Eight members of the board of directors of Manitoba Hydro have resigned, saying that, “Despite repeated attempts, we have not been able to have a meaningful dialogue with the government and we have reached an impasse.”
Their resignations, effective immediately, were sent to the Hon. Cliff Cullen, Minister of Crown Services.
In a statement on its website, which H. Sanford Riley issues on behalf of eight board members, the members said, “For over a year we have attempted to meet with the Premier to resolve a number of critical issues related to the finances and governance of Manitoba Hydro, including matters related to Hydro’s efforts to further develop its relationship with Indigenous peoples.”
The statement also says that the board members have been informed the government “intends to remove the Chair and has therefore lost confidence in the board. Accordingly we have determined that it is necessary to resign.”
According to the Manitoba Hydro website, the board consists of Riley as chair, along with vice chair Steve Kroft and members Allen Snyder, Dayna Spiring, Earl Edmondson, Dr. Annette Trimbee, David G. Brown, Jennefer Nepinak, Cliff Graydon and Michael Pyle. Graydon was the only board member not named in the resignation announcement.
Manitoba Hydro is a Crown Corporation that serves more than 573,000 electric consumers and generates nearly all its electricity using 15 hydroelectric generating stations.
Manitoba Hydro is currently working to develop the 695-MW Keeyask hydro project on the Nelson River. The project is anticipated to be complete in 2021, at a cost of US$7 billion.