Board of Directors & Executive Committee

Board of Directors

Norm Loberg - Chair

Norman LobergNorman (Norm) Loberg is Chair of the Board for Alectra Inc. He was appointed this position in January 2017, following the merger of Enersource, Horizon Utilities and PowerStream and subsequent purchase of Hydro One Brampton. As an Alectra Board member, Norm is also a member of the utility’s Human Resources & Compensation Committee.

From May 2007 to January 2017, Norm served as Chair of Enersource Corporation. He also held several senior executive positions within the Enbridge Inc. family of companies and retired from Enbridge Consumers Gas in 1999. He then served as President of BrandActive International Inc., a corporate brand implementation company. In 1999, Norm founded Quadra Bay Inc., a business services company and currently serves as its Chairman.
Norm is a past Director of The Greater Toronto Airports Authority and former Director and Chair of Credit Valley Hospital. He served as Chair of the Ontario Natural Gas Association, and is a former Chair of Tourism Toronto.

He is currently a Director of the Hazel McCallion Foundation for Arts and Culture and is Chair of Mississauga’s Legend Row.

Jane Armstrong

Jane ArmstrongJane Armstrong was called to the Ontario Bar in 1982 and practiced law, primarily in the areas of corporate and commercial, real estate and estates and trusts, until her retirement from the practice of law in 2018. Jane was appointed to the Board of Directors of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. in 2006 and served as Chair of the Guelph Hydro Board from 2015 until the merger of Guelph Hydro and Alectra Utilities Inc. on January 1, 2019. In addition to her role as a Director on the Alectra Inc. Board, Jane is a member of the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee and Integration Committee.

Jane has served on the Boards of several community organizations including the Guelph Downtown Board of Management, the Guelph Arts Council and the Canadian Red Cross Society, Guelph-Wellington Branch. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Guelph and served as its President in 2004-2005. She is currently a member of the Executive of the Southwestern Ontario Branch of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Jane is a former member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Panel and a former Chair of the Guelph Police Services Board. In 2009, Jane received the Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation from The Directors College, a joint venture of McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.

Gerald Beasley

Gerald BeasleyGerald (Gerry) Beasley is a former senior executive, who continues to provide his leadership expertise to several high-profile organizations.

In addition to his role as a Director on the Alectra Inc. Board, Gerry is Chair of the utility’s Audit, Finance & Risk Management Committee and a member of the Integration Committee. Previously, he was a Director for Enersource Corporation and served as Chair of the Audit Committee. Gerry also serves as Director and Audit Committee Chair of First Canadian Title Insurance in Oakville, Ontario.

Gerry has served as a director, board advisor and chair to numerous companies and charitable organizations, including the Trillium Health Centre Foundation.

In 1968, Gerry joined Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and throughout the years, he held various senior positions in Canada and the United States. From 1994 to 2000, he served as the Senior Executive Vice President, Risk Management at CIBC.

Gerry has a B.Comm. from St. Patrick’s College and an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University.

Sean Donnelly

Sean DonnellySince 2014, Sean Donnelly has served as the President and CEO of ArcelorMittal Dofasco in Hamilton. He is also a current Member of the ArcelorMittal Management Committee.

Throughout his 38 year career at ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Sean has held various leadership positions including Vice President Manufacturing, Vice President Technology, Director Quality Systems & Manufacturing Technology, General Manager Market Development and Product Applications, New Product Development Process Owner, Galvanize Technology Business Unit Manager and Operations Foreman.

Sean joined Dofasco in 1981 as a Production Engineer in Galvanize after graduating from Hamilton's McMaster University with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He is a current member of several boards, including McMaster University Board of Governors, Canadian Steel Producers Association and Canadian Automotive Partnership Council.

Maurizio Bevilacqua

Maurizio BevilacquaThe Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua is currently serving his second term as the Mayor of the City of Vaughan.

In addition to his role as a Director on the Alectra Inc. Board, Maurizio is Chair of the utility’s Integration Committee.

Before becoming Mayor, Maurizio was a Member of Parliament for 22 years and served in several roles including Minister of State for Finance, Minister of State for Science, Research and Development, as well as Chairman of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. Maurizio is also currently Vice Chairman of VersaBank.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including ‘Premio Italiani nel Mondo’ awarded by the Italian Government to individuals of Italian heritage who have served as outstanding role models; The State of Israel Bonds Canada, for his contribution to improving labour-management relations; and in recognition of his work advancing Canada/US relations, he was presented with the Key to the City of Dallas.

Maurizio is a graduate of York University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He is also a graduate of the Directors Education Program from the Institute of Corporate Directors and Rotman School of Management.

Bonnie Crombie

Mayor Bonnie CrombieMayor Bonnie Crombie is currently serving her first term as the Mayor of the City of Mississauga.

In addition to her role as a Director on the Alectra Inc. Board, Bonnie is Vice Chair of the utility’s Human Resources and Compensation Committee.

Prior to being elected Mayor, Bonnie served as a Ward Councillor, and a Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville.

During her term as Mayor, the City of Mississauga has received numerous awards including Municipality of the Year by Festivals and Events Ontario, and the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. Bonnie was also awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her ongoing work in the community.

Bonnie has an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business and she earned a Corporate Director’s Certificate from the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Management.

Dr. Giuseppina D'Agostino

Giuseppina D'AgostinoDr. 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.

Fred Eisenberger

Fred EisenbergerFred Eisenberger is currently serving his second term as the Mayor of Hamilton.

In addition to his role as a Director on the Alectra Inc. Board, Fred is a member of the utility’s Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.

Prior to becoming Mayor, Fred was a Ward Councillor and member of Hamilton City Council, Chair of the Hamilton Port Authority and President and Chief Executive of the Canadian Urban Institute.

During Fred’s tenure as Mayor, the City of Hamilton has received numerous awards, including recognition from the Conference Board of Canada for having Canada’s most-diversified economy, and from the Intelligent Community Forum which named Hamilton as one of the top ‘21 Smart Communities’ in the world.

Fred is focused on achieving continued growth and prosperity, as well as protecting the environment. He was instrumental in landing a $1-billion Light Rail Transit initiative for Hamilton, for ensuring Syrian refugees were welcomed and settled in the city, and for putting forward a $50-million proposal to improve affordable housing and reduce poverty.

Originally from Amsterdam, Fred graduated with Honours from Mohawk College and also studied environmental sciences at the University of Waterloo.

Matt Harris

Matt HarrisMatt Harris has proudly served the Niagara Community for over 25 years.  As a two-term City of St. Catharines Councillor and Deputy Mayor, Matt has ensured the needs of the residents are met in his ward and across the City.  Since 2010, Matt has served as a Director on St. Catharines Hydro Generation Inc. and St. Catharines Hydro Holding Company and is the current Chair of both organizations.

Matt is currently leading fundraising initiatives as a Major Gifts Officer for Hotel Dieu Shaver Health & Rehabilitation Centre.  Previously Matt was the General Manager of Sundawn Integrated Services (1997), a premier leader in the HVAC industry, where he was responsible for the company's business development, community initiatives, and overall day-to-day operations.

With a background in social services, Matt has worked and volunteered with various social service agencies throughout St. Catharines and the Niagara Region and has served on many Boards that support mental health issues, affordable housing, and healthcare initiatives.  Matt was Chair of the Niagara Health System Foundation that led the $40million campaign to build the St. Catharines Site of the NHS and the amalgamation of 6 local hospital foundations to one entity.

Matt was previously awarded the ‘40 under 40’ Business Achievement Award and YWCA’s Champion Award.  Matt participates in a variety of community events and fundraisers, raising thousands of dollars to support the needs of the community.

Jeff Lehman

Jeff LehmanJeff Lehman is currently serving his second term as the Mayor of the City of Barrie.

In addition to his role as a Director on the Alectra Inc. Board, Jeff is a member of the utility’s Audit, Finance & Risk Management Committee.

As an economist, Jeff has worked with cities across the country to manage redevelopment and invest in their urban infrastructure. He also writes and speaks frequently on issues affecting Canada’s cities.
During Jeff’s term as Mayor, Barrie has been named the safest big city in the country, and was recently called Canada’s third most entrepreneurial city by the Financial Post.

Jeff holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, and a Master’s degree with first class Honours from the UK’s London School of Economics, where he lectured for two years following graduation. He is a Chartered Director (C.Dir) and was awarded the Gil Bennett Award in 2017 for raising the bar for professional standards in corporate governance through the Chartered Director Program.

Don Lowry

Don LowryDon Lowry is a chairman, director and board advisor, focused on strategy, high performance governance and the advancement of board diversity.

In addition to his role as a Director on the Alectra Inc. Board, Don is Vice-Chair of the Integration Committee, and a member of the Human Resources & Compensation Committee.

Don is the former President & CEO of EPCOR and past-President & COO of TELUS.

After 16 years at EPCOR Utilities, Don stepped down to focus on corporate board work and to serve on local community boards and associations. Don is currently non-executive Chair of Capital Power and past non-executive Chair of Canadian Oil Sands. He also serves as a Director for Stantec, Hydrogenics and Melcor REIT. As a professional Director, Don earned his ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.

In 2010, Don was recognized as Alberta Venture’s Business Person of the Year and in 2013, as Alberta’s Energy Resource Person of the Year.

Don holds a B.Comm. (Honours) and an MBA from the University of Manitoba. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program and the Banff School of Management.

Teresa Moore

Teresa MooreTeresa Moore, CPA, CA is a Partner at Collins Barrow (Vaughan) LLP. She is currently in charge of the firm’s professional standards and quality and serves on the human resources and operating management committees.

In addition to her role as a Director on the Alectra Inc. Board, Teresa is a member of the Audit, Finance & Risk Management Committee, and the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee.

Teresa’s career has primarily been in the field of public accounting. Her past experience also includes a term as Director of Finance and Administration of a mid-cap consumer product manufacturer. Throughout her career, Teresa has developed long-standing, committed clients who rely on her for accounting, audit, tax, mergers and acquisitions, and general business advice.

In addition to her commitment to client services, she has served her community as a past volunteer Treasurer at the Sport Alliance of Ontario, at a local high school and at Community Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS). She also served as a volunteer Board member at Opera York.

Teresa is a graduate from the Schulich School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration. She started her career with a Big Four firm where she attained her CA designation. Teresa is also a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors – Rotmans Director Education Program.

Frank Scarpitti

Frank ScarpittiMayor Frank Scarpitti is the second longest serving Mayor of Markham.

In addition to his role as a Director on the Alectra Inc. Board, Frank is a member of the utility’s Audit, Finance & Risk Management Committee. Previously, he served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board for PowerStream.

Mayor Scarpitti was first elected to Markham Council in 1985 as a Regional Councillor and has been re-elected to public office eight times over the last 29 years. He also serves as Chair of York Regional Police and York Region Rapid Transit Corporation.

During his tenure as Mayor, the City of Markham has received numerous awards, including the National Award for Municipal Innovation from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators, and a Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace from Excellence Canada.

Frank also provides his leadership expertise to many non-profit associations related to health, culture and quality of life programming.

John Knowlton

John KnowltonJohn is currently Senior Managing Director & Business Manager of OMERS Infrastructure.  In this role he is responsible for leading a number of strategic initiatives that advance OMERS global Infrastructure agenda.  John has held a number of senior management roles within OMERS Infrastructure and OMERS Private Markets since he started in 2005.

John is active with several investments and is, or has been, on the board of numerous investments, including LifeLabs, DynaLife and Teranet.  Prior to joining OMERS, John was senior legal counsel at Bombardier Transportation, where he advised on the pursuit of new transit projects around the globe, including Greece, South Korea, the U.K., Canada and the U.S.  John began his career at Torys LLP.

John holds an Honours BA (Economics) from University of Western Ontario, and an MBA and LL.B. from University of Ottawa.

Board Mandate

The mandate of the Board is to govern Alectra Inc., by setting its strategic direction and risk tolerances, selecting and overseeing the effectiveness of the CEO, and monitoring the successful performance, culture and ethical integrity of the Corporation.

The Board is accountable to the Shareholders to establish a system of effective corporate governance and to achieve the Corporation’s mission/vision/purpose.

Executive Committee

Brian Bentz, MBA, FCPA, FCA, CET - President and CEO

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).

Max Cananzi, MBA, P.Eng - President

Max CananziMax Cananzi is the President of Alectra Utilities Corporation, the regulated utility business of Alectra.

In a career that spans over 25 years in the energy and utilities sector, Max has been a key participant in building one of Ontario’s leading energy retailers and facilitating three of the province’s largest utility mergers.

Prior to the formation of Alectra, a consolidation of which he was instrumental in advancing, Max was President and CEO of Horizon Utilities Corporation, one of Ontario’s most successful local electric distribution companies, and President and CEO of Horizon Holdings Inc. and Horizon Energy Solutions Inc. Under his leadership, the company became the first utility in Canada to receive the Sustainable Electricity Company™ designation and the first to rank number one in Corporate Knights Future 40 Responsible Corporate Leaders.

His experience with utility consolidations goes back to 1998, when he was with Scarborough Public Utilities. Max helped facilitate the successful merger of six utilities into the company known today as Toronto Hydro. As VP of Toronto Hydro Energy Services, he was responsible for energy marketing, electricity and natural gas trading, and generation development.

Max serves as a Director on the boards of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), Ontario Energy Association (OEA), Electricity Distributors Association (EDA), Ontario Energy Network (OEN), and Municipal Electric Association Reciprocal Insurance Exchange (MEARIE). He currently Chairs the CEA Board Sustainability Committee.

In 2013, Max was rewarded for his leadership in sustainability and utility performance by being recognized as a Clean50 award recipient.

Max holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA in Finance from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario.

John Basilio, CPA, CA - Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

John BasilioJohn is the Chief Financial Officer at Alectra Inc. and is part of the organization’s Executive Committee.

John was instrumental in the creation of Alectra. In his present role, John supports the strategic advancement of Alectra and provides leadership oversight to many areas of the business including, corporate governance, enterprise financial risk management, taxation, regulatory affairs, and treasury, which includes managing rating agency, investor, and banking relationships. With almost two decades of experience in the electricity sector, John has led and supported strategic planning initiatives, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, corporate reorganizations and structuring new business opportunities. He has also successfully managed several Cost of Service rate and other applications to the Ontario Energy Board. John has led significant performance improvement initiatives, including the implementation of an enterprise resource planning system.

His prior work experience includes several years with large public participants in the asset-backed financial services sector, where he led and supported business development, public and private structured and tax-oriented financing transactions, and other business investment and combination opportunities.
John serves as a Director on the boards of Municipal Electric Association Reciprocal Insurance Exchange (MEARIE) and the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA).

He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), who has completed all CICA In-Depth Tax Courses (Parts I, II, and III), and the Advanced Course in the Taxation of Corporate Reorganizations. John also has a Bachelor of Commerce and Finance degree from the St. Michael’s College (University of Toronto).

Dennis Nolan, BA, LLB - Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Dennis NolanDennis is the General Counsel and Secretary at Alectra Inc. and is a member of the Executive Committee. Reporting to the President and CEO, Dennis is responsible for Legal Services and is Secretary to the Board of Alectra Inc. and its subsidiaries. Dennis is also responsible for Supply Chain Management.

Prior to the formation of Alectra, Dennis played a key role in the creation and evolution of PowerStream Inc. From 2004, Dennis served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Services, as well as Secretary for the company. In these roles, Dennis gained extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions. He was instrumental in the acquisition of Aurora Hydro, the merger with Barrie Hydro and the partnership with the Town of Collingwood in the ownership of Collus PowerStream.

Dennis has over 30 years of experience as in-house counsel and in senior management roles in the manufacturing, waste management and electricity sectors.

Originally from Windsor, Ontario, Dennis was called to the Ontario Bar in 1982.

Barb Gray, MBA - Senior Vice President, People & Safety

Barb GrayBarb is the Senior Vice President, People & Safety at Alectra Utilities reporting to the President & CEO. As a member of the Executive Committee, Barb provides strategic business partnering to the CEO, Executive and Senior Leadership Team. She brings over 25+ years of corporate executive, operational and human resource experience to her current role.

Barb is responsible for all human resources’ related matters for more than 1,500 employees at Alectra and is accountable in helping to build and shape our safety culture.

Barb is an experienced, driven and dynamic senior executive leader with diverse expertise in leading functional and cross functional teams in Human Resources, Health & Safety & Environment, Organizational Effectiveness, Finance and Accounting, Regulatory, Internal Audit and Operations. She has extensive background in the LDC sector, including roles such as CFO and SVP of Human Resources. She has extensive experience in Mergers and Acquisitions and leading business transformation initiatives based on Excellence Canada’s framework, which focuses on Excellence, Innovation and Wellness.

Barb is passionate about helping non-profit organizations and formerly served as the Chair of York Region’s Children’s Aid Society and is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of Palcare Network. She is a member of the Human Resources Professional Association and serves as a mentor within the York Region Chapter. Barb spends time volunteering with Excellence Canada as part of an Advisory Committee and has participated in verifications.

Barb holds a B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University and Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University.

John Matovich, BA, MBA - Executive Vice President, Energy Solutions and Services

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.

Executive Committee Mandate

The Executive Committee has the ultimate responsibility for strategic development and stewardship of the Corporation, and serves as the executive decision-making body of the organization for key facets of day-to-day operations, consistent with the agreed upon delegated authorities from the President and CEO, including corporate objectives, initiatives, goals and results as detailed in the Strategic and Business Plans.

Compensation

Board of Directors

Alectra provides compensation to its Board of Directors that is aligned with other public sector organizations due to Alectra’s ownership structure, yet still remains competitive with the private sector to attract both public sector and private sector talent. This document provides an overview of the Board’s mandate and the compensation provided to its members. Learn More.

Executive Committee

Alectra provides compensation to its Executive Committee that is aligned with other public sector organizations due to Alectra’s ownership structure, yet still remains competitive with the private sector to attract both public sector and private sector talent. This document provides an overview of the Executive’s mandate and the compensation provided to its members. Learn More.