Penny Favel’s role at Hydro One is integral to the execution of all aspects of their corporate strategy and in particular to becoming a Trusted Partner.

Under Penny’s leadership, Hydro One developed its strategic approach to Indigenous Relations, based on vision, principles, excelling at engagement, and acting to address meaningful Reconciliation. She collaborated with Supply Chain, Projects and Operations to set public procurement targets for Indigenous businesses. Penny also led the development of the company’s strategic direction on offering Indigenous Equity Partnership for new major Transmission Projects.

Prior to joining Hydro One, Penny was the Vice-President of Environment, Land and Indigenous Relations (Canada and US) for TC Energy. Penny was raised in Saskatchewan and attended the University of Saskatchewan for both her undergraduate and law degrees. She has enjoyed a 20-year career in law primarily serving as a commercial construction lawyer before moving into Stakeholder and Indigenous Relations.

Hillary Thatcher is Senior Director, Project Development, Indigenous Infrastructure. Hillary leads Canada Infrastructure Bank’s Indigenous relationships and opportunities to engage with Indigenous communities. She is part of the team offering advice and making investments consistent in CIB’s priority initiatives.

Previously Director General of Innovation and Services at Indigenous Services Canada, Hillary spent 15 years with the Ontario government in senior roles across Indigenous Affairs, Energy and Infrastructure and Natural Resources. Hillary has a proven track record of building linkages among government, industry and Indigenous interests. 

Hillary is Métis and has been an active member of the urban Indigenous community of Toronto through her volunteer roles at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Red Sky Performance and the Downie Wenjak Fund. 

Hillary graduated from Concordia University in Montreal and the University of Victoria.

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