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Our leadership team

Manitoba Hydro is a provincial Crown Corporation led by our executive team.

Jay Grewal, President & Chief Executive Officer

Jay Grewal
President & Chief Executive Officer

Jay joined Manitoba Hydro as President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in February 2019.

Jay is a proven leader with over 26 years of leadership and corporate management experience including at executive levels in the utility, resource and consulting sectors. She has joined Manitoba Hydro from the Northwest Territories Power Corporation where she held the position of President & CEO. Before then Jay held senior executive roles with Capstone Mining Corp, Accenture, Inc., BC Hydro, and CIBC World Markets.

Jay holds both a bachelor of arts (honours) from the University of British Columbia as well as a master’s degree in business administration, finance from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

Aurel Tess, Chief Financial Officer

Aurel Tess
Chief Financial Officer

Aurel joined Manitoba Hydro in 2020 when he was appointed to the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Prior to his current role, Aurel was the Provincial Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer for the Province of Manitoba since his appointment in 2016.

Aurel received his bachelor of arts from the University of Winnipeg in 1985, and received his CGA designation in 1990, specializing in financial management. He has over 18 years of executive management experience with the Province of Manitoba which include roles in several departments. He assumed progressively responsible executive roles including Comptroller of Corrections (Justice), and Assistant Deputy Minister of Administration and Finance for both the Department of Family Services and Justice.

Aurel is a past chair of the Canadian Council of Comptrollers and takes an active role in advancing Canadian public sector accounting standards.

Lorne Midford, Vice-President, Asset Planning & Delivery

Lorne Midford
Vice-President, Asset Planning & Delivery

Lorne is responsible for strategically managing Manitoba Hydro’s generation, transmission, distribution, and gas assets including the engineering, construction and project management functions. Lorne is also responsible for executive oversight of the Keeyask Generating Station being built in northern Manitoba, and for development of Manitoba Hydro’s Integrated Resource Plan.

Since joining the company, Lorne has held various leadership positions within the organization. He holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering (with distinction) as well as a master’s degree in science. His studies also include the Ivey Executive Program from the University of Western Ontario. He is a registered professional engineer in Manitoba.

Lorne is a past board member of the Midwest Reliability Organization and shares his expertise as an active participant in the Canadian Electricity Association.

Shane Mailey, Vice-President, Operations

Shane Mailey
Vice-President, Operations

Shane joined Manitoba Hydro in 1991. He was appointed Vice-President of Transmission and Corporate Chief Engineer in 2013. He is responsible for executive oversight to ensure the reliable and efficient operation of the bulk electric system so that there is continuous capacity in the electrical grid to meet demand and regulatory requirements.

Prior to his current role, he was the Division Manager of Transmission Construction and Line Maintenance. His experience includes design, construction, contract administration, capital projects management, maintenance, implementing ongoing business efficiencies, participating on corporate initiatives, engagement with external stakeholders and operations of the business.

Shane holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Manitoba. He is a registered professional engineer in Manitoba. He earned the designation of Fellow from Engineers Canada in 2011. He is the recipient of the 2019 Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Leadership Award. He is an active member on the Teshmont Board, Friends of Engineering Board, Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) Transmission Council, CIGRE Canada Executive, Engineering Changes Lives Provincial Steering Committee member, and member of the Manitoba 2030 Coalition. He is the chair of the Manitoba Hydro Employee Fund.

Alex Chiang, Vice-President, Customer Solutions & Experience

Alex Chiang
Vice-President, Customer Solutions & Experience

Alex joined Manitoba Hydro as Vice-President, Customer Solutions & Experience in September 2020.

Alex is a proven people and customer experience leader having spent 20 years in the financial services industry in customer-facing, support, strategy, and transformation delivery roles across Canada and the northeastern United States. Prior to joining Manitoba Hydro, Alex recently concluded an assignment as Associate Vice President, Customer Confidence at TD Bank, where he was responsible for defining and delivering on new ways to enhance the customer experience and improve financial advice for Canadian Personal Banking. He was previously a District Vice President who led a team of 20 retail branches in Burnaby and Coquitlam, B.C., as well as the Associate Vice President for the Pacific Region Support Office for B.C. and Yukon.

Alex holds a bachelor of arts (honours) from the University of Western Ontario and a master’s degree in business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

Ian Fish, Vice-President, Digital & Transformation

Ian Fish
Vice-President, Digital & Transformation

Ian joined Manitoba Hydro in September 2020 as the Vice-President of Digital & Transformation. His expertise is critical as we look at new technologies and practices to help support our more customer-centric vision of Manitoba Hydro.

Prior to joining Manitoba Hydro, Ian was a Partner at IBM Canada’s Canadian Health practice in Winnipeg. Previous to that, he was the Managing Principal for Western Canada for Telus Health in Vancouver and also served in senior roles at Accenture in Toronto, Manitoba eHealth and the Health Sciences Centre here in Winnipeg.

Ian holds a bachelor of arts and master’s in science from the University of Manitoba.

In addition to his executive career, Ian is a Director on the TechNation (formerly Information Technology Association of Canada) Health Board. He is also a former board member of the Manitoba Lung Association.

Jeffrey W. Betker, Vice-President, External & Indigenous Relations and Communications

Jeffrey W. Betker
Vice-President, External & Indigenous Relations and Communications

Jeff was appointed Vice-President, External & Indigenous Relations and Communications in January 2020. He is responsible for internal and external communications to manage MH’s reputation and community presence, employee communications, Indigenous and government relations.  He is also responsible for the provision of legal services together with compliance activities for the corporation.

Jeff joined Manitoba Hydro in 2018 as Vice-President of Indigenous Relations. Prior to joining Manitoba Hydro, Jeff held leadership positions with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, TC Energy and Manitoba Metis Federation.

He holds both bachelor of commerce (honours) and bachelor of arts degrees from the University of Manitoba, and a master’s of business administration degree (with distinction) from the University of Birmingham in England. He also has a certificate in negotiation and conflict resolution from Dalhousie University.

He currently serves as a director on the boards of the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre and the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership.

The Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board

Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board members:

  • Chair, Marina R. James
  • Vice Chair, Michael Moore
  • Wade Linden
  • Melanie McKague
  • Kelly Bindle
  • Harold Reid
  • James Downey
  • Ron Evans

Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board terms of reference.