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Board of Directors

Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc., as shareholder, appoints the Board of Directors for Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc.

The Board for Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. comprises five independent Directors and three representatives of the City of Guelph. Independent directors include: Jane Armstrong, Robert M. Bell, Marika Hare, Robert Huggard and George Mitges. City representatives include: Chief Administrative Officer, Derrick Thomson, Councillor Phil Allt and Councillor Mike Salisbury. Jane Armstrong is the Chair of the Board and Robert M. Bell serves as the Vice-Chair.

Corporate Officers are not members of the Board and consist of: Nicole Mailloux, Pankaj Sardana, and Seymour Trachimovsky. 

 Board Member  Profile

 Jane Armstrong

Jane Armstrong


Ms. Jane Armstrong is a life-long resident of Guelph and is a partner with the law firm of Vorvis Anderson Gray Armstrong LLP. She has practiced law since 1982 and she holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. Ms. Armstrong has served on the Boards of several community organizations, including the Downtown Board of Management and the Canadian Red Cross Society. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Guelph and served as its President in 2004-2005. Ms. Armstrong is a former member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Panel and a former Chair of the Guelph Police Services Board. In 2009, Ms. Armstrong received the Chartered Director designation from The Directors College, a joint venture of McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.

 Councillor Phil Allt

Phil Allt


Councillor Phil Allt was elected a member of Guelph City Council representing Ward 3 in 2014. He is a retired teacher of high school history, politics, and philosophy. He has served as Speaker and Parliamentary Authority to the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Council and as Treasurer for the Waterloo chapter of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation. As the former Chair of the Wellington and Guelph Housing Authority, he has extensive knowledge and experience with local affordable housing issues. Born and raised in Guelph, Councillor Allt has also served as the Treasurer of the Guelph Jazz Festival and a volunteer at Onward Willow Better Beginnings, Better Futures. He has been a contributor to the Guelph Mercury, Toronto Star, Waterloo Region Record, and several business and academic publications as well as to CFRU radio.

 Photo of Board member - Robert M. Bell

Robert M. Bell



Mr. Robert (Bob) Bell has more than 25 years of energy sector experience and is the Co-Founder and President of Applied Precision Inc., a North American leader in delivering optical 3-D metrology-based technology solutions. His previous board experience includes serving as a Director and Executive Committee Member of the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Sunnyside Children’s Foundation, and the Director of the Queen’s University Centre for Advanced Gas Combustion Technology. He has also been active in various industry associations including serving as Chair of the Standing Committee on Environment of the Canadian Gas Association and Chair of the Environment Committee of the Ontario Natural Gas Association. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and International Business from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Western University. He is a graduate of The Wharton School Executive Development Program. He has been an instructor at the Seneca College Centre for Advanced Technology and a guest lecturer at Queen’s University School of Business.


Photo of Marika HareMarika Hare


Ms. Marika Hare has more than 35 years of public and private sector experience in the energy sector. She possesses in-depth knowledge of the utility sector regulatory environment gained from working for the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) as a Managing Director for four years before serving as an OEB Board Member for five years. Prior to this, she held senior executive positions in the natural gas distribution industry. Ms. Hare has extensive experience in business development, strategic planning, environmental analysis and rate-setting, and knowledge of the policy issues that impact the energy sector. Her prior board experience includes serving on the Boards of the Peterborough Distribution Company and MicroSkills, a not-for-profit community based organization. She has chaired the Ontario Natural Gas Association Energy Market Committee, the Canadian Gas Association Environmental Standing Committee, the Ontario Natural Gas Association Environmental Committee and the Gas Technology Canada Environment Committee. Ms. Hare has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto and a Master of Environmental Studies from York University. 

Photo of Robert HuggardRobert J. Huggard


Mr. Robert (Bob) J. Huggard, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Energy Association, is a  recognized leader in the energy sector, with experience holding senior executive positions with Enbridge Inc., The Consumers Waterheater Income Fund and Direct Energy. Mr. Huggard served on the Board of Directors of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. from June 2011 to June 2014 and was reappointed to the Board in June, 2016. Other board experience includes servingon the boards of Crius Energy, ProAction Cops and Kids, SCITI Total Return Trust and The Consumers Waterheater Fund. Mr. Huggard has a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and an Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He received his icd.d designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2008.

George Mitges - Board MemberGeorge Mitges


Mr. George Mitges, a professional agrologist and President of the Niagara Branch of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists, acquired an in-depth understanding of Ontario’s electricity distribution sector while serving for eight years as an independent director on the Board of Niagara Peninsula Energy, Inc. He was the General Manager and an Ex-Officio Board Member of Vineland Growers’ Cooperative for five years and has also served on the Boards of the Albright Manor and Edelheim Apartments, The Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Waynesboro Hospital Corporation. Mr. Mitges has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario and is certified as a Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) from the Ontario Institute of Agrologists in Guelph.

Councillor Mike Salisbury

Mike Salisbury



Councillor Mike Salisbury was re-elected to Guelph City Council representing Ward 4 in 2014, having previously served as Ward 4 Councillor from 2006-2010. In his previous term on Council, he served as a member of the Audit Committee and the Community Development and Environmental Services Committee, and as Chair of the Guelph Transit Sub-committee and the Skate Park relocation committee. He also served as a member of the Grand River Conservation Authority Board and the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre Board of Trustees. An entrepreneur, he is the Principal of Earthartist Planning and Design, which specializes in the design of natural playgrounds and outdoor learning environments. Other ventures include bicycle repair and retail businesses, The Natural Burial Co-operative and Tribute Caskets, for which he appeared on CBC’s The Dragon’s Den. He has been an active volunteer with charities and non-government organizations including Childhope Foundation Canada, Charitable Media Productions, and Feedback Canada (Feed the Children). Most recently he was a founding board member for Chance to Play, which distributes soccer uniforms to communities in Africa, Central America, the Asia Pacific Region as well as Canadian communities. Councillor Salisbury is currently pursuing a Master’s in Planning at the University of Guelph. He holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph and is a fully licensed OALA Landscape Architect.

Derrick Thomson - Board MemberDerrick Thomson



Mr. Derrick Thomson, the City of Guelph’s Chief Administrative Officer, has more than 35 years of experience in municipal public service. He joined the City in September 2013 as Executive Director of Community and Social Services and assumed additional responsibilities for operations, transit, and emergency services in 2014.


Prior to joining the City of Guelph, Mr. Thomson served as Chief Administrative Officer of the Township of West Lincoln and held a variety of senior management roles at the City of Brampton. Mr. Thomson has served as Second Vice-President of the Ontario Municipal Administrators Association; a member of the Strategic Programming Committee for the YMCA of Greater Niagara; and as Treasurer of the Municipal Internal Auditors Association of Ontario. He holds a Masters Certificate in Municipal Administration and a Diploma in Recreation.

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