The Council for Clean and Reliable Energy is a federally incorporated non-profit organization comprised of volunteer members that provide strategic advice, expertise with respect to governance, and guidance on initiatives, events, and the publication of the CCRE Commentary and reports. Its efforts have been recognized and appreciated by decision-makers in government and the energy business for providing a neutral forum for the free exchange of ideas and opinions.
Glen Wright is the Chair of the Council for Clean and Reliable Energy, a federally incorporated non-profit volunteer organization that provides a platform for open dialogue and a solutions-oriented approach to the challenges of the energy sector. He is the former Chairman of Hydro One Inc. and Waterloo North Hydro.
Mr. Wright is the former Chairman of LeanCor LLC and LeanCor Canada Inc., a global supply chain company recently acquired by Transplace.
Mr. Wright has served as the Chair of the Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and was a Member of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, part of the North American Free Trade Agreement, where he served as the Chair of the of the Joint Public Advisory Committee.
Glen’s private sector career has focused primarily on the insurance and pension fields. He has served on the Board of a wide range of corporations in the insurance, environmental, technology and manufacturing sectors and participated in a variety of charitable and not-for-profit Boards including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Wilfrid Laurier University. Early on in his career he served as a Member of Waterloo City Council and Waterloo Regional Council and has acted as a senior advisor to several federal and provincial leaders.
Karen Taylor is an independent energy consultant to industry and investors, with deep experience in capital markets, regulatory policy and infrastructure investing. She is Vice Chair of the Council for Clean & Reliable Energy, a non-profit organization that provides a platform for public dialogue and analysis on subjects related to energy policy and governance and is a Board Member of the Macaulay Child Development Centre, where she serves on the finance and strategic planning committees. She is also an Executive Fellow with the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre. Karen has over 25 years of relevant senior executive financial and energy experience. She was a top-ranked equity analyst for 16 years with TD Securities and BMO Capital Markets covering the pipeline, energy utility and power generation sectors. She also served as the Executive Advisor to the Chair of the Ontario Energy Board and was a Member of the Ontario Energy Board. In addition, she served as Special Advisor to the Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission. Karen has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Major in Finance, with Distinction, from the University of Alberta, a Master of Business Administration, with Honours from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. She has also completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program and holds the ICD.D designation. Karen lives in Toronto with her husband, their two children, and a dog.
Marc Brouillette is the principal consultant at Strategic Policy Economics with over 20 years’ experience in the impacts of technology-based innovations on public-private initiatives in policy driven regulated environments.
Marc has analyzed the strategic and economic implications of policies related to Ontario’s electricity sector including the role of renewables, nuclear generation, and transmission interties. Marc has written about the implementation challenges, options, and costs of reducing emission to meet the 2030 Paris agreement objectives. His latest published work is on the cost implications of Distributed Generation Resources in Ontario and support to the Green Ribbon Panel.
Marc is a member of the Ontario Energy Association, the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Energy and Environment committees.
Sean Conway is a public policy adviser in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office, working with clients in the energy and natural resources sector. With his extensive experience in the public sector, Sean is available to advise Gowling WLG’s clients on a broad range of business and public policy issues.
Before joining the firm, Sean served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for 28 years, from 1975 to 2003. He served in the cabinet of Premier David Peterson (1985-1990), holding the positions of Minister of Education, Minister of Colleges and Universities, Minister of Mines, and Government House Leader. He is a former energy critic for the Official Opposition and served on two Ontario select committees on nuclear affairs, as well as on several legislative committees examining health care and constitutional reform.
Sean acted as vice-principal (advancement) at Queen’s University from January 1 to December 31, 2009. He was also the special adviser for external relations to the principal of Queen’s University from August 2006 until October 2010. Prior to becoming special adviser, he was the director of Queen’s Institute of Intergovernmental Relations.
In addition to his work at Gowling WLG, Sean is a visiting fellow at Ryerson University Centre for Urban Energy and a regular panelist on radio and television. He also served as the chair of the board of director of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).
Murray Elston was originally appointed to the IESO Board of Directors on March 21, 2014. Born in Wingham Ontario, Mr. Elston attended the University of Western Ontario where he received Law and BA Degrees. He practiced law in Wingham before being elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1981 (Huron Bruce) and was re-elected in 1985, 1987 (Bruce) and 1990 (Bruce). In the Legislature, Mr. Elston served as Health Minister, Minister of Financial Institutions and Chair of management Board.
Following his tenure in the Legislature, he served as President of the Canadian Nuclear Association and Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies before joining Bruce Power in 2009. After retiring from Bruce Power, Mr. Elston served as Chair of the Electricity Distribution Panel (2012 – 2013).
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, 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 in London, England. He spent the early part of his career as a practicing lawyer at Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt 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.
Mr. Hay also serves on the boards of Hydro One, EPCOR, SHAD (Chair), Member of the Council of Clean and Reliable Energy and 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).
Guy Holburn is Professor of Business, Economics and Public Policy at the Ivey Business School, Western University. His areas of expertise are regulation, governance, and business strategy, with a focus on the energy and utilities sectors. He has published widely in top peer-reviewed academic journals, has authored numerous reports on provincial and federal energy policies, and is a regular contributor to local and national media.
Dr. Holburn is the founder and Director of the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre, which conducts applied research and education on energy sector policy. He is also a director of London Hydro corporation, a member of the Council for Clean and Reliable Energy, and a board member of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability.
Dr. Holburn has served as an expert consultant and advisor to corporations and governments in Canada and the U.S. He has provided advice on corporate governance, economic impact assessments, merger/acquisition strategy, electricity regulation, pipeline regulation, and regional economic development strategy. He has testified as an expert witness on industry regulation, business strategy and corporate governance, including at the Muskrat Falls Inquiry and in private commercial litigation.
Holburn joined Ivey in 2001 and teaches both degree and executive development programs. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. Hons. (First Class) from Cambridge University. Previously Holburn worked for several years as a management consultant for Bain and Company in England and in South Africa.
Allan Kupcis is the Past-Chairman (2001-04) of the Canadian Nuclear Association and the Past-President (1997-99) of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). Allan was the President and CEO of Ontario Hydro from 1995 to 1997 and its President & COO from 1993 to 1995. He began his career at Ontario Hydro in 1973 as a Research Engineer.
Among his past board activities, Allan is a past director and honorary member of the Energy Council of Canada, was a director of Hydro Ottawa Ltd, Brookfield Renewable Power Inc., the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) of Ontario and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in Winnipeg.
Dr. Kupcis obtained an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (1966) in Engineering Science (Nuclear Option), a Master of Applied Science Degree (1968), and a Ph.D. (1970) in Metallurgy and Materials Science. He subsequently attended Oxford University, England on a NATO Scholarship for Post-Doctoral studies in Materials Science.
David is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Toronto Hydro Corporation, 407 International Inc., PCI Geomatics Inc., and Makwa Development Corporation. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Des Nedhe Management Inc.
David is Chair of the Energy Transformation Network of Ontario, a member of the MaRS Energy Board and a member of the Council for Clean and Reliable Energy. He served previously as the Chair of the Board of the Ontario Energy Association.
David was a partner at Gowling WLG for over 30 years where he acted for corporations, municipalities and utilities involved in the generation, distribution, transmission, marketing and financing of energy projects. He served on the Gowling WLG Executive Committee and Board of Trustees and was Chair of the firm’s Energy and Infrastructure Industry Group and International Management Committee.
David serves as a member of the Board of directors of the Yonge Street Mission. He served on the Board of Governors of York University from 2013 to 2020. David received an Honorary Doctorate from York University in 2012.
He previously served as Chair of the Toronto Region Board of Trade (1999-2000). As Chair, David launched the Board of Trade’s focus on energy and infrastructure development and renewal in the Greater Toronto Area.
David was the Chair of the Board of the Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc. (2004-2010) and in that position led the creation of the Centre of Excellence for Energy which has supported energy innovation across Ontario.
David has also served as Chair of the Stakeholder’s Alliance for Electricity Competition and Customer Choice, was a member of the Canada-US Electric System Working Group which investigated the massive blackout in August 2003, co-led an investigation team into the 2006 nationwide blackout in Jamaica, was a Member of the Ontario Ministry of Energy’s Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force (2003-2004) and served on the Ontario Distribution Sector Review Panel (2012).
David was named the Leader of the Year by the Ontario Energy Association in 2013.
Ian Mondrow leads Gowling WLG’s energy regulation and policy practice in the firm’s Toronto office. He advises on a variety of matters in the natural gas and electricity sectors, including: Energy policy; Regulatory policy and processes; Rates and tariff matters; Facilities applications; and, Compliance and licensing issues.
Ian has represented electricity generators, transmitters and distributors, competitive energy retailers and energy consumers before the Ontario Energy Board, the National Energy Board, and in other Canadian regulatory forums.
Ian is a member of the Council for Clean and Reliable Energy, a federally incorporated non-profit organization that was formed to provide a platform for open public dialogue and a solutions-oriented approach to the challenges of the energy sector.
Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Ian practiced at a prominent national firm, served as special advisor to the chair of the Ontario Energy Board, and was Vice-President; Government and Regulatory Affairs with a major integrated energy retail and solutions company.
Roy Mould, Brigadier-General (Ret.) BA, MBA, OMM, MSM, CD, is the CEO of Merides Business Solutions. Previously he was a Board Member and Strategic Advisor for LeanCor LLP, the consulting advisor for the public’s participation in the environmental aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and has extensive experience as a member of several Boards of Directors. Corporately, Roy was the Chief of Prevention and Chief Corporate Strategy Officer for Ontario’s workplace prevention, insurance and compensation system providing leadership to Ontario’s fourteen health and safety corporations.
A retired Air Force General and fighter pilot, Roy has had extensive leadership experience as Vice-commander of the NORAD/US Space Command Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center and was Commanding Officer of both a CF-18 Fighter Squadron with NATO forces in Europe and of Canada’s highly technical military flight test establishment. He has broad strategic experience through his role as director of worldwide operations for Canada’s Air Force. He has hands-on “lean” restructuring experience which was gained as leader of the Canadian initiative to restructure and streamline Canada’s Air Force.
Roy is a highly decorated, retired Brigadier-General with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Royal Roads and the Royal Military College of Canada and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Auburn University. He currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Paul Newall is the President of Newall Consulting Inc. Over the last decade, his company has provided advice and analysis on strategy, energy policy, issue management, stakeholder relations and corporate branding and communications. Paul has more than forty years of experience in the energy sector including: transmission and generation siting; hydroelectric; market design; regulatory affairs; and, corporate affairs and governance. He spent thirty years with Ontario Hydro and its successor company, Ontario Power Generation. His issue management experience includes electric and magnetic fields, transportation of radioactive materials, and thermal generation. He is currently a member of Plug’n Drive’s Advisory Board and was a member of the Board of Directors of Electric Mobility Canada from 2011 to 2016. Paul has a Masters of Arts Degree and Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario.
Gerry Protti has more than 40 years of experience in the energy industry. Gerry is currently on the international advisory council of Emerald Technology Ventures – a venture capital company with funds invested in technology companies primarily in Europe and North America. He is also Chairman of Blacksquare Inc. a leader in ecommerce in the global wine and spirits industry.
On April 1, 2018 he completed a five-year term as the Chair of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), the largest energy regulator in North America. He was responsible for the recruitment of the inaugural Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer, and the roster of full and part time Hearing Commissioners. The AER Board oversaw the amalgamation of three separate regulators and then through the development of a comprehensive strategic plan with performance targets and measures directed several improvements in governance, operations, and adjudicative processes.
Prior to his AER appointment, he served for 15 years as an executive officer of EnCana Corporation and one of its predecessor companies PanCanadian. Mr. Protti’s corporate experience includes marketing, operations, new ventures, and corporate relations. In the new ventures role in oversaw vertical integration initiatives for the oil and gas producer and developed a fund for investment in renewable energy technologies.
Laura Rees, President and owner of Teamwork Business Solutions Inc., is a consulting professional specializing in project management, strategic planning and analysis, communications, public relations and special event planning.
Laura currently provides consultancy services as the Executive Director of the Council for Clean & Reliable Energy, a non-profit organization that provides a platform for public dialogue and analysis on subjects related to energy policy.
Laura has played a key collaborative project management and communications role in coordinating conferences on coal, biomass, distributed generation, nuclear and public sector governance, in the electricity sector and the future of local distribution companies, as well as other symposiums, think tanks and roundtable events. She offers administrative oversight in the development, design and delivery of the CCRE Commentary, a publication that provides reasoned opinions and points of view about significant issues related to the sector.
In her former role as Executive Director of the Williams Mill Creative Arts Studios, Laura provided collaborative support to the Board of Directors, artist community, business and cultural organizations, assuming responsibility for oversight of the administration, arts education centre and gallery, and offering expertise in the development of business plans related to marketing and public relations, special event planning, arts education, strategic planning and long-term corporate sustainability. In addition, Laura acted as a consultant with the LeanCor Supply Chain Group, a global supply chain firm recently acquired by Transplace.
Laura is a successful management executive that is able to lead and manage project teams for public and private sector organizations, and has developed project and logistics plans with deliverables that meet the objectives of the client’s budget and schedule requirements. A skilled communicator and analyst, she has a proven track record as a representative on the Ontario Road Safety Committee, preparing strategic reports for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, Town of Halton Hills, Town of Caledon, Williams Mill Creative Arts Studios and other public, private, volunteer and non-profit organizations.
Previous full-time employment includes 15 years experience with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board including a role as Project Manager responsible for overseeing key aspects of the head office facilities management project and the lead on the communications strategy, and executive positions in the corporate office and policy areas.
Laura is currently an active Board Director with the Council for Clean & Reliable Energy, the Heritage Foundation of Halton Hills, and the Lucy Maud Montgomery Museum & Literary Centre Norval. She formerly contributed as a Board Member to a number of non-profit organizations including: Williams Mill Creative Arts Studios, Halton Hills Sports Museum and Resource Centre, Georgetown Skating Club, Oakville Skating Club and a member of the Halton Hills Arenas Task Force Committee and Halton Hills Tourism Committee. She has been responsible for developing strategic and financial sustainability plans, website design and development, and preparing grant applications for capacity building, program development and capital projects.
Laura has an Honours Bachelor of Physical Education and Health degree from McMaster University. She is a former two-time Canadian women’s rowing champion, an Honourary Member of Skate Canada and a dedicated community volunteer.
Robert Warren is a former senior counsel in the area of regulatory advocacy and has represented clients in many proceedings involving the two major natural gas utilities, the former Ontario Hydro, Hydro One Networks Inc., Ontario Power Generation Inc., and the larger electric distribution utilities. He advised electricity distribution utilities and municipal governments on the governance issues unique to their circumstances.
Robert has made presentations to several conferences, including the Canadian Association of Members of Public Utility Tribunals, and is the author of several papers, on the subjects of the regulation of the energy sector and the governance of local distribution electricity utilities.
He was recognized as a leading practitioner in Toronto in electricity, and transportation law in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in 2015 Lexpert Special Edition – Infrastructure, recognized in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Canada, the Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading practitioner in Energy Regulatory Law – Electricity, Transportation Law – Truck, and named 2013 Lawyer of the Year in energy regulatory law by that organization.
Jan Carr was the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Power Authority from the time of its founding in January 2005 until September 2008. Prior to that, he was Vice Chair of the Ontario Energy Board during its transition from a government department to a self-funding independently operated tribunal.
Dr. Carr has 47 years of experience in the electricity sector as a professional engineer, holding senior positions in the design and planning of electricity transmission and distribution systems. He has worked on electricity projects in many parts of the world and has also been a consultant to utilities, governments and other stakeholders on the financial, business, strategic and policy aspects of the electric power industry.
He is member of the Energy Security Technical Advisory Panel for the Energy Market Authority of Singapore and also a member of the Advisory Board for the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre at Western University.
Between 2009-18 he served on the board of the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) which is responsible for long-range planning of the Alberta electricity system as well as its operation through a competitive wholesale electricity market. He has also served on the boards of Guelph Hydro, a municipally owned utility; TransAlta Power, a publicly traded generation company; Legend Power Systems, a publicly traded manufacturer of energy conservation equipment; and Macquarie Canadian Infrastructure Management, a privately held infrastructure investment fund. He was an advisor to the clients and management of international law firm Gowling WLG and to the executive and business unit leaders of consulting engineer Hatch Ltd. He was also a member of the Advisory Committee on Competition in Ontario’s Electricity System (the Macdonald Committee) and Chairman of the Electricity Task Force of the Toronto Board of Trade. He was Commissioner and Chairman of the municipal electric utility in Niagara-on-the-Lake and a board member and regional Chair of the Municipal Electric Association (today’s Electricity Distributors Association) in Ontario.
In 2007 he was awarded a medal for Management by the Ontario Professional Engineers. He received an honourary degree from the University of Waterloo in 2010 and was inducted as a Fellow into the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2012. In 2013, the Association of Power Producers of Ontario awarded him its Hedley Palmer Award and in 2015 he was inducted into the University of Toronto’s Engineering Alumni Hall of Distinction.
Professor Nathwani is the founding Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) and holds the prestigious Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy at the University of Waterloo.
WISE brings together the expertise of 100+ faculty members to develop and implement large-scale multi-disciplinary research projects in collaboration with business, industry, governments and civil society groups. The vision of the Institute is simple: clean energy, accessible and affordable for all.
His current focus is on implementing a global change initiative: he is the Co-Director, with Professor Joachim Knebel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), of the consortium ‘Affordable Energy for Humanity (AE4H): A Global Change Initiative’ that comprises 130+ leading energy access researchers and practitioners from 30 institutions and 16 countries.
Prior to his appointment at the University in 2007, Professor Nathwani worked in a leadership capacity in the Canadian energy sector over a 30 year period. He brings a unique combination of academic perspectives with extensive experience in the business sector that includes corporate planning and strategy, energy sector policy developments, power system planning, environmental and regulatory affairs and research program management.
Professor Nathwani serves on several Boards at the provincial and national levels and has appeared frequently in the media (print, TV, radio) and has over 100 publications related to energy and risk management, including seven books.
Professor Nathwani holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.
George Todd, CCRE Member (2006 – 2019)
We would like to offer our appreciation to George Todd for his leadership and commitment to the Council for Clean & Reliable Energy. George joined the Council as a member shortly after its formation in 2006 and offered his professional expertise in establishing the annual Technology Innovation and Policy Forum, promoting open public dialogue on the governance of LDC’s, offering guidance on energy policy and leadership in both roundtable and conference subject matter.
Following a courageous five-year journey, George lost his battle with Stage 4 melanoma cancer in February. Throughout this experience George embraced his journey, shared his many compelling and positive views of his experiences, and the pursuit of solutions to his health challenges. We were all moved by how exceptionally courageous, open and candid he was, and in the end, this was his gift to all of us.
We would like to offer our appreciation to George Todd for his leadership and commitment to the Council for Clean & Reliable Energy. George joined the Council as a member shortly after its formation in 2006 and offered his professional expertise in establishing the annual Technology Innovation and Policy Forum, promoting open public dialogue on the governance of LDC’s, offering guidance on energy policy and leadership in both roundtable and conference subject matter.Following a courageous five-year journey, George lost his battle with Stage 4 melanoma cancer in February. Throughout this experience George embraced his journey, shared his many compelling and positive views of his experiences, and the pursuit of solutions to his health challenges. We were all moved by how exceptionally courageous, open and candid he was, and in the end, this was his gift to all of us.
George felt it was a privilege to be involved with the Council expressing that, “he experienced people with engaging minds, progressive thinking and interests in informing and learning”. George was a truth seeker in all ways, and respected and valued each member. It was a privilege to know George through his work with the Council, and discussions are underway on how best to establish an education legacy to honour his commitment to the energy sector.
On behalf of the Council Members and friends in energy, thank you George.
Glen Wright, Chair