Thursday, July 14, 2022 | 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

During this roundtable discussion – open to all attendees – C-level executives from a variety of utility companies will discuss the challenges they face and the opportunities they see in hydropower generation and markets. They will address the changes they are making to help lead the industry through ongoing transitions in markets, policies, and more.

Take a look below to learn more about our speakers, Nicolle Butcher, Chief Operations Officer at OPG, and Brian D. Good, Chief Administrative Officer at Denver Water.

Room: Four Seasons Ballroom 3/4

Meet the Speakers

Nicolle Butcher, Chief Operations Officer, OPG

nicole butcherNicolle Butcher is OPG’s Chief Operations Officer. Nicolle is responsible for all of OPG's generating fleet with a capacity of over 15,600 MW consisting of 10 nuclear units, 66 hydro stations, two thermal stations, and a solar facility. She is also responsible for the engineering function, integrated fleet management, and energy-related commercial business functions including energy trading, commercial contracting, and market affairs at OPG.

In addition, Nicolle is the Chair of the Board of both Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, OPG’s US hydro subsidiary, and Atura Power, OPG’s fleet of combined cycle gas plants.

In her previous role as Senior Vice President, Renewable Generation, and Power Marketing, Nicolle was accountable for the operation of hydroelectric and thermal generation in Ontario.

In her 22 years with OPG, Nicolle held a wide range of roles in OPG, including OPG’s Corporate Business Development and Strategy team, focusing on implementing OPG’s long-term strategic plan, including executing $5B of acquisitions, building an electrification strategy, and driving an innovation culture at OPG. She also worked with Canadian Nuclear Partners (now Laurentis Energy Partners), leading a corporate-wide business transformation and developing the Portlands Energy Centre in Toronto.

In 2021, Nicolle was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and named Women of the Year by WIRE (Women in Renewable Energy) and APPRO (Association of Power Producers of Ontario).

She sits on the Board of Directors of WaterPower Canada and the MaRS-Advanced Energy Centre Advisory Board of Directors. Nicolle holds an MBA from McGill University, is a Chartered Business Valuator, and has earned an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Brian D. Good, Chief Administrative Officer, Denver Water

brian goodEducation:

B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Illinois

MBA, University of Colorado


As chief administrative officer, Brian leads a diverse team of people whose primary focus is to provide excellent internal service to the organization. Areas of focus include safety, security, emergency management, environmental compliance, sustainability, purchasing, contract control records and printing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and recreation at Denver Water facilities.

As part of his oversight of sustainability initiatives, Good works with Denver Water’s hydroelectric and solar generation efforts. Renewable energy, including hydroelectric generation and solar photovoltaic systems, is in place at nine of Denver Water’s facilities, with 26.5 megawatts of capacity and average production of 60,000 MWh.

One of the Goals in Denver Water’s Sustainability Guide, published in 2016, is to reach Net Zero Energy at all of its facilities, offsetting 100% of electricity and natural gas use. This will be done through a combination of hydro and solar power generation.

Brian’s previous roles at Denver Water include director of Operations and Maintenance, deputy manager of Organizational Improvement, Water Recycling plant supervisor, and assistant supervisor of the Marston Water Treatment Plant.

Prior to joining Denver Water, Brian managed source of supply, water treatment, and distribution operations for the Champaign, IL Division of Illinois American Water Corporation.

From 2012 - 2019, Brian was a lecturer for the University of Colorado’s Water Utility Management curriculum, for which he co-authored a companion textbook titled The Effective Water Professional, published by the Water Environment Federation in 2015.

Profession Affiliations:

WateReuse Association – President from 2011 to 2013

American Water Works Association

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