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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.