Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is responsible for administering the business and affairs of the corporation on a commercial basis taking into consideration government policy. The President and Chief Executive Officer reports to the Board of Directors and, subject to the Board's direction, is charged with the general direction, supervision and control of the business of the Corporation.
Board of Directors Members
Ed Barrett, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Barrett is co-CEO of Barrett Corporation, a North American investment and management company. He is CEO of Barrett Diversified Inc., which operates wholesale distribution companies in Canada and the US, and is co-founder, significant shareholder, and serves on the Board of Xplornet Communications, a leading broadband and communications company in Canada. In addition to NB Power, Mr Barrett serves on the Board of Wajax Industries, a public company traded on the TSX which is a leading mobile equipment and industrial supplies company in Canada, two private companies based out of New Brunswick, Atlantic Industries and Apex industries, and is Past Chair and Board member of Crandall University. Mr. Barrett also serves on the Board of Directors for Nav Canada, a private sector, non-share capital corporation that owns and operates Canada's civil air navigation service (ANS), and for Medavie Blue Cross, a not-for-profit health services partner for individuals, employers and governments across Canada.
Ms. Athaide is the President and CEO of The Cogent Group Inc, an independent, energy advisory firm. Her experience in the energy industry has spanned the value chain from wells to the wall socket. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honours), a Masters of Business Administration in Finance, a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and has been awarded the designation of ICD.D by the Institute of Corporate Directors. Ms. Athaide serves on the Board of Directors of Phoenix Energy Services where she chairs the Nomination & Governance Committee, the Board of CMG Limited and the Board of HSBC Canada. She also serves on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations including the Calgary Petroleum Club and the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Anne E. Bertrand, Q.C.
Ms. Bertrand hails from the Acadian Peninsula and was educated in French and English. She studied Biology and Law, and has been practicing law since 1986. In 2010, she was appointed the Province of New Brunswick’s first Access to Information and Privacy Commissioner. In that role for seven years, she oversaw government, municipalities, crown corporations and the private health care sector. In private practice, Ms. Bertrand sat as an adjudicator on various administrative tribunals at both provincial and federal levels, and she appeared before all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada.
Ms. Bertrand has held several board positions, among which: President of the Conseil Économique du Nouveau-Brunswick, National Vice President of the Mounted Police Foundation, Chair of the New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts, President of the York Sunbury Law Society; Director of the Greater Fredericton Economic Development Corporation. In business, she managed her husband’s group of environmental engineering and consulting companies. In 2011, she was inducted in the Réseau des femmes d’affaires francophone du Canada for her vision and exceptional leadership in business and in her community. Ms. Bertrand was recently appointed a special investigator as ad hoc commissioner for Canada.
Mr. Bossé is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Groupe Savoie Inc. located in St-Quentin, NB. Mr. Bossé is in his 32nd year with this very dynamic organization involved in the fabrication of value-added products and employing over 600 individuals in sawmills located in St-Quentin, Kedgwick, Moncton, and Westville, Nova Scotia. Throughout his career he served on many associations including: Enterprise Restigouche, Restigouche Community Business Development Corporation, Governor’s Council at Université de Moncton, Board Chair of Efficiency New Brunswick and the Economic Council of NB as Director and as President. He was nominated for the Alumnus of the Year in 2013 from the Faculty of Administration at the University of Moncton, Manager of the Year award in 1990 and Gilbert-Finn Manager Emeritus award in 2009. He is a director of Bégin & Bégin Inc., Institut de Recherche sur les Feuillus Nordiques, New Brunswick Forest, New Brunswick Business Council and Assomption Vie.
Charles (Chuck) Firlotte
Mr. Firlotte was born and raised on the north shore of New Brunswick, and presently is the President and CEO of Aquarion Water Company in Bridgeport, CT- one of the largest investor-owned water utilities in the U.S., serving three States in the North East. He previously held Director, Vice President, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer positions in both the United States and the United Kingdom for the Kelda Group- a UK based water utility. He also holds degrees from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, the University of Ottawa and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard School of Business. He has served on boards for the Connecticut Business Industry Association, Duoyuan Global and KGI Bridgeport.
Mr. MacGillivray is the retired President and CEO of Gay Lea Foods, a large Canadian dairy co-operative. He also serves as the Chair of the Moosehead Advisory Board, Director of the Saint John Airport board, a member of the Board of the Wallace McCain Institute and is actively engaged in advising and supporting local businesses and community programs. Prior to his 12 years with Gay Lea, Andrew held leadership roles with both private and public companies including Saputo, Agrifoods, Baxter Foods and Nestle. He is a graduate with a BBA from St. Francis Xavier University and an MBA from York University.
Paul McCoy, P. E.
Mr. McCoy is a principal with the Atlantic Wind Connection Project, a high-voltage direct current submarine transmission network to be located off the east coast of the United States, and also provides consulting services through McCoy Energy Consulting LLC. He co-founded Trans-Elect, an independent transmission company in 1999, and was the company’s president. Prior to Trans-Elect, he had spent his career at Commonwealth Edison lastly as Senior Vice President, and President of ComEd’s Transmission Group. Mr. McCoy has held numerous leadership positions in major transmission industry organizations and has significant experience working with state and federal utility regulators in the United States. He is a member of the Wanger Institute of Sustainable Energy Resources (WISER) and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department's Board of Advisors at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors at De La Salle Institute in Chicago. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT.
Mr. Sellman is the President of Sellman Consulting Service. His former posts include Chief Executive Officer of Nuclear Management Company, responsible for operating eight commercial nuclear plants in the United States, and President, Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company. Mr. Sellman has a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's degree in nuclear engineering.
Ms. Trenholm is a professor emerita at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and holds an ICD.D with the Institute of Corporate Directors and a FCPA, FCA with CPA New Brunswick. Ms. Trenholm is currently a member of the Plaza Retail REIT board of trustees and the International Development Research Centre board of governors. She is a past board member of AECL and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (now known as CPA Canada), past-president of the New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants (now known as CPA New Brunswick) and past acting dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at UNB. In addition, she has chaired or served as a member of a number of other international, national, regional as well as local boards and committees.
Mrs. Whipp is a FCPA, CA. She recently retired as the President and Chief Executive Officer of CPA New Brunswick. Prior to this appointment, Mrs. Whipp has served as a professional consultant for many companies in New Brunswick and Ontario. In addition, she provided transformational leadership to the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce as their CEO. Before moving to New Brunswick in 2009, Mrs. Whipp held various positions in financial management at JTI-McDonald Corp., Unsworth and Associates Luxembourg, KPMG, CN, BCE Inc. and Pirelli Cables Inc. Mrs. Whipp got her CA designation with Ernst & Young in Montreal in 1989. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of Vestcor Inc. and South Eastern Mutual Insurance Company and is the Vice-Chair on the Board of the Greater Moncton Romeo LeBlanc International Airport.
Mr. Wilson is CEO of the AIL Group of Companies, headquartered in Sackville, NB. The AIL Group is a world leader in delivering infrastructure solutions through manufacturing plants across North America, and licensees in Australia and Europe. Mr. Wilson is active in research and development and has developed several international patents. He is the past Chairman of the New Brunswick Business Council, Past President of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, New Brunswick Chapter and is also a current member of the board of directors for Medavie Blue Cross. In 2013, he was inducted into the New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame, and named “Atlantic Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2005.Mr. Wilson is a graduate of UNB's Civil Engineering program.
Gaëtan Thomas, NB Power President and CEOServing as CEO of NB Power since February 2010, Mr. Thomas is a committed industry leader and agent of change, driven by his deep connection to customer and employee grassroots. His vision for NB Power includes a made-in-New Brunswick smart grid supported by customer-centric technology and a workforce aimed at creating a greener, more sustainable province. This plan is helping to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, lowering costs and keeping customer rates low and stable.
Mr. Thomas grew up in a tiny Francophone village in northern New Brunswick before earning a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. A loyal and lifelong employee of the utility, he has worked in all aspects of the business including as Vice President of both Nuclear and Distribution and Customer Service divisions.
In 2015, 2016 & 2018, Mr. Thomas was honoured by Atlantic Business Magazine as one of the Atlantic Region’s Top 50 CEOs, and was selected as one of the Most Influential Acadians by L’Acadie Nouvelle. He is the Chairman of the Board of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (Atlanta Center) and is a board member for the Canadian Electricity Association, the electric vehicle advocacy group Plug ‘n Drive Canada, and the New Brunswick Business Council. He also serves as a mentor for the Wallace McCain Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership.