All operational aspects of the EDA are overseen by our skilled, experienced Leadership Team. Learn more below. View a complete EDA Staff List here.
President and Chief Executive Officer
With more than 25 years of experience in policy development and advocacy, Teresa Sarkesian serves as President and CEO of the EDA, overseeing the strategic direction and executive management of the association. Teresa first joined the EDA in 2009 as VP, Government and Member Affairs and was appointed President and CEO in 2016. Under her leadership, the EDA has made significant strides in positioning, promoting and protecting the LDC sector. Teresa holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Queen’s University, as well as a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.
Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs
As VP, Policy and Government Affairs, Justin Rangooni leads all aspects of policy development and strategic advocacy on behalf of Ontario’s local hydro utilities. Justin first joined the EDA in 2012 as a Senior Director, Conservation and Energy Policy, advancing to his current role in 2016. Prior to working with the EDA, he managed the provincial arm of the Canadian Wind Energy Association and held several positions within the provincial government, including with the office of the Minister of Energy. Justin holds an honours degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Western University.
Vice President, Corporate and Member Affairs
As Vice President, Corporate and Member Affairs since September 2016, Ted Wigdor oversees all aspects of EDA governance, member relations, events and communications. Prior to joining the EDA, Ted served as CEO of the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association and as Vice President, Government, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs for Certified General Accountants of Ontario. Ted earned his B. Comm in management policy and public sector management from McGill University. He also holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Carleton University, and a Chartered Director designation from the Director’s College, a joint institute of McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.
Director, Finance and Administration
Tamara Orlova joined the EDA as Director, Finance and Administration, in July 2016. In this role, Tamara manages all aspects of EDA finance, human resources and office operations. Prior to joining the EDA, she served as the Finance Director for the Building Owners and Managers Association of the GTA for three years. She spent the previous five years as an auditor with Deloitte & Touch in Toronto. Tamara hold an Honours Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Polytechnic University in Kiev and a Diploma in Accounting and Finance from Seneca College in Toronto. She completed 18 credits in the CGA program while working full time at an investment management company. She holds CPA and CGA designations.