Board Members

Chair: Bob Allen, MBA, BSC., Shaman Power Corporation

A member of the Board of Directors of the OWA since 2003 and the OWA Board Executive Committee as Treasurer since 2004,  Bob is President and one of the founders of Shaman Corporation, a privately owned Ontario based hydroelectric generation and  development company established in 1995. Shaman acquired Marmora G.S. and has developed Fenelon Fall G.S. and well as  Trent Rapids G.S. After over 25 years with Ontario Hydro in international business development, finance and operations he left to establish his own consulting practice specializing in business planning, project funding, international business development and contract negotiation. He has had consulting assignments for numerous companies including John Deere, Caterpillar, Caritrade, NUI and Incos with short assignments  in Russia, Hungary, Turkey and the Far East. He has also had domestic consulting contracts with the Ontario Energy Board and the University of Waterloo. He was Board Chairman of HEPCOE Credit Union for 5 years [now Meridian CU] and served as a Director for 13 years. Meridian is one of Canada’s largest credit unions. Bob has enjoyed traveling on business and pleasure to over 40 countries and looks forward to continued travels in the future.

Vice-Chair: Valerie Helbronner, Partner, Torys LLP

Valerie Helbronner is a partner in Torys LLP’s Infrastructure and Energy Practice. She has provided legal and strategic advice on energy projects in and outside Ontario. A focus of Valerie’s practice has been on renewable energy projects, including run-of- river hydro, wind and solar projects. Valerie has also worked extensively with projects involving First Nations interests and issues, including the duty to consult and accommodate. Valerie has worked with the Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) in the development and implementation of MNRF’s Site Release rules, and is currently participating in the Building Capacity Initiatives that the OWA is working on with MNRF and First Nations. In acting on projects involving First Nations, she has represented various stakeholders, including First Nations, aboriginal-owned entities and private sector developers negotiating with First Nations. Valerie has advised on numerous restructuring projects internationally, including in Ontario, Russia, Hungary, South Africa and the Balkans. She has also advised on project financings in various other industries in several Canadian provinces and territories, including electrical, healthcare, rail transportation and mining. Valerie is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the OWA and is on the Steering Committee of Canadian Wind Energy Association’s Ontario Caucus.

Vice-Chair: Heather Ferguson – Vice-President of Environment, Ontario Power Generation (OPG)

With nearly 20 years of experience in the resource development and electricity sectors, Heather is currently the Vice President, Environment at Ontario Power Generation (OPG).  In this role, she is responsible for OPG’s Environment function which supports all of OPG’s Hydro, Thermal and Nuclear operations, as well as projects both under development and in construction. Prior to this, Heather was the Director of OPG’s Hydro Business Development Group where she was responsible for the advancement of OPG’s hydroelectric project portfolio from concept to construction. Heather also has extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities to advance long-term commercial partnerships and capacity building initiatives.  Heather previously held roles within both the Regulatory Affairs and Risk Services Group at OPG, as well as a project management role within Hydro Development.  Prior to joining OPG, Heather was a consultant in the Calgary office of Golder Associates where she worked on environmental assessments for large-scale resource development projects in the mining and oil & gas sectors. Heather holds an undergraduate and Master’s degree in Science from Queen’s University, as well as an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

Treasurer: Paul Young, P. Eng., Vice-President of Generation & Development, Orillia Power Generation

Paul Young is the Director of Generation Operations at Orillia Power Generation He oversees operation of three hydroelectric generation stations totaling 15 MW. He actively pursues new business ventures including hydroelectric and solar projects in Ontario. Paul directs the activities of supervisors and technical staff; develops and administers operating and capital budgets, review workforce resources and equipment and ensure all applicable regulatory requirements are met. Prior to joining Orillia Power, he worked at Gemini Power and prior to that Paul managed a small Hydro practice within IBI Group, where he was responsible for undertaking feasibility studies, design, approval and construction management for over twenty-five waterpower projects mainly in Ontario but also across Canada and abroad (Zimbabwe, Philippines, Bolivia).  Paul holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Civil) from the University of Toronto and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Secretary: Bill Touzel, CPA/CA, President, TBSi

Bill Touzel has been immersed in Renewable Energy and Environmental Science industries for over 30 years. In addition to executive leaderships and entrepreneurial roles with consultancy and technology companies, he is directly involved in waterpower project development, construction, and operations in Canada and abroad, on behalf of many public and private sector clients. He is also co-owner/operator of a run-of-river Hydro Low Generating Station, giving him direct hands-on experience in all aspects of the waterpower industry. Bill has been a member at various times of several board of directors. For several years he was a member of the Project Peer Review Committee for the FCM “Green Municipal Fund” and was once nominated for the Canadian Business “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, and “Employer of the Year” by ECO Canada. He has spearheaded several corporate development inititiaves, including the acquisition of a public company by RTO, and the acquisition of sale of several waterpower facilities, an analytical laboratory, and three environmental engineering businesses. Bill has been active in the OWA for over a decade, particularily in areas related to First Nations capacity building, environmental assessment and regulatory issues.

Director: Stephen Somerville – Vice President – Business Development & Acquisitions, H2O Power LP

Stephen has worked for fourteen years in the power industry, including all types of natural gas fired generation, wind, hydro, biomass and biogas. Prior to joining H2O Power, Stephen was a Vice President with Competitive Power Ventures (“CPV”), Inc. where he was responsible for the development of all CPV’s natural gas-fired power generation development projects (and associated natural gas pipeline and transmission lines) and large scale wind projects, across Canada. Prior to joining CPV, Stephen was a member of the Probyn & Company and Clean Power Income Fund team responsible for business development and acquisitions. Stephen has experience working with the OPA, the IESO, the Ministry of Energy, and various First Nations Groups across Canada and is a long standing member of the Board of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (“APPrO”). Stephen has also been the APPrO Annual Conference Chair from 2005 through 2014. Stephen holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and an Honours B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo.

Director: Karen McGhee, P.Eng., President, McGhee Krizsan Engineering Ltd

Karen started her career in waterpower in 1993 with the former Cumming Cockburn Limited which ultimately became part of IBI Group in 2004. She founded McGhee-Krizan Engineering (MKE) in 2006. Karen has been involved at all stages of project development from conception through construction, including financing and acquisition. She was responsible for the engineering review of over 50 waterpower sites throughout Canada and the US, for Initial Public Offering (IPOs) during the Income Fund craze of the early 2000s. Her current focus is on Project Management for new developments and independent Engineering for regulatory agencies during construction in Ontario and BC. Karen is an active member of the Ontario Waterpower Association and serves on several committees focused on improving the development process in Ontario, including the Waterpower Working Group (a task team comprosed of Industry, First Nations and Government representatives), environmental assessment, heritage, contracting and public outreach. She was the “Hydrology/Hydraulics” and “Technical Aspects” instructor for the Group’s “Waterpower 101” series of workshops and seminars for Ontario First Nation representatives. In 2013 Karen became the first women and the 9th recipient of the R.R. Dodokin Award from the Ontario Waterpower Association in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the advancement of waterpower in Ontario.

Director: Frank Perri, General Manager, St. Catharines Hydro Generation Inc.

Frank Perri, General Manager of St. Catharines Hydro Inc. (SCHI) and St. Catharines Hydro Generation Inc. (SCHGI), has over thirty years experience in the electrical power industry.  Frank had served on the Board of Directors of St. Catharines Hydro Inc. in 2007, as well as Director for St. Catharines Hydro Generation Inc. in 2008. He was previously employed as the President and owner of Frank Perri and Associates Inc., a consulting company in Thorold, Ontario, whose focus was to assist other companies in improving their overall business performance.  Prior to this he was employed with VA Tech Transformers Ltd. of St. Catharines’ and was VP of Operations at Unifin International Inc., a Division of Koch Chemical Technology Group, based out of Wichita, Kansas. Frank’s involvement at Unifin, a manufacturer of heat exchangers and pumps for the Electrical Power Industry, included a focus on acquisitions, as well as the formation of a joint venture in China. Frank graduated in 1980 from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Electrical Engineering and furthered his studies at McMaster University and the University of Toronto, whereby he obtained his Professional Engineer accreditation and remains a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.  Following his position as Director on the Boards of SCHI and SCHGI, he became General Manager.  Frank resides in St. Catharines with his wife and three children.

Director: Vince Kulchycki, Chief Operating Officer of Lakeland Holding Ltd.

Vince Kulchycki is the Chief Operating Officer of Lakeland Holding Ltd, parent company to Lakeland Power Distribution, Lakeland Energy and Bracebridge Generation Ltd. With his 25 years of experience in the power industry in Ontario and 15 years managing the growth of engineering and technical departments within the electrical utilities, his team was successful in combining the operations of multiple smaller LDC’s to create an overall larger and more efficient one. Lakeland Energy specializes in fibre optics communications and IT support under the branding of Lakeland Networks.  Networks provides one of the first true 1GB/sec fibre optic high speed internet services in Canada.  This company has consistently increased in revenue and is presently exceeding all targets.  In 2015 it received small communities funding from the federal and provincial governments for an $8.6M expansion to underserviced areas. In both 2015 and 2016, Lakeland Networks has been nominated business of the year by the Bracebridge Chamber of Commerce. In 2004, Bracebridge Generation owned and operated three water generation sites.  Between 2005 to 2016, they successfully installed a new facility, upgraded two existing facilities and purchased six existing waterpower stations, improving reliability and output.  Bracebridge Generation prides itself in being respected member of the communities and stewards in water management.  All sites have contracts including HCI, RESOP and FIT.  In 2004, Bracebridge Generation became an active member of the Ontario Waterpower association since and Vince has continued to be involved in various committees and working groups during this time.  Vince was  nominated 2016 Businessman of the year by the Bracebridge Chamber of Commerce.