Stephen Somerville, (Chair)
Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations, H2O Power LP
Stephen has worked in the power industry for 18 years, including all types of hydro, natural gas fired generation, wind, biomass and biogas. Stephen leads and executes H2O’s growth strategy; he is responsible for the acquisition, development and financing of hydroelectric projects across North America. Stephen lead multi-disciplinary teams in the successful acquisition of sixteen U.S. hydro facilities representing almost 1,400 MW of nameplate capacity and $1.8 Billion Cdn. in value. Previously, 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 IESO, the Ministry of Energy, and various First Nations Groups across Canada and is a member of the Board of both the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (“APPrO”) and Ontario Water Power Association (OWA). Stephen has also been the APPrO Annual Conference Chair from 2005 through 2017. Stephen holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and an Honours B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo.
Paul Young, (Vice-Chair)
P. Eng., Vice-President of Generation Development, Orillia Power Generation Corporation
Paul Young is Vice President of Generation Development at Orillia Power Generation Corporation. He oversees operation of three hydroelectric generation stations totaling 15 MW. He actively pursues new business ventures including hydroelectric and solar projects in Ontario. Paul 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.
James Carter, (Treasurer)
Vice President Development & Operations, Regional Power
Mr. Carter has more than 18 years of experience in the independent power industry and has focused primarily on the development, permitting, construction and operations of hydroelectric generating facilities. Since 2002 he has developed, permitted and is now responsible for operating 51 MW of generating capacity for Regional Power. He has also permitted a 25 MW development-stage project, and two projects (19 MW total) which are under construction and will be complete in early 2016. James also manages Capstone Infrastructure’s portfolio of operating hydro sites totaling 36 MW and is actively pursuing new business development opportunities in the international renewable energy space for partnership, development or investment by Regional Power.
Scott Stoll, (Secretary)
Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP
Scott Stoll is a partner at Aird & Berlis LLP and a member of the firm’s Litigation and Mining Groups, as well as the Energy, Environmental, First Nations and Infrastructure teams. He deals with both private and public sector clients who own or develop significant infrastructure or operate in regulated industries, including utilities, mining and manufacturing. He regularly appears at the Ontario Energy Board and the Environmental Review Tribunal on a variety of issues, including rates, licenses and facility applications, expropriation, IESO-administered markets and regulatory compliance. Scott advises proponents responding to government procurement and regularly works with government ministries and agencies to assist clients in developing projects and ensuring innovative approaches comply with regulatory requirements. With respect to Ontario Waterpower Association initiatives, Scott has represented a number of members on a precedent-setting case to secure a modification to Hydro One’s license allowing the deferral of connection deposits. He also represented the OWA in negotiations with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (Endangered Species Template Agreement) and the IESO (HCI base agreement). Scott has participated in a number of ad hoc committees of the OWA, including the Building Capacity initiative with First Nations, making submissions on proposed legislation, cost pressures on waterpower projects and the Community Engagement Toolkit for Waterpower Developers. Scott has assisted a number of OWA members in FIT and LRP procurement matters.
Bill Touzel, (Director)
CPA/CA, President, TBSi
Bill Touzel has been immersed in Renewable Energy and Environmental Science industries for over 30 years. In addition to executive leaderships and entrepreneurial roles with consultancy and technology companies, he is directly involved in waterpower project development, construction, and operations in Canada and abroad, on behalf of many public and private sector clients. He is also co-owner/operator of a run-of-river Hydro Low Generating Station, giving him direct hands-on experience in all aspects of the waterpower industry. Bill has been a member at various times of several board of directors. For several years he was a member of the Project Peer Review Committee for the FCM “Green Municipal Fund” and was once nominated for the Canadian Business “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, and “Employer of the Year” by ECO Canada. He has spearheaded several corporate development inititiaves, including the acquisition of a public company by RTO, and the acquisition of sale of several waterpower facilities, an analytical laboratory, and three environmental engineering businesses. Bill has been active in the OWA for over a decade, particularily in areas related to First Nations capacity building, environmental assessment and regulatory issues.
Jessica Polak, (Director)
Vice President of Niagara Operations, Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
Jessica Polak is the Vice President of Operations for OPG in Niagara. She first began her career at OPG in 2008 in Nanticoke as a Thermal Station Engineer, evolving through many positions over the years and eventually stepping into her role as VP in June of 2018. She is responsible for overseeing the operations, maintenance and projects for 11 Hydro Stations, including the Sir Adam Beck stations located in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Jessica has been a leading facilitator of change throughout the last decade, serving OPG as a Key Influencer and focusing on diversity and inclusion, and gender equality.
Jessica graduated from Western University with a B.E.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. of Psychology. Afterwards, she went on to complete here MBA with a minor in Management Information Systems at McMaster University.
Karen McGhee, (Director)
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) during the Income Fund craze 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 comprised 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.
Vince Kulchycki, (Director)
Chief Operating Officer of Lakeland Holding Ltd.
Vince Kulchycki is the Chief Operating Officer of Lakeland Holding Ltd, parent company to Lakeland Power Distribution, Lakeland Energy and Bracebridge Generation Ltd. With his 25 years of experience in the power industry in Ontario and 15 years managing the growth of engineering and technical departments within the electrical utilities, his team was successful in combining the operations of multiple smaller LDC’s to create an overall larger and more efficient one. Lakeland Energy specializes in fibre optics communications and IT support under the branding of Lakeland Networks. Networks provides one of the first true 1GB/sec fibre optic high speed internet services in Canada. This company has consistently increased in revenue and is presently exceeding all targets. In 2015 it received small communities funding from the federal and provincial governments for an $8.6M expansion to underserviced areas. In both 2015 and 2016, Lakeland Networks has been nominated business of the year by the Bracebridge Chamber of Commerce. In 2004, Bracebridge Generation owned and operated three water generation sites. Between 2005 to 2016, they successfully installed a new facility, upgraded two existing facilities and purchased six existing waterpower stations, improving reliability and output. Bracebridge Generation prides itself in being respected member of the communities and stewards in water management. All sites have contracts including HCI, RESOP and FIT. In 2004, Bracebridge Generation became an active member of the Ontario Waterpower association since and Vince has continued to be involved in various committees and working groups during this time. Vince was nominated 2016 Businessman of the year by the Bracebridge Chamber of Commerce.
John B. Wynsma, (Director)
Vice President Generation & Retail Services, Peterborough Utilities Inc.
John has been involved in the waterpower industry for over thirty years in a variety of roles: consultant, project manager, business development and senior management. His experience encompasses diverse regions including Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and the Philippines; and a wide range of hydroelectric technologies. In his current position as Vice President of Generation & Retail Services for Peterborough Utilities Inc., John has led the growth of the organization’s renewable generation portfolio from 6 MW to approximately 50 MW, including the successful development and expansion of a number of waterpower projects under various IESO programs. John has been active member of the Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) for many years, participating as a panelist in numerous Power of Water Canada conference sessions, and as a member of the OWA team responsible for negotiating HCI contracts with the IESO.
Heather Ferguson, (Past Chair)
Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
With nearly 20 years of experience in the resource development and electricity sectors, Heather is currently the Vice President, New Business Ventures at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). Prior to this, Heather was Vice President, Environment at OPG before holding responsibility for the advancement of the organization’s hydroelectric project portfolio from concept to construction as Director of OPG’s Hydro Business Development Group. Heather also has extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities to advance long-term commercial partnerships and capacity building initiatives. Heather previously held roles within both the Regulatory Affairs and Risk Services Group at OPG, as well as a project management role within Hydro Development. Prior to joining OPG, Heather was a consultant in the Calgary office of Golder Associates where she worked on environmental assessments for large-scale resource development projects in the mining and oil & gas sectors. Heather holds an undergraduate and Master’s degree in Science from Queen’s University, as well as an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.