David McFadden is counsel in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office. He formerly served as a member of both the firm’s Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. David has extensive experience, whether it be for clients investing or operating in Canada, Canadian clients investing or operating internationally or international clients investing abroad, particularly in the energy, infrastructure, financial services and technology industries.
David has acted for corporations, municipalities and utilities involved in the generation, distribution, marketing, transmission and financing of energy. He has also acted for clients involved in infrastructure development, management and renewal. He has acted as counsel in a variety of infrastructure projects including toll highways and tunnels, light rail systems and health care facilities.
David serves in leadership roles in the Canadian energy industry. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Energy Association having previously served as Chair of the Board. He is a member of the Smart Grid Forum of the Independent Electricity System Operator and serves on the Advisory Board of the MaRS Advanced Energy Centre and on the Council for Clean & Reliable Electricity. David was named the Energy Leader of the Year by the Ontario Energy Association in 2013.
David is active in the business corporation sector. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Toronto Hydro Corporation. David is Chair of the Board of Directors of 407 International Inc. and PCI Geomatics Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Cricket Energy Holdings Inc.
Over the years, David has advised governments on energy matters both in Canada and internationally. He served as co-chair of the Electricity Transition Committee of the Ontario Government (1998-2002), a member of the Electric System Working Group of the Joint Canada-U.S. Task Force established to investigate the power blackout that hit Ontario and much of the northeastern United States (2003-2004), a member of the Ontario Government’s Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force (2003-2004), co-leader of an investigation established by the Government of Jamaica to review the reliability of island’s transmission system (2006), a member of the Ontario Government’s Electricity Distribution Sector review panel (2012), and Chair of the Independent Review Committee appointed by Toronto Hydro to review its response to a major ice storm event in December 2013 (2014).
David has also been active in the higher education sector. He served as Chair of the Ontario Centres of Excellence from 2004-2010 and currently is a member of the Board of Governors of York University.