Brian Bentz is Chair of IESO's Stakeholder Advisory Committee, representing the sector of distributors and transmitters.
Brian is the President and CEO of PowerStream Inc., an energy company that provides power and related services to more than 375,000 customers residing or owning a business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario.
He has played a pivotal role in establishing PowerStream as an industry leader, from the company's creation following the merger of three local electric utilities in Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan in 2004, to the acquisition of Aurora Hydro in 2005, the 2009 merger with Barrie Hydro and the 2012 strategic partnership with the Town of Collingwood in the ownership of 'Collus PowerStream'.
Brian has also assumed an active leadership role within the energy industry. He is currently the Chair of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Stakeholder Advisory Committee, Vice-Chair of Collus PowerStream's Board of Directors and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Electricity Association, the Ontario Energy Association, the Electricity Distributors Association, the Electrical Safety Authority and its Human Resources & Investment and Audit Committees. He formerly served as Chair of the Ontario Energy Association, the Electricity Distributors Association, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) Stakeholder Advisory Committee and the MEARIE Group.
Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Brian has an MBA (McMaster) and an honorary Bachelor of Applied Arts degree (Georgian College). He is also a Chartered Accountant, as well as a Certified Engineering Technologist (Electrical/Electronics).