About GRE&T Centre

Where great minds collaborate, to power a better tomorrow

Our Green Energy & Technology (GRE&T) Centre makes energy innovations come to life by identifying, evaluating, developing and accelerating emerging, clean, and customer-friendly energy solutions. 

As the innovation hub for green technology solutions, the GRE&T Centre kick starts the adoption of clean technology, serving as a bridge between Research and Development (R&D) and commercialization. 

Areas We Explore

Smart Cities

Smart Cities IconPowering homes, buildings & transportation with smart, clean technologies. Initial focus on e-mobility.

Grid Innovation

Grid Innovation IconLeveraging grid modernization technologies to enable a more sustainable grid. Initial focus on DER integration and Distribution System Operator (DSO) model.

Advanced Planning

Advanced Planning IconHarnessing emerging technologies and cross-industry solutions to enable a digitized utility of the future. Initial focus on Transactive Energy Platform and decentralized Data Governance.

GRE&T Centre Advisory Committee 

The GRE&T Centre Advisory Committee is composed of subject matter experts with various backgrounds relevant to the work Alectra is undertaking in Smart Cities, Grid Innovation, and Advanced Planning. The Committee provides valuable insights and guidance to the GRE&T Centre on pilot projects, demonstrations, partnerships, community engagement activities, and other related activities, including the general progress of the Centre. 

Meet the Members 

Dr. Giuseppina D’Agostino – Chair, Alectra GRE&T Centre Advisory Committee

Dr. GiuseppinaDr. Giuseppina (Pina) D’Agostino is a law professor, lawyer and legal scholar.

In addition to her role as a Director on the Alectra Inc. Board, Pina is Vice-Chair of the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee, and a member of the Human Resources & Compensation Committee, and Chair of the GRE&T Centre Advisory Committee.

As a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School specializing in intellectual property and innovation law and policy, Pina is regularly called upon by the Canadian Federal and Provincial governments for advice and is a cited authority at the Supreme Court of Canada. A published author, she is also the Founder and Director of IP Osgoode, the IP Intensive, and the Innovation Clinic - the first legal clinic of its kind helping innovative start-ups. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Intellectual Property Journal and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the IPilogue, the first IP law blog of its kind.

Pina is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors – Rotmans Director Education Program. She has a Master's and D.Phil degree from the University of Oxford, as well as an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Chantel Broten – Committee Member

Chantel BrotenChantel Broten is President and CEO of Jan Kelley, an award winning creative digital consultancy. Jan Kelley helps businesses grow by using a proprietary growth framework to develop, optimize and iterate strong digital-first marketing strategies and programs. The company philosophy brings together the power of technology and the brilliance of humanity to spark ideas, generate momentum and create lasting results.

A career marketer, Chantel has spearheaded the development of brand and marketing programs for over 100 organizations including GO Transit, riterate.ca, Sobeys, Canadian Blood Services, Export Development Canada (EDC), Petro-Canada, Rockwool and Reliance Home Comfort to name a few. She is an experienced strategist who knows how to find key insights that create strong value propositions, transform organizations, shape powerful brand experiences and drive growth.

Chantel believes that an organization's ultimate competitive advantage lies in its ability to rapidly translate ideas into action. She brings this perspective to both the enterprise clients to whom she consults and the starts-ups that she coaches.

Chantel is a past board director of Hamilton Health Sciences and current board director of Innovation Factory. She is a sought after speaker among executive groups and has been a judge for Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec for over 10 years. She holds an MBA in Marketing and Innovation from McMaster University and an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph.

Lorelei Graham – Committee Member

Lorelei GrahamSince entering the legal profession, Lorelei Graham has worked exclusively in intellectual property. She has developed a practice that addresses all aspects of a client’s intellectual property needs, from initial consultations regarding IP strategies to drafting, filing and prosecuting patents, trade-marks, industrial designs and copyright in front of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, the United States Patent and Trademark Office and internationally.

Ms. Graham advises on complex IP issues for national and international clients and provides a business-minded approach to solving these issues. She is registered to practice in both the Canadian and the United States patent and trademark offices and manages IP portfolios on an international level for a wide variety of clients in a variety of disciplines, including mechanical, bio-mechanical, agricultural, food industry and environmental areas.

She also works with emerging businesses, advising entrepreneurs on timely and cost-efficient IP strategies that work within their business goals. Ms. Graham believes in partnering with clients and providing a team approach to solve their legal issues. She has also developed an award-winning entrepreneurial legal program. She frequently speaks on a variety of IP topics across the country at a number of universities, client-sponsored events and community initiatives.

Ms. Graham is the current co-lead of the Canadian Food and Agribusiness Group and the past national leader of our Canadian brands team.

Dr. Janusz Kozinski – Committee Member

Dr. Janusz KozinskiDr. Janusz Koziński has enjoyed a distinguished academic career in leading institutions in the USA, Europe, and Canada. He is an internationally-renowned higher education leader, researcher and entrepreneur, and one of the world’s most widely acknowledged experts in sustainable energy systems.

Educated in Kraków, Poland, he subsequently conducted research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and spent much of his academic career at McGill University where he was Associate Vice-Principal for Research & International Relations.

He was Founding Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering in Toronto and Founding President of a new University in Hereford, which is one of the most ambitious ventures in British higher education.

He is currently leading a new trans-disciplinary initiative applying key driving forces in the 21st century science and engineering to create a novel type of research-based academic programs.

Throughout his career, Dr. Koziński has organized and led multi-disciplinary research teams and programs linking energy, environmental, public health, and security issues. These programs were supported by significant government, private, and industry grants and contracts. He has published over 400 papers in peer reviewed journals, books, and conference proceedings.

Fueled by an entrepreneurial and inventive spirit, Dr. Koziński founded his own consulting company and has collaborated with multinational firms around the globe. He has also served on the board of a number of companies, including as chairman.

Janusz sees the necessity and beauty in bringing people together to not only solve problems of today and tomorrow, but to inspire each other to improve the social fabric of our societies.

Dr. Brian Mergelas – Committee Member

Brian MergelasBrian Mergelas brings with him over 20 years of experience leading organizations, most recently serving as the Exec VP of the Smith Cameron Group. Prior to this, Brian has served as CEO of Sunwell Technologies and WaterTAP, and CEO/Founder of The Pressure Pipe Inspection Company which he led from start-up to $25 million in sales; he sold that company in 2010.

Throughout his career, Brian has been involved in a number of mergers and acquisitions both on the buy and sell side. He has a strong background in operations, sales, marketing, research and development (R&D) and financial management, with particular strengths in the development and implementation of strategy.

He has served on the Board of the Ontario Clean Water Agency, been a member of the Innovators Alliance, and has served as Chair of the ASCE Pipeline Risk Management and Safety Committee.

Brian holds an undergraduate degree and a PhD in Physics from Queen’s University in Kingston and is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business’ Institute of Corporate Directors program.

Nicholas Parker – Committee Member

Nicholas ParkerNick has pioneered sustainability ventures, funds and initiatives around the world for four decades, working with leading public and private sector organizations. As Chairman of Parker Venture Management Inc. (“PVM”), he currently makes catalytic investments - presently in solar, fintech and analytics, while advising asset managers, governments and entrepreneurial businesses on “exponential impact” opportunities, globally. Nick chairs a London-based impact investment company, advises an award-winning impact real estate group, is founding partner of a financial enterprise accelerating commercialization of “smart cleantech” into and across emerging economies, especially China, and is leading creation of PEIC, the planet exponential impact collaborative.

Nick coined the “cleantech” concept, introducing it to the finance and business community in 2002 while launching Cleantech Group (“CTG”), a market-leading research and advisory platform that he chaired until the end of 2013. He was Chair of Corporate Knights (“CK”), the award-winning media and financial research company for clean capitalism, best known for the Global 100 rankings launched annually at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He has accumulated over 15 years’ experience forming and investing funds worldwide through limited partnerships, family offices, corporate programs, endowments and publicprivate partnerships.

Nick has contributed to advisory boards such as the Singapore Economic Development Board, Ontario Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel, Centre of Excellence for Commercialization of Research and the Clinton Global Initiative. He has been Chair of E+Co, the award-winning impact investment company for clean energy enterprises in frontier markets, is a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada, and serves as Treasurer and Board Member of the Centre for Mindfulness Studies.

Nick earned a BA Tech, Hons. (Carleton University, Ottawa) and an MBA in International Business (City University, London). He has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America while currently residing in Toronto. He’s authored or edited many publications and articles related to cleantech, sustainability, finance and international business.

Alectra Leadership – Ex Officio Committee Members

Brian Bentz, MBA, FCPA, FCA, CET – President and CEO, Alectra Inc.

Brian BentzBrian is the President and CEO of Alectra Inc., the largest municipally-owned utility in Canada.

Alectra Inc., through its regulated utility, Alectra Utilities Corporation, provides power and related services to more than one million electricity customers in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe Area and Central Ontario. Alectra Inc. also provides innovative energy solutions to consumers through several unregulated subsidiaries including Alectra Energy Solutions and Services Inc.

Brian played a major role in the creation and growth of Alectra, which involved a multi-utility merger, and the acquisition of another utility, under the company’s strategic growth strategy.  His expertise in utility consolidations was also demonstrated through several mergers and acquisitions in his previous role as the President and CEO of PowerStream.

Brian has assumed an active leadership role within the energy industry. He currently serves as Chair of both the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Stakeholder Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of Cordelio Power. He also serves on the Board of the Ontario Energy Association (OEA).

Brian has been recognized on several occasions for his industry leadership. In 2017, he was presented with the LDC ‘Leader Award’ from the MEARIE Group and was a co-winner of the OEA ‘Leader of the Year’ Award in 2016. In previous years, he received the ‘Chair’s Citation’ from the EDA, the Electricity Human Resources Canada ‘Leader of the Year’ Award, the ‘Game Changer’ Award from the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), as well as recognition as a ‘Clean50’ and ‘Clean16’ Champion for leadership in sustainability advancement.

Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Brian is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant. He holds an MBA (McMaster), an honourary Bachelor of Applied Arts degree (Georgian College) and a Certified Engineering Technologist designation (Electrical/Electronics).

John Matovich, BA, MBA – Executive Vice President, Energy Solutions and Services, Alectra Inc.

John MatovichJohn is the Executive Vice President of Energy Solutions and Services at Alectra Inc. and is a member of the Executive Committee. Reporting to the President and CEO, John is responsible for establishing and enabling the strategic growth imperative for the non-regulated or competitive businesses within the Company. As part of the Executive Committee, John supports the broader strategic and operational objectives of the Company.

Immediately prior to joining Alectra, John worked at Deloitte LLP where he was a Senior Advisor for the Power, Utilities and Infrastructure practice and was actively involved in providing strategic consulting and financial advice to a wide variety of utility, government and industrial clients on matters relating to both the North American electricity and broader infrastructure sectors. In particular, John served as a key advisor to the four legacy utilities during the merger process to form Alectra, the second largest municipally owned utility in North America. He also advised Alectra on a number of financial and strategic elements in the period immediately following the merger.

John has over 25 years of experience in senior advisory and management roles for the North American electricity and infrastructure sectors. Previously, as the Industry Head of Scotiabank’s Power and Infrastructure Group, he was actively involved in a number of financial and strategic transactions for several of Canada’s leading utilities. John has also had prior operating experience as the Senior Vice President, Commercial for a $2.0 billion publicly-listed North American independent power producer which had over 2,000 MW of operating electrical generating facilities located across North America.

John holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. He has previously served on the Boards of several entities including the Association of Power Producers of Ontario.

Neetika Sathe – Vice President, GRE&T Centre, Alectra Inc.

Neetika SatheNeetika Sathe is Vice President of the Alectra Green Energy & Technology Centre (GRE&T Centre) where she leads innovation projects in the energy industry.

Through Neetika’s direction, the GRE&T Centre is Alectra's latest step to be at the forefront of exciting industry changes to make energy innovations come to life by identifying, evaluating, developing and accelerating emerging, clean, and customer-friendly energy solutions across Alectra's service territory.

Previously, Neetika was the Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan LEAF and Cross-Overs in Canada responsible for sales and profitability for her portfolio, including the launch of the Nissan LEAF in Canada. Neetika’s career path has seen her hold various positions in Corporate Development, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Strategic Planning and Finance.  

Neetika serves on the board of several industry associations such as Electric Mobility Canada, and serves as Chair on the Board of NSERC Energy Storage Technology (NEST) Network and National Electricity Roundtable.

Neetika holds a Masters degree in Physics from Panjab University, and an MBA from McMaster University.