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Executive Team

Gerry Smallegange,
President and Chief Executive Officer

Gerry Smallegange, President and CEO



Mr. Smallegange sets a standard of leadership that is exemplified through his actions and his ability to play to the strengths of his management team and Board. It is a standard rooted in trusted service and unwavering commitment to serve the needs of Burlington Hydro’s customers and the community.

As President and CEO, he is accountable for the holding company Burlington Enterprises Corporation, and its affiliates Burlington Hydro Inc. and Burlington Electricity Services Inc., a position he has held since 2009.

Gerry is a Board Member and Past Chair at Plug N’Drive Ontario and Conservation Halton. He has an engineering degree from the University of Waterloo, holds the nationally recognized designation of a Chartered Director, is a professional engineer in the Province of Ontario, and has his MBA from Athabasca University.


Sally Blackwell,
and Chief Financial Officer

Sally Blackwell, VP, Regulatory Compliance and Asset Management




Ms. Blackwell has oversight of the Finance, Billing, Regulatory Compliance, Supply Chain and Capital Planning departments.

Ms. Blackwell has over 10 years of experience in management roles in the electricity sector including Alectra Utilities, the former Horizon Utilities, and Oakville Hydro. Sally was actively involved in several rate applications as well as the merger process to form Alectra Utilities. She serves as a Board Member of the Utilities Standards Forum and is a member of the Electricity Distributors Association’s (EDA) Regulatory Affairs Council. Her prior work experience includes several years in the consumer-packaged goods industry.

Sally is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University.




Jennifer Smith,
Executive VP Corporate,
and Chief People Officer (CPO)

Jennifer Smith, Executive VP,<br />Chief People Officer (CPO)




Ms. Smith has over 15 years of executive Human Resources experience and has held her current position since 2009, which includes oversight of Human Resources, Health and Safety, Corporate Communications and Customer Service.

She is an active volunteer in the Electrical and Burlington Community, where she is Board Chair of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a member of the Electricity Distributors Association’s (EDA) Human Resources Council and Advisory Council Member to the EDA Board of Directors. She also Chairs the GridSmartCity Cooperative Human Resources Committee.

Ms. Smith is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and Chartered Director (C.Dir). She also holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Brock University.


Paul Heeg,
VP Engineering & Network Operations

Paul Heeg, Chief Operations Officer, VP Engineering & Operations




Mr. Heeg has spent over 30 years in the electricity distribution industry. He has a wealth of technical and managerial experience in the Engineering and Operations areas.

In his role, he has oversight of the safe operation and maintenance of the overall distribution system. He is a dedicated leader with a commitment to workplace safety and ongoing development of his team.

Mr. Heeg is a Registered Journeyperson Meter Technician and holds an Energy Systems Engineering Technologist diploma from Mohawk College. He is a member of the Electricity Distributors Association’s (EDA) Operations and Engineering, Conservation and Sustainability Issues, and Electrification Councils.