Corporate Structure

Chief Executive Officer

Vinay Sharma, P. Eng., Ph.D., MBA, C. Dir. ACC

Portrait of Vinay Sharma

Mr. Sharma joined London Hydro on August 24, 1998, and has served in several different roles with the utility. Before becoming CEO on August 1, 2009, Mr. Sharma was Vice President of Strategic Planning & Customer Services. 

Before joining London Hydro, Mr. Sharma worked for Saskatchewan Power Corporation in various capacities, including, Distribution Planning, Power Procurement, and Marketing. He also worked as a consulting engineer with Cambrian (now AMEC) and as an Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.

A Professional Engineer in the provinces of Ontario, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, Mr. Sharma also obtained an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan and an MBA from the University of Regina. In June 2016, Mr. Sharma was inducted as a Fellow into the Canadian Academy of Engineering. 

Mr. Sharma has been a Chartered Director since 2008 and currently serves on several boards. He is the Chair of the MEARIE Board, Vice-Chair of the EDA and a Director of the King's University College Board.

Board Chair

Connie Graham, BSc, ICD.D.

Board Chair Connie Graham

Ms. Connie Graham was appointed to the London Hydro Board of Directors in 2011.  She served as Chair of both the Human Resources and Policy Committee and the Governance and Risk Committee prior to her election to Vice-Chair of the Board in 2019 and Board Chair in 2022.

Ms. Graham majored in Biochemistry in her undergraduate studies, earning her BSc from Suffolk University in Boston, MA.  After concluding her professional career in sales and marketing management with science and technology corporations such as Varian, IBM and General Electric Medical Systems, she became an active volunteer on the boards of many London, Ontario not-for-profit charitable and educational entities such as the Boys and Girls Club of London, the Fanshawe College Board of Governors and Chair of the Habitat for Humanity and Fanshawe College Foundation Boards. Her passion for reducing the impact of poverty on children and families through housing, mentoring and educational opportunities was recognized by the Honourable Edwin Holder with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. 

Concurrent to her role as Chair of London Hydro, Ms. Graham also serves on the Board of the Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Authority.  She recently concluded a seven-year term as Chair of the Federal Bridge Corporation (responsible for construction, operations, security and maintenance of major international bridge crossings serving the United States and Canada).

Vice Chair

Jack Smit, CPA, CGA, FCUIC, Executive Program (Queens)

Portrait of Jack Smit

Now retired from his distinguished career in the financial services industry at Libro Credit Union, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer for more than 20 years, Mr. Smit was appointed to the Board in 2016, and elected to the Vice Chair position in 2022.

Mr. Smit brings a wealth of knowledge and governance experience to London Hydro's Board, having served on a variety of boards, including the Credit Union Central of Ontario, London Chamber of Commerce, and United Way of London and Middlesex.

Committed to his community, Mr. Smit also serves on several local boards. He actively participates in fundraising activities for local organizations such as Children's Health Foundation, St. Joseph Hospice and Boys and Girls Club.

Board Members

Gabe Valente, B.A., B.Comm, CPA, CA

Portrait of Gabe Valente

First appointed to the Board in 2008, Mr. Valente was appointed to the position of Vice-Chair in 2016, and held the position of Board Chair from 2019 - 2022, and is now serving as past Chair.

A Chartered Accountant and managing partner in the accounting and management consulting firm of Valente & Theocharis LLP., Mr. Valente is experienced in providing a broad range of financial, taxation and strategic business management consulting services.  He is also Managing Director of Health-Pro Assist, providing health care practice management consulting as well as practice acquisition and sale services for health care professionals.

The federal government appointed Mr. Valente to the Greater London International Airport Authority, where he served as Chair. He has also Chaired the Children’s Health Foundation, served on the boards of the London Health Sciences Centre, the Canadian Airport’s Council, as well as many other for-profit and not-for-profit boards.  

Mr. Valente is actively involved in many charitable organizations in southwestern Ontario, coaches youth soccer and is part of the ownership group of the FC London Blues soccer team of the Professional Development Soccer League of North America.


Guy Holburn, Ph.D., M.A., B.A. Hons


Portrait of Guy Holburn

Appointed to the London Hydro Board in 2017, Mr. Holburn is the Suncor Chair in Energy Policy and a Professor in the Business, Economics and Public Policy group at Ivey. An expert on the intersection of business strategy and public policy, much of his research and teaching is applied to strategy and policy issues in the energy and utility sectors in Canada, the United States, and internationally.

Mr. Holburn joined Ivey in July 2001, after completing his Ph.D. in Business and Public Policy and M.A. in Economics at the University of California, Berkley. He is also the founder and Director of the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre,
Canada’s leading university-based centre for research and outreach on national energy issues. 

Before his Ph.D. studies, Mr. Holburn worked for several years as a management consultant with Bain and Company in London, England, and was a founding member of the Bain South Africa office. His undergraduate degree (Economics, B.A. Hons. First Class) is from Cambridge University.

Tania Goodine, MBA, B.A.P.S.Y.

Board Member Tania Goodine

Appointed in 2021, Tania Goodine is the newest member to join London Hydro’s Board of Directors.

Tania has been with Libro Credit Union since 1990. In her role as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, she helps Libro to develop and sustain a strong culture, build its brand and grow in southwestern Ontario’s communities.

Tania holds a Masters of Business Administration from York University and a Bachelor of Arts in honours psychology from Western University. She is a lifelong learner, having completed several executive education programs over her career.

Tania lives in downtown London, where she and her husband enjoy gardening, playing golf, and staying connected with the community. Her community involvement includes service as a member of the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of London.



Councillor Corrine Rahman


Corrine Rahman

Corrine Rahman was elected as the Councillor for Ward 7 for the 2022-2026 term of Council. Corrine was appointed to London Hydro’s Board of Directors in November 2022.

Corrine earned an Honours B.A. in Communications Studies and a general B.A. political science from the University of Windsor. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in Leadership studies from the University of Guelph. Corrine completed a graduate certificate in human resource management and a certificate in negotiations and dispute resolution.

Corrine is a Professor at Fanshawe College in the Business Management graduate certificate program. She served as a Trustee for Thames Valley District School Board from 2018-2022. She was the West Regional lead for the Justice of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee from 2016-2019. She is also a past member of the Judicial Appointments Advisory committee for the region.

Corrine values relationship building, hard work and open communication. She is an advocate for smart development, affordability and budget-conscious decision-making. She champions a diverse and welcoming London.  She resides in Ward 7 with her husband and three children.

Andrew N. Hrymak, BEng, Ph.D.

Portrait of Andrew Hrymak

Professor Andrew Hrymak was appointed to London Hydro's Board of Directors in 2019.  

Professor Hrymak currently acts as Special Advisor to the President on Industry Partnerships, the Green Economy, and Sustainability at Western University.  Prior to his current role, Professor Hrymak served as Western’s Provost & Vice-President, Academic (2018-20) and as Dean of Engineering (2009-18).  He also serves as Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research at  Western University.  

Professor Hrymak holds a BEng degree from McMaster University and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include modeling, design, and optimization of materials processing systems, in particular: composites processing, injection molding, compression molding, mixing liquid coating flows, and complex rheology. He is a Fellow of both the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Chemical Institute of Canada.