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.
Alexander Superfin, Director
Alexander Superfin joined Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation in November 2022 as their Senior Vice President, Project Development and is responsible for various phases of project execution. Alexander has 40 years of experience in energy and infrastructure sectors, managing large projects in North America, Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia.
Alexander holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Moscow Power Engineering Institute and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Maryland, USA.
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.
Dan Stout, Director
Dan Stout joined the Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation in 2022 as their Chief Nuclear Officer. He oversees nuclear operations, including licensing and regulatory compliance efforts, reactor and powerplant manufacturing planning, and management of client support operations and fleet services.
Dan has more than 35 years in nuclear energy management roles for the military, industry, and government, including management of a Small Modular Reactor project. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and received his master’s degree in Engineering Management from the National Technological University.
Jos Diening, Chief Executive Officer
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 extensive project management experience to the GFP team. Prior to joining GFP, Jos was a Project Director at Ontario Power Generation, accountable for the Major Overhaul and the Generator Rewind of the Darlington Generator. As GFP’s Managing Director, he provided stability and leadership to the team and developed strong stakeholder relationships. In his role as CEO, Jos is excited to share his passion about the future of nuclear energy and GFP’s opportunity to be the owner and/or operator of the world’s premier MMR fleet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rhonda Suurd, Human Resources Strategic Lead
Rhonda Suurd is GFP’s HR Strategic Lead. New to the nuclear industry, she brings extensive experience in start-up organizations and crafting fit-for-purpose HR programs and policies. Rhonda has worked in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors in a wide variety of industries in Canada and the US. Rhonda’s HR credentials include the Global Professional in Human Resources designation from HRCI and the Senior Certified Professional designation from the Society of Human Resources Management. She is passionate about employee communication and creating a respectful workplace where employees can thrive and contribute to GFP’s success. Her experience coaching CEO’s and leadership teams to improve their effectiveness will be an asset to GFP. She loves to laugh and enjoy her work. Rhonda is excited to be part of Canada’s clean energy strategy and GFP’s MMR project.
Jeremy Green, Commercial Director
Prior to joining Global First Power, Jeremy Green was a Senior Manager at Ontario Power Generation (OPG) with the Commercial Management team. In this role, Jeremy and his team provided the commercial oversight and support for the Darlington Refurbishment project on the Balance of Plant and Steam Generator contract portfolios. Jeremy has also worked with OPG's new and subsidiary business development teams.
Prior to joining OPG, Jeremy was a Vice President at a group of construction companies where he was responsible for the execution and management of contracts, dispute resolution and claims management in the transportation infrastructure industry. During his tenure he also built, led and developed a subsidiary niche engineering firm.
Kaela Esseghaier, Project Director
Kaela is a Professional Engineer with experience in both the private and public sectors leading major multi-disciplinary building, municipal infrastructure, transportation, design and construction projects. She holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Dalhousie University and a Master’s of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Ottawa. She has also achieved designations as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and LEED Accredited Professional. Kaela is passionate about sustainable construction, project management, and the professional development of her team. Kaela is thrilled to be part of the team at GFP and the future of MMRs.