City of Burlington, Burlington Hydro Electric, announce joint project and new board chair  

December 16, 2013 - The City of Burlington and Burlington Hydro Electric Inc. (BHEI)have announced the appointment of Archie Bennett as Director and Chair of the Burlington Hydro Electric Board following the resignation of Charles Keizer. 

Keizer, a partner and co-head of Torys’ Infrastructure and Energy Practice, resigned as Burlington Hydro Electric Board Chair to provide legal services on behalf of Burlington Electricity Services Inc. and Burlington Hydro Electric Inc. in partnership with  the City of Burlington.

“As lead counsel on a number of generation and transmission projects, Charles has provided solid strategic advice and has a strong understanding of project development,” said City Manager Jeff Fielding. “On behalf of the city, BESI and Burlington Hydro Electric, Charles will lead the charge in finding efficiencies and cost-saving opportunities that will help benefit rate and tax payers.” 

In addition to Bennett, a former BHEI Board Director and Chair, the BHEI Board also includes Darla Youldon, a former executive at John Deere & Co.; City Manager Jeff Fielding; Phil Nanavati, VP at FENGATE Capital Management; Don Dalicandro, CEO of Azertech Inc.; John Maheu, Association of Ontario Road Supervisors; and Mayor Rick Goldring.

 “We’re very pleased that Charles Keizer will put his extensive industry experience into play as he undertakes the task to assess potential service delivery opportunities between the City of Burlington and Burlington Hydro Electric,” said Gerry Smallegange, President and CEO, Burlington Hydro Electric Inc.   “In the interim, and until further notice, Archie Bennett has agreed to step in as Chair of the company, providing his very capable and experienced leadership on the BHEI Board.”