David McFadden is a partner in Gowlings’ Toronto office. David acts for corporations, municipalities and utilities involved in the generation, transmission, distribution and marketing of electricity and the financing of energy projects.
David has played a key role in a number of initiatives relating to the power industry.
David served as Chair of the Stakeholders Alliance for Electricity Competition and Customer Choice from 1995-2005.
David was appointed by the Government of Canada to serve as a member of the Electric System Working Group, which was part of the Joint Canada-U.S. Task Force established to investigate the power blackout that hit Ontario and much of the northeastern United States in August 2003.
In 2003-2004, David served on the Ontario Government’s Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force.
David has been a member of the Smart Grid Forum of the Independent Electricity System Operator since it was established in 2008.
In April 2012, David was appointed by the Minister of Energy to serve on the Ontario Distribution Sector Review Panel, which issued its report in December 2014. The report recommended the restructuring of the Distribution Sector to meet consumer cost, financial and technological challenges over the next 10 years.
David is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of Collus Powerstream Corp. He is Vice-Chair of the Board of the Ontario Energy Association and is a member of the Board of the Energy Council of Canada. He also serves on the Council for Clean & Reliable Electricity and the Advisory Council of the Waterloo Institute of Sustainable Energy.
David was named the Leader of the Year by the Ontario Energy Association in September 2013.