Message from the President

 

I joined NTPC in 2011, after a career spent working in the power sector across   Ontario ranging from Ontario Hydro to utilities serving small remote communities.  When I accepted the position of CEO at NTPC, I must confess that I wasn’t sure what to expect. Like many people, my knowledge of the NWT was rather theoretical, made up of a collage of images drawn from television ads and news story about Canada’s North – images of beautiful, dramatic landscapes and of people whose approach to life and work is dictated by a harsh climate and remote geography.

What I have discovered, however, is a place that defies stereotypes. It is true that there are few economies of scale to speak of in the NWT. The cost of living is high and so is the cost of doing business. But what I came to realize is that people in the NWT simply don’t allow themselves to be limited by these realities. They take them into account and get on with it.

The NWT I have come to know is a vibrant, modern place, bursting with potential and full of people motivated to make their mark. It is also a place that is constantly adapting to changes in the economy, in the environment and in the needs and expectations of its residents.

Ambitious strategic plan

It is an exciting time to be part of NTPC. The corporation has an ambitious strategic plan that is driving significant changes to our system today and will continue to do so over the coming years.

  • We are seriously investigating expanding our transmission grid and connecting into the grid south of our border. This will position us to overcome one of our biggest historical barriers by giving us access to continental markets which in the near term can be a source of imported power and in the long term provides the link to a market for future NWT hydro power.
  • We are developing hybrid solutions where wind, solar and diesel power can be used in combination with a battery system to lower fossil fuel consumption and emissions in communities that don’t have year-round road access.
  • We are moving to introduce LNG as a cleaner, more cost effective fossil fuel in communities that cannot connect to the grid.
  • We are looking to integrate existing and new mining loads with the potential to eliminate over 100 million litres of diesel currently being used to generate electricity.

To realize our vision, we will need to be a more nimble organization than ever before and we will need to attract, engage and retain a workforce capable of thriving in a change environment.

Wilfred Laurier once said that the 20th century would belong to Canada. Today, people are saying that the 21st century will belong to the North. I couldn’t agree more and I plan to help position NTPC to be part of fulfilling that promise of prosperity for northerners and for all Canadians.

 

Emanuel DaRosa
President and CEO

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