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ESA Board of Directors, Officers & Executives

ESA’s Board of Directors is responsible for corporate governance, regulatory oversight, and guiding the development of the organization’s strategy. The Board and management are focused on employing progressive, leading-edge corporate governance and regulatory oversight practices.

Among its key responsibilities, the Board:

  • approves ESA’s strategic plan, business plan and budget, and ensures the integrity of the organization’s reported financial performance;
  • oversees the appointment, development, monitoring and succession planning for senior management;
  • monitors the strategic environment and ensures appropriate enterprise risk management;
  • monitors external communications and stakeholder relationships; and
  • monitors the integrity of the organization’s internal control and management information systems.

The ESA Board of Directors is selected based on a set of established qualifications. The Board comprises 12 members reflecting: the public; electricity distribution; electrical contractors; engineering; manufacturing; and other. Board members may serve up to three consecutive terms.

Each member of the Board has signed and agreed to abide by a Directors Code of Conduct. The Board participates in a program to ensure they remain abreast of best practice in corporate due diligence reporting, Director responsibilities, governance, and investment and pension management.

On this page:

ESA Board of Directors List

ESA Officers

Committees

ESA Executive Management Team


 

ESA Board of Directors List

Peter Gregg, MBA, ICD.D 

Chair, Electrical Safety Authority

President and CEO, Independent Electricity System Operator; Council of Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations; Member Representatives Committee of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation; Director, Greater Toronto Airports Authority; Director, the Ontario Energy Network; Director, Canadian Electricity Association 

Previously: Chair of ESA’s Audit Committee; CEO and President, Enersource Corporation; Chief Operating Officer at Hydro One Networks

 

David Collie, FCPA, FCMA, MBA, C.Dir.

President and CEO, Electrical Safety Authority; Ex-Officio of the Board

Chair, Plug n Drive Ontario; Vice Chair, Energy Council of Canada; Governance Committee Chair, Hamilton Health Sciences

Previously: President and CEO, Burlington Hydro; Chair, Electricity Distributors Association 

 

Arjan Arenja, P.Eng., MBA

President, Spectrum Business Development Inc.; Vice Chair, Government Liaison Committee, Professional Engineers Ontario

Previously: Senior Manager, Bruce Power; Sr. Manager, Royal Group Technologies Inc.; Manager, Trow Consulting Engineers (in 2011 renamed to EXP)

 

Annette Bergeron, MBA, P.Eng., FEC 

Principal, Bergeron Consulting; President, Engineers Canada

Previously: President, Professional Engineers Ontario; Director, Engineers Canada; Director, Kingston General Hospital 

 

Christopher Hopper, B.A., MBA

President and CEO, Complete Electrical Services Inc. and KLQ Mechanical Ltd.; Director, VentureLink Fund; Vice Chair, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation; Trustee, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 

Previously: President and CEO, Northern Home Services Ltd.; Governor, CI Investments Inc.

 

Dale MacDonald, ME

General Manager, Honey Electric Ltd; Chairman, Ontario Electrical League

Previously: Board Member, Ontario College of Trades; interprovincial Red Seal program; and President, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Canadian Mental Health Association

 

Robert Mace, MBA 

President and CEO, Synergy North (formerly Thunder Bay Hydro) 

Previously: Director and Past Chair, Electricity Distributor's Association; Director and Past Chair, MEARIE Group; Ontario Power Authority Stakeholder Advisory Committee 

 

Adèle Malo, BA, LL.B., LL.M, ICD.D 

Consultant 

Previously: EVP Regulatory and Government Affairs and General Counsel, Direct Energy; General Counsel and VP Sustainable Development, Ontario Power Generation

 

Gary Oosterhof, ME 

Owner and President, Oosterhof Electrical Services Ltd.; President, Kingston Electrical Association; City Councillor for the Countryside District in the City of Kingston

Previously: Electrical Contractor Registration Agency (ECRA) Advisory Council; Board of Directors, Ontario Electrical League and LE Contractor Committee

 

Walter Pamic, GSC

Co-owner of Power-Tek Electrical Services Inc.

Previously: Ontario College of Trades Board of Governors, Merit Ontario Board of Directors, Merit Canada Board of Directors, Past Board member Ontario Electrical League

 

Daniel Péloquin, P.ENG. 

CEO, Daniel Péloquin Consultant; Director, Spark Power; Director, Vizimax; Director, Systemex Energies

Previously: President, Schneider Electric Canada; CEO, Global Coil Business Segment, Trench Canada / Siemens; Director, ElectroFederation Canada (EFC) 

 

Ysni Semsedini, P.ENG., MBA 

CEO, Festival Hydro Inc. & Rhyzome Networks; Vice Chair, Electricity Distributors Association; Director, The MEARIE Group; Director, Ontario One Call; Director, Saturn Power

Previously: Director Metering Services and Business Planning, London Hydro; Sr. Acting Director Customer Service and Strategic Planning, London Hydro; Distribution Engineer, London Hydro

 

ESA Officers

 

David Collie, FCPA, FCMA, MBA, C.Dir. 

President and CEO, Electrical Safety Authority; Ex-Officio of the Board 

Chair, Plug n Drive Ontario; Vice Chair, Energy Council of Canada; Governance Committee Chair, Hamilton Health Sciences

Previously: President and CEO, Burlington Hydro; Chair, Electricity Distributors Association 

 

Josie Erzetic, BJ (HONS). LL.B, ICD.D

Chief Regulatory Officer, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Electrical Safety Authority

Previously: Vice-President, Corporate Business Development, Ontario Power Generation Inc.; Director, Nanticoke Solar; Director, Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station (a Joint Venture of OPG and Taykwa Tagamou First Nation); Energy Advisor, Ontario Centres of Excellence; Director, John Wanless Childcare Program

ESA Charter - Board of Directors

 

Committees

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee supports oversight responsibilities regarding audit, finance, information technology, and financial risk management. The committee manages on behalf of ESA the relationship with external auditors and also reviews discussion and analysis of ESA’s annual corporate and pension audited financial statements. This committee also oversees ESA’s internal financial structure, reporting, and financial risk management systems.

Chair:  C. Hopper

Members:  A. Arenja; A. Bergeron; P. Gregg; A. Malo; G. Oosterhof; W. Pamic

Human Resources and Investment Committee 

Human Resources and Investment Committee provides oversight responsibilities and risk management regarding investment, human resources, and compensation. This committee oversees a prudent investment management approach for corporate assets, the pension plan, and human resources strategy on behalf of ESA. Its role is to ensure the adequacy and effectiveness of systems implemented to ensure compliance with established corporate governance, the Pension Benefits Act, Income Tax Act,  and human resources legislation, policies, and procedures. Members review succession planning, performance assessment, development requirements and compensation philosophy and structure.

Chair:  D. Péloquin 

Members:  A. Arenja; P. Gregg; D. MacDonald; R. Mace; A. Malo; G. Oosterhof

Regulatory Affairs & Governance Committee

Regulatory Affairs & Governance Committee supports oversight responsibilities and risk management regarding public safety, external relations, and corporate governance.

This committee ensures ESA is effectively meeting its regulatory obligations, responsibilities and public safety mandate. This includes ensuring alignment with ESA’s Regulatory Governance Principles, harm reduction objectives, and external relations.  To enhance the oversight role of the Board, this committee is also responsible for monitoring and making recommendations regarding corporate governance, succession planning and board evaluation.

Chair:  A. Bergeron 

Members:  P. Gregg; C. Hopper; D. MacDonald; R. Mace; G. Oosterhof; W. Pamic; D. Péloquin

FY2020 Committee Meetings

April 2019 to March 2020
Audit Committee 5 meetings
Regulatory Affairs and Governance Committee 4 meetings
Human Resources and Investment Committee 4 meetings

 

ESA Executive Management Team

David Collie, President and CEO 

Carol Calvert, Vice President, People and Culture

Earl Davison, Vice President, Operations 

Josie Erzetic, Chief Regulatory Officer and General Counsel 

Kevin Greer, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Kelley Irwin, Interim Chief Information Officer

Dave Kirkconnell, Vice President, Organizational Development