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Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board of Directors

The Shareholder Declaration for Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. (Hydro Ottawa) approved by City Council requires that members of the Board of Directors for Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries (including Hydro Ottawa Limited) be appointed by the City of Ottawa.

On June 27, 2006, upon the restructuring of the Hydro Ottawa Board of Directors to comply with the Affiliate Relationships Code for Electricity Distributors and Transmitters issued by the Ontario Energy Board that mandated a separate board be created for the local distribution company, City Council appointed a number of directors to both boards (Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. and Hydro Ottawa Limited) for terms ranging from two to four years. As director terms have expired since that time, City Council has approved subsequent appointments ranging from one to three years.

Profiles of the members of the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board of Directors are provided below.

Jim Durrell

Jim Durrell, C.M., Chair, has served on the Board of Directors of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. since July 2012. In July 2013 he was also appointed to the Board of Directors of Hydro Ottawa Limited and subsequently elected Chair of both Boards. He is best-known for the significant contribution that he made as Ottawa’s mayor from 1985 until retiring from public life in 1991. Since leaving public office, he has been active in the private sector as a successful business executive. Today, Mr. Durrell is president and owner of Capital Dodge Chrysler Jeep FIAT. He has had a long time involvement with Ottawa sports franchises including the Ottawa Senators NHL organization and the CFL’s Ottawa Rough Riders. He has served as a governor of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, as President of the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, and on the board of the Canada Centre of Ethics in Sport.

Mr. Durrell brings extensive governance experience having served on the Board of Directors of the Business Development Bank of Canada and as the Chair of the Ottawa International Airport’s Board of Directors. He continues to volunteer his time and enthusiasm to numerous charities and organizations in the Ottawa community, such as the Board of Governors of Carleton University, the Ottawa Hospital, the United Way/Centraide Ottawa Campaign Cabinet, the Salvation Army and the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa for over 30 years. In October 2006, he was appointed Chairman of the Ottawa Convention Centre and in July 2011 was appointed by the Provincial Government to serve as Vice-Chair of the Police Services Board.

In December 2012, Mr. Durrell was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for his decades-long contributions to the City of Ottawa, as a businessman, mayor and committed volunteer. Also in 2012, Mr. Durrell was awarded the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Order of Ottawa. In 2015 Mr. Durrell was the recipient of the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award (Sovereigns’ Medal for Volunteers), and in 2016 was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award with Volunteer Ottawa.

Bryce Conrad

Bryce Conrad has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro Ottawa since 2011. Under his leadership, Hydro Ottawa has become one of the most profitable, innovative and customer-oriented utilities in Canada, regularly winning awards and accolades for customer service and innovation. In addition, Hydro Ottawa has tripled its renewable generation, making it the largest municipally owned generator of clean, green energy in Ontario.

Prior to joining Hydro Ottawa, Bryce served as Assistant Deputy Minister - Program Operations at Infrastructure Canada, where he managed the implementation of the $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, overseeing the selection and management of 4,000 projects that created more than $10 billion in economic activity. He was also responsible for the oversight and administration of the Building Canada Fund, the Green Infrastructure Fund and the Gas Tax agreements with provinces and municipalities.

An active community champion, Bryce sits on the Board of Directors for The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, and has served on the Board of Directors for United Way/Centraide Ottawa since 2014.

Bryce has extensive governance experience, serving on the Board of Directors for industry associations including the Canadian Electricity Association, Ontario Energy Association, Institute on Governance, Electricity Distributors Association and The MEARIE Group.

Bryce is fluently bilingual, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen's University, a Master of Public Administration from Carleton University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.

Dale Craig

Dale Craig, P. Eng. ICD.D is President of Dale Craig & Associates Limited, a consulting firm which provides guidance on construction dispute resolution and advisory services on the management of major construction projects. He retired in 2014 after 43 years with J.L. Richards & Associates Limited, a 250 person Engineering/Architectural/Planning firm headquartered in Ottawa, after serving his last 24 years in executive roles as Chairman, President and CEO. He led JLR's major business development initiatives, was responsible for the management of key client and partner relations and organized project teams, presentations and contract negotiations. Along with his corporate duties and mentoring role, he maintained direct involvement in the management of complex major assignments to ensure that client needs and project objectives were met. Mr. Craig has decades of experience managing multidisciplinary teams on projects up to $500M in value which typically involved all engineering disciplines, architecture, planning, project management and specialty consultants. He was Engineering Counsel to the Commission of Inquiry into the collapse of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake.

Mr. Craig has maintained an active involvement in the business community and in the consulting engineering industry throughout his career. He is currently on the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board, serving as Chair of the Strategic Investment Oversight Committee and a member of the Governance and Management Resources Committee. He is also on the Board of Governors of Carleton University where he is Chair of the Building Program Committee and a member of the Executive Committee and served on both the Audit and Finance Committees. He also sat on the Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Committee.

Mr. Craig currently sits on an Advisory Board for PB Infrastructure Services and has just completed his term on the Board of CPCS Transcom where he sat on their Governance, Audit, Compensation and Succession Committees. 

Mr. Craig previously served two terms on the Board of the Ottawa Convention Centre, sitting on the Executive Committee and acting as Chair of their Redevelopment Committee, which successfully orchestrated the construction of a new, state-of-the-art $190M convention centre for Canada's Capital. He is a past member of the Board of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. where he served as Chair of the Energy Ottawa Committee.

He was previously Chair of the Engineering Division of the Ottawa United Way; Chair of the Consulting Engineers of Ontario; Vice Chair of the Association of Canadian Engineering Companies (two terms); Founding Patron of the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution; and a Founding Member of the National Steering Committee on Innovation in Construction.

In 2013, he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his service to Canada and in 2015 was honoured with the prestigious Beaubien Award from the Association of Canadian Engineering Companies. In 2015, he earned the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Mr. Craig was reappointed to the Board of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. on October 1, 2013.

Jan Harder

Jan Harder has spent 20 years serving the residents of Barrhaven as their municipal representative. She often states that for the majority of her life she has been, and continues to be, employed in the customer service industry.

Jan was a successful business professional prior to being elected in 1997 to the former City of Nepean council, and is now a recognized leader on council who has been proud to call Barrhaven home for 35 years.

Jan is known as a city builder and champion and has helped Barrhaven and Ottawa grow by working with local and national business leaders as well as City staff to secure the necessary infrastructure to support such growth. Jan believes the best way to build Ottawa is to balance growth while maintaining a high quality of life.

Jan is chair of the Planning Committee for the City of Ottawa. She also serves on the Finance and Economic Development Committee.

Jan is married to Larry, has five daughters and has been blessed with eight grandchildren so far.

Andrea Johnson

Andrea Johnson was appointed to the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board effective July 1, 2015. She is a lawyer and partner with Dentons Canada LLP. Her practice focuses on corporate law, securities law, and mergers and acquisitions, with a focus on the technology sector and high growth companies. Her areas of expertise include corporate finance including initial public offerings, corporate governance, equity compensation, and private equity transactions/LBOs. She is Corporate Secretary of Kinaxis Inc. (TSX: KXS) and DragonWave Inc. (TSX: DWI; NASDAQ: DRWI), and currently serves on the Exempt Market Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission and the Listing Advisory Committee of the Toronto Stock Exchange. Andrea has received numerous recognitions for her work, including being recognized in the Legal 500 Canada in the area of Corporate and M&A; Best Lawyers in Canada 2015 as a leading lawyer in Corporate Law, Securities Law and Technology Law; and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013 and 2014 as one of Canada's repeatedly recommended lawyers in the areas of Corporate Finance & Securities and Technology Transactions. Andrea has also served on numerous non-profit boards in the Ottawa community, including the Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber and acting as Chair of the Garderie Bernadette Child Care Centre. Andrea is a graduate of Carleton University (B.A. Hons.) and Dalhousie University (L.L.B.).

Kalai Kalaichelvan

Kalai Kalaichelvan, Ph. D., is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EION Inc., a world leader in IP software and wireless networking solutions. He has over 20 years of experience in the communications industry in business and technology leadership, and holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the University of Toronto, Canada, as well as an undergraduate degree in Electronics and Communication from the University of Madras, India.

Dr. Kalaichelvan brings a wealth of experience in entrepreneurial business development, innovative strategic growth and ideals to maximizing shareholder value. Prior to founding EION, Dr. Kalaichelvan co-founded iPine Networks, later acquired by Nakina Systems, and CHIL Semiconductors, which was acquired by International Rectifiers USA in 2011. He also held the position of Vice President at Nortel Networks Limited in the wireless and carrier networking division.

For his entrepreneurial innovation, CATA Alliance and National Research Council honoured him with a prestigious Canadian Innovation Award - Innovator of the Year 2004. While at Nortel, he was recognized as Top Talent Platinum for leadership and was a recipient of the prestigious President's Award of Excellence.

Dr. Kalaichelvan was appointed to the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc Board on December 1, 2014 and currently serves as a member of the Audit Committee and Investment Review Committee. He previously served as a Director of the Hydro Ottawa Limited Board of Directors from July 2013 – November 2014. He has been a member of the Advisory Board at PLC Network Solutions Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trimax Corp., since 2005 and also served for four years from 2004 to 2008 as the only Canadian member on the Advisory Board of Samsung Electronics, Seoul, Korea, influencing its long-term strategic direction and networking business.

Cyril M. Leeder

Cyril M. Leeder, FCPA, FCA, was appointed to the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board on July 1, 2017.  He is one of the original founders of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and was with the team for 27 years in various capacities including most recently as COO and President of the Club. 

Cyril graduated from McMaster University with a bachelor of commerce degree, and obtained his chartered professional accountant’s designation with Clarkson Gordon (now EY) in Ottawa.  He was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario in July 2009, the highest designation within the Institute.

Cyril is a passionate community advocate and supporter and sits on the Board of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Ottawa 2017 Celebrations Inc., the Ottawa Tourism Development Council, Algonquin College Sport Management School Advisory Board, Ottawa Community Ice Partnership Board and will serve his 19th tenure as chairman of the Bell Capital Cup hockey tournament recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest ice hockey tournament.  He has also played significant roles in the redevelopment of the Ottawa Convention Centre (Shaw Centre), the Ottawa Senators Foundation and the National Arts Centre Marketing Committee. 

Cyril’s community service has been recognized through a number of awards including the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce 2008 Business Person of the Year Award, the Max Keeping Foundation and Sens Foundation 2008 Just One Person Award, the Celebrity Sports Dinner’s 2008 Brian Kilrea Award, 2011 United Way Community Builder Award, the Ottawa Tourism’s 2006 Tourism Leader of the Year and the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Community Service.  Cyril has also been inducted into the Ottawa and Brockville Sports Hall of Fames.

Cyril resides in Ottawa with his wife, Lydia, and they have three children; Ciera, Dillon and Tyler.

J. Douglas McLarty

J. Douglas McLarty, Partner, Assurance and Advisory Services at MNP LLP, Mr. McLarty is deeply committed to the principles, values, goals and objectives that have served him well throughout his thirty-plus year career. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University and has obtained several designations, including Chartered Accountant, Chartered Financial Planner and Trusts and Estate Planner, as well as Succession Transition Specialist. His vast knowledge in the audit and accounting areas in both the private and public sectors has provided him with a broad spectrum of experiences.

Mr. McLarty has served the Ottawa community and his professional association for over 30 years. His community activities range from co-founding the Ottawa Business Network in the 1980’s to becoming Chair of the Riverside Hospital in the late 1990’s. He was recognized in the year 2000 by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO) for his contribution to the community and his profession by awarding him fellowship status in the profession. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards where he is Secretary Treasurer.

Appointed to the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board of Directors in July 2012, he brings a wealth of experience in marketing, financial strategic planning and succession planning to the Board of Directors.  Doug achieved his ICD.D designation in 2013.

Philip Murray

Philip Murray served for 38 years with the RCMP where he achieved a broad base of experience in operational policing and management positions, progressing from a uniformed peace officer to the most senior position of Commissioner of the RCMP (1994-2000). He is an Ottawa native and is currently President of J. Phillip Murray Strategic Advisors Inc.

Mr. Murray has served on numerous public and private sector advisory boards and boards of directors. He was appointed to the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board on December 1, 2014 and chairs the Governance and Management Resources Committee. Mr. Murray previously served as a director of the Hydro Limited Board of Directors from July 2012 – November 2014. He is also currently the Vice-Chair, Strategy of the National Security Group; member of the Departmental Audit Committee, Correctional Services of Canada, member of the National Witness Protection Advisory Council, and member of the Board of Directors, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. 

Lori O’Neill

Lori O’Neill, CPA, CA ICD.D is a corporate director and independent financial and governance consultant. Lori assists growth companies with strategic transactions, M&A, public offerings, and due diligence. She previously held a leadership role for over 24 years in one of the world’s leading professional services firms, including various national partnership roles, with a focus on advising growth companies from startups to multinationals, supporting complex transactions, private and public equity offerings, and mergers and acquisitions in Canada and the U.S.

Lori currently serves as board member and audit committee chair for Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, and board member for Pythian Group, PageCloud, Defence Construction Canada, University of Ottawa Heart Institute and Ashbury College. She is also an advisory board member for the Dean of the Sprott School of Business, faculty member of Lead To Win and a member of the Executive Committee of the Ottawa Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors, in addition to several other roles and activities.

Lori graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Highest Honours in 1988, achieved her CPA, CA designation (Ontario Honour Roll) in 1990, completed her CPA designation (Illinois) in 2003 and completed the ICD.D designation in 2012.

Lori was appointed to the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board on July 1, 2014, where she also sits on the Audit Committee and the Investment Review Committee.

Marianne Wilkinson

Marianne Wilkinson has served as a municipal politician for  nearly 30 years including 9 years as head of council as Reeve of March Township, the first Mayor of Kanata, Councillor for the Regional Municipality of Ottawa Carleton and since 2006 as City of Ottawa Councillor for Kanata North. She has contributed extensively in a variety of roles at the local, provincial and international level serving on the boards of both the local and provincial Councils of Women; Chair of the Board of the Ottawa Talent Initiative, as well as a number of other voluntary organizations.

Ms. Wilkinson received the Queen’s Jubilee medal in 2003 and the 2005 Y Women of Distinction award for Lifetime Achievement.

Marianne was appointed to the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board on December 1, 2014.

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