Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. Board Members

Bob Betts, P.Eng. — Chair

(Board member since 2011)

Bob Betts has been exposed to a wide variety of experiences in large and small business environments throughout his career, from very large multinationals like Shell, to smaller enterprises like his own mechanical contracting firm in Gravenhurst, which he owned and successfully operated for over 25 years.

He spent 12 years in municipal politics in the regional and local governments in Muskoka, most of that time as Mayor of Gravenhurst, providing him with the opportunity to also be a Director of the Gravenhurst Hydro Electric Utility.

In 2000, Bob chose to retire from municipal politics to become a Board Member of the Ontario Energy Board. During his term at the OEB, he presided over many cases involving electricity and gas utilities, as well as policy initiatives for the regulated energy sector in Ontario. He also acted as the Chair of the Board’s Rates Committee and the OEB representative on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Association of Members of Utility Tribunals (“CAMPUT”).

In 2006, he left the Ontario Energy Board, and re-entered the private sector as an Energy Regulation Consultant, and President and CEO of Regulatory Support Services providing regulatory advice to many energy clients including: Enbridge Gas Distribution, Hydro One Networks, Ontario Power Generation, the Canadian Gas Association, PowerStream Inc., Hydro Ottawa Ltd., Horizon Utilities Ltd. and others.

In 2014, he announced his retirement; limiting his activities to a very few energy related entities, including the Board of Newmarket-Tay Power.

Bob has received significant energy industry acknowledgement for his contributions, including Lifetime Membership Awards from CAMPUT and the Ontario Energy Association. He also maintains his professional status as a Mechanical Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Cristine Prattas, CPA, CA — Vice-Chair

(Board member since 2014)

Cristine has been a resident of Newmarket since 1990. She is a CPA, CA with experience in public accounting and a lengthy, successful career with Canadian Tire as a finance executive until her retirement in 2010. Her professional experience includes Enterprise Risk Management, financial governance, financial reporting, transaction processing, process improvement and Internal Audit. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Community and Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS) where she serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. Cristine also volunteers as a citizen member of the Town of Newmarket Audit Committee and Treasurer of the St. Andrew’s College Parents Guild.

Dave Charleson — Director

(Board member 2005-2007, 2017)

Dave has broad and varied experience within the energy industry through over 30 years with Enbridge Gas Distribution, where he is currently Vice President, Energy Supply and Customer Care. His career has seen him gain experience in the areas of energy supply, operations, IT, human resources, customer care, finance and regulatory matters. His more recent responsibilities have required an increased focus on strategy and governance. Through his 5 years as General Manager, Enbridge Gas New Brunswick, he gained full exposure to all aspects of the challenges and opportunities facing a regulated utility. In addition to his experience with Enbridge, Dave has previously served as member of the Board of Directors of Newmarket Hydro (2005-2007) as well as a number of not for profit Boards, including time as the Chair of Habitat for Humanity Fredericton Area Inc.

Brian Gabel

(Board member since 2019)

Brian is a chartered accountant/CPA by training. For most of his career Brian held executive roles in prominent energy and utility companies including Union Gas, British Columbia Transmission (BCTC), Hydro One and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA); holding functional responsibilities that included finance, treasury, regulatory affairs, marketing, sales, operations, human resources and business development. Brian was Chief Financial Officer at both BCTC and GTAA and was VP and Chief Regulatory Officer for Hydro One. From 2014 to 2016 Brian was Vice President Stakeholder Engagement, developing Board of Directors focused outreach and thought leadership activities for CPAB, Canada’s Audit Regulator.

Brian has had extensive experience working with and advising public company and not for profit boards and currently sits on the Board for Plexxus, a shared services organization for twenty hospitals in Toronto and the surrounding regions.

Brian has spoken on board and audit committee governance topics at several Institute of Corporate Directors events and CPA Canada Audit Committee conferences and has been a guest lecturer on several occasions at Osgoode Law School.

Ted Walker — Director

(Board member since 2018)

Ted Walker is a life-long resident of Tay and is serving his first term as Mayor of Tay Township.

Ted completed his Municipal Administration studies through Queen’s University and the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO).

Ted began his municipal career in the former Village of Victoria Harbour in 1975. He subsequently became Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the former Village of Port McNicoll from 1984 to 1992, Tay Township from 1992 to 2007, and Town of Midland from 2007 until his retirement in 2013.

Following retirement, Ted started a municipal consulting business and acted as interim CAO for Township of Georgian Bay and Town of Penetanguishene. Additionally, he facilitated the annual CAO appraisal process for Township of Georgian Bay, and in 2017, undertook a project for Township of Oro-Medonte developing their election plan for the 2018 municipal election.

Ted is a member of the Ontario Municipal Administrators’ Association and AMCTO. He enjoyed many years of minor league coaching in baseball and hockey in Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour and Midland.

Paul Ferguson, P.Eng. — Director

Paul Ferguson is an accomplished senior manager within the electric utility industry in Ontario. His professional experience spans 27 years. Currently a Director and President of Newmarket Hydro Ltd., Paul’s background also includes 12 years extensive experience with Ontario Hydro in senior positions in Operations and Protection and Control. In addition, he holds memberships in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Ontario Electrical League as well as the Electricity Distributors Association.

A registered professional engineer, he graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelors of Applied Sciences in electrical engineering. From 2003 to 2004, he served on the Board of Directors of Ontario’s Independent Electricity Market Operator. He is a past member of the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) Stakeholder Advisory Committee and the Ontario Energy Board’s (OEB) Chairs Advisory Roundtable.

As President of Newmarket – Tay Power Distribution Ltd., he is leading a mid-size distribution utility that is enjoying a position of financial and market competence since the inception of Ontario’s open electricity market.

John Taylor — Director

(Board member since 2018)

John was first elected as Regional Councillor in 2006. He is currently Mayor for the Town of Newmarket, representing the Town on both Town Council and York Region Council.

In addition to sitting on the Newmarket Economic Development Advisory Committee, John is the past Chair of the York Region Planning and Economic Development Committee. He currently chairs Housing York Inc. and is a member of the Human Services Planning Board (HSPB) of York Region and the York Region Rapid Transit Corporation.

Previously John worked for the Minister of Community and Social Services at Queen’s Park. He has worked in the field of education at the secondary and post-secondary levels. John also worked as an independent investment consultant and was a partner in a logistics and transportation company.

John was born and raised in Newmarket and attended high school locally. While attending Trent University, The University of Toronto, and The University of British Columbia, John earned bachelor degrees in English and Education, a Master’s degree in Canadian Studies, and a Ph.D. in Education.