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 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 corporate clients on financing related matters. He has 30 years experience in investment banking, corporate banking and capital markets in Canada and the UK. He previously led the Canadian infrastructure advisory and bond underwriting business for CIBC. Cliff has advised developers on major projects in the power, energy and pipeline sectors and has assisted numerous electricity distribution utilities to access the capital markets.
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 World Markets Plc. He has appeared as an expert witness before the National Energy Board and the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance and 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 also attended an International Banking Summer School program at Cambridge University. He is a CFA charterholder, a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute and a member of Professional Engineers Ontario.
Helen 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 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.
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.
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.