Colin Andersen has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Power Authority, effective September 15, 2008.
Andersen joins the OPA after a distinguished career of more than 20 years in the Ontario Public Service, serving in a variety of senior financial and policy positions. Currently, he is the Deputy Minister of Finance, Secretary of Treasury Board, Deputy Minister of Revenue, Chair of the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation and Chair of the Ontario Financing Authority. In 2003, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Policy, Cabinet Office. Prior to that role, he served in several capacities in the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, including Acting Deputy Minister, Associate Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputy Minister.
In these and other senior management positions Andersen has provided the government with advice and assistance on all aspects of fiscal and financial policy and planning, expenditure management and overall stewardship of the financial resources of the province. This has included playing a lead role in strategic asset management initiatives, extensive intergovernmental negotiations at the federal and municipal level and large-scale infrastructure and procurement projects.
He has a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Toronto and an Honors Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Calgary.
Andersen succeeds Dr. Jan Carr, founding Chief Executive Officer, who is leaving after three years of leading the OPA's initiatives to improve the long-term reliability of Ontario's electricity supply.
The OPA is responsible for ensuring a reliable, sustainable supply of electricity for Ontario. Its four key areas of focus are: planning the power system for the long term, leading and coordinating conservation initiatives across the province, ensuring development of needed generation resources and supporting the continued commercial evolution of the electricity sector.