Our Management Team
Our management team is comprised of New Brunswickers and long-time employees. Together, they’re working hard to make the right decisions for our customers today and tomorrow.
Gaëtan Thomas - President and CEO
Gaëtan was appointed President and CEO of NB Power in February 2010. Before this, he served as the Vice President of NB Power's Nuclear Division, a position he held since 2005 as well as the position of Vice President of NB Power's Distribution and Customer Service division.
Gaëtan has a proven track record of over 30 years with operations experience in many areas of our business including Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Customer Service. He also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick.
Darren Murphy - CFO & Vice President, Corporate Services
In June 2012, Darren was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Corporate Services. His areas of responsibility include Finance, Environment, Corporate Compliance, and Business Innovation.
Darren joined NB Power's executive team in 2007, and in addition to his current role, he has held a number of executive positions including Vice President of Distribution and Customer Service and Vice President of Transmission. He worked for over 17 years in Distribution field operations before joining the executive team.
Mr. Murphy is a member of several Boards including the Board of Directors for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), the New Brunswick Investment Management Corporation (NBIMC) and the New Brunswick Energy Marketing Corporation (NBEMC). Darren also has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of New Brunswick.
Keith Cronkhite - Vice President, Business Development and Generation
Keith is the Vice President of Business Development and Generation at NB Power. He oversees the utility's Strategic planning, Reduce and Shift Demand (RASD), Supply Chain, Fuels, Corporate Business initiatives as well as the Generation division. Keith has held various positions of increasing responsibility in operations and corporate departments at NB Power.
Prior to joining NB Power, he worked in the private sector in Sales and Marketing. Keith has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of New Brunswick and is a current member of the Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee (CSA) as well as the Atlantica Centre for Energy (ACfE).
Lynn Arsenault – Vice President, Customer Service
Lynn Arsenault was appointed Vice President of Customer Service in October 2014. Her areas of responsibility include Customer Service, Distribution, as well as Transmission construction and maintenance. Lynn will also lead the integration and execution of products and services introduced through Smart Grid and our strategy to reduce and shift the use of electricity.
Lynn was previously Director of Provincial Field Operations and has more than 28 years of experience in customer service, project management and information systems.
Tony O'Hara – Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Engineering
Tony O'Hara was appointed Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering in November, 2014. In this role, Tony is responsible for Engineering, Information and Operational Technology, Project Management Office, Asset Management, Distribution System Operations and the NB Power System Operator.
Tony has been with NB Power for 25 years and has held various positions of increasing responsibility in Distribution, Transmission, Project Management, and System Operations.
Tony holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick as well as a member of the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.
Lori Clark- Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Regulatory Affairs
Prior to her appointment as the Vice President and Strategic Initiatives and Regulatory Affairs in September 2015, Lori served as the Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs and Nuclear Improvement for NB Power.
Lori began her career with NB Power and its subsidiary NB Coal in 1990. Since that time, she has held positions of increasing responsibility including Controller, Director of Finance, Managing Director of Finance, and Director of Regulatory Affairs. Lori has led the utility’s rate application processes in the past and has also appeared as a witness for NB Power at several rate hearings.
Lori holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Brett Plummer - Site Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer
Brett was appointed Site Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer at NB Power's Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station in November 2015. He is accountable for leading the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station's strategic direction to achieve safe, predictable and productive nuclear performance.
Brett’s extensive background includes 34 years of commercial nuclear power plant experience in Operations, Senior Leadership and Project Management roles.
Brett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Business from New Hampshire College, as well as an Associate of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from the University of New York. While in the United States Navy, he attended the Naval Nuclear Power School as well as the Naval Electronics Technician School. Additionally, Brett has completed the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Senior Nuclear Plant Management Course.
Wanda Harrison - Corporate Secretary and General Counsel
Wanda joined NB Power in 1989 as Solicitor and Co-ordinator of Regulatory Affairs and then served as Senior Solicitor and Associate Corporate Secretary. Wanda was appointed Corporate Secretary and General Counsel in 2002.
In 2012, in addition to her role as Corporate Secretary and General Counsel, she assumed responsibility for areas of Real Estate, Insurance, CADD/Print Shop, Facilities and Security.
Sherry Thomson - Chief Human Resources Officer
Sherry was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer in November 2014. She has responsibility for all Human Resources functions at NB Power, Corporate Health and Safety as well as First Nations. Sherry has broad experience across the organization including both line operations and corporate roles.
She began her career with NB Power in 1984 and has held positions of increasing responsibility within Human Resources, Generation, Information Systems, Finance, and Customer Service, Distribution & Transmission divisions.
Brent Staeben - Director, Marketing and Communications
Brent came to NB Power in 2012 after a 20 year career with the New Brunswick public service. In that time he was Director of Communications for the Departments of Energy, Transportation and Human Resources Development; this included a decade at Service New Brunswick where he served as director for departments like marketing, communications and customer experience.
Brent has graduate degrees in economics from the University of New Brunswick and Community Health and Epidemiology from Queens and is well known for his volunteer involvement with the New Brunswick music industry.
New Brunswick Energy Marketing
Kirby O'Donnell - Executive Director, New Brunswick Energy Marketing
Kirby became the Executive Director of New Brunswick Energy Marketing on October 1, 2013 when the utility reintegrated and formed this new subsidiary. He has been with NB Power for 35 years, serving in various roles in both the Generation and Marketing divisions.
He has overseen many important projects at the utility in management roles at the Dalhousie Generating Station, commissioning of the Belledune Generating Station and was a key player in developing the Energy Marketing group.