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Board Members


Chair: Valerie Helbronner, Partner, Torys LLP

Valerie Helbronner is a partner in Torys LLP's Infrastructure and Energy Practice. She has provided legal and strategic advice on energy projects in and outside Ontario. A focus of Valerie's practice has been on renewable energy projects, including run-of- river hydro, wind and solar projects. Valerie has also worked extensively with projects involving First Nations interests and issues, including the duty to consult and accommodate. Valerie has worked with the Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) in the development and implementation of MNR's Site Release  rules, and is currently participating in the Building Capacity Initiatives that the OWA is working on with MNR and First Nations. In acting on projects involving First Nations, she has represented various stakeholders, including First Nations, aboriginal-owned  entities and private sector developers negotiating with First Nations. Valerie has advised on numerous restructuring projects internationally, including in Ontario, Russia, Hungary, South Africa and the   Balkans. She has also advised on project financings in various other industries in several Canadian provinces and territories, including electrical, healthcare, rail transportation and mining. Valerie is Chair of the Board of Directors of the OWA and is on the Steering Committee of Canadian Wind Energy Association’s Ontario Caucus. Contact: vhelbronner@torys.com

Treasurer: Paul Young, P. Eng., Director of Generation Operations, Orillia Power Corp.

Paul Young is the Director of Generation Operations at Orillia Power Corp. He oversees operation of three hydroelectric generation stations totaling 15 MW. He actively pursues new business ventures including hydroelectric and solar projects in Ontario. Directs the activities of supervisors and technical staff; develops and administers operating and capital budgets, review workforce resources and equipment and ensure all applicable regulatory requirements are met  Prior to joining Orillia Power, he worked at Gemini Power and prior to that Paul managed a small Hydro practice within IBI Group, where he was responsible for undertaking feasibility studies, design, approval and construction management for over twenty-five waterpower projects mainly in Ontario but also across Canada and abroad (Zimbabwe, Philippines, Bolivia).  Paul holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Civil) from the University of Toronto, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario. Contact: pyoung@orilliapower.ca 

Secretary: David Boileau, President, Windeau Investments Inc.

David was born and raised in Atikokan, Ontario.  He graduated from University of Guelph with a B.A. in 1972.  Since 1994, David has been providing consulting and development services to the waterpower industry. David’s main office is in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  David has always been an enthusiastic promoter of the benefits of clean renewable energy. In 1999-2000, he co-chaired a joint industry/government Task Force on the Ontario waterpower industry.  This Task Force succeeded in bringing about significant tax reform for property assessment and waterpower royalties.  As well, this effort culminated in the formation of the Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA).  Since 2007, David has been working with several partners on power and energy consultation and development in Northwestern Ontario. David is currently the President and sole shareholder of the following companies:

  • WindEau Investments Inc., an investment and asset management company which is also active in renewable power development,
  • Blue Lantern Lodge Ltd., a remote hunting and fishing lodge on Manion Lake in NW Ontario,

David lives in Thunder Bay (and Manion Lake) with his wife Jacqueline. David and Jacqueline have four sons and two daughters. In their leisure time, David and Jacqueline enjoy hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing and white-water canoeing on NW Ontario’s northern rivers. Contact: dboileau@windeau.com

Director: Stephen Somerville - Vice President - Business Development & Acquisitions, H2O Power LP

Stephen has worked for fourteen years in the power industry, including all types of natural gas fired generation, wind, hydro, biomass and biogas. Until recently, Stephen was a Vice President with Competitive Power Ventures (“CPV”), Inc. where he was responsible for the development of all CPV’s natural gas-fired power generation development projects (and associated natural gas pipeline and transmission lines) and large scale wind projects, across Canada. Prior to joining CPV, Stephen was a member of the Probyn & Company and Clean Power Income Fund team responsible for business development and acquisitions. Stephen has experience working with the OPA, the IESO, the Ministry of Energy, and various First Nations Groups across Canada and is a long standing member of the Board of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (“APPrO”). Stephen has also been the APPrO Annual Conference Chair from 2005 through 2014. Stephen holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and an Honours B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo. Contact: SSomerville@h2opower.ca 

 

Director: James (Jim) John Deluzio, P.Eng. MBA - Vice President Operations, Brookfield Renwable Energy Group

JAMES JOHN DELUZIO, P.Eng., MBA
Experience:
Twenty-four years of general management, operations, maintenance, acquisition, and project
management experience with Brookfield Renewable Energy Group and its predecessor and affiliate
companies Brookfield Renewable Power, Brookfield Power, Brascan Power, and Great Lakes Power, and
an additional seven years of engineering and maintenance experience with other organizations.
Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Vice President, Operations, Central Operating Center, North America Operations: May 2013 to present
Executive leadership position responsible for the safe and compliant operation and maintenance of
Brookfield’s 1,440 MW power generation portfolio in Ontario and Minnesota which includes approximately
925 MW of water power at 23 hydro stations, 405 MW of wind power at 3 wind farms, and 110 MW of
thermal at one co-generation facility. Responsibilities include health and safety of employees and
contractors, regulatory compliance, asset preservation, operation and maintenance of facilities, creating
and executing the annual OM&A budget, management and execution of the 20 year sustaining CAPEX
plan, local stakeholder management, and leading relicensing activities.
Education:
• Bachelor of Engineering Science (Mechanical), 1984
The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
• Master of Business Administration, 1992
Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Professional Associations:
• Licenced Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, 1986

 Jim has twenty-four years of general management, operations, maintenance, acquisition and project management experience with Brookfield Renewable Energy Group and its predecessor and affiliate companies Brookfield Renewable Power, Brookfield Power, Brascan Power, Great Lakes Power and an additional seven years of engineering and maitenance experience with other organizations. Jim is in an executive leadership position and responsible for the safe and complaint operatoin and maitenance of Brookfield's 1,440MW power generation portfolio in Ontario and Minnesota which includes approximately 925MW of waterpower at 23 hydro stations, 405MW of wind power and 3 wind farms, and 110MW of thermal at one co-generation facility. Responsibilities include health and safety of employees and contractors, regulatory compliance, assest preservation, operation and maintenance of facilities, creating and executing the annual OM&A budget, management and execution of 20 year sustaining CAPEX plan, local stakeholder management, and leading relicensing activities. He has a Bachlelors of Engineering Science Degree from Western, a Masters in Business Administration from Lake Superier State University and has been a licenced Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario since 1986. 

 

Director: Bob Allen, MBA, BSC., President, Shaman Power Corporation

 A member of the Board of Directors of the OWA since 2003 and the OWA Board Executive Committee as Treasurer since 2004,  Bob is President and one of the founders of Shaman Corporation, a privately owned Ontario based hydroelectric generation and  development company established in 1995. Shaman acquired Marmora G.S. and has developed Fenelon Fall G.S. and well as  Trent Rapids G.S.  After over 25 years with Ontario Hydro in international business development, finance and operations he left to establish his own consulting practice specializing in business planning, project funding, international business development and contract negotiation. He has had consulting assignments for numerous companies including John Deere, Caterpillar, Caritrade, NUI and Incos with short assignments  in Russia, Hungary, Turkey and the Far East. He has also had domestic consulting contracts with the Ontario Energy Board and the University of Waterloo. He was Board Chairman of HEPCOE Credit Union for 5 years [now Meridian CU] and served as a Director for 13 years. Meridian is one of Canada’s largest credit unions. Bob has enjoyed traveling on business and pleasure to over 40 countries and looks forward to continued travels in the future. Contact: bob.allen@shamanpower.com

Director: Karen McGhee, P.Eng., President, McGhee Krizsan Engineering Ltd 

Karen started her career in waterpower in 1993 with the former Cumming Cockburn Limited which ultimately became part of IBI Group in 2004. She founded McGhee-Krizan Engineering (MKE) in 2006. Karen has been involved at all stages of project development from conception through construction, including financing and acquisition. She was responsible for the engineering review of over 50 waterpower sites throughout Canada and the US, for Initial Public Offering (IPOs) durin gthe Income Fund crase of the early 2000s. Her current focus is on Project Management for new developments and independent Engineering for regulatory agencies during construction in Ontario and BC. Karen is an active member of the Ontario Waterpower Association and serves on several committees focused on improving the development process in Ontario, including the Waterpower Working Group (a task team comprosed of Industry, First Nations and Government representatives), environmental assessment, heritage, contracting and public outreach. She was the "Hydrology/Hydraulics" and "Technical Aspects" instructor for the Group's "Waterpower 101" series of workshops and seminars for Ontario First Nation representatives. In 2013 Karen became the first women and the 9th recipient of the R.R. Dodokin Award from the Ontario Waterpower Association in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the advancement of waterpower in Ontario. Contact: kmcghee@m-k-e.ca

Director: Mario Mazza, Business Support and Regulatory Affairs, Hydro Division, Ontario Power Generation


Contact: mario.mazza@opg.com

 

 

 

 

Director: Frank Perri, General Manager, St. Catharines Hydro

Frank Perri, General Manager of St. Catharines Hydro Inc. (SCHI) and St. Catharines Hydro Generation Inc. (SCHGI), has over thirty years’ experience in the electrical power industry.  Frank had served on the Board of Directors of St. Catharines Hydro Inc. in 2007, as well as Director for St. Catharines Hydro Generation Inc. in 2008. He was previously employed as the President and owner of Frank Perri and Associates Inc., a consulting company in Thorold, Ontario, whose focus was to assist other companies in improving their overall business performance.  Prior to this he was employed with VA Tech Transformers Ltd. of St. Catharines, and was VP of Operations at Unifin International Inc., a Division of Koch Chemical Technology Group, based out of Wichita, Kansas. Frank’s involvement at Unifin, a manufacturer of heat exchangers and pumps for the Electrical Power Industry, included a focus on acquisitions, as well as the formation of a joint venture in China. Frank graduated in 1980 from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Electrical Engineering and furthered his studies at McMaster University and the University of Toronto, whereby he obtained his Professional Engineer accreditation and remains a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.  Following his position as Director on the Boards of SCHI and SCHGI, he became General Manager.  Frank resides in St. Catharines with his wife and three children.”  Contact: fperri@schydro.com