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The IESO President and CEO and Leadership Team are responsible for implementing the strategic direction and initiatives for the organization in keeping with its statutory objectives. They also provide advice and recommendations to the IESO Board of Directors.

Leonard Kula

Leonard KulaLeonard Kula is the Vice President, Market and System Operations, and Chief Operating Officer at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). In this role, Mr. Kula is responsible for the efficient operation of the IESO-administered markets, the safe and reliable operation of the IESO-controlled grid and emergency preparedness planning and response for Ontario’s electricity sector.

Prior to this position, Mr. Kula held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at the IESO, including Director, Power System Assessments (2016), Director, Market Operations (2013-15), Manager, System Operations (2011-13), and Manager, Market Forecasts and Integration (2009-10).

Mr. Kula began his career at Ontario Hydro in 1986 designing control systems and building simulators for Ontario’s nuclear power plants. He joined the IESO in 1999.

Mr. Kula holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of Calgary), an M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of Waterloo) and an M.B.A. (York University), and is registered as a Professional Engineer in Ontario.

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