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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.

Judith Athaide

Ms. Athaide is the President and CEO of The Cogent Group Inc, an independent advisory firm to the energy industry. Her experience in the energy industry has spanned the value chain from wells to the wall light switch. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honours), a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and 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. She is also involved in a number of non-profit organizations including the Calgary Petroleum Club, is the Chair of the Calgary Chapter of the ICD and also serves on the Board of Directors of HSBC Canada.

Alain Bossé

Mr. Bossé is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Groupe Savoie Inc. located in St-Quentin, NB. Mr. Bossé is in his 28th year with this very dynamic organization involved in the fabrication of value-added products and employing over 550 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, the New Brunswick Forest Products Association and the Economic Council of NB as Director and as President. He is an active member of the Governor’s Council at Université de Moncton and was the Alumnus of the Year in 2013 from the Faculty of Administration at U de M. He is also the former Board Chair of Efficiency New Brunswick.

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.

Andrew MacGillivray

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 Board of Trustees of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer (certified in Illinois.)

Mark E. Reddemann

Mr. Reddemann is the Chief Executive Officer of Energy Northwest. He previously served as a vice president with Xcel Energy, Nuclear Management Company, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and Wisconsin Electric and also served on numerous Corporate Nuclear Safety Review Boards. He holds a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics, engineering and physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a graduate of the Minnesota Management Institute at the University of Minnesota Curtis L. Carlson School of Management. Mr. Reddemann serves on a number of boards of directors including the Nuclear Energy Institute, Association of Washington Business, Volpentest Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response Federal Training Center and Tri-City Development Council.

Michael Sellman

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.

Barbara Trenholm

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.

Vicki Wallace-Godbout

Vicki Wallace-Godbout was born and raised on the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation, New Brunswick. A lawyer and small business owner, Ms. Wallace-Godbout is currently working on a number of economic development projects with a number of First Nations. She is the owner and operator of Edmundston Truck Stop Shell service station which opened its doors on October 29, 2012, and has served as a director with the Edmundston Chamber of Commerce since 2014. Admitted to the Law Society of New Brunswick in 2004, Ms. Wallace-Godbout was a co-founder of the law firm Soucy Richard Godbout Wallace, operating a full service law firm in Greater Moncton until 2010. She is also a past director of the Madawaska Maliseet Economic Development Board of Directors, which has a mandate to develop and manage the Grey Rock Power Centre located at Exit 19 on the Trans-Canada Highway besides the Edmundston Regional Hospital. In September of 2014, Ms. Wallace-Godbout was awarded the Female Entrepreneur of the Year with the Ulnooweg Atlantic Aboriginal Entrepreneur Awards.

Mike Wilson

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 CEO

Serving as CEO of NB Power since February 2010, Gaëtan 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, now in its fourth year, is helping to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, lowering costs and keeping customer rates low and stable.

Gaëtan 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, Gaëtan was honoured by Atlantic Business Magazine as one of the Region’s Top 50 CEOs, and was selected as one of the Most Influential Acadians by L’Acadie Nouvelle. He serves as a mentor for the Wallace McCain Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership and is a board member for the Canadian Electricity Association, the World Association of Nuclear Operators (Atlanta Center), and electric vehicle advocacy group Plug ‘n Drive Canada, and The New Brunswick Business Council.