KAWARTHA LAKES-Three accomplished women with diverse backgrounds are the newest members of Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG’s) Board of Directors.
Anju Virmani, Tracy Primeau and Mary Filippelli were recently appointed to OPG’s board. They join Chair Wendy Kei and six additional independent Board members. With the new additions, women comprise 60 per cent of the independent board members, making it one of the most gender diverse boards in the industry according to OPG. This eclipses OPG’s previous commitment to ensure women comprised 30 per cent of the Board.
“As Chair of OPG’s Board of Directors, I welcome the addition of these three talented women, who join our accomplished team to help guide the company through this exciting time,” said Wendy Kei, Chair of OPG’s Board of Directors. “Ensuring we have a diverse board is not only the right thing to do, but will be critical as we help lead decarbonization, within the electricity sector, and in Ontario’s broader economy.”
OPG says this is part of its commitment to build greater equity, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) throughout the organization. OPG has also committed to Equal by 30, a public pledge by public and private sector organizations to work towards equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector by 2030.
OPG’s independent board members bring extraordinary expertise and a varied skilled set in OPG’s most critical operational and strategic areas, including: the broader energy sector, including nuclear; finance; audit; human resources and talent attraction and retention; environmental, social and governance; and infrastructure project management.
Members of OPG’s Board include Chair Wendy Kei and independent members: Mary Filippelli, John Herron, Selma Lussenburg, Scott McDonald, Jill Pepall, Tracy Primeau, Jim Reinsch, James Sheppard and Anju Virmani. OPG CEO Ken Hartwick is the sole non-independent member of the Board.
“At OPG, we set progressive goals for increasing diversity on our Board and throughout our company, because we know we are stronger for the mix of talent and perspective of a more diverse organization,” said Ken Hartwick, OPG’s President and CEO. “Advancing solutions to the greatest challenge of our time, climate change, requires varied voices and experience, and that is reflected in the make-up of our Board of Directors.”