Tom Mitchell appointed OPG President and CEO



    Industry veteran currently heads Nuclear Division

    TORONTO, May 1 /CNW/ - The Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Board of
Directors has named Tom Mitchell as President and CEO effective July 1, 2009
following the retirement of Jim Hankinson.
    "Having considered both internal and external candidates," said Board
Chair Jake Epp, "The Board is pleased with the outcome."
    Tom Mitchell has demonstrated strong leadership abilities, considerable
talents in moving a complex business forward, solid knowledge of OPG and the
challenges it faces, and the kind of values that make a good CEO", said Mr.
Epp. "Mitchell is the right executive to lead OPG in the next phase of the
company's development".
    Mitchell is currently OPG's Chief Nuclear Officer.
    Mr. Epp, on behalf of the Board, also expressed his appreciation of
Hankinson's efforts as a Board member starting in 2003, and, as President and
CEO commencing in 2005. "The company faced significant challenges when Jim
took over. Under his leadership OPG achieved discipline and focus. The
company's improved performance results speak to his skills and attributes as
CEO", remarked Mr. Epp.
    George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and
Infrastructure, commended the selection. "I know that OPG has faced a number
of challenges. The appointment of Tom Mitchell as CEO of Ontario Power
Generation is recognition of the progress that's been made within OPG. I am
delighted with the pool of talent in OPG's executive ranks and the selection
of this internal candidate."
    Mitchell said, "OPG is a performance driven company. Our dedicated and
professional employees are committed to delivering safe and reliable
electricity to the people of Ontario everyday. I am looking forward to working
with each employee to build on the solid foundation Jim will leave behind. I
appreciate the Minister's support."

    Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is celebrating its 10th year of serving
the province. Building on a proud history, OPG provides the people and
industry of Ontario with clean, safe and reliable electricity - just as it's
always done.


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    Tom Mitchell
    Chief Nuclear Officer

    Tom Mitchell is currently the Chief Nuclear Officer at Ontario Power
Generation Inc. (OPG). He joined OPG in 2002 and was appointed to his current
position in December 2006. Previously he held the position of Senior Vice
President, Pickering 'B', responsible for the operation of the four Pickering
'B' units.
    Mitchell has over 30 years of nuclear experience. Before joining OPG, he
held the position of Vice President of the Assistance Division of the
Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) in Atlanta, Georgia. During his
20-year career at INPO, he managed the radiological protection, plant analysis
and engineering support departments. INPO is a non-profit corporation whose
mission is to promote the highest level of safety and reliability, and to
promote excellence in the operation of nuclear generating plants.
    Mitchell holds a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from George
Washington University and a bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering from
Cornell University.





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592-4008, www.opg.com


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