Menelaos (Mel) Ydreos
Executive Director - EnergyVantage
Menelaos (Mel) Ydreos is the Executive Director of EnergyVantage, a recently formed consulting firm specializing in supporting transformational energy solutions. Areas of specialization include global energy policy and strategy, and organizational cultural, revenue and cost transformation. Through EnergyVantage he is currently the Interim President and CEO of the Ontario Energy Association.In his previous role with Union Gas Ltd-A Spectra Energy Company, Ydreos led the company's government, municipal and aboriginal affairs activities. Other roles with Union Gas included VP Marketing and Customer Care, VP Operations and VP Engineering and Gas Supply Operations. Mr. Ydreos also was Acting President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association in 2009 (summer).
He is active in the natural gas industry through his participation with the International Gas Union. Ydreos supported the American Gas Association in securing the IGU's 2015-18 presidency, as well as the 2018 World Gas Conference, to be held in Washington. He also serves as Vice Chair, Co-ordination Committee, for the 2012-15 IGU's French Triennium. In the previous 2009-12 Malaysian Triennium, he served as chair of the Special Task Force on Geopolitics and Natural Gas. In the 2006-09 Argentinean Triennium, Ydreos served as the vice chair of the Special Task Force on Research and Development and led the IGU's Best Practices Initiative.
Ydreos is the Founding Chair of Energy Technology and Innovation Canada, a member of Pollution Probe's Board of Directors and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Mowat Centre's Energy Fellow. Ydreos is past chair of the Standing Committee on Operations for the Canadian Gas Association, and has served on the board of directors of Canadian Standards International and the Canadian Standards Association Group. He actively volunteers his services to organizations such as United Way and is a past member of a number of Rotary Clubs.