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ACL Leader in Focus – Ben LeBlanc

Ben LeBlanc is the Work Center Manager at the Sir Adam Beck electric generating stations, owned and operated by Ontario Power Generation. The stations divert water from the Niagara and Welland rivers to produce over 2000 MW of electrical power for the province of Ontario.

Ben is also a Professional Engineer with broad experience in the management, production, operation, maintenance, specification, design, procurement, quality assurance and construction of power generation stations. Since joining Ontario Power Generation in 2005, Ben has worked in a variety of different roles ranging from Engineering, to Supply Chain, and Maintenance. 

Prior to working for Ontario Power Generation, Ben graduated from the University of Ottawa with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. In his free time, Ben, his wife, and kids enjoy hosting friends and family in the beautiful region of Niagara.    

In your view, what’s the most important attribute of a leader?

In my view, the most important attribute of a leader is to inspire, influence and engage others. Strong leaders generate enthusiasm for ideas by tapping into shared values thus fostering a sense of energy, ownership, and personal commitment towards a shared goal. Strong leaders inspire others to define new opportunities and continuously improve both the collective and themselves.

How do you define civic leadership?

Civic leadership means getting involved in issues of public concern with the objective of improving the health, wealth and wellbeing of the community. Civic leaders lead by leveraging their unique skills and influencing others to advance local economic, social and political issues. 

Why are you personally motivated to explore civic leadership?

While I grew up in Ottawa, I relocated to Niagara where I chose to raise a family. I want my kids to have strong, local role models. This program is a great opportunity to explore the best way to leverage my skills for the betterment of my new community.

What, in your view, is the most significant issue/opportunity facing our community? Why?

Niagara is growing fast. I see new families incoming from all over the world bringing with them a rich cultural heritage. This is a great opportunity to broaden Niagara’s culture while preserving our rich heritage thus building a stronger, more vibrant community.   

December 9th, 2019