Effective May 10, 2019, Mr. Poweska became 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.
Mr. Poweska joined BC Hydro in 1993 and worked in several parts of the organization, including engineering, construction and procurement. He was Director, Generation Engineering (2007 – 2010); General Manager, Generation Operations (2010 – 2013); and Senior Vice President, Transmission & Distribution Engineering, Design and Customer Connections (2013 – 2015). He was appointed as Senior Vice President, Training, Development & Generation in 2015 and Executive Vice President, Operations in October 2017.
Throughout his career, he has led teams delivering strong results in technical design; delivery and implementation in engineering and construction; exceptional service to customers; as well as safe operations and maintenance of generation, transmission and distribution assets.
Mr. Poweska sits on the Board of Directors and is Chair of the Operations Committee of the Western Energy Institute, a trade association serving the electric and natural gas industries throughout the Western U.S. and Canada. He is also a Board Advisor to Yukon Energy Corporation, a Canadian Crown corporation that provides electrical power to the Yukon territory.
Mr. Poweska received his B.A.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1993. He is a Professional Engineer with Engineers & Geoscientists B.C. and until recently was a member of the Dean's Advisory Committee to the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.
Brad Bowness is the Senior Vice President, Technology and 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 3,000 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 Honours 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 is currently a board member for the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange.
Effective May 1, 2019, Darlene Bradley was appointed Acting Chief Operating Officer of Hydro One. Ms. Bradley oversees all aspects of transmission and distribution at the utility including Planning, Engineering, Construction, Operations, Maintenance and Vegetation Management and is focused on improving safety, providing excellence customer service and driving efficiencies.
Prior to this appointment, Ms. Bradley was Vice President, Planning and Engineering, leading investment strategies, plans and engineering solutions to support the safe, reliable and affordable operation of the transmission and distribution businesses.
Ms. Bradley is a transformational leader with more than 30 years career experience in utility operations. She joined Hydro One in 1988 as a Licensed Power Equipment Electrician. Over the years, she has held increasingly senior leadership positions in technical field operations and strategic planning. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Science and Technology from York University.
Jason Fitzsimmons was promoted to Chief Corporate Affairs and Customer Care Officer in August 2018, with oversight of the customer service, corporate affairs, marketing and Indigenous relations functions. With more than 25 years of experience in the electricity sector, Mr. Fitzsimmons is a highly-regarded leader with a proven track record for successfully executing large-scale transformations and building strong relationships with key stakeholders. In his previous role as Vice President, Labour Relations at Hydro One, Mr. Fitzsimmons played an instrumental role in bringing the company’s 400-employee Customer Contact Centre in-house as the company continuously strives to deliver best-in-class customer service. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Fitzsimmons was the Chief Negotiations Officer at the Ontario Hospital Association and also held a number of executive roles at Ontario Power Generation, including Vice President of Human Resources for the 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 was a prior 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.
Chris Lopez, appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), distinguished himself as Acting CFO by leading the Finance organization where he successfully secured favourable financing and delivered impactful productivity initiatives across the business. Mr. Lopez joined Hydro One in 2016 as the Senior Vice President of Finance, bringing almost 17 years of progressive experience in the utilities industry in Canada and Australia. Prior to joining Hydro One, Mr. Lopez was the Vice President, Corporate Planning and Mergers & Acquisitions at TransAlta Corporation from 2011 to 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Lopez was Director of Operations Finance at TransAlta in Calgary from 2007 to 2011, and he held senior financial roles up to and including Country Financial Controller for TransAlta in Australia, from 1999 to 2007. Mr. Lopez worked as a Senior Financial Accountant with Rio Tinto Iron Ore, in Australia from 1997 to 1999.
Mr. Lopez received a Bachelor of Business degree from Edith Cowan University in 1996, and a Chartered Accountant designation in Australia in 1999. He received a graduate diploma in corporate governance and directorships from the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2007.
Saylor Millitz-Lee is Acting Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Hydro One Networks, a large electric utility provider that recently became a publicly traded company. As the acting CHRO, Saylor is accountable for board matters with respect to human capital with the Human Resources Committee. Saylor ensures that Hydro One attracts, engages, and retains a high-performing workforce to deliver the company’s business strategy safely and effectively. In addition to this strategic contribution, Saylor oversees the provision, through the staff of the Human Resources function, of a wide range of services to managers and employees. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team and a direct report to the CEO, Saylor provides strategic leadership for the organization at large.
Saylor has over 30 years of human resources experience and previously held roles as head of Human Resources for Equifax Canada, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Saylor graduated with an honours degree in Actuarial Science from Western University and holds her ICD.D.