The Future is Electric
Ken Hartwick, President and CEO, OPG in conversation with Anita Sharma, National News Anchor, CTV News Channel
June 16, 2021
Having delivered one of the world’s single largest climate change actions by closing its coal stations, OPG now looks to the future by investing in new technologies that will drive the clean economy. The company has released its Climate Change Plan, with a commitment to achieving net-zero by 2040 and helping the markets in which it operates achieve net-zero by 2050. Learn why Ontario’s largest clean power generator is emphasizing electrification of everything and an “all hands on deck” approach to generating technology.
President and CEO – Ontario Power Generation
Ken Hartwick is OPG’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Ken joined OPG in March 2016 as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President – Finance, where he led all operations under Finance, Business Development, Strategy, and Risk. In that role, Ken also led the launch of Canada’s first utility green bond as well as OPG’s expansion to the United States through the acquisition of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, LLC. Ken was appointed OPG President and CEO on April 1, 2019.
Ken joined OPG from Wellspring Financial Corporation, where he was CFO and Treasurer. He was also interim President and CEO at Atlantic Power Corporation, a generating company that does business in Canada and the United States. For ten years prior, Ken was the CFO and CEO of Just Energy Corporation, a Canadian-based energy retailer. In addition, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Hydro One between 2001 and 2004. He also held senior positions at Capgemini and was a partner at Ernst & Young LLP.
Ken is a Chartered Professional Accountant with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He serves on a number of boards of directors.
Originally from Norwood, Ontario (near Peterborough), Ken now lives in Milton with his wife. He has three grown children.
National News Anchor – CTV News Channel
Anita Sharma is a national television news anchor with CTV News Channel, hosting the prime-time program, seen nationally from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
The live newscast focuses on issues of the day including politics, business, current affairs and the pandemic.
Anita started her career with Bell Media in 2016, working for all of their news networks: CTV, CTV News Channel and CP24. At BNN Bloomberg, Anita hosted Canada’s most popular business news program, Market Call Tonight – a daily deep-dive into the stocks/companies making headlines in the world of finance.
Anita started her journalism career in 2001 as a national network news anchor for CBC Television, hosting business news on the national, network morning news program. She also anchored the provincial newscast in New Brunswick on behalf of CBC Television. Anita has interviewed news makers from around the world including heads of state, finance ministers and global business leaders.
Community is very important to Anita. Her parents immigrated to Canada from Punjab, India, instilling in Anita a deep sense of pride for her parents’ homeland and the way of life they created for Anita and her siblings in Toronto.
Anita speaks fluent Punjabi and conversational French. She attended York University, majoring in political science and languages.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking, cycling and travelling – when allowed to do so!