President and CEO
Brian Bentz is the President and CEO of Alectra, an energy company recently created following the consolidation of four Ontario utilities – Enersource, Horizon Utilities, Hydro One Brampton and PowerStream. Alectra, is the second largest municipally-owned electric utility in North America, serving nearly one million customers in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe area.
Brian is no stranger to consolidation, as was demonstrated on several occasions in his previous role as the President and CEO of one of Alectra’s predecessor utilities, PowerStream. His leadership was instrumental in the growth of that utility from its creation following the merger of three local electricity distribution companies in Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan in 2004, to the acquisition of Aurora Hydro in 2005, the 2009 merger with Barrie Hydro and the 2012 partnership with the Town of Collingwood in the ownership of ‘Collus PowerStream’.
He has also assumed an active leadership role within the energy industry. Brian is currently the Chair of Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Stakeholder Advisory Committee, Vice-Chair of Collus PowerStream’s Board of Directors and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Electricity Association, and the Electricity Distributors Association. He formerly served as Chair of the Ontario Energy Association, the Electricity Distributors Association, the MEARIE Group and the Ontario Power Authority Stakeholder Advisory Committee.
Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Brian has an MBA (McMaster) and a honourary Bachelor of Applied Arts degree (Georgian College). He is also a Chartered Accountant as well as a Certified Engineering Technologist (Electrical/Electronics).