The Ignite Power Panel has volunteered their time to mentor, advise and judge the Ontario Power Generation Ignite Applicants on their business ideas. Made up of OPG executives, industry professionals and seasoned investors, the Ignite Power Panel is responsible for determining the finalists and the winners of the OPG Ignite Pitch Competition.
JASON VAN WART
Jason Van Wart is a professional engineer who attended the University of New Brunswick, where he completed both a Bachelor and Masters of Mechanical Engineering. He began his career at OPG in 2001 and has worked in Nuclear Engineering, Finance, Inspection and Maintenance. In 2014, Jason achieved Dean’s List standing while completing his MBA at the Rotman School of Management.
Late in 2014, Jason was appointed to the position of Vice President for Ontario Power Generation’s Inspection and Reactor Innovation (IRI) Division. With more than 450 staff and an annual operating budget of $150M, IRI is responsible for safely executing the specialized inspection and maintenance programs at OPG’s power generating facilities.
Outside of work, Jason is passionate about contributing to his hometown community of Saint John, New Brunswick and is a part owner of the National Basketball League of Canada’s Saint John Rip Tide.
PERRIK LE DREFF
Perrik Le Dreff is the Project Director for the Darlington Retube and Feeder Replacement Project responsible for Units 3, 1 and 4. Perrik has been with the Darlington Refurbishment project since 2012 in various roles which has included a stint as the Senior Operations Manager of the Retube Waste Processing Building seconded to Canatom during the critical evolution of Fuel Channel Removal and Processing for Darlington Unit 2. He created the RFR Innovations group in 2017 which continues to deliver innovations that result in savings in cost and schedule to Darlington Refurbishment.
Prior to joining the Refurbishment project, Perrik spent 10 years in Nuclear Engineering in the Computer Design Department and in the Major Components Department.
Perrik has a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Honours Computer Engineering from the Queen’s University and a Master of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering from McMaster University.
Andrea Brown is the Senior Manager of Electrification Development at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). She has been in this role since the groups inception in 2016 and in that short time has raised the profile of OPG in the electric vehicle space. This summer Andrea led a team of OPG volunteers to drive and electric vehicle across Ontario – from Niagara to Thunder Bay. Andrea is responsible for the development and delivery of OPG’s transportation electrification strategy which includes conversion of OPG’s vehicle fleet to electric; including charger deployment. Using OPG’s clean electricity to power the transportation section is a logical step for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario. As an Environmental engineer, this role is a natural fit for Andrea and she is always looking for new projects and ideas that can leverage Ontario’s clean electricity to make a positive impact on the environment.
Prior to this role Andrea held various positions within OPG ensuring public safety and environmental protection. She holds a bachelors of applied science from the University of Waterloo and is a professional engineer in the province of Ontario.
Andrea is a proud resident of the Beaches in Toronto where she lives with her husband and two kids; and often volunteers at their school to teach our next generation about Clean Energy and the Environment.
Sean Granville is Chief Nuclear Officer (CNO) at OPG. Sean was appointed to this position on May 1, 2018, after two and a half years as Deputy CNO. Prior to this, Sean spent three years at Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station in New Brunswick as the Site Vice President and CNO. During his tenure with NB Power, the station achieved improvement as measured by the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) Peer Review.
Sean’s extensive background includes a 35-year career with OPG (and the former Ontario Hydro) holding positions such as Deputy Vice President, Director of Operations and Maintenance, and Director of Nuclear Programs. He was certified as a Licenced Shift Manager and has held Duty Manager positions at both Darlington and Pickering stations. Sean has expertise in areas such as operational leadership, leader development, performance improvement, organizational effectiveness, and industry engagement.
Sean’s nuclear industry experience also includes a secondment to WANO, serving on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Nuclear Association, and as a voting member of the Candu Owners Group.
Sean is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering.
Connie Hergert is an energy professional committed to partnering across business functions to support the achievement of corporate objectives. In her current role as VP of Real Estate and Environment at Ontario Power Generation (OPG), she manages a vast portfolio of real estate assets and provides leadership in environmental management. OPG generates safe, clean, reliable, low-cost power for Ontario. More than 99 per cent of this power is free of smog and greenhouse gas emissions. Connie’s mandate is to ensure that OPG operates in an environmentally responsible manner and to execute a strategy that contributes to a low carbon future. With over 28 years of experience in various roles at OPG ranging from health and safety, environment, human resources and real estate, Connie has built strong relationships across the business and with external stakeholders. She knows that really connecting with people on a human level and developing common purpose and understanding is the best path to success for any of the transformative initiatives she has lead.
Connie has a keen interest in environmental stewardship and wildlife habitat preservation. She enjoys being outside in the natural environment where she runs, kayaks and hikes with her three kids.
Connie holds a BSc from the University of Waterloo.
Subo Sinnathamby has been the Vice President of Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Inspection & Reactor Innovation (IRI) group since January, 2018. IRI is responsible for safely executing the specialized inspection and maintenance programs at OPG’s power generating facilities. Through programs like the Ignite Pitch Competition, IRI is focused on promoting a culture of innovation within OPG.
Subo began with OPG as a System Responsible Engineer in 2001. She progressed to Project Manager for IRI Campaigns at the Pickering Nuclear Station in 2006. From 2010 to 2017, Subo worked in various management positions, including: IRI Field Operations (Pickering), Work Control Manager (Darlington), Fuel Handling Senior Manager (Darlington) and Director of Corporate Functional Area Manager (CFAM) Work Management.
Subo completed her B.Sc. (Hons) in Environmental Engineering at the University of Guelph, with honours. She has also been a member of Professional Engineers of Ontario since 1998.
Frank spent over thirty years in Business Development producing top Sales with a career track record in delivering breakthrough revenue growth in Canadian, U.S. and international markets.
Though he’s worked with high-profile corporations such as TC Transcontinental, Rupert Murdoch News Corporation, the Jim Pattison Group of Companies, and was a majority partner in a Rogers Media firm, it is the start-ups, SME’s and the businesses that are stagnant in growth and require funding that he revels in assisting at his currently role as President with Vitaliz Business Growth.
He is an active angel investor, 2018 York Angel of the year, and co chairs the membership and marketing committee with Angel Investors Ontario (AIO) and on the membership and marketing committees with the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO).
When not engaged in helping companies, Frank spends his time volunteering as a Rotarian, VP Start-up Durham, board member with the Humane Society, and on resource committee with Outfox magazine created to empower kids with Autism.