Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.

Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.

November 21, 2007 09:45 ET

Hydro Ottawa Board Congratulates President and CEO on Receiving Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2007) - The Board of Directors of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. would like to congratulate Rosemarie T. Leclair, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies, on receiving a 2007 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in the Professionals category.

"Rosemarie Leclair's career has been built upon a commitment to excellence and a focus on serving the public," said Pierre Richard, Q.C., Chair of the Board of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. "As a result, her considerable achievements have had a very positive impact on our community. The Board is very proud to have Ms. Leclair leading our group of companies, and we would like to congratulate her on this accomplishment."

The Top 100 Awards are awarded annually by the Women's Executive Network (WXN) to celebrate the success and achievements of women from many walks of life. Under the leadership of WXN, an independent advisory board selected winners in eight categories: Corporate Executives, Entrepreneurs, Public Sector Leaders, Trailblazers & Trendsetters, Champions, Professionals, Future Leaders and Arts & Communications.

Rosemarie Leclair is an accomplished senior executive with over 20 years leadership and management experience in the public/corporate sector, overseeing the delivery of major public services. She currently serves as one of the country's few woman CEOs in the energy sector, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.

Prior to joining Hydro Ottawa, Ms Leclair held a number of senior executive positions including Special Advisor to the Government of Ontario on the Ottawa Congress Centre Expansion Project; Deputy City Manager for the City of Ottawa's Public Works and Services Department and Commissioner of Corporate Services for the former City of Ottawa.

Ms. Leclair is active in a number of community and industry organizations. She sits on the Boards of the Canadian Electricity Association, the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation, and Le Regroupement des Gens d'Affaires de la Capitale Nationale; serves as Co-Chair of the Business Division of the United Way/Centraide Ottawa Campaign; and is Co-Chair of the Employer Council of Champions of the Hire Immigrants Ottawa Initiative (part of the Internationally Trained Workers Partnership). Ms. Leclair has been a champion for charities such as the United Way and Habitat for Humanity, sustainability initiatives such as Project Porchlight, corporate social responsibility programs such as the Winter Warmth Fund, and renewable energy projects such as the innovative Trail Road Landfill Gas to Energy project.

"Rosemarie's trailblazing accomplishments both at the City of Ottawa and as President and CEO of the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies are truly worthy of recognition," said Mr. Richard. "In both cases, she has provided effective and inspiring leadership to large organizations historically led by men. In doing so, she has not only broken down old barriers, but has been a role model and a mentor for many other women along the way."

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