Board of Directors (Oakville Enterprises Corporation)

OEC's (Oakville Enterprises Corporation’s) Board of Directors is responsible for supervising the management of the corporation’s business and affairs. This includes assuming responsibility for the stewardship of the corporation in areas such as: strategic planning, risk identification and risk management, succession planning, communications policies and integration of the internal control and management information systems. The Board’s nine members are selected to provide the corporation with a breadth of knowledge in business (finance, legal, accounting, marketing), public policy and government relations, board operations, electricity services, risk management, labour relations, environmental issues and occupational health and safety.


 

David Brennan  |  Mayor Rob Burton  | David Pasieka  |  Helen Palmer  | Mike Russill
Lucy CasaciaSheryl Watson | Jane Allen | Jane Clohecy

 


 

brennan for web David Brennan, Chair, is a proven senior executive with extensive experience with boards and in legal and general management. As General Counsel or General Manager, he has been successful in combining legal and business knowledge with superior team building skills to generate significant bottom-line contribution and results. David is known as a strategic, pragmatic thinker with deep corporate and commercial acumen and an ability to drive profitable growth and stakeholder satisfaction. He is recognized for strong leadership and the vision to implement long and short term strategies, meeting both current and evolving business needs.

Over the last thirty years, David has held the SVP & General Counsel position at General Electric Canada and Ontario Power Generation. Under his leadership, these organizations successfully dealt with all legal and compliance matters and completed transactions and projects with values in excess of a billion dollars. As well, during this period, he held VP & General Manager/COO positions at GE Capital Canada and Miller Thomson LLP.

David’s board experience includes Genworth Canada, General Electric Canada and Transparency International Canada.

In addition to professional development at Harvard and Wharton business schools, David holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. David is also admitted to the Ontario and Alberta Bars.

 


 


Mayor BurtonMayorRobBurton won re-election to a fourth term as Oakville's Mayor in 2018. Working alongside Council and staff, he has focused on controlling growth, keeping debt and taxes low, protecting green space and the environment and developing more community facilities to meet the needs of the community.

Prior to running for public office, Mayor Burton was best known for starting YTV and had a successful career as a businessman, director and producer in journalism, film and television.

During his time in office, Mayor Burton has helped establish many groundbreaking initiatives that protect the built and natural environment in Halton and Oakville, as well as the community’s health, safety and wellbeing. These include the Oakville and Halton Natural Heritage Systems, the Town Energy Management Plan, the Health Protection Air Quality By-law, the official plans Livable Oakville and Sustainable Halton, the Emerald Ash Borer Management Program, as well as the Oakville Climate Change Adaptation Plan and the North Oakville Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan.

Mayor Burton co-founded and co-chairs the Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt. Environmental Defence Canada calls him the greenest mayor in Canada.

Mayor Burton is also a member of the Compact of Mayors and chair’s Halton Region’s Police Services Board and Health and Social Services Standing Committee, the Ontario Auto Mayors and the Canadian Nuclear Technology Mayors Association. He serves on the boards of Halton Healthcare Services, Halton Community Housing Corporation, Oakville Enterprises and the Oakville Downtown BIA. He is an avid supporter of local sports, arts and charitable organizations across Oakville.

 


 


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David Pasieka’s executive leadership experience spans many of Canada’s leading companies including Bell Canada, CNCP, UniTel, MetroNet, AT&T Canada, 724 Solutions and Algonquin Power and Utilities.  For the past ten years David has been employed by Algonquin Power & Utilities Corporation (TSX & NYSE listed) where he held executive roles as President, COO and recently CTO.  Under David’s leadership, the company acquired a portfolio of regulated Water, Natural Gas and Electrical distribution companies throughout North America.

Prior to joining Algonquin, David ran an independent consultancy and was engaged as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at the RIC-Centre and the MaRS Discovery District.  These not for profit organizations are focused on stimulating innovation to accelerate the creation of successful Canadian enterprises.  In his 2.5 years as an EIR, David advised over 240 early stage organizations with a focus on Clean Tech ventures.

Mr. Pasieka earned a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) from the University of Waterloo, Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Schulich School of Business – York University and his Chartered Director (CDir) designation from McMaster University.  David has sat on the board of several companies including Luxell Technologies, Oakville Hydro, IseeMedia and Liberty Utilities. He has also served as a member of the faculty of the McMaster Directors College & Not-For-Profit Governance Institute where he has lectured on director selection/evaluation, climate change and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

David and his wife Brenda have called Oakville home for the past 35 years where they reside with their two labs.  They are the proud parents of two grown children and two grandchildren.

 


 


Helen PalmerHelen Palmer has had a successful career spanning more than 40 years with a diversified and increasingly responsible background within the financial services industry.

Her experience includes having been the Chief Accountant for Manulife’s Reinsurance Division that operated a global retrocession business in the Life Retrocession, Structured reinsurance and P&C Catastrophe lines of business. She has also led their Global Investment Accounting Policy team responsible for implementing changes in IFRS and US Accounting Standards impacting invested assets or derivatives.

At Royal & SunAlliance Financial, the Canadian life insurance and segregated funds operations of RSA International, she was Vice President, Finance and Administration. Finance responsibilities included all internal and external reporting, accounting systems and processes, taxation, strategic planning and risk management. Additional management responsibilities included the Information Technology, Segregated Funds, Compliance, Customer Service and Human Resources areas.

She has been responsible for the accounting and implementation of many large complex transactions including mergers and acquisitions as well as divestitures.

Helen graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B.Math and has her professional accounting CPA/CMA designation. She currently serves on the Oakville Golf Club’s Board of Directors and is the Club’s Treasurer. She is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee of Amref Health Africa in Canada, a charitable organization that is the local arm of the largest international Non-Government Organization providing community based health care to over 30 countries in Africa. She has also served as a Director on the Board of the Life Insurers Council of Canada.

 


 

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Mike Russill was the founder and president of Russill and Company, an Executive Leadership Advisory Company assisting Leaders to develop as leaders and grow their enterprises. He has provided leadership coaching for more than 40 CEOs, GMs, and Executive Directors.

Mike acted as President and CEO of WWF Canada from 2004 to 2008. Under his leadership, WWF Canada increased its revenues by 90%, broadened its conservation reach into Climate Change and Freshwater and became the 7th largest country organization in the WWF International enterprise.

He served as Executive Chairman of Aadco Automotive, an environmentally focused automotive recycling company, and the first to receive Canada’s Eco logo.

Mike spent thirty-years in the private energy sector, with Shell Canada Inc., Petro-Canada Inc. and Suncor Inc. At Suncor he held several Vice-President assignments: Strategic Integration, Business Services (finance, HR and administration), and Retail.

He has served as a Director on a number of Boards including Nature Conservancy of Canada, CS Able Ltd. USA, Pioneer Petroleum Limited, UPI Petroleum. Mike is past Chairman of the Atlantic Petroleum Association, and the Ontario Region of the Canadian Petroleum Products Institute.

Mike served on the Dalhousie University School of Management Advisory Board and the Product Advisory Panel for Proctor and Gamble.

Mike currently sits on the Boards of Oakville Enterprises Corporation and Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc., and is the Chairman of the Human Resources Committee.

Mike serves on the Advisory Committee of ArtHouse, a children's charity providing free access to the Arts. He provides strategic facilitation for Not for Profit Enterprises embarking on a strategic plan. He volunteers as the Chair of the Governance Committee of the Oakville Golf Club.

Mike graduated from Ryerson in Business Administration and completed the Western Executive Program and the University of Michigan Human Resources Executive Program.

Mike is married to Karen and they have three grown children, and six grandchildren. His interests include spending time at the family cottage, hiking, kayaking, and golfing.


 

lcasaciaLucy Casacia is Vice President Smart Solutions for WSP Canada.  She is an established leader in the Smart Cities and connected infrastructure for industrial applications.  Ms. Casacia acts as a catalyst and driver for using the Internet of Things (IoT) and technology to create smarter buildings, transportation, factories and energy systems.  She is passionate about the strategic use of Urban Technologies to create better outcomes for people, resiliency, the planet, and our new generation of leaders.

Through her work with Fortune 100 (Siemens, Dofasco Steel, BHP Billiton Diamonds) and entrepreneurial companies, Lucy commits to sharing best practices, creating awareness and developing strategies to use data to improve quality of life through modeling, virtual reality and future forward scenario building.  Lucy provides leadership, program management, and business case development for intelligent infrastructure, digitization, CO2 mitigation strategies, resiliency, future ready systems for energy, transportation and building infrastructure.  She was instrumental to the first arctic wind farm for a remote diamond mine, Pan Am Games 2015 power distribution and building automation for Smart Infrastructure in the cities of Hamilton, Milton and Toronto, and has created strategies for cities, industry and developers in the areas of smart grid, building automation, CO2 mitigation and user apps.  She works nationally and partners with global teams based in London, UK and the USA. Lucy is a mentor and coach active with IEEE, Women in Leadership and is a graduate of McMaster University (B.Sc. Metallurgy and Materials Science) and the Schulich School of Business (York University Strategic Leadership Masters Certificate).

Lucy was elected to and served as a Director for Oakville Hydro from 2015 to mid-2016 and now serves as a Director of Oakville Enterprises Corporation since June 2016.

 


 


Sheryl Watson is a lawyer and business leader with decades of experience in delivering pragmatic legal and business advice, overseeing corporate governance and compliance, leading human resources teams and providing strategic leadership in the automotive industry.

Sheryl served for many years as General Counsel and Senior Vice President of ADESA Canada, the nation’s largest vehicle remarketer, where she pursued her passion for enhancing the fairness, integrity and transparency of the used vehicle marketplace. With her extensive experience in the labour and employment law area, Sheryl also served as Vice-President of Human Resources for the Canadian business units of KAR Auction Services [NYSE:KAR], which involved overseeing the people function for over 3,000 employees coast to coast.  Before joining ADESA, Sheryl practiced commercial litigation and employment law at the Toronto law firms of Oslers and Torys.

Sheryl previously served on Oakville Hydro’s Board of Directors as a Director and member of its Governance & Risk Committee from 2008 to 2011.

Sheryl earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology from York University, her juris doctorate from the University of Western Ontario and has been granted the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Sheryl enjoys designing and making jewellery, Pilates, baking artisan bread and cooking for family and friends.

 


 

Jane Allen (002)Jane Allen is an experienced Board Director, Management Consultant and utility executive. She has more than 35 years of experience in the energy industry, focused on growth strategy and operational performance improvement.

Jane spent 20 years at Deloitte, where she was the Partner in charge of the power and utilities practice and of the Global renewable energy practice. She worked with clients to bring innovative solutions to complex problems, including through the application of technology and analytics to improve decision-making. She was a member of Deloitte’s Management Committee and Board of Directors, and was also their Chief Diversity Officer, receiving several awards from Catalyst Canada, Women’s Executive Network, and Women of Influence.

After retiring from Deloitte, Jane joined a major power utility as Senior Vice-President of Strategy & Innovation, to drive growth in grid edge businesses.  She has served on multiple industry and community Boards, and currently serves on the Boards of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, Dillon Consulting, Coastal Cloud, and McMaster University.  Jane received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from McMaster University, the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School, and attended executive programs at the University of Toronto and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 



Jane Clohecy is the Chief Administrative Office (CAO) for the Town of Oakville. As CAO, Jane provides leadership for the organization, demonstrates a commitment to excellence in the administration and management of the town, and ensures town programs and services align with Council-approved policies and strategic directions.

Before her appointment as CAO, Jane served as Acting CAO. In this role, she successfully managed the town’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, providing the Mayor and Council with advice on the State of Emergency and the Recovery Program, while carrying out responsibilities required in the town’s Emergency Plan.

For 14 years, Jane served as the town’s Commissioner of Community Development, leading a team of over 100 professionals in the departments of planning, building, development engineering, engineering and construction, municipal enforcement and economic development. Under her leadership, the town successfully executed several initiatives, to transform policies, programs and strategies of the Town of Oakville. Most notably, Jane ensured an extensive community consultation program on many town processes and initiatives. She led a transformational process to establish, and successfully defend, the town’s new Official Plan – Livable Oakville, as well as a process to finalize a Downtown Transportation and Streetscape plan, the redevelopment of three former school sites and the former Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital site.

Her expertise also resulted in the positive conclusion of multiple outstanding Ontario Municipal Board appeals and the successful defense of the town’s position on the proposed TransCanada power plant.

A member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, Jane has her Masters Certificate in Public Management from the Schulich School of Business, and completed the Executive Program Fundamentals in Governance from Queens University.

Jane has over 30 years of municipal experience, previously working at Halton Region, the Town of Markham, the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, the City of Toronto and the former City of North York.