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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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Darlene Bradley

Chief Safety Officer

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Mark Poweska

Mark Poweska is President and CEO of Hydro One Limited. With nearly 1.4 million valued customers, over C$25 billion in assets and 2018 annual revenues of over $6.2 billion, Mark leads Ontario’s largest electricity transmission and distribution provider.

Mark is a proven leader with a reputation for prioritizing safety, exceeding customer expectations, cutting costs and improving operational performance. With a team of approximately 8,600 skilled and dedicated employees, Mark will proudly build and maintain a safe and reliable electricity system to support strong and growing communities across Ontario.

Prior to joining Hydro One, Mark previously served as Executive Vice President, Operations at BC Hydro. During his tenure in the role, Mark 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. Through his 26 year career at BC Hydro, Mark led teams in engineering, construction and procurement while 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.

Mark sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Electricity Association and the Western Energy Institute, as well as the Ontario Energy Association.

Mark received his B.A.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1993.


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.

Darlene Bradley

Darlene Bradley is the Chief Safety Officer of Hydro One Networks Inc. She assumed this role in 2019 while also serving as the company’s Acting Chief Operating Officer. She currently retains the responsibility for strategy, engineering and planning on an acting basis. As Chief Safety Officer, she has oversight of the company’s various initiatives to enhance Hydro One’s safety culture, including reporting, analytics, programs and policies.

Prior to these appointments, Ms. Bradley was Vice President, Planning and Engineering at Hydro One, 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 and has held increasingly senior leadership positions in technical field operations and strategic planning.

She is a member of the board of the North American Transmission Forum and a member of the EPRI Power Delivery and Utilization Sector Council and is a past member of the Independent Electricity System Operator’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Science and Technology from York University.
 

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Jason Fitzsimmons

Chief Corporate Affairs and Customer Care Officer

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Paul Harricks

Chief Legal Officer
 

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David Lebeter

Chief Operating Officer
 

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Jason Fitzsimmons

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.

Mr. Fitzsimmons is the proud executive sponsor of the Women in Trades Technology and Engineering network at Hydro One, where he plays a leading role in supporting the organization’s efforts to make the workplace more inclusive and diverse.

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.

Paul Harricks

Paul Harricks is the Chief Legal Officer of Hydro One, leading all aspects of the company’s Regulatory, Legal, Compliance, Corporate Governance and Business Ethics activities. Prior to joining Hydro One in September 2019, Paul practiced law for close to 40 years, working extensively in the energy and infrastructure industries and serving as a partner and leader of the Energy Sector Industry Group for Gowlings WLG Canada LLP. In that capacity, he also served as the executive editor of The Electricity Industry in Canada.

A seasoned and trusted legal advisor, Paul has delivered effective results in the fields of distribution, transmission and generation and has led a range of public and private mergers and acquisitions.

Paul is a past Director of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario and Chair of the Energy Committee of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, where he also serves on the Policy & Advisory Committee. He also serves as a Vice-Chair of the International Energy Law and Transactions Committee of the Washington, DC-based Energy Bar Association, and is an active member of the International Bar Association. He is also a Director and Audit Committee member of Pioneering Technology Corp. 

David Lebeter

David Lebeter is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Hydro One Networks Inc., 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, 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 Hydro One he held executive positions at BC Hydro, 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 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.

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 designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.  

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Chris Lopez

Chief Financial Officer

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Saylor Millitz-Lee

Chief Human Resources Officer

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Chris Lopez

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

Saylor Millitz-Lee is Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Hydro One Networks Inc., a large electric utility provider that recently became a publicly traded company. As the 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. 


Board of Directors


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Timothy Hodgson

Board Chair

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Cherie Brant

 

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Blair Cowper-Smith

 

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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, a financial and life insurance company and sits on the board of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). 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 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 also serves on the board of the Anishnawbe Health Foundation and is a member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Research Advisory Board and the Aboriginal Energy Working Group of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). 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.

Blair Cowper-Smith

Blair Cowper-Smith is the principal of Canadian advisory firm Erin Park Business Solutions. Previously, Mr. Cowper-Smith was Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) where he also served as a member of the Senior Executive Team, with responsibilities including 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 and Face the Future Foundation. He 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

 

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Jessica McDonald

 

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Russel Robertson

 

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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 CEO of New Brunswick Power Corporation and held senior investment banking roles, including 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. 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 SHAD, which he Chaired.

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 has served as Chair of the Board for Canada Post since 2017. She also served as President and CEO of Canada Post on an interim basis from 2018 to 2019.

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.

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.
 

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William Sheffield

William 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 has sat on the board of Houston Wire & Cable Company since 2006 where he acts as Chairman, and sits on the board of Velan Inc. Previous directorships include Canada Post Corporation, Ontario Power Generation, Corby Distilleries, Royal Group Technologies and SHAD.

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 Columbia.

Melissa Sonberg

Melissa Sonberg is a Professor of Practice and has been a member of McGill University’s Desautel 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, and Women in Capital Markets. Previous directorships include MD Financial Holdings, Inc., Rideau, Inc., Via Rail Canada, University of Ottawa’s International Advisory Board, Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education 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.

Susan Wolburgh Jenah

Susan Wolburgh Jenah is a corporate director and 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.

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

Ms. Wolburgh Jenah is also a member of the C.D. Howe National Advisory Council, an advisor to the Blockchain Learning Group and a Mentor for the Catalyst Women on Board Program.

She is a recipient of the 2011 Osgoode Hall Law School Gold Key Award for Achievement and holds her ICD.D.


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 9, 2019 annual shareholders meeting.