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SAC Member Bios

The Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) provides appointed stakeholder representatives with the opportunity to present advice and recommendations on market development and planning decisions directly to the IESO's Board of Directors and Senior Management Team. Members of SAC represent electricity service providers, generators, conveyors and consumers of electricity.


Jack Burkom (representing Electricity Service Providers) is the Senior Vice President, Commercial Development at Brookfield Energy Marketing LP, responsible for the front office team tasked with optimizing the revenues from Brookfield's fleet of electric generating stations across North America. Jack joined Brookfield in 2004 having traded in the deregulated power markets in the United States for approximately five years for the unregulated subsidiary of Pacific Gas and Electric. Prior to working at PG&E, Jack worked on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Jack brings over fourteen years of diversified experience in the North American electricity market including asset valuation, acquisitions, power purchasing agreement negotiation, corporate strategy, power trading, power marketing and structured transactions.


David Butters (representing Generators) has been APPrO's president and chief executive officer since April 2004. APPrO is a non-profit advocacy organization representing more than 100 companies involved in the development and operation of commercial electricity generation in Ontario. APPrO members include both investor and publicly owned generation companies producing power from nuclear, hydro-electric, coal, gas, co-generation, wind energy, waste wood and other sources, generating over 95% of the electricity made in Ontario. Mr. Butters has an extensive background in government relations, corporate and marketing communications and advertising management. He was also Chief of Staff to the Hon. Tom Hockin PC in the Mulroney government. Prior to joining APPrO he was Vice President, Public Affairs for Hill & Knowlton Canada, with a wide range of energy clients including Bruce Power, TransAlta, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., PetroCanada, Toronto Hydro and Enbridge Gas Distribution, among others.


Michelle Chislett (representing Generators) is Managing Director of Business Development for SunEdison Canada and is responsible for managing solar projects from initial stages through to start of construction. Michelle is involved in areas of origination, acquisition, development, permitting and stakeholder relations in order to establish the company's portfolio of projects. From 2010-2013 Michelle was Vice President of Business Development with GDF SUEZ Canada, where she developed the pipeline of solar projects and gained experience in wind and hydro development. From 2006-2010 Michelle held a number of senior positions with SkyPower Corp, most recently as Vice President, Solar Group where she lead the team that developed Canada's first fully operational solar farm, 'First Light', a 9MW solar Photovoltaic facility in Ontario. With a background in telecommunications, Michelle was involved in the launch of an innovative wireless technology project along with a variety of other programs with Primus Telecom from 1999 until late 2004. Michelle Chislett is past-Chair and member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), a member of the Dean's Advisory Council of Western Engineering (ACWE), a member of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Stakeholder Advisory Committee and in April 2012 was appointed as a member of the Ontario's Clean Energy Task Force, an advisory council to the Minister of Energy and Minister of Economic Development & Innovation. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.


Paul Ferguson (representing Conveyors) is an accomplished senior manager within the electric utility industry in Ontario. His professional experience spans 27 years. Currently a Director and President of Newmarket – Tay Power Distribution Ltd., Paul's background also includes 12 years extensive experience with Ontario Hydro in senior positions in Operations and Protection and Control. In addition, he holds memberships in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Ontario Electrical League as well as the Electricity Distributors Association. As President of Newmarket – Tay Power Distribution Ltd., he is leading a mid-size distribution utility that is enjoying a position of financial and market competence since the inception of Ontario's open electricity market.


Steven Hall (representing Consumers) is the Director of Real Property Asset Management at the Region of Peel where he is responsible for Real Estate, Construction, Facilities Management and Energy & Environment Services. As Director of RPAM, Steven provides strategic and long-term facility asset management planning for the Regional Municipality of Peel. One of the areas of responsibility for Steven is the development and implementation of the Regional Energy and Environment Management Strategy. His commitment to conservation and energy efficiency has helped the Region of Peel realize energy savings and cost recoveries of approximately $52M while contributing to a culture of conservation throughout the Region. Fittingly, Steven was awarded the certificate of 'Outstanding Leadership in Sustainable Energy Practices' by the Ontario Ministry of Energy. Under his direction, the Region of Peel achieved the Gold Award Certification in energy excellence by 360 Energy Inc. and the National Energy Foundation. On several occasions, Steven has been the guest of the Chinese government, including speaking at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai as well as a published author in the World Expo publication. Mr. Hall has been involved with the United Way of Peel Region for the past twenty years with his most current role as a Campaign Cabinet Member. Steven was recently awarded the 'Civic Award of Recognition' for his twenty plus years of commitment to volunteerism in the community.  


Ted Leonard (representing IESO) holds of position of Vice-President - Markets, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. In this capacity, he is responsible for market evolution and sector policy analysis, all financial management aspects of the organization, including corporate and market accounting, and the credit risk and settlement of the wholesale electricity markets. He also chairs the IESO's Pension Management Committee. Mr. Leonard has been with the IESO from its formation in 1999. Previously he held the positions of Director - Finance, Corporate Controller and Manager - Financial Systems and Support. Prior to his current role he worked in progressively senior finance roles within the electricity sector since 1996. Before joining the IESO, Mr. Leonard was with Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Leonard is a native of Sudbury, Ontario and is Chartered Accountant and a graduate of Laurentian University (B. Com.).


Mark Schembri (representing Consumers) is Vice President, Supermarket Systems and Store Maintenance for Loblaw Properties Limited. Mark has worked with Loblaw for 23 years and is currently responsible for facility maintenance for the 37M square ft real estate portfolio that supports the retail business throughout Canada. He also supports all aspects of energy management and energy procurement including new store design standards for refrigeration, lighting and HVAC. Loblaw has been active in demand side management energy retrofits, renewable energy projects, and has successfully implemented a 10MW automated multiple facility electricity demand response project in Ontario. Mark is an active member of the Canadian Standard Association.


Ersilia Serafini (representing Electricity Service Providers) is the CEO of Summerhill. Since 1993, Summerhill has been instrumental in creating a diverse offering of strategic initiatives that have addressed a variety of policy and environmental priorities in Canada and the United States. Summerhill develops and execute profitable strategies that move the market toward better choices for consumers and the environment. Summerhill is based in Toronto (with offices in New York, Montreal and Regina), and has 50 full time staff and over 2200 part-time program representatives employed for program delivery across Canada. Ersilia Serafini is a recognized leader in public engagement and outreach - responsible for creating and managing some of the most innovative and effective social marketing programs on air quality and climate change in Canada.  


Paul Shervill (representing Electricity Service Providers) is currently working with Rodan Energy Solutions Inc. as Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. In this capacity he provides senior level guidance on markets, business development and other strategic matters affecting Rodan. Prior to joining Rodan he spent six years with the Ontario Power Authority serving as a member of the executive team since the inception of the Agency in 2005. He held vice presidential roles in market development, business development and conservation services. For 15 years prior to joining the Ontario Power Authority, he held senior roles in channel development, strategic alliances and environmental affairs with Union Gas Limited. He has been active in the small business community and served as President of the Chatham and District Chamber of Commerce for two years. He served as a member of the Management Board of the Ontario Centre of Excellence in Energy, as a member of Ontario's Smart Grid Forum and as a member of the National Advisory Council on Energy Efficiency. He holds an Honours B.A. and a Master of Engineering (Environmental), from the University of Western Ontario.


Wayne Smith (representing Conveyors) is the Senior Vice President of Planning and Operating at Hydro One. In this capacity he is responsible for the Control Centre for Transmission and Distribution operations, Maintenance of Hydro Ones 280 transmission stations and over 1000 distribution stations, technical support services and fleet services. Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to 1.3 million homes, businesses, industries and LDCs across the province of Ontario and owns and operates a 29,000 km high-voltage transmission network and a 123,000 km low-voltage distribution system. Hydro One is wholly owned by the Province of Ontario. Mr. Smith has 29 years experience in the utility industry at Ontario Hydro and Hydro One. He has been a member on various industry councils and committees including with the Canadian Electrical Association, NERC and NPCC.  


Tony Thoma (representing Consumers) 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.  


Adam White (representing Consumers) joined the Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario as their President in August 2005. The Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario is a not-for-profit consumer interest advocacy organization that promotes the competitiveness of Ontario industry through reliable supplies of electricity at affordable rates. AMPCO represents business consumers in the forestry, chemical, mining and minerals, steel, petroleum products, cement, automotive and manufacturing industries. Prior to joining AMPCO, Mr. White was Vice President of Public Affairs and External Relations with the Ontario Energy Association, Account Manager with Mirant Canada Energy Marketing, Manager of Regulatory Affairs with TransAlta Energy Corporation, Senior Policy Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology, and Senior Economist at the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy. Mr. White has more than 15 years' experience in policy economics and analysis, public relations, communications and advocacy, achieving superior energy, environmental and public health policy outcomes for clients and employers in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors. Mr. White has a degree in economics from the University of British Columbia and a diploma in facilitative leadership from the York University Faculty of Environmental Studies. Mr. White is a Canadian Fellow of the international programme for Leadership for Environment and Development.


Todd Wilcox (representing Conveyors) has worked in Ontario's energy industry for 30 years. His tenure with Ontario Hydro, Toronto Hydro and for the past three years as Chief Operating Officer at North Bay Hydro has provided him with extensive experience on a diverse range of utility related industry issues. Todd also operated his own consulting business for a number of years working with a number of high profile clients allowing them to achieve their energy management objectives. Todd is member of the Electricity Distributors Association Board of Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Toronto.