Board of Directors

David Collie (Chair) | 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.

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.

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.”

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.

Mel Hyatt | President, Power Workers’ Union

Mel was elected as Power Workers’ Union (PWU) President on June 21, 2017. Prior to that Mel served for 17 years as Vice President for Sector 3, the division of the Union that consists of transmission and distribution utilities.

Mel started his career with Ontario Hydro as an Electrical Operator in 1978. He got involved with the union in 1981 as a steward and became a Chief Steward in 1989. He was elected to the PWU Executive Board in 1991 and served on the Board through to his election as Vice President of Sector 3.

He has helped on many committees representing the PWU over his 36 years as a PWU representative

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.


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.

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.