Michael J. O’Connor
President and CEO
Vice-President, Finance & Accounting
Vice-President, Commercial Operations
Board of Directors:
Philip Hughes Chair
Michael O’Connor is the President and CEO of NaiKun Wind Energy Group. Previously, he was Project Director for Vancouver’s Canada Line Rapid Transit Project with SNC-Lavalin where he was responsible for the design, construction and commissioning of the $1.7-billion transit project before the 2010 Winter Olympics. He also served as President and CEO of BC Transit. Prior to his work with SNC-Lavalin, he owned and operated Clearwater Technologies Inc., a developer and manufacturer of water and wastewater plants and distribution systems. Clearwater Technologies was later purchased by Terasen Utility Services, where Mr. O’Connor served as Vice-President, Operations and Manufacturing. Throughout his career, Mr. O’Connor has successfully delivered complex, ground-breaking projects within tight timeframes and on budget.
Wilbur Lang is an Accountant with more than 25 years of management experience in finance, administration and operations in the construction, manufacturing, banking, communication and service industries. Prior to joining NaiKun, Mr. Lang acted as a consultant on various projects, the most significant being with SNC-Lavalin on the Canada Line rapid transit project. Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer for the Clearwater Group and prior to that he held significant finance and accounting positions in a diverse group of industries.
Mr. Scott joined NaiKun in February 2008. Most recently, he served as Vice-President of Corporate Development at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) where he was responsible for developing partnerships within the nuclear energy industry. Prior to AECL, Mr. Scott spent 10 years developing major infrastructure projects and technology businesses worldwide at Canadian multinational engineering and construction company AGRA Inc., now part of AMEC plc. He brings a formidable background in strategy and operations, bid management, investment valuation, international market analysis and development. He also has extensive experience with contract negotiations and partnerships. Mr. Scott obtained his degree in chemical engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario in London.
Board of Directors:
Philip Hughes is a leader in both the Canadian and international energy industries, with expertise in electrical distribution, generation and transmission. Currently, he is Chairman of Bow City Power Ltd., a power company based in Calgary, Alberta. Previously, he served as President and CEO of Calgary electricity distributor FortisAlberta. Mr. Hughes is also a Director of Churchill Energy Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement for Southern Alberta and the Calgary Health Trust. He has served as the Chairman of the Energy Council of Canada as well as the Canadian Electrical Association. He is a past member of the Officers’ Council of the World Energy Council.
One of Canada’s best known entrepreneurs, Mr. Houssian has extensive experience in business development, growth and operations. Mr. Houssian founded Intrawest Corporation, a world-class developer and operator of luxury mountain, golf and beach resorts. Intrawest’s operations and ancillary businesses included Abercombie & Kent that operate in 100 countries. When sold in 2006, Intrawest employed 25,000 people with annual revenues over $1.5 billion. Currently, Mr. Houssian is Chairman and founder of Intracorp Capital, an urban real estate development company. He has also served on the boards of Versacold and Lions Gate Entertainment.
Dave Rehn, Director
Dave Rehn is Executive Vice President, Generation and Wholesale Energy with ENMAX Corporation, where he is responsible for the negotiation, construction and operation of the corporation’s power generation facilities and management of the wholesale energy portfolio. Prior to joining ENMAX, Mr. Rehn held key positions with Constellation Energy and Rovsing Dynamics. He also served with Duke Energy Corporation for 25 years in a variety of positions including President and CEO of Duke Energy Power Services North America.
Arthur Willms joined the Board in February 2015. Mr. Willms joined Westcoast Energy in 1971 and in 1991 he was named President and Chief Operating Officer and held this position until his retirement in 1999. In 2001 Mr. Willms was appointed to the board of directors of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. In addition, Mr. Willms has held numerous other directorships including Pacific Northern Gas Ltd., Union Gas Ltd., Crestar Energy Inc., Gulf Canada Resources Ltd., Pristine Power Inc., Columbia Power Inc. and Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Ltd.