The Strategies and Options Committee

To make the best choice regarding the future direction of Guelph Hydro, Guelph City Council created the Strategies and Options Committee to explore how we can get the most from our local utility assets. An asset review is a regular process municipalities undertake to ensure public assets are achieving maximum value.

 The Committee’s role is to provide recommendations and citizen input to City Council, which has the ultimate authority to make decisions about Guelph’s energy assets.

Role of the Strategies & Options Committee

Review options for Guelph’s energy assets.


Investigate and recommend opportunities related to buying, selling, merging or maintaining the status quo.


Identify and rank potential options.


Inform and engage industry, employee and community stakeholders.


Make recommendations and obtain all necessary approvals from Guelph City Council.

If directed by City Council, the Committee may also:

engage in discussions with potential partners, develop draft agreements, and develop an implementation plan.

Who We Are

Derrick Thomson headshot

Derrick Thomson, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Guelph (Co-Chair).

Mr. Thomson is the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the City of Guelph. Previously, he was Executive Director of Community and Social Services and Deputy CAO of Public Services, also at the City of Guelph. Prior to that, he was the CAO of the Township of West Lincoln and held senior management roles at the City of Brampton.

Jane Armstrong

Jane Armstrong Chair of the Board of Directors for Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. (Co-Chair)

Ms. Armstrong is a life-long resident of Guelph and is a partner with the law firm of Vorvis Anderson Gray Armstrong LLP. Ms. Armstrong has served on the Boards of several community organizations, including the Downtown Board of Management and the Canadian Red Cross Society. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Guelph and served as its President in 2004-2005. Ms. Armstrong is a former member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Panel and a former Chair of the Guelph Police Services Board. In 2009, Ms. Armstrong received the Chartered Director designation from The Directors College, a joint venture of McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.

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Bob Bell, Vice-chair of the Board of Directors for Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc.

Mr. Bell sits on Guelph Hydro’s board and is the Co-Founder and President of Applied Precision Inc. Prior to that, he was General Manager, Eastern Ontario for Union Gas, Manager, Environmental Affairs for Centra Gas Ontario, and Project Manager for the Ontario Energy Board. Mr. Bell was also a former Director of the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce and Founding Chair of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation.

Doug Auld

Doug Auld, Public Member

Doug Auld has a B.A.(Econ.) from Western University, an M.A. (Econ) from the University of Toronto and a PhD (Public Finance) from the Australian National University.  Current research is focused on the political economy of global biofuel production and consumption, distributional aspects of pollution policies and pollution policy strategy with asymmetric information. He has published articles in Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics and Journal of Sustainable Development. Teaching interests are Environmental Economics, Micro Economics, and Strategic Management Theory

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Mark Goldberg, Public Member

Mr. Goldberg is a Mentor at Innovation Guelph and Founder and Corporate Director of PlantForm. Previously, he was Board Member of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc., Board Chair of MedCannAccess, Director of Research and Development for MTE GlobalTox, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GlobalTox International Consultants, Chair of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Standards, and Faculty Member of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Guelph. Mr. Goldberg is a resident of the city of Guelph.

Quick Facts

Everything you need to know about our goals, process, and timelines for exploring options for Guelph Hydro.

Your Voice Matters

We want to hear from you as we explore opportunities for Guelph Hydro.

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