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Bernard Lord, Board Chair

Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Appointed: November 2013


Bernard Lord was appointed Board Chair for Ontario Power Generation on April 1, 2014. Mr. Lord is the CEO of Médavie, a not-for-profit Canadian medical care insurance company headquartered in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Mr. Lord earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in economics as well as a bachelor’s degree in common law from l’Université de Moncton. He has also received honorary doctorate degrees from University of New Brunswick, l’Université de Moncton and Saint Thomas University. He was admitted to the New Brunswick Law Society in 1993 and was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2011.

Mr. Lord was the CEO of the Canadian Wireless and Telecommunications Association from October 2008 until August 2016. He also served on several other boards of directors.

In 1999, Mr. Lord became one of Canada’s youngest Premiers at the age of 33. His majority government was re-elected in 2003 and he served as Premier of New Brunswick until October 2006. He was elected four times as a Member of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly.

Mr. Lord’s government introduced several new initiatives to support the development of natural resources while also protecting the environment, including a new energy policy that lead to the restructuring of NB Power and the refurbishment of the Point Lepreau nuclear generating station.

During Mr. Lord’s terms as Premier, New Brunswick saw the lowest unemployment rate in 30 years and tax cuts each year, combined with balanced budgets and debt reduction. His government made record investments in health care and education while strengthening local democracy and modernizing the Official Languages Act.

Jeffrey J. Lyash, President and CEO

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Appointed: August 2015


Jeff Lyash is the President and CEO of OPG. Mr. Lyash was formerly the president of CB&I Power, a position he held from 2013 to 2015, where he was responsible for a full range of engineering, procurement and construction of multi-billion dollar electrical generation projects in both domestic and international markets. He also provided operating plant services for nuclear, coal, gas, oil and renewable generation.

Prior to joining CB&I in 2013, Mr. Lyash served as Executive Vice President of Energy Supply for Duke/Progress Energy from 2008 to 2012. With Duke Energy, he led engineering, maintenance and operations of the company's 42,000-megawatt generation fleet, fuel procurement, power trading, major projects and construction, environmental programs, and health and safety programs.

Before the merger of Progress Energy and Duke Energy, Mr. Lyash served as Executive Vice President of Energy Supply for Progress Energy. In this role, he oversaw Progress Energy's diverse 22,000-megawatt fleet of generating resources including nuclear, coal, oil, natural gas and hydroelectric stations. In addition, he was responsible for generating fleet fuel procurement and power trading operations.

Mr. Lyash began his career in the utility industry in 1981, joining Progress Energy in 1993. Before assuming the role of Executive Vice President of Energy Supply, he served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, President and Chief Executive Officer of Progress Energy Florida, Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery Florida, and Vice President of Transmission. He also held a wide range of management and executive roles in Progress Energy's nuclear program, including Operations Manager, Engineering Manager, Plant Manager, and Director of Site Operations.

Before joining Progress Energy, Mr. Lyash worked for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in a number of senior technical and management positions throughout the northeast United States and in Washington, D.C, receiving the NRC Meritorious Service Award in 1987.

Mr. Lyash earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University, and was honoured with the Drexel University Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009. He has held a Senior Reactor Operator License from the NRC, and is a graduate of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Executive Training Program and the Duke Fuqua School of Business Advanced Management Program.



Jeff Coles

Oshawa, Ontario

Appointed: October 2018


Jeff Coles is Group President of the TAGG Group of Companies, and President of M&G Steel. Mr. Coles has over two decades of experience in construction and service businesses. Prior to joining the TAGG Group of Companies, Mr. Coles worked in executive positions at Thyssenkrupp, and Schindler Elevator Corporation, in both the United States and Canada. During his time at Schindler, Mr. Coles held progressively higher management and executive positions including President of Canada, and North American Vice President of Modernization.

Mr. Coles is currently a Director on the board of Oshawa Power and Utility Corporation. Mr. Coles is a former member of the Advisory Board for the Ontario Technical Safety and Standards Association and was previously Director, Schindler Canada Board of Directors and Director, National Elevator and Escalator Association.

Mr. Coles holds his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University and has executive education diplomas from Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Queen’s University, and International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland.

William A. (Bill) Coley

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Appointed: January 2013


Bill Coley served as Chief Executive of British Energy from 2005 to 2009 when he retired following the successful combination of British Energy and EDF Energy. He was President of Duke Power from 1997 until his retirement in February 2003, holding various officer level positions in engineering, operations and senior management during his 37-year career with the company.

Mr. Coley is a director of E.R. Jahna Industries. He also served on the WANO Fukushima Commission.

Elisabeth (Lisa) DeMarco

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Appointed: April 2014


Lisa DeMarco is a senior partner at DeMarco Allan LLP with over two decades of experience in law, regulation, policy and advocacy relating to energy and climate change. Ms. DeMarco was previously a partner at Macleod Dixon LLP from 2002 to 2012, partner at Norton Rose Canada LLP from 2012 to 2013 and partner at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP from 2013 to 2014. She represents several governments and leading energy companies in a wide variety of natural gas, electricity, pipeline and energy storage matters before various regulatory agencies, including the OEB and the National Energy Board. She has been an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School is a guest lecturer at a number of law schools and presents regularly.

Ms. DeMarco also assists leading Canadian energy companies on domestic and overseas and Indigenous business organizations on domestic and overseas power project development, renewable power projects, alternative fuel projects, cleantech development and finance, energy storage, carbon capture and storage, corporate social responsibility, environmental disclosure, clean energy finance, and sustainable business strategy.

She is ranked by Chambers Global as one of the world’s leading climate change lawyers and regularly attends and advises on related United Nations negotiations. She is ranked and repeatedly recommended by LEXpert, Expert Guide, International Who’s Who, and Chambers Canada as a leading energy (oil, gas, and electricity) and environment lawyer. Ms. DeMarco has worked for multilateral development banks and energy companies on deals and projects in India, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Argentina, Chile, Ireland, Africa, Mexico, China, Russia, California, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island and Québec. She plays an ongoing and active role in the development and drafting of energy and greenhouse gas emissions policy, regulation and law throughout Canada, and in various countries around the world. She was also lead counsel on all aspects of the successful sale of an Ontario power distribution company to Hydro One. Ms. DeMarco was an appointed member of Ontario Premier’s Clean Energy Task Force and Climate Action Group.

Ms. DeMarco is a member of the board of directors of the Advanced Energy Centre at MaRS. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (BSc Hon. – 1990), the University of Toronto (MSc. – 1992), Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (LLB – 1995) and the Vermont Law School (MSEL, summa cum laude – 1995) and is called to the bar in England and Ontario.

Jean Paul (JP) Gladu

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Appointed: November 2015


JP Gladu is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) based in Toronto. Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay, Mr. Gladu is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon. Mr. Gladu has over two decades of experience in the natural resource sector including work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industry and governments from across Canada, including involvement in business development for the Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek Nation from 2009 to 2012. He has produced a number of publications related to Aboriginal issues including: forest certification, Native values collection, biofuel opportunities, First Nation community land use plans, criteria and indicators for sustainable forestry, and cedar product development.

Mr. Gladu holds a Forest Technician Diploma from the Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology, a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University, and an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Queens University in Kingston. In 2014, he was a recipient of the Community Service Award – Transformation Awards from Diversity Magazine. Mr. Gladu was nominated for the 2013 Premier’s Award for Outstanding Ontario College Graduates, was recognized as one of five Northern Leaders in 2012 by Northern Ontario Business and was elected Class President of the 2012 Queens Executive Masters of Business Administration.

Mr. Gladu currently serves on the Canadian Electricity Association’s Public Advisory Panel and board of directors of Noront Resources Ltd. and as Chancellor of the Board of Governors of St. Paul’s University College at the University of Waterloo. He has also held previous board positions with Colleges and Institutes Canada (previously the Association of Canadian Community Colleges), Northern Policy Institute, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education boards of directors, Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy, Papasay Management Corporation, and Canadian Bioenergy Association. He also held advisory positions with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Renewable Clean Energy Committee and the Ontario Provincial Forest Policy Committee.

John Herron

Punta Gorda, Florida, USA

Appointed: November 2013


John Herron recently retired from Entergy where he was the President, CEO and Chief Nuclear Officer of Entergy Nuclear, with responsibility for Entergy’s nuclear plants located in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas as well as the company’s management service to the Cooper Nuclear Station for the state of Nebraska.

He previously served as Entergy’s Senior Vice president for nuclear operations handling the operational side of fleet management. Mr. Herron joined Entergy in February 2001 a Vice President, Operations at the Waterford 3 Nuclear Station in Killona, Louisiana. He then moved to New York as the senior Vice President of the Indian Point Energy Center in February 2002.

Mr. Herron began his career in nuclear operations in 1979 at Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corporation. Positions there included technical services superintendent, operations manager, technical programs manager, shift supervisor and supervisory control room operator. In 1994, he moved to Brownville, Nebraska to become plant manager at Nebraska Public Power District’s Cooper Nuclear Station.

Mr. Herron then joined the Tennessee Valley Authority as plant manager at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, from October 1996 through July 1999. From July 1999 to February 2001, Mr. Herron served as Site Vice President at TVA’s Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant.

Prior to his career in utilities, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1972 to 1978. He was attached to the USS Tullibee and the S1C NPTU Windsor, where he was an instructor at the Nuclear Submarine Prototype School.

Mr. Herron holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire. He also attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in May 2005.

Mr. Herron currently serves on the board of directors for Duke Energy. He also served on the board of directors for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and on the Nuclear Strategic Issues Advisory Committee of the Nuclear Energy Institute. In the aftermath of Japan’s 2011 earthquake, he was named to the World Association of Nuclear Operators Post-Fukushima Commission and the U.S. nuclear industry’s Fukushima Response Steering Committee.

Ani Hotoyan-Joly

Markham, Ontario, Canada

Appointed: March 2017


Ani Hotoyan-Joly is a member of the Board of Directors of Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. She is a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee. Most recently, Ms. Hotoyan-Joly was a member of the Board of Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. and the Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Audit & Risk Committee. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of Insurance Company of Prince Edward Island and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Currently, she is a member of the Executive Board of Armenian Relief Society’s Roubina (Toronto) Chapter and was the Past Chair of A.R.S. Armenian Private School’s Board of Trustees.

Ms. Hotoyan-Joly is a successful finance executive with over 32 years of business experience in financial services including insurance and reinsurance industries.

Most recently, Ms. Hotoyan-Joly was the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Coventree Inc. Prior to that she was the VP Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Swiss Reinsurance Company Canada (P&C) and prior to that she held senior positions at Zurich Canada.

Ms. Hotoyan-Joly is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She was elected as a 2016 Diversity 50 Candidate by the Canadian Board Diversity Council.

Wendy Kei

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Appointed: March 2017


Ms. Wendy Kei currently serves on the board of directors of Guyana Goldfields, Inc. (TSX; GUY), as the Chairman of the Audit Committee, a member of the Human Resources & Compensation Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee. She is an accomplished Finance Executive with over 25 years of business experience in a variety of industries. For the past 14 years, Ms. Kei has been working within the mining industry and brings a strong focus on corporate governance and finance, risk management and a strong expertise in executing complex mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Kei is a Chartered Accountant (CPA-CA) and previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Dominion Diamond Corporation (formerly Harry Winston Diamond Corporation and Aber Diamond Corporation).

Ms. Kei is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, and holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. Ms. Kei was selected as a 2016 Diversity 50 Candidate by the Canadian Board Diversity Council.

M. George Lewis

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Appointed: February 2005


From February 2007 until November 2015, George Lewis was a member of RBC’s Group Executive, one of eight executives responsible for setting the overall strategic direction for Royal Bank of Canada, Canada’s largest bank. In that capacity, he served as Group Head of RBC Wealth Management from 2007 and RBC Insurance from 2012. As Group Head, Wealth Management, Mr. Lewis led the RBC businesses that serve the wealth management needs of affluent clients globally, and units that provide asset management and trust products. He was also Chairman of RBC Global Asset Management Inc.

From July 2000 to May 2008, Mr. Lewis was Chief Executive Officer of RBC Global Asset Management, which under his leadership became Canada's largest single mutual-fund family (RBC Funds) and one of Canada's largest asset management firms. He previously served as Head of Wealth Management for the Canadian Personal and Business segment and, from 2003 to 2006, was Head of all banking and investment products for RBC’s Canadian Business.

From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Lewis was Managing Director, Head of Institutional Equity with RBC Capital Markets, responsible for global institutional-equity sales, trading and research. He was previously a top-rated equity analyst and Director of Research. He began his career with RBC in 1986, in the investment banking division of RBC Capital Markets.

Mr. Lewis has extensive experience in the investment industry, a Masters of Business Administration degree with distinction from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree with high distinction from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and an FCA/FCPA and has been certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Mr. Lewis serves on the board of directors of Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc., the Canadian Film Centre and the Anglican Diocese of Toronto Foundation. He is a current member and past chair of the Bishop’s Company of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, as well as a patron and member of the Cabinet of the United Way of Toronto and York Region. Mr. Lewis also serves as the Honorary Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Chaplain Service of the Canadian Armed Forces. Mr. Lewis is also a Fellow in Global Journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto until May, 2018.

Peggy Mulligan

Cameron, Ontario, Canada

Appointed: December 2005


Peggy Mulligan was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. until December 2010. Prior to this, she was a Principal at Priiva Consulting, and before that she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Linamar Corporation. Prior to Linamar, Mrs. Mulligan was with the Bank of Nova Scotia for eleven years as Executive Vice President, Systems and Operations and Senior Vice President, Audit and Chief Inspector. Before joining Scotiabank, she was an Audit Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto. She holds a B. Math (Honours) from the University of Waterloo and was named a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario in 2003.

Yezdi Pavri

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Appointed: September 2015


Yezdi Pavri retired as Vice Chairman of Deloitte Canada in June 2012 after a career of more than 30 years. Prior to being named Vice Chairman, Mr. Pavri was a member of the firm’s national Management Committee for over ten years and was the Managing Partner of the Toronto practice since June 2004. He founded Deloitte’s national Enterprise Risk Services practice in 1990 and led it for 15 years. He was a founding member of the global firm’s India Steering Committee and co-chaired the firm’s first Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Mr. Pavri holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay and a Master’s degree in Thermal Power Engineering from Imperial College in London. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

Mr. Pavri currently serves on the boards of ICICI Bank of Canada, Enterra Holdings Limited (the global parent of Golder Associates) and MD Financial Services, and is a past member of the board of directors of Hydro One. Mr. Pavri is also a past Chairmen of the Board of Trustees of United Way Toronto and York Region.

Jim Reinsch

Frederick, Maryland, USA

Appointed: August 2015


Jim Reinsch recently retired from the Bechtel Group where he was Senior Vice President and Partner, and past President of Bechtel Nuclear. In this role, he was responsible for the global profit/loss, customer relations, operations, project management, marketing and business development of Bechtel’s three nuclear business segments: nuclear operating plant services, steam generator replacement, and operations of Bechtel’s global nuclear activities. During his 40 years with Bechtel, he also presided over Bechtel Canada, and managed large regions in the United States and Asia. He served as the President of the American Nuclear Society organization, and was a member of the Nuclear Energy Institute as well as a member of their Executive Committee. Mr. Reinsch is also a member of several international nuclear energy organizations, including the World Association of Nuclear Operators and the World Nuclear Association.


Mr. Reinsch holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland.


Mr. Reinsch currently serves on the board of directors for Frederick Memorial Hospital and the Hood College Board of Trustees, and is a past Board member of Duke Energy, and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Additionally, he serves on the Emirate Nuclear Energy Corporation’s Committee on Nuclear Power which reports to the Board of Directors.

James (Joe) Sheppard

League City, Texas, USA

Appointed: March 2017


Mr. Sheppard was appointed to the OPG Board in March 2017. He currently serves as an Independent Consultant. Mr. Sheppard served as Interim Senior Vice President for Southern California Edison Company and served as its Interim Chief Nuclear Officer from September 2010 to December 9, 2010. From 1993 to 2009, Mr. Sheppard held several senior positions associated with the South Texas Project nuclear power plant, including Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of STP Nuclear Operating Company, which operated the facility for its three owners. He served as Executive Officer of South Texas Project Electric Generating Station. He served as an executive at STP for ten years, holding positions of Vice President and Assistant to the President and Chief Executive Officer; Vice President of Engineering and Technical Services; Vice President of Business Systems; Assistant to the executive vice president; and General Manager of Licensing. He has been an Independent Director at Xcel Energy Inc. since March 2011.

Mr. Sheppard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in business administration from the Duke University.