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About Us

Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. (NTPDL) is an Ontario Energy Board licensed electricity distribution company. NTPDL operates a distribution system in the service area approved by the Ontario Energy Board. The shareholders are the Town of Newmarket and the Township of Tay.

Our Corporate Mission is:

“As an industry leader, we are an operationally and financially effective company delivering safe and reliable service“.

Our Corporate Objectives are:

Safety first
Reliability in electricity delivery
Excellence in customer service
Financial integrity
Environmental stewardship

A strategic plan is created by the Board of Directors and reviewed annually. The plan provides information to the shareholder on the long term direction, as well as operating and capital budget projections, for the company. It also gives senior management direction for the development and operation of the business.
The strategic plan is confidential to the shareholder, Board of Directors, Officers, and senior management of the company.

A firm understanding of the strategic plan as a basis for all decisions and actions is required for the efficient and effective performance of NTPDL. The Shareholder Declaration requires a long range five year plan to be developed, which will be submitted to the Shareholder no more than 60 days prior to the end of each fiscal year.

 

Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. Board Members

Andreas (Andy) Ott, Chair

Andy has been a resident of Tay Township since January 1997 and a Director of the Newmarket / Tay Hydro Group of Companies since de-regulation began in 2000. Andy offers over 35 years experience in the financial services industry - during this career he has held various senior management positions and is currently Manager with RBC Royal Bank. Andy is also Director of the area Chamber of Commerce and Committee of Adjustments. Previous volunteer support has included: Community Development Corp, local Economic Development Committee and Hospital Foundation. After having been a member of the Newmarket / Tay Hydro Merger Team - Andy is proud to continue with the Board of Newmarket - Tay Power Distribution Ltd.

 

 

 

Bob Betts, P.Eng., Vice-Chair

Bob Betts has been exposed to a wide variety of experiences in large and small business environments throughout his career, from very large multinationals like Shell, to smaller enterprises like his own mechanical contracting firm in Gravenhurst, which he owned and successfully operated for over 25 years.

He spent 12 years in municipal politics in the regional and local governments in Muskoka, most of that time as Mayor of Gravenhurst, providing him with the opportunity to also be a Director of the Gravenhurst Hydro Electric Utility.

In 2000, Bob chose to retire from municipal politics to become a Board Member of the Ontario Energy Board. During his term at the OEB, he presided over many cases involving electricity and gas utilities, as well as policy initiatives for the regulated energy sector in Ontario. He also acted as the Chair of the Board’s Rates Committee and the OEB representative on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Association of Members of Utility Tribunals ("CAMPUT").

In 2006, he left the Ontario Energy Board, and re-entered the private sector as an Energy Regulation Consultant, and President and CEO of Regulatory Support Services. Since then has been providing regulatory advice to many energy clients including: Enbridge Gas Distribution, Hydro One Networks, Ontario Power Generation, the Canadian Gas Association, PowerStream Inc., Hydro Ottawa Ltd., Horizon Utilities Ltd. and others.

Bob has received significant energy industry acknowledgement for his contributions, including Lifetime Membership Awards from CAMPUT and the Ontario Energy Association. He also maintains his professional status as a Mechanical Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

 

 

 

U. Phillip Daniels, Ph.D., Director

His board experience began in 1982 as a member of the Board of Kinark Child and Family Services. During his tenure, he served on the Finance and Human Resources Committees before serving two years as Board Chair. His other community experience includes the Home Care Program of Metropolitan Toronto (Finance and Human Resources Committees; Board Chair) and the Board of the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

Phil’s board exposure moved to the private sector in 1995 when he was asked to join the Board of Directors for Chapters Inc. As a Director until 1999, he was a member of the Compensation and Governance Committee.

In 2010, he retired as a Director of Franchise Bancorp Inc., a retail company that operates across Canada under the brands Living Lighting, The Pandhandler, Rafters and Global Pet Foods. In addition, he retired after three years as a Director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario having also Chaired its Mission Committee.

He served as Chair of Newmarket Hydro Holdings Inc. Board of Directors. The company amalgamated with Tay Hydro in 2007 to form Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. Phil was asked to continue as a Director and Chair of the new company and served as Chair until 2013. He continues his role as a Director.

On the basis of all his experience, Phil can make contributions in a variety of industries and areas of corporate oversight including strategic implementation, leadership effectiveness, structure and governance.

 

 

Scott Warnock, Director

Scott Warnock is serving his fifth term on Tay Township Council and his second as Mayor.

Scott and his wife Mary live in Victoria Harbour and have three sons and two granddaughters. Scott came to the political world after a lengthy career in broadcasting with stops in Huntsville, Midland and Barrie. Scott is an active member of the sports community in Tay Township coaching minor baseball, running a flag football league and sponsoring youth soccer. Scott also is still active with music with his own award winning mobile disc jockey service.

Mayor Warnock is looking forward to the challenges and the opportunities that await as a member of the Board of Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd.

 

 

Tom Taylor, Director

Tom Taylor is a lifelong resident of Newmarket. He is married to Kate and they have four children and twelve grandchildren. Mr. Taylor has always been very active in the community and strongly supports many social and environmental causes and is a recipient of the Governor General of Canada award for Community Service. As previous Mayor of the Town of Newmarket from 1997 - 2006, and also presently active on numerous committees and boards, he is well known for his hands on approach.

 

 

 

 

Paul Ferguson, P.Eng., Director

Paul Ferguson is an accomplished senior manager within the electric utility industry in Ontario. His professional experience spans 27 years. Currently a Director and President of Newmarket Hydro Ltd., Paul’s background also includes 12 years extensive experience with Ontario Hydro in senior positions in Operations and Protection and Control. In addition, he holds memberships in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Ontario Electrical League as well as the Electricity Distributors Association.

A registered professional engineer, he graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelors of Applied Sciences in electrical engineering. From 2003 to 2004, he served on the Board of Directors of Ontario’s Independent Electricity Market Operator. He is presently a member of the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) Stakeholder Advisory Committee and the Ontario Energy Board’s (OEB) Chairs Advisory Roundtable.

As President of Newmarket - Tay Power Distribution Ltd., he is leading a mid-size distribution utility that is enjoying a position of financial and market competence since the inception of Ontario’s open electricity market.

 

 

 

Tony Van Bynen, Director

Tony Van Bynen has been a resident of Newmarket for thirty years. Roxanne and Tony have two children and four grandchildren. Tony retired after thirty years from the banking business and then chose to toss his hat into municipal politics. Tony is enjoying his second four-year term as Mayor of Newmarket following one term as a Councillor and the next term as Regional Councillor.

Tony has always been active in the community having been a founding director of the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce, a former Director of York County Hospital Foundation, a founding member of the Downtown Development Committee, and a former member of the Newmarket Seniors’ Meeting Place. Today, he and wife Roxanne are active volunteers for the Inn From the Cold and continue to be actively involved with the Persechini Easter Seal Run walkathon and the Belinda’s Place Foundation – a women’s shelter development project for York Region..

As Mayor, Tony is a member of all Town of Newmarket standing committees, member of York Region Council, and a member of the following York Region Committees: Finance and Administration Committee, Transportation Services, York Region Rapid Transit and the York Region Data Consortium, and the Community Reference Group. As well, Tony sits as a Director on the Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. and Southlake Regional Health Centre Boards and the Southlake Property and Finance Committee. Tony is a Beatles fan and collects Beatles memorabilia.