July 13, 2018
Government Announces Appointments to Board of Directors of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
Today, the Provincial Government announced appointments to the board of directors of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. The appointments were based on a list of recommendations provided by the Independent Appointments Commission.
Effective immediately, new members include Brendan Paddick, Brian Walsh, David Oake, Fraser Edison, John Mallam and William (Bill) Nippard. Remaining on the board are John Green, QC (chair), Donna Brewer, Chris Loomis and Stan Marshall.
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is a provincial Crown corporation established under the Hydro Corporation Act, 2007. The company’s business includes the development, generation, transmission and sale of electricity.
Newfoundland and Labrador is the first Canadian province to establish a legislated merit-based appointment process. The Independent Appointments Commission is actively recruiting for a number of positions with agencies, boards and commissions.
"We are pleased to announce appointments to the board of directors of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro which are based on recommendations of the Independent Appointments Commission. Directors have significant expertise and experience to lead Hydro’s various activities. We thank them for their commitment to the province."
Honourable Siobhan Coady
Minister of Natural Resources
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Independent Appointments Commission - www.iacnl.ca/
NL Hydro - nlhydro.com/
Biographies of the board of directors for Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
Donna Brewer began her career with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1987, serving most recently as deputy minister, Department of Finance. She has served in a variety of capacities during her tenure with the provincial public service, including chief executive officer of the Labour Relations Agency; deputy minister responsible for Provincial Government programs; assistant deputy minister (Financial Planning and Benefits Administration), Department of Finance; assistant secretary to Treasury Board; assistant deputy minister (Corporate Services), Department of Health and Community Services; and deputy minister (acting), Department of Health and Community Services. Ms. Brewer holds a bachelor of commerce (co-operative) honours degree from Memorial University, and a chartered accountant professional designation.
Fraser H. Edison
Fraser H. Edison is president and significant owner of Rutter Inc. Mr. Edison has extensive sector experience in finance, construction, oil and gas, and transportation management. Fraser has been involved in the Canadian offshore oil and gas industry, a joint venture that built the Gravity Based Structure for the Hibernia Project, and subsequently the Terra Nova Floating Production and Offloading System for Petro-Canada. His international marketing skills contributed significantly to growth in the global arena, gaining partnership recognition and contracts outside Canada with firms such as Kellogg Brown and Root (USA) and DORIS Engineering (France).
Mr. Edison is a current board member of Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation and AIF Advisory (ACOA); past chairman of Research & Development Corporation (RDC) and St. John’s International Airport Authority; served on the board of the St. John’s Port Authority; he was chair of the Genesis Centre Selection Committee at Memorial University; past president of the St. John’s Board of Trade; past board member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and a founding member of the Newfoundland Ocean Industries Association (Noia). While demonstrating outstanding leadership, along with positively impacting the economy through innovation, Mr. Edison was inducted into the Junior Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame in May 2014.
John Green, QC (chair)
From a previous position with McInnes Cooper, John Green, QC, represented provincial, national and international clients, and a significant part of his practice has been in the oil and gas, mining and forestry sectors. He worked on general corporate and commercial law cases with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, securities and related matters. In securities matters, Mr. Green has represented venture capital investors, private placement companies and publicly listed issuers and has acted for underwriters. Mr. Green has been an active member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, and he has served as a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Executive. Mr. Green received a bachelor of arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1966 and received a bachelor of laws degree from Dalhousie University in 1969.
Dr. Christopher Loomis received his PhD from Queen’s University in 1983, where he served as assistant professor in the Departments of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Anesthesia until 1987. He joined the School of Pharmacy of Memorial University as an associate professor in 1988, was appointed full professor in 1996, and became director of the school in 1998. He was appointed vice-president (research) of Memorial University in 2002, and renewed for a second term in 2007. He has also served as vice-president (academic) pro tempore, and president and vice-chancellor pro tempore of Memorial University. Dr. Loomis serves on the board of directors for the Labrador-Island Link Operating Corporation, a subsidiary of Nalcor Energy.
John Mallam joined Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro in 1975 and has been involved in the design, construction, commissioning, maintenance and modification of most of Hydro's major generating facilities. He became vice president of engineering services of Hydro and later Nalcor and retired in 2012. He is a past member of the Canadian Electrical Association (CEA), serving as a member of the Generation Research and Development Committee of the CEA for 25 years. He chaired the CEA Hydraulic and Alternate Energy Working Group and is a past member of the Thermal Generation Interest Group of CEA Technologies International. He graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of NL.
Stan Marshall was named CEO, Nalcor Energy in April 2016. Previous to his time at Nalcor, he served as president and CEO and director of the board of directors of Fortis.
Stan has held many senior executive positions throughout his career. His time with Fortis spanned 35 years and he was at the helm as president and CEO for more than 18 years.
Stan served as the chairman of FortisBC Holdings Inc. (formerly, Terasen Inc.). He was a director of Fortis Properties Corporation as well as a director at FortisAlberta Inc., and FortisBC Inc. He has been independent director at Enerflex Ltd. since 2011 and he is chair of its Human Resource Committee. He served as the chief executive officer of Fortis Inc., chairman of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., independent director of Toromont Industries Ltd., director of the Conference Board of Canada, director of Maritime Electric Company, Limited, FortisOntario Inc., Belize Electricity Limited and also held director roles with CH Energy Group and Caribbean Utilities Co. Ltd. Stan also served as the president at Fortis Turks and Caicos and was the chief operating officer of Fortis Inc. He joined Newfoundland Power Inc., in 1979.
He is a retired member in good standing of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and a registered professional engineer in Newfoundland and Labrador. Mr. Marshall holds a bachelor of applied science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo and bachelor of law from Dalhousie University.
William (Bill) Nippard
Mr. Nippard’s career includes 15 years with NL Hydro as region manager in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and in Port Saunders on the Great Northern Peninsula where he was responsible for generation (gas turbine, diesel plants, small hydro), transmission (138kV, 69kV), and distribution (various voltage levels) in both service areas; VP Engineering & Operations with Saint John Energy, a distribution utility in the province of New Brunswick; and President of Renfrew Hydro Inc., a local distribution company in Eastern Ontario since November 2015.
He has degrees in economics and business from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He was born in Toronto and raised in rural Newfoundland (Embree, Bishop’s Falls, Pasadena). He enjoys hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling. Volunteer work included assisting a family shelter in Happy Valley-Goose Bay (Libra House) with design and fundraising for a new shelter. Also, he coached girls’ indoor soccer team, and was goaltending assistant for minor hockey team in Port au Choix.
David Oake holds a bachelor of commerce (honours) degree from Memorial University and a master of business administration degree (specializing in finance and international business) from Queen’s University. His career began in the public service in several executive roles with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, including deputy minister of Treasury Board and deputy minister of Industry, Trade and Technology. He was deeply involved in negotiations with Hibernia and Terra Nova project proponents regarding royalty, project finance, taxation and industrial benefits issues. On entering the private sector, he served in successively more senior roles in the Canadian telecommunications sector, and from 2000 to 2008, he served as executive vice-president (corporate development) of Stratos Global Corporation, the world’s largest provider of remote satellite communications services.
Mr. Oake has served on the boards of several private companies and not-for-profit organizations, including as a director of Stratos Global Corporation, Moscow Teleport Ltd., Navarino Telecom, xwave and as Chairman and director of Marystown Shipyard Ltd., Bull Arm Site Corporation and C-CORE (1995 -2001). He rejoined the board of directors of C-CORE in 2008 and currently holds the position of chair of the board.
Brendan Paddick is a renowned CEO and corporate director. He is the founder and former chairman and chief executive officer of Columbus International Inc., a diversified telecommunications company. In March 2015, Columbus merged with Cable & Wireless Communications PLC in a transaction that valued Columbus at over CDN$4.4 billion. In May 2016, Liberty Global PLC acquired Cable & Wireless-Columbus for an enterprise value of approximately CDN$11.1 billion.
Mr. Paddick holds a bachelor of commerce and a master of business administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland and graduated from the advanced management program at Harvard University. Mr. Paddick has extensive capital market experience and was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2000. He has been named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEO’s by Atlantic Canadian Business Magazine on the maximum five occasions and as such, has been inducted into the Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame. Brendan was Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Alumnus of the Year for 2002. He was named Ernst & Young’s Atlantic Canadian Business-to-Business Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011 and was honoured as Memorial University’s Alumnus of the Year in 2013.
Brian Walsh started his career as an engineering technologist in 1976 and finished as a vice president in 2013 having had a very successful career with two electric utilities. He has worked and lived in St. John’s, Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook and Turks and Caicos Islands. Within the province, he was responsible for leading a team of professionals delivering electrical service to every community served by Newfoundland Power which gave him a good appreciation of the issues affecting people and communities. Through a six-year posting in Turks and Caicos Islands, he is very proud of the work accomplished in changing the utility from one with poor service reliability and very limited competencies to a utility with safe, well trained employees operating a modern electrical system.
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