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Cornerstone Hydro Electric Concepts

CHEC and USF Sign MOU for Collaboration

May 20, 2020

May 20, 2020 Barrie, ON – Cornerstone Hydro Electric Concepts (CHEC) and Utilities Standards Forum (USF) are pleased to announce they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that creates a working relationship between the two Ontario electricity distributor support groups.

The MOU sets to identify areas where the two organizations can provide capacity building support to one another.  With the purpose of improving the quality and level of support the two memberships receive, staff of both parties will be invited to participate in one another’s business activities, including networks, meetings, and projects.

John Sherin, President of CHEC and Lori Gallaugher, Executive Director of USF agree that, “We are always looking to enhance or expand the services that we offer, without duplicating the efforts of other industry support groups. We look forward to this mutual cooperation effort and identifying areas that offer advantages for all members.”

CHEC is a collaborative association for 19 Local Distribution Companies in Ontario. By sharing experience, knowledge and resources CHEC helps its members remain as active members of their communities, deliver value to their shareholders, provide safe, efficient, and cost-effective electricity distribution to their customers, and prepare for the energy future. The current members of CHEC are Centre Wellington Hydro Ltd., EPCOR Ontario, ERTH Power Corp., Fort Frances Power Corp., Greater Sudbury Hydro, Grimsby Power, InnPower Corp., Lakefront Utilities Inc., Lakeland Power Distribution Ltd., Newmarket-Tay Power, Niagara–on- the-Lake Hydro, Orangeville Hydro Ltd., Orillia Power Corp., Ottawa River Power Corp., Renfrew Hydro Inc., Rideau St. Lawrence Distribution Inc., Tillsonburg Hydro, Wasaga Distribution Inc., and Wellington North Power Inc.


USF is a forum of 54 Ontario electricity distributor Members for collaboration, mutual support and industry representation. By supporting the Engineering, IT, Regulatory and Customer Service areas, USF connects the industry, navigating challenges together. This strong community openly shares strategies, processes, and resources, to meet the latest business and regulatory requirements. USF facilitates ad hoc discussions, meetings, training, and the development of industry best practices for consistent and confident practices across Ontario.