Vice President
BDR North America Inc.
Paula Zarnett has been Vice President of BDR NorthAmerica Inc. since 2007. BDR is a Toronto-based consulting firm providing regulatory, business planning and merger/acquisition advisory services to energy sector participants.
Ms. Zarnett earned an MBA degree in Finance from the University of Calgary in 1981 and a CMA designation in 1984. She spent 14 years in positions of progressive responsibility at Toronto Hydro, leading to the position of Manager, Marketing and Energy Management. In that position, her responsibilities included rate designs for all customer classes, cost allocation studies, financial analysis of major capital programs, key account management, conservation program design and implementation, and the utility’s water heater business. Since 1998, she has been a consultant advising energy sector clients including utilities, major consumers, regulators and government agencies, unregulated generators and others in regulatory matters, business planning and mergers and acquisitions. She has performed assignments for clients across Canada, in the United States, in Africa and in China.
Ms. Zarnett’s practice before regulators focuses in the areas of cost allocation and rate design. She has been qualified as an expert in cost allocation before the Ontario Energy Board, the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board, and the Régie de ‘Energie.