Board of Directors (Oakville Enterprises Corporation)

OEC's (Oakville Enterprises Corporation’s) Board of Directors is responsible for supervising the management of the corporation’s business and affairs. This includes assuming responsibility for the stewardship of the corporation in areas such as: strategic planning, risk identification and risk management, succession planning, communications policies and integration of the internal control and management information systems. The Board’s nine members are selected to provide the corporation with a breadth of knowledge in business (finance, legal, accounting, marketing), public policy and government relations, board operations, electricity services, risk management, labour relations, environmental issues and occupational health and safety.

brennan for web David Brennan, Chair, is a proven senior executive with extensive experience with boards and 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 thirty years, David has held the SVP & General Counsel position at General Electric Canada and Ontario Power Generation. Under his leadership, these organizations 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 VP & General Manager/COO positions at GE Capital Canada and Miller Thomson LLP.


David’s board experience includes Genworth Canada, General Electric Canada and Transparency International Canada.


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 BurtonMayorRobBurton won re-election to a fourth term as Oakville's Mayor in 2018. Working alongside Council and staff, he has focused on controlling growth, keeping debt and taxes low, protecting green space and the environment and developing more community facilities to meet the needs of the community.


Prior to running for public office, Mayor Burton was best known for starting YTV and had a successful career as a businessman, director and producer in journalism, film and television.


During his time in office, Mayor Burton has helped establish many groundbreaking initiatives that protect the built and natural environment in Halton and Oakville, as well as the community’s health, safety and wellbeing. These include the Oakville and Halton Natural Heritage Systems, the Town Energy Management Plan, the Health Protection Air Quality By-law, the official plans Livable Oakville and Sustainable Halton, the Emerald Ash Borer Management Program, as well as the Oakville Climate Change Adaptation Plan and the North Oakville Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan.


Mayor Burton co-founded and co-chairs the Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt. Environmental Defence Canada calls him the greenest mayor in Canada.


Mayor Burton is also a member of the Compact of Mayors and chair’s Halton Region’s Police Services Board and Health and Social Services Standing Committee, the Ontario Auto Mayors and the Canadian Nuclear Technology Mayors Association. He serves on the boards of Halton Healthcare Services, Halton Community Housing Corporation, Oakville Enterprises and the Oakville Downtown BIA. He is an avid supporter of local sports, arts and charitable organizations across Oakville.

corporateprofile_boardofdirectors_rgreenRay 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.


IMG_1811Cliff Inskip is an independent management consultant who advises government and corporate clients on project development and financing related matters. He has over 30 years’ experience in investment banking, corporate banking and capital markets in Canada and the UK. Prior to his retirement from CIBC, he was Managing Director and Head of the Bank's Canadian infrastructure advisory and bond underwriting business. Cliff has advised developers and owners on many major projects including in the power and energy sectors.  He has also assisted many electricity distribution utilities to access the capital markets.


Cliff is a Chartered Director (C.Dir.) who serves on several boards including the boards of OMERS Administration Corporation and JCM Power Corporation and he previously served on the board of CIBC World Markets plc. He also serves as Chair of the Board of Kerr Street Mission. Cliff has appeared as an expert witness before the National Energy Board, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Commercial List and the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance. He has spoken at numerous conferences on infrastructure financing and public private partnerships.


Cliff graduated from UBC with a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering and an MBA and has also attended summer school programs at Harvard and Cambridge Universities. He holds Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designations and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI), a Fellow of Corporate Treasurers UK (FCT) and a member of Professional Engineers Ontario (P.Eng).

Helen PalmerHelen Palmer has had a successful career spanning more than 40 years with a diversified and increasingly responsible background within the financial services industry.


Her experience includes having been the Chief Accountant for Manulife’s Reinsurance Division that operated a global retrocession business in the Life Retrocession, Structured reinsurance and P&C Catastrophe lines of business. She has also led their Global Investment Accounting Policy team responsible for implementing changes in IFRS and US Accounting Standards impacting invested assets or derivatives.


At Royal & SunAlliance Financial, the Canadian life insurance and segregated funds operations of RSA International, she was Vice President, Finance and Administration. Finance responsibilities included all internal and external reporting, accounting systems and processes, taxation, strategic planning and risk management. Additional management responsibilities included the Information Technology, Segregated Funds, Compliance, Customer Service and Human Resources areas.


She has been responsible for the accounting and implementation of many large complex transactions including mergers and acquisitions as well as divestitures.


Helen graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B.Math and has her professional accounting CPA/CMA designation. She currently serves on the Oakville Golf Club’s Board of Directors and is the Club’s Treasurer. She is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee of Amref Health Africa in Canada, a charitable organization that is the local arm of the largest international Non-Government Organization providing community based health care to over 30 countries in Africa. She has also served as a Director on the Board of the Life Insurers Council of Canada.


Mike Russill joined WWF-Canada as President and corporateprofile_boardofdirectors_mrussillCEO 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.

lcasaciaLucy Casacia is Vice President Smart Solutions for WSP Canada.  She is an established leader in the Smart Cities and connected infrastructure for industrial applications.  Ms. Casacia acts as a catalyst and driver for using the Internet of Things (IoT) and technology to create smarter buildings, transportation, factories and energy systems.  She is passionate about the strategic use of Urban Technologies to create better outcomes for people, resiliency, the planet, and our new generation of leaders.


Through her work with Fortune 100 (Siemens, Dofasco Steel, BHP Billiton Diamonds) and entrepreneurial companies, Lucy commits to sharing best practices, creating awareness and developing strategies to use data to improve quality of life through modeling, virtual reality and future forward scenario building.  Lucy provides leadership, program management, and business case development for intelligent infrastructure, digitization, CO2 mitigation strategies, resiliency, future ready systems for energy, transportation and building infrastructure.  She was instrumental to the first arctic wind farm for a remote diamond mine, Pan Am Games 2015 power distribution and building automation for Smart Infrastructure in the cities of Hamilton, Milton and Toronto, and has created strategies for cities, industry and developers in the areas of smart grid, building automation, CO2 mitigation and user apps.  She works nationally and partners with global teams based in London, UK and the USA. Lucy is a mentor and coach active with IEEE, Women in Leadership and is a graduate of McMaster University (B.Sc. Metallurgy and Materials Science) and the Schulich School of Business (York University Strategic Leadership Masters Certificate).


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.

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Sheryl Watson is General Counsel and Senior Vice President of ADESA Canada, TradeRev and AutoVIN. Sheryl oversees the legal affairs of ADESA in Canada, AutoVIN and TradeRev in both the United States and Canada, and labour law matters for all Canadian business units of KAR Auction Services [NYSE:KAR].


Sheryl previously served on Oakville Hydro’s Board of Directors as a Director and member of its Governance & Risk Committee from 2008 to 2011. An active member of the National Auto Auction Association, she served as chair of the NAAA Canadian Committee from 2006 to 2009 where she led an initiative to standardize the Association’s Canadian disclosure standards. Sheryl has also served on advisory committees to the Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan governments regarding the regulation of motor vehicle dealers and currently serves on the stakeholders’ committee of the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council. She also led the Legislation Committee for the Canadian branch of the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance from 2014 to 2017.


Prior to joining ADESA in 1999, Sheryl practiced commercial litigation and employment law at the Toronto law firms of Oslers and Torys.


Sheryl earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology from York University, her juris doctorate from the University of Western Ontario and has been granted the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Jane Allen (002)Jane Allen is an experienced Board Director, Management Consultant and utility executive. She has more than 35 years of experience in the energy industry, focused on growth strategy and operational performance improvement.

Jane spent 20 years at Deloitte, where she was the Partner in charge of the power and utilities practice and of the Global renewable energy practice. She worked with clients to bring innovative solutions to complex problems, including through the application of technology and analytics to improve decision-making. She was a member of Deloitte’s Management Committee and Board of Directors, and was also their Chief Diversity Officer, receiving several awards from Catalyst Canada, Women’s Executive Network, and Women of Influence.

After retiring from Deloitte, Jane joined a major power utility as Senior Vice-President of Strategy & Innovation, to develop their growth plans. She has served on multiple industry and community Boards, and currently serves on the Boards of McMaster University and the Ontario Centres of Excellence, an organization that supports commercialization of new technologies. Jane received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from McMaster University, and attended executive programs at the University of Toronto Rotman School of Business and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.