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How OPG is Paving the Way for Ontario and Other Jurisdictions to Decarbonize

Monday, April 11, 2022

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The Empire Club of Canada Presents:
How OPG is Paving the Way for Ontario and Other Jurisdictions to Decarbonize

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is committed to becoming a net-zero carbon company by 2040, and a catalyst for a net-zero carbon economy by 2050.

OPG is uniquely positioned to be a climate change leader because of our strong track-record of innovation, efficient operations and project delivery, which includes coal closure.

Join us for a conversation with Ken Hartwick, CEO of OPG to learn more about how OPG aims to address climate change in a way that will help create new jobs, nurture new industries that protect the environment and make our economy stronger for current and future generations through:

  • Development of small modular reactors
  • Advancing electrification initiatives in the province
  • Completing the Darlington Nuclear Refurbishment Project
  • Continued investment in our hydroelectric generation
  • Focus on adaptation and resiliency of our assets
  • Exploring opportunities in non-hydro renewables, energy storage and hydrogen

Anita Sharma, Network News Anchor, Host, Moderator, CTV News Channel

Ken Hartwick, President & CEO, Ontario Power Generation

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Ken Hartwick

President & CEO, Ontario Power Generation

Ken Hartwick is OPG’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Ken joined OPG in March 2016 as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President – Finance. He was appointed President and CEO in April 2019.

Under Ken’s tenure, OPG has released its first-ever Climate Change Plan, advanced its electrification efforts through the Ivy charging partnership and PowerON subsidiary, launched a Reconciliation Action Plan, and is currently leading the development of Canada’s first Small Modular Reactor. The company is also undertaking multi-billion dollar overhauls of its hydroelectric and Darlington Nuclear generating stations. The four-unit Darlington refurbishment, one of Canada’s largest clean energy infrastructure projects, remains on time and budget. Ken is currently leading OPG’s commitment to be a global leader in ED&I best practices and one of Canada’s best diversity employers.

Ken joined OPG from Wellspring Financial Corporation, where he was CFO and Treasurer. He held various senior positions in the energy sector, including interim President and CEO of Atlantic Power Corporation, CFO and CEO of Just Energy Corporation, and CFO of Hydro One. Ken previously held senior positions at Capgemini and was a partner at Ernst & Young LLP.

He is a Chartered Professional Accountant with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Trent University and serves on a number of boards.

Originally from Norwood, Ontario (near Peterborough), Ken now lives in Milton with his wife. He has three grown children.

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Anita Sharma

Network News Anchor, Host, Moderator, CTV News Channel

Anita Sharma is a network news anchor and journalist with twenty years of experience delivering national and international news.

She interviews newsmakers in Canada and abroad on breaking news and current affairs.

Anita is part of a niche group of journalists with an expertise in business– specifically the stock market, real estate and personal finance. She also travels internationally as a public speaker and event/panel moderator.