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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.

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ESA Board of Directors List

ESA Officers


ESA Executive Management Team


ESA Board of Directors List

Brian Bentz, FCPA, MBA, CPA, CA, CET

Chair, Electrical Safety Authority

President and CEO, Alectra Inc.

Chair, Ontario Energy Association; Director, Electricity Distributors Association

Previously: Chair, Electricity Distributors Association; Chair, MEARIE Group; Chair, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Stakeholder Advisory Committee

David Collie, FCPA, FCMA, MBA, C.Dir.

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

Chair, Plug n Drive Ontario

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

Annette Bergeron, MBA, P.Eng., FEC 

Principal, Bergeron Consulting 

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

Peter Gregg, MBA, ICD.D 

President and CEO, Independent Electricity System Operator; Director, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services 

Previously: President, Alectra Energy Solutions Inc.; Executive Vice President, Operations and Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Hydro One Networks Inc.; General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Greater Toronto Airports Authority; Minister’s Office, Transport Canada

Christopher Hopper 

President and CEO, Complete Electrical Services Inc.; Governor, CI Investments Inc.; 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. 

Dale MacDonald, ME

General Manager, Honey Electric Ltd

Robert Mace, MBA 

President and CEO, 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 


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 

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

Daniel Péloquin, P.ENG. 

Managing Partner, Daniel Péloquin Consultant; Director and member of the Finance & Audit Committee, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters; Executive-in-Residence Smart Grids, Mohawk College 

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



ESA Officers

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

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

Director, Plug n' Drive Ontario 

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

Lesley Gallinger, BA. MBA, CPA, C.Dir., A.C.C.

Vice President Corporate Services and CFO, Electrical Safety Authority 

Director, Plexxus Pension Committee 

Previously: Vice President Corporate Services and CFO, Oakville Hydro 

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

Vice-President Legal, General Counsel and 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

Scott Saint, P.ENG., MBA, C.Dir. 

Chief Public Safety Officer & Vice President, Regulatory and Safety Programs, Electrical Safety Authority 

Board Director, Lansdowne Children’s Centre; Board Director, Electrical Safety Foundation International - Canada 

Previously: Chief Operating Officer, Electrical Safety Authority


ESA Charter - Board of Directors



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:  P. Gregg

Members:  B. Bentz; A. Bergeron; C. Hopper, A. Malo; G. Oosterhof

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:  B. Bentz; P. Gregg; C. Hopper; D. MacDonald; R. Mace; A. Malo

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:  B. Bentz; D. MacDonald; R. Mace; G. Oosterhof; D. Péloquin

FY2019 Committee Meetings

April 2018 to March 2019

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 

Scott Saint, Chief Public Safety Officer & Vice President, Regulatory and Safety Programs 

Earl Davison, Vice President, Operations 

Lesley Gallinger, Vice President, Corporate Services and CFO 

Josie Erzetic, Vice President, Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary 

Dave Kirkconnell, Vice President, Organizational Development