Spark Power Corp’s Advisory Board is comprised of the following distinguished members who guide the Company and Senior Management on strategic initiatives, operational imperatives, provide mentorship and access to their valued networks.
The Honourable Mr. Howard I. Wetston, Q.C.
Mr. Wetston is a respected public servant and a distinguished lawyer, jurist, regulator and executive. He is one of Canada’s most prominent leaders in administrative law and regulation with deep expertise in securities, energy, competition and other regulated industries. He was the Chair & CEO of the Ontario Securities Commission from 2010 to 2015, was the Chair & CEO of the Ontario Energy Board from 2003 to 2010, and was a Vice-Chair of the OSC from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Wetston was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2016 and is a retired trial judge of the Federal Court of Canada and ex-officio judge of its Appeal Division.
Larry D. Taylor, CPA, CMA, CMC
Mr. Taylor is the President of Taylor Made Solutions based in Toronto and is a CEO Group Leader for CEO Global Network also based in Toronto. Mr. Taylor is an experienced CEO with a strong track record of leadership in growing financial services and professional services firms. As a former Managing Partner at Ernst & Young, Mr. Taylor also has broad management consulting experience assisting various multinational and regional companies transform their organizations. In addition, Mr. Taylor is an experienced investor working with private equity firms, public and private companies to identify, acquire and combine companies to create superior shareholder value. He also services as Board Chair for the Green Energy Co-op of Ontario.
Kurt A. Strobele
Mr. Strobele is chairman of the Hatch Group of Companies. Kurt has been with Hatch since 1973, when he joined the firm after receiving his Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Mr. Strobele has 43 years of experience in metallurgical plant design, process consulting and project and construction management, and as a leader of scale-ups for innovative processes and technologies around the world. Mr. Strobele has held several senior positions within Hatch, including, President and CEO, Vice-President, Engineering; Managing Director, Industrial Minerals; and Managing Director, Light Metals. In his different roles, Mr. Strobele has worked on many international assignments and had overseas postings in Australia and South Africa.
After joining Progressive Waste Solutions’ (“Progressive”) inaugural leadership team in 2000, Joe was an integral part of the company’s growth and success over the following fifteen years. The Company’s revenues grew from C$130 million to C$2.6 billion through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions, with the Canadian business exceeding C$800 million in revenues and delivering the highest margins in the industry. Progressive had over 7,000 employees at the end of 2015. He retired in January 2016 as President and Chief Executive Officer following the US$4.8 billion reverse-merger announcement with Waste Connections Inc. The transaction creates a company with proforma revenues of US$4 billion and market capitalization of more than US$11 billion.
Joe was a key architect in establishing the corporate office, finance team and reporting process, as well as developing and executing Progressive’s 2014 strategic plan incorporating various new initiatives. In 2002, Joe assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer when the company went public as an income trust, and he led a transformative deal which tripled the company’s size to enter the U.S. market in 2005. Joe transitioned to an operating role in 2005 and remained active in the Company’s conversion out of the income trust structure in 2008, as well as Progressive’s listing on the NYSE in 2009. Joe was appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2012.
Mr. Peloquin is the CEO and Managing Partner at DPC (Daniel Péloquin Consultant). He has been involved in the manufacturing and exporting of products and services serving the electrical Transmission and Distribution (T&D) industry and End Users on international markets for close to 35 years. Daniel’s background includes extensive executive leadership in general management, engineering, sales, marketing and operations. He is currently a Board member of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), and a member of its Finance, Audit & Risk Management Committee. He has recently been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Canadian National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
Mr. Dizy is the Managing Director of the Advanced Energy Centre at the MaRS Discovery District.Under his leadership, the Centre is helping the energy system adopt innovation more quickly and capture new opportunities afforded by new technologies.
Mr. Dizy was previously the President and CEO of ENBALA Power Networks. Based on his well-respected perspective on the smart grid, he was recruited to the executive committee of the board for the Ontario Energy Association and the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid. He was also elected chair of the Corporate Partners Committee of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum.
Mr. Dizy’s entire career has been focused on bringing new technologies to evolving markets, including spending nearly ten years as a venture capitalist (both as a direct investor and as a pension fund manager), co-founding a company specializing in artificial intelligence and gathering experience in major consulting firms.
Mr. Morrison is an Independent Director. He was most recently the Senior Managing Director and Executive Vice President, Asset Management and Operations for OMERS Private Markets, which consists of OMERS Private Equity and Borealis Infrastructure.
Prior to OMERS, Don was Senior Vice President, and member of the Senior Management / Investment Committees at Working Ventures Canadian Fund, where he also led the Portfolio Management Group. He also spent several years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Corporate Finance focusing on restructurings and turnarounds.
Don’s board experience includes current membership on the Corporate Boards/Advisory Boards of Give & Go Prepared Foods Inc., BCR Environmental Corporation, Mount Pleasant Group and CBRE Caledon Capital Management as well as past service on over 20 boards, ranging from early stage technology companies to large retailer/manufacturers.