A former investment banker has been appointed chairman of the Ontario Power Authority, the agency that administers the province's energy policy.
James Hinds, a native of Sudbury, Ont., previously served as chairman of the Independent Electricity System Operator. He has worked for CIBC Wood Gundy Inc., Newcrest Capital Inc. and TD Securities Inc.
Hinds replaces John Beck, who is stepping down after more than three years. Beck will continue to serve as a board member through a period of transition.
Hinds has a law degree from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
"I'm looking forward to the work ahead, starting with the responsibility of updating the province's 20-year energy plan," Hinds said Thursday.
"As Ontario continues to make investments to build a clean energy future, we are fortunate to have accomplished and skilled individuals like James Hinds and John Beck to lead the way," Energy Minister Brad Duguid said.