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Friday April 15th, 2011

Energy Security and Climate Change: A Canada-US Common Approach? – Keynote Luncheon Address II


J. Michael Robinson, Counsel, Fasken Martineau

Main Speaker

Carmine Marcello, Executive Vice President, Strategy Hydro One, Inc., Toronto, ON

Friday April 15, 2011, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Canada-United States Law Institute at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and The University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law

The Henry T. King, Jr. Annual Conference has served as the premier forum for addressing the issues confronting the Canada-U.S. relationship. For nearly three decades, the annual conference has united members of the respective governments, corporate leaders, legal practitioners, scholars, and the media in one forum to address issues from security and trade, to energy and the environment. Along the way, the event has fostered the development of longstanding professional linkages and personal friendships on each side of the border.

This year’s conference will address the Canada-US energy relationship. It is the only event that will:

Examine the relationship from a bi-national perspective;
Provide a comprehensive review of all sectors;
Examine policy implications at the federal, state, and provincial levels;
Discuss funding initiatives that will assist companies in securing the capital needed to develop these projects.

Additional Information About Our Guest…

Michael Robinson, a 1964 graduate of University of Toronto Law School, (LLB/JD) has practiced commercial, corporate, securities and banking law in Toronto for 45 years. His emphasis is international private (business) law. Within that field his specialties are international business transactions and international trade and foreign investment law. He represents Canadian and foreign clients in all those fields.

Mr. Robinson taught at Osgoode Hall as an adjunct professor in 1982 and continuously since 2002 in both LLB/JD and LLM degree programmes, and also at University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law as an adjunct since 2005.

Mr. Robinson was very active in the Business Law Section of the International Bar Association, London, for thirty years. He held senior Committee and Council positions there for many of them.

Mr. Robinson advised Canada on the negotiation of the 1989 Canada/US Free Trade Agreement and Mexico respecting the 1992 North American Free Trade Agreement. He continues to advise and publish on international trade and investment dispute settlement law.

Mr. Robinson publishes and lectures widely, in Canada and abroad. His lengthy CV lists his many positions held, expertise recognitions granted, publications, lectures and related professional activities.

Carmine Marcello was appointed to the position of Executive Vice President, Strategy in November 2010. In this role Carmine is responsible for Strategy Development, External & Government Relations including First Nations & Métis Relations, Corporate Communications, Conservation Demand Management, Information Technology, Hydro One Telecom Inc. and the Management and Development of Hydro One Transmission and Distribution assets.

In March 2009 he was appointed to the position of Senior Vice President, Asset Management and was responsible for the life cycle management of Hydro One’s transmission and distribution assets as well as Hydro One Smart Grid initiatives.

Carmine has over 20 years experience in the electric utility industry as a senior executive, strategic planner and advisor on transmission and distribution utility processes. Appointed as Vice President, Corporate Projects in March 2007in a newly created role, Carmine was responsible for the oversight and delivery of corporate enterprise-wide Business Transformation projects. In 2003 as Director of System Investment, Hydro One Networks he was responsible for developing and implementing the investment plans required to ensure that Hydro One’s transmission and distribution systems are capable of reliably supplying the current and future electrical needs of Ontario. From 2005 to 2007, he led the transformation of Hydro One’s Ontario Grid Control Centre through significant improvements in organizational/individual performance standards, strengthening cultural/behavioral values and advancing leadership talent. During his career, Carmine has held a series of senior management roles responsible for planning and maintaining the transmission and distribution businesses. This experience includes all aspects of the electric utility business, specifically; strategic planning, regulatory relations, service quality improvements, operations, and customer service. Carmine joined Ontario Hydro in 1987 in various engineering positions involved in planning, operating and maintaining the wires system.

Carmine is also active in a number of corporate and industry associations. Carmine has advised on several NERC initiatives including Hydro One representation on the North American Transmission Forum and on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Member Representatives Committee (MRC). He is past Chair of the Canadian Electricity Association’s (CEA) Transmission Council, and holds a position on the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy Advisory Panel and on the Hydro One Brampton Board of Directors and the Finance, Regulatory and Policy Sub-Committee. Carmine is also a member of the Governance Committee at York Central Hospital.

He has a Masters of Business Administration from York University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.