Harneet Panesar

Harneet Panesar

Chief Operating Officer

Appointed as the OEB’s Chief Operating Officer in 2021, Harneet Panesar is integral in advancing the regulator’s role in the energy transition. His commitment to innovation, accountability, effectiveness and efficiency is modernizing the OEB and driving it to the rank of top-tier regulator.

Mr. Panesar supports Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) through his role as Executive Champion for the OEB’s DEI Council and invests in the sector and his profession through academia. He is a part-time lecturer at Toronto Metropolitan University, and regularly delivers ad hoc lectures at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School and the Ontario Tech University.

Mr. Panesar holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He received a Fellowship with Engineers Canada for his work with Professional Engineers of Ontario and service to the engineering profession. He also serves on the University of Waterloo’s Institute of Sustainable Energy Advisory Board and the Dean’s Advisory Board at Queen’s University.

Prior to joining the OEB, Mr. Panesar spent 14 years in progressively senior positions at Hydro One, most recently as Director of Strategy and Integrated Planning.