Leadership Team

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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 has been with the Emera companies since 2001. Currently she is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Power Inc.; a role she assumed in August 2016. Karen is passionately focused on bringing the customer into the centre of every conversation and helping prepare Nova Scotia Power for the changing energy landscape.

Karen first joined Nova Scotia Power in 2001. Through progressively senior roles, she has led a range of customer, strategy, 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 was part of the team who executed the TECO Energy transaction; a transformational deal that doubled the size of Emera. 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 strategic relationships, achieving results through teamwork, creating growth, and applying innovative thinking to meet customer needs.

An active supporter of the local community, Karen currently serves as Chair of the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. She also serves on the Acadia Board of Governors. Karen is a past Trustee of the IWK Foundation Board and Past-Chair of the Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia Board of Directors. Karen has degrees from Acadia University and Mount Saint Vincent University, and has an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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.

Paul Casey

Vice President, Transmission and Distribution

Paul Casey was appointed Vice President, Transmission and Distribution in November 2016.

Since beginning his career at Nova Scotia Power in 1990, Paul has held increasingly senior roles in the areas of Field Operations, Revenue Operations, Asset Management, and Control Centre Operations. He most recently held the role of Senior Director, Transmission and Distribution.

Over his 26 years with the company, Paul has been instrumental in leading NS Power’s reliability strategy, storm response and the Transmission and Distribution asset management program. He continues his focus in these areas today in addition to leading all facets of Transmission and Distribution, integrating the Maritime Link into Nova Scotia’s power grid, as well as continuing to strengthen relationships with other utilities in the region.

Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, along with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, all which he received from Dalhousie University in Halifax.

David Landrigan

vice president, COMMERCIAL

David is responsible for championing our committed focus on our customers – putting Nova Scotian families and businesses at the centre of everything we do. His role as Vice President, Commercial, expands on his previous role as Vice President, Fuels and Energy. David’s responsibilities include customer solutions, load forecasting, analytics, key accounts, as well as the fuels portfolio for all Nova Scotia Power generating stations – namely, NSP’s coal, natural gas, biomass, and hydroelectric plants, wind farms, imported power, and renewable energy purchased from independent producers.

Previously, 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.


Vice President, Finance

As Vice President of Finance, Christopher Smith is responsible for leading Nova Scotia Power’s Finance team, ensuring that our financial management and reporting, as well as our financial planning, risk management and internal controls are consistently best-in-class. As a member of the executive leadership team, he plays a key role in leading our overall business and driving our corporate strategy and business priorities to success.

Prior to joining Nova Scotia Power in 2017, Chris was President of Heritage Gas Limited, Nova Scotia’s natural gas distributor, since 2015. He joined Heritage Gas in 2004 and held various senior leadership positions. Previously, Chris held various financial and management roles with private sector organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Chris is also a member of the Board of Directors of Sport Nova Scotia, Symphony Nova Scotia, Sacred Heart School of Halifax and the Dalhousie University Faculty of Management.  He is a past member of the Board of the Canadian Gas Association and of Dalhousie University, where he also chaired the Audit Committee.  He lives in Halifax with his wife Lydia and their two children.

Sara Phinney

Vice President, Human Resources

As Vice President of Human Resources, Sara assists in enabling Nova Scotia Power’s business vision through our people strategy. She ensures we continue to strive to be an employer of choice, while delivering on the business strategy. She enjoys working collaboratively with our talented employees to enable the delivery of superior service to our customers.

Sara joined the business in 2017, following almost 20 years of experience in roles of increasing responsibility within Human Resources at Loblaw. She most recently held the role of Director of Human Resources and Labour Relations for Supply Chain Operations with regional responsibility. In her role she partnered with business leaders at a national, regional and local level to help develop and execute business strategy, ensuring representation of the employees in the strategy. She delivered results within many different aspects of human resources, including large projects, coaching, culture shaping, talent management, employee development, change management, workforce planning, and labour relations.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Sara is proud to call Truro her hometown. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, with concentrations in Engineering and Human Resources, from the University of New Brunswick.

Laura Gillham

Vice President, Communications

Laura joined Nova Scotia Power in March 2018 as Vice President, Communications. In her role, Laura is responsible for stewarding the brand and communications strategy. She leads the Communications team, which develops and executes internal and external communications initiatives for all parts of our business, while managing key strategic partnerships and community giving.

An accomplished marketing and sales professional, Laura has over 25 years of experience and proven results in building and marketing some of Canada’s favourite brands. She joins us from the IWK Foundation, where she served as Vice President, Philanthropy & Donor Experience, providing executive oversight for philanthropy, donor relations, marketing and communications. Before joining the IWK Foundation, Laura held executive marketing and sales roles with both Cineplex Entertainment and Empire Theatres from 2008 to 2016 where she focused on elevating the brand and guest experience. Prior to this Laura spent 10 years in senior brand marketing and customer roles with Coca-Cola Ltd with both local and national oversight.

Laura lives in Halifax with her husband and three children where she has been an active volunteer and fundraiser supporting the many organizations that have been important part of her family life. Laura is also a past advisory board member for the Ron Joyce Centre for Business at Mount Allison University and served a two year term on the Federal Payments and Review Task Force representing Atlantic Canada in 2011-2012.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Commerce, with a major in Marketing, from Mount Allison University and a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University.