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[AGENDA] Session 3: Regional Energy Partnerships – Critical to our Region’s Energy Transformation

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10:00     Opening Remarks
David Chaundy, President, APEC
              Colleen d’Entremont, President, Atlantica Centre for Energy

10:05     Panel: Regional Energy Partnerships 
              Co-Moderators: David Chaundy & Colleen d’Entremont

  • Jason Roberts, President and CEO, Maritime Electric
  • Keith Cronkhite, President and CEO, NB Power
  • Rick Janega, Interim President and CEO, NS Power
  • Jennifer Williams, President, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro 

10:30     Moderator Questions & Online Audience Questions

11:00     Conclude

About the panelists

Jennifer Williams
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro

Prior to being appointed President in February 2019, Jennifer had served as our Vice President, Production, since August 2016.  Earlier positions include General Manager, Hydro Production, as well as Manager, Regulatory Engineering. Jennifer joined our team in 2014, having previously worked with both Newfoundland Power and the St. John’s International Airport Authority. A Memorial University graduate, Jennifer has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and is a member and former member of the Board of Directors of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL). Jennifer was awarded the Fellow of Engineers Canada in 2016 and was elected as a Fellow to the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2020.


Rick Janega
Interim President & CEO
NS Power

Rick Janega was appointed Chief Operating Officer, Electric Utilities, Canada & Caribbean at Emera Inc. in March 2018. 

In this role, he is responsible for the oversight of Emera’s electric utility investments in Atlantic Canada and the Caribbean, as well as safety and environment functions across the business.

Over his 30-year career with the company, Rick has held a variety of senior roles and has been a key part of Emera’s growth. From 2011 to 2020 Rick served as President of Emera Newfoundland & Labrador (ENL). He was appointed CEO of ENL in 2014 and, in this capacity, he continues to lead the team that delivered the $1.57 billion Maritime Link transmission project, on time and on budget.

Rick has also held a number of senior leadership positions at Nova Scotia Power, including having served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer from June to October 2020. His other roles at Nova Scotia Power have included Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Operations, General Manager of Power Production and Senior Plant Manager at the Trenton and Point Tupper generating stations.

Rick began his career in construction management, manufacturing and the pulp and paper industry.

A graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and the Technical University of Nova Scotia (Dalhousie University), Rick is a professional engineer and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia. He is an alumnus of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference.

Jason Roberts
President & CEO
Maritime Electric


Jason Roberts is the Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Maritime Electric Company, Limited employing 185 people and serving approximately 83,000 customers throughout Prince Edward Island. He also serves as the Corporate Secretary to the Maritime Electric Board of Directors.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours (Co-Operative) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and in 1997 successfully attained his Chartered Accountant (CPA) designation.

In 2000, Jason joined Maritime Electric as the Supervisor, Treasury and was promoted to Director, Regulatory and Financial Planning in 2006 until his appointment as Vice President, Finance Chief Financial Officer in 2017. Over the past 20 years at Maritime Electric, Jason has worked in the areas of utility regulation, tax, finance and human resources.

Jason is currently a member of the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Board of Governors. He previously served on the Board of Big Brothers – Big Sister of Carleton-York (NB) and the United Way of PEI, acting primarily in the capacity of treasurer or finance committee member. Jason was also involved with the Heart and Stroke Foundation as Board member and Chair of the PEI Foundation as well as a member of the National Volunteer Engagement Strategy Committee.

Jason and his wife Angela have two sons, Matthew and Jack, and reside in Suffolk.


Keith Cronkhite
President & CEO
NB Power


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.

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