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To Own or Not to Own: Ownership and Governance Issues for Municipally-Owned Electricity Distribution Utilities

The Council for Clean and Reliable Energy and the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre presented a conference on ownership and governance issues in the municipal electricity distribution utility sector.

Officers and directors of municipally-owned electricity utilities have to operate under a unique, and uniquely challenging, complex set of governance pressures. The conference borough together leading industry, academic and legal experts to explore those pressures, and the ways in which they can be managed to the benefit of the utilities, their shareholders and their stakeholders.

This conference provided municipalities and their LDCs with the opportunity to consider critical governance issues with industry and academic experts.

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GLEN WRIGHT, Chair, Council for Clean & Reliable Energy
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ROBERT WARREN, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP
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GUY HOLBURN, PhD, Suncor Chair in Energy Policy, Director, Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario
To Own or Not to Own: Ownership and Governance Issues for Municipally-Owned Electricity Distribution Utilities
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks
    • Glen Wright, Chair, Council for Clean & Reliable Energy
    • Policy Context and Issues - David McFadden, Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson
  • Panel One: Governance of Municipal Electric Utilities
    Legal, Fiduciary, and regulatory obligations of the officers and directors of LDCs to the municipality, LDC and ratepayers; and, best practices in utility governance.
  • Panel Two: Deciding Whether to Own, Merge or Sell
    Commercial, financial and stakeholder considerations of alternative LDC municipal ownership options.
  • Panel Three: Practical Perspectives on Governance and Ownership Issues
    Balancing commercial, political and regulatory pressures in municipal LDC ownership, strategy and operations.
    • Speakers:
      • Mayor Rob Burton, Town of Oakville
      • Glen King, CFO, FortisOntario Inc.
      • Governance of Wholly Owned Utilities - Dennis Nolan, EVP Corporate Services and Secretary, PowerStream Holdings Inc.

Event Sponsors

Ivey Business School Energy Policy and Management Centre Power Workers' Union WierFoulds LLP

CCRE Partners

Richard Ivey School of Business - The University of Western Ontario WISE - Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo Power Workers' Union