David Brennan is a proven senior executive with extensive background 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 twenty years, David has held the executive General Counsel position at General Electric Canada and Ontario Power Generation where he led legal teams in excess of 40 people. Under his leadership, these teams have 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 General Manager/COO positions at GE Capital Canada and Miller Thomson where he had P&L responsibility including marketing, HR, IT, finance, operations, customer service and collections.
David’s areas of legal expertise include financial services, energy, first nations/metis, infrastructure, employment, and mergers and acquisitions.
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 Rob Burton has been a Board member of OEC since 2006.
Mayor Burton won re-election to a second term as Oakville's Mayor in 2010 in a landslide win that gave him a strong mandate to continue to control growth, debt and taxes, protect green space and the environment, catch up on Oakville's needs for community facilities, and create in Oakville Canada's most livable town.
Prior to running for public office, Mayor Burton had a successful career as a businessman, director and producer in journalism, film and television. He is best known for starting YTV.
During his time as Mayor, several ground breaking initiatives that protect Halton and Oakville's ability to control the built and natural environment and the health, safety and finances of the community have been implemented. These include the Oakville and Halton Natural Heritage Systems (2007/10), performance-based program budgeting or PB2 (2007), the Private Tree Protection By-law (2008), the Town Energy Management Plan (2009), the Health Protection Air Quality By-law (2010), and the new official plans Livable Oakville (2009) and Sustainable Halton (2010).
Mayor Burton co-founded and co-chairs the Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt. Environmental Defence Canada calls him the greenest mayor in Canada. His 1971 Masters of Science degree thesis at Columbia University statistically linked the effects of air pollution on illness and pre-mature death.
Mayor Burton also serves on the boards of Halton Healthcare Services, Halton Children's Aid Society, Halton Community Housing Corporation, Halton Regional Police Services, and Tree Canada. He avidly supports Oakville's sports, arts and culture groups and charities.
Ray Green is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Oakville. A 30-year veteran with the Town, Mr. Green has held a number of senior positions prior to his role as CAO, including Commissioner of Infrastructure and Transportation Services, Commissioner of Community Services, Director of Public Works and Assistant Director, Operations. Mr.Green is a Professional Engineer with a B.A.Sc., (Civil Engineering), from the University of Toronto.
Cliff Inskip is an independent management consultant who advises government and large corporate clients on corporate and project financing matters. He retired at the end of 2014 from CIBC where he led the Canadian infrastructure advisory and bond underwriting business. Cliff has advised developers on multi-billion dollar projects in the power, energy and pipeline sectors and has also advised numerous electricity distribution utilities on financing related matters.
Cliff is a Chartered Director who serves on several boards including the board of OMERS Administration Corporation and previously served on the board of CIBC Bank Plc. He has appeared as an expert witness before the National Energy Board and the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance. He is a frequent conference speaker on infrastructure financing and public private partnerships.
Cliff graduated from UBC with a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering and an MBA and also attended an International Banking Summer School program at Cambridge University. He is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario and was designated a TopGun Banker by Brendan Wood International, awarded to the highest achievers in the investment banking industry.
John Mitchell currently serves on the Board of the OEC and is Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee and is also a member of the Human Resources Committee and the Advisory and Nominating Committee.
He also serves on the Board of the Canadian Depository for Securities Ltd. and is a member of the Risk and Audit Committee, and the Governance Committee. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Oakville Community Foundation and is a member of their Investment Committee.
Mr. Mitchell is a seasoned financial professional with many years of experience in major companies. Recent experience includes responsibility as Senior Vice-President, Finance of the Bank of Nova Scotia for the financial management, reporting and control of the Bank’s worldwide operations. More recent responsibility was as President and Chief Executive Officer of the off-shore reinsurance and treasury operations of Scotiabank located in Barbados.
He was a Director of the main international holding company of Scotiabank based in Nassau Bahamas, and also a Director of five Barbados subsidiary companies of the ENCANA group from Canada covering a wide variety of their worldwide interests managed from Barbados.
Mr. Mitchell has served in Canada on a variety of Boards, including the major operating subsidiaries of Scotiabank in Canada covering mortgages, leasing, trust and insurance companies. He also served two terms as a member of the Departmental Audit Committee of the Canadian Government Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development located in Ottawa.
Mr. Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a Chartered Accountant (Canada, England and Wales, and South Africa). He was awarded a Fellowship of the Institute in 2001 – FCA and FCPA (Canada).
Mike Russill joined WWF-Canada as President and CEO in 2004. Under his leadership WWF Canada increased its revenues by nearly 90% and has broadened its conservation reach into Climate Change and Freshwater. 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. Mike served as Executive Chairman of Aadco Automotive, an environmentally focused automotive recycling company, and the first to receive Canada's Eco logo. 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.
He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the School Of Management at Dalhousie University, Green living Enterprises and Sustainable Prosperity. Mike is a frequent speaker on Business and Sustainability. He 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. His interests include spending time at the family cottage, hiking, kayaking, canoeing and golfing.
Jim Westlake Retired bank executive with more than 35 years in the financial services industry, most recently as Group Head, International Banking and Insurance, Royal Bank of Canada and a member of the bank's Group Executive one of nine executives responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC.
Before joining RBC in January 1995, Mr. Westlake spent 19 years with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, most recently as vice-president and chief operating officer of Canadian operations.
Mr. Westlake has a long history of service to community and charitable organizations including hospitals, universities and children's associations. Activities of note include serving as Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and General Campaign Chair of the United Way of Peel Region. Mr. Westlake was the recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee medal for community service.
He is also on the boards of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Insurance Society.
Born in Kingston, Ontario, Mr. Westlake graduated with a diploma in business administration from Loyalist College in Belleville and a Master of Business Administration degree from Queen's University.
Lucy Casacia As the VP Cities and Infrastructure Projects, Ms. Casacia is responsible for all related activities for Siemens in Canada related to Smart Cities, Intelligent Infrastructure and Sustainable city solutions. Specifically, she is responsible for providing support and strategic advice to city mayors, managers, councillors, administration and other key stakeholders regarding the development of infrastructure solutions towards prosperity and sustainability based on Siemens’ experience around the globe.
Ms. Casacia has extensive experience in the areas of engineering, construction management and commissioning of capital expansion projects. She is a graduate of McMaster University and has a Masters Certificate in Strategic Leadership from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. 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.