Panel members

Market surveillance panel members

The members of the Panel bring with them broad experience and expertise in economics, competition law, corporate governance, public policy and the electricity industry:

Glenn Leslie is appointed Chair of the Market Surveillance Panel effective August 6, 2013. Glenn is a partner emeritus at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. He was General Counsel to that firm from 2008 to 2012. Prior to that, Glenn was a partner in the Litigation and Competition law groups at Blakes, and was recognized as a  leading practitioner of competition law in Canada. Mr. Leslie received his law degree from the University of Toronto Law School. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1974 and to the Alberta Bar in 1984. He has appeared as lead counsel in civil and criminal matters before all levels of courts in Ontario, the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. He also has appeared before regulatory tribunals including the Ontario Energy Board, the Competition Tribunal and the Ontario Securities Commission.

Donald Dewees is appointed a member of the Market Surveillance Panel effective October 1, 2016. Donald is a Professor Emeritus of Economics and of Law at the University of Toronto. He holds an engineering degree from Swarthmore College, an LLB from Harvard and a PhD in Economics from Harvard. He served as Vice Chair of the Ontario Market Design Committee, which advised the government on the introduction of competition into the electricity market. He has been Vice Dean and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science of the U of T and Interim Chair of Economics. His research is in the areas of environmental economics, law and economics, and energy policy including the environmental effects of electricity generation, renewable power, and consumer response to prices and incentives. 

George Pessione is appointed as a member of the Market Surveillance Panel effective March 1, 2019. A professional engineer with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Industrial Engineering, George has extensive experience in Ontario’s electricity sector. His expertise in power system operations, power system planning and market operations stems from a career spanning over 40 years with the former Ontario Hydro, Ontario Power Generation, the former Ontario Power Authority and the Independent Electricity System Operator.

Ken Quesnelle was the Vice Chair of the Ontario Energy Board from February 2014 to September 2018, following a tenure of almost 9 years as a full-time Board Member. Prior to his appointment to the OEB, Mr. Quesnelle worked in various positions in the electricity distribution sector and is a past Chair of the Electricity Distributors Association. He has over 30 years of experience in the utility and municipal administration business, which includes electricity and water distribution as well as water supply and related environmental protection. Mr. Quesnelle is a past Chair of CAMPUT – Canada's Energy and Utility Regulators – and was a member of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER) and Chair of its Technology and Innovation working group. Mr. Quesnelle was also an Executive Committee member of the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Brian Rivard is appointed a member of the Market Surveillance Panel effective July 19, 2021. Brian is an Adjunct Professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University, and holds a PhD and a Master of Economics from the University of Western Ontario. His area of expertise and study is electricity market design and regulation. Brian has experience as an energy consultant, most recently as a Principal at Charles River Associates, and has provided expert testimony before the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Ontario Energy Board. Through his earlier work for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) over almost 15 years, Brian helped support the development of market-based approaches to managing Ontario’s electricity system needs, and as the IESO’s Director of Markets was responsible for providing analysis of the impacts of changes to the IESO Market Rules, Market Design, government policies and other industry initiatives. Prior to that, Brian was a senior economist with the Canadian Competition Bureau for several years.