Our Senior Leadership Team
Learn more about the experienced men and women who comprise Atura Power's senior leadership team.
Senior Leadership Team
President, Atura Power
Chris is the President of Atura Power, responsible for leading a team of dedicated staff in the safe, reliable, and efficient operation of a diversified energy business focused on enabling clean energy through flexible combined cycle natural gas electricity generation and low-carbon hydrogen production. 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 an independent subsidiary company. Prior to that, Chris was Chief Operating Officer for OPG’s Renewable Generation business, where he led 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, 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 Burlington Hydro, Inc., and 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.
Director of Operations
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.
Plant Manager, Brighton Beach L.P.
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.
Plant Manager, Halton Hills Generating Station
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.
Over his career to date, Tom has held many roles in both the steel industry (industrial boilers; supply of blast furnace air and water) and the electrical utility industry (primarily generation). Most notably, Tom has been an employee of OPG for nearly two decades.
Tom is a mechanical engineering grad and also holds a Masters of Business Administration from McMaster University. His passions at work relate to sustained business excellence as well as thermodynamics & combustion: society must deal with the challenge of greenhouse gas emissions, but while in this period of transition Tom is pleased to be part of an industry able to combust its fuel simultaneously considering and optimizing combustion safety, emissions, and heat rate!
Tom’s OPG career began at the Nanticoke generating station. During his ten years contributing to improving the environmental, reliability, and safety performance of this large, coal-fired station, Tom held numerous positions dealing with project development, project execution, station strategy and performance, station governance and business planning. Tom was a liaison with many of the corporate functions that influenced the operation of the station, allowing Tom to gain a solid understanding of the business and power industry as a whole. Following three years on the station Senior Leadership Team, Tom spent the next nearly four years at the OPG corporate office in the Enterprise Risk Management function, where he contributed to improving OPG’s risk management frameworks for management of risk to operations and to major projects. During this time at the OPG head office, Tom also gained exposure to the local electricity distribution business over a span of three years on the Board of Directors of Norfolk Power, as well as various Board committees. For the ensuing years before joining the Atura team, Tom re-joined the production side of OPG (hydro, thermal, solar) in a leadership role focused on fleet strategy and performance optimization for the fleet as a whole. Tom’s current role as Integration Manager immediately follows a similar role at OPG where Tom worked closely with Eagle Creek Renewable Energy (OPG’s U.S. hydro subsidiary) on the integration of former-Eagle and former-Cube Hydro into a single entity.
Outside of work, Tom spends much of his time with his wife and five children and step-children of various ages. Tom’s passion outside of work is Ultimate frisbee – Tom has competed at the international level for players aged 40+, most notably as a member of a high-performing Toronto team that won an annual North American tournament three years straight (2016,2017,2018).
Rhae Anne Naphan
Manager, Human Resources & Stakeholder Relations
Rhae Anne Naphan joined Atura Power as Manager of Human Resources & Stakeholder Relations 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.
General Counsel and Manager Strategic Initiatives
Stephanie Nielsen (she/her) is General Counsel and Manager Strategic Initiatives with Atura Power; a subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation (OPG). Before joining Atura, Stephanie held the position of Senior Legal Counsel with OPG’s corporate/commercial legal group, where she supported OPG’s Corporate Business Development, Chief Information Office and Supply Chain business units.
Prior to joining OPG, Stephanie was Legal Counsel at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and an Associate for six years in the Business Law group of McCarthy Tétrault LLP.
Stephanie earned two law degrees (an LLB and JD (cum laude)) when she graduated in 2009 from the joint international legal program between the University of Windsor and the University of Detroit Mercy. She is called to the bar in Ontario (2010) and Illinois (2010).
Stephanie spends her free time with her husband, Eric, and their energetic German Pinscher, Lyra.
Director of Energy Management
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.
Treasurer and Chief Controller
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.
Manager, Sourcing and Procurement
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.
Napanee Generating Station
As plant manager, Bruce Wick is responsible for leading and managing the 900 MW Napanee 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.
Plant Manager, Portlands Energy Centre
Eric is currently on secondment at Portlands Energy Centre (PEC) as the Plant Manager, having stepped away from his base role as Director of Performance & Testing for Ontario Power Generation. PEC produces over 550 MW of power, approximately one quarter of the city of Toronto’s capacity needs.
Over the course of his career, Eric has been in and around boilers and power generation, including as a consulting engineer with Neill and Gunter Limited in the forest product and frozen food industries, and as a numerical analysis specialist for Ansys Canada.
Since joining OPG, Eric has held roles in station Outage Management, Project Management, and roles of increasing responsibility in Performance & Testing, responsible for emissions testing and thermal and hydraulic performance evaluation.
Originally from Fredericton, NB, Eric holds both Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, and is a licenced Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.
At home, Eric and his wife Erin are raising 3 bike riders and snowboarders (ages 3, 5 and 11), and in the spring the family can be found in the back yard boiling maple syrup.
Director, Hydrogen Business Development
David Zekveld has over 15 years of experience in the electricity and stable / radioisotope industries. Over the past four years, David has progressed new lines of business in energy and isotopes for Ontario Power Generation. David is leading Atura Power’s overall hydrogen business and he is a member of Ontario’s Hydrogen Strategy Working Group facilitated by the Government of Ontario. David is a graduate of nuclear engineering from Ontario Tech and has a Global Executive MBA from Purdue University.