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PUC Services selects new CEO

Tuesday, October 09, 2012   by: Staff




New Sault Ste. Marie PUC Services chief executive officer named

Larry Guerriero, chair of the Sault Ste. Marie PUC Services board of directors, is pleased to announce that Dominic Parrella-Ilaria [shown] will be appointed as the chief executive officer effective February 1, 2013.

A recruitment committee commenced a search for the new CEO shortly after Brian Curran announced his decision to retire effective January 31, 2013, after 12 years of dedicated service and leadership.

Dominic joined the Sault Ste. Marie PUC in 1987 as a distribution engineer and progressed steadily through roles of increasing responsibility including his most recent role as vice president, Operations & Engineering. 

Dominic was selected from 23 applicants identified through a Canada-wide recruitment campaign undertaken during the month of September.

Larry Guerriero expressed the sincere thanks of the board of directors “for the effective leadership and vision Brian has given to the PUC over the past 12 years. He is leaving behind a strong corporate culture.” 

Dominic’s appointment was ratified by the PUC Services board of directors on October 9 and allows the PUC to continue to focus on providing the safe and reliable delivery of high quality utility services.

“Dominic has established himself as a natural leader and a very competent executive within the PUC,” said Guerriero.


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steelworker 10/9/2012 5:24:19 PM Report

After Brian sucked the place dry to take care of his pals he resigns. How's the pension working for ya?
drm 10/9/2012 5:27:40 PM Report

RLE 10/9/2012 5:35:20 PM Report

Same old! Same old! OR S.S.D.G.

This guy was trained by B.C. and thus is aptly called one of Curran's cronies or perhaps Guerriero's guerrillas.
cdnprincess 10/9/2012 6:47:11 PM Report

"Dominic’s appointment was ratified by the PUC Services board of directors on October 9 and allows the PUC to continue to focus on providing the safe and reliable delivery of high quality utility services. " ???

REALLY?? ...after today's power outage, they shoulda waited a few days to release this. what a joke.
speed7 10/9/2012 7:05:20 PM Report

Mr Parrella who thinks free chlorine in our water treatment is safe to drink? Ha! Now a CEO? I would like to know what kind of water he drinks at home besides our tainted city water. Yuuppppp!
Now I remember its all in our heads.
sooboy 10/9/2012 7:13:40 PM Report

About a week ago our water tasted just like the way iodine smells.
the coach 10/9/2012 8:13:07 PM Report

Our PUC is brutal, with its good old boys club and cronies. Every week you do not have any power, and it doesn't really matter who you are. You think those kids up at Sault College would rather be in class, most of them yes. Our PUC could be the worse in Canada.
xyz123 10/9/2012 10:02:32 PM Report

I have worked with many water and electric utilities across Ontario and I can tell you the Sault PUC is one of the best. People that are attacking them do not know anything about the business. By the way I do not work for the Sault PUC.
xyz123 10/9/2012 10:06:08 PM Report

The PUC infrastructure is very old, they are replacing as much as they can and do a good job at it. The problem is they would need to raise rates signiicantly to pay for all the needed upgrades. It is all about keeping a fairly reliabe system at a cost people can afford. If the PUC raised rates we would never here the end of it, although it is not them that decides rate increases, those decisions fall to an outside regulatory agency.
xyz123 10/9/2012 10:10:37 PM Report

On last thing, an earlier post stated that Dominic has been trained by Brian Curran to be a cronie. I can tell you this, Dominic is a man of utmost integrity and fairness and has no ego whats so ever. Some of his staff call him sir out of respect. Dominic cares about his staff and the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie and he will always do the right thing for the citizens of our City.
RLE 10/9/2012 10:19:14 PM Report


You state "Dominic cares about his staff and the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie and he will always do the right thing for the citizens of our City."

Given his track record so far, you'll excuse me if I'm skeptical. For example he has stated on numerous occasions that,in effect, our pool water is good for us
sooboy 10/9/2012 10:41:28 PM Report

'PUC infrastructure is very old' If the PUC management is so wonderful why isn't the infrastructure up to date. At the City Council meeting they were blaming their customers for the taste of the water.
speed7 10/10/2012 1:02:43 AM Report

I would like to have city council ask a oncologist if free chlorine treated water is safe to drink? Anything that smells like javex isnt going down my throat.! Why should i have to pay money to get sick ? I bet the CEO doesn't drink it either.

Brian505 10/10/2012 2:03:16 AM Report

Humm, is Brian Curran not wanting to stick around for his inquiry????

Not only were customers paying their PUC bills on the basis ‘all monies’ collected were earmarked for services rendered but we’ve also the distinct possibility of a gross conflict of interest as the President and CEO of ‘PUC Distribution Inc.’ was also on the receiving end as well, being chair of Algoma University’s Essential Elements Campaign responsible for fundraising.

Way to go Brian!! run!!! run fast!!
JediMindTrick 10/10/2012 7:15:14 AM Report

This was expected. It was common knowledge Brian was planning on retirement and that Dominic was the most likely person to take the CEO position.
You people are faaaar to focussed on trying to find reasons to hate the PUC.
Congrats Dom!
Truck 10/10/2012 8:25:57 AM Report

The guy may be good to his staff and all that stuff.....but for a year now we have hear him guessing at when our water would no longer stink and taste like javex! Anyone remember "2 weeks" "nonono 2 months"....'nono I meant 6 months". Well its been a year almost and still disgusting!! It sad that we have to buy and drink bottled water in our homes! The guy lied to us 5 can anyone expect to show any support for this appointment...i'm shocked he still has a job!!
SuzyyQ 10/10/2012 3:28:00 PM Report

I called up PUC yesterday regarding the recent power outage and asked the clerk about who customers can direct their concerns/complaints to, and the clerk said you can email Dominic Parrella and voice your complaints.
geterdun 10/10/2012 3:46:58 PM Report

Nepitism is alive and well in the city of Sault Ste Marie.....Both at the PUC and at city hall.........
Mr. O 10/10/2012 5:16:27 PM Report

Can DoninicParrella do any worse a job than Brian Curran? I wonder if the glass tower on 2nd line will be named after the man who sold a bill of goods to city council? Will they call it the Brian Curran Glass Tower or something like that to honour the man who spent 22million plus of our money as a going away present.
Why doesn't the PUC have a plan to update infrastructure over the years? There are constant outages in the east end of the city and yesterday one in the west end. Where has all the money that this Utility has raised in the past been spent?
Cooper 10/10/2012 10:42:31 PM Report

APPOINTED??? did they interview other candidates???

REALLY??? given a 200k job! Joe must be so proud!
speed7 10/11/2012 4:53:37 AM Report

It's too funny how bureaucrats can establish that our city water is safe to drink? Based on facts? Not likely. Why wasn't an expert or medical professional questioned regarding concentration levels? Simply stating concentration levels in parts per million doesn't explain the bad taste? I find it insulting to state that those of us with sensitivities will complain regardless of any changes to our water treatment. Sure it's all in our heads ! Wait 10 years to find out when we all drop like flies! How insulting! I can also taste all the bad tasting pesticides sprayed on our fruits and vegetables. Is that all in my head too! How about our recent beef recall? Am I expected to eat that too? No wait there's more, our chickens are fed arsenic. Farmed fish fed pellets. I guess that's safe too? Yeah sure.
speed7 10/11/2012 11:07:21 PM Report

I am looking at my crystal clear water filtered by an expensive filtering system which cost me a bundle and the filters cost me 18 dollars each every month or so. Why am I still paying PUC a bundle for stinky water. I used the javex water water on my plants and they died. I guess I have to buy more filters now? I make cofee and cook with filtered water as well. Its pretty sad when we dont have any voice or any choice but to be poisoned slowly.
Tbs 10/12/2012 2:30:37 PM Report

I would like to offer PUC Services my congratulations in their appointment of Dominic Parrella-illaria to the CEO post. I have known this man for over 25 years and am well aware of his excellent work. He will be an enormous asset to your good company and I wish him well. Mary Copmartin (South West Scotland).
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