Ontario Power Authority establishes new First Nations and Métis Relations department



    TORONTO, April 7 /CNW/ - Colin Andersen, CEO of the Ontario Power
Authority, today announced the formation of a new department within the Legal,
Aboriginal and Regulatory Affairs division of the OPA.
    Brian Hay, formerly OPA's Director of Corporate Communications, will
become Director of First Nations and Métis Relations reporting to Michael
Lyle, General Counsel and Vice President Legal, Aboriginal and Regulatory
Affairs. John Jeza has been appointed as Manager of First Nations and Métis
Community Relations. John was formerly in charge of Channel Development for
the Conservation and Supply division. Both Brian and John have worked
extensively with First Nations and Métis Communities throughout their careers.
    Additional personnel with relevant experience and expertise will be added
as the OPA further develops programs of interest to the First Nation and Métis
communities.
    Colin Andersen stated: "The formation of this new department is in
response to the recommendations of First Nations' and Métis' organizations and
recognizes the important role that the First Nations & Métis peoples have in
the planning and development of renewable generation, transmission and
conservation within Ontario's electricity system."

    The OPA is responsible for ensuring a reliable, sustainable supply of
electricity for Ontario. Its four key areas of focus are: Planning the power
system for the long term, leading and co-ordinating conservation initiatives
across the province, ensuring development of needed generation resources and
supporting the continued evolution of the electricity sector.





For further information:

For further information: Ben Chin, Vice-President, Communications,
Ontario Power Authority, (416) 969-6307

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