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On January 9, 2014, Anthony Haines, Toronto Hydro President and Chief Executive Officer announced the creation of a panel to review Toronto Hydro's emergency response to the December 2013 ice storm.

The panel was chaired by David J. McFadden Q.C. who is recognized for his leadership in the energy sector and who has served on the Ontario Distribution Sector Review Panel, the U.S.-Canada Power System Outage Task Force that investigated the 2003 blackout, and his work on the deployment of smart grid technology in Ontario. The review was facilitated by Davies Consulting which is a leading energy industry consulting firm with expertise in emergency management.


Panel members included:

  • Sean Conway of Ryerson University's Centre for Urban Energy (CUE). He joined CUE as a Distinguished Research Fellow in February 2012. Mr Conway is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).
  • Joe Pennachetti is the City Manager for the City of Toronto overseeing the delivery of more than 40 major services to a population of 2.7 million people. Mr. Pennachetti is a certified general accountant and a member of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario and a fellow (FCGA) of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada. 
  • Carlos Torres is the vice president of Emergency Management at Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Incorporated. Mr. Torres is a member of the Contingency Planning Exchange as well as on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of Greater New York.


The panel report was released on June 18, 2014.

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The Status of Recommendation from December 2013 Ice Storm Report.

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