Shepherd to serve as new Manitoba Hydro president, CEO

Kelvin Shepherd will be the new president and chief executive officer of Manitoba Hydro, effective Dec. 7. Shepherd succeeds Scott Thomson, who stepped down in September.

Shepherd will be responsible for leading the executive management team and overseeing all strategic, operational and financial facts of Manitoba Hydro.

“Shepherd is a proven leader with a track record of successfully managing major projects, and I am confident he will be a great asset to Manitoba Hydro as it continues its plan to grow and develop new opportunities to deliver economic benefit to and value for Manitobans,” said Premier Greg Selinger.

Previously, Shepherd was president of MTS Inc. from 2010 to 2015. Before that, he held various senior roles at MTS and worked as chief technology officer at SaskTel.

Darren Rainkie was acting president and CEO during the executive search.

About 95% of the electricity Manitoba Hydro produces each year is clean, renewable power generated at 15 hydroelectric generating stations on the Nelson, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Burntwood and Laurie rivers.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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