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.
As Executive 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.
As Senior Vice-President, Power and Storage, Mr. Hessen is accountable for all aspects of the company’s power generation and unregulated natural gas storage businesses including strategy, commercial, business development, projects and operations.
Before joining TC Energy in August 2020, Mr. Hessen was Senior Vice-President, Fuels, at Constellation, an Exelon Corporation, where he directed Constellation’s natural gas and LNG businesses as part of America’s third-largest trading deck. Previously, Mr. Hessen was Vice-President and Managing Director, Generation Development for Exelon Generation where he led the successful origination and development of more than $3 billion of new power assets, representing approximately three gigawatts of new wind, solar, combined cycle gas, peaking gas and stoarge power capacity. Prior to joining Exelon, he worked for Xcel Energy, serving in multiple leadership positions in nuclear operations/engineering, fossil-fueled generation, information systems, strategy and innovation programs.
Mr. Hessen served as a director for Longview Power, NetPower, and Annova LNG, and his civic leadership has included the boards of directors for the Balitmore Leadership School for Young Women, Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago, Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy in Baltimore, and president of the board of directors of The Rise School of Denver.
Mr. Hessen holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Marquette University. Mr. Hessen has held professional engineering licences in seven American states.
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 Vice-President of Nuclear Engineering, Mike held various positions during his tenure, including Senior Vice-President of Engineering, Projects and Field Services; Senior Vice-President 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 is Executive Vice President and Global Head of
Infrastructure for OMERS.
She has developed a highly successful track record as a creative and results-driven leader across various industries and roles in engineering, finance, pensions and infrastructure. Her current mandate includes the leadership, strategic direction and performance of the global OMERS Infrastructure team and portfolio.
Annesley joined the OMERS Infrastructure investment team in 2012 and played a leadership role in managing investments across energy, transportation and social infrastructure sectors to deliver long-term value for the OMERS pension fund. More recently, Annesley was the Chief Pension Officer, responsible for a team that provides all front-line service to OMERS 500,000 pension plan members and 1,000 employers across Ontario.
Annesley currently serves on the Boards of Bruce Power and the Toronto Region Board of Trade.
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 and a former recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.
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.
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.
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 at 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.
As Vice President, Bruce Power, Mr. Black is accountable for all aspects of TC Energy’s Bruce Power asset.
Before joining TC Energy, Mr. Black was the Chief Engineer at a consulting firm supplying services to the Canadian nuclear electric sector. Prior to this he was a long-time employee at Ontario Power Generation and the former Ontario Hydro where he held progressively more responsible positions in plant design, operations and major project delivery culminating as the Director of Station Engineering at the Pickering nuclear facility.
Mr. Black is a longtime supporter and active participant with the Canadian Standards Association in their development of nuclear standards. He is currently vice-chair of the CSA Nuclear Strategic Steering Committee which oversees nuclear facility standard development in Canada.
Mr. Black holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from Carleton University and is a licensed professional engineer in the Province of Ontario.