Jan Carr, PhD, FCAE Strategic Adviser International Initiatives

Speaks:  English

Primary phone: +1 416-319-8090

Fax: +1 416-862-7661

Email: jan.carr@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Toronto

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Jan Carr, PhD, FCAE

Dr. Jan Carr is a strategic adviser on electricity policy, regulation, business and commercial matters at Gowling WLG. Jan has extensive international experience, whether it be for clients investing or operating in Canada, Canadian clients investing or operating internationally or international clients abroad.

He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Power Authority from the time of its founding in January 2005 until September 2008. Prior to that, he was Vice Chair of the Ontario Energy Board during its transition from a government department to a self-funding independently operated tribunal.

Jan has 43 years of experience in the electricity sector as an executive and professional engineer, holding senior positions in the design and planning of electricity transmission and distribution systems. He has worked on projects in many parts of the world, including Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, and has been a consultant to utilities, governments and other stakeholders on the financial, business, strategic and policy aspects of the electric power industry. 

Most recently, Jan served as adviser, with PwC, to the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company and, with London Economics, to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE) on the establishment of planning, procurement and off-take contracting entities for the supply of water, renewable, nuclear and thermal electricity generation.


Jan is a member of the board of the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), which is responsible for long-range planning of the Alberta electricity system as well as its operation through a competitive wholesale electricity market. He is an adviser to the executive and business unit leaders of consulting engineer Hatch Ltd. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre at Western University.

He formerly served on the Board of Directors of Guelph Hydro, a municipally owned utility; TransAlta Power, a publicly traded generation company; Legend Power Systems, a publicly traded manufacturer of energy conservation equipment; and Macquarie Canadian Infrastructure Management, a privately held infrastructure investment fund.

He was also a member of the Advisory Committee on Competition in Ontario’s Electricity System (the Macdonald Committee) and Chairman of the Electricity Task Force of the Toronto Board of Trade. He was Commissioner and Chairman of the municipal electric utility in Niagara-on-the-Lake and a board member and regional Chair of the Municipal Electric Association (today’s Electricity Distributors Association) in Ontario.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      Engineering Alumni Hall of Distinction, University of Toronto
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      Hedley Palmer Award, Association of Power Producers of Ontario
  • 2012

    • Community
      Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow
  • 2010

    • Rankings & Awards
      University of Waterloo, Doctor of Engineering (honoris causa)
  • 2007

    • Rankings & Awards
      Ontario Professional Engineers, Medal for Management
  • 2005

    • Career
      February 2005
      Ontario Power Authority, CEO
  • 2004

    • Career
      April 2004
      Ontario Energy Board, Vice Chair
  • 2001

    • Career
      Barker, Dunn & Rossi Canada, Co-founder and Principal
  • 1985

    • Career
      Acres International Ltd., Vice President Power Systems
  • 1972

    • Education
      University of Waterloo, PhD, Electrical Power Systems
  • 1970

    • Education
      University of Waterloo, MASc, Communications Systems
  • 1968

    • Education
      University of Toronto, BASc, Electrical Engineering
  • 1963

    • Education
      Ryerson Institute of Technology, Diploma, Gas Technology

Jan is a frequent presenter at wide range of electricity industry, business, infrastructure and energy policy conferences throughout North America. He has made many guest appearances on current affairs and business programs on national and local broadcasts and radio shows.  He is also frequently quoted as an expert opinion in national and local press.