Manitoba Hydro CEO Scott Thomson stepping down

Manitoba Hydro’s Scott A. Thomson has announced he will step down as president and CEO of the provincial utility effective September 22.

Thomson, who joined Manitoba Hydro in February 2012, said he is leaving to take an executive position in British Columbia’s the private sector.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as CEO of Manitoba Hydro,” Thomson said. “I am tremendously proud of the accomplishments of our organization and the level of commitment that has exhibited by our employees every day — from the men and women on the front line in the field, to the support staff, through the professional ranks and the management and leadership team.”

Manitoba Hydro has undertaken a number of initiatives under Thomson’s leadership — perhaps most notably regarding the development of the 695-MW Keeyask hydropower project and replacing the spillway at the 78-MW Pointe du Bois complex. Thomson has also been active in developing export market opportunities with the United States.

“Scott has done an outstanding job as CEO of Manitoba Hydro,” board of directors chair Bill Fraser said. “On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank Scott for his service and to wish him and his family all the best.”

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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