Canada Member Committee

Energy Council of Canada


The Energy Council of Canada is a not-for-profit corporation whose membership is made up of private sector energy corporations, energy industry associations, Canadian federal and provincial government departments and agencies, and Crown corporations. The Council provides a forum for action, networking and thinking by energy industry leaders from the private and public sectors. The Council aims to forge an understanding of energy issues, while working to shape the energy sector for the benefit of Canadians. It holds public policy forums, various members’ activities and hosts the Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award. The Energy Council of Canada is a founding member of the World Energy Council (1923), and participates in their activities contributing to a global expert knowledge base of energy information.

Chair: Colin Andersen

Colin provides strategic advice to senior public and private sector executives regarding finance, electricity and health system transformation, including climate change leadership, green finance, system sustainability, energy poverty, behavioural economics and digital wellness.
Colin is Chair of the Energy Council of Canada, which was established in 1923 as a founding member of the World Energy Council. The Energy Council of Canada strives to shape an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy sector for the benefit of all Canadians. The Energy Council covers all sectors involved in energy in Canada, and brings together senior executives from industry and government engaged in regional, national, continental and global activities. He is also Senior Executive Fellow at WISE (Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy – University of Waterloo)
Colin was Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), responsible for ensuring a reliable, sustainable, cost-effective supply of electricity for Ontario. He led the organization in its efforts to coordinate province-wide conservation initiatives, plan the electricity system for the long term and procure clean supply resources.
Prior to joining the OPA, Colin held a variety of senior financial and policy positions in the Ontario Public Service, including as Deputy Minister of Finance, of Revenue, of Policy, Cabinet Office and Acting Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care; Secretary of Treasury Board; Chair of the Ontario Financing Authority; and Chair of the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation.
In these and other senior management positions, Colin provided successive governments with advice and assistance on all aspects of fiscal and financial policy and planning, expenditure management and overall stewardship of Ontario’s financial resources. In addition, he has led strategic asset management initiatives, extensive intergovernmental negotiations at the federal and municipal level and large-scale infrastructure and procurement projects.
He has a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary.

Secretary: Jacob Irving