President & Chief Executive Officer
In 1988, the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories (NWT) created the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) through the Northwest Territories Power Corporation Act. NTPC resulted from the Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) purchase of the shares and authority for the Northern Canada Power Commission (NCPC), a federal agency established in 1956, from the Government of Canada. NCPC was a federal entity first established in 1948 to provide power to mines in the North, and was later mandated responsibility for electrical generation and distribution across Canada’s northern territories (then NWT and Yukon). In the late 1990’s, the division of the NWT into the now-NWT and Nunavut resulted in the latter’s portion of the Corporation’s assets (and liabilities) later being sold to the Government of Nunavut in 2001.
The Corporation (NTPC) is fully regulated by the Public Utilities Board of the Northwest Territories—one of only a handful of Crown-owned utilities subject to full regulation in the North. NTPC is responsible for generating and delivering electricity in some of the world’s most challenging operating environments. NTPC operates 28 separate power systems, serving a population of approximately 43,000 people, spread across nearly 1.2 million square kilometers. To meet the electricity needs of each community, NTPC generates power through the most economical and reliable means available. In the Great Slave regions, power is generated from hydroelectric plants on the Snare and Taltson Rivers and Bluefish Lake which provide 79% of the total generation. In Inuvik and Norman Wells, electricity is generated from gas engines which account for 12% of total generation. In other communities, NTPC produces 12% of its total energy through diesel generation.
Energy for the Future, the 2007 Energy Plan for the Northwest Territories, promotes greater use of NWT hydroelectric power resources as an essential strategy for the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). The development of NWT hydroelectric resources is the key to long-term energy planning in the NWT in that it will displace imported fossil fuels, drive economic development through the provision of stable, affordable electricity and provide a lasting legacy of clean, renewable power for future generations.
NTPC is seeking an accomplished, senior level business executive who has the desire to play an executive leadership role and contribute to a significant enterprise with strong impacts on the Northwest Territories’ social, political and economic future.
Reporting to the Board of Directors of the Corporation, as President & Chief Executive Officer of this 180-person organization, this position is responsible for achieving safe, reliable operations, protecting the environment, growing the Corporation as a business and implementing the foundation for a sustainable energy future for the NWT.
The successful candidate will possess the following skills, experience and personal attributes:
- A minimum of 15 years of experience at the senior management/executive level ideally in the Electric Utility industry.
- Demonstrated understanding of and experience in the corporate, regulatory, technical and operational areas within the utility industry.
- Strong leadership abilities, business acumen, political savvy, and cross-cultural sensitivity are essential.
- Demonstrated strategic planning, change management and project management experience.
- Energetic and open management style with demonstrated “mental flexibility” and the ability to deal with a variety of stakeholders and corporate structures.
- Related and applicable academic background and credentials.
A competitive compensation package including performance incentive, relocation assistance and perquisites commensurate with the level of this position awaits the successful candidate.