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.
Merv McLeod is one of the principals of McLeod Wood Associates Inc., he focuses on providing innovative First Nation business development in relation to large project development. MWA Inc. has been in business for 25 years.
He has worked on large projects in Ontario, working with First Nations to develop the business operations in the business sectors of high voltage electricity transmission, local electrical distribution, and electricity generation projects.
Merv has focused his efforts on building business operations that have the potential for long term success. Clients have included: Five Nations Energy Inc., local distribution companies in Attawapiskat, Kashechewan and Fort Albany First Nations, Coral Rapids Power Inc., ThawiKayhiGan LP, and advises the team developing the Matawa Development Corporation GP.