WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has announced a new board of directors for Manitoba Hydro.
This change, spearheaded by Finance Minister Adrien Sala, introduces a diverse group of leaders to steer Manitoba Hydro towards future challenges and opportunities.
According to a press release, the primary focus of these appointments is to ensure energy affordability for Manitoba residents – a goal that’s closely tied to the careful management of the company’s financial resources
The new board will be chaired by Ben Graham, president and CEO of Manitoba Blue Cross, and former president and CEO of Manitoba Public Insurance. Graham, along with a team of former Hydro employees, labour experts and Indigenous leaders, will guide the board. He emphasized his commitment to maintaining Manitoba Hydro as a leading renewable energy provider while keeping energy rates manageable for Manitobans.
The other new board members are:
- Jamie Wilson (vice-chair) – vice-president, Indigenous strategy, research and business development, Red River College Polytechnic.
- Tom Akerstream – former power smart manager and energy and sustainability adviser at Manitoba Hydro.
- Joy Cramer – CEO of the Southern Chiefs Organization; former deputy minister of family services and housing and community development (2009-2016).
- Nicole Chabot (returning member) – vice-president, L. Chabot Enterprises; immediate past-chair of Manitoba Heavy Construction Association.
- Vernon Kalmakoff – First Nations entrepreneur in the Westman region.
- Paul Moist – former national president of CUPE; served in various advisory roles.
- Eric Redhead – MLA for Thompson; former Chief of Shamattawa First Nation.
- Mike Spence – Mayor of Churchill; former board member of Manitoba Hydro and Travel Manitoba.
- Leslie Turnbull – senior advisor and former principal of Viewpoints; former vice-chair of Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation and previous Manitoba Hydro board member.