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Board of Directors

David McAusland

Chairman (Independent)


David McAusland has been the Chair of IPL Board since his first appointment to the Board in 2018. David is a corporate advisor, lawyer, experienced corporate director and senior executive. As well as Chairman of the IPL board, he is a partner in the law firm McCarthy Tétrault LLP.

David also currently acts as a Director on the Boards of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Cable Inc., Cascades Inc., ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., and an Advisory director of several well-established private companies.

Background

David was previously Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer of Alcan Inc., a large multinational industrial company, where he provided leadership on its worldwide mergers, growth strategies, major transactions and capital investments.

David received his B.C.L. in 1976 and his LL.B. in 1977, both from McGill University.

Committee membership

Corporate Governance and Nominations Committee


Alan Walsh

President, CEO and Executive Director

Alan Walsh (FCA, AITI) is the Chief Executive Officer of IPL. He was appointed to the role in November 2011 after serving as interim CEO since July 2011. He is also a non-executive director of Pioneer Green Energy LLC.  

Background

Alan was IPL’s Chief Financial Officer from 2009 to 2011. Alan graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in International Commerce. He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and subsequently worked with Matheson and AXIS Capital.

Committee membership

Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee


Pat Dalton

CFO and Executive Director

Pat Dalton (FCA, AITI) is the Chief Financial Officer of IPL. He joined the organization in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer of IPL. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Taxation in Ireland.

Background

Pat previously worked for GPA Group plc and was later appointed Chief Financial Officer of Debis AirFinance B.V., which acquired GPA Group plc. He was also previously Chief Financial Officer of Bord Gáis Éireann—the Government of Ireland state-owned gas and electricity supplier, before joining Menolly Property, an international real estate development company based in Ireland, as Chief Financial Officer.

Pat holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce and a postgraduate qualification in Accountancy from University College Dublin.  

Committee membership

Audit Committee 


Rose Hynes

Director (Independent)

Rose Hynes was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2012. Rose is an experienced corporate director and currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Origin Enterprises plc, a leading agri-services group. Rose also chairs the Board of Directors of Shannon Group plc and is a director of Total Produce plc and Eircom Holdings (Ireland) Ltd. Rose is a qualified lawyer and an Associate of the Irish Institute of Taxation and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Background

Prior to 2002, Rose held a number of senior management positions with GPA Group plc, and is a former director of companies including Fyffes plc, Aer Lingus Group plc, Bank of Ireland and Ervia.

Committee membership

Corporate Governance and Nominations Committee (Chair)


Linda Kuga Pikulin

Director (Independent)

Linda Kuga Pikulin was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2018. Linda is an Independent Director for Enersource Corporation and Aimia Inc.

Background

Linda previously served as the President of PepsiCo Beverages Canada, where Linda led the complex integration of PepsiCo’s brand and bottling businesses to position the company for long-term growth. Linda also served as the President of Pepsi Bottling Group Canada, responsible for the sales, manufacturing, merchandising and distribution of Pepsi products.

Linda earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Committee membership

Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee
Human Resources and Remuneration Committee
Corporate Governance and Nominations Committee


Hugh McCutcheon

Director (Independent)

Hugh McCutcheon was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2015. Hugh is a corporate director with extensive experience in capital markets and mergers and acquisitions advisory experience for public and private companies across a broad range of industries. He is a senior independent director of Origin Enterprises plc and an alternate director at the Irish Takeover Panel. 

Background

Hugh was head of corporate finance at J & E Davy - one of Ireland’s leading providers of wealth management, asset management, capital markets and financial advisory services. He previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He was also previously an independent non-executive director of Petroceltic International plc. 

Committee membership

Audit Committee
Human Resources and Remuneration Committee (Chair)


Geoff Meagher

Director (Independent)

Geoff Meagher was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2013. Geoff is currently Chairman of Bord na Móna and also serves as a director of Enterprise Ireland, Bon Secours Health System Limited and SME Finance and Leasing Solutions Ltd.

Since 2009, Geoff has worked as a corporate director and independent consultant. 

Background

Geoff previously worked at Glanbia plc, initially as Group Finance Director and later as Deputy Group Managing Director. He also previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Kilkenny Engineering Products.

Committee membership

Audit Committee


Sharon C. Pel

Director (Independent) and CEO, Inglewood Advisory Services

Sharon C. Pel was appointed to the Board in 2018. Sharon is a corporate director and currently provides consulting services through her firm, Inglewood Advisory Services. Sharon is a member of the board of trustees of OPTrust, and the administrator of the OPSEU Pension Plan.

She is a Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and holds the Institute of Corporate Directors' (ICD.D) designation. She is involved in several charitable endeavors, including serving on the board of Canadian Feed the Children.

Background

Sharon holds an Honors Bachelors of Arts degree from University of Toronto and a LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. Sharon was previously Senior Vice President, Group Head of Legal and Business Affairs and Corporate Secretary of TMX Group Limited, where she was responsible for advising the TMX board and executive management on all aspects of its governance, operations, and legal and regulatory affairs. Prior to that, she was a partner at Torys LLP.

Committee membership

Corporate Governance and Nominations Committee


Mary Ritchie

Director (Independent) and President and CEO, Richford Holdings

Mary Ritchie was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2018. Mary is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Richford Holdings Ltd., an accounting and investment advisory services firm. She is also a member of the board of directors and audit committees of EnWave Corporation, Alaris Royalty Corp. and Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. Mary is also a member of RBC Global Asset Management’s independent oversight committee. She is a member of CPA Canada and a Fellow of CPA Alberta.

Background

Mary has over 30 years of experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. 

Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta.

Committee membership

Audit Committee (Chair)


Alain Tremblay

Director (Independent) and Investment Manager, Private Equity, CDPQ

Alain Tremblay was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2018. He is a nominee of CDPQ and has served as Investment Manager, Private Equity with CDPQ since 1998, specializing in distribution, manufacturing and services. He manages a portfolio of more than C$5 billion and has led many investments in equity and mezzanine debt in mid-to-large cap companies across North America and Europe.

Background

Alain has previously served on several boards, including those of Canam Group Inc., Camso, Laureate Education, Rexel and St. George’s University.

Alain completed a Bachelors and Masters degree in Business Administration at HEC Montreal and is a member of l’Ordre des Comptables Professionnels Agréés du Québec (CPA).

Committee membership

Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee (Chair)
Human Resources and Remuneration Committee