Mark Poweska is President and CEO of Hydro One Limited. With approximately 1.4 million valued customers, over $30 billion in assets and 2020 annual revenues of approximately $7.3 billion, Mr. Poweska leads Ontario’s largest electricity transmission and distribution provider and is a proven leader with a reputation for prioritizing safety, exceeding customer expectations, cutting costs and improving operational performance.
With a team of approximately 8,700 skilled and dedicated employees (on average during 2020), Mr. Poweska has devised a new corporate strategy that sets a clear vision for the future of Hydro One. Mr. Poweska has deep industry knowledge and an ability to develop enduring relationships with industry partners, unions, Indigenous communities, regulators and all levels of government.
Prior to joining Hydro One, Mr. Poweska served as Executive Vice President, Operations at BC Hydro. During his tenure in the role, Mr. Poweska successfully led the merger of the former Transmission and Distribution organization with the Generation organization. During his more than 25 years at BC Hydro, Mr. Poweska has proven that he can build a strong safety culture, put customers first and improve efficiency. Mr. Poweska is a mechanical engineer with experience at all levels of the electricity industry, from the front line to the executive team.
Mr. Poweska is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Energy Association and serves on the Board of the Western Energy Institute. He was recognized by the Ontario Energy Association as Leader of the Year for 2020 for his leadership of Hydro One’s transformation to be more customer-driven, sustainable, safe, and efficient.
Brad Bowness is the Chief Information Officer, with oversight of Cyber and Physical Security Operations and all aspects of Information and Operating Technology.
With more than 20 years of experience in the electricity sector, Mr. Bowness is a proven results oriented executive adept at driving strategic change to optimize business operations. He has served in several executive positions at Hydro One including Vice President, Construction Services; Vice President, Transmission & Stations; and Vice President, Distribution where he had organizational accountability for over 3000 employees and over $1 Billion of annual work program. He has been a transformational leader who has had a significant impact on the journey towards operational excellence.
Prior to joining Hydro One, Mr. Bowness spent six years in the management consulting and systems integration industry. Brad holds an Honors Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He has served as a board member for the Ontario Energy Network and the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange.
Jason Fitzsimmons is the Chief Corporate Affairs and Customer Care Officer of HONI. In this role, held since August 2018, Mr. Fitzsimmons has oversight of the company’s customer service, external relations, communications and marketing, sustainability and Indigenous relations functions. Prior to his current role, he served as the company’s Vice President of Labour Relations.
With more than 25 years of experience in the electricity sector, Mr. Fitzsimmons is a highly regarded leader with a proven track record for executing large-scale transformations and building strong relationships with key stakeholders.
Before joining the company in 2016, Mr. Fitzsimmons was the Chief Negotiations Officer at the Ontario Hospital Association and held a number of executive roles at Ontario Power Generation, including Vice President of Human Resources for its Nuclear division.
He is a Certified Human Resource Executive known for his broad experience in labour management, as well as his passion for health and safety in the workplace. He is a former member of the Advisory Board for Ryerson University’s Centre for Labour Management Relations and has served on the Board of Directors for the Electrical Power Sector Construction Association.
Lyla Garzouzi was appointed Hydro One’s Chief Safety Officer in November 2020. In this newly created executive role, she is charged with transforming Hydro One’s safety culture in addition to overseeing the health and environment portfolio. With more than 15 years of experience in the electricity sector, Ms. Garzouzi is a highly regarded leader with a proven track record in successfully executing large-scale transformations while building strong relationships with people.
Prior to this role, as Vice President of Distribution, Ms. Garzouzi led the largest workforce at Hydro One and successfully carried out a $1 billion work program while having a significant impact on operational excellence. She has been instrumental in leading Hydro One’s grid modernization journey to improve Ontario’s power system through smart design and new technology.
Ms. Garzouzi is the proud executive sponsor of Pride One, where she plays a role in supporting the organization’s efforts to make the workplace more inclusive and diverse. In addition, Ms. Garzouzi serves on numerous boards including the Ontario Energy Network and the Canadian Electricity Association Distribution Council. She is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. Ms. Garzouzi was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 business leaders.
Paul Harricks is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Legal Officer of Hydro One Limited and Hydro One Inc., leading all aspects of the organization’s regulatory, legal, compliance, corporate governance and business ethics activities. Prior to joining Hydro One in September 2019, Mr. Harricks practiced law for about 40 years, working extensively in the energy and infrastructure industries and serving as a partner and leader of the Energy Sector Industry Group of Gowling WLG Canada LLP, a major Canadian law firm.
A seasoned and trusted legal advisor, Mr. Harricks has delivered effective results in the fields of distribution, transmission and generation and has led a range of public and private mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Harricks is a past Director of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario and currently Chair of the Energy Committee of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, where he also serves on the Policy & Advisory Committee. He is also a Director and Audit Committee member of Pioneering Technology Corp.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Toronto and an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School.
David Lebeter is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of HONI, a role he assumed in January 2020. Mr. Lebeter is responsible for transmission and distribution at the utility including construction, maintenance, vegetation management and system operations. He is also responsible for Hydro One Remote Communities Inc., which serves remote communities in Ontario’s far north.
Mr. Lebeter has over 38 years’ experience in the utility and forestry sectors, and has been a vocal leader and a strong advocate for a safe and engaged workforce.
Before joining the organization, he held executive positions at BC Hydro from 2010 to 2019, including Senior Vice-President of Safety and Vice-President of Transmission & Distribution Field Operations. Mr. Lebeter spent 23 years in the forest industry prior to joining the utility sector, working in leadership positions responsible for operations.
He has previously served as an Executive Board Member for Smart Grid Northwest, as an Operations Board Member for Western Energy Institute, and as the Chairman of the Distribution Council with the Canadian Electricity Association. He holds his ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
He holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, has completed the Queen’s Executive Program, holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and is a Registered Professional Forester in B.C.
Mr. Lebeter resides in British Columbia, Canada. He is currently in the process of relocating from British Columbia to Ontario.
Chris Lopez is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Hydro One Limited and Hydro One Inc., a position he assumed after being appointed as Acting CFO in late 2018. Mr. Lopez joined Hydro One in 2016 as the Senior Vice President of Finance and has more than 20 years of progressive experience in the utilities industry in Canada and Australia. As CFO, Mr. Lopez is responsible for the corporate finance function, including treasury and tax, as well as internal audit, investor relations, risk, pensions and shared services, including supply chain. Mr. Lopez is also currently responsible for strategic growth, including Hydro One Telecom Inc. and mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to joining the organization, Mr. Lopez was the Vice President, Corporate Planning and Mergers & Acquisitions at TransAlta Corporation from 2011 to 2015, and the Director of Operations Finance at TransAlta from 2007 to 2011 in Alberta, Canada. He also held senior financial roles for TransAlta in his native Australia, from 1999 to 2007. At the start of his career, he worked as a financial accountant with Rio Tinto in Australia.
Mr. Lopez holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Edith Cowan University in Australia, and a Chartered Accountant designation. He received a graduate diploma in corporate governance and directorships from the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2007.
Megan Telford is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Hydro One Networks Inc., a role she assumed in September 2020. Ms. Telford is responsible for all areas of human resources across Hydro One, including labour relations, talent management, total rewards and change and culture.
Ms. Telford is an experienced leader with deep expertise in law and human resources. Before joining Hydro One Ms. Telford held the position of Head of Human Resources at Toronto Dominion (TD) Insurance from 2019 to 2020, and had also worked in a number of increasingly senior roles across the TD Bank in both legal and human resources since 2007. Prior to TD, Ms. Telford practised labour and employment law at a national law firm and worked at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.
Ms. Telford holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Relations from McMaster University, a Master of Industrial Relations and Juris Doctor from Queen’s University and she was a law clerk for Justices Stone and Strayer at the Federal Court of Appeal.