January 13, 1999
Newfoundland and Labrador
Hydro Board of Directors appointed
Premier Brian Tobin today
announced the names of the individuals who have agreed to serve on the board
of directors of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and the Churchill Falls
(Labrador) Corporation (CF(L)Co).
The new chair of the board of
directors of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is Dean MacDonald, president of
Cable Atlantic. The new members of the board include: Barbara Fong,
executive vice president of Instrumar; Bill Kelly, Wabush Mines; Deborah
Thiel, president of Nexus Consultants Inc.; Mark Dobbin, chairman and CEO of
Vector Aerospace Corporation; and Wayne Trask, president of LaFarge Gypsum,
Reappointed to the board are:
Trudy Pound Curtis and the deputy minister of Mines and Energy, Brian
Maynard. Also sitting as directors are William Wells, president and CEO of
Hydro, and Terry Goodyear of Grand Falls - Windsor, who has one year
remaining in his term.
"I am pleased that this
outstanding group of citizens has accepted the task of directing
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro," noted Premier Tobin. "This is an
exciting era in the development of this province's hydro-electric potential,
and the coming years will be busy ones indeed."
The premier also announced the
board of directors of Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation (CF(L)Co). Dean
MacDonald will also serve as chair of CF(L)Co. Reappointed to the board are
Victor Young and Bill Wells. Three new members of the board are: Albert
Hickman, chairman and president of Hickman Motors Ltd.; Len Stirling, first
vice president and Atlantic regional manager of Johnson's Insurance; and Bob
Warr, a well known Happy Valley-Goose Bay businessman. Also serving as
directors are two members of Hydro Quebec.
Premier Tobin also paid tribute
to the outgoing chair of the Hydro Group of Companies, Norman Whalen, Q.C.,
and other retiring board members. "I sincerely want to thank them for
their dedication and hard work during a period when Hydro and government
faced many challenges together."
Media Contact: Heidi Bonnell,
Premier's Office, (709) 729-3564.
Dean is president of Cable
Atlantic Inc. As a director and minority shareholder, he has worked with
Cable Atlantic for the past 15 years. During that span he has been very
active in the Canadian Cable industry and currently sits on the Board of
the Canadian Cable Television Association and vision.com. Likewise, he
is the chairman of Canadian Cable in the Classroom and the vice-chairman
of the Canadian Cable Standards Foundation.
In addition to his cable
endeavors, Dean is a director of the Information Technology Association
of Canada (ITAC), Operation ONLINE, The Genesis Center and Ireland
Business Partnerships. Dean also serves on the boards of a number of
businesses including Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, and Nautical Data
International. Recently, Dean chaired SoftWorld '98, an International IT
deal-making event held in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Through his work with the
cable industry, Dean has received the Frederick T. Metcalf Award for
Innovation in Marketing, the industry's highest award for marketing
excellence. In 1996, he was recognized as Gonzagas' Alumnus of the year
and selected in 1998 by the Financial Post as one of Canada's Top 40
Under 40. Most recently, Dean was awarded the Newfoundland and Labrador
Association of Technology Industries 1998 Leadership Award.
Along with his business
interests, Dean is active in the community working on behalf of a number
Dean and his wife Susan have
four boys ranging in age from three to nine.
Mr. Warr graduated from
Prince of Wales Collegiate in 1966. The well known Happy Valley-Goose
Bay businessman is a member of the Board of Governors of The Provincial
Hockey Hall of Fame. He is a past president of the Happy Valley-Goose
Bay Rotary Club, served as a member of the Advisory Council on the
Economy and is currently a member of the local Chamber of Commerce.
The president of Lafarge
Gypsum Canadian, Corner Brook, Wayne is well known for his involvement
throughout the years in civic affairs. He received designation as a
chartered accountant in 1971 while working with Peat Marwick Thorne. In
1985 and 1986, he served as president of the Institute of Chartered
Accountants of Newfoundland and on the National Board of Governors from
1984 to 1986. Wayne is chairman of the Corner Brook Civic Center
Committee and the Canada Winter Games. He is also involved in numerous
other community activities.
ALBERT E.P. HICKMAN
Albert E.P. Hickman is
chairman and president of Hickman Motors Limited. He is also the
chairman of the Hickman Group of Companies - with diversified activities
in Newfoundland (heavy equipment sales, building supplies, land
development, Budget Rent-A-Car, and industrial equipment rentals). Mr.
Hickman's directorship include: Fishery Products International Limited,
NewTel Enterprises Limited, NewTel Communications Limited, Buchans River
Limited, Environmental Excellence Corporation and Wilson Equipment
Limited. He also has a distinguished record of service with charitable
organizations including the Board of Governors of Junior Achievement of
Canada and a Patron of Laubach Literacy of Canada. As well, in the local
community, he served as campaign chairman for the Newfoundland March of
Dimes and as chairman of the Construction Board for the YM/YWCA.
MARK D. DOBBIN
Mark Dobbin became chairman
and CEO of Vector Aerospace Corporation in June 1998 upon the successful
completion of its Initial Public Offering of shares on the Toronto Stock
Exchange. Prior to this he was senior vice president and member of the
Board of Directors of CHC Helicopter Corporation (CHC). Beginning in
1984 Mr. Dobbin held increasingly responsible positions with CHC and its
predecessor corporation, Sealand Helicopters. Prior to joining Sealand
he held positions with Petroleum Helicopters, Lafayette, Louisiana, and
with Aerospatiale, Marignane, France. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce
degree from Memorial University and a Masters in Business Administration
from Dalhousie University.
Mr. Dobbin is a director of
Stratos Global Communications and chairman of its Resources Committee.
He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Aerospace Industries
Association of Canada.
Deborah Thiel, president of
Nexus Consultants Inc., has earned significant respect within the
natural resource industries of mining, oil and gas. Ms. Thiel has
successfully listed public companies on the TSE and ASE and has served
as a senior executive of companies on three Canadian stock exchanges.
Over the past four years Ms. Thiel has worked with well respected public
mineral exploration companies (Takla Star Resources, Golden Star
Resources, Mindoro Resources, etc.) as well as private junior mining
companies to develop and implement sophisticated in-house corporate
communications and marketing programs.
Previous to her full-time
involvement in the mining industry and in consort with two associates,
Ms. Thiel created and expanded a thriving human resource and corporate
communications consulting practice in the metropolitan St. John's area.
As managing director of the firm she directed its daily operations and
was responsible for co-ordinating and developing her organization into a
firm with five office locations, a staff complement of eight full-time
consultants and four full-time support and research personnel. She is a
graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Ms. Fong is executive
vice-president of Instrumar Limited, responsible for administrations,
finance and corporate business development functions. Ms. Fong received
a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Memorial University in 1975 and a
Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Toronto
A native of Corner Brook,
Mr. Stirling is a fellow of the Insurance Institute of Canada. He has
spent his working career with Johnsons Inc., a Newfoundland based
insurance organization where he is the first vice president and manager
of the Atlantic Region.
He is a past president of
the Better Business Bureau, past president of the St. John's Kinsman
Club as well as past president of the Insurance Broker's of
Newfoundland. He also served as the former deputy mayor of St. John's.
Mr. Stirling was also a former lieutenant with the Royal Newfoundland
Regiment, a member of the Board of Trade, and a member of the General
Hospital Health Foundation.
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