Board of Directors, Officers & Executives

ESA’s Board of Directors handles corporate governance and regulatory oversight, and guides the organization’s strategy. The Board and management focus on using leading practices to do so. Among its key responsibilities, the Board:

  • approves ESA’s strategic plan, business plan and budget. It also oversees the integrity of ESA's reported financial performance;
  • oversees the appointment, development and monitoring of senior management and their succession planning;
  • monitors the strategic environment and ensures appropriate enterprise risk management;
  • monitors external communications and stakeholder relationships; and
  • monitors the integrity of the organization’s internal control and management information systems.

Twelve members make up the ESA Board of Directors, based on a set of established qualifications. Board members reflect the public; electricity distributors; electrical contractors; and engineering, manufacturing and other industries. Board members may serve up to three consecutive terms.

Each Board member has signed and agreed to abide by a Directors Code of Conduct and also takes part in a program to stay abreast of best practices. This covers corporate due diligence reporting, Director responsibilities, governance, and investment and pension management.

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Board of Directors
ESA Officers
FY2021 Committee Meetings
ESA Executive Management Team


ESA Board of Directors

Christopher Hopper

Christopher Hopper, B.A., MBA

Chair, Electrical Safety Authority

President and CEO, Complete Electrical Services Inc. and KLQ Mechanical Ltd.; Director, VentureLink Fund; Vice Chair, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation; Trustee, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Previously: Venturelink, Director; President and CEO, Northern Home Services Ltd.; Governor, CI Investments Inc.

Mary Anne Aldred:

Mary Anne Aldred

Strategic Advisor; Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Previously: Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Ontario Energy Board; Regulatory Affairs Advisor, Hydro One

Arjan Arenja

Arjan Arenja, P.Eng., MBA

President, Spectrum Business Development Inc; Director and Chair, Governance and Nomination Committee, Professional Engineers Ontario; Director; Chair of Finance, Risk and Audit Committee, Engineers Canada; and Board Member, Palette Skills

Previously: Senior Manager, Bruce Power; Sr. Manager, Royal Group Technologies Inc.; Manager, Trow Consulting Engineers (renamed EXP in 2011); Director and Co-Chair of the Board of Telecare Direct

Rhonda Barnet

Rhonda Barnet, BSc, C.Dir.

President and COO, AVIT Manufacturing (formerly Steelworks Design); Director, Canada's Industry Strategy Council; Director, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen); Chair of the Board, Advanced Manufacturing Economic Strategy Table; Co-founder and Director, FemSTEAMPtbo; Director, Palette; Strategic Advisor, Health Canada – “Covid-19 workplace testing, screening and data.”

Previously: Past Chair, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME); VP Finance, AVIT Manufacturing (formerly Steelworks Design)

Indrani Butany

Indrani Butany, MBA, BSc(HONS)

Currently: President and CEO, Elexicon Energy Inc.

Previously: Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Privacy Officer, Alectra Utilities Corporation; Vice-President, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Horizon Utilities Corporation

Frank D'Andrea

Frank D’Andrea, CPA, CA, AOP

Vice President, Reliability Standards and Chief Regulatory Officer, Hydro One; Member, Canadian Electricity Association’s (CEA) National Emerging Issues Committee; Electricity Distributors Association (EDA) Regulatory Council

Audrey Kroon Lowther

Audrey Kroon Lowther, BscSC

Owner, KROON Electric Corp., RW Electric and La corporation d'électricité KROON inc.; Director Electrical Contractors Association - Ottawa, IAPA (Incident Accident Prevention Association) Certified

Previously: Member of the Ottawa Construction Safety Group Committee

Dale MacDonald

Dale MacDonald, ME

General Manager, Honey Electric Ltd.; Chairman, Ontario Electrical League.

Previously: Board Member, Ontario College of Trades, Interprovincial Red Seal program; President, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Canadian Mental Health Association.

Daniel Péloquin

Daniel Péloquin, B.ENG.

CEO, Daniel Péloquin Consultant. Director, Spark Power; Director, Vizimax; Director, Systemex Energies

Previously: President, Schneider Electric Canada; CEO, Global Coil Business Segment, Trench Canada/Siemens; Director, ElectroFederation Canada (EFC)

Ysni Semsedini

Ysni Semsedini, P.ENG., MBA 

President & CEO, Newmarket – Tay Power Distribution Ltd.; Past Chair, Electricity Distributors Association; Director, The MEARIE Group; Director, Ontario One Call; Director, Saturn Power

Previously: CEO Festival Hydro Inc, President & CEO Rhyzome Networks

Jeanette Southwood

Jeanette M. Southwood, FCAE, FEC, LL.D. (honoris causa), P.Eng.

Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Strategic Partnerships, Engineers Canada; Board Member, TD Insurance Advisory Board on Climate Change; Board of Advisors, Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto; National Representative for Canada, Women in Engineering Committee, World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) 

Previously: Global Sustainable Cities Leader, Canadian Urban Development & Infrastructure Sector Leader, and Principal, Golder Associates (now WSP); Official Canadian Delegation, United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 2023

Vivi White

Vivi White, BA (HONS)

Regional Vice President with the Royal Bank of Canada; Markham’s Centre Campus External Advisory Committee

Previously: Chair of the Board of Directors for Mississauga Board of Trade; Public Member of the College of Nurses


ESA Officers

Josie Erzetic

Josie Erzetic, BJ (HONS). LL.B, ICD.D

President and Chief Executive Officer

Emily Larose

Emily Larose, BA (HONS), JD

Vice President, Regulatory and General Counsel, Electrical Safety Authority

Sandra Montague

Sandra MontagueB.A., CPA, CGA, C.Dir.

Chief Financial Officer, Electrical Safety Authority.

David Rinaldo

David Rinaldo, BASc (Mech Eng), LLB

Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Electrical Safety Authority



Audit and Investment Committee

The Audit and Investment Committee supports oversight responsibilities regarding audit, finance, investment, information technology, and financial risk management. The committee manages on behalf of ESA the relationship with external auditors and also reviews discussion and analysis of ESA’s annual corporate and pension audited financial statements. This committee also oversees ESA’s internal financial structure, reporting, financial risk management systems. The committee is responsible for oversight of assets, establishing and overseeing a prudent investment management approach, review of investment policies, Pension Plan liabilities and ensures compliance with the Pension Benefits Act and the Income Tax Act.

Chair:  Christopher Hopper

Members:  Annette Bergeron, Arjan Arenja, Daniel Péloquin, Rhonda Barnet, Ysni Semsedini and Vivi White

People and Culture & Governance Committee 

People and Culture & Governance Committee provides oversight responsibilities and risk management regarding human resources, compensation, pension strategy and corporate governance. This committee oversees human resources strategy on behalf of ESA, and the Members review succession planning (corporate and Board), performance assessment, development requirements and compensation philosophy and structure. The Committee also is responsible for monitoring and making recommendations regarding corporate governance, board practices, succession planning and board evaluations. Its role is to ensure the adequacy and effectiveness of systems implemented to ensure compliance with established corporate governance, and human resources legislation, policies, and procedures. 

Chair:  Arjan Arenja

Members:  Annette Bergeron, Dale MacDonald, Rhonda Barnet and Ysni Semsedini

Regulatory Affairs Committee

Regulatory Affairs Committee supports oversight responsibilities and risk management regarding public safety, and external relations. This committee ensures ESA is effectively meeting its regulatory obligations, responsibilities and public safety mandate. This includes ensuring alignment with ESA’s administration of designated legislation and associated regulations, harm reduction objectives, monitoring development and use of policies, procedures and guidance documents and external relations and stakeholder relationship management.  

Chair:  Vivi White 

Members:  Annette Bergeron, Christopher Hopper, Dale MacDonald and Daniel Péloquin

FY2023 Committee Meetings

April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023

Audit & Investment Committee

5 meetings

Regulatory Affairs Committee

4 meetings

People and Culture & Governance Committee

4 meetings

ESA Executive Management Team

Josie Erzetic

Josie Erzetic

President and Chief Executive Officer

Kalyan Chakravarthy

Kalyan Chakravarthy

Chief Information Officer

Eric Kingston

Eric Kingston

Vice-President, Operations

Emily Larose

Emily Larose

Vice President, Regulatory and General Counsel

Sandra Montague

Sandra Montague

Chief Financial Officer

Tanya Mushynski

Tanya Mushynski

Vice President, People and Culture

Karen Ras

Karen Ras

Vice President, Communications, Strategy and Innovation