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As Nalcor Energy focuses on growth and excellence, the vision and leadership of our experienced leadership team provides strength and direction for the company.

Jennifer was appointed CEO in June 2021, having served as President of Hydro since February 2019. Jennifer had served as Hydro’s Vice President, Production, since August 2016 and held earlier positions including General Manager, Hydro Production, as well as Manager, Regulatory Engineering. Jennifer joined our team in 2014, having previously worked with both Newfoundland Power and the St. John’s International Airport Authority. A Memorial University graduate, Jennifer has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and is a member and former member of the Board of Directors of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL). Jennifer was awarded the Fellow of Engineers Canada in 2016 and was elected as a Fellow to the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2020.

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Gilbert Bennett joined Nalcor in May 2005 as Vice President, Lower Churchill Project. In his role as Executive Vice President, Power Development, Gilbert is responsible for the development and completion of the 824 megawatt Muskrat Falls hydroelectric facility in Labrador.

Gilbert is a former Vice President of 360networks Canada, and has served in a number of senior engineering and operations roles in the telecommunications sector. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, is a member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of NL, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Hydropower Association. Gilbert is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Carla Russell is the Executive Vice President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer of Nalcor Energy where she is responsible for providing executive level leadership and direction in many functional areas including financial reporting and management, treasury, taxation, insurance, risk management and investment evaluation.

Carla joined Nalcor in 2011 where she managed a team of analysts responsible for investment evaluation activities related to major projects. She then worked with NL Hydro in different capacities through to 2016 when she took on the role of Chief Accounting Officer with Nalcor Energy.

With over 20 years of experience in both the Energy Sector and Public Company environment, Carla models a commitment to performance excellence and continuous improvement. She is recognized as a results-oriented and solution-focused professional.

Carla graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1996 with her Bachelor of Commerce, became a Chartered Accountant in 1999 and received the designation of Certified Public Accountant in 2015.

In February 2019, Jim Haynes was named Executive Vice President, Power Supply, Nalcor Energy. Jim is responsible for the completion of the transmission portion of the Muskrat Falls project and integration to the now inter-connected electricity grid.

Jim began his career with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro in 1977. He previously held the position of Vice President, Regulated Operations as well as Vice President, Production before being appointed as President of Hydro. Throughout his lengthy career he also held a variety of other positions throughout the corporation including Manager of Transmission Planning and General Manager, Churchill Falls.

Jim is a member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. A graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland, Jim completed a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering.

In his role as Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services and Chief Human Resources Officer, Mike Roberts is responsible for Nalcor’s Safety, Environment, Human Resources and Labour Relations portfolios as well as Internal Audit, Corporate Affairs & Shareholder Relations and organizational effectiveness.

Mike joined Nalcor in 2007 where he was responsible for providing leadership in all areas of Human Resources. In 2010, he assumed additional accountability for Labour Relations and since that time has shepherded Nalcor through three rounds of collective bargaining and the finalization of five collective agreements.

Mike is a former Director of Human Resources and Operations in the private sector in both the information technology and contact center industries where he lead transformation change, played key roles in mergers and acquisitions, and provided customer service to Fortune 500 companies.

He is a graduate of Memorial University’s Faculty of Business with both Commerce (Co-op) and Master’s degrees in Business Administration. He has also received accreditation from Queen’s University in the area of Labour Relations and is a graduate of the Leadership Program at the Ivey School of Business at Western University.