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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.

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Michael W. Rencheck

Chair

President & CEO, Bruce Power
With over 35 years of domestic and international power industry experience (including over 20 years as a senior company officer, president, CEO and board member), Mike Rencheck  has demonstrated history of leadership and producing excellent results in utilities, engineering / construction and services industries.
 
He is a forward thinking leader with demonstrated ability to articulate a vision, align the workforce, set high standards, maintain accountability and deliver results.

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James (Jim) Phillips

Vice-Chair

Good Governance Representative

Jim Phillips is a CPA and Chartered Director. He was appointed to the OMERS AC Board in 2009 and has served as the Chairs of their Audit and Governance Committees. He currently serves as Chair of two corporate Boards in the Energy sector and on two Boards in the Post Secondary Education sector including Wilfrid Laurier University Board of Governors.

During his career Jim had the opportunity to work in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He currently practices as a consultant in the fields of Board Governance and Capital Project Fundraising. He was born in Chesley, resides in Kitchener and has a family cottage in Saugeen Shores.

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Lisa Aitken

Member

Director, Marketing, Cameco Corporation

Lisa Aitken is responsible for developing and implementing supply strategies for Cameco’s suite of nuclear fuel products and reactor components both domestically and globally. She also leads the Saskatoon-based team of marketing managers and analysts in support of Cameco’s global marketing activities.

 

Lisa has over 20 years of Canadian and international experience in marketing, strategy, business development and product management in the nuclear fuel, industrial manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and MBA from the University of Saskatchewan and the ICD.D designation in corporate governance from the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors. Lisa is an active board member with the Nuclear Innovation Institute (Canada) and the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP).

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Spencer Fox

Member

President,  E.S. Fox Ltd.

Spencer Fox is the President of E.S. Fox Limited which was established in 1934 by his grandfather. E.S. Fox is recognized as a preeminent Canadian multi-trade Industrial, Commercial, Institutional and Nuclear constructor and fabricator. Under Spencer's direction, E.S. Fox Limited has become one of the largest mechanical and electrical contractors in Ontario. Ownership and management stability has been a historical strength in the company's history and has allowed management and employee capabilities to grow and will continue to do so.

​Spencer holds directorships on the Board of Trenergy, Association of Millwrighting Contractors of Canada, Canadian Nuclear Association, Industrial Contractors Association of Canada, Ontario Erector's Association, and the Nuclear Innovation Institute.

William (Bill) Fox

Member

Executive Vice-President, Nuclear, SNC-Lavalin

Bill oversees all operations carried out by SNC-Lavalin's Canadian Nuclear business unit, including the design and delivery of CANDU reactors, life extension projects, plant life management programs and tools, and operation and maintenance services.

Bill is a seasoned engineer and executive with nearly 40 years of energy and nuclear power industry experience, with the rare background of working directly with utilities, original equipment suppliers, and architect/engineers. Bill is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and of the American Nuclear Society (ANS); he is a Registered Professional Engineer in four US states.

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David Harris

Member

President and CEO,  Kinectrics Inc.

Since joining Kinectrics Inc. in 2003 as President and CEO, David Harris has successfully grown the company, both organically and through strategic acquisitions. Prior to leading Kinectrics, Harris was the Managing Director of Accentus Plc, a new company with 150 staff in the UK and the USA. Harris was also the Group Managing Director of Future Technologies, overseeing more than 600 staff. He was responsible for reviewing each operating unit to determine whether it should be held for growth, divestment, or closure.

Harris held many other strategically advancing positions after starting his career as a design engineer with UK AEA.

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John MacQuarrie

Member

President, BWXT Canada Ltd.

John MacQuarrie is President of the Nuclear Power Group segment of BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT). John has more than 24 years of nuclear industry experience, his career includes over 20 years with the Company.

Previously, John served as Vice President, Business Development & Marketing for the Company's commercial nuclear energy operating group. Prior to that he was the Vice President of Nuclear Services for the Company where he was responsible for global services delivery. He assumed this role after several years as the General Manager of Nuclear Services and Equipment for the Company's Canadian operations.

John holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree of applied science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario.
 

Gary Newman

Member

Chief Engineer & Senior Vice President of Engineering,
Bruce Power

Gary Newman is the Chief Engineer and Senior Vice President of Engineering at Bruce Power. He is the Design Authority for Bruce Power and carries responsibility for all onsite engineering activity. Gary is very engaged in the nuclear industry, sitting on the boards of the CANDU Owners Group, the University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering and the Advanced Nuclear Research Center.

 

Gary joined Bruce Power in 2004 as the Department Manager of Equipment Life Cycle Engineering. Prior to that he was employed by AMEC Nuclear Safety Solutions Ltd., Ontario Power Generation and Ontario Hydro.

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James Scongack

Member

EVP, Bruce Power

In his role at Bruce Power he has been the executive lead for the site’s lease with the Province and isotope development.

Prior to this, James served as Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Environment for Bruce Power, focused on environmental and waste management, Indigenous and community relations, communications, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder relations. 

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Jessica Linthorne

Member at Large

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Town of Saugeen Shores

With a focus on building relationships and continuous learning, Jessica successfully attracts businesses to the community and helps make existing local business even more successful. She works closely with developers, investors, business owners and other economic development stakeholders toward mutual success.
 
As Director of Strategic Initiatives her portfolio includes Corporate Communications, Economic Development, Tourism and Organizational Effectiveness. Jessica also leads the Municipal Innovation Council on behalf of member organizations. She also sits on the national board of the Economic Development Association of Canada and has her Ec.D. professional designation.

Karin Stephenson

Member at Large

Manager of Commercial Operations, McMaster University

Dr. Karin Stephenson is the Manager of Commercial Operations for McMaster University’s Nuclear Operations and Facilities. Karin has more than 20 years of experience in medical isotopes and radiopharmaceutical development. In her role at McMaster, Karin is responsible for maintaining, developing and identifying business opportunities as well as R&D technology/products relevant to customers and to the growth of the nuclear sciences field. 

 

Prior to coming to the University, she was the Director of Discovery at the Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization. In that role she led the research and discovery of new radiochemistry and radiopharmaceuticals with medical isotopes for applications in oncology and neurology research.