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

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Christopher Huskilson

President and CEO, Emera Inc., Halifax, Nova Scotia

Chris began his career with Nova Scotia Power in 1980. He was made Chief Operating Officer of Emera and Nova Scotia Power in July 2003 and President and Chief Executive Officer of Emera in 2004.

Chris is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia. He serves on many for-profit and not-for-profit Boards of Directors. He is Past-Chair of the Greater Halifax Partnership, the Energy Council of Canada, and the Canadian Electricity Association.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.

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Scott Balfour

Chief Operating Officer, Northeast & Caribbean, Emera Inc., Halifax, Nova Scotia

Scott Balfour was appointed Chief Operating Officer, Northeast & Caribbean in March 2016. Prior to that he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Emera, appointed in April 2012. 

Following six years in commercial and corporate banking with TD Bank and Royal Bank of Canada, Scott played a leading role in growing Aecon Group into Canada’s largest publicly traded construction firm. Scott joined Aecon as CFO in 1994 before also taking on the role of President in 2005. During that time, Aecon grew from a $60 million regionally based road building company into a $2.8 billion multi-disciplined contractor and infrastructure developer active across Canada and around the world. During his time as President, Aecon was recognized as one of the 50 Best Employers in Canada.

Scott is a former member of Aecon’s Board of Directors as well as a former member and Chair of the Ontario Energy Association Board of Directors. Scott has held a seat on the Infrastructure Committee at the Toronto Board of Trade. He also sits on the board of Martinrea International Inc. Scott holds an Honours Bachelor in Business Administration (HBBA) from Wilfred Laurier University, and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business.

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Rob Bennett

President and CEO, Emera U.S. Inc., Tampa, Florida

Rob began his career in electrical engineering in 1988 when he first joined Nova Scotia Power. Over the course of his nearly 30-year career, Rob has held senior management and leadership positions across the Emera group.

In September 2015, Rob was appointed to lead Emera’s integration with TECO Energy, which Emera acquired in July 2016.

Prior to this, Rob was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with Emera Inc. In this role, Rob had overall executive responsibility for Emera’s businesses, including the Maritime Link.

During his time at Emera, Rob has been President and Chief Operating Officer of Bangor Hydro Electric Company (now part of Emera Maine) and President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Power.

Rob offers his time to many causes throughout his community, particularly those in the fields of healthcare, education and ethics. Rob is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and holds an engineering degree from Dalhousie University (DalTech).

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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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Nancy Tower

Chief Corporate Development Officer, Emera Inc., Halifax, Nova Scotia

As CCDO, Nancy Tower has a focus on mergers and acquisitions and the advancement of strategic growth projects in the areas of electric and gas transmission and generation.

From May 2011 to April 2014, Nancy was also CEO of Emera Newfoundland and Labrador. In April 2014, Nova Scotia Power Maritime Link (NSPML) received approval for the Maritime Link, a legacy accomplishment. Nancy remains an active member of the Emera Newfoundland and Labrador Board of Directors.

Nancy held the position of Chief Financial Officer 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 NSPI. 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 as the 2014/2015 Campaign Co-Chair, United Way Halifax Region, as well as, on the Advisory Council of the Dalhousie University Corporate Residency MBA Program.  She 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.

Nancy resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Robert Hanf

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

Bob Hanf was appointed Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and Regulatory Affairs, Emera Inc. in August 2016. In this role, Bob is responsible for leading the strategy and alignment for teams across Emera in the areas of stakeholder and regulatory relations, safety, environment, communications and government relations.

Since joining in 2002, Bob has held progressively senior roles within the Emera group of companies, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Power Inc. Prior to that, Bob served as Chief Legal Officer for Emera in Halifax, Executive Chairman of Light & Power Holdings in Barbados and President and COO at Bangor Hydro Electric Company in Maine. In all his roles, Bob has demonstrated strong leadership in advancing our business strategy while also ensuring we are delivering on Emera’s commitments to our customers and communities.

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 Chair of the IWK Health Centre Board and sits on the Dalhousie University Board of Governors. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (Atlantic Chapter) and recently completed his Masters of Divinity at the Atlantic School of Theology.

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Sarah MacDonald

President, Teco Services Inc.; President Emera Caribbean Inc.; President and CEO Grand Bahama Power Company; President and CEO ICD Utilities Limited; Executive Chairman Emera Caribbean Inc.; Executive Chairman Barbados Light & Power Co. Limited

As President of TECO Services Inc., Sarah MacDonald oversees finance, human resources, IT and legal services for TECO Energy’s operations in Florida and New Mexico.

Sarah also leads Emera’s Caribbean operations as President of Emera Caribbean Inc. (ECI). Since 2011, she has also served as President and CEO of both the Grand Bahama Power Company and ICD Utilities Limited. In 2014, Sarah was appointed Executive Chairman of the Boards of Emera Caribbean Inc. and the Barbados Light & Power Company.

Sarah joined Emera Inc. in 2001. She previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Emera Utility Services, the largest utility services contractor in Atlantic Canada, as well as Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Emera and General Manager of Human Resources for Nova Scotia Power.

Sarah graduated from Dalhousie Law School and received her M.B.A. from St. Mary’s University.  Prior to joining Emera, she worked in employment law, labour relations and human resources, primarily in the health care field. Sarah is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and is a Certified Human Resources Professional.

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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, Corporate Strategy and Planning, Emera Inc., Halifax, Nova Scotia

Wayne leads Emera's planning and strategy 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 Centres 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, Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise, and The Marine Environmental Ocean Prediction and Response Network.    He has also served on the board of the Nova Scotia Heart & Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

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Gordon Gillette

President & CEO, Tampa Electric; President, Florida Operations; Tampa, Florida

 

Gordon L. Gillette is president and chief executive officer of Tampa Electric and president of Florida Operations, which includes TECO Peoples Gas System. He is responsible for the operations of both utilities, including Business Strategy and Renewables, Energy Supply, Electric and Natural Gas Delivery, Customer Care, Fuels Management, State and Community Relations, and Regulatory Affairs.

Gordon previously was president of Tampa Electric & Peoples Gas and prior to that executive vice president and chief financial officer for TECO Energy. Since joining Tampa Electric in 1981, Gordon has held other leadership positions in Regulatory Affairs, Finance, Generation Planning, and TECO Guatemala (then a subsidiary of TECO Energy).

Gordon received both his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and his Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of South Florida (USF) and in 2016 was recognized by USF with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. A licensed Professional Engineer, Gordon is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Florida Engineering Society. A graduate of The Tampa Connection Leadership Program and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, he has also completed doctoral level coursework in Industrial Engineering at USF.

Gordon serves on the board of the American Gas Association, chairing its Audit Committee and is chair of the American Gas Foundation. He serves on the boards of Enterprise Florida and is past chair of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, is chair of the Florida Coordinating Group, and is past chair of the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council.

Gordon serves on the boards of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation and Positive Coaching Affiliation. Past chair of the USF Foundation, he currently serves as co-chairman of the USF Foundation’s Unstoppable Campaign. Gordon has also served as president of the board for the Children’s Museum of Tampa, chair of the Hillsborough County Education Foundation, and chair of the Leadership Council for the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations. 

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Karen Hutt

President & CEO, Nova Scotia Power, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Karen Hutt was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Power Inc., in August 2016.

Karen first joined Nova Scotia Power in 2001 to help implement the company’s customer focused strategy. Since then, through progressively senior roles, she has led a range of customer, 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 played an important role in the TECO Energy transaction, helping to secure, advance and close this transformational deal. 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 and leveraging strategic relationships, advancing business goals, creating growth, and applying innovative thinking to meet customer needs.

An active supporter of the local community, Karen currently serves as Vice Chair of the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. She is a past Trustee on the IWK Foundation Board, Past-Chair of the Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia Board of Directors and a past Board Member of the Nova Scotia Arthritis Society. Karen has degrees from Acadia University and Mount Saint Vincent University and recently completed the Directors Education Program through the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management.

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Rick Janega

President & CEO, Emera Newfoundland & Labrador, 
St. John's, Newfoundland 

 

Rick Janega was appointed President, Emera Newfoundland & Labrador (ENL) in February 2011 and became CEO of ENL in April 2014.

Prior to this appointment, Rick was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Nova Scotia Power Inc.

Rick previously held a number of progressive positions at Nova Scotia Power including Vice President, Operations and General Manager of Power Production including, Director of Business Development for generation projects at Emera Inc., Director of Plant Operations, and Senior Manager at both Trenton and Point Tupper generating stations.

Rick joined Nova Scotia Power in 1989. He was previously 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 member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia.

Rick is an alumnus of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference.

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Alan Richardson

President & COO, Emera Maine, Bangor, Maine

 

Alan Richardson was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Emera Maine in May of 2015. Alan joined the executive team of Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service (now Emera Maine) in September 2012 as Vice President, Sustainability, and in April of 2014 was appointed Vice President, Transmission, where he was responsible for operation and maintenance of Emera Maine’s transmission system, as well as strategy and business development, including large transmission development opportunities.

Alan has more than 28 years of industry experience within Emera and Nova Scotia Power.  Prior to joining Emera Maine, Alan was VP Strategy and Innovation for Emera Inc., where he was focused on development of Emera’s strategic plans.  This followed five years as VP of Integrated Customer Services at Nova Scotia Power, where he was responsible for distribution, transmission, and system operations; customer service and related functions; as well as information technology.

Alan has a Certificate in Applied Science from Acadia University and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie University).

Alan and his wife Denise live in Hampden Maine and have two daughters attending university in Nova Scotia and Germany.

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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 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 COO, Emera Energy Inc., 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 & 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.