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
Charles V. Firlotte, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Charles "Chuck" Firlotte is the principal of Laurent Maxime Consultancy, a management consulting firm dedicated to helping businesses thrive. He has worked with company leaders in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean, guiding them through strategic planning and leadership development. Mr. Firlotte honed his expertise over the course of three-plus decades, including more than 15 years as President and CEO of Aquarion Company, the seventh largest, private water utility in the United States. He previously held positions of director, vice president, senior vice president and chief operating officer in the United States and the United Kingdom for the Kelda Group, a UK-based regulated utility. Born and raised on the north shore of New Brunswick, Mr. Firlotte earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from St. Thomas University in Fredericton and the University of Ottawa, and he is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard School of Business. He serves on the board of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, and the HAB Group, a property and asset management firm in the Turks and Caicos, British West Indies.
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 Trisummit Utilities where she chairs the Health, Safety and Environment Committee, the Board of CMG Limited, the Board of HSBC Canada and the Board of Sustainable Development Technology Canada.
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 appointed in 2018 as Ad hoc Information Commissioner as well as Ad hoc Privacy 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 35th 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.
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 and Crosby Advisory Boards, Director of the Saint John Airport and Ganong Boards, 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 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.
Scott Northard, P.E.
Mr. Northard is President of Due North Energy Consulting, LLC, which provides consulting services to energy and other technology-related businesses. Mr. Northard retired in 2018 as Fleet Vice President, Nuclear with Xcel Energy Nuclear Generation Department in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Over the course of his more than 40 years in the utility industry, Mr. Northard held positions including Site Vice President, Vice President – Nuclear Operations, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Nuclear Safety Assurance Manager and various roles in finance, human resources, materials management and project management. Mr. Northard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed the INPO Senior Nuclear Plant Manager course and is a graduate of NMC Nuclear Management Development Program at the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management and the Executive Development Program at Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management. Mr. Northard is a Registered Professional Engineer and a former licensed Senior Reactor Operator.
Mark E. Reddemann
Mr. Reddemann retired as Chief Executive Officer of Nawah Energy Company after delivering the first unit of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Prior to this role, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Energy Northwest where he was responsible for providing energy services to 27 member utilities, and the reliable generation of electric capacity from nuclear, wind, hydro and solar facilities. 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 has served 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 the Tri-City Development Council.
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 obtained her ICD. D. In 2018 she retired as the President and Chief Executive Officer of CPA New Brunswick where she was responsible for the merger of the CA, CGA and CMA accounting bodies. 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 is the Chair of the Board Directors of the Greater Moncton International Airport Authority and of the Fondation du Théâtre l’Escaouette and sits on the Audit Committee of the Federal Privy Council.
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.
Keith Cronkhite, NB Power President and CEO
Keith Cronkhite was appointed NB Power President and Chief Executive Officer on April 1, 2020. A lifelong New Brunswicker, Keith has more than 30 years’ industry experience. He has held positions of increasing responsibility within NB Power operations and corporate, including his most recent role of Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Planning. He is well known within the energy industry, and throughout his career has established strong working relationships with industry, government and business leaders.
Keith’s vision for NB Power includes a nimble, customer-focused NB Power that is well positioned to serve New Brunswickers while responding to a rapidly changing industry. He is committed to ensuring the customer is at the centre of NB Power’s business decisions, and that the utility ensures New Brunswickers have clean, reliable energy at stable prices for generations to come.
Keith has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of New Brunswick, has completed the Reactor Technology course for Utility Executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds an ICD.D with the Institute of Corporate Directors and is board member on the Energy Council of Canada as well as the Atlantica Centre for Energy. He is also a member of the Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee.