Stakeholder Advisory Councils

ESA regularly consults with our safety partners. Gaining their insight and advice helps us anticipate and understand electrical-related harm. Their comments make our plans and campaigns better as we work together to reduce serious and fatal injury, damage and loss.

Our partners help us deliver a safer Ontario. They include the public; local distribution companies; electrical contractors; engineers; and manufacturers. They provide feedback through six stakeholder advisory councils:

  • five advise ESA management
  • one advises ESA’s Regulatory Affairs Committee

The councils help advise ESA on electrical safety initiatives and help advance our safety goals and objectives. Sometimes, we address specific projects or issues through ad-hoc committees or working groups. The Ontario Provincial Code Committee and the Cross-Sector Advisory Council are chaired by ESA management; all other committees vote in a council member as Chair.

Council members commit to a three-year term, and attend four to five meetings each year.

Stakeholder Engagement Principles guide these councils.

Consumer Advisory Council

Council members advise on emerging electrical-related issues that may affect the Ontario public. The council recommends ways to advance consumer awareness and identifies areas that may need research.

Read more about the role of this council and its members.

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Rod Skinkle (Chair)

Sandy Manners (Vice-Chair)

Larry Allison

Julia Budahazy

Sunaina Menezes

Tammie Orifa

Contractor Advisory Council

This council advises ESA on how to improve contractor-related services. It makes recommendations to enhance strategies and policies. It also helps build a collaborative approach that reinforces existing partnerships and builds new relationships within the industry.

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Joe Kurpe (Chair)

Dave Ackison

Clint Attard

Shawn Blacklock

Ryan Delisle

Mark Hopkins

Tony Minna

Larry Pearson

Larry Shaver

Rob Sloan

Robert Smith

Dan Williams

Cross-Sector Advisory Council 

This council has representatives from all of ESA’s stakeholder groups. They help us identify safety issues and trends that may affect electrical safety. Members help guide our policies, procedures and services.

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Joe Kurpe

Ysni Semsedini

Rod Skinkle

ECRA Advisory Council

This council gets feedback from Licensed Electrical Contractors, municipalities and the public. Discussions relate to licensing, exams, registration and certification in Ontario. The council advises ESA’s Regulatory Affairs Committee.

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Joe Kurpe (Chair)

Sean Bell (Vice Chair)

Larry Allison

Steve DelGuidice

Leo Grellette

Cameron Hann

Debra Mattina

Brian Smith

Larry Shaver

Catherine Taylor

Ontario Provincial Code Committee

Members of this council include inspectors, electrical contracting companies and general interest groups. It provides recommendations and comment on new proposals or revisions to the Electrical Safety Code.

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Ted Olechna, ESA (Chair)

Malcolm Brown

Barry Buchanan

George Chelvanayagam

Kathi Farmer

Mel Fruitman

Vladimir Gagachev

Phil Lasek

Martin Lem

Chris Magnusson

Pierre McDonald

Peter Olders

Tim Pope

Eerik Randsalu

Dave Sinclair

Robert Smith

Utility Advisory Council

The Utility Advisory Council helps identify, monitor and reduce electrical safety incidents and fatalities related to Electrical Distribution Safety System. Members also make recommendations on new proposals or revisions to the Electrical Safety Distribution Regulation and guideline.

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Greg Sheil (Chair)

Darren Desrosiers (Vice Chair)

Arthur Berdichevsky

Jim Butler

Stephen Cain

Greig Cameron

Dean Dunn

John Flagello

Ajay Garg

Jeff Graham

Dan Guatto

Mark Humphries

Douglas Lapp

Eric Lucier

Sandy Manners

Tony Pereira

Kyle Smith

Hani Taki

Jenn Vatour

Gaye-Donna Young

For more detailed information on the councils:

Read about why and how we ask for your advice in our stakeholder engagement principles

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