Executive Committee of the Board:
Chair: Gerry Smallegange (Chair) | 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.
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.
Karen Clarke Whistler | Former Chief Environment Officer | TD Bank Group
Karen Clarke-Whistler is the former Chief Environment Officer of TD Bank Group. An environmental scientist, she spent more than 15 years consulting a diverse base of clients in North and South America, Europe and Africa prior to joining TD in 2008. Karen developed and led a program that embeds an environmental perspective in TD’s core business strategy and was instrumental in the bank being recognized as a North American environmental leader and global climate leader, supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy. In 2010, TD became the first North American-based carbon neutral bank and in 2014 the first commercial bank in Canada to issue a green bond. TD is the first Canadian bank to join RE100 in a commitment to 100% renewable energy. Karen has twice been named one of Canada’s Clean 16 for her “outstanding contribution to clean capitalism.”
Cara Clairman | President and CEO | Plug’n Drive
Dav Cvitkovic | Secretary of the Board and COO | Plug’n Drive
David Collie | CEO | Electrical Safety Authority
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.
Elias Lyberogiannis | Executive Vice-President Planning and Chief Engineering – Modernization Officer | Toronto Hydro
Heather Ferguson| Senior Vice-President Corporate Affairs | Ontario Power Generation
As OPG’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Heather Ferguson is responsible for all stakeholder, public and media outreach, government relations, Indigenous relations, and branding activities in support of OPG business goals.
Heather has more than twenty years’ experience in the resource development, energy and electricity sectors, which includes OPG’s VP of New Business Ventures & Electrification, VP of Environment, and Director of the Hydro Business Development Group. In these roles, she was instrumental in creating OPG’s electrification development group as well as assembling the company’s new nuclear team working to advance small modular nuclear reactors. As the hydro business development lead, Heather and her team successfully built northern power projects in partnership with Indigenous communities. She also worked previously in the Calgary office of Golder Associates supporting clients from the mining and oil & gas sectors.
Heather also currently serves as a Director on the Boards of Atura Power, the Canadian Nuclear Association and the Council of Great Lakes Region. She holds an undergraduate and Master’s degree in Science from Queen’s University, as well as an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.
Jason Rakochy | Senior Vice-President Strategy and Growth | Hydro One Networks
Jeff Parnell | President | Power Workers’ Union
Jeff Parnell is an electrician by trade and has been employed with Ontario Power Generation for 30 years.
His activism with the PWU began in 1991 when he was elected as a Shop Steward. Over the years Jeff has fulfilled the roles of Health and Safety Representative, Health and Safety Accident Investigator and was the Chief Steward in Unit 2-12 for seven years before his election as Executive Officer of the PWU in September of 2016. He swore his Oath of Office on June 22, 2017 at the PWU Election Convention.
Jeff has worked hard for the membership of this sector. He fought to keep the doors of the machine shops open in New Liskeard and Niagara. Jeff is currently working with the communities in Northwestern Ontario, to help stimulate the emerging bio-economy. He remains focused on ensuring PWU members receive the highest quality of representation.
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.
Mike Rencheck | President and CEO | Bruce Power
Over the past 30+ years, Mike has served in a number of roles and most recently was the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for AREVA overseeing its extensive Global capital portfolio of nuclear and renewable projects. Prior to this, he served as President and CEO of AREVA Inc. in North America leading its diverse nuclear services business in Canada and the United States with a workforce of about 5,000 people.