The Ontario Energy Association (OEA) has named Elise Herzig to be its new president and CEO, effective October 15, 2009.

"We are very fortunate to have been able to recruit someone of Elise's caliber and experience to lead the OEA," said Scott Balfour, chair of the OEA Board of Directors and president and CFO of Aecon Group Inc. "Elise is the right person to help position the OEA to effectively represent its members' interests at this point in today's complex and constantly evolving energy policy environment in Ontario."

Herzig brings more than 24 years of experience in consulting, strategy, organizational development and research to the OEA. She has a proven track record of building stakeholder coalitions at multiple levels with government, industry and the broader public. She will lead the OEA's effort of articulating and coordinating the many valuable perspectives represented by the OEA members.
 
"I am pleased and honored to have been chosen to lead the OEA at this point in its evolution. The energy industry is a key economic driver of our province," said Herzig. "The Green Energy Act and a number of other policy and economic developments in Ontario create considerable opportunities, as well as challenges. The OEA is uniquely positioned to become the authentic voice of Ontario's energy sector and I look forward to working with and engaging our membership to ensure that their interests are heard and taken into account in the policy making process."

Herzig takes over from former OEA Chair Paul McMillan, who in April 2009 stepped in as acting president and CEO.

The OEA is Ontario's premier energy trade organization. It represents the needs, issues and voices of firms and organizations involved in the transmission, distribution and marketing of natural gas, and in the generation, transmission, distribution and marketing of electricity across the province. OEA members together employ approximately 32,000 Ontarians, and last year accounted for $35 billion in market revenues.