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Smart Grid Forum Members - Bios

​The Ontario Smart Grid Forum includes member organizations from Ontario's utility sector, industry associations, public agencies and universities working together to develop the smart grid in Ontario and examine the many components it comprises.


Bruce Campbell is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Electricity System Operator. ​Under Mr. Campbell's leadership, the IESO oversees the safe and reliable operation of Ontario's bulk electrical system one of the most diversified, reliable and efficient markets in the world. Mr. Campbell has over 30 years of regulatory and executive experience in the energy sector. In his most recent position as Vice President of Resource Integration, Mr. Campbell oversaw preparations in power system operations for the integration of ​ wind and solar generation in the province. Recruited from a successful legal career, where he regularly appeared before the Ontario Energy Board and other tribunals, Mr. Campbell joined the IESO as Vice President, Regulatory and Legal Affairs in 2000. In addition, Mr. Campbell serves on NERC's Member Representative Committee and on the ISO/RTO Council, which works to develop effective processes, tools, and standard methods for improving competitive electricity markets across North America. A member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Mr. Campbell also holds the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D (Certified Director) designation.​


Michael Angemeer is the President and CEO of Veridian Corporation. Veridian serves customers through two subsidiaries, Veridian Connections who operate the electricity distribution system and Veridian Energy who provide business-to-business services to Ontario's energy and telecommunications marketplace. Mr. Angemeer is a leader in the energy industry with over 21 years of experience in electrical distribution and transmission operations. Prior to working at Veridian Corporation, he worked at Enersource Hydro Mississauga and Ontario Hydro. Mr. Angemeer has served on several boards including Chair of the Electricity Distributors Association. He currently sits as a member of the Board of Management for the Ontario Centre for Excellence in Energy and is a Board of Director for the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance. Mr. Angemeer has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering with Management Science from the University of Waterloo and became a Professional Engineer in 1988.


Sunita Chander has worked for the Ministry of Energy for 9 years. She has worked in various divisions within the ministry and has worked on various projects including, the phasing out of coal in Ontario’s electricity system, the negotiation and implementation of the Green Energy Investment Agreement, the Long Term Energy Plans, and more recently, the two pieces of legislation passed in the legislature Bill 112 (Strengthening the Ontario Energy Board Act) and Bill 135, which provides a new planning framework for the energy sector.


David Collie is President and CEO of the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) and as such, is an advocate of ESA's longer-term strategic direction and the vision to create "an Ontario free of electrical fatalities and serious injury, damage or loss". Mr. Collie has been recognized by the Ontario Power Authority and the Electrical Utility Safety Association for his business and safety leadership in private and public sector management of electric, water and gas utilities. A prominent energy speaker, Mr. Collie was the past President and CEO of Burlington Hydro and has supported the development of Ontario's electricity network as: a founding member of Ontario's Smart Grid Forum; former chair of the Electricity Distributors Association; and a Stakeholder Advisory Committee participant for the Independent Electricity System Operator. Mr. Collie holds an MBA, CMA and Chartered Director designation. Awarded the distinction of the "Fellow of the Society" in 2004, Mr. Collie remains a faculty member at the Directors College of Canada, and sits on the Strategic and Risk Management Committee of the Society of Management Accountants of both Ontario and Canada. 


Jonathan Dogterom leads the Cleantech Practice at MaRS Discovery District. The Cleantech Practice is focused on advising and assisting innovative Ontario based Cleantech companies in growing their business. Over the past year the Practice has started to build a broader MaRS Cleantech and Energy Cluster with local and international partnerships to help drive economic growth through innovation. Jon has an extensive background in early stage and high growth alternative energy companies. Prior to joining MaRS, Jon led Business Development for Hydrogenics Corporation, was also previously with the Pembina Institute, and co-founded Sustainable Energy Technologies Ltd.


Norm Fraser is the Chief Operating Officer for Hydro Ottawa and is responsible for its distribution and customer operations. Mr. Fraser has more than 33 years of experience in the electricity industry in the areas of power system planning, design and operations. Prior to joining Hydro Ottawa in 2000, he worked at Hydro One and the former Ontario Hydro. Mr. Fraser holds an Honours B.A. in electrical engineering from the University of Manitoba and is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.


Brian Hewson, Senior Manager, Strategic Policy,  Ontario Energy Board


Mark Isherwood is Vice President, Infranchise Sales, Marketing and Customer Care for Union Gas Limited. As a member of the Union Gas Leadership Group, Mark leads all in-franchise residential, commercial/industrial and demand side management functions. In addition, he is accountable for the management of Union Gas’ revenue cycle through its customer care operation. Most recently, Mark was Vice President of Business Development, Storage and Transmission, at Union Gas Limited. Mark graduated from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a MBA from the University of Windsor.


David McFadden is a partner at Gowlings and Chair of Gowlings' National Energy and Infrastructure Industry Group. Mr. McFadden has played a key role in a number of initiatives relating to the power industry including Chair of the Stakeholders Alliance for Electricity Competition and Customer Choice, a member of the Electric System Working Group, which is part of the Joint Canada-U.S. Task Force and was appointed to the Ontario Government's Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force. Mr. McFadden holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, a law degree from Osgood Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1972.


Jatin Nathwani is a Professor and Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy and Sustainable Energy Management, Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Nathwani has extensive experience in the energy sector and most recently contributed to the development of the Ontario Power Authority's Integrated Power System Plan. His involvement in this initiative focused on the environmental and sustainability issues relevant to the planning process. In support of government policies and creating a true conservation culture within Ontario, Dr. Nathwani spearheaded the first major Hydro One conservation and demand management initiative. Dr. Nathwani has authored or co-authored three books, and over 70 reports and technical publications related to energy and risk management.

Mike Penstone, Vice-President, Planning, Hydro One Inc.


Raymond Tracey, CEO, Essex Power 


Neetika Sathe is Vice President, Corporate Development and Smart Grid Technologies at PowerStream Inc. Her role in the organization is to identify, analyze and develop leading-edge innovative technologies and business opportunities. Prior to joining PowerStream, Neetika was the Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan LEAF and Cross-Overs in Canada, responsible for sales and profitability for her portfolio, including the launch of the Nissan LEAF in Canada. Neetika has established thought leadership in areas of smart grid, microgrid, energy storage, clean energy, electric mobility and next generation utilities. She is also passionate about change management, innovation and mentoring young talent. She serves on the board of several industry associations such as SmartGrid Canada and Electric Mobility Canada. Neetika has a Masters degree in Physics from Panjab University, followed by an MBA from McMaster University


Joe Van Schaick, Electric Power Market Manager at Toromont Cat, is a recognized leader in the Ontario energy market for landfill, bio, syngas and CHP projects. He has been in the Caterpillar dealer network for 34 years starting his career in eastern Canada before joining Toromont Cat in 1994. Joe is often sought out for his knowledge and experience developing power system projects in the gas, bio-gas and mining sectors. He has extensive experience with power generation systems operating on diesel fuels, natural gas, biogas, syngas and a variety of low energy gaseous fuels. Joe brings a strong technical background and a keen business acumen for the development of these types of projects. Joe is the local president of the IDGTE (Institution of Diesel and Gas Turbine Engineers). Joe has also sat on a number of other industry advisory boards such as the Biogas Association and has been a member of several Caterpillar dealer advisory groups.​​


Darryl Yahoda is Director, Resource Development and Strategy at the IESO responsible for clean energy procurement activities including related policy and analysis work (e.g. cap and trade, distributed energy resources) as well as supporting the corporate strategic planning process. Prior to joining the IESO (then OPA) in 2007, he worked for Union Gas in various demand-side management roles. Mr. Yahoda has a BaSc and MaSc in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo and became a Professional Engineer in 2006.


Terry Young is Vice-President of Conservation and Corporate Relations, responsible for managing the IESO's many external relationships as well as the IESO's conservation activities. His responsibilities include communications, marketing, stakeholder and community engagement as well as customer relations. He is also responsible for the IESO's conservation programs and initiatives such as saveONenergy and the Conservation First Framework, which work to foster a culture of conservation in the province.  A well-known spokesperson with 30 years of experience in the electricity industry, Mr. Young started his career as a journalist with Canadian Press-Broadcast News. He also served as President, Ontario Branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.