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Chief Executive Officer Pankaj Sardana

Pankaj Sardana

Chief Executive Officer


Mr. Sardana has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector with the past 15 years spent working at the executive level.  He gained his energy sector experience with the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Consumers Gas (now Enbridge Gas Distribution), Ontario Hydro, Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), Toronto Hydro Corporation and Ontario Power Generation. Mr. Sardana has in-depth knowledge of finance and treasury operations, accounting, regulatory affairs, commodity trading, load forecasting and other aspects of the electricity distribution business. He has a Master's degree in Economics and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. 

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Dan Amyot

Director of Information Systems

Mr. Amyot is responsible for Information Systems at Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. Dan was hired by Guelph Hydro in 1993 in the mapping department and over the past 20 years Dan has been promoted through the Geographical Information System (GIS) Department and now the Information Systems Department to his current position in 2009. He has led the development of Guelph Hydro's GIS and, in this role, positioned Guelph Hydro to attain ESRI Canada's Innovation Award in the field of GIS. Dan is an active member of the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance looking at best practices with regard to underground infrastructure damage prevention and has also been featured in several GIS news articles. Dan holds a Mechanical Engineering Technician diploma from Canadore College, an Executive Leadership Development Certificate from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and a Masters Certificate in the Energy Sector from York University. 

Director of Regulatory Affairs Cristina Birceanu

Cristina Birceanu 

Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs, Customer Care and Billing

Mrs. Birceanu has more than 25 years of electrical utility experience acquired in Europe and Canada.  As Guelph Hydro's Vice-President of Regulatory Affairs, Customer Care and Billing, she oversees all facets of pricing, credit, customer service and billing at Guelph Hydro, as well as ensuring the organization is in compliance with all regulatory requirements as mandated by the Ontario Energy Board and the Independent Electricity System Operator. She has been a member of the Electricity Distributors Association Regulatory Council since 2004. She holds a Master Certificate in Energy Sector Leadership from the Schulich School of Business at York University, a Bachelor's Degree in Electric Engineering from the Technical University of Bucharest, Romania, and a Bachelor's Degree in Business, Management, and Marketing - International Economic Affairs from the Academy of Economics in Bucharest, Romania.

Interim Director of Operations Paul Drone

Paul Drone

Acting Director of Operations

Mr. Drone has 25 years’ experience working in both the power line trade and management.  As Guelph Hydro’s Acting Director of Operations, Mr. Drone is responsible for all matters of operations including line crews, electrical maintainers, and supervision of Guelph Hydro’s transformer stations. A certified Red Seal Powerline Technician, Mr. Drone has been involved in many different aspects of the electricity sector throughout his career, including working as part of a crew restoring power following the 1998 Ice Storm which affected Eastern Ontario and Quebec, and serving as the Unit Chair for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) for nine years. 


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Michael Koktan

Director of Finance / Controller

Mr. Koktan is a Chartered Professional Accountant in Ontario. Prior to joining Guelph Hydro in 2004, he worked for 10 years as an Auditor for KPMG and served  as the Associate Director of Finance for St. Lawrence College.  He holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and has successfully completed the Controllership Program of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

Portrait of Nicole Mailloux, Vice President Human ResourcesNicole Mailloux

Vice-President of Human Resources

Ms. Mailloux is a senior human resources professional with in-depth experience in all facets of human resources, including compensation, labour relations, and human resources strategy. Ms. Mailloux has extensive experience in the Ontario energy sector. Her first career was in the field of biological research with Ontario Hydro's Research Division, and she spearheaded Guelph Hydro's Conservation and Demand Management programs in 2005 and 2006. She is a core member of the Electricity Distributors Association Human Resources Council and its Advisory Committee, and is on the Leadership Council of the Guelph | Wellington Local Immigration Partnership. She is on the Board of Michael House and volunteers for other local charities. She has been designated as Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certified (HRCCC)) and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP). She also has an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph.

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Sandy Manners

Director of Corporate Communications

Ms. Manners is an award-winning senior communications professional with extensive experience in the energy and utilities sector. Past roles include Director, Corporate Communications for Horizon Utilities Corporation and Manager, Strategic Communications and Public Relations for Siemens Power Generation. She currently represents the electric utility sector on the Electrical Safety Authority's Consumer Advisory Council and serves on Ontario's Green Button Pilot Project Working Group and the Power Providers Working Group on Electric Vehicles. Ms. Manners has taught Issues and Crisis Communications Planning at McMaster University, is a past-Chair of the Communicators Council of the Electricity Distributors Association and served as a delegate at the Trans Atlantic Urban Climate Dialogue in 2011/2012. Ms. Manners has a Bachelor of Arts from Waterloo University, a certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Toronto, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Public Relations Society.



Photo of Seymour TrachimovskySeymour Trachimovsky

Corporate Secretary

Mr. Trachimovsky brings to Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. several years of experience following a 25-year career as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of DuPont Canada Inc. and a five-year sojourn as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Zenon Environmental Inc. In these roles and previous positions, Mr. Trachimovsky managed patent and other intellectual property portfolios, oversaw mergers, divestitures and acquisitions, and managed significant patent and product liability litigation. He implemented significant governance reforms at DuPont Canada when it was publicly traded as well as at Zenon. During the mid-nineties, he served on the Canadian Bar Association Task Force on Civil Justice. Mr. Trachimovsky has served on the Board of the Canadian Forum for Access to Civil Justice and the Board of the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy. He is a graduate of McGill University with degrees in common law (LL.B) and chemical engineering (B.Eng). He is also a graduate of Schulich School of Business (MBA) with major in accounting and finance and of Osgoode Hall (LLM, tax policy).
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Erik Veneman

Vice-President, Innovation and Growth

Mr. Veneman has 20 years of experience working in a management capacity at four different Ontario local distribution companies (LDCs) including engineering, stations, control room, and lines construction and maintenance.  Mr. Veneman is a graduate of McMaster University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.  More recent certifications include Project Management Professional and designated Master Electrician.  Throughout his career, ensuring safety compliance, maintaining great employee relations, implementing new regulation, continuously improving processes, and emergency planning have all been key areas of accomplishment.  Areas of focus related to innovation and growth include special projects in power system automation, renewable power plant operation and, more recently, successful shared service offerings with other LDCs.

 Portrait of Matt Weninger, Director of Conservation and Demand Management

Matt Weninger

Vice-President, Metering and Conservation

Mr. Weninger has 30 years of experience in the electric utility sector with Guelph Hydro.  A graduate of the University of Waterloo, he has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 1990.  Mr. Weninger is currently responsible for metering, field operations technology including supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), and the development and delivery of Guelph Hydro’s very successful Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) portfolio.  Mr. Weninger has been involved other areas of the utility business such as "smart grid" planning, regulatory affairs and roadway lighting and serves on various industry committees and working groups.

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Michael Wittemund

Vice-President, Engineering and Operations

Mr. Wittemund is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario and has worked in electrical utility engineering at Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. since 2003. A graduate of the Ryerson University, Mr. Wittemund is responsible for oversight of Guelph Hydro's Engineering and Operations departments, including distribution design, system planning, development servicing, protection and control, and all operations functions.
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