Our Leadership Team

Board of Directors

Our board is made up of nine members and is chaired by Scott Balfour.

Scott Balfour (he/him)

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Scott Balfour was appointed Chair of the board of directors in 2016. He has been President and CEO of Emera Inc. since 2018. Before becoming CEO, Scott held other roles with Emera, including Chief Operating Officer from 2016–2018 and Chief Financial Officer from 2012–2016. Previously, Scott served as President of Ensimian Capital Corporation and President and Chief Financial Officer of Aecon Group Inc., a Canadian publicly traded construction and infrastructure development company. He is a board member of the Business Council of Canada and a member of the Edison Electric Institute.

Lee Bragg (he/him)

Fall River, Nova Scotia

Lee has been on the board of directors since 2010. He has been CEO of Eastlink, a cable and communications company, and its associated communications companies since 1999. Before 1999, Lee held various management positions with the Bragg Group of Companies.

Julia Rivard Dexter (she/her)

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Julia has been on the board of directors since 2020. An innovative tech entrepreneur and former Olympian, Julia has led several successful technology ventures, including her time as CEO of SheepDogInc.ca, Google’s first North American premier apps partner. She is co-founder and CEO of Shoelace Learning, which aims to improve literacy rates for children worldwide.

An experienced board member, Julia is also recognized as a technology industry leader with a history of award-winning performance. Julia has also volunteered as Vice Chair of the Board at The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a member of the Nova Scotia Premier's Advisory Council. She was a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee Team Services at the Beijing and Vancouver Olympics and spent 10 years as an Executive Board member at CanoeKayak Canada. Julia has been an associate for CDL Atlantic and on the Prime Minister’s Economic Round Table for the Digital Industries. Julia was honoured with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2014 and in 2015 was awarded the BMO Global Growth and Innovation Award. In 2018 Julia was recognized as one of Canada's Inspiring 50 Women in STEM presented by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canada with the support of the Senate of Canada.

Cassandra Dorrington (she/her)

Toronto, Ontario

Cassandra has spent more than 30 years working in private and not-for-profit organizations. After 17 years with MTT/Aliant Inc., the New Glasgow native worked with Deloitte in the human capital practice before co-founding and becoming President of Vale & Associates Human Resource Management and Consulting. For six years, Cassandra advised clients on everything from human resources strategy, performance management, and executive and senior management coaching. In 2010 she moved to Toronto to become President & CEO of the national, not-for-profit organization the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC). A past Chair of the Black Business Initiative, Cassandra is currently a member of the Dalhousie University Board of Governors and Chair of their FAIR Committee.

Sandra Greer (she/her)

Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

Sandra has been on the board of directors since 2014. She is the former President and CEO of AMIRIX Systems Inc. (now Innovasea Canada), a company engaged in the design, manufacturing, and worldwide export of underwater acoustic marine tracking devices. She has volunteered on numerous boards of directors. In addition to NS Power, Sandra currently serves on the boards of Innovasea and Precision Biologic.

Raymond Ivany (he/him)

Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Ray has been on the board of directors since 2011. He was President and Vice-Chancellor of Acadia University from 2009–2017 and was named President Emeritus in 2018. Ray was President and CEO of Nova Scotia Community College from 1998–2005 and served as Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia from 2007–2009. He is currently a member of the board of the Bank of Canada.

Rick Janega (he/him)

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Rick has been on the board of directors since 2018. He was Chief Operating Officer, Electric Utilities, Canada, US Northeast, and Caribbean at Emera Inc. and President and CEO of Emera Newfoundland & Labrador. Rick held a series of increasingly senior roles, including Chief Operating Officer for Nova Scotia Power, overseeing transmission and distribution, fuels, generation, and customer service. He began his career working in construction management, manufacturing, and the pulp and paper industry.

J. Mark Rodger

Toronto, Ontario

Mark has been on the board of directors since 2018. He is the Toronto Regional Co-Chair of the Electricity Markets Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and a senior partner in the Toronto office. For over 25 years, Mark has counseled a broad range of government, industrial, institutional, and commercial energy consumers, local distribution and transmission companies, generators, energy retailers, out-of-province electricity importers, and energy regulators.

Vivek Sood (he/him)

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Vivek became a member of the board of directors in early 2024. Vivek is Executive Vice President of Related Businesses for Sobeys Inc., Executive Sponsor for Empire’s enterprise resource planning and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

He serves as Chair of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's Strategic Planning Committee, is Board Governor and member of the Presidential Search Committee for Saint Mary's University, and Board Trustee and Chair of the Audit/Risk Oversight Committee for the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

Vivek is Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel of 1st (Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery, RCA Regiment.