Dr. Oskar T. Sigvaldason is a Corporate Director. He serves on the Boards of the Energy Council of Canada and the Electrical Safety Authority (Crown Corporation in Ontario).
He has also served on the Boards of Hatch Group (Consulting Engineers), Fortis Ontario (Distribution Utility in Ontario), Countryside Power (Income Trust that traded on Toronto Stock Exchange), Toronto Board of Trade, and Canadian Electricity Association. He continues as an Executive Advisor for the Hatch Group of Companies, a global consulting engineering corporation with 10,000 employees in energy, metals & mining, and urban infrastructure.
Dr. Sigvaldason worked with Acres International (Consulting Engineers) for 39 years and was President and CEO of the Acres Group from 1994 to 2003. He retired from Acres in 2004, but is privileged to have active association with its successor company (Hatch Group). During his career at Acres, he had opportunities of working on some of the largest hydro-electric developments in the world, including Three Gorges Project in China, Karnali Project in Nepal (not yet constructed) and the Churchill Falls Project in Canada. He also directed several national strategic and investment planning studies for the energy sector in developing countries, including Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan, Ghana, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Indonesia. Such studies were normally funded by international institutions, including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Dr. Sigvaldason continues to be active in the energy sector. He has served on the Board of the Energy Council of Canada for the past eighteen years and was its Chair in 2003 and 2004. He has also been active with the World Energy Council, headquartered in London England. He was appointed as a Member of its Studies Committee for the 2007 to 2010 period, and was reappointed for the 2010 to 2013 period (to next World Energy Congress in 2013 in Daegu, Korea). This Committee oversees global studies on energy supply, energy security, energy trade, climate change and global warming, and energy strategies and policies. For the 2004 to 2007 period, he represented North America on a World Energy Council (WEC) Steering Committee for a “Global Energy Policy Scenarios to 2050” Study, which was presented at the World Energy Congress in Rome in 2007. He was a Member of the Organizing Committee for the World Energy Congress, held in Montreal, in September, 2010. He was an active participant and organizer for a series of Energy Forums across Canada leading to the Report “Building on Strengths: Canada’s Energy Policy Framework”, which was formally presented to the Canadian Council of Energy Ministers, at the Congress in Montreal.
During his career, he has had opportunities to maintain business relations in Iceland. Through Acres International, he was involved with a special study of a planned hydro development at Budardals. He was an official member of the Canadian delegation for the World Energy Council Executive Assembly meeting, hosted by Iceland in 2009. Also, in 2009, at the invitation of Orkustofnun (National Energy Authority), he gave a presentation in Reykjavík titled “Energy Policy: Transforming Energy Systems”.
He has been active with other organizations. While serving as a Director with the Toronto Board of Trade, he also served as Vice Chair of the Board and as Chair of its Policy Committee. He is Past Trustee of Brock University. He is Past Chair of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ontario. He served as Director and Chair, Infrastructure Committee, for the Jobs and Investment Board, specially constituted by the Government of Ontario. He served on Council for Professional Engineers Ontario, for administering the Professional Engineers Act.
He is a Civil Engineer, having graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1959 and subsequently completing a Ph.D. from the University of London, England in 1965. He spent one year on staff as a Corporation Appointee at Harvard University pursuing a program of special studies in management science, economics and water resources.
He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Canadian Society of Civil Engineering, and the International Water Resources Association. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Energy Council of Canada.