President & CEO | Max Cananzi

Over the course of more than 25 years of experience in the energy and utility sector, Max has held a variety of senior positions. In these roles he has been instrumental in facilitating two of Ontario's largest utility mergers and building one of Ontario's most successful energy retailers. In addition to leading Horizon Utilities, Max is also the President and CEO of its holding company, Horizon Holdings Inc., and competitive affiliate, Horizon Energy Solutions Inc. read more...

Max had his start in the sector as part of the leadership team of Scarborough Public Utilities Commission, then one of Ontario's largest municipal electric and water distribution utilities. After participating in the successful merger and integration of the six companies that created the new Toronto Hydro in 1998, Max was appointed Vice President, Energy Portfolio Management and Generation of the newly created Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. In this role, he was responsible for energy marketing, electricity and natural gas trading, and generation development.

Max joined Hamilton Hydro Inc. as its President in 2003, the local electric distribution utility for the newly amalgamated City of Hamilton. Soon after assuming the role, Max was instrumental in the merger of Hamilton Hydro and St. Catharines Hydro to create Horizon Utilities Corporation in 2005. In addition to it becoming one of Ontario's most successful LDCs in terms of delivering value for customers, shareholders and communities, Horizon became the first utility in Canada to be designated a "Sustainable Electricity CompanyTM" under Max's leadership.

Beyond the Horizon family of companies, Max serves the energy community in Ontario and Canada as Chair of the board of directors of the Ontario Energy Association (OEA), and board member of the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA), MEARIE (Ontario's electricity industry reciprocal insurance provider), Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), and Ontario Energy Network.

Max is an Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Toronto and a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario. He earned his MBA in Finance from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer | John Basilio

John’s previous work experience was primarily in the asset-backed financial services sector supporting business strategy and development with functional responsibilities in treasury, corporate finance, financial reporting, risk management and corporate taxation. He received his designation as a chartered accountant while working with Ernst & Young, completed the CICA In-Depth Tax Course, and has a Bachelor of Commerce and Finance from the University of Toronto. John is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and Financial Executives International.

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs | Indy Butany-DeSouza

Prior to joining Horizon Utilities in 2009, Indy worked at Carbon Capital Management providing strategic direction to this carbon markets start-up company. She has a decade of industry experience in the electricity sector and managed local distribution company (LDC) and retailer market readiness for the opening of the Ontario retail market for power in 2002. Following this, she built the Regulatory Compliance team for EPCOR and spent five years at Direct Energy in several key roles including Government and Regulatory Affairs, Market Development and Direct Energy Consulting. Indy holds an Honours B.Sc. and an MBA in Finance and Strategy from McMaster University.

Vice President, Customer Services | Eileen Campbell

Eileen began her career in the electricity industry with Hamilton Hydro Inc. She has wide experience in a number of operational areas that directly affect the company’s customers and has demonstrated a strong personal commitment to customer service. She is currently responsible for Metering and Customer Connections, Customer Service and Billing, and Conservation and Demand Management. Eileen serves on the Conservation and Demand Management Caucus of the EDA and on the Customer Council of the CEA.Eileen serves on the Conservation First Implementation Committee established by the Independent Electricity System Operator (“IESO”) and on the Customer Council of the Canadian Electricity Association (“CEA”). She has a diploma in Management Studies from McMaster University and completed the Ontario Management Development program at Mohawk College.


Vice President, Finance | Danielle Diaz

Danielle is a Chartered Accountant with 10 years of financial and accounting experience gained largely in the industrial and manufacturing sectors.  Danielle's previous employers included Harris Steel Group Inc. (Hamilton), PricewaterhouseCoopers and most recently Vicwest Inc. where she was Interim Vice-President. Danielle graduated from Brock University with a Bachelors in Accounting. She is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. 

Vice President, Business Development & Corporate Relations | Neil Freeman

Neil has extensive business and management experience in the electric industry, including working with the Ontario Power Authority on integration of electricity planning into other provincial and municipal planning exercises. His expertise includes business development, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory issues. Neil is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, and received his PhD from the University of Toronto. He is the author of The Politics of Power: Ontario Hydro and its Government, 1906-95 (University of Toronto Press, 1996).

Vice President, Utility Operations | Kathy Lerette

Kathy is an energy industry professional with 30 years experience in the areas of engineering and operations. She began her career in the electricity industry at Stoney Creek Hydro Electric Commission. Kathy is currently responsible for Utility Operations, which includes Engineering, Construction & Maintenance, and Supply Chain Management divisions. She provides leadership for the continuous improvement culture and initiatives that are driving increased levels of performance in Horizon Utilities’ operations. Kathy is a graduate of Mohawk College and is a registered Certified Engineering Technologist.

Vice President of Human Resources | Brenda Schacht

Formerly Vice President of Human Resources at The Globe & Mail, Brenda has also held senior human resources roles with several companies, most notably CIBC, MGI Software, Centra Gas/Union Gas, and the Ford Motor Company of Canada. She holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters in Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto.

Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary │ Lawrence Wilde

Lawrence has extensive experience in corporate law and business leadership with a focus on advising major corporations on corporate governance and finance, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, risk management and regulatory affairs. He is qualified to practice law in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. He served as Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Toronto Hydro Corporation for twelve years and prior to that worked with the law firm of Stikeman Elliott in Toronto. Lawrence received his Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta.