Meet the board of directors

Jim Durrell

C.M., ICD.D, Chair

About Jim

Jim Durrell, C.M., ICD.D, Chair, has served on the Board of Directors of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. since July 2012. In July 2013 he was also appointed to the Board of Directors of Hydro Ottawa Limited and subsequently elected Chair of both Boards. He is best-known for the significant contribution that he made as Ottawa’s mayor from 1985 until retiring from public life in 1991. After leaving public office, he was active in the private sector as a successful business executive until his retirement in December 2018. He is the former owner and President of Capital Dodge Chrysler Jeep. He has had a long time involvement with Ottawa sports franchises including the Ottawa Senators NHL organization and the CFL’s Ottawa Rough Riders. He has served as a governor of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, as President of the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, and on the board of the Canada Centre of Ethics in Sport.

Mr. Durrell brings extensive governance experience having served on the Board of Directors of the Business Development Bank of Canada and as the Chair of the Ottawa International Airport’s Board of Directors. He continues to volunteer his time and enthusiasm to numerous charities and organizations in the Ottawa community, such as the Board of Governors of Carleton University, the Ottawa Hospital, the United Way/Centraide Ottawa Campaign Cabinet, the Salvation Army and the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa for over 30 years. In October 2006, he was appointed Chairman of the Ottawa Convention Centre and in July 2011 was appointed by the Provincial Government to serve as Vice-Chair of the Police Services Board.

In December 2012, Mr. Durrell was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for his decades-long contributions to the City of Ottawa, as a businessman, mayor and committed volunteer. Also in 2012, Mr. Durrell was awarded the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Order of Ottawa. In 2015 Mr. Durrell was the recipient of the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award (Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers), and in 2016 was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award with Volunteer Ottawa.

Bryce Conrad

President and Chief Executive Officer

About Bryce

Bryce Conrad has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro Ottawa since 2011. Under his leadership, Hydro Ottawa has become one of the most profitable, innovative and customer-oriented utilities in Canada, regularly winning awards and accolades for customer service and innovation. Since 2012, Hydro Ottawa has tripled its renewable generation, making it the largest municipally owned generator of clean, green energy in Ontario.

Prior to joining Hydro Ottawa, Bryce served as Assistant Deputy Minister – Program Operations at Infrastructure Canada, where he managed the implementation of the $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, overseeing the selection and management of 4,000 projects that created more than $10 billion in economic activity. He was also responsible for the oversight and administration of the Building Canada Fund, the Green Infrastructure Fund and the Gas Tax agreements with provinces and municipalities.

An active community champion, Bryce sits on the Board of Directors for The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, and has served on the Board of Directors for United Way/Centraide Ottawa.

Bryce has extensive governance experience, serving on the Board of Directors for industry associations including Electricity Canada, the Ontario Energy Association, and the Institute on Governance. In 2022, Bryce became Board Chair of the Electricity Distributors Association and Vice-Chair of The MEARIE Group.

Bryce is fluently bilingual, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University, a Master of Public Administration from Carleton University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.

Bernie Ashe

About Bernie

Bernie Ashe was appointed to the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board effective July 1, 2022.  He has enjoyed a successful career as a key community builder, contributing to Ottawa’s economic growth and making the city a better place to live and work. In 2015, Bernie was named the CEO of the Year by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, and in 2018, he received the Order of Ottawa. Bernie is currently Executive Chairman and shareholder of Deslaurier Custom Cabinets, one of Ottawa’s leading suppliers of custom kitchens.

In his role as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club (1990-97) Bernie helped establish the business of hockey and build the Canadian Tire Centre. As the first CEO of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), (2013 -18), he was instrumental in the development of Lansdowne Park as a destination, and launching major sports franchises.

Bernie helped launch the OSEG Foundation and raise over two-million dollars to enable youth from all backgrounds to participate in team sports. He launched the Bernie Ashe Sports Fund, which will provide children in care with the Children’s Aid Society a chance to participate in organized sport. He remains a member of the OSEG Foundation Community Cabinet.

A long-serving trustee (1993-2004) and former Chairman of the Board of CHEO (2000-02), Bernie also served on the Board of the Shaw Centre and the Board of Celebrations Ottawa, the organization planning the Ottawa events for Canada’s 150th anniversary. He was a member of the Mayor’s Leadership Table on Homelessness and acted as a mentor to future leaders as CEO in Residence of the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Business. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Film Office (OFO), which advocates for film and animation production in Ottawa.

Bernie’s wife is Nancy and his children are Lauren, Christine, Anthony and Scout. They have 3 grandchildren.

Yaprak Baltacioglu

MA, LL.B, ICD.D.

About Yaprak

Yaprak Baltacioglu MA, LL.B, ICD.D. was appointed to the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board effective July 1, 2018. Her distinguished public service career spans more than 25 years in roles of increasing responsibility within the federal government, and she has shaped policy, overseen programs and operations, led transformation, contributed on many senior committees, and had an impact on the direction of government affairs at the highest levels of decision making.

Retiring from public service in April 2018, Yaprak was one of Ottawa’s most seasoned deputy ministers and served as a trusted advisor to four Prime Ministers and numerous ministers, Cabinets and departmental officials on programs, issues, legislation and matters of policy focused on the economy, treasury, transportation, infrastructure, security, agriculture, healthcare, and the environment.

Leveraging an extensive network of government officials and leaders of business, industry, and advocacy groups, Yaprak is a trusted advisor with expert knowledge of the workings of government, including its principles for sound governance and government-wide policy direction in areas including human resources, financial management, and IT. She is the current Chancellor at Carleton University, serves as a Director on a number of Boards, and she is a Professor at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

Yaprak holds a Bachelor of Laws from Istanbul University, an ICD.D Designation (Institute of Corporate Directors) from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, as well as a Master of Arts from the Carleton University School of Public Administration, an institution which honoured her with a Bissett Alumni Award for Distinctive Contributions to the Public Sector in 2015.

Kim Butler

CPA, CMA, ICD.D.

About Kim

Kim Butler, CPA, CMA, ICD.D. was appointed to the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board of Directors effective July 1, 2018. With more than 30 years of executive financial and operational experience with Canadian and multinational organizations, Kim has demonstrated extensive accomplishments in areas of financial and risk management, corporate financing, strategic planning, operational effectiveness, M&A, and investor relations. She has held position as Head of Finance and Integration at Ericsson Service Assurance (through acquisition of CENX), she has served as CFO and interim CEO at both CENX and Benbria, an enterprise software company. In her role as SVP Finance and CFO at Bridgewater Systems, a global leader in mobile policy solutions, Kim led the company’s initial public offering in 2007, and delivered shareholder value with the successful sale of Bridgewater to Amdocs in 2011. Prior to Bridgewater, Kim held senior finance roles at Asea Brown Boveri, and Mitel Corporation.

Kim is a member of the Board, Human Resources Committee and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee for Canada Health Infoway, a member of the Executive Committee of the Ottawa Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and Regional Ambassador for Women Get on Board. She has previously served as Board member and Chair of the Finance Committee for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, and is a past member of the Industry Advisory Committee for Entrepreneurship at Algonquin College in Ottawa.

Catherine Clark

About Catherine

Catherine Clark was appointed to the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board effective July 1, 2022.  She is a nationally respected broadcaster, emcee, and co-founder of The Honest Talk, a popular podcast featuring frank discussions with notable women, sponsored by RBC.

Catherine is also the President of Catherine Clark Communications and Special Advisor to Syntax Strategic, providing communications counsel to individuals and corporations.

Deeply committed to community service, Catherine writes the Giving Back column for Ottawa at Home Magazine, sits on the boards of The Ottawa Hospital and The Writers’ Trust of Canada, whose board she chairs, and serves as Community Chair of the Ottawa Police Gala.

Cathy Curry

About Cathy

Cathy Curry was appointed to Ottawa City Council, to represent Ward 4 (Kanata North) on November 10, 2021.

Cathy was raised in Scarborough, Ontario and summered with her family in Carmanville, Newfoundland. Moving to Kanata in 1992, as a high school teacher, Cathy taught English Literature at Sir Guy Carleton SS, Sir Robert Borden SS, A.Y. Jackson SS and West Carleton SS.

While raising her four children, Cathy represented the Kanata community as a school council chair, Kanata Inter-School Council Chair, School Board Trustee and Chair of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

Since 2016, Cathy has been a member of the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre Board, the CHEO Board, the Ronald McDonald House Board, and Chair of the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Children and Youth Mental Health Strategic Advisory Committee. Cathy also served on the Ottawa Community Foundation’s Grants Committee, the Caldwell Family Centre Board, and the Ottawa Fusion Volleyball Board. At home, Cathy plays the piano and the guitar, and plays French horn in the Concert Band of Kanata.

Cathy has a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and a Master of Science in Education. Cathy is currently working on her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.

Matt Davies

CPA, CMA, CISM, CCISO, C.DIR.

About Matt

Matt is the Chief Technology Officer for Shared Services Canada (SSC) which delivers digital programs and services to Government of Canada organizations. He previously led the global IT Risk Management and Cybersecurity team for Ciena. Matt has also authored articles, delivered webinars, and served as a panel member speaking on strategy and innovation, digital transformation, current and emerging technologies and cybersecurity. Last year, Matt received the CCISO Award at the 2020 CISO Forum Canada which recognizes an individual’s outstanding work in information security.

Matt is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), a Chartered Director (C.Dir.) and has obtained both the Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) designations. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and has completed Executive Education Programs at the Tuck School of Business and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has also completed the NACD’s Cyber-Risk Oversight program earning the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight issued by the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Matt was appointed to the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board on July 1, 2018, where he also serves on the Audit, Governance and Management Resources and the Investment Review Committees. Matt also serves on the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation Board and is the Chair of the Governance Committee and serves on the Finance and Audit, and Joint-Information Technology Committees

Jacqueline Gauthier

FCPA (FCA), ICD.D

About Jacqueline

Jacqueline Gauthier, FCPA (FCA), ICD.D, was appointed to the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board effective July 1, 2020. Jacqueline is an accomplished C-level executive who can provide a unique combination of extensive finance expertise as well as business transformation, corporate governance and risk management experience. With more than 30 years of experience in industry, she has provided executive leadership resulting in revenue growth, organizational transformation, risk management and M&A. Jacqueline also received the 2019 Best Ottawa Business CFO of the year award.

Jacqueline is currently a financial consultant. Prior to this, Jacqueline held the position of CFO for over 17 years at Calian Group. Working with a publicly traded board for almost 2 decades, Jacqueline has been instrumental in the development of the Corporation’s strategic plans, governance structure, executive compensation and enterprise risk management frameworks.

Jacqueline is a FCPA (FCA) and also holds an ICD.D designation. Jacqueline has held various board positions in the past and she is currently the Chair of Dress for Success, Ottawa Chapter, Chair of the Board of Directors of Patinage Quebec, a board member of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and a board member of AirVM chairing both of these organisations’ Audit Committees.

Jacqueline also worked at KPMG followed by Domtar and E.B. Eddy Forest Products in senior financial roles.

Jan Harder

About Jan

Jan Harder has spent 21 years serving the residents of Barrhaven as their municipal representative. She often states that for the majority of her life she has been, and continues to be, employed in the customer service industry.

Jan was a successful business professional prior to being elected in 1997 to the former City of Nepean council, and is now a recognized leader on council who has been proud to call Barrhaven home for 35 years.

Jan is known as a city builder and champion and has helped Barrhaven and Ottawa grow by working with local and national business leaders as well as City staff to secure the necessary infrastructure to support such growth. Jan believes the best way to build Ottawa is to balance growth while maintaining a high quality of life.

Jan is chair of the Planning Committee for the City of Ottawa. She also serves on the Finance and Economic Development Committee.

Jan is married to Larry, has five daughters and has been blessed with nine grandchildren so far.

Cyril M. Leeder

FCPA, FCA, ICD.D

About Cyril

Cyril M. Leeder, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, was appointed to the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board on July 1, 2017. He is one of the original founders of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and was with the team for 27 years in various capacities including COO and President of the Club. Cyril now is the CEO of Myers Automotive Group, Ottawa’s largest automotive retailer.

Cyril graduated from McMaster University with a bachelor of commerce degree, and obtained his chartered professional accountant’s designation with Clarkson Gordon (now EY) in Ottawa. He was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario in July 2009, the highest designation within the Institute.

Cyril is a passionate community advocate and supporter and sits on the Boards of the Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Community Foundation. He has also served as co-chair of the Ottawa Hospital President’s Breakfast fundraiser for the past two years. Cyril has also played significant roles in the redevelopment of the Ottawa Convention Centre (Shaw Centre), the Ottawa Senators Foundation and the National Arts Centre Marketing Committee.

Cyril’s community service has been recognized through a number of awards including the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce 2008 Business Person of the Year Award, the Max Keeping Foundation and Sens Foundation 2008 Just One Person Award, the Celebrity Sports Dinner’s 2008 Brian Kilrea Award, 2011 United Way Community Builder Award, the Ottawa Tourism’s 2006 Tourism Leader of the Year and the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Community Service. Cyril has also been inducted into the Ottawa and Brockville Sports Hall of Fames.

Cyril resides in Ottawa with his wife, Lydia, and they have three children; Ciera, Dillon and Tyler.

Paul A.G. McCarney

P. Eng.

About Paul

Paul A.G. McCarney, P. Eng. was appointed to the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board effective July 1, 2020. Paul began his career with Ottawa developer, Campeau Corporation, in 1985 before transitioning to Graydex Ottawa Inc., a local Sewer/Waterman contractor in 1987. Over the course of 20 years, Paul grew from Construction Supervisor to VP Estimation, President and majority owner.

In 2012, Paul sold Graydex to Tomlinson Group of Companies. Tomlinson then purchased Ottawa Greenbelt Construction and appointed Paul as President of the combined entity. He was responsible for the amalgamation and overall operations of the new company until January 2015.

Paul moved to the Tomlinson Corporate Headquarters as Vice-President, Business Development leading Tomlinson’s growth mandate into major infrastructure projects and was promoted to Senior Vice-President of Tomlinson Group.

In March 2019, Paul joined Clean Water Works Inc. as President/CEO. Clean Water Works is an industry leader in Eastern Canada in Trenchless Pipe Rehabilitation and offers local services in the Environmental, Plumbing and Sewer Operations sectors.

Throughout his career, Paul has invested significant time, energy and financial resources into industry stewardship and community development. Paul served as President of the Board of Directors, National Capital Heavy Construction Association in 1998 and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Ottawa Construction Association in 2013 and 2014.

Paul has provided leadership and support to the Ottawa community organizations and foundations including Christie Lake Kids, The Royal Ottawa Hospital, the Queensway Carleton Mental Health and The Ottawa Hospital. In recognition of his stewardship and community development efforts, Paul received the Canadian Construction Association’s “Community Leader of the Year Award” in 2012, the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in 2018, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Ottawa chapter, “Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser” Award in 2019.

Cyrus Reporter

About Cyrus

Cyrus Reporter was appointed to the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board on July 1, 2021. He joined CN as Vice-President, Government and Regulatory Affairs in April 2021 where he oversees engagement at all levels of government in both Canada and the United States and leads stakeholder and community relations, an essential mission with CN’s focus on Environmental, Social, and Governance initiatives.

Cyrus is well known to senior public servants, politicians, and corporate leaders. In the past 25 years, he served as a ministerial chief of staff and lead adviser to the Office of the Prime Minister, and, most recently, as Partner at one of Canada’s leading national law firms, where he provided counsel on regulatory affairs, public policy and corporate compliance to many of Canada’s leading companies.

Cyrus has been an active member of the Ottawa community. In recent years he has served as a director of the Indo Canada Ottawa Business Chamber, director of Ottawa Community Immigration Services, a member of the City of Ottawa Transit Commission, and a member of the Carleton University Board of Governors.

Cyrus holds a law degree from Dalhousie University.