Senior Level Appointments Strategically Strengthen OPA Communications and Aboriginal Relations Capabilities



    TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - Signalling that the OPA is making communications
and positive relationships with First Nations an even more visible strategic
priority, the organization's CEO Colin Andersen has announced several recent
senior appointments:
    Ben Chin is now the Ontario Power Authority's Vice President,
Communications. Murray Campbell joins the OPA on April 20 as its Director of
Corporate Communications. Brian Hay has moved from his previous role as the
OPA's Director of Corporate Communications to become Director of First Nations
and Métis Relations.
    "A key value for the OPA is openness and transparency. We are also
building our capabilities to support First Nations and Métis communities who
have an important role in developing Ontario's electricity system," says OPA
Chief Executive Officer Colin Andersen. "These requirements create a need and
opportunity to strengthen our communications capabilities; I'm therefore
pleased to introduce these important additions to our staff."

    Here is brief background about each of the appointees:

    Ben Chin has more than 20 years experience in communications and was most
recently Vice-President, Media Strategy with NATIONAL Public Relations.
Previously, he was Director of Media Relations and Senior Media Advisor in the
Office of Premier Dalton McGuinty. Chin has a long career in journalism, as a
local and national reporter and anchor at Canada's major networks including
CBC, Newsworld, CTV and CityTV.

    Murray Campbell is a highly regarded journalist with extensive reporting
experience, who most recently served as the Queen's Park columnist for the
Globe and Mail. His earlier assignments saw him serve as a foreign
correspondent, working in multiple international settings and covering
multiple elections. Campbell was also the founding bureau chief for the Globe
and Mail's California bureau. He is a Southam Fellow (Massey College,
University of Toronto 1983-84) and also served as a lecturer at the University
of Western Ontario Graduate School of Journalism for three years.

    Brian Hay has a long and multifaceted career in communications and a
special interest and expertise in First Nations and Métis relations. Before
joining the OPA as its first Director of Corporate Communications, Hay ran his
own communications consulting firm, which included providing counsel on
Aboriginal relations. Hay has worked with First Nations in Alberta and
Northern Ontario, with the Métis Nation of the North West Territories and with
the Inuit of the Mackenzie Delta. He is a former director of many
not-for-profit organizations and held senior level communications positions
with several international corporations where he oversaw overall strategic
planning and implemented many communications campaigns. Hay is also a retired
commissioned officer of the Canadian Armed Forces (Canadian Army Reserve).

    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.





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