The Energy Transformation Network of Ontario was originally founded by the IESO in 2009 as the Ontario Smart Grid Forum.  It includes member organizations from Ontario’s utility sector, industry associations, non-profit organizations, public agencies and universities working together to propose a vision for a smart grid in Ontario and examine the many components that comprise it. It is supported by the Corporate Partners Committee, which represents more than 45 private sector organizations active in the smart grid space – including, electric vehicle interests, energy retailers, energy management companies, systems integrators and equipment manufacturers.

In the summer and fall of 2017, the Forum began to consider a renewed mandate in light of a maturation of the smart grid-related discourse, both within Ontario and many other jurisdictions around the world. It was agreed that the issues the Forum has been examining in recent years was now more pressing than ever. Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), advanced distribution management platforms and new structural models for organizing the distribution sector are all challenging foundational notions of market boundaries, industry roles and responsibilities. Advanced transportation technology, environmental policy and other technological changes outside of the electricity sector are also having an increasing impact on the electricity system.

As a result the group agreed to expanded engagement with stakeholders that are shaping the smart grid landscape from across the broader energy sector as well as the continued input from the Corporate Partners Committee. To reflect this renewed and refocused mandate the Forum also agreed to a new name, the Energy Transformation Network of Ontario (ETNO).

Members of Energy Transformation Network of Ontario

Peter Gregg, President and CEO, IESO, and Chair, Energy Transformation Network of Ontario

David McFadden, Chair, Toronto Hydro Corporation and Vice-Chair, Energy Transformation Network of Ontario

Michael Angemeer, President and CEO, Veridian Corporation

Darlene Bradley, Vice-President, Planning, Hydro One Inc.  

Nicolle Butcher, Vice President Strategy & Acquisitions, Ontario Power Generation

David Collie, President and CEO, Electrical Safety Authority

Jonathan Dogterom, Practice Lead, Cleantech, MaRS Discovery District

Mark Fernandes, Chief Information and Technology Officer (CIO), Hydro Ottawa Limited

William Milroy, Vice President, Engineering and Operations, London Hydro

Dr. Jatin Nathwani, Professor and Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy and Sustainable Energy Management, Faculties of Engineering and Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo

Alexandre Prieur, Smart Grid Project Leader, Innovation and Energy Technology Sector, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

Neetika Sathe, Vice President, Corporate Development and Smart Grid Technologies, PowerStream Inc.

Katherine Sparkes, Director, Innovation, Research and Development, Independent Electricity System Operator

Francois Trofim,  Director, Technology & Innovation, Union Gas Limited

Raymond Tracey, CEO, Essex Power

Joe Van Schaik, Electric Power Market Manager at Tormont Cat

Terry Young, Vice President, Policy, Engagement and Innovation, IESO


Karen Clark, Director Distribution and Agency Policy, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines

Brian Hewson, Vice President, Consumer Protection & Industry Performance, Ontario Energy Board


Corporate Partners Committee

To complement the work of the ETNO, a committee of private sector interests in the smart grid space was created to provide advice, support and insight. The Corporate Partners Committee helps identify the practical barriers to implementation and proposing constructive, pragmatic, as well as cost and time effective solutions for consideration by the ETNO. The Ontario Energy Association (OEA) provides administrative support to the Committee on behalf of the ETNO.

The Committee comprises representatives from the manufacturing, telecommunications, retailing, research, service and consulting sectors. As of September 2012, the Corporate Partners Committee includes:

129 Group

Aird & Berlis LLP

Alpha Energy



Blackstone Energy Solutions

Direct Energy





Enbala Power Networks



ERTH Corporation

General Electric

General Motors




IBM Canada

International Solar Solutions

ITK Vector


Kangaroo Group

KHC Innovation

KMDR Research


LocalGrid Technologies

MaRS Advanced Energy Centre - Ron Dizy Committee Chair

Ontario Energy Association

Ontario Centres of Excellence




Region of Peel

Rodan Energy Solutions

Rogers Communications

S&C Electric

Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre


Signal Hill Digital Law

Soft Grid Analytics

Summitt Energy

Sustainable Resources Management

Temporal Power

The New Energy Group

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

TrustPoint Innovation Technologies

Union Gas Limited - Ed Seaward, Committee Vice-Chair


Wainewright Consulting