Sartor and Associates has been retained by Rideau St. Lawrence Utilities Inc. to recruit a new President and Chief Executive Officer who will advise and be responsible to the Rideau St. Lawrence Utilities Board of Directors for all facets of corporate strategic planning, development, coordination and leadership in the distribution of the electrical services of Rideau St. Lawrence Utilities Inc. to its customer communities. The CEO ensures compliance with all applicable legislative, financial and governance matters. The CEO will provide leadership and guidance to the management team of Rideau St. Lawrence Utilities and carries out responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
Rideau St. Lawrence Utilities is a local electricity distributor that serves approximately 6,000 customers located in the Villages of Cardinal, Iroquois, Morrisburg, Westport, Williamsburg and the Town of Prescott. Rideau St. Lawrence Utilities is owned by our four municipal shareholders, the Township of South Dundas, the Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal, the Village of Westport, the Town of Prescott and FortisOntario. Rideau St. Lawrence Utilities provides dependable utility services governed by and for the benefit of its customers in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Rideau St. Lawrence Utilities is committed to their customers, community and shareholders.
Rideau St. Lawrence Utilities currently has 14 employees. The Management Team includes the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the 2 direct reports to the CEO, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and the Operations Manager.
The essential duties and responsibilities of the job include but are not necessarily restricted to the following.
Board of Directors
Corporate Management Team
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience
KEY ATTRIBUTES & COMPETENCIES
Visioning & Alignment
The President & CEO must have an excellent understanding of the Ontario electricity sector and in conjunction with the management team and Board of Directors, be able to shape a compelling and inspired vision and strategy for the future state of the Corporation. Together they must be ready to exploit new opportunities for growth, take advantage of new technological advancements, and seize opportunities that will increase shareholder value.
Motivational Change Leadership
The President & CEO manages continuity, change, and transition. A model of integrity and professional behavior, they deal effectively with demanding situations, able to quickly design and implement interventions. He/she confidently builds and develops teams, fosters a respectful and ethical work environment, mobilizes the workforce and champions and delegates courses of action towards the achievement of the strategy and vision of the Corporation. This individual develops people and builds teams, and knows how to influence and enable others and address the impact of attitude and action.
Business & Financial Acumen
The President & CEO understands and uses the workings, structure, climate, and culture of the Corporation and the industry to achieve business and growth outcomes. They use and understand of financial information to make business decisions, maximize value, and maintain financial health of the Corporation. This position also requires demonstrated knowledge and experience in integrating and coordinating diverse areas of business management, including Human Resources, Finance, Operations, Customer Service, Regulatory, Information Technology, Risk Assessment and Mitigation, oral and written communications, planning and evaluation, and governance.
Commitment to Results
The President & CEO is a systems thinker who is customer focused and goal driven. This individual identifies relevant information and helps transform this information into individual and organizational knowledge and learning. The President & CEO is action orientated and innovative. They anticipate and solve problems and take advantage of opportunities, is a self-starter and team player.
The President & CEO understands and operates sensitively and effectively within the political structures and climates of the position.
Relationship & Network Building
The President & CEO seeks and builds alliances, maintains effective relationships, communicates in a compelling and articulate manner instilling commitment, and fosters open, respectful, two-way communication channels, internally and externally, to further the strategy and vision of the Corporation.
Negotiation & Consensus Building
The President & CEO actively listens for underlying nuances and messages and uses persuasion to build consensus, manage and/or resolve conflicts, and reach mutually agreeable outcomes.
The President & CEO analyses and synthesizes information to understand issues, identify options, and make appropriate, realistic, and timely decisions based on consideration of the available facts and alternatives and sound calculation of risks.
The President & CEO must remain energized, positive, and focused in the face of ambiguity, change or strenuous demands.
To explore this opportunity further, please email your resume (filename - “Last name, First name - CV”), with “Rideau St. Lawrence Utilities – Chief Executive Officer” in the subject line, in confidence to Larry Sartor at email@example.com and Mark Fukuzawa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is Rideau St. Lawrence Utilities’s policy to comply with all applicable laws and regulations which prohibit unlawful discrimination because of race, religion, creed, colour, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or marital status or any other protected class.
We thank all those that apply for the position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding.
April 7, 2021