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Laurie Tugman


Chair, Board of Directors

In addition to his role as the Board Chair of Hamilton Enterprises Corporation and Hamilton Utilities Corporation, Mr. Tugman is currently Chairman of Nexterra Holdings Inc., and Vice Chairman of the Advisory Board for Sustainable Business, CPA Canada. He is also a member of the Public Accountants in Business Committee of the International Federation of Accountants and serves as an Advisory Board member and Executive-in-Residence for FEI Canada’s Leadership Beyond Finance Program.


Mr. Tugman was the former President and CEO of Marsulex Inc., from 2004 until its sale in June 2011. He is a former Director of a number of Corporations. Mr. Tugman was elected a Fellow Chartered Accountant in 2011. A member of Financial Executives International Canada (FEIC), he served on FEIC's Board from 2004 to 2007, and was a founding Chairman of one of the national committees. He has also served on the Chemistry Industry Assn. of Canada's (CIAC) Board from 2007 to 2011 and was Chairman from 2010 to 2011.

                                       Christa C. Wessel          

             Chair, Human Resources Governance Committee

Christa Wessel is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of ClearView Strategic Partners Inc. where she is responsible for operations including technology, finance and advisory services.  Prior to joining ClearView, an ethics reporting system provider, Christa was Senior Advisor at The Change Alliance where she provided leading-edge advice and support to Boards of Directors and senior leaders in the areas of strategic planning, culture, reputation and ethics.


Ms. Wessel leverages her experience as a C-suite executive for global giants McCain and Siemens, where she held chief accountability for the human resources, compliance, legal and stakeholder engagement portfolios.  As the Executive Vice-President, Global Business Practices at McCain, she was responsible for ensuring the business was aligned with organizational values and objectives, and that business strategies and social mission met stakeholder’s expectations. As a senior partner with two major Canadian law firms, she has also provided strategic counsel to numerous corporations in the areas of international business transactions, mergers and acquisitions and governance.  Ms. Wessel is a faculty member at The Directors College and lectures at Ryerson University. She was called to the Bar in the Province of Ontario, holds an LL.B., University of Ottawa, B.A. Econ., York University C. Dir., Directors College at McMaster University and a Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management from University of Toronto.

                               Lesley Gallinger

Chair, Audit and Risk Management Committee


Lesley Gallinger is the President and CEO of Elexicon Energy, the fourth largest municipally owned utility in Ontario. She was formerly Chief Strategy and Financial Officer for the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). In this role, Lesley was responsible for leading the development of the strategic plan, as well as for all Corporate Financial matters. Prior to joining ESA in 2011, Lesley was VP, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs and CFO for Oakville Hydro Corporation where she was also the Corporate Secretary.


Lesley graduated from York University with a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business.  She earned her CPA (CMA) from the Institute of Professional Accountants of Ontario, as well as her CPA from The Board of Accountancy of Illinois. Lesley holds both the C.Dir and A.C.C. certifications from the Director's College affiliated with DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University. She is a member of the Women’s Executive Network, Financial Executives International and the Pension Investment Association of Canada.







                                              Councillor Sam Merulla

City of Hamilton City Councillor - Ward 4 – Sam Merulla was first elected in November of 2000 as City Councillor for Ward 4 in the newly amalgamated City of Hamilton. Strongly committed to the citizens of East Hamilton, he actively serves as a member of the General Issues Committee (GIC), Board of Health Committee, Healthy & Safe Communities Committee and the Public Works Committee.

Councillor Merulla is an active participant on several Committees dedicated to people with disabilities such as the Hamilton-Wentworth Training Board for the Labour Partner Group for Persons with Disabilities, the HRDC Employment Expo Committee and the Hamilton-Wentworth Service Providers Committee.  In addition, he sat on D.A.R.T.S. (Disabled and Aged Regional Transit System) Board of Directors as Vice Chairman from 1999-2003 and is the Services Coordinator for PATH Employment Services/Human Resource Development Canada. 

Councillor Merulla has held such positions as Advisor to the Official Opposition Whip and Management Board Critic of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Executive Senior Advisor to Hamilton East MPP, Environment Critic and Community and Social Services Critic, (Ontario Government, Legislative Assembly of Ontario Queen’s Park office.  Councillor Merulla resides in Hamilton with his wife Corinne and their two daughters, Alexa and Sabrina.



                                                  Greg McCamus

Greg McCamus is President, Energy Distribution, Superior Plus Corporation based in Mississauga Ontario.  The Energy Distribution business consists of Superior Propane, the largest propane distribution company in Canada and Superior Plus Energy Services which provides propane and other fuel distribution services to the US marketplace.  Prior to Superior he held a number of senior positions in the competitive telecommunications industry with Call-net Enterprises (Sprint Canada), AT&T Canada, and Unitel Communications.  


Mr. McCamus holds an HBA from Huron College (University of Western Ontario) and an MBA from York University and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.   He is a member of the National Propane Gas Association (US) board of directors and a past member of the board of directors of The Learning Partnership.




                                                      Julia Kamula

Julia Kamula is a recently retired Senior Media Executive with over 30 years’ experience in Canada’s leading print and digital publishing, distribution and print manufacturing organizations.  In her most recent role, she was Senior Vice President of TC Media – Transcontinental Inc.  Previous to joining Transcontinental, Julia was Executive Vice President of Operations for Sun Media – Quebecor Inc.  She joined Sun Media through the acquisition of Osprey Media in 2007 where she was Senior Vice President of Operations.


Ms. Kamula is a certified Director (ICD.D) with extensive experience on large complex boards in the education, healthcare and news media sectors.  In addition to serving as a director on the boards of the Atlantic Free Daily Newspaper Group and Niagara College Canada, she has also been a Director and Marketing Committee Chair on the News Media Canada Board and a Director and Chair of the Capital Projects Committee for the Board of Brock University.  Julia is currently past Board Chair of Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation and is a proud resident of downtown Hamilton. 







                                                    Tony Thoma

Tony has worked in several senior-level positions in academia and industry including: Dean of Engineering Technology, VP operations and Global technical director.  In Industry these experiences include participation in due diligence investigations to secure partners, site locations, and commissioning manufacturing plants in Canada, USA, Mexico, Hungary, and China. Tony’s roles within industry have included operations, process quality, maintenance, engineering and energy management with an international automotive parts company.


In Academia Tony has managing large technical schools working with industry partners to bring the latest trends in technology to the market and preparing students for successful careers in developing topics such as Smart Energy Systems, Automation, Mechatronics, and Industry 4.0.


Tony’s board experience includes 9 years at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, 3yrs on the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Stakeholder Advisory Committee and is currently on the advisory board for Thompson Gordon Group in Burlington.  Tony has also recently served for the City of Hamilton’s Citizens Jury committees for Area Rating and LRT initiatives.


Credentials include being a licensed Professional Engineer (PEO), an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, an Honours BBA from Brock University, and a B.Sc. in Metallurgy and Materials Science from McMaster University. More recently Tony has completed the McMaster University Chartered Directors Program.