Emera’s strong operating results and financial performance are due in great part to the strength of our executive team.

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Scott Balfour

President & Chief Executive Officer, Emera Inc., Halifax, Nova Scotia

Scott Balfour became President & Chief Executive Officer of Emera in March 2018.

After nearly two decades in Canada’s finance and construction sectors, Scott joined Emera as Chief Financial Officer in 2012 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2016. He has been instrumental in Emera’s growth, including the acquisition of TECO Energy, a transaction that doubled the size of the Company.

For more than a decade, Emera has delivered on its strategy to lead the way in delivering clean, affordable and reliable energy to customers. The Company is well-positioned under Scott’s leadership to continue to grow and create value for customers, shareholders and communities into the future.

Scott began his career in commercial and corporate banking. He then joined Aecon Group, first as its CFO and then President, and played a lead role in growing the company into one of Canada’s largest publicly traded construction firms. During that time, the company grew from $60 million to $2.8 billion and became increasingly active across Canada and around the world.

Scott sits on the board of Martinrea International Inc. and is also a Director on the Boards of several of Emera’s operating companies. He is past-Chair of the Ontario Energy Association.

Scott received his Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University. He lives in Halifax with his wife and family.

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Greg Blunden

Chief Financial Officer, Emera Inc., Halifax, Nova Scotia

Greg Blunden was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Emera Inc. in March 2016.

Greg joined Emera in 2000 and has held financial leadership roles at Emera Inc., Emera Maine and Nova Scotia Power. Greg has gained valuable experience and industry insight into all aspects of our business such as corporate finance, business development, utility operations, customer service, renewable energy and regulatory policy.

Most recently, he was Emera’s Vice-President, Corporate Strategy & Planning and before that held the position of EVP, Customer, Business & Financial Services at Nova Scotia Power.

Greg is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a graduate of Mount Allison University.

 
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Bruce Marchand

Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Emera Inc., Halifax, Nova Scotia

Bruce joined Emera in January 2012 after many years as a valued Senior Partner in the Halifax office of the law firm McInnes Cooper. He has expansive experience practicing a broad range of corporate, commercial, energy and banking law, has held various management positions and has been the client services team leader for major public and private corporations.

Bruce is a member of Emera’s Corporate Council with general oversight responsibility for Corporate Services including Legal, Corporate Security, Corporate Secretary, Regulatory Affairs and Insurance/Asset Management.

Bruce has numerous professional affiliations and community activities and involvement including the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society and the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). He is a member of the Nova Scotia Natural Resources and Energy Subsection of the CBA. He is Past Chair of the QEII Foundation and Past Chair of its Government Relations Committee. He is a Governor of the Junior Achievement Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame.

Bruce is a graduate of Acadia University with a BA in Economics and a graduate of Dalhousie Law School.

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Bob Hanf

Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and Regulatory Affairs, Emera Inc., Halifax, Nova Scotia

Bob was appointed Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and Regulatory Affairs, Emera in August 2016. He leads strategy and alignment for teams across Emera working in stakeholder and regulatory relations, communications and government relations.

Bob has held progressively senior roles within the Emera companies since joining the business in 2002. He was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Power. Prior to that, Bob served as Chief Legal Officer for Emera, Executive Chairman of Barbados Light & Power Holdings, and President and COO at Bangor Hydro.

Bob grew up in Yarmouth and earned his law degree at Dalhousie University. He worked in western Canada’s energy sector before returning to Nova Scotia in 2002. Bob serves as a member of the Dalhousie University Board of Governors and was previously Chair of the IWK Health Centre Board. He is North America Region Vice Chair for the World Energy  Council, a member of the Canadian Electricity Association, the Energy Council of Canada, the Institute of Corporate Directors (Atlantic Chapter), and serves on the Advisory Board to the Atlantic School of Theology.

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Sarah MacDonald

Executive Vice President, Corporate Safety and Environment, Emera Inc.; President, TECO Services, Inc.; Tampa, Florida

Sarah MacDonald is president of TECO Services Inc. where she is responsible for the company's Legal, Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology departments as well as corporate communications, security, safety, procurement, facility services, process excellence, and emergency management functions.

She  also holds executive responsibility for the Emera corporate functions of Safety and Environment.

Sarah most recently served as president of Emera (Caribbean) Inc., president and CEO of ICD Utilities Limited, and president and CEO of Grand Bahama Power Company.

She joined Emera in 2001 and has served as CEO at Emera Utility Services, executive vice president of Human Resources for Emera and general manager of Human Resources for Nova Scotia Power.

Sarah earned her law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax and received her MBA from Saint Mary's University in Halifax.

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Dan Muldoon

Executive Vice President, Major Renewable and Alternative Energy, Emera Inc., Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dan was appointed Executive Vice President, Major Renewable and Alternative Energy, Emera Inc. in April 2014. Prior to that he has been President and Chief Operating Officer of CNG, Emera Inc., and President and Chief Operating Officer of Emera Utility Services.

Dan has over 27 years of experience with Emera companies. In that time he has held a number of engineering, supervisory and management roles.

Dan is currently serving as a member of the executive committee for Cigre Canada – International Council on Large Electric Systems. Dan has previously served on both the Transmission and Distribution Councils for the Canadian Electricity Association and is a past Board Member of the Cape Breton Partnership.

Dan has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia.

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Wayne O'Connor

Executive Vice President, Business Development & Strategy, Emera Inc., Halifax, Nova Scotia

Wayne leads Emera's planning, strategy development and business development efforts as we continue to grow our business and achieve our long-term objectives. 

Prior to this role, Wayne has held a series of senior leadership positions in Emera companies, including Executive Vice President, Operations, of Nova Scotia Power, and President and Chief Operating Officer of Emera Energy.

Prior to joining Emera in 2003, Wayne held various roles within TransCanada Pipelines. He has extensive experience in marketing and trading in markets, energy market, related financial products and risk management expertise gained over more than 25 years in the industry.

Wayne has a Bachelor of Management, Marketing from the University of Lethbridge. Wayne serves as Chair on the Board of Governors of Armbrae Academy.

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Mike Roberts

Chief Human Resources Officer, Emera Inc.
Halifax, Nova Scotia 

 

Mike Roberts was appointed Chief Human Resource Officer at Emera in 2014.

 Prior to joining Emera, Mike was the President of the integrated talent development firm Optimum Talent Atlantic. Mike also served as Vice President, Corporate Development for Irving Shipbuilding where he was responsible for communications, human resources, labour relations, health, safety and security. Mike had led the organization’s cultural shift to ready itself to successfully become one of Canada’s Shipbuilding Centers of Excellence and was a founding partner in the ShipsStartHere partnership.

 Earlier in his career, Mike held senior positions with telecommunications leader Bell Aliant, including Vice President, Human Resources and Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs.  

 He is a graduate of Mount Allison University and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1991.

Mike is active in the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Waterfront Development Corporation and Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise.  He has previously served on the Marine Environmental Ocean Prediction and Response Network, the board of the Nova Scotia Heart & Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

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Rick Janega

Chief Operating Officer, Electric Utilities, Canada, US Northeast and Caribbean, Emera Inc.
Halifax, Nova Scotia 

 

Rick Janega was appointed Chief Operating Officer, Electric Utilities, Canada, US Northeast and Caribbean at Emera Inc. in March 2018.

He is also President and CEO of Emera Newfoundland & Labrador (ENL). He led the team that delivered the Maritime Link project on time and on budget. The Maritime Link is a CDN$1.57 billion transmission project that enables the transmission of clean, renewable and reliable electricity between Nova Scotia and the island of Newfoundland, addressing the growing demand for more renewable electricity in the region. 

Prior to his leadership role at ENL, Rick held a series of increasingly senior roles, including Chief Operating Officer for Nova Scotia Power, overseeing transmission and distribution, fuels, generation and customer service. He began his career working in construction management, manufacturing, and the pulp and paper industry.

A graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and the Technical University of Nova Scotia (Dalhousie University), Rick is a professional engineer and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia.
He is an alumnus of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference.

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Mike Herrin

President and Chief Operating Officer, Emera Maine, Bangor, Maine

Mike Herrin was appointed President of Emera Maine in July 2018.

Before joining Emera Maine as Chief Operating Officer in 2017, Mike was Director of Customer Experience Operations at Tampa Electric, successfully leading the implementation of the company’s new customer information and billing systems. Mike held a variety of positions over more than 25 years with Tampa Electric, all with a strong focus and commitment to customer service, including work in Marketing & Sales, Information Technology and Procurement & Facilities Services. He began his career at the utility as an Engineer, Commercial/Industrial Services.

A graduate of University of South Florida with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Mike obtained his MBA from the University of Tampa.

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Karen Hutt

President and Chief Executive Officer, Nova Scotia Power, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Karen Hutt has been with the Emera companies since 2001. Currently she is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Power Inc.; a role she assumed in August 2016. Karen is passionately focused on bringing the customer into the centre of every conversation and helping prepare Nova Scotia Power for the changing energy landscape.  

Karen first joined Nova Scotia Power in 2001. Through progressively senior roles, she has led a range of customer, strategy, business growth and regulatory initiatives in markets as diverse as Canada, New England, New Mexico and Florida.

Previously, as Emera’s Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions, Karen was part of the team who executed the TECO Energy transaction; a transformational deal that doubled the size of Emera. Prior to that, she served as Emera Energy’s Executive Vice President, Commercial, and President, Northeast Wind. In all of her roles, Karen has demonstrated a strong focus on building strategic relationships, achieving results through teamwork, creating growth, and applying innovative thinking to meet customer needs. 

An active supporter of the local community, Karen currently serves as Chair of the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. She also serves on the Acadia Board of Governors. Karen is a past Trustee of the IWK Foundation Board and Past-Chair of the Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia Board of Directors. Karen has degrees from Acadia University and Mount Saint Vincent University, and has an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.  

 

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Ryan Shell

President, New Mexico Gas Company, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Ryan Shell is the president of New Mexico Gas Co., the largest natural gas utility in New Mexico. He leads all strategic and day-to-day aspects of the company, including gas supply, gas delivery, operations, engineering, regulatory affairs and customer service.

Ryan joined the company in 2009. He previously served as vice president of Finance, treasurer and controller. Prior to joining NMGC, Ryan worked in various financial roles at SEMCO Energy, a natural gas utility with operations in Michigan and Alaska. Earlier, he worked as a Certified Public Accountant at BDO Seidman, a national accounting and consulting firm.

Ryan received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Oakland University and received a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico. He also is a Certified Public Accountant.

He currently serves on the boards of United Way of Central New Mexico, the Albuquerque Economic Development, the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, the University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Management Foundation, the Western Energy Institute and the Midwest Energy Association.

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Judy Steele

President and Chief Operating Officer, Emera Energy, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Judy was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Emera Energy in October 2012. She served as Chief Financial Officer of Emera Inc. from May 2011 to April 2012 and prior to that held the position of Vice President, Finance, Emera Energy.

Before joining Emera Energy, Judy worked in a variety of capacities across Emera's business including Investor and External Relations, Strategy Development and Regulatory Affairs. Prior to joining Emera in 1999, she worked in the accounting and auditing, and consulting practices of Ernst & Young. Judy is a Chartered Accountant and in 2005 was awarded her profession's highest honour, the designation Fellow Chartered Accountant.

Known for her community leadership, Judy has served as Treasurer of the 2011 Canada Winter Games, is a former Director of the Halifax Port Authority and was National Chair of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. In 2003, she received the "CA of the Year Award" in recognition of her outstanding contributions in this regard.

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Craig Sutherland

President and Chief Operating Officer, Emera Utility Services, Halifax, Nova Scotia 

 

Craig Sutherland was appointed President & COO of Emera Utility Services in May of 2015.  As President &COO, Craig has accountability for safety, operational efficiency, quality, customer service, revenue growth, and profitability for the organization.

Craig joined Emera in January of 2011 and has held several progressive roles at Nova Scotia Power including leading Meter and Inspection Services, Procurement, and Real Estate.  Prior to joining Emera Craig held several executive roles in the retail industry.

Craig has a bachelor’s degree from Dalhousie and a MBA from Saint Mary’s University.

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T.J. Szelistowski

President, Peoples Gas, Tampa, Florida 

 

T.J. Szelistowski is president of TECO Peoples Gas System where he leads a team responsible for the operation and maintenance of the company’s approximately 12,500 miles of distribution mains and 160 miles of transmission lines that provide natural gas service to more than 370,000 customers in most of the metropolitan areas of Florida.

A Professional Engineer, T.J. has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a MBA from the University of Tampa. He has more than 32 years of electric and gas utility experience at Tampa Electric working in a number of engineering and management positions, including Vice President of Gas Delivery, Director of T&D Operations, Director of Energy Control Center, Director of Engineering and Operations Services, and Managing Director of Regulatory Affairs.

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Nancy Tower

President & CEO, Tampa Electric, Tampa, Florida

Nancy was appointed President and CEO of Tampa Electric on Dec. 1, 2017.

In her previous role as Chief Development Officer for Emera, she focused on mergers and acquisitions and the advancement of strategic growth projects in the areas of electric and gas transmission and generation. Nancy played a lead role in the deal that brought TECO Energy into the Emera group of companies.

From May 2011 to April 2014, Nancy was the CEO of Emera Newfoundland and Labrador. In April 2014, the Maritime Link project received approval. The Maritime Link is a CAD$1.6 billion project that will connect the island of Newfoundland to the North American energy grid for the first time in history via 170km of high voltage direct current subsea cables under the Cabot Strait. Nancy remains an active member of the Emera Newfoundland and Labrador board of directors.

Nancy held the position of Chief Financial Officer of Emera Inc. from 2005 to 2011 and was responsible for overseeing all the financial activities of Emera including external reporting, business development, financial operations, risk management and relationships with equity and debt markets. With Emera since 1997, she has held senior positions in corporate finance and in operations including Controller and Vice President of Customer Operations with Nova Scotia Power. In this role, Nancy led a team of over 1,000 employees who operate and maintain Nova Scotia's electricity delivery system.

Nancy is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a 2011 recipient of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award.

A leader in her community, Nancy currently serves on the board of United Way Halifax and is Chair of its Strategic Fundraising Cabinet. She also serves on the Advisory Council of the Dalhousie University Corporate Residency MBA Program, as well as the Dalhousie University Faculty of Management Advisory Board. She most recently served as the 2014/2015 Campaign Co-Chair, United Way Halifax Region and is a past member of the board of directors of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), the board of directors of Nova Scotia Business Inc., the board of trustees of the QEII Foundation, and the board of directors of CAA Atlantic. Nancy is also the former chair of the Nova Scotia Institute of Chartered Accountants. She is a graduate of Dalhousie University.

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Roger Blackman

Managing Director, Barbados Light & Power Company, Bridgetown, Barbados  

 

Roger Blackman was appointed Managing Director of Barbados Light & Power Company (BL&P) in July 2016. He has served BL&P and Emera in increasingly senior roles over the past 26 years. Immediately prior to his current role at BL&P, he held the position of Senior Director Business Development at Emera.

Roger holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus and an MBA from Durham University. He is a member and Past President of the Barbados Association of Professional Engineers..

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Dave McGregor

President and Chief Operating Officer, Grand Bahama Power Company; Freeport, Grand Bahama

 

Dave McGregor was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Grand Bahama Power Company on January 15, 2018.

Dave is a seasoned energy industry leader with deep experience in management and operations. Most recently, he was Vice President, Asset Management for Emera (Caribbean) Inc. where he was responsible for the effective fleet asset management of generation and T&D investments in Barbados, Dominica and Grand Bahama.
 
Prior to joining Emera in 2010, Dave held progressively senior technical and leadership positions in two major gas-fired power generation facilities in Canada and the UK during a successful 16-year career with ATCO Power. In the early part of his career, Dave was a field engineer with Rolls Royce and spent time in Africa, Asia and Europe, installing, commissioning and troubleshooting electrical equipment for the power generation and mining industries.

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Bertilia McKenzie

General Manager, Dominica Electricity Services, Roseau, Dominica

 

Bertilia McKenzie was appointed General Manager of Dominica Electricity Services Limited (DOMLEC) in September 2014.

Bertilia joined the HR team at DOMLEC in 1997, becoming HR leader in 2001 and growing within the business to become the first woman and first non-engineer appointed to lead Dominica’s sole utility. Prior to joining DOMLEC, Bertilia worked in education and for the National Development Foundation of Dominica.

Bertilia has served as a Director on the Board of several organizations including the Dominica Social Security and the Dominica Cooperative Credit Union Societies’ League.  Currently she is a Director on the Boards of the UWI Cave Hill School of Business and Caribbean Electric Utility Corporation (CARILEC).
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