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Effective January 1, 2015 Board of Directors for the New Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

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Effective January 1, 2015 Board of Directors for the New Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

James D. Hinds, Director
James D. Hinds was appointed Chair of the OPA Board of Directors on December 8, 2010. Mr. Hinds is a retired investment banker. Starting in 1985 at CIBC Wood Gundy Inc., he joined Newcrest Capital Inc. and then served as a managing director of TD Securities Inc. Prior to joining the OPA's Board, he was Chair of the Independent Electricity System Operator, a board on which he served for five years. A native of Sudbury, Mr. Hinds received a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University at University of Toronto, a Master of Business Administration degree from Wharton at University of Pennsylvania, and a law degree from the University of Toronto.

Timothy O'Neill, Director
Dr. O'Neill was appointed Chair of the IESO Board of Directors on December 8, 2010. He is the President of O'Neill Strategic Economics and a Visiting Professor at Duke University; he is a member of the Canadian Employment Insurance Financing Board and a Director of the United Church of Canada Foundation.

After retiring from BMO Financial Group, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Economist, he was the first H. Ian MacDonald Visiting Economist with the Ontario government. He served as President of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council after teaching in the Department of Economics at St. Mary's University in Halifax for 12 years. He has served as a consultant to several provincial governments, as well as the federal government.

Dr. O'Neill is the first Canadian economist to be elected to the Board of Governors of the Washington-based National Association for Business Economics (NABE) where he served as president from October 2002 until September 2003.

Cynthia Chaplin, Director
Cynthia Chaplin was appointed to the Board of Directors for the OPA on July 1, 2014. She has more than 25 years of experience as an energy economist, consultant and regulator in Canada and the United Kingdom.  Between 2004 and 2014 Cynthia served as Member, Vice Chair, and Chair & CEO (interim) of the Ontario Energy Board. She is an expert adjudicator, having presided over more than 60 complex multi-party oral hearings and policy consultations and having served as Chair of CAMPUT (Canada's association of energy regulators).

Cynthia has also held senior positions with British Petroleum, Amoco, and the UK's natural gas regulator. She holds a Master's degree in economics from the University of Toronto and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Cynthia lives in Toronto.    

Murray Elston, Director
Murray Elson was appointed to the IESO Board of Directors on March 21, 2014. Born in Wingham Ontario, Mr. Elston attended the University of Western Ontario where he received Law and BA Degrees. He practiced law in Wingham before being elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1981 (Huron Bruce) and was re-elected in 1985, 1987 (Bruce) and 1990 (Bruce). In the Legislature, Mr. Elston served as Health Minister, Minister of Financial Institutions and Chair of Management Board.

Following his tenure in the Legislature, he served as President of the Canadian Nuclear Association and Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies before joining Bruce Power in 2009. After retiring from Bruce Power, Mr. Elston served as Chair of the Electricity Distribution Panel (2012-2013).

Susanna Han, Director
Susanna Han was appointed to the Board of Directors for the OPA on November 20, 2013. Previously Ms. Han was the CFO of Urbancorp, based in Toronto.

With over 15 years in public-private-partnerships (PPP/P3/AFP/PFI), Ms. Han has successfully designed, bid and delivered numerous public procurement projects in both Canada and the U.K.  Prior to her current role at Urbancorp, Ms. Han was the Vice President of Balfour Beatty Investments, working in the UK and starting their operations in Canada; the head of Project Finance at Carillion Canada; and a Director in the Global Infrastructure Projects Group at KPMG.

A chartered accountant with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ms. Han holds an Honour's bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Ronald Jamieson, Director
Ronald (Ron) L. Jamieson was appointed to the OPA Board of Directors on May 2, 2005. Prior to his retirement from BMO Financial Group, Ron Jamieson was Senior Vice President, Aboriginal Banking.  Mr. Jamieson has held several senior executive positions in the financial services industry. Throughout his career, Mr. Jamieson has been active in economic development initiatives for Aboriginal communities across Canada.

He currently serves as chairman of the executive committee and national co-chairman of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and as a national director of Junior Achievement. Mr. Jamieson has also served as chairman, president and CEO of Ontario Energy Corporation whose mandate was to invest or participate in energy projects throughout Canada.

Mr. Jamieson is a member of the Conference Board of Canada's Council on the Corporate Management of Aboriginal Affairs, and is a member of the National Advisory Board on Small Business. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, which has been established under Canada's Nuclear Fuel Waste Act to investigate approaches for managing Canada's used nuclear fuel.

Margaret Kelch, Director
Margaret Kelch was appointed to the IESO Board of Directors on November 22, 2013.  She also serves on the Boards of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, where she is Chair of the Conservation Committee, and DST Consulting Engineers. She was on the Board of the Electrical Safety Authority for nine years (2004- 2013) and Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Incorporated for two years (2011-2013).

Ms. Kelch has held executive positions in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, serving as President and CEO of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, President of Canadian Highways Management Corporation and Chief Operating Officer of Canadian Highways International Corporation (builder of Hwy 407ETR) and several Assistant Deputy Minister positions in the Ontario Public Service, including Secretary of Policy and Priorities Board and Registrar of Motor Vehicles for Ontario.

Ms. Kelch is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D (Certified Director) designation.

Bruce Lourie, Director
Bruce Lourie was first appointed to the OPA Board of Directors on October 1, 2008. Bruce Lourie is President of the Ivey Foundation, a private charitable foundation focusing on environmental policy change. He was a previous Director of the Ontario Power Authority and a Director of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. He is Chair of the Board of Environmental Defence Canada.

Mr. Lourie is a founder of a number of for profit and non-profit organizations including Summerhill Group, the Sustainability Network, Enerquality Corporation, and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers' Network.

William Museler, Director
Mr. Museler was appointed to the IESO Board of Directors on May 5, 2005. He is Chair of the IESO Audit Committee. He was previously President and CEO of the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO).

Prior to his service at NYISO, Mr. Museler held senior positions at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO), and Brookhaven National Laboratory. He has served as a federal representative for the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) and as chairman of the Southeastern Electric Reliability Council (SERC). He is currently a member of the Secretary of Energy's Energy Advisory Board (EAB).

A graduate of the Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science, Mr. Museler also holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Deborah S. Whale, Director
Deborah S. Whale was appointed to the Board of Directors of the OPA on November 20, 2013. Mrs. Whale is the Vice President of Clovermead Farms Inc. in Wellington County and currently serves on several boards, including as Vice Chair of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission; the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame; the Grand River Raceway; and the Community Council of the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network.

She is a Past Chair of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, and of the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario. She has also served on the National Board of Directors of Farm Credit Canada and on the Advisory Board of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. She graduated from Queens University with an Hon. BA, has completed Corporate Governance Training through York University and was awarded a PAg Hon. from the Ontario Institute of Agrology.

Bruce B. Campbell, Chief Executive Officer
Bruce Campbell has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) since May 1, 2013, overseeing the safe and reliable operation of Ontario's bulk electrical system − one of the most diversified, reliable and efficient markets in the world. Mr. Campbell was instrumental in preparing Ontario's power system for the integration of Ontario's growing investment in renewable wind and solar generation. Under Mr. Campbell's direction the IESO has introduced innovative technologies such as storage into the power system and is actively pursuing more competitive, cost effective solutions to meet future power needs.

In addition, Mr. Campbell represents Ontario on several international fronts. He serves on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's (NERC) Member Representative Committee and on the Council of Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations which supports sustainable and reliable electric power delivery to millions of consumers across the continent.

A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Waterloo, Mr. Campbell is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and also holds the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D (Certified Director) designation.

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