Terry Bennett – Vice-President, Bruce Power & Joint Ventures
As Vice-President, Bruce Power & Joint Ventures, Terry Bennett is responsible for TC Energy’s (formerly TransCanada) Canadian Energy Joint Venture portfolio.
Mr. Bennett started his career at the former TransCanada in 1992 as an economist in Economic Forecasting. Within this department, he held a number of positions before becoming Manager in 1996. He then moved to Power Acquisitions and Business Development, was promoted to Director in 2000 and Vice-President in 2010.
Prior to TransCanada, Mr. Bennett worked at DRI-McGraw-Hill, Dunn & Bradstreet and NOVA Corporation.
Mr. Bennett graduated with a bachelor of arts from the University of Calgary and obtained a master’s degree in economics from Queens University.
Ralph Berg – Executive Vice President and Global Head of Infrastructure, OMERS
In his role as Executive Vice President and Global Head of Infrastructure, Ralph leads the OMERS Infrastructure team on a global basis.
Since joining OMERS in February 2013, he has been a key member of the Infrastructure investment team, playing a leadership role in investment origination, acquisition and asset management including with Caruna, Ellevio and Net4Gas.
Prior to joining OMERS Infrastructure, Ralph was a Managing Director and the Head of the European Energy & Power Team at Credit Suisse, where he spent seven years advising clients in M&A, IPO and structured finance transactions. Before that, he worked in the Energy team at Deutsche Bank in New York and London for almost 12 years. He has transaction and advisory experience on infrastructure investments as diverse as power generation, transmission, distribution, oil and gas exploration, production, transport, refining and distribution, as well as water and waste.
Ralph holds a Law Degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Leslie Kass – Senior Vice-President, Technical Centre, TC Energy
As Senior Vice-President, Technical Centre, Leslie Kass has responsibility for all central technical functions including engineering, construction management systems and processes, safety, quality and compliance, security, emergency management and resource capability management.
Prior to joining TC Energy, Leslie served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc. She has also held progressively senior positions with B&W and in the energy sector for more than 25 years.
Leslie is a results-oriented leader with extensive experience that includes engineering, finance, operations, project management, business development and regulatory affairs. Having led significant acquisition integrations, divestitures and enterprise initiatives, Leslie brings a wealth of knowledge that spans North American and international markets.
Leslie holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Duke University Fuqua School of Business in Durham, North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Don MacKinnon – President, Power Worker’s Union (Retired)
Don MacKinnon began his career at Ontario Hydro in 1971 and is a lineman by trade. His union activism began more than 30 years ago and has included 11 years as the Power Workers’ Union’s (PWU) Vice President before becoming the President of PWU in 2000. He retired from this position in 2017.
Don has a reputation as a skilled and innovative negotiator who uses mutual gains approaches to achieve settlements that address business needs while fully respecting the rights and values of employees.
He is recognized as an authority on Ontario’s electricity system and with previous appointments to the Ontario Ministry of Energy Electricity Transition Committee and the Ontario Government Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force.
He is a member of the Order of Ontario and a recipient of The Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2015 was named as the Electricity Human Resources Canada Winner of the Award of Excellence for Leader of the Year.
Francois Poirier – Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development and Strategy and President, Mexico Natural Gas Pipelines and Energy
As Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development and Strategy and President, Mexico Natural Gas Pipelines and Energy, Mr. Poirier provides leadership in the development of TC Energy’s (formerly TransCanada) long-term strategy and all corporate development activities, as well as overseeing enterprise risk management across the corporation. He is also responsible for all aspects of TC Energy’s power generation, unregulated gas storage and Mexico gas businesses, including commercial, business development, project, regulatory and operating functions.
Before joining the former TransCanada, Mr. Poirier spent 25 years in investment banking, consulting and as a Corporate Director. He was President and Head, Investment Banking and Capital Markets, for Wells Fargo Securities Canada, Ltd. Prior to that, he was Group Head, Power and Pipelines Investment Banking, at J.P. Morgan Securities in New York.
From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Poirier served as an Independent Director of Capital Power Income LP. His community involvement has included serving as Chair of the North York Harvest Food Bank.
Mr. Poirier holds a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Operations Research from the University of Ottawa.
Mike Rencheck – President and Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Power
Michael W. Rencheck was appointed the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bruce Power starting Aug. 15, 2016.
Over the past 30+ years, Mike has served in a number of roles and most recently was the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for AREVA overseeing its extensive Global capital portfolio of nuclear and renewable projects. Prior to this, he served as President and CEO of AREVA Inc. in North America leading its diverse nuclear services business in Canada and the United States with a workforce of about 5,000 people.
Prior to joining AREVA, Mike was the Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer at American Electric Power (AEP). AEP is a major investor-owned electric utility in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states with 38,000 MWs of generation assets.
After joining AEP in 1998 as VP of Nuclear Engineering, Mike held various positions during his tenure, including Senior VP of Engineering, Projects and Field Services; Senior VP of Engineering, Technical and Environmental Services; and President of AEP ProServ, a wholly-owned engineering and field services subsidiary responsible for major power generation projects and outage management.
Before joining AEP, Mike worked for Florida Power Corporation serving as Director, Nuclear Engineering and Projects for Crystal River Nuclear Station. Earlier in his career, Mike worked at Public Service Electric & Gas Company Salem Nuclear Generating Station as Director of System Engineering and Duquesne Light Company’s Beaver Valley Power Station.
In 2014, Mike was recognized by the National Safety Council for his leadership demonstrating a personal commitment to worker safety and health as part of ‘CEO’s who get it.” He also has demonstrated a commitment to many organizations that make a difference in people’s lives including Habitat for Humanity and United Way. He is a Professional Engineer and certified senior reactor operator.
Annesley Wallace – Chief Pension Officer, OMERS
Annesley is Chief Pension Officer at OMERS, leading a team focused on delivering exceptional services to OMERS’ 500,000 pension plan members, and managing 1,000 employer and stakeholder relationships across Ontario.
In addition, Annesley is responsible for OMERS organization-wide communications strategy, issues management and global brand strategy. Prior to her current role, Annesley was Senior Vice-President, Pensions and Communications, and previously was a Managing Director at OMERS Infrastructure responsible for managing a portfolio of investments across energy, transportation and social infrastructure sectors to deliver long-term value for the OMERS pension fund.
Earlier in her career, Annesley worked for SNC-Lavalin in various roles, including managing mega projects across power, industrial, chemicals and petroleum and renewable energy sectors, coordinating strategy and marketing initiatives for SNC-Lavalin’s Global Power business units, and evaluating and executing on mergers and acquisitions.
Annesley holds a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) degree and a Master of Science (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) degree from Queen’s University, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University. She is also a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.
Mark Warner – Executive Consultant, WSC International, LLC
Mr. Warner is an Executive Consultant with WSC International, LLC, a consortium of leadership executives and senior managers with extensive experience in the nuclear power industry.
WSC International’s background and areas of expertise include major organizational redesign work, station recovery, plant management, operations, engineering, maintenance and work management/outage improvement. Mr. Warner joined WSC International in 2010 and has worked with Tokyo Electric Power Company, Bruce Power of Canada, Constellation Energy, American Electric Power, and the Salt River Project.
Prior to joining WSC International, Mr. Warner held executive leadership roles with PECO Energy, AmerGen, Exelon and FPL Energy over his 27-year career. Mr. Warner has held roles in regional and site operations, plant acquisitions and improving underperforming nuclear generation assets. Under his leadership, two of the facilities received the highest rating from the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, whose mission is to promote excellence in the operation of commercial nuclear power plants.
Mr. Warner is a member of the Nuclear Safety Task Force for Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). The task force consists of international members who advise the Nuclear Safety Oversight Office for the company on the Nuclear Reform Plan to recover the Nuclear Programs following the Fukushima accident.
Mr. Warner serves on the Board for The Borland Center for Performing Arts, and is the Executive Director for Palm Beach Community Church.
Mr. Warner holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Cum Laude from Villanova University, and a Senior Reactor Operator Certification from Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station. He completed the Advanced Management Program at the Fuqua School of Business and the INPO Senior Nuclear Plant Management Course.
Prior to his career in the Nuclear Power Industry, Mr. Warner served in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years.
Donald (Don) M. Wishart – Chairman of the Bruce Power Board, Executive Vice-President Operations and Major Projects, TC Energy (Ret.)
Mr. Wishart has more than 40 years of experience in the energy sector in the areas of business development, project management, operations and environmental services in both international and North American settings.
He joined the former TransCanada Corporation (now known as TC Energy) in 1997 and held the positions of Senior Vice-President, Project Development and Senior Vice-President, Field Operations. In 2004 he assumed the position of Executive Vice-President, Operations and Major Projects, a position he held until his retirement in 2013. As Executive Vice-President, Operations and Major Projects, Don was responsible for the full range of services required to design, build, operate and maintain all facilities and infrastructure at TransCanada (now known as TC Energy). These responsibilities included engineering and technical services, project management, construction, field operations, community, safety and environment, and procurement and shared services.
Mr. Wishart holds Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Alberta. He is also a certified member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Calgary Chapter Executive of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and participates in a number of public and private boards.
Steven Zucchet – Managing Director, OMERS
In his role as Managing Director at OMERS, Steven is responsible for originating and leading the pursuit of energy assets, primarily in North America.
He has deep expertise in the energy sector, and since joining OMERS in November 2003 he has led numerous transactions and had asset management responsibilities on Oncor Electric Delivery Company, MCV, Vento II and Bruce Power.
Prior to joining OMERS, Steven served as Chief Operating Officer at Enwave Energy, where he was responsible for overall operations and major infrastructure projects. Before that he worked with an international consulting firm primarily on transportation and energy-related projects.
Steven is a board member of Oncor, Bruce Power Inc., and CIEL. He has a BA (Mechanical Engineering) and M.Eng (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Toronto and is a Professional Engineer.