Meet Our Team
Learn more about the talented people who comprise our Board of Directors and Leadership Team.
Board of Directors
Ken Petrunik, Board Chair
Dr. Ken Petrunik is a 45-year veteran of the nuclear industry with broad experience in Canada as well as in leading impressive international new-build nuclear construction projects. He is a highly regarded industry consultant with a focus on leadership and project management with a range of international clients. Recently, he was a non-executive board member of Horizon Nuclear Power in the U.K.
In 2015, Ken retired from the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation as their Chief Program Officer, having led the contracting and oversight of KEPCO for the delivery of the APR 1400 nuclear power plants being constructed in United Arab Emirates. Prior to that, Ken was with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) for 35 years. He retired from AECL in 2009 as President of the CANDU Reactor Division responsible for AECL’s commercial CANDU business including marketing and delivery of new build reactors and services to operating stations. He led the international construction and project management of CANDU 6 nuclear power stations in Argentina, Korea, Romania and China, with China being completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
Ken has been recognized with numerous accolades over his distinguished career.
- He was a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, an esteemed group of less than 300 Canadians elected based on their distinguished service and contribution to society, to Canada and the engineering profession.
- Ken has been a member of the Canadian Nuclear Society and the Canadian Nuclear Association, where he was recognized with a leadership award for the successful completion of Qinshan NPP in China.
- He was awarded the K. Y. Lo medal from the Engineering Institute of Canada for his contributions to international engineering.
- Ken was recognized with the Friendship Award from the Chinese government for his technical support to China, the highest award given to a foreign expert.
Shelley Babin, Director
Shelley Babin is the Chief Legal and Ethics Officer at Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and provides strategic legal advice to OPG on all aspects of the company’s business and directs its legal team. She is also accountable for the Corporate Governance and Corporate Secretary team, the Freedom of Information office and the Ethics & Equity group, and is OPG’s Chief Ethics Officer.
Within the company, Shelley formally mentors and helps lead the development of high potential employees, with a focus on visible minorities, and is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion initiatives. She was awarded Tomorrow’s Leader (2018) by the Canadian General Counsel Awards. Prior to joining OPG, Shelley practiced commercial litigation at a large national Bay Street law firm. She is a member of the Quorum Club Advisory Board and a volunteer at the Pro Bono Ontario Free Legal Advice Hotline.
Mark Mitchell, Director
Mark Mitchell is President of USNC-Power, leading the deployment of the Micro Modular Reactor™ Technology for Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC).
Mark has over 20 years’ experience as a Mechanical Engineer, with a focus on the power generation field (conventional, renewable and nuclear). Mark has worked throughout the asset life cycle from project development to operating plants. He began his career in defense and aerospace before joining the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR). Whilst at PBMR he gained experience in the design process of nuclear reactor systems, and the importance of the regulatory and industry framework of standards that guides nuclear safety.
Mark is a member of the ASME Code and Standards Development Organization – he is chair of the committee developing the Div 5 rules for Graphite and Composite Core Components and serves on the BPV Committee on Construction of Nuclear Facility Components (III).
David Tyndall, Director
David Tyndall, P.Eng, is the Director, New Build Engineering at Ontario Power Generation (OPG).
Prior to that, David was the Senior Manager, Plant Design and Design Authority at OPG’s Darlington Nuclear Generating Station for nearly four years, and spent the 10 previous years at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in various engineering and management roles of increasing accountability and authority, having spent time in Systems and Components Engineering, as well as many cross-functional teams. David is an energetic leader who has a passion for innovation, driving safety and reliability improvements, and business efficiency.
Pieter Venter, Director
Pieter Venter is the lead for the development of the MMR™ Unit – USNC’s proprietary Nuclear Heat Supply System.
Pieter has more than 20 years of experience in the nuclear and power generation industry. Pieter was the Reactor Unit Systems Engineer developing the PBMR-400 high temperature gas cooled reactor, and later the overall Plant Lead Engineer for the PBMR DPP-200 indirect cycle design. He worked for Hatch as Engineering Manager in developing large-scale renewable energy projects in South Africa. Pieter was the Manager of Engineering and part of the senior management team for Fluor in Sub-Sahara Africa where he oversaw the execution of large EPC projects in the oil & gas, mining & metals and power sectors. He is the Chairman of the Energy Forum, American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa.
Dominique Minière, President and CEO
Dominique Minière is Global First Power’s President and CEO as well as Executive Vice President, New Nuclear Domestic and International Strategy at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). In that role, Dominique oversees OPG’s strategy for new nuclear development and the definition of small modular reactors.
Previously, Dominique was Chief Operating Officer of Électricité de France (EDF), one of the world's largest nuclear and thermal fleets. With nearly 40 years of experience with EDF, Dominique has substantial experience constructing, operating and refurbishing nuclear plants and has been directly engaged in spent fuel management and nuclear waste.
Ritesh Budree, Chief Financial and Operations Officer
Ritesh Budree is a CIMA accredited accountant (CGMA/ACMA) with 20 years’ experience in Internal Auditing, Financial Planning and Management, Commercial Management, and Business Management. Ritesh has held senior financial management positions in the Engineering, Financial, and Manufacturing sectors. He completed his articles whilst working at PWC, where he gained significant audit experience.
Ritesh was the Commercial Manager for the Manufacturing Division of SABMiller, during that time he led the implementation of revised costing and reporting systems for the company and was part of a global initiative investigating variable cost reporting and management. He was first CFO and then Acting MD of a multi-disciplinary consulting firm specializing in engineering, information technology, and management consulting.
Jos Diening, Managing Director
Jos Diening is a Professional Engineer with over 15 years of experience in the nuclear industry. Jos graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Engineering specializing in Material Science.
Jos brings project management experience to the GFP team. As Project Director at Ontario Power Generation, he was accountable for the Major Overhaul and the Generator Rewind of the Darlington Generator. This and his previous career experience with complex projects, coupled with his ability to facilitate innovation, makes Jos an excellent addition as GFP brings the MMR project through planning to execution.
In addition to his professional experience, Jos holds his Private Pilot’s license and works with his local Air Cadet squadron, leading their flying school program.
Chris Dixon, Facility Operations Director
In his role as Facility Operations Director, Chris Dixon brings over 27 years of nuclear operations experience to Global First Power. As a licensed Shift Manager, he led shift and outage operations for 11 years at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, station operations as an Assistant Operations Manager for Pickering and Darlington Nuclear Generating Stations, and station management oversight as Duty Manager at Pickering. A diverse and inclusive teamwork focused leader, Chris is dedicated to integration of new technological innovations that will enable Small Modular Reactors to be an inherently safe, carbon free and cost-effective community electrical generation technology supporting positive climate change action.
Stuart Harris, Engineering and Management Systems Director
Stuart Harris is Director of Engineering and Management Systems team. Stuart is accountable the engineering aspects of GFP’s knowledge base for plant design, and ensuring the availability of design information for safe plant operation and maintenance, while establishing security provisions in accordance with the Nuclear Security and other regulations.
Stuart is also responsible for establishing management system controls to support an efficient, agile and flexible organization through business system oversight, internal and external assessment and continuous improvement.
Stuart started his career in oil and gas industry before moving to nuclear. He has over 33 years of experience in the nuclear industry in areas such as project management, design Engineering, system performance engineering, components Engineering, nuclear supply chain in receipt inspection, source surveillance, supplier audits and qualification, procurement engineering.
Before joining the SMR development team, Stuart managed the design activities and oversight of design suppliers for Ontario Power Generation’s project portfolio, and worked on large-scale nuclear refurbishment projects. Stuart was also the lead for the Canadian post-Fukushima response, a role which interfaced with the international community, and he was instrumental in the developing the engineering change control processes. Stuart is an active member on CSA committees supporting the nuclear industry, as the N286 technical Vice Chair, N299 Technical subcommittee and program planning working group.
Eric McGoey, Communications and Engagement Director
Eric McGoey worked in the Ontario government for over a decade, as both a civil servant and senior political advisor, and in the resource sector focusing on sustainable resources and community economic development, energy, land-use planning, and Indigenous partnerships. Eric has worked in the electricity sector since 2014, specializing in government and stakeholder relations, Indigenous engagement, and communications.
In addition to serving as GFP’s Director of Engagement and Communications, Eric coordinates OPG’s work on a pan-Canadian deployment strategy for SMRs, working with SaskPower, Bruce Power, and New Brunswick Power, as well as Ministries of Energy and Environment in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and New Brunswick, under the terms of the Interprovincial Collaboration MOU signed by the provinces.
Jordan Black, Licensing Director
Jordan Black is a Professional Engineer with 12 years of progressive experience in the nuclear industry, previously holding both corporate and station engineering leadership roles at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). His focus areas have included equipment reliability, system engineering, and nuclear safety projects. He worked for much of his career at the Pickering Nuclear Generation Station, where he oversaw significant improvements in equipment reliability contributing to record station operating performance.
Jordan received two undergraduate degrees at Queen’s University, graduating with a BSc.E in Chemical Engineering and a BA (Minor) in Global Development Studies. While working at OPG, he completed a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering at Ontario Tech University. He is currently the chair of the CANDU Owner’s Group (COG) Equipment Reliability Peer Team.