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Waterloo North Hydro Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Waterloo North Hydro Holding Corporation. Its Board of Directors is appointed by the Board of Waterloo North Hydro Holding Company and is responsible for the overall direction of the company. Day-to-day leadership and management of the corporation are delegated to the President and Chief Executive Officer and the senior management team.

Executive Team

Rene W. Gatien, P. Eng., MBA
President & Chief Executive Officer

President and Chief Executive Officer - Rene GatienRene Gatien is the President and CEO since July 2002. Mr. Gatien was previously the Vice-President of Operations for Guelph Hydro for 11 years. Mr. Gatien holds a BASc in Electrical Engineering and is registered as a Professional Engineer and as a Journeyman Power Lineman in the province of Ontario.  As well he holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.  He has over 32 years of experience in the electrical industry in both the private and public sectors.

Albert P. Singh, MBA, CPA, CGA
Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer - Albert SinghAlbert Singh is the Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Singh holds an MBA degree and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. He joined the utility in January of 2003 and was previously the Director of Finance for Hydro Vaughan Distribution Inc. for six years. Mr. Singh has over 37 years of experience in the public and private sector, including twelve years with the City of Etobicoke and six years with a subsidiary of Goodyear Canada.

 

Marianne K. Blasman, B. Math
Vice President, Information Technology Services

Vice-President, Information Technology Services - Marianne BlasmanMarianne Blasman joined the company as Vice-President Information Technology Services in June 2008.  Ms. Blasman holds a BMath in Mathematics/Business Administration.   She has held various positions of increasing responsibility up to the Executive Vice-President level in the private sector.  Ms. Blasman has over twenty-five years' experience in the Information Technology services sector.

 

Herbert Haller, P. Eng
Vice President, Engineering & Stations

Vice-President, Engineering & Stations - Herb HallerHerb Haller is Vice-President, Engineering & Stations and has held various positions in the company over the past 25 years. Mr. Haller holds a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Management Sciences and is registered as a Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario. Mr. Haller has over 32 years of electrical industry experience in the private and public sectors, including six years at Ontario Hydro Nuclear Generation Division.

 

David R. Wilkinson, P. Eng., MBA
Vice President, Operations

Vice-President, Operations - David WilkinsonDavid Wilkinson joined the company as Vice-President Operations in September 2008.  Mr. Wilkinson holds a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Management Sciences and is registered as a Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.  As well he holds an MBA in Operations Management.   Dave has over 28 years of experience in the utility industry and has held various Engineering and Operations positions at Guelph Hydro, Owen Sound P.U.C. and Cambridge & North Dumfries Hydro, where he was also the Director of Information Technology. Dave was also at the IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator), as the Technical Officer/Engineer in Wholesale Metering and he returned to Guelph Hydro in 2006 as their Director of Operations.