OUR LEADERS

Indy Butany-Desouza

Monthly Meeting Planning and Mentoring Subcommittees

As VP, Regulatory Affairs, Indy has over 16 years of experience in the electricity sector in varied positions including strategy, rates, regulatory affairs, government relations, privacy, compliance, strategic business development, energy-related application projects, asset management, corporate planning, and finance.

 

Indy now leads the Regulatory Affairs department for the newly formed Alectra Utilities. She is a primary strategist behind developing policy positions for emerging issues from the OEB, MoE, and IESO. Indy led the submission of a Merger, Amalgamation, Acquisition and Divestiture (MAADS) Application for Alectra’s merger, the largest electricity utility consolidation in Ontario’s history.

 

Indy led the development of evidence for application filings and defense, and provided evidence as an expert witness during proceedings. Indy has previously held senior roles at Horizon Utilities, Carbon Capital Management, Direct Energy and EPCOR. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Strategy from McMaster University.

 

Nicolle Butcher

Lunch and Learn and Mentoring Subcommittees

Nicolle has over 20 years of project experience across a wide range of projects including establishing a lease with British Energy for the Bruce Nuclear plant and development of the Portlands Energy Centre.  Nicolle currently is accountable for articulating OPG’s strategy and driving strategic initiatives aligned with the strategy.

Nicolle currently sits on the Board of Directors of Portlands. Nicolle holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Business Administration and is a Chartered Business Valuator. Nicolle earned a Certified Project Manager designation from Stanford University and has earned an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Aileen Gien

Communications Subcommittee

Aileen Gien is the General Counsel & Corporate Secretary to Capstone Infrastructure Corporation, a TSX-listed public company with a portfolio of power generation assets, including wind, solar, cogeneration, biomass and hydro.  Prior to joining Capstone, Aileen represented Infrastructure Ontario in the procurement and delivery of large infrastructure projects, including light rail transit, hospitals, information technology and roads.

 

Aileen has also worked as a lawyer at major law firms in Toronto and New York, representing developers and lenders in the development, construction, operation and financing of energy, healthcare, transportation and other infrastructure and natural resource projects across North America and Latin America.  Aileen has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from McGill University, a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School and a Parker School Certificate for Achievement in International and Comparative Law.

Reena Goyal

Lunch and Learn Subcommittee

Reena is a lawyer at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). At the IESO, Reena applies her expertise in energy law and regulation, including managing complex matters relating to electricity markets and long-term natural gas and renewable energy supply contracts.

 

Prior to joining the IESO, Reena was a litigation and dispute resolution lawyer for a number of years with two major national law firms, appearing before various provincial tribunals and all levels of court in Ontario. Reena has also completed her Master in Laws (LLM) in Energy and Infrastructure Law. Reena is a Steering Committee Members of WIECAN, a Board Member with Young Professionals in Energy and a member of the In-House Corporate Counsel Roundtable with the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Lynn Parsons

Communication, Event Planning and Montly Meeting Planning Subcommittees

Lynn is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault LLP's Financial Services Group in Toronto. Her primary area of practice is project finance. She regularly advises financial institutions as well as borrowers in the development of and financing of projects in the energy, infrastructure and mining sectors. In addition, Lynn is a member of her firm's opinion committee.

 

She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002 and is listed as a leading lawyer in the area of Project Finance in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.‎ Lynn is a member of WIECAN's steering committee and sits on WIECAN's event planning, meeting and communications sub-committees.

Ella Plotkin

Event Planning and Mentoring Subcommittees

Ella Plotkin is a partner at the law firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. Her practice focuses on banking and project finance transactions, project development and public private partnerships. Ella has considerable experience in energy and infrastructure development and finance as well as emerging markets project finance. Ella regularly advises lenders, developers and contractors on all aspects of projects and project finance in the infrastructure, energy, telecom and natural resource sectors.

 

Ella has been recognized by the "Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers", by Chambers, Who’s Who, IFLR’s "IFLR 1000" guide and by other publications as a leading lawyer in the area of project finance, and has been named by ROB/Lexpert in 2016 among Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers.

Beata Swist

Communication and Mentoring Subcommittees

Beata Swist is a Managing Director in the Infrastructure and Project Finance Group at National Bank Financial (NBF) with over 22 years track record in developing and closing project finance transactions around the world.

 

At NBF, Beata is responsible for origination and execution including advising clients on structuring infrastructure finance transaction (both debt and equity), raising capital (both as financial advisor and underwriter) and providing ongoing management of client relationships across a range of public and private sectors. Beata holds an Master of Business Administration degree from McGill University and is a Certified Financial Advisor charterholder.

Vickie Turnbull

Lunch and Learn and Mentoring Subcommittees

Vickie Turnbull is Managing Director and Co-Head of Canadian Infrastructure Finance Group at RBC Capital Markets, with a primary focus on structuring debt capital markets project financings and financial advisory for clients in Canada.  Vickie has been involved in the infrastructure and utilities sector since 1998 where her experience has ranged from project finance advisory, debt structuring (bond, bank and swaps), loan syndications and corporate debt structuring (bond, bank and swaps).  She has completed financings in both bank and bond markets for over 25 infrastructure and energy projects (60+ bid) over the last 20 years.

Suzanne Murphy

Event Planning and Monthly Meeting Planning Subcommittees

Suzanne Murphy is a partner in the Business Law Group in the Toronto office of McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Her practice is focused on private mergers and acquisitions, private corporate finance and general corporate matters, particularly in the power industry.  Suzanne regularly represents national and multinational corporations and venture capital investors. She has significant experience representing acquirers, investors and developers of a variety of power generation assets including natural gas, wind, solar, biomass and nuclear.  Suzanne is a member of the governing Board of Partners of McCarthy Tétrault LLP and a member of the Board of Directors of the McCarthy Tétrault Foundation.  Suzanne is listed in the current edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in the area of Energy (Electricity). 

Jennifer Manning

Mentoring Subcommittee

As General Counsel of NRStor Inc., a developer focused on accelerating the commercialization of renewable energy storage, Jennifer leads all legal, human resources and compliance-related matters. Her role spans a number of areas of the business, including leading the negotiation and drafting of key agreements, serving as Secretary on the Board of Directors and works with the business team to oversee the day-to-day operations of a project that provides frequency regulation service to Ontario’s electricity grid.

Linda Beairsto

Communication and Mentoring Subcommittees

Linda has over 20 years of multi-functional executive management and legal experience in complex for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in various industries including: power & utilities; energy; pharmaceutical; healthcare; automotive parts; manufacturing; packaging; food; chemicals; commercial real estate; project development and financial services. She earned her Chartered Director (C. Dir) designation from the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University.

Linda was former Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corporation, a $12 billion TSX and NYSE listed public company with operations in both Canada and United States.  Linda was a Finalist in two categories of the 2017 National Post & ZSA Recruitment awards: 2017 Canadian General Counsel of the Year; and 2017 Deal Making.

Brittany Keenan

Steering Committee, Lunch & Learn Committee

Brittany Keenan is an Associate Partner in the Assurance Services practice of EY with over 15 years of experience auditing leading national and multi-national companies in the power & utilities, oil & gas and mining industries. 

Brittany is a Chartered Professional Accountant (formerly CA) with expertise managing complex accounting matters relating to electricity and renewable energy markets, such as power purchase agreements, business combinations, asset retirement obligations, regulatory assets & liabilities and oil & gas reserves.

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