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IESO Governance and Decision-Making

The IESO engagement on market renewal has highlighted opportunities to enhance the current structure of IESO governance and decision-making and its application to market evolution initiatives. These opportunities pertain to specific design considerations within the market renewal program, and more broadly to IESO processes and oversight on market rules and manuals as well as the dispute resolution process. To date, discussions have primarily taken place within the Market Renewal Working Group and related MRP design stream engagements, with additional interest from the Technical Panel and Stakeholder Advisory Committee. Both the IESO and stakeholders agree that there are opportunities to enhance and evolve the current governance and decision-making framework and that there should be a dedicated engagement forum to explore, and potentially propose, improvements to the governance/decision-making framework to the IESO Board of Directors for approval.

An Advisory Group will be established to inform recommendations taken to the IESO Board. The Terms of Reference will provide guidelines for the group.

For any questions on this engagement initiative, or to submit a nomination to be part of the Advisory Group, please email Documents referenced on this page, but not posted, can be obtained by contacting with a link to the web page that lists the document and advise whether it needs to be provided in an accessible format. Please allow a minimum of one business day for a response.


Related Information

IESO Governance and Decision-Making Advisory Group Membership

Terms of Reference

Market Renewal Working Group

Schedule of Activities



Expected Actions

October 24, 2019

Posting of the Implementation Plan Mid-Year Update for the Governance and Decision-Making Recommendations Report


March 28, 2019

Posting of the Implementation Plan for the Governance and Decision-Making Recommendations Report


December 6, 2018

IESO Board of Directors approval of the 14 recommendations in the Report

  • Appendix A: AG Terms of Reference


November, 2018

Finalize report and recommendations to the IESO Board of Directors


Fall, 2018

Advisory Group Meetings


September 7, 2018

Stakeholder Feedback

  • Northland Power
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • Supplier Group

August 29, 2018

Confirm advisory group membership appointed by IESO Board of Directors

IESO to post membership

August 23, 2018

Deadline for Nominations


August 21, 2018



Public Meeting


August, 2018

Facilitated Discussions to Solicit Broad Feedback

  • Technical Panel (August 14)
  • Market Renewal Working Group (August 15)
  • Stakeholder Advisory Committee (August 22)
  • Open engagement meeting (August 21)


August 10, 2018

Background Materials

  • Backgrounder - IESO Decision-Making Processes
  • Flow Charts - IESO Decision-Making Processes
  • US ISO/RTO Governance Processes & FERC Review

August 2, 2018

Communicate Call for Nominations

Interested parties are invited to email to apply for membership on the advisory group