Energy Transformation Network of Ontario Member Bios
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.
Darlene Bradley, Vice-President, Planning, Hydro One Inc.: As Vice-President of Planning, Darlene creates value for Hydro One and its customers by creating a defensible investment plans and strategies for the ongoing safe, reliable and affordable operation of the transmission and distribution businesses. Prior to this, she was the Director of Technical Service. Hydro One delivers electricity to 1.3 million homes, businesses, industries and LDCs across the province of Ontario. Hydro One owns and operates a 30,000 km high-voltage transmission network and a 123,000 km low-voltage distribution system including 280 transmission stations and over 1000 distribution stations.
With 28 years of experience at Ontario Hydro and Hydro One, Darlene has gained extensive experience and provided leadership in a diverse range of Operational and Strategic roles. She is a Licensed Power Equipment Electrician and completed a Bachelor of Art in Science and Technology at York University. Darlene believes in keeping an eye to the future, practical solutions and the development of people and teams. She is a member of IESO's Stakeholder Advisory Committee, representing the sector of distributors and transmitters.
Nicolle Butcher, Vice President Strategy & Acquisitions: Nicolle has over 20 years of energy experience in both the electricity and natural gas sectors. In her current position of Vice President, Strategy and Acquisitions, Ontario Power Generation, Nicolle is currently accountable for articulating OPG’s long term strategy including a growth and innovation strategy and driving strategic business functions such as energy trading, acquisitions, commercial contracting and market affairs. As part of the innovation strategy, Nicolle is accountable for developing a roadmap for OPG to support understanding and adoption of changing technologies and business models and driving further electrification using Ontario’s clean electricity resources.
Prior to taking on the strategy role, Nicolle held a wide range of roles including leading a corporate wide business transformation, development of the Portlands Energy Centre and establishing a lease for the Bruce Nuclear plant.
Nicolle currently sits on the Board of Directors of Portlands Energy Centre. Nicolle holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and is a Chartered Business Valuator. Nicolle earned a Certified Project Manager designation from Stanford University and has earned an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Karen Clark is the Director of the Distribution and Agency Policy Branch in the Strategic Network and Agency Policy Division of the Ministry of Energy. Before joining the Ministry of Energy, Karen was a policy director at the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, leading branches engaged in Strategic and Corporate Policy and Air Policy and Climate Change. Karen’s branch led the development of the Ontario Climate Change Strategy and the Climate Change Action Plan.
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.
Mark Fernandes, Chief Information and Technology Officer (CIO) Hydro Ottawa Limited: As Chief Information and Technology Officer, Mark Fernandes provides vision and leadership for the development and implementation of technology initiatives that support the advancement of Hydro Ottawa's business strategy and priorities. In his role, Mark oversees Technology Planning and Governance, Cyber Security, Grid Technology, Enterprise Architecture, System Development and Integration and IT/OT Operations.
Prior to joining Hydro Ottawa, Mark worked in the business and consumer software industry for over 16 years managing IT Strategy, Operations, e-Commerce, Web Development, Cloud Infrastructure models, and mergers and acquisitions.
Peter Gregg, President and Chief Executive Officer, IESO
Brian Hewson was appointed Vice President, Consumer Protection & Industry performance in November 2016. In this position Brian is responsible for the OEB’s interface with industry. The CP&IP Division is responsible for consumer protection, as well as the development and administration of the OEB’s codes and rules, liaison with industry stakeholders, the inspection of regulated entities, the assessment of utility performance and the Board’s licensing and reporting functions. This Division also carries out the OEB’s compliance and enforcement activities.
Brian joined the OEB in 1991 and has deep knowledge and experience in consumer protection and regulatory compliance matters. He has led various taskforces in the development of technical codes and standards for the electricity market and electric utility operations. From 2004 - 2009 Brian was the Chief Compliance Officer for the OEB where he led the development of an integrated compliance program focused on protecting the interests of consumers, and ensuring that regulated companies understood and achieved their regulatory obligations. Brian has been responsible for leading many policy initiatives including development of the OEB’s renewed regulatory framework for the energy sector.
David McFadden is counsel at Gowling WLG having served as a Member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the firm. Mr. McFadden serves as Chair of the Boards of Directors of Toronto Hydro Corp., 407 International Inc. and PCI Geomatics Inc. and as a member of the Board of Cricket Energy Holdings Inc. Mr. McFadden is a director of the Ontario Energy Association having served previously as Chair of the OEA’s Board. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the MaRS Advanced Energy Centre and of the Council for Clean and Reliable Energy. Mr. McFadden previously served as a member of the Ontario Government’s Electricity Distribution Sector Review Panel, the Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force and the Electricity Transition Committee. He is a former Chair of the Board of the Ontario Centres of Excellence. Mr. McFadden holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from York University.
William Milroy, Vice President, Engineering and Operations, London Hydro
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.
Alexandre Prieur is the Smart Grid Project Leader at CanmetENERGY, an energy and science research laboratory of the federal Department of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). Prior to joining NRCan in 2009, he worked for 10 years in the private sector, in the telecommunication industry. Alexandre is now leading projects on grid integration of renewable and Smart Grid. In addition, he was actively involved in the production of The Canadian Smart Grid Standards Roadmap, a product of two years of extensive work by the Task Force on Smart Grid Technology and Standards, co-chaired by NRCan and Electrofederation Canada.
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.
Katherine Sparkes is the Director of the newly created Innovation, Research and Development team within the IESO where she is responsible for developing and driving initiatives and investments in support of grid modernization and IESO’s broader mandate. Her team works with partners across the energy sector and beyond to develop and undertake projects to understand new and advanced technologies, services, practices and policies that will help meet Ontario’s current and future electricity needs. Katherine previously held various leadership roles in Conservation within IESO, including the development and implementation of award-winning Conservation & Demand Management (CDM) programs working with utility, business and other partners. Katherine has also taught in the Master of Laws in Energy & Infrastructure Program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Katherine has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Planning from Queen’s University.
Raymond Tracey, CEO, Essex Power
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.