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 & CEO of Emera Inc. in 2018. He joined the company as Chief Financial Officer in 2012 and became Chief Operating Officer in 2016. Since joining Emera, Scott has been instrumental in driving the company’s growth. He played a lead role in the $10.4B USD acquisition of TECO Energy – at the time, one of Canada’s largest cross-border merger & acquisition transactions.

As CEO of Emera Inc., Scott is leading the team in executing on the company’s long-standing strategy to safely deliver cleaner, affordable and reliable energy to customers. Under his leadership, the team continues to drive growth and create significant value for customers, shareholders and communities.

After beginning his career in commercial and corporate banking, Scott spent nearly two decades in Canada’s finance and construction sectors. First as CFO, then as President, Scott led the growth of the Aecon Group from a $60 million to $2.8 billion company and one of Canada’s largest publicly traded construction firms.

Scott is a Director of several of Emera’s operating companies including being Chair of Tampa Electric and Nova Scotia Power. He is also a Director of Martinrea International Inc. and is past Chair of the Ontario Energy Association.

He received a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University, and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

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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 graduate of Mount Allison University. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and in 2019 he was awarded the designation of Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA).

 
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Bruce Marchand

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

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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Dan Muldoon

Executive Vice President, Project Development and Operations Support, Emera Inc., Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dan was appointed Executive Vice President, Project Development and Operations Support in February 2019. Prior to that he has been Executive Vice President, Major Renewable and Alternative Energy; President and Chief Operating Officer of CNG, Emera Inc.; and President and Chief Operating Officer of Emera Utility Services.

Dan has over 31 years of experience with the Emera companies. In that time he has held a number of engineering, supervisory and management roles.

Dan is a past 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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Karen Hutt 

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

Karen Hutt leads Emera's business development and strategy efforts, playing a lead role in the company’s next growth phase.

Karen most recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Power Inc. – a role she held from August 2016 until October 2019. Her passionate leadership as President and CEO of NSPI was felt inside and outside of the organization. Under her guidance, the team heightened its focus on customers, safety and delivering results. NSPI’s commitment to customers was never more evident than in the recent and impressive restoration efforts after Hurricane Dorian. 

Karen joined Emera in 2001 and, through progressively senior roles, 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 that 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 on the Acadia Board of Governors. Karen is a past Chair of the IWK Health Centre in Halifax and also serves Trustee of the IWK Foundation Board. She is 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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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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Rob Bennett

President and Chief Executive Officer,
Emera Technologies, 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 companies.

In 2018, Rob was appointed CEO of Emera Technologies Inc., a new Emera company that will capitalize on business opportunities and develop new technologies related to energy transformation.

Prior to this, Rob led Emera’s integration with TECO Energy, which Emera acquired in July 2016. His earlier leadership positions at Emera include Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Emera Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer at Nova Scotia Power, and President and Chief Operating Officer of Bangor Hydro Electric Company (now part of Emera Maine).

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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Wayne O'Connor

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

Wayne has been with Emera since 2003. Currently he is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Power, a role he assumed in October 2019.

Prior to this, Wayne held a series of senior leadership positions within Emera companies, including Executive Vice President, Business Development and Strategy of Emera Inc., Executive Vice President, Operations for Nova Scotia Power, and President and Chief Operating Officer of Emera Energy.

Before joining Emera, Wayne held various roles with TransCanada Pipelines. He has extensive experience in energy marketing and trading, related financial products and risk management— expertise gained over more than 25 years in the industry.

Wayne earned his Bachelor of Management, Marketing from the University of Lethbridge. He serves as Chair on the Board of Governors of Armbrae Academy in Halifax.

 

 

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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.

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 leadership 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, Albuquerque Economic Development, Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Management Foundation, Kirtland Partnership Committee, Western Energy Institute and 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 Tower is President and Chief Executive Officer of Tampa Electric.

In her previous role as Chief Corporate Development Officer for Emera Inc., 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.

Since joining Emera in 1997, Nancy has held senior positions in corporate finance and operations, including Controller, Vice President of Customer Operations for Nova Scotia Power and Chief Financial Officer of Emera Inc.

Tower is a member of the Florida Council of 100, Enterprise Florida and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. She is chair of the 2019 Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Suncoast chapter. Previously, she served on the Dalhousie University Faculty of Management Advisory Board and as campaign co-chair of the United Way Halifax Region.

Tower is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a 2011 recipient of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award. She is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Roger Blackman

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

 

Roger Blackman has held increasingly senior roles at Barbados Light & Power Company and Emera Inc. over his 26 years with the company. He was appointed Managing Director of BL&P in 2016. Previously, he held the position of Senior Director, Business Development at Emera.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Dominica Electricity Services (DOMLEC), St Lucia Electricity Services (LUCELEC) and the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC). He is a member and Past President of the Barbados Association of Professional Engineers.

Roger holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus and a Master of Business Administration from Durham University in England.

 

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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 first joined DOMLEC in 1997 as part of the Human Resources team and became leader of the HR team in 2001. Bertilia grew with in the business and was appointed General Manager of Dominica Electricity Services Limited (DOMLEC) in 2014, 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.

She has served as a Director on the board of several organizations including Dominica Social Security, Dominica Cooperative Credit Union Societies’ League and Caribbean Electric Utility Corporation (CARILEC).  She is currently a member of Dominica’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training Council.

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