as the energy industry experiences major transformation. With over 1000 consulting projects each year in Energy, Navigant is at the forefront supporting their clients to navigate the energy transformation opportunities and challenges. Navigant has one of the largest energy consulting teams globally focused on the energy transformation with over 600 management consultants.

Jan Vrins has co-developed an industry leading framework, The Energy Cloud, which helps organizations understand climate change, new opportunities in the energy market, policy and regulatory changes, changing customer needs, new technologies, strategic options, and emerging business models. He also has developed a Utility of the Future model that helps clients understand the trends in the market, potential strategies, underlying integrated business processes and business models, aimed at further improving their commercial and operational performance.

Prior to Navigant, Jan held multiple global energy industry leadership roles at Accenture, KPMG Consulting and BearingPoint. His energy industry experience includes investor‐owned and government-owned utilities and Oil and Gas companies in Europe, North America, South America (including Brazil), and the Middle East. Jan has authored various publications and presented at leading industry conferences, on topics like Energy megatrends and tipping points, Utility of the future and emerging Business Models, and Sustainable Excellence and Business Transformation. With extensive consulting experience (25+ years) in the energy sector and a history of growing businesses in diverse, global markets, Jan is considered a global (thought) leader in the energy consulting industry.

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