Hydro One Limited appoints Mark Poweska
as President and CEO



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Effective May 10, 2019, Mr. Poweska becomes President and CEO of Hydro One Ltd. He previously served as Executive Vice President, Operations at BC Hydro, where he was a Member of the Executive Team, reporting to the President and Chief Operating Officer. He was accountable for all aspects of operations in BC Hydro’s electric system, serving approximately four million residential, commercial and industrial customers in the province of British Columbia. During his tenure in the role, Mr. Poweska successfully led the merger of the former Transmission and Distribution organization with the Generation organization, to form one Operations group with revenues of approximately $5 billion.


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Senior Leadership Team


 
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Mark Poweska

President and Chief Executive Officer

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Brad Bowness

Chief Information Officer

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Jason Fitzsimmons

Chief Corporate Affairs & Customer Care Officer

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Mark Poweska

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

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

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.


 

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Lyla Garzouzi

Chief Safety Officer

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Paul Harricks

Chief Legal Officer

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David Lebeter

Chief Operating Officer

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Lyla Garzouzi

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

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

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.
 

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Chris Lopez

Chief Financial Officer

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Megan Telford

Chief Human Resources Officer

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Chris Lopez

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

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.
 




Board of Directors


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Timothy Hodgson

Board Chair
 
 
 

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Cherie Brant

Member of Governance & Regulatory, Member of Indigenous Peoples, Safety & Operations Committee

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Blair Cowper-Smith

Member of Audit Committee, Member of Human Resources Committee
 

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Timothy Hodgson

Timothy Hodgson is a corporate director and currently serves as Chair of Hydro One. Mr. Hodgson also chairs the board of Sagicor Financial Corporation Limited (SFC), a financial and life insurance company and sits on the board of Sagicor Group Jamaica, a majority owned subsidiary of SFC, the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) and Dialogue Health Technologies. Mr. Hodgson was formerly Managing Partner of Alignvest Management Corporation from 2012 until his retirement in August 2019. He was Special Advisor to Mr. Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of Canada from 2010 to 2012. From 1990 to 2010, Mr. Hodgson held various positions in New York, London, Silicon Valley and Toronto with Goldman Sachs and served as Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs Canada from 2005 to 2010, with overall responsibilities for the firm’s operations, client relationships and regulatory matters.

His prior directorships include MEG Energy, Alignvest Acquisition Corporation, Alignvest Acquisition II Corporation, The Global Risk Institute, KGS-Alpha Capital Markets, Next Canada, the Ivey School of Business and Bridgepoint Health.

Mr. Hodgson holds a Masters of Business Administration from The Ivey School of Business at Western University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants (FCPA) and holds his ICD.D.

Cherie Brant

Cherie Brant is a partner and national leader for Indigenous law group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Ms. Brant has a commercial practice across a wide variety of sectors, including energy and transmission, land development and financing on First Nations lands, franchising, cannabis and economic development. She also provides strategic policy and governance counsel to Indigenous groups. Prior to joining Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Ms. Brant was a partner at another major Canadian law firm, where she had been practicing since 2013.

Ms. Brant is both Mohawk and Ojibway from the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and Wiikwemkoong Unceded Indian Territory. She serves on the boards of Toronto-Dominion Bank, the Anishnawbe Health Foundation, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and participates on the advisory committees for the Aboriginal Energy Working Group of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), the Aboriginal Education Council for Centennial College and Advisory Council for Nationhood Council House. Her previous directorships include Women’s College Hospital and Trillium Gift of Life.

Ms. Brant holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Urban and Regional Planning Program from the University of Waterloo and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and the Law Society of Ontario.

In 2017, Ms. Brant received the Lexpert Zenith Award, a national award recognizing women’s contributions in the law and in 2012, she was named one of Lexpert’s “Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40”.

Blair Cowper-Smith

Blair Cowper-Smith is the principal of Canadian advisory firm Erin Park Business Solutions. Previously, Mr. Cowper-Smith was Corporate Affairs Officer of Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) where he also served as a member of the Senior Executive Team from 2008 to 2017 where his responsibilities included regulatory affairs, law and governance. Prior to joining OMERS, he was a Senior Partner at McCarthy Tetrault LLP, where his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure, governance and private equity.

Mr. Cowper-Smith’s current or prior board appointments include Porter Airlines, 407 ETR, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario, the Global Strategic Investment Alliance and Face the Future Foundation. He has served on the Public Policy Committee of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance and on the Securities Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission. Mr. Cowper-Smith regularly delivers lectures on governance at the Directors College at McMaster University.

Mr. Cowper Smith holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Master of Laws (LLM) from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and holds his ICD.D.

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David Hay

Chair of Indigenous Peoples, Safety & Operations Committee, Member of Governance & Regulatory

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Jessica McDonald

Member of Audit Committee, Member of Human Resources Committee

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Stacey Mowbray

Member of Audit Committee, Member of Indigenous Peoples, Safety & Operations Committee

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David Hay

David Hay is the Managing Director of Delgatie Incorporated, a strategic advisory firm. He is the former Vice-Chair and Managing Director of CIBC World Markets Inc., a role he held until 2015. From 2004 until 2010, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of New Brunswick Power Corporation. Prior to that Mr. Hay held senior investment banking roles as Senior Vice-President and Director responsible for mergers and acquisitions with Merrill Lynch Canada and Managing Director of European mergers and acquisitions with Merrill Lynch International based in London, England. Mr. Hay spent the early part of his career as a practicing lawyer and taught at both the University of Toronto and University of New Brunswick. Mr. Hay was a Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the High Court of the Supreme Court of Ontario from 1981 until 1982.

Mr. Hay also sits on the boards of EPCOR Utilities Inc., and the Council of Clean and Reliable Energy. Prior directorships include Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited, where he was Vice Chair, and Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Services Limited (AEGIS). Mr. Hay also chaired both the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and SHAD Canada.

Mr. Hay holds a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto (Victoria College). He is a Fellow of the Ivey Energy and Policy Institute and holds his ICD.D.

Jessica McDonald

Jessica McDonald is an independent corporate director serving on the boards of publicly traded companies in Canada and the United States. She served as Chair of the Board for Canada Post from 2017 to 2020 as well as serving as President and CEO of Canada Post on an interim basis for a year during that time.

From 2014 to 2017, Ms. McDonald held the role of President and CEO at BC Hydro. Her prior experience also includes Chair of Powertech Labs, and Board Director for Powerex. She serves on the Member Council of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, and was previously a Visiting Fellow at Stanford’s Center for Energy Policy and Finance. Ms. McDonald currently sits on the boards of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, as well as Coeur Mining. She has extensive experience in government, including Deputy Minister to the Premier and Head of the Public Service of British Columbia.

Ms. McDonald has been named to Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame, Canada’s Diversity 50, and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. She holds her ICD.D and CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight.

Stacey Mowbray

Stacey Mowbray is an experienced corporate director and former President & CEO across a range of consumer facing industries. From 2014 to 2019, Ms. Mowbray served as President of WW Canada (formerly Weight Watchers) and then President of North America at WW International, where she oversaw and was a key member of the transformational turnaround of the health and wellness business into an omni channel business. Prior to that, Ms. Mowbray served as President and Chief Executive Officer at The Second Cup Ltd. Ms. Mowbray has extensive marketing and brand experience from years of leading those functions at high profile brands such as Molson Coors Brewing Company, Cara Operations and Pepsi Cola.

Currently, Ms. Mowbray serves on the board of Currency Exchange International, Exchange Bank of Canada, Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc., Bonne O Holdings Company and dentalcorp Holdings. She volunteers on the operating Board of Trillium Health Partners. Prior directorships have included Second Cup Coffee, Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Niagara Ventures Corporation and Chair of the Coffee Association of Canada.

Ms. Mowbray, has received numerous recognitions including Diversity Champion, Inaugural CEO in Residence for Wilfrid Laurier, Top 100 Women’s Executive Network, Top 20 Women’s Post and Schulich School of Business Outstanding Progress and Achievement Award. Ms. Mowbray holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from Schulich School of Business - York University, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.
 

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Russel Robertson

Chair of Audit Committee, Member of Human Resources Committee
 
 

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William Sheffield

Member of Governance & Regulatory Committee, Member of Indigenous Peoples, Safety & Operations Committee

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Melissa Sonberg

Chair of Human Resources Committee, Member of Audit Committee
 

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Russel Robertson

Russel Robertson served as Executive Vice-President and Head, Anti-Money Laundering, at BMO Financial Group from 2014 to 2016. Prior to this Mr. Robertson served as Executive Vice-President, Business Integration from 2011 to 2014, where he oversaw the integration of Harris Bank and Marshall & Ilsley Bank to form BMO Harris Bank and as Chief Financial Officer, BMO Financial Group from 2008 to 2011. Before joining BMO, he spent over 35 years as a Chartered Professional Accountant holding various senior positions, including the positions of Vice-Chair, Deloitte & Touche LLP (Canada) and Canadian Managing Partner, Arthur Andersen LLP (Canada).

Mr. Robertson sits on the board of Bausch Health Companies Inc. and on the Board of Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd., where he chairs both audit committees. Previous directorships include Virtus Investment Partners Inc.

Mr. Robertson holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the Western University. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCA), a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ontario) and holds his ICD.D.
 

William Sheffield

William Sheffield has been a corporate director since 2004. Mr. Sheffield is the former CEO of Sappi Fine Papers, headquartered in South Africa. Previously, he held senior roles with Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. and Abitibi-Price Inc. He began his career in the steel industry and held General Manager, Industrial Engineering and Cold Mill Operating roles at Stelco Inc.

Mr. Sheffield currently sits on the board of Velan Inc. Previous directorships include Houston Wire & Cable Company, Canada Post Corporation, Ontario Power Generation, Corby Distilleries, Royal Group Technologies and SHAD. In addition to having served on the boards of a number of public companies, Mr. Sheffield is also a member of several advisory and not-for-profit boards.

Mr. Sheffield holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from Carleton University, an MBA from McMaster University and holds his ICD.D. In 2015, he was awarded a Fellowship from the National Association of Corporate Directors in the U.S. He also completed the Family Enterprise Advisors Program (FEA) at the University of British.

Melissa Sonberg

Melissa Sonberg is Professor of Practice and has been a member of McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management since 2014. She spent the early part of her career in the healthcare industry before joining Air Canada, where she held leadership positions in a range of customer facing, operational and corporate functions. Ms. Sonberg was part of the founding executive team of Aeroplan, which became part of AIMIA Inc. Ms. Sonberg held positions of Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Corporate Affairs and Senior Vice President, Global Brands, Communications and External Affairs at AIMIA from 2001 to 2013.

Ms. Sonberg sits on the boards of Exchange Income Corporation, Athennian, Canadian Professional Sales Association, Group Touchette, Women in Capital Markets and Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education. Previous directorships include MD Financial Holdings, Inc., Rideau, Inc., Via Rail Canada, University of Ottawa’s International Advisory Board and the McGill University Health Centre.

Ms. Sonberg holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from McGill University, a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Ottawa and holds her ICD.D. She is a Certified Human Resource Executive.
 

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Susan Wolburgh Jenah

Chair of Governance & Regulatory, Member of Indigenous Peoples, Safety & Operations Committee

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Susan Wolburgh Jenah

Susan Wolburgh Jenah has over 30 years’ experience as a senior regulator, executive and lawyer. Throughout her career, she has served on numerous corporate, Crown corporation and not-for-profit boards and expert advisory committees.

Ms. Wolburgh Jenah currently holds board positions at Laurentian Bank of Canada, Aecon Group Inc. and Humber River Hospital. She is a member of the Independent Review Committee of Vanguard Investments Canada. She recently served as a Public Governor the U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Ms. Wolburgh Jenah was the founding President and CEO of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and held executive positions at the Investment Dealers Association of Canada (IDA) and the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), including Vice Chair and Acting Chair.

Ms. Wolburgh Jenah is also a member of the C.D. Howe National Advisory Council and served as Mentor to the Catalyst Women on Board Program. She is a recipient of the 2011 Osgoode Hall Gold Key Award for Achievement and received the ICD.D in 2004.
 


For complete information on our corporate governance practices, senior management team and board of directors, please refer to the proxy circular associated with our May 26, 2021 annual shareholders meeting.