Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Planning, Acquisition and Operations, IESO
Leonard Kula is Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Planning, Acquisition and Operations at the IESO. In this role, Mr. Kula is responsible for the reliable and efficient province-wide power system both today and in the future. This includes planning, market design, resource and transmission procurement, real-time operations and engineering, and the Market Renewal Program.
Prior to this position, Mr. Kula held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at the IESO, including Vice President, Market and System Operations (2016-17), Director, Power System Assessments (2016), Director, Market Operations (2013-15), Manager, System Operations (2011-13), and Manager, Market Forecasts and Integration (2009-10).
Mr. Kula began his career at Ontario Hydro in 1986 designing control systems and building simulators for Ontario’s nuclear power plants. He joined the IESO in 1999.
Mr. Kula holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of Calgary), an M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of Waterloo) and an M.B.A. (York University), and is registered as a Professional Engineer in Ontario.