David Collie | CEO, Electrical Safety Authority (Chair)

David Collie joined the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) as President and CEO in June of 2009.  As a member of the Board of Directors for the ESA since 2007, David has been an advocate of ESA’s long-term strategic direction and the vision to create “an Ontario free of electrical fatalities and serious injury, damage or loss.” In addition to his passion for safety, he is a prominent public speaker on energy topics such as smart grid, electric vehicles, demand management and conservation.

Dennis Edell | Managing Director, EPODE Canada

Dennis Edell is an expert in behaviour change marketing and integrated social marketing. As Ottawa chapter President of the American Marketing Association (AMA), he oversaw the establishment of North America’s first Social Marketing AMA chapter. Dennis has led social marketing/behaviour strategy and campaigns in both Canada and the U.S. that have successfully changed health, environment, safety and energy conservation behaviours.

Leonard Griffiths | Partner, Bennett Jones LLP

Leonard Griffiths is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in environmental law. Through his broad-based environmental practice, Len assists clients with corporate transactions including mergers, acquisitions, financing, environmental management systems and litigation. He represents clients before administrative tribunals and defends clients charged with environmental offences. Len counsels clients on matters regarding air, water, hazardous and non-hazardous wastes, occupational health and safety, and a wide range of other regulatory issues.

James A. Keech, P. Eng | CEO, Kingston Utilities

Jim Keech has been the President and CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro Corp. since 2000. In 2009, he was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Ontario Municipal Water Association and is currently on the Board of Directors after serving as past-Chair of the Electricity Distributors Association of Ontario.

Jeffrey Lyash | President and CEO, Ontario Power Generation

Jeff Lyash was formerly the president of CB&I Power where he was responsible for a full range of engineering, procurement and construction of multi-billion dollar electrical generation projects in both domestic and international markets. He also provided operating plant services for nuclear, coal, gas, oil and renewable generation.

Prior to joining CB&I in 2013, Lyash served as Executive Vice President of Energy Supply for Duke Energy. He led engineering, maintenance and operations of the company's 42,000-megawatt generation fleet, fuel procurement, power trading, major projects and construction, environmental programs, and health and safety programs.

Don MacKinnon | President, Power Worker's Union

Don MacKinnon began his career at Ontario Hydro in 1971 and is a lineman by trade. His union activism began over 30 years ago and has included 11 years as the Power Worker's Union's (PWU) Vice President before becoming the President of PWU in 2000. In 1990, he achieved a major milestone in his goal to improve workplace safety when he led a successful thrust to establish the unilateral right to stop unsafe work in all Ontario Hydro workplaces as a substantive method for reducing accident and injury.

Adele S. Malo | Consultant

Adèle Malo has extensive corporate and governance experience in the energy, food service, services, and utility sectors.   Most recently, she was Executive Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel for Direct Energy until her retirement in December 2012.  Prior to that she held senior positions with Ontario Power Generation, Union Gas, Oshawa Group Ltd. and Tim Horton's.  She began her career as an associate lawyer in the tax department of Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt.

James Scongack | Vice-President - Corporate Affairs, Bruce Power

James Scongack is currently the Vice-President of Corporate Affairs at Bruce Power responsible for external communications, stakeholder relations, community relations, aboriginal affairs, employee communications and environmental stewardship.

James holds a Master’s Degree from the College of Management and Economics in Leadership and an Honours Degree from the University of Guelph.

Gerry Smallegange | CEO, Burlington Hydro

As President and CEO of Burlington Hydro Inc., Gerry Smallegange oversees a utility recognized for customer service excellence and innovation. Burlington Hydro has consistently met or surpassed mandated standards for electricity reliability, service responsiveness and safety. Gerry Smallegange is the founding partner and senior executive overseeing GridSmartCity, a co-operative that distils its perspectives from the viewpoints and experiences of a full spectrum of industry and utility partners. GridSmartCity has earned international attention by showcasing distribution automation, grid modernization and renewable energy innovation.

Gaëtan Thomas | President and CEO, New Brunswick Power

Gaëtan Thomas was appointed President and CEO of New Brunswick Power in February 2010. Before this, he served as the Vice President of New Brunswick Power's Nuclear Division, a position he held since 2005 as well as the position of Vice President of New Brunswick Power's distribution and customer service division. Gaëtan has a proven track record of over 30 years with operations experience in many areas of the energy business, including: Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Customer Service. He also holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of New Brunswick and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick.

Lawrence Zimmering | President and CEO, AutoCapital Canada Inc.

Lawrence Zimmering is a Canadian businessman who has combined his interests in business, the environment and community affairs successfully throughout his working life. Trained as an ecologist at McGill University (B.Sc. 1972) and a regional and resource planner at University of Waterloo (M.A. 1978) he began a 20 year career with Lavalin and then SNC-Lavalin. He was a Founder of the Environmental Division and then rose through the ranks to lead all of the company’s regional engineering operations, first in Atlantic Canada and then in Ontario.

Lawrence is currently the founder and President and CEO of AutoCapital Canada Inc., a national financial services company that finances the purchase of automobiles.

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