Annette Verschuren

Annette Verschuren
Chair and CEO
NRStor Inc.

Annette Verschuren, a native of North Sydney, Nova Scotia has taken her wealth of unique experience and well-rounded skill-set in finance, operations and leadership and applied it to public, private and non-profit ventures throughout her career. In July 2012, Annette oversaw the creation of NRStor Inc. as Chair and CEO.   Within 24 months the Company had opened the first commercial grid-connected energy storage flywheel installation in Canada.  She has been and influencer of policy and worked to create a market for advanced energy storage in Ontario.  Formerly the president of The Home Depot Canada and Asia, Annette grew Canadian operations from 19 to 179 stores between 1996 and 2011. She also led The Home Depot’s entry into China between 2006-2009. Prior to her career at The Home Depot, Annette served as the president and co-owner of Michaels of Canada (arts & crafts) 1993-1996. Annette began her career as a development officer with the Cape Breton Development Corporation, a coal mining operation, in Sydney, Nova Scotia. She then worked with the Canada Development Investment Corporation as executive vice-president, privatizing crown corporations, before joining Imasco Ltd. as vice-president, corporate development. Annette currently sits on the board of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Air Canada, Saputo and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. Annette volunteers her time with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMH), the Conference Board of Canada and also serves as the Chancellor of Cape Breton University. Annette served as a member of the North American Competitiveness Council, part of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. She was also a member of Finance Minister Flaherty’s Economic Advisory Council, a group of 11 Canadian business leaders charged with advising the Government of Canada on the global economic crisis. Most recently, Annette was appointed Chair of the Federal Government’s Expert Panel for the Venture Capital Action Plan. In 2011, Annette received the highest civilian honor as an Officer of The Order of Canada for her contribution to the retail industry and Corporate Social Responsibility. - See more at: http://www.nrstor.com/management-team/#sthash.PnceVhQy.dpuf

Annette Verschuren, a native of North Sydney, Nova Scotia has taken her wealth of unique experience and well-rounded skill-set in finance, operations and leadership and applied it to public, private and non-profit ventures throughout her career. In July 2012, Annette oversaw the creation of NRStor Inc. as Chair and CEO.   Within 24 months the Company had opened the first commercial grid-connected energy storage flywheel installation in Canada.  She has been and influencer of policy and worked to create a market for advanced energy storage in Ontario.  Formerly the president of The Home Depot Canada and Asia, Annette grew Canadian operations from 19 to 179 stores between 1996 and 2011. She also led The Home Depot’s entry into China between 2006-2009. Prior to her career at The Home Depot, Annette served as the president and co-owner of Michaels of Canada (arts & crafts) 1993-1996. Annette began her career as a development officer with the Cape Breton Development Corporation, a coal mining operation, in Sydney, Nova Scotia. She then worked with the Canada Development Investment Corporation as executive vice-president, privatizing crown corporations, before joining Imasco Ltd. as vice-president, corporate development. Annette currently sits on the board of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Air Canada, Saputo and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. Annette volunteers her time with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMH), the Conference Board of Canada and also serves as the Chancellor of Cape Breton University. Annette served as a member of the North American Competitiveness Council, part of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. She was also a member of Finance Minister Flaherty’s Economic Advisory Council, a group of 11 Canadian business leaders charged with advising the Government of Canada on the global economic crisis. Most recently, Annette was appointed Chair of the Federal Government’s Expert Panel for the Venture Capital Action Plan. In 2011, Annette received the highest civilian honor as an Officer of The Order of Canada for her contribution to the retail industry and Corporate Social Responsibility.

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David McFadden
Counsel
Gowlin
g WLG

David is counsel in Gowling WLG's Toronto office where he acts for corporations, municipalities and utilities involved in the generation, transmission, distribution, marketing and financing of energy.

David is the Chair of the Canadian and International Infrastructure Advisory Boards of Fengate Capital. Fengate Capitals Infrastructure Funds invest in real assets, including solar, biomass and hydroelectric generation.

David has played a key role in a number of initiatives relating to the power industry. He served for over a decade as Chair of the Stakeholders Alliance for Electricity Competition and Customer Choice, a broad coalition of business and energy-related organizations.

David served as one of Canada's representatives on the Electric System Working Group of the Joint Canada-U.S. Task Force established to investigate the power blackout that hit Ontario and the United States in August 2003. Also in 2003, David was a member of the Ontario Government's Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force, which issued its final report in January 2004.

In 2012, David served as a member of the Ontario Distribution Sector Review Panel appointed by the Minister of Energy, which reviewed Ontario's electricity distribution system and made recommendations to improve the efficiency of the sector.

In 2014, David served as Chair of the Independent Review Panel appointed by Toronto Hydro to review its response to the ice storm in late December 2013.

David currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Collus PowerStream Corp. and is a member of the Smart Grid Forum of the Independent Electricity System Operator.

David is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Energy Association and is also a member of the Board of the Energy Council of Canada. In addition, he serves on the Council for Clean and Reliable Electricity and the Advisory Council of the Waterloo Institute of Sustainable Energy.

 

 

Brescia

Vince Brescia
President and CEO
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.

 

 

 

 

Cananzi

Max Cananzi
President and CEO
Alectra Utilities Corporation

Over the course of more than 25 years of experience in the energy and utility sector, Max has held a variety of senior positions. In these roles he has been instrumental in facilitating two of Ontario's largest utility mergers and building one of Ontario's most successful energy retailers. In addition to leading Horizon Utilities, Max is also the President and CEO of its holding company, Horizon Holdings Inc., and competitive affiliate, Horizon Energy Solutions Inc.

Max had his start in the sector as part of the leadership team of Scarborough Public Utilities Commission, then one of Ontario's largest municipal electric and water distribution utilities. After participating in the successful merger and integration of the six companies that created the new Toronto Hydro in 1998, Max was appointed Vice President, Energy Portfolio Management and Generation of the newly created Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. In this role, he was responsible for energy marketing, electricity and natural gas trading, and generation development.

Max joined Hamilton Hydro Inc. as its President in 2003, the local electric distribution utility for the newly amalgamated City of Hamilton. Soon after assuming the role, Max was instrumental in the merger of Hamilton Hydro and St. Catharines Hydro to create Horizon Utilities Corporation in 2005. In addition to it becoming one of Ontario's most successful LDCs in terms of delivering value for customers, shareholders and communities, Horizon became the first utility in Canada to be designated a "Sustainable Electricity CompanyTM" under Max's leadership.

Beyond the Horizon family of companies, Max serves the energy community in Ontario and Canada as Chair of the board of directors of the Ontario Energy Association (OEA), and board member of the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA), MEARIE (Ontario's electricity industry reciprocal insurance provider), Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), and Ontario Energy Network.

Max is an Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Toronto and a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario. He earned his MBA in Finance from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

 

Anthony Haines

Anthony Haines
President and CEO
Toronto Hydro Corporation

Anthony Haines is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Toronto Hydro Corporation and its subsidiaries, one of the largest urban electricity distribution companies in Canada. He is a seasoned leader with over 25 years of experience in the Canadian energy industry, including 15 years in various senior roles in the natural gas industry.
 
Mr. Haines is currently the Chair of the Canadian Electricity Association.  In addition, he sits on the Ontario Energy Association (OEA) Board of Directors and is the outgoing Chair for 2017. He is also a member of the Finance Committee for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.   Anthony is actively involved in fundraising efforts for the Ross Tilley Burn Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital.  This is the largest and most advanced burn treatment centre in Canada and a leading researcher on electrical injury rehabilitation.


Mr. Haines is the recipient of the Electricity Distributors Association’s Chair’s Citation Award, OEA’s Leader of the Year and the Energy Council of Canada’s 2014 Canadian Energy Person of the Year.