Mark Poweska, President & CEO, Hydro One
In Conversation with Rocco Rossi, President & CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Nov 13, 2020
Join Mark Poweska, President and CEO of Hydro One, in a fireside conversation with Rocco Rossi, President & CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, about how he is transforming the company to put customers and Ontario first.
Mark is a proven leader with a deep passion for employee and public safety, delivering on customer expectations and improving operational performance. Mark’s vision, mission and strategy for Hydro One is energizing life for people and communities across Ontario. This new vision is a promise to listen to customers and communities, be their voice in the industry and take action to meet their needs. In the face of COVID-19, the company continues to deliver on its strategy focusing on supporting customers, employees, communities and economic recovery.
Mark Poweska, President and CEO, Hydro One
Mark Poweska is President and CEO of Hydro One Limited. With nearly 1.4 million valued customers, over C$25 billion in assets and 2019 annual revenues of approximately $6.58 billion, Mark leads Ontario’s largest electricity transmission and distribution provider and is a proven leader with a reputation for prioritizing safety, exceeding customer expectations, cutting costs and improving operational performance.
With a team of approximately 8,800 skilled and dedicated employees, Mark has propelled the company to new heights, devising a new corporate strategy that sets a clear vision for the future of Hydro One. Mark has deep industry knowledge and an ability to develop enduring relationships with industry partners, unions, Indigenous communities, regulators and all levels of government.
Prior to joining Hydro One, Mark served as Executive Vice President, Operations at BC Hydro. During his tenure in the role, Mark successfully led the merger of the former Transmission and Distribution organization with the Generation organization. During his more than 25 years at BC Hydro, Mark has proven that he can build a strong safety culture, put customers first and improve efficiency.
Mark is a mechanical engineer with experience at all levels of the electricity industry, from the front line to the executive team. Mark is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Energy Association and serves on the Board of the Canadian Electricity Association and Western Energy Institute. He was recognized by the Ontario Energy Association as Leader of the Year for 2020 for his leadership of Hydro One’s transformation to be more customer-driven, sustainable, safe, and efficient, and under his direction to stand up for all Ontarians.
Fireside Conversation with:
Rocco Rossi, President & CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
A successful entrepreneur and business executive, champion fundraiser, and dedicated public servant, Rocco Rossi joins the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in 2018 as President and CEO. Coming from his role as President and CEO of Prostate Cancer Canada and earlier as the CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation – one of Canada’s largest non-profit organizations – Rossi has overseen consecutive years of record fundraising combining for over $600 million in total and launching many new, life-saving initiatives.
His passion for public policy has led him to stand for election both for the position of Mayor of Toronto and for MPP. Mr. Rossi has held senior positions at the Boston Consulting Group, TORSTAR, Labatt/Interbrew and MGI Software. He is a graduate of McGill and Princeton. Rossi currently serves as a member of the Board and Audit Committee of TerraVest Industries.
A past board member of United Way of Greater Toronto and other charities, Mr. Rossi has been an active community builder. In fact, in 2012 he was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his Philanthropic and Community service. A dedicated adventurer, Rocco has walked the legendary Camino de Santiago several times, cycled the 1900 km length of Yonge Street from Rainy River to Toronto, kayaked the 500 km from Toronto to Ottawa, and climbed to Everest Base Camp.
Mr. Rossi has a BA (Hons) in political science from McGill University and a Masters of Arts in politics from Princeton University. He is married to his wife of 33-years, Rhonnie, and they have a 30-year-old son, Domenic John, who is a teacher.