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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 Thomas

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.

Darren Murphy - Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President Corporate Services

Darren Murphy

In June 2012, Darren was appointed Chief Financial Officer and in June 2016 was appointed the Senior Vice President Corporate Services. His areas of responsibility include Finance, Corporate Excellence, and Business Innovation services.

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), and the New Brunswick Energy Marketing Corporation (NBEMC). Darren has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of New Brunswick.

Keith Cronkhite - Senior Vice President Business Development & Strategic Planning

Keith Cronkhite

Keith is the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning at NB Power. He oversees the utility's Strategic planning, Energy Smart NB and Corporate Business initiatives. Keith and his team are focused on developing new business opportunities and partnerships with neighbouring jurisdictions to take advantage of new energy market opportunities. 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).

Lori Clark- Senior Vice President Operations

Lori Clark

In June 2016, Lori was appointed the Senior Vice President of Operations at NB Power. She will lead the team responsible for safe, reliable generation (conventional), distribution and transmission of power across the province.

Prior to this appointment, Lori was the Vice President Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Initiatives. She has also served as the Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs and Nuclear Improvement for NB Power.

Lori began her career with NB Power 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 - Vice President Nuclear & Chief Nuclear Officer

Keith Cronkhite

Brett was appointed Vice President Nuclear & 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 more than 35 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 - Chief Legal Officer

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 her role, Wanda is responsible for Legal, Real Estate, Insurance, Facilities, Supply Chain, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance.

Tony O'Hara – Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Engineering

Tony O'Hara

Mr. O’Hara is the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of System Operations for NB Power. In this role he is responsible for information and Operational Technology, Digital Transformation and Innovation, Distribution and Transmission System Operations and the NB Power System Operator.

Tony has been with NB Power for 30 years. Previous to his current role, Tony was Vice President of Engineering and prior to that has held various Director and Executive Director positions within Distribution, Transmission, Project Management, and System Operations.

Mr. O’Hara 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.

Mr. O’Hara sits on the Executive of Cigre Canada, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC) as well as the Eastern Interconnection Data Sharing Network (EIDSN), and is a member of the CSA Strategic Committee on Power Engineering (SCOPE).

Lynn Arsenault – Vice President, Human Resources

Lynn Arsenault

Lynn Arsenault was appointed Vice President, Human Resources in November 2018. Her areas of responsibility include Human Resources, Change Leadership, Total Health & Safety, First Nations Affairs and Environment.

Lynn first joined NB Power in 1986 and was first appointed to the Executive in 2014 as Vice President, Customer Service, where she led the teams responsible for customer service as well as distribution and transmission field operations, construction and maintenance. She has held the positions of Director, Provincial Field Operations and Director, Retail Customer Marketing. Earlier in her career, she held positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of customer service, information systems and project management for corporate-wide initiatives.

Lynn holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Université de Moncton.

New Brunswick Energy Marketing

Kevin Wright - Executive Director, New Brunswick Energy Marketing

Kevin Wright

Kevin became the Executive Director of New Brunswick Energy Marketing in June, 2016. He has been with NB Power for 29 years, serving in various roles with increasing responsibility in both the Generation and Energy Marketing divisions.

He has worked on several major projects, such as commissioning and operating the Belledune Generating Station, Millbank and Sainte- Rose and was instrumental in developing the New Brunswick Energy Marketing group.