Our Senior Leadership Team
Learn more about the experienced men and women who comprise Atura Power's senior leadership team.
Senior Leadership Team
Chris is the President of Atura Power, responsible for leading a team of dedicated staff in the safe, reliable and efficient operation of a 2,700 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) business. He has a passion for employee engagement, communication and safety.
Prior to joining Atura, Chris spent 20 years working for OPG in various capacities. He was responsible for leading the creation of Atura Power, as a new independent subsidiary company to OPG. He built a team to successfully execute integrating the four facilities and establishing all requisite functions, including corporate governance, operations, asset management, energy management, procurement, finance, human resources and IT.
Prior to that, Chris was Chief Operating Officer for OPG’s Renewable Generation business, where he lead a team of 1,300 in operating and maintaining a 10,000 MW fleet of 66 hydroelectric generating stations, three thermal stations and one solar facility across Ontario. His previous positions include Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, where he was responsible for leading the preparation and management of the largest ever rate application before the OEB (Ontario Energy Board), and Regional Vice President for OPG’s Northwest Operations where he was responsible for the one-of-a-kind conversions of the Atikokan and Thunder Bay Generating Stations to renewable wood pellet biomass.
Chris holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, a BASc in Environmental (Chemical) Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is registered with the Professional Engineers of Ontario. Chris currently serves as Director on the Board of the Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC) and previously served five years on the Board of Governors of Confederation College, including two years as Chair.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids and participating in marathons and triathlons.
As Director of Operations, Paul is responsible for the safe and reliable operation and maintenance of Atura Power’s fleet of combined cycle plants.
His 29 years of global experience in the power generation industry includes engineering, construction, commissioning, operations, equipment integrity, and project management.
Paul graduated with a bachelor of Engineering and Management from McMaster University and is a Professional Engineer licenced in Ontario.
Neil Finnerty, Station Manager Brighton Beach Power L.P.
Brighton Beach Power is a 580 MW CCGT station located in Windsor, Ontario. The station has been in service since 2004 providing safe, efficient and reliable service onto the IESO operated grid.
Originally joining the Brighton Beach Operations group to assist with commissioning, he then progressed through various senior positions. Prior to working at Brighton Beach, he worked in Northern Ontario in power generation and the mining industry.
Neil has a First Class Operating Engineer Certification as well as a B. Sc. (Honours) from Carleton University.
As plant manager, Tom Fletcher is responsible for leading and managing the 683 MW Halton Hills Generating facility.
Tom began his career with Scottish Power and has experience in three major industries; Power Generation, Electronics manufacturing and Automotive Manufacturing.
Mr. Fletcher joined TransCanada in 2009 as an EI&C technician at Halton Hills Generating Station, combined cycle plant west of Toronto. In 2014, after a brief spell with TransCanada strategy and planning group, Tom was promoted to maintenance manager at Portlands Energy Centre.
In November 2016, he returned to Halton Hills GS to manage the maintenance team and solar operations before becoming Plant Manager in June 2018.
Mr. Fletcher has a Scotvec National Award in Electronic engineering and completed a project management program with honours at Humber college.
As plant manager, Bruce Wick is responsible for leading and managing the 900 MW Napnanee Generating facility.
Bruce began his career by spending seven years in the pulp and paper industry working with conventional and recovery boilers. He began working in the power industry in 1991.
Bruce has held management positions in four power plants in Ontario and spent seven years in Alberta in a head office setting where he worked in various roles including the project manager of a hydro station refurb on the Connecticut river in the USA.
Bruce holds an Operating Engineer First Class certificate and completed a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University.
Kevin Dick, Director Energy Joint Ventures, TC Energy/General Manager, Portlands Energy Centre
Kevin is currently on secondment at Portlands Energy Centre (PEC) as the Plant Manager. Kevin is currently Director of Energy Joint Ventures at TC Energy (formerly TransCanada). Prior to being Plant Manager Kevin was the General Manager of PEC LP, a limited partnership between OPG and TC Energy, and was responsible for all aspects of the business including operations management, asset/commercial optimization, plant engineering, safety, and regulatory compliance. Kevin reported to a board of directors made up of the parent companies. PEC produces over 550 MW of power, approximately one quarter of the city of Toronto’s capacity needs.
Kevin graduated from the University of Waterloo’s mechanical co-operative education engineering program and subsequently completed a part time MBA in finance from Wilfrid Laurier University. He obtained the CFA designation in 2013.
In his 16 years in the energy industry Kevin has worked in a number of different roles including the Ontario Power Authority/IESO as Director of Generation Procurement and Manager Policy and Analysis where he oversaw the development and procurement of over 5,000 MW of electricity generation for the province of Ontario.
Kevin’s career at TC Energy has included a number of different positions including Project Engineer, Project Manager, Director of Technical Services, Director of Energy Projects and Director of Gas and Energy Project Development. In these various roles Kevin has worked on multiple natural gas pipeline, renewable and gas electricity generation projects and acquisitions representing the development of over $3 billion of capital projects.
In his spare time Kevin enjoys playing hockey and spending time with his family.
Tom is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario with over 20 years of work experience in the energy industry.
Currently he is the Director of Energy Management at Atura Power. Atura Power is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation and operates four natural gas combined cycle facilities in the Province of Ontario. Responsibilities include overseeing real time commercial operations, contract management and settlement, and market affairs.
Tom leads a team of 13 energy professionals. Prior to joining Atura Power, Tom worked at TC Energy for 20 years where he worked in several areas including commercial asset management of Eastern Canadian power generation assets, thermal generation business development in Eastern North American markets, renewable generation business development in North American markets, and project engineering.
Tom is married to Wendy, a chiropractor, and has two kids aged 10 and 13.
Jay is an experienced Finance Leader whose 30-year career has been focused on the utilities and power generation industries for over 20 years. Skilled in people leadership and financial management with specialized experience in system implementations with process improvement and corporate acquisitions, Jay is a strong accounting professional originally designated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.
He joins Atura from ENMAX Corporation in Calgary where he served for over 5 years as Vice President, Finance & Chief Controller. Prior to ENMAX, Jay held various positions at Ontario Power Generation over a dozen years culminating in the role of Vice President, Hydro-Thermal Finance.
Jamie is the Manager, Sourcing and Procurement, where she oversees all aspects of Supply Chain.
She joined Atura from Siemens Canada where she spent eight years in Strategic Purchasing. Prior to that, she worked at Boart Longyear as Global Commodity Manager for four years and spent many years at Arcelor Mittal Dofasco in varying capacities including Project Manager for Strategic Development. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from Lansbridge University.
Rhae Anne Naphan joined Atura Power as Manager of Human Resources in October 2019. A seasoned, strategic HR leader with over two decades of HR experience, she oversees the company’s HR, benefits, labour relations, and communications functions.
Prior to joining Atura Power, Rhae Anne served as a Director of HR at Ontario Power Generation, supporting the Hydro/Thermal Senior Leadership Team. In this role she was responsible for leading a team of HR professionals located across the province. Among other accomplishments she negotiated and led the joint Management-Union team that implemented the successful, multi year, process to convert/lay up the coal fired generating stations in the province that impacted over 1,500 employees.
Over her career Rhae Anne has been responsible for the key strategic imperatives of Health & Safety, Succession & Talent Management, Learning & Development, Wellness and Total Rewards. She was involved in the preparation and strategy development for three rounds of complex collective agreement negotiations, as well as being OPG’s lead for the internal dispute resolution process and mediations/arbitrations for a union consisting of 3,000 employees. Prior to moving into HR, Rhae Anne was a Facility Manager with responsibilities for printing, mailing, graphics/communications, office equipment and executive services, where she looked to continuously improve the service level and cost of delivery.
Prior to joining OPG, Rhae Anne was a Branch Manager in the Banking and Finance Industry.
She was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, before receiving her honours BA with a double major in Business and Political Science from Guelph University.
When Rhae Anne is not working you can likely catch her searching Niagara-on-the-Lake for garage sale finds and repurposing those finds, or volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.
Ryan has spent much of his career in the power industry with OPG, starting as a Performance and Testing Engineer in support of both Nanticoke and Lambton Generating Stations. Ryan credits this initial role as providing an excellent overview of Plant Operations and Performance, leading to a diverse range of other assignments at Nanticoke. This included progressive roles through Engineering, Programming, and Outage to Engineering Manager, and seeing the site through to layup/closure.
After his tenure at Nanticoke, Ryan transitioned into a Strategic Support function for all Hydro and Thermal assets, offering exposure into both Hydro and Corporate aspects of the business. This culminated in assuming the position of Engineering Manager for the Niagara hydro facilities.
Most recently, Ryan had the opportunity to support the Acquisitions team, as the asset diligence lead in the purchase of Atura assets. This experience proved extremely rewarding, both in terms of knowledge gained and the opportunity to work with the future Atura team before the entity was formed. Ryan has continued on in a support capacity, leading the facilities integration effort. He is excited to be a part of this transformative period and watching the company come to shape.
Outside of work Ryan enjoys staying active and spending time with his family.
Mike is the Director, IT, Enterprise Strategy and Architecture at Ontario Power Generation. A passionate IT Leader championing business innovation through technology with over 30 years of experience in a variety of engineering and IT Systems Digital Transformations. Mike has led OPG’s Digital Transformation for approximately 15,000 users and systems across Ontario; introduced a new “cloud first” strategy and the associated technology innovation required to successfully transform OPG’s IT landscape leveraging Microsoft’s Cloud (Azure and o365) technologies.
Currently working with Atura Power as the IT Director to develop Cloud strategy, IT strategic roadmaps and IT processes, procedures, and systems for the establishment of the new company.
Graduating from Queens University in Kingston Ontario, he holds a Bachelor of Science Honours (Computing & Information Sciences)
Mike is an avid hockey player and has had the opportunity to play in many global regions including Germany, Austria, and Hong Kong.