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Tony Thoma, SAC Member - Representing Consumers


Tony Thoma Mr. Thoma is the Dean of Engineering Technology at Mohawk College in Hamilton Ontario. Mr. Thoma holds a BSc in Metallurgy and Material Science (McMaster '83), BBA Business Administration (Brock U '96) an EMBA (Richard Ivey School of Business, UWO '98) and is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

Over a period of 25 years, Mr. Thoma has worked for a number of Energy intensive industries with the responsibility of the Energy management portfolio. His experiences in energy usage behavior under various energy rate formulas (DDS, TOU, RTPII, Surplus Power and then as a Wholesale Market Participant) has led to implementation of monitoring systems through smart meters and sub-metering. Data collection and interpretation then lead to power quality and demand control systems spread across multiple facilities totaling almost 50 Megawatts on the off-peak with significant shifting of load from the on peak period.

Mr. Thoma has participated in a number of stakeholder committees at the IESO over the years including the IT committee, Metering subcommittee and the Market Price Working Group. Today, Mr. Thoma manages a large faculty group in the field Engineering Technology in a large community college which includes curriculum in Clean and Renewable technologies, Transmission/Distribution, smart metering and sustainability preparing students for the energy market of the future.

On the consumer side, Mr. Thoma works closely with the public and various school boards to educate grade school and high school students about the electricity sector.

In the community he is an active member of the Energy and Environmental committee of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and a Board member for a large hospital in Hamilton.