Leadership Team

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Leadership Team

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

Bob Hanf, B.A., LL.B., ICD.D

President and CEO

Bob was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Power Inc. in January 2013.

Prior to his appointment, Bob spent a decade in various senior roles with the Emera group of companies, earning valuable experience and demonstrating a deep commitment to building relationships and enhancing customer service.

Before joining Nova Scotia Power, Bob served as Executive Chairman of Light & Power Holdings in Barbados. Prior to his position in the Caribbean, Bob was Chief Legal Officer for Emera, and President and COO at Bangor Hydro Electric Company in Maine.

Bob grew up in Yarmouth and earned his law degree at Dalhousie University. He worked in Western Canada’s energy sector before returning to Nova Scotia in 2002.

Bob serves his community as Vice-Chair of the IWK Health Centre Board and on the Dalhousie University Board of Governors. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (Atlantic Chapter) and recently completed his Masters of Divinity at the Atlantic School of Theology.

Wayne O'Connor

Executive Vice President, Operations

As Executive Vice President, Operations, Wayne is responsible for Finance and IT, Power Generation, Regulatory Affairs and Legal Services and Technical & Construction Services.

Prior to his role with NS Power, Wayne was President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Emera Energy. Wayne has been integral to the establishment and growth of energy marketing and trading at Emera since joining the company in 2003 as Director, Operations. He was named President and COO in 2008. Prior to joining Emera Energy, he held various roles within TransCanada Pipelines. He brings extensive marketing and trading in markets, energy market, related financial products and risk management expertise gained over more than 20 years in the industry to this new role at NS Power. Wayne is a proven leader – under his direction, Emera Energy has strengthened its position as Atlantic Canada’s premier energy marketing company, and expanded its business to include the 260 MW Bayside Power plant, a natural gas generating facility in Saint John; and recently, a 370 MW of wind energy facilities through its investment in First Wind.

Wayne has a Bachelor of Management, Marketing from the University of Lethbridge. Wayne serves as Chair on the Board of Governors of Armbrae Academy.

Greg Blunden, CA

Executive Vice President, Customer, Business & Financial Services

Greg has overall responsibility for Nova Scotia Power’s control centre and field operations, the sales, marketing, finance and procurement teams, as well as customer service and retail operations, including meter reading and services.

Greg is a proven leader with vast experience. Since joining the Emera group of companies in 2000, Greg had held numerous positions including spending three years in Maine as Vice President, Business Development for Bangor Hydro Electric where he led Emera’s acquisition of Maine Public Service and its investment in First Wind’s northeast wind generating assets. Greg was previously the Vice President, Finance & Treasurer for Nova Scotia Power until 2009. Prior to rejoining Nova Scotia Power in 2014, Greg was Vice President, Business Development for Emera.
Greg is a native Nova Scotian who has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mount Allison University. He achieved his Chartered Accountant designation while working with Price Waterhouse.

Greg is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Brigadoon’s Children’s Camp and a member of the finance committee for the Halifax Grammar School. He is also the Past President of the Atlantic Chapter of Financial Executives International and a current member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia.

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.

Mark Sidebottom

Vice President, Power Generation and Delivery

Mark is responsible for managing operations and fuel purchases for all NS Power generating stations. This includes NS Power’s coal, natural gas, wind turbine and hydroelectric plants, as well as renewable energy purchased from independent producers. Further responsibilities include control center operations, system maintenance, and transmission and distribution field operations.

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 his current role 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 sits on the board of directors for 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.

Kris Chahley

General Manager, Finance

As General Manager, Finance, Kris is responsible for accounting and internal control, external financial reporting, taxation and all financial matters related to corporate strategy and regulatory affairs.

Prior to his role with NS Power, Kris was Senior Director, Finance, with Emera. He has taken on progressively senior roles since joining Emera in 1999, and has previously worked with Transmission and Distribution team at NS Power, as well as Emera Energy. Most recently Kris led the valuation of new business opportunities for Emera and was responsible for the finances of Emera’s Caribbean subsidiaries.

Kris graduated from St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, earned his Chartered Accountant designation, and received his MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

David Landrigan

General Manager, Regulatory Affairs

David is responsible for legal services at Nova Scotia Power. Prior to becoming Assistant General Counsel in 2010, David was the Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for Emera Energy, where he provided advice on a broad range of corporate and commercial issues, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Having previously worked with Aliant Inc. and the Government of Nova Scotia as a Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, David is well-versed in the complexities of regulatory environments and their impact on today’s business. 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 serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Cancer Society, Nova Scotia Division, and is an avid fundraiser in support of the that organization as well as the Arthritis Society and the ALS Society.

Sian Wren

General Manager, Human Resources

As General Manager of Human Resources, Sian has overall responsibility for recruitment and retention strategies, client and employee services and all other functions within Human Resources. She has been integral to the formation and development of programs and initiatives related to recruitment, labour relations and employee relations since joining Nova Scotia Power in 2009.

Prior to joining the company, Sian held roles as the Staffing and Development Manager for the Pepsi Bottling Group and the Human Resources Manager for Casino Nova Scotia & Hotel. Sian graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts and from Dalhousie University with a Masters in Public Administration.

A native of Nova Scotia, Sian grew up in Pictou County. She is active with Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia (HRANS) and the Human Resources Committee of Canadian Electricity in Canada (CEA), and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).

Sasha Irving

General Manager, Communications and Public Affairs

As General Manager 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.