Who We Are
The Board has full and part-time members who are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council for a term of two years initially, and renewable up to five years. Together they bring significant experience in a range of disciplines including engineering, economics, accounting and law.
The Chair and two Vice-Chairs make up the Management Committee which oversees the management and operations of the Board.
CHAIR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Rosemarie T. Leclair was appointed Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Energy Board (the Board) on April 6, 2011.
Ms. Leclair has spent almost 20 years in the municipal public sector. Her roles during that time included 15 years with the City of Ottawa, where she held several senior positions, including five years as Deputy City Manager of Public Works and Services. In 2005, Ms. Leclair joined the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies (Hydro Ottawa) as President and CEO. She has also served as a Special Advisor to the Province of Ontario.
Ms. Leclair has served on the Board of Directors for various energy associations along with the United Way/Centraide Ottawa. She is a member of the University of Ottawa’s Board of Governors, was twice named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (2007 and 2010), and was recognized as an Honoured Champion by the United Nations Association in Canada on the occasion of International Women’s Day in 2009.
Ms. Leclair earned a degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Ottawa and became a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1985.
Ken Quesnelle was appointed Vice-Chair of the Board in February 2014, and a full-time member in August 2005. Mr. Quesnelle has worked in various positions in the electricity distribution sector and is a past chair of the Electricity Distributors Association. He was a very active participant in the remodeling of the electricity distribution sector in Ontario as it transitioned to the current commercial framework. Mr. Quesnelle has over 30 years of experience in the utility business which includes electricity and water distribution as well as water supply and related environmental protection. He is currently serving as chairs of both CAMPUT (Canada's Energy and Utility Regulators) and the International Confederation of Energy Regulators working group on Consumer Issues.
Christine Long was appointed Vice-Chair of the Board in May 2016, and has been a full-time member since June 2012. She is a lawyer and former partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. While in private practice for 13 years she specialized in the areas of energy regulation, litigation and corporate law. She was in-house counsel at the Independent Electricity System Operator from 2000-2002. Ms. Long holds an LL.B from the University of Windsor and both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies and a Diploma in Honours Standing in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. She is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management Directors Education Program and she holds a Certificate in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards and Tribunals from Osgoode Law School and the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators. Ms. Long is also a former member of the Ontario Bar Association’s Governing Council.
Allison Duff was appointed as a full-time Board member in 2016. Ms. Duff was first appointed to the Board as a part-time member in February 2013. Ms. Duff is an independent consultant with extensive regulatory and internal controls experience. A former banking Vice President and Controller, she has a Master of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Commerce and Finance. She was a staff member of the Ontario Energy Board during price deregulation and market restructuring, and has also appeared before the Board on behalf of the Consumers Council of Canada.
Cathy Spoel was re-appointed to the Board as a part-time member in 2016, and has served the OEB in this capacity since October 1999. She is a lawyer with more than 15 years of experience in administrative law, with a focus on land use planning, environmental, municipal and energy law. Ms. Spoel has an honours degree in mathematics and a Master’s degree in law, specializing in alternative dispute resolution. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1983.
Emad Elsayed was appointed to the Board as a part-time member in June 2012. Dr. Elsayed has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector, most recently as a Senior Vice President with Ontario Power Generation Inc. Dr. Elsayed is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Halton Children’s Aid Society and the John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area. Dr. Elsayed holds a Bachelor of Science (Cairo University), Master of Engineering (McMaster University), and Doctor of Philosophy (McMaster University) degrees in Civil Engineering, and is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario.
Ellen Fry was appointed to the Board as a part-time member in June 2012. She is an Ottawa-based lawyer who also holds a Master of Business Administration. As a member of an independent quasi-judicial tribunal (Canadian International Trade Tribunal) over a nine-year period, Ms. Fry adjudicated approximately 400 highly complex cases involving business, economic and trade regulation. As former Director of Legal Services for Environment Canada, Ms. Fry was involved in environmental assessment and regulation affecting aboriginal communities.
Susan Frank was appointed part-time Board member in June 2015. Ms. Frank brings to the OEB extensive experience in long-term regulatory strategy, regulatory compliance and government operations. Most notably, she has expertise in economics and transmission networks. Ms. Frank was Vice President and Chief Regulatory Officer at Hydro One where she helped develop its long-term regulatory strategy and improve relationships with utility stakeholders. Ms. Frank holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Economics, and has been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1980.
Victoria Christie was appointed part-time Board member in September 2015. Ms. Christie brings to the OEB significant environmental and conservation expertise. She has more than 20 years of experience developing conservation programs and advising governments and others on energy efficiency and environmental matters. Ms. Christie holds a Bachelor of Science, Economics and Environmental Studies from Trent University and Master’s degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia.
Paul Pastirik was appointed part-time Board member in September 2015. Mr. Pastirik brings to the OEB his business acumen and significant experience in large-scale development projects and procurement. An accountant, Mr. Pastirik had a successful career in the natural gas and construction sectors where he held executive roles in finance and business development. Mr. Pastirik holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Finance and Human Resources from McMaster University and Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa. He became a Chartered Professional Accountant in 1982.
Peter Thompson was appointed part-time Board member in September 2015. Mr. Thompson brings to the OEB a deep understanding of the natural gas sector and a strong and articulate voice to the interests of consumers. He has expertise in consumer protection with more than 40 years of experience representing consumer interests in court and administrative proceedings before the OEB. He has been a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and Scott and Aylen LLP since 1969 and is ranked as one of Canada’s leading energy regulatory lawyers. Mr. Thompson holds Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University, and joined the Law Society of Ontario in 1967.
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