President & Chief Executive Officer
Markham District Energy
Since 2002 Bruce Ander has held the position of President & CEO of Markham District Energy (MDE); a thermal energy utility owned by the City of Markham. MDE is recognized as a Canadian and international leader in the development of modern district energy systems providing reliable, resilient and sustainable energy to Markham’s new urban centres. Mr. Ander has spent over 35 years in Ontario’s energy sector developing community energy systems and combined heat & power facilities. Past Chair of the International District Energy Association, the Canadian District Energy Association, the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, and the Association of Power Producers of Ontario. In 2013 MDE was the recipient of the IDEA’s System of the Year award, the highest honour the association can confer on a district energy system. In the same year, Ander was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Government of Canada in recognition of the recipient’s contribution to the municipal sector in Canada.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Stephen W. Baker
Union Gas Limited
Steve Baker is president of Union Gas Limited.
Baker brings a wealth of financial, business development, marketing and customer service experience to the role, which he assumed in January 2012.
Baker joined Union Gas in 1989 and has held a number of senior management positions in regulatory, finance and marketing over the course of his career. Prior to his current role, he served as vice president and treasurer of Spectra Energy Corp. He also previously served as vice president of business development – storage and transmission for Union Gas, managing the business development activities for storage and transmission as well as gas supply acquisition and planning, product and service development, customer support, system planning and capacity management.
Prior to joining Union Gas, Baker was an accountant with Clarkson Gordon (Ernst & Young). During his four years with Clarkson Gordon, he worked in audit and tax and served a variety of corporate clients.
Baker is a chartered professional accountant and a certified management accountant. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in honours chartered accountancy studies from the University of Waterloo in 1986 and his Master of Accounting from the University of Waterloo in 1987. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and The Society of Management Accountants of Ontario.
Team Lead, Information Security and Enterprise Security Architect
President of the Ontario Energy Association
Vince is the President and CEO of the Ontario Energy Association. Most recently, Vince was the President of Wyse Meter solutions, a fast growing submetering and utility expense management company. Vince led the company through a period of 600% growth in installed meters. Prior to that Vince was the President and CEO of the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) from 2000 to 2013, a non-profit industry association representing rental housing owners and managers across Ontario. During his time at FRPO, Vince’s leadership was instrumental in obtaining property tax reform for rental owners and residential tenants, and in preserving vacancy decontrol/recontrol when a new government considered reinstituting unit-based rent control. Vince served as a director of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation as it made reforms to adopt modern assessment practices.
Previously his career included senior roles with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Greater Toronto Home Builders Association, LIUNA Local 183, and Clayton Research Associates Ltd. Vince also spent a number of years working at Queen’s Park, with positions in the Ontario Ministries of Finance, Treasury Board, and Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Vince currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations, and has previously served as Chair of Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. and as a Director for Toronto Hydro Corporation and the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Association of Power Producers of Ontario
David Butters has been APPrO’s president and chief executive officer since April 2004.
Mr. Butters has an extensive background in government, government relations, and corporate and advertising communications.
Prior to joining APPrO he was Vice President, Public Affairs for Hill & Knowlton Canada, with responsibility for their national energy practice. He was also Chief of Staff to the Hon. Tom Hockin in the Mulroney government.
He sits on Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee, representing Ontario generators, and is a member of the IESO’s Market Renewal Working Group and the Ontario Energy Board Chair’s Advisory Roundtable. He is also a Director of the Churchill Society.
Mr. Butters is a graduate of York University in Toronto.
Senior Business Developer – Energy Sector
Hilti (Canada) Corporation
Phil Danielse is the Senior Business Developer for the Energy Sector. He is responsible for developing and implementing strategic action plans for growing Hilti’s footprint in the utility industry in Eastern Canada. A large part of his role is understanding and respecting the engineering and tool approval process for individual utility companies. He also participates in product development to ensure that Hilti comes out with new tools which are relevant to the Power Industry. For example, Mr. Danielse is working closely with tool committees to launch field trials on battery operated 6-ton cutters and crimpers. This work will also continue in 2018 when Hilti releases its 12-ton platform.
Prior to joining Hilti, Mr. Danielse spent 3 years with a leading instrumentation company as the Sales and Marketing Manager for North America. During his tenure, he implemented a strategic business development plan which focused on re-establishing the company as a respected advisor in their market.
Mr. Danielse is a graduate of Concordia University and is a member of the Ontario Energy Association.
Executive Chairman North America
Enwave Energy Corporation
Dennis Fotinos is Executive Chairman, Enwave North America. He is responsible for good corporate governance and establishing the long-term growth strategy for the business. He also manages key stakeholder relationships, recommends accretive service and product offerings and identifies and develops large step-growth opportunities in Enwave’s established markets.
As Chairman of the non-profit Toronto District Heating Corporation (1998-2000), Mr. Fotinos initiated and led the privatization efforts that ultimately led to the creation of Enwave. Then, as President and CEO of Enwave from 2001- 2016, he led the business to sustained profitability and transformed Enwave into an industry leader. Notably, he initiated and oversaw the development of Enwave’s Deep Lake Water Cooling system (2002-2004) and established the commercial strategy that made the project economically viable.
In 2012, Mr. Fotinos initiated and led the sale process for Enwave realizing significant value for the exiting shareholders. He then stayed-on to assist the new owner, Brookfield Asset Management, to grow the business across North America.
Mr. Fotinos has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Toronto.
Mr. Fotinos has served as an elected member of regional and local governments in the City of Toronto from 1991 to 1999. From 2003-2010, he served as Director and then Chairman of the Board of the International District Energy Association (the “IDEA”). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Build Toronto, where he chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee and on the Green Ontario Board (“GreenOn”), which is charged with deploying the proceeds from Ontario’s Cap and Trade System to reduce GHG’s from buildings.
Vice President, Business Development
Carl Hayes is Vice President of Business Development for Stratejm – creator of Canada’s first Cloud-based Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS). He is responsible for the overall growth strategy of the organization. Mr. Hayes has 10 years of progressive experience in architecting complex IT solutions and managed services to enterprise customers. Prior to joining Stratejm, Mr. Hayes spent 5 years with a leading global security integrator. During this time, Mr. Hayes developed a focused practice dedicated to serving the unique needs of the Energy Sector. Mr. Hayes is a recognized expert on cybersecurity and serves on the Boards of the Mackenzie Institute and the Ontario Energy Association’s IT Committee.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Oakville Enterprises Corporation
As President and CEO, Rob has grown Oakville Enterprises and its group of businesses to become a leading energy and infrastructure services organization throughout Ontario and beyond. Through 12 operating brands, OEC operates a dynamic portfolio of synergistic businesses specializing in Electricity Distribution, Infrastructure Services, Energy Services, and Generation.
For over 35 years, Rob has served and provided leadership in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Previous roles at Toronto Hydro, Earth Energy, OZZ Energy Solutions and Horizon Utilities have contributed to Rob’s broad range of expertise in leading and growing organizations.
Community and industry participation includes the Board of Directors of the Ontario Energy Association (Vice-Chair), Board of Directors of the Canadian Electricity Association, former Board of Directors of United Way Oakville and 2015 Chair of the United Way Oakville Campaign Cabinet, CEO partner of the GridSmartCity Cooperative, Board of Advisors for the Entripy Group and a long standing Director with the Oliphant Campers’ Association (one of the oldest cottage associations in Canada) as well as the Harbourmaster liaison to Fisheries and Oceans Canada for the Oliphant Harbour. Rob also actively participates in the Electricity Distributors Association.
He is a professional engineer, with a degree in Engineering and Management, and an MBA, both from McMaster University.
Vice Chair of the Ontario Energy Board
Ken Quesnelle was appointed Vice Chair of the Ontario Energy Board in February 2014, and a full-time member in August of 2005. Mr. Quesnelle has worked in various positions in the electricity distribution sector and is a past Chair of the Electricity Distributors’ Association. He has over 30 years of experience in the utility and municipal administration business which includes electricity and water distribution as well as water supply and related environmental protection. Mr. Quesnelle is a past Chair of CAMPUT (Canada’s Energy and Utility Regulators) and is a member of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators’ (ICER) and Co -Chair of its Technology and Innovation working group. Mr. Quesnelle is also an Executive Committee member of the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
Chief Operating Officer, Renewable Generation Group
Algonquin Power & Utilities
Mr. Michael Snow, also known as Mike, has been Chief Operating Officer of Liberty Power Group at Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. since 2011. Mr. Snow served as the President of Generation of Algonquin Power Co. at Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. from 2011 to March 10, 2017. Mr. Snow served President of Generation Business Group at Algonquin Power Company since July 04, 2011. Mr. Snow has been Chief Executive Officer and President of General Donlee Limited since July 26, 2010. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of General Donlee Canada Inc., until June 22, 2011. He served as the President at Omron Canada Inc. since September 2006. He has over 25 years of experience in various manufacturing entities including The Irving Group, Emerson and Omron Canada. He has an impressive career background including roles as President of the Stack-a-Shelf Division of Emerson Electric in Cambridge, Ontario. He served as General Manager of Canada and Latin America for White Rogers division of Emerson. He served positions in business development and project engineering. He has been a Director of General Donlee Limited since August 2010. He served as a Director of General Donlee Canada Inc., (formerly, General Donlee Income Fund) from August 2010 to June 22, 2011. He is a Member of the Ontario Board of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. Mr. Snow holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Degree from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business – University of Western Ontario.
Executive Vice-President & Chief Customer Care and Conservation Officer
Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited
As Executive Vice-President and Chief Customer Care and Conservation Officer for Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited, Mr. Tyrrell is responsible for leading all aspects of the customer care and conservation and demand management business unit, including the media, municipal relations, marketing and customer communications. With a corporate emphasis on delivering superior customer service, his role includes all aspects of strategic planning, execution and related business operations. Previous to this role, Mr. Tyrrell has held executive leadership roles including General Manager and President of Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc.
Mr. Tyrrell has an engineering and business educational background, with over 29 years of experience in the utility and energy services industry.
John Livey holds an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Sciences in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Toronto, and later graduated from the Public Executive Program at Queen’s University.
From 2000 – 2011, Mr. Livey was CAO of Markham and President of Markham Enterprises Corporation, which holds shares in Power Stream and Markham District Energy. Prior to his role in Markham, Mr. Livey was the Commissioner of Planning and Development Services for the Regional Municipality of York (1992-1999).
In his current role as Deputy City Manager, City of Toronto, Mr. Livey’s portfolio includes Water, Transportation, Solid Waste Management, Engineering & Construction Services, City Planning, Fire, Building, Emergency Management, Licensing & Standards, Capital Infrastructure Coordination as well as the Waterfront Secretariat.
He has served on many boards:
First President of Ontario Professional Planners Institute (1986)
Former Board Member for the Ryerson University Planning Program Advisory Board
Past-President of the Canadian Institute of Planners and Ontario Professional Planner’s Institute
Former Board of Governors for Excellence Canada
Past-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Transportation
First President of the Society for Conflict Resolution in Ontario