The Council for Clean and Reliable Energy and the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre presented a conference on ownership and governance issues in the municipal electricity distribution utility sector.
Officers and directors of municipally owned electricity utilities operate under a unique, and uniquely challenging, complex set of governance pressures.
The conference brought together leading industry, academic and legal experts to explore those pressures, and the ways in which they can be managed to the benefit of the utilities, their shareholders, and their stakeholders. It also provided municipalities and their LDCs with the opportunity to consider critical governance issues with industry and academic experts.
The keynote addresses and panel presentations included sessions on the following:
- The East to West Perspective on Energy
- Public Perceptions on Energy and their Impacts on Policy
- Carbon Emissions – Measurement and Pricing
- Canada’s Nuclear Advantage
- First Nations and Infrastructure Development
- Regulatory Environment and Investment Outlook
- Following the Money
- Politics and the Energy Sector
The Council is a group of volunteers who have an interest in promoting open debate about energy issues. We do not represent a particular interest group and attempt to bring together a broad range of stakeholders who share an interest in promoting good governance and public policy for Canada’s energy sector.
Conference Program and Conference Presenters
Governance of Municipal Electric Utilities
Governance Issues for Municipalities and their LDCs: Robert Warren, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP and Dan Ferguson, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP (PDF)
Governance and Performance: Prof. Guy Holburn, Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre, Western University (PDF)
Deciding Whether to Own, Merge or Sell
Governance of Municipally Owned Utilities, Vinay Sharma, CEO, London Hydro Inc. (PDF)
Challenges Facing LDCs: Pankaj Sardana, CFO, Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. (PDF)
Merger and Sale – Consideration and Mechanics: John McNeil, President, BDR North America Inc. (PDF)
Practical Perspectives on Governance and Ownership Issues
Governance of Wholly Owned Utilities: Dennis Nolan, EVP Corporate Services and Secretary, PowerStream Holdings Inc. (PDF)
Report of the Ontario Distribution Sector Review Panel: Murray Elston, Panel Chair, Floyd Laughren and David McFadden, Panel Members, December 2012 (PDF)
Conference Report: Smart Governance for Smart Electricity – Moving Forward from the Auditor General’s Report: Conference Report, Toronto, April 12, 2012 (PDF)
Guidelines for Governance of the Electricity Sector in Canada: Final Report, January 2011 (PDF)
CCRE Commentary: Reforming Ontario’s Electricity Distribution Sector: David McFadden, February 2013 (PDF)
CCRE Commentary: Ensuring Customers Benefit when Electric Utilities Combine: Don Carmichael, September 2013 (PDF)