Brantford Hydro Inc. offers a variety of utility-related services, including rental water heaters, water softeners, furnaces, and central air conditioning systems through its Enersure brand, and high-speed fibre optic telecommunications connections through its NetOptiks division.

Board of Directors

Craig Mann, Chair

Craig Mann has over 20 years of experience in information technology, sales and sales management. Covering several vertical and geographic territories, he has extensive experience with infrastructure software and hardware. He was Country Manager for Sterling Commerce, Vitria Networks, and Dynix Library Systems, and Territory Manager for Citrix, Symantec, and Information Builders Inc.

His experience covers both direct sales as well as Channel and Partner management. He received his diploma in computer programming from Sheridan College in 1985. Craig is currently a local business owner running Blue Dog Coffee Roasters.



Greg Martin

Greg Martin was born and raised in Brantford. He graduated with his Aviation and Flight Technology Diploma (Honours) from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology (Toronto) in 1981.

He has held roles with the Chatham and Brantford Airports, Sharp Bus Lines, Copeland Refrigeration and the Brant Naval Veterans’ Association. Greg is currently employed with the Toronto Fire Services as a Captain in Operations.

Greg served three terms as a Ward 3 Brantford City Councillor, serving from 2000 until 2010, and is currently serving his fourth term as Ward 3 Councillor for the 2014-2018 term. He is Chair of the Board of Directors for Rosewood House, a not-for-profit community group home providing transitional housing and support programs for adults with mental health issues.



Scott Saint

Scott Saint is the Chief Public Safety Officer and Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). In this role he directs ESA’s strategies for improving electrical safety across the province with the goal of keeping Ontarians safe whether at home, at work, or at play. Previously Scott was the Chief Operating Officer for ESA and directed the Operations Division.

Scott is recognized as an effective visionary leader with experience in strategic planning, operations, audit engineering, quality systems, purchasing and customer service honed in the manufacturing, utility and regulatory sectors. Academically, Scott is a Professional Engineer and holds both an Electrical Engineering degree and a Master in Business Administration degree from McMaster University. Scott has also received his Chartered Directors designation from the Directors College.



Gerald T. Smits

Gerry Smits is a very experienced litigation lawyer, carrying on business as Gerry Smits Law Firm. Gerry has long been active in Brantford community organizations.

He is past chair of St. Joseph's Lifecare Foundation which raises funds for a hospice facility, a long term care centre and related research. He is also a past president of Brant United Way and a former chair of Operation Lift, a transit system for the disabled.



John Utley

John managed the machine shop at Eagle Precision Tool for five years. He also taught apprentices at Mohawk College before joining them as Chair of Technical programs. He left Mohawk to set up a skills training facility and management consulting business. This led John to Wescast Industries where he managed leadership development, new product launch, and quality and manufacturing at plants in southern Ontario and Georgia, USA.

John authored “Excelling as a Leader” a workbook for leaders and continues to operate his leadership training business. John has 30 years of volunteering experience and was awarded the Queens Jubilee Medal for community service in 2002.



Peter Vicano

Peter is the President of Vicano Construction Limited and Vicano Developments Limited, a wholly owned private construction and development company that was founded in 1975, with its head office in Brantford, Ontario. He brings over 40 years of development, design and construction experience to the industrial, commercial, and institutional construction industry.

Peter graduated from the Architectural Technology Program at Mohawk College in 1972. He earned his AATO credentials (Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario) after graduation. He was hired immediately after graduation by Group Eight Engineering as a project designer, hand drawing architectural drawings on vellum paper.

Peter has evolved with the designing process with programs such as AutoCad, Revit and SketchUp. He has investigated the process of BIM (Building Integrated Modeling) as the future of drawing and design. Being a progressive thinker is one of the keys to the success of Peter and the company in his charge.