2020 Canadian Chapter Speaker Bios

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Mary Anne Aldred, CEO and General Counsel, Ontario Energy Board

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Mary Anne Aldred was appointed Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel in November 2017.

Mary Anne is a seasoned lawyer with over 25 years of experience in the energy sector. She is responsible for leading all aspects of the organization’s corporate operations and provides legal counsel, policy advice, leadership and guidance on government relations, administrative law and civil litigation. Mary Anne joined the OEB as General Counsel in 2006 and in 2015 she was also appointed Vice President of Strategic Policy and assumed the additional responsibilities of strategic policy development and overseeing the establishment of the Registrar’s office.

Prior to joining the OEB, Mary Anne was a lawyer and regulatory affairs advisor for over 12 years with Hydro One and the former Ontario Hydro where she held the roles of Assistant General Counsel, Senior Legal Counsel and Director, Transmission Regulation. Mary Anne obtained her Law degree at the University of Western Ontario and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1986.

 

Paul Allen, Executive Director, Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board

Allen,_PaulPaul originally joined the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board - then the Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities - in 1987 as Board Administrator.  He has served as Executive Director since April 2003.  Before that he was employed with Ernst & Young as an insolvency practitioner and consultant for approximately six years and involved in a family business for approximately 10 years.

Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Accounting) from Saint Mary’s University and was granted his Chartered Accountant designation in 1984.  He is a member of CPA Nova Scotia, CPA Canada, the Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals, and is a past Treasurer of CAMPUT.

In addition to his full-time work, Paul was actively involved as a Logistics Officer in the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve for 27 years, retiring in the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.  He is a graduate of the Militia Command and Staff College and the Joint Reserve Command and Staff College.  Paul is a recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD1), the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, and Army Commander’s Commendation.

Paul continues to actively work with local charities.

 

The Honorable Carmen Cintron, Chief Administrative Law Judge, FERC

Cintron_CarmenJudge Carmen A. Cintron was appointed to the FERC in December 1999. Prior to joining the FERC Judge Cintron was Hearing Office Chief of the Atlanta North Office of Hearings and Appeals, Social Security Administration. As Hearing Office Chief, Judge Cintron was the chief management official responsible for the operations of a hearing office comprised of nine Administrative Law Judges, two Senior Administrative Law Judges and a support staff of fifty employees (attorneys, paralegals and technicians). She became an Administrative Law Judge in April 1994 appointed to the San Jose, California Hearing Office with the Social Security Administration. Judge Cintron was an attorney at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for 14 years. For 12 of those years she served in the FCC’s Common Carrier Bureau. Judge Cintron also worked as a Trial Attorney for the Puerto Rico Justice Department in the Federal Litigation Division. In addition, she worked in the Puerto Rico House of Representatives as Legal Advisor to the Judiciary Committee on Civil Law.

Judge Cintron has a bachelor's degree in business administration, magna cum laude and a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Puerto Rico. She was the recipient of the Resumil Award for the highest cumulative average in criminal law. While in law school, she was an intern in the U.S. Attorney's office in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She also worked in the Clerk's office in the U.S. Federal District Court for Puerto Rico implementing the Speedy Trial Act for both the Puerto Rico and Saint Thomas Federal District Courts. Judge Cintron is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the U.S. Ct. of Appeals for D.C. and the U.S. Supreme Court.

In April 2014, she was appointed to serve a two-year term as a volunteer arbitrator for the DC Bar Attorney Client Arbitration Board Fee Arbitration Service. She served two terms as a Hearing Committee member and subsequently as a Board member from 2009-2012 of the Board on Professional Responsibility of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. She served as the Mount Vernon representative to the Fairfax County Commission on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation. Previously she served as an officer of the D.C. Hispanic Bar Association.

 

Alex Foord, Vice President, Information and Technology Services, Ontario IESO

Foord,_AlexAlex Foord is Chief Information Officer and Vice President, Information and Technology Services. Alex’s responsibilities include accountability for IESO’s information technology solutions, strategies, and leading the IESO’s enterprise-wide cybersecurity management program. He ensures oversight of the Smart Metering Entity which is responsible for all operation of the province’s Metering Data Management/ Repository, allowing for time-of-use billing in Ontario.

Alex has over 25 years of experience in a wide array of IT disciplines. Most recently Alex was Vice President, Information Technology at BGIS, a Brookfield company. He has also held senior roles including leadership positions at Loblaw Companies Limited and EDULINX Canada Ltd.

Alex attended York University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

 

Peter Gurnham, QC, Chair, Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board

Gurnham,_PeterPeter was appointed as a Member of the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board on June 5, 2003 and then as Chair on October 23, 2004. 

Peter holds bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Law from Dalhousie University in Halifax and was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 1998.  Prior to his appointment to the Board, he practiced law for 27 years with a regional Atlantic Canada law firm (Cox & Palmer), where he specialized in administrative and regulatory law, and was managing partner for nine years.  He also had an active municipal and planning law practice.  He is a Past Chair of CAMPUT: Canada’s Energy and Utility Regulators.  He is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars and is former Co-Chair of the annual Energy Regulation Course sponsored by CAMPUT at Queens University. 

Peter has been active in many community and charitable groups and is a recipient of several awards in recognition of service to community.

 

Gordon KaiserCanadian Chapter President, Energy Bar Association, Managing Director, Energy Arbitration Chambers

Joseph T. Kelliher, Executive Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, NextEra Energy Inc.; Former Chair, FERC

Louis LegaultDirecteur des Services, Juridiques, Régie de l'énergie

Legault,_LouisMr. Legault was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1988.  He has had an extensive general litigation practice, including property damage as well as personal injury claims, administrative law (labour law, injunctions, evocations), collection, theft of service, commercial law and finally, regulatory work within Hydro-Québec’s legal department, of which he was head of litigation from 2001 to 2003.  Since 2008, Mr. Legault has been with the Régie de l’énergie as Commission Counsel and was appointed General Counsel of the Régie in October of 2012.

Mr. Legault is also a member of the Barreau du Québec’s Disciplinary Committee, past-chair of Canada's Energy and Utility Regulators (CAMPUT), member of Québec’s Municipal Commission’s  Independent Committee charged with establishing the list of ethics Advisors in Municipal matters, member of the Barreau de Montréal’s Liaison Committee with the Régie de l’énergie and finally, vice-president of the Canadian Chapter of the Energy Bar Association.

 

Christine Long, Registrar, Ontario Energy Board

David Morton, Chair, British Columbia Utilities Commission

Morton,_DavidDavid was appointed Chair and CEO of the BCUC in December 2015. David’s responsibility is to deliver on the Vision of the BCUC – to be a trusted and respected regulator that contributes to the well‐being and long‐term interests of British Columbians. In addition, to being the Chair and CEO, he is also a Commissioner - a role he has had since 2010. He considers this to be a key part of his leadership role. As a result, he continues to participate, usually as the Panel Chair, in a number of key proceedings. A significant proceeding that he recently led is the Site C Inquiry - the largest proceeding ever undertaken by the BCUC.

David also has over 25 years of experience as a consultant in the information technology sector. He is a Professional Engineer in British Columbia, has a Licentiate in Accounting from the Society of Management Accountants Canada, is certified with the ICD.D designation in 2013 by the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto. David also serves as director for the Arts Club Theatre Company, and as President of the West Vancouver Community Arts Council.

 

Sanjay Mullick, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Mullick,_SanjaySanjay J. Mullick is a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, DC.  Mr. Mullick advises companies, sponsors and investors on export controls and economic sanctions risk assessment in conjunction with investments, offerings and mergers and acquisitions.  He also conducts internal investigations, handles voluntary self-disclosures, and designs and implements trade controls compliance programs.  Mr. Mullick has represented U.S. companies and foreign governments in trade remedy proceedings, including antidumping and countervailing duty investigations and suspension agreements before the Department of Commerce, the International Trade Commission and the Court of International Trade. He has advised companies and governments in international arbitration and litigation, including dispute resolution proceedings under the investment provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and bilateral investment treaties (BITs), administered under the rules of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the United Nations Committee on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

 

Carolyn Dahl Rees, Chair, Alberta Utilities Commission

Rees,_CarolynCarolyn Dahl Rees was appointed chair of the AUC on June 24, 2020 after rejoining the Commission as a member in late March of the same year.

Ms. Dahl Rees was the AUC's first acting chair immediately after it was established in 2008, and served as a member and as vice-chair from 2008 to 2012. She has chaired or served on Commission panels adjudicating some of the AUC's most complex applications, in all areas of the AUC's regulatory mandate.

Ms. Dahl Rees received a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Toronto after completing a bachelor's degree in English at Houston, Texas's Rice University and a master's degree in medieval studies at the University of Toronto.

Ms. Dahl Rees rejoined the AUC from TransAlta Corporation, where she had served in several senior legal roles at various times, including special legal counsel, managing director for legal and compliance, vice-president of regulatory and compliance, and general counsel. She was also a member of the Calgary Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, serving twice as its first vice-chair.

Before being first appointed to the AUC, Ms. Dahl Rees was an acting member and member of the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, an acting member of the Natural Resources Conservation Board, and the former chair of an independent review panel for the Alberta Beverage Container Management Board.

Ms. Dahl Rees has experience drafting legislation and regulations, and helped to prepare the Alberta Electric Utilities Act, the first rules for the Power Pool of Alberta, contracts setting up the restructured Alberta electric system, and the structure of Alberta's first transmission administrator. In the late '90s, Ms. Dahl Rees played a role in the development of the legislative amendments and power purchase arrangements used to deregulate Alberta's utility generating units. She is active in the Calgary community through Calgary Opera.

 

Laura Schepis, Senior Director, National Security, Edison Electric Institute

Schepis,_LauraLaura Marshall Schepis is Senior Director, National Security for the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). She leads EEI’s participation in and support of the Electricity Sub-sector Coordinating Council (ESCC). After passage of the 2005 Energy Policy Act put new mandatory standards in place for many energy companies, she created the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) legislative grid security practice, fostered creation of the electric utility grid security coalition, and helped standup the initial ESCC.

Across 19 years of federal and state advocacy, she has directed lobbying efforts on telecommunications, appropriations, commodity trading, natural gas regulation, energy efficiency and renewable energy standards. She also designed and led significant political campaigns on climate change, solar energy and retail competition and ran one of the largest national energy Political Action Committees. Laura is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and practiced civil and criminal law in Georgia before relocating to Washington. D.C. in 2000.

 

John A. Terry, Partner, Torys

Terry,_JohnJohn’s civil litigation practice focuses on public, business and international trade and investment law. He has appeared as counsel at all levels of court in Ontario, at the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, before the Supreme Court of Canada, in commercial and investment arbitrations and before a variety of administrative tribunals.

John regularly provides advice to corporations and federal, provincial and municipal governments on NAFTA and WTO matters. He has acted for and advised major Canadian and multinational corporations in respect of investor–state arbitrations under Chapter 11 of the NAFTA.

John also has a significant practice in Indigenous matters, with extensive experience in Indigenous negotiations and on advising project developers and lenders on issues respecting the duty to consult with First Nations. He also regularly advises natural resource and energy companies on corporate social responsibility issues.

 

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