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Leadership Team

Nova Scotia Power is led by CEO Karen Hutt. Our leadership team includes leaders from our various departments.


President and CEO

Karen Hutt was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Power Inc., effective August 2016.

Karen first joined Nova Scotia Power in 2001 to help implement the company’s customer focused strategy. Since then, through progressively senior roles, she has led a range of customer, business growth and regulatory initiatives in markets as diverse as Canada, New England, New Mexico and Florida.

Previously, as Emera’s Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions, Karen played an important role in the TECO Energy transaction, helping to secure, advance and close this transformational deal. Prior to that, she served as Emera Energy’s Executive Vice President, Commercial, and, President, Northeast Wind. In all of her roles, Karen has demonstrated a strong focus on building and leveraging strategic relationships, advancing business goals, creating growth, and applying innovative thinking to meet customer needs.  

An active supporter of the local community, Karen currently serves as Vice Chair of the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. She is a past Trustee on the IWK Foundation Board, Past-Chair of the Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia Board of Directors and a past Board Member of the Nova Scotia Arthritis Society. Karen has degrees from Acadia University and Mount Saint Vincent University and recently completed the Directors Education Program through the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management.   

Mark Sidebottom

Chief Operating Officer

Mark is responsible for all operational aspects of Nova Scotia Power. In his previous role as Vice President of Power Generation and Delivery, he used his in-depth knowledge of power management, complemented by his year of experience with the company, to oversee power generation across the province.

Since joining the company in 1988 as a staff engineer, Mark has held numerous positions, including Plant Engineer and Business Manager at the Lingan Generating Station, Manager of Hydro Production, and General Manager of Customer Operations. In 2003, Mark joined Emera as the Director of Operations, responsible for business development. He returned to NS Power in 2005 as the Director of Fuels, Energy and Risk Management where he remained until taking on the role of Vice President of Power Generation and Delivery in 2010.

Mark holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, (now part of Dalhousie University), and is a registered Professional Engineer with Engineers Nova Scotia.

Mark is a director on the boards of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement (JA) Nova Scotia, and has previously been a board member of JA Cape Breton. Mark has been a member of both the Fossil Advisory Board and the Silicon Island Advisory Board, and is the Generation Council Representative for the Canadian Electricity Association.


Executive Vice President, Regulatory, Legal and Business Planning

Judith was appointed Executive Vice President, Regulatory, Legal and Business Planning on March 1, 2016. Prior to this, she was the Vice President, Corporate Affairs. Judith oversees all legal and regulatory aspects of Nova Scotia Power's business, and is also focused on the company’s strategic direction and the various ways NSP can contribute to the economic vitality of the province.

Judith retired from the Province of Nova Scotia where she held the position of Deputy Minister of Justice. Prior to this appointment Judith served as Deputy Minister of Labour & Advanced Education, Office of Immigration and Status of Women; Assistant Deputy Minister and then Deputy Minister of Community Services. She began her career in government as a legal advisor for the Nova Scotia Department of Justice.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of King’s College.

Judith recently joined the Board of Directors of Phoenix House and the Nova Scotia Community College and is a past member of the Board of the Children’s Aid Society of Halifax.

Chuck hartlen

Executive Vice President, Customer Experience

Chuck is the newest member of the leadership team, joining Nova Scotia Power in March of 2015. As Executive Vice President, Customer Experience, Chuck focuses on improving services for our customers and advancing technology solutions to improve the overall customer experience. Chuck also helps Nova Scotia Power to improve our connections with communities throughout the province to ensure that the company becomes more focused on working with stakeholders at the community level to better understand their priorities and ways that Nova Scotia Power can contribute to the economic development of the province.

Chuck is the former Senior Vice President of Customer Service with Bell Aliant. He began his career with the former Maritime Telephone and Telegraph (MTT) and has held roles of increasing responsibility over the twenty eight years he worked with the company, through the company’s evolution to Bell Aliant. In his previous role he spearheaded the strategy to transform the customer experience and drove improvements in customer satisfaction across the region. Chuck’s prior roles include Chief Operating Officer, Aliant Mobility; Vice President, Customer Services and Consumer Marketing, Aliant; and Chief Engineer, Wireless Network Development, MTT.

Chuck graduated from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie University) with a Bachelor of Engineering degree and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree, and has earned his Professional Engineering designation.

Sasha Irving

vice president, Communications and Public Affairs

As Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, Sasha is responsible for all aspects of communications and government relations for Nova Scotia Power. This includes strategic communication, media relations, stakeholder management and the effective management of relationships with government officials at every level. Sasha is well-versed in the intricacies of the Nova Scotia energy landscape as she joined the NS Power team in 2014 after working as the Director of Corporate Communications at Emera for seven years.

Prior to joining Emera, Sasha was first the Press Secretary and then Communications Director for the Office of Premier Rodney MacDonald, and had been a consultant with MT&L (National) Public Relations. Sasha was born in Northern New Brunswick but grew up in Halifax and has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Mount Allison University.

Sasha is a long-time volunteer member and past chair of the Danny Gallivan Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament committee and was also a fundraiser and boxing participant in Shelters Nova Scotia’s “Fight for Change” event. Sasha was awarded the Canadian Progress Club’s Women of Excellence Award in Communications and Public Affairs in 2010.

David Landrigan

vice president, Fuels and Energy

David is responsible for managing the fuel portfolio for all Nova Scotia Power generating stations. This includes NSP’s coal, natural gas, wind turbine and hydroelectric plants, as well as renewable energy purchased from independent producers.

Prior to this role, David was Vice President of Regulatory and Legal Services for Nova Scotia Power, following on experience as Assistant General Counsel for NSP and Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for Emera Energy. David has provided strategic advice on a broad range of corporate and commercial issues, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Having previously worked with Aliant and the Government of Nova Scotia as a Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, David is well-versed in the complexities of regulatory environments. He began his legal career as an advocate at Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales.

David earned a combined LLB and MBA from Dalhousie University and also has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University. He was admitted as a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in 1996.

David served two terms as a board member with the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association and is committed to advancing the practice of law through continuous professional and personal development. David currently the Chair of the Board of Canadian Cancer Society (Nova Scotia Division) and sits on the Board of Ashburn Golf and Country Club.

Claudette Porter

Vice President, Finance

Claudette joined NS Power in 2005, first as Controller and then Vice President of Finance and Information Technology. Claudette took on the role of President and COO of Emera Utility Services in 2013 providing leadership and operational excellence.

Returning to Emera in 2014, Claudette assumed the role of Vice President Emera Finance and recently added Vice President of Finance at NS Power to her responsibilities. Claudette is a graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University and is a Chartered Accountant. Prior to joining the Emera group of companies, Claudette held various senior management positions within the information technology and natural gas industries.

Claudette is a board member for the United Way, an active volunteer with Prostate Cancer Canada and she sits on several Professional Development Committees. She previously served on the board of Symphony Nova Scotia.