President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Smallegange sets a standard of leadership that is exemplified through his actions and his ability to play to the strengths of his management team and Board. It is a standard rooted in trusted service and unwavering commitment to serve the needs of Burlington Hydro’s customers and the community.
As President and CEO, he is accountable for the holding company Burlington Enterprises Corporation, and its affiliates Burlington Hydro Inc. and Burlington Electricity Services Inc., a position he has held since 2009./p>
Gerry is a Board Member and Past Chair at Plug N’Drive Ontario and Conservation Halton. He has an engineering degree from the University of Waterloo, holds the nationally recognized designation of a Chartered Director, is a professional engineer in the Province of Ontario, and has his MBA from Athabasca University.
and Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Blackwell has over 15 years of experience in management roles in the electricity sector including Alectra Utilities, the former Horizon Utilities, and Oakville Hydro. She has been actively involved in several rate applications as well as the merger process to form Alectra Utilities. Her prior work experience includes several years in the consumer-packaged goods industry.
In her role she has oversight of the Finance, Billing, Regulatory Affairs, Supply Chain and Capital Planning departments. She serves as a Board Member of the Utilities Standards Forum and Links2Care, and is a member of the Electricity Distributors Association’s (EDA) Regulatory Affairs Council.
Ms. Blackwell is a Chartered Director (C.Dir), a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University.
Executive VP Corporate,
and Chief People Officer (CPO)
Jennifer Smith is an accomplished senior executive with over 20 years of Electrical Distribution Industry experience and 15 years at the senior leadership level. She is responsible for overseeing key areas of business, including Strategy, Governance, Human Resources, Stakeholder and Customer Relations, Health and Safety, and Corporate Communications
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Jennifer is an active volunteer in the Electrical and Business Community. She has served as a Board Director with the Burlington Chamber of Commerce as Past Chair and is a current member of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Jennifer also Chairs the GridSmartCity Cooperative Human Resources Committee and has participated in various Electricity Human Resources Canada’s steering committees.
She has earned a Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation through the Directors College at the Degroote School of Business, McMaster University, and is a Master of Business Administration Candidate with a focus on Digital Transformation from the same institution. She also holds the designation of a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).
VP Engineering & Network Operations
Mr. Heeg has spent over 30 years in the electricity distribution industry. He has a wealth of technical and managerial experience in the Engineering and Operations areas.
In his role, he has oversight of the safe operation and maintenance of the overall distribution system. He is a dedicated leader with a commitment to workplace safety and ongoing development of his team.
Mr. Heeg is a Registered Journeyperson Meter Technician and holds an Energy Systems Engineering Technologist diploma from Mohawk College. He is a member of the Electricity Distributors Association’s (EDA) Operations and Engineering, and Electrification Councils.