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In recognition of QYEA’s mission to inspire greatness in its members, QYEA will connect its members with several more senior and highly successful individuals at our events throughout the year: our Inspiring Alumni.

For 2016, QYEA has the pleasure of partnering with the following leaders as Inspiring Alumni.


    Ms. Butler is currently Vice President, Market Resource & Development at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and was the Vice President, Electricity Resources at the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). Through amendments to the Electricity Act, the operations of the IESO and the OPA were merged on January 1, 2015, bringing together real-time operations of the grid with long-term planning, procurement and conservation efforts. Prior to joining the OPA in 2008, Ms. Butler was president of TransAlta Mexico, where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of the business, including supporting business development and contracting activities as well as the ongoing operation of the company’s two Mexican electricity generating plants. Prior to moving to Mexico in 2001, she was TransAlta’s general manager for western operations in Calgary and was responsible for the operation of four new generating stations.

    Ms. Butler also worked in the oil and gas exploration sector with Amoco Corporation for 21 years, and in her last assignment as general manager for engineering and construction and Chief Engineer, she led support teams for construction and operations in Canada and internationally. Expatriate roles included temporary assignments in Egypt and Tunisia, and a five-year assignment in the United Arab Emirates.

    Ms. Butler holds a Bachelor of Science (honours) degree in civil engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston. She was an executive of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce for her six years in Mexico, including a two-year term as its president. She has a Chartered Director (C. Dir) designation from the Director’s College and is currently a Board member of the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) of Ontario. In 2013, Ms. Butler was one of the Top 100: Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the Public Sector Leaders category.


    John leads the product group for the Oracle Marketing Cloud. His role encompasses product strategy development and engineering. John joined Oracle through the $850 million acquisition of Eloqua, a Toronto based start up, founded by Queen’s grads. John has held a number of product management and engineering leadership roles across a wide range of high-tech organizations from large-scale multinational organization to fast-growth start-ups. He started his career in factory automation and control system design then moving into the software start up world. After a few stints at failed start-ups John co-founded a company called PlateSpin, with another Queen’s grad, and grew it over 5 years to a successful $200m acquisition exit. John studied Mechanical Engineering (Sci 97) at Queen’s and also has an executive education from Harvard Business School. While at Queen’s John took full advantage of the extra-curricular activities: EngSoc exec, solar car, year exec and Chief Frec. Personally, John lives in Toronto with his wife ( Queen’s Artsci ‘96) and their two kids. They enjoy time at the cottage in the summer and skiing in the winter.