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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

Senior Vice-President, Technology and
Chief Information Officer

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Darlene Bradley

Acting Chief Operating Officer

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Mark Poweska

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

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.

Darlene Bradley

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.

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Jason Fitzsimmons

Chief Corporate Affairs and Customer Care Officer

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Chris Lopez

​Chief Financial Officer
 

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Saylor Millitz-Lee

Executive Vice-President and Chief Human Resources 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. 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

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 Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Hydro One Networks, 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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Tom Woods

Board Chair

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Cherie Brant

 

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Blair Cowper-Smith

 

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Tom Woods

Mr. Woods is a corporate director. He previously had a 37-year career with CIBC and Wood Gundy, the predecessor firm of CIBC World Markets. He started in Investment Banking, advising companies raising financing in the equity and debt capital markets as well as mergers and acquisitions, and later was Head of Canadian Corporate Banking, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Risk Officer and served as Vice Chairman until his retirement in 2014.

Mr. Woods serves on the boards of Bank of America Corporation, Alberta Investment Management Corporation, Unity Health Toronto (Providence HealthCare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital) (Board Chair) and CIBC Children’s Foundation. Previous directorships include TMX Group Inc., DBRS Limited, Jarislowsky Fraser Limited, Covenant House Toronto (Board Chair) and Covenant House International. Mr. Woods has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Harvard Business School and he holds his ICD.D.

Cherie Brant

Ms. Brant is a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. She 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 seeking to exercise their jurisdiction and authority. Prior to her joining Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, she 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. Previous directorships include Women’s College Hospital and Trillium Gift of Life.

Ms. Brant has 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

Mr. Cowper-Smith is the principal and founder of Erin Park Business Solutions a Canadian advisory and consulting firm. Previously, he was Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) and served as a member of the Senior Executive Team from 2008 to 2017 where his responsibilities included regulatory affairs, law and governance and a role in a number of the plan’s key investments. 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 board experience included numerous advisory assignments when at McCarthy Tetrault, including working closely with and advising boards of directors on material governance reviews, change of control transactions and creditor reorganizations. In addition to Hydro One, current or prior board appointments include companies like Porter Airlines, 407 ETR, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario and Face the Future Foundation. He served until recently on the Public Policy Committee of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance and on the Securities Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission. He co-founded The Canadian Council for Public and Private Partnerships as part of an interest in infrastructure policy and the delivery of public infrastructure projects and infrastructure based services to Canadians.

Mr. Cowper Smith has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Master of Laws (LLM) from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and holds his ICD.D. He is a regular faculty presenter for the Directors College.

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Anne Giardini

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David Hay

 

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Timothy Hodgson

 

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Anne Giardini, O.C., O.B.C., Q.C.

Ms. Giardini has been a corporate director since 2014 and is the 11th Chancellor of Simon Fraser University. She previously had a 20-year career with Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, including as Canadian President until her retirement in 2014. Before her tenure as President, she was Vice President and General Counsel at Weyerhaeuser where she worked on corporate, legal, policy and strategic matters. Ms. Giardini has been a newspaper columnist and is the author of two novels.

Ms. Giardini also serves on the boards of Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation, World Wildlife Fund (Canada), BC Achievement Foundation, TransLink and the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. Previous directorships include Thompson Creek Metals Company, Inc., Nevsun Resources Ltd. and Weyerhaeuser Company Limited.

Ms. Giardini has a BA in Economics from Simon Fraser University, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Law from the University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall). She is licensed to practice law in British Columbia where she is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia (and formerly the bars of Ontario and Washington State). In 2016, Ms. Giardini was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2018 she was appointed to the Order of British Columbia.
 

David Hay

Mr. Hay is a corporate director and Managing Director of Delgatie Incorporated. He is the former Vice-Chair and Managing Director of CIBC World Markets Inc. with power, utilities and infrastructure as his major focus (2010 to 2015). From 2004 until 2010, he was President and Chief Executive Officer 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 part-time 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 (1981/82).

Mr. Hay also serves on the boards of EPCOR Utilities Inc., SHAD (Chair), the Council of Clean and Reliable Energy and as Chair of the Acquisition Committee of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Prior directorships include Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited where he was Vice Chair.

Mr. Hay has a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto (Victoria College) and holds his ICD.D.

Timothy Hodgson

Mr. Hodgson has been a Managing Partner of Alignvest Management Corporation since 2012. Mr. Hodgson 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 in the region.

Mr. Hodgson currently sits on the boards of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), MEG Energy Corp., Alignvest Acquisition II Corporation and Next Canada. Mr. Hodgson’s prior directorships include The Global Risk Institute, KGS-Alpha Capital Markets, the Richard Ivey School of Business and Bridgepoint Health.

Mr. Hodgson holds a Masters of Business Administration from The Richard 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.
 

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Jessica McDonald

 

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Jessica McDonald

Jessica McDonald serves as Chair of Canada Post, which includes in its Group of Companies a majority shareholding of Purolator Courier, and subsidiaries Innovapost and SCI Logistics. She has previously served as President and CEO of Canada Post from 2018 to 2019 on an interim basis. From 2014 to 2017 she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of British Columbia Hydro & Power Authority. Prior experience also includes: Chair of Powertech Labs, and Board Director of 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. She is a Director of the Board of Trade of Greater Vancouver, as well as a Board Director at Coeur Mining (NYSE:CDE) and Board Chair at Trevali Mining (TSX:TV). She has long experience in Government including Deputy Minister to the Premier and Head of the Public Service of British Columbia. She 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.

Ms. McDonald holds her ICD.D.
 

Russel Robertson

Mr. Robertson is a corporate director and served as Executive Vice President and Head, Anti-Money Laundering, BMO Financial Group from 2014 to 2016. Mr. Robertson also served as Chief Financial Officer, BMO Financial Group from 2008 to 2011 and Executive Vice-President, Business Integration from 2011 to 2014, where he oversaw the integration of Harris Bank and Marshall & Ilsley Bank forming BMO Harris Bank. 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 also serves on the board of Bausch Health Companies Inc. since 2016 and on the Board of Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. since 2012, where he chairs both audit committees. Previous directorships include Virtus Investment Partners, Inc.

Mr. Robertson has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ontario). He is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
 

William Sheffield

Mr. Sheffield is a corporate director. He is the former Chief Executive Officer 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 serves on the board of Houston Wire & Cable Company since 2006 where he acts as Chairman. Mr. Sheffield also serves on the boards of Velan Inc., Burnbrae Farms Ltd., Longview Aviation Capital, Family Enterprise Xchange and 4iiii Innovations Inc. Previous directorships include Canada Post Corporation, Ontario Power Generation, Corby Distilleries, Royal Group Technologies and SHAD.

Mr. Sheffield has a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from Carleton University and an MBA from McMaster University. Mr. Sheffield also holds his ICD.D and 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.

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Melissa Sonberg

 

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Melissa Sonberg

Ms. Sonberg is a corporate director and has been Adjunct Professor and Executive-in-Residence at 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 also serves on the boards of Exchange Income Corporation, Canadian Professional Sales Association, Group Touchette and Women in Capital Markets and Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights. 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 has a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from McGill University and a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Ottawa. She is a Certified Human Resource Executive 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.