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Senior Leadership Team


 
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Paul Dobson

Acting President and Chief Executive Officer

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Jason Fitzsimmons

Chief Corporate Affairs and Customer Care Officer

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Greg Kiraly

Chief Operating Officer

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Paul Dobson

Effective July 11, 2018, Paul Dobson was appointed Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro One. Mr. Dobson joined the company as Chief Financial Officer on March 1, 2018 responsible for finance, treasury, controller, internal audit, technology and regulation. Prior to joining Hydro One in 2018, Mr. Dobson served as CFO for Direct Energy Ltd. (Direct Energy), Houston, Texas, where he was responsible for overall financial leadership of a $15 billion revenue business with three million customers in Canada and the United States. Since 2003, Mr. Dobson has held senior leadership positions in finance, operations, information technology and customer service across the Centrica Group, the parent company of Direct Energy. Prior to Direct Energy, Mr. Dobson worked at CIBC for 10 years in finance, strategy and business development roles in both Canada and the United States. Mr. Dobson also brings considerable experience in mergers and acquisitions and integrating acquired companies across North America and in the United Kingdom. Mr. Dobson is a dual Canadian-U.S. citizen who holds an honours bachelor's degree from the University of Waterloo as well as an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and is a CPA, CMA.

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.

Greg Kiraly

Greg Kiraly was appointed to Hydro One Inc. as Chief Operating Officer in September 2016. ​Mr. Kiraly is a seasoned executive having spent more than 30 years in the utility sector and has an extensive background in energy transmission and distribution. He has served in various executive leadership roles across three of the largest investor-owned utilities in the U.S., namely Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), and Public Service Electric and Gas Company. Most recently, Mr. Kiraly held the role of Senior Vice-President, Electric Transmission and Distribution with PG&E in San Francisco. Prior to joining PG&E, Mr. Kiraly worked for ComEd in Chicago from 2000-2008, during which time he held senior roles in the areas of distribution system operations, construction and maintenance, and energy delivery. Mr. Kiraly holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a M.B.A. from Seton Hall. Mr. Kiraly also completed the Advanced Management program from Harvard Business School.

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Chris Lopez

Acting Chief Financial Officer
 

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Judy McKellar

Executive Vice-President and Chief Human Resources Officer

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Patrick Meneley

​Executive Vice-President and Chief Corporate Development Officer

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Chris Lopez

Effective November 14, 2016, Mr. Lopez was appointed as 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. 

Judy McKellar

Judy McKellar is Executive Vice-President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Hydro One Inc., a role she has held since 2014. As the CHRO, Judy is accountable for designing, developing and obtaining Executive and Board approval for the company's overall People Strategy, which ensures that Hydro One has the policies, systems and programs to attract, engage and retain a high-performing workforce to deliver its business strategy safely and effectively. In addition to this strategic contribution, Judy oversees the provision, through the staff of the HR and Health Safety & Environment functions, of a wide range of services to managers and, on their behalf, to employees. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team and a direct report to the President and CEO of Hydro One, Judy provides strategic leadership for the organization at large.
 
Judy has been involved in the Canadian Women's Foundation Economic Advisory Committee and is strongly committed to advancing women’s career opportunities. She has been recognized as one of the top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. Judy holds an Honour Bachelor of Arts degree from Victoria College, University of Toronto and is currently completing the Directors’ Education Program at the Rotman School of Management. 

Patrick Meneley

Patrick Meneley was appointed in March 2018 to the role of Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Corporate Development Officer of Hydro One. As EVP, Mr. Meneley is responsible for leading strategy, innovation and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Hydro One in 2018, Mr. Meneley served as EVP, Wholesale Banking at TD Bank Group and Vice Chair and Head of Global Corporate and Investment Banking for TD Securities. Mr. Meneley spent 15 years building one of the leading corporate and investment banking businesses in Canada along with a profitable and growing franchise in the United States. Mr. Meneley holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and a Masters of Business Administration from Western University. 

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James Scarlett

​Executive Vice-President and Chief Legal Officer

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James Scarlett

James Scarlett was ​appointed in September ​2016 to​ Executive Vice-President and Chief Legal Officer at Hydro One Inc. Mr. Scarlett was a Senior Partner at Torys LLP. He joined Torys in March 2000 and held a number of leadership roles at the firm, including head of Torys' Capital Markets Group, Mining Group and International Business Development strategy. Mr. Scarlett was also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee from 2009-2015. He began as an articling student in 1981 at another major Canadian law firm and became an associate in 1983 and a partner in 1988. While at that firm Mr. Scarlett held leadership roles as head of its Corporate Group, Securities Group and as a member of its Board. He was also seconded to the Ontario Securities Commission in 1987 and was appointed as the first Director of Capital markets in 1988, a position he held until his return to private law practice in 1990. Mr. Scarlett earned his law degree (J.D.) from the University of Toronto in 1981 and his​ Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of McGill in 1975.



Board of Directors


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Tom Woods (provincial nominee)

Board Chair

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Cherie Brant (provincial nominee)

 

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Blair Cowper-Smith (provincial nominee)

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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 Vice Chairman.

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

Cherie Brant

Ms. Brant is a Partner at Dickinson Wright’s Toronto law office where she has an Indigenous law practice with a focus on commercial real estate, energy and transmission and First Nations economic development. Ms. Brant provides strategic counsel to several First Nations and industry clients seeking to develop projects with First Nations and to understand and address Indigenous rights and interests. As lead counsel, Ms. Brant was instrumental in forming one of the largest First Nations-led limited partnerships in Canada resulting in the Ontario First Nations Sovereign Wealth LP’s share purchase of approximately 2.4% of Hydro One Limited.

Ms. Brant is both Mohawk and Ojibway from the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and Wikwemikong 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 Upper Canada.

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 a member of the Senior Executive Team 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.

Board experience includes numerous advisory assignments, including governance advisory assignments, with boards of directors including OMERS, Stelco, Hammerson, and includes existing or prior director appointments and board committee leadership roles with companies like Porter Airlines, 407 ETR, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority 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 which led to a long-term interest in infrastructure policy and delivery of 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. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and holds the director designation through the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a regular faculty presenter for the Directors College.

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Anne Giardini

O.C., O.B.C., Q.C.

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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 is a corporate director and Chancellor of Simon Fraser University. She previously had a 20-year career with Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, including as Canadian President. 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 Nevsun Resources Ltd., 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. 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 (and formerly in 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 former Vice-Chair and Managing Director of CIBC World Markets Inc. with power, utilities and infrastructure as a major focus. Formerly, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of New Brunswick Power Corporation, Managing Director of Delgatie Incorporated 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. He 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 also serves on the boards of EPCOR, 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 (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). He also holds a professional director designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).

Timothy Hodgson

Mr. Hodgson is a Managing Partner of Alignvest Management Corporation. Prior to joining Alignvest, Mr. Hodgson was Special Advisor to Governor Mark Carney at the Bank of Canada from 2010 to 2012, where he lead the Bank’s market infrastructure initiatives to build a new repo clearinghouse business for Canada; reform Canada’s OTC derivatives markets; and review changes to systemically important market infrastructure businesses in Canada.

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, Alignvest Acquisition II Corporation and Next Canada. Mr. Hodgson’s prior directorships include The Global Risk Institute, KGS-Alpha Capital Markets, Bridgepoint Health and the Richard Ivey School of Business.

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 Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
 

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Jessica McDonald

 

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Russel Robertson (provincial nominee)

 

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William Sheffield

 

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Jessica McDonald

Ms. McDonald is Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Post Corporation. Previous roles include President and Chief Executive Officer of British Columbia Hydro & Power Authority and Executive Vice President of HB Global Advisors Corp., as well as a successful practice in mediation and negotiation on major commercial and industrial projects. In addition, Ms. McDonald has held many positions with the B.C. government, including the most senior public service position in the provincial government as Deputy Minister to the Premier, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the B.C. Public Service, responsible for overseeing all aspects of government operations.

Ms. McDonald also serves on the boards of Canada Post Corporation, Coeur Mining Inc. and Trevali Mining Corporation, and is on the Member Council of Sustainable Development Technology Canada. Previous directorships include Powertech Labs (Chair) and Powerex Corp.

Ms. McDonald has a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from the University of British Columbia. She is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada.
 

Russel Robertson

Mr. Robertson is a corporate director and former Executive Vice President and Head, Anti-Money Laundering, BMO Financial Group. Mr. Robertson has served as Chief Financial Officer, BMO Financial Group and Executive Vice?President, Business Integration where he oversaw the integration of Harris Bank and M&I 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 boards of Bausch Health Companies Inc. and Turquoise Hill Resources. 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 also serves on the boards of Houston Wire & Cable Company, Velan, Inc., Burnbrae Farms Ltd., Longview Aviation Capital and Family Enterprise Xchange. 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. He holds a professional director certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors and a similar designation 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 Adjunct Professor and Executive-in-Residence at McGill University’s Desautel Faculty of Management. 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, now part of AIMIA. Ms. Sonberg held positions of Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Corporate Affairs and Senior Vice President, Global Brands, Communications and External Affairs at AIMIA.

Ms. Sonberg also serves on the boards of Exchange Income Corporation, MD Financial Holdings, Inc., Canadian Professional Sales Association, Group Touchette, Women in Capital Markets and Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights. Previous directorships include Rideau, Inc., Via Rail Canada, University of Ottawa, 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 a professional director certification from the Institute of Corporate Director


For complete information on our corporate governance practices, senior management team and board of directors, please refer to the proxy circular associated with our 2018 annual shareholders meeting.