Our leadership team
Manitoba Hydro is a provincial Crown Corporation led by our executive team.
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.
Shawna C. Pachal
Acting Chief Finance & Strategy Officer
Shawna joined Manitoba Hydro in 1985. She has over 30 years of combined technical, managerial and executive experience in utility operations, including 20 years of experience in the delivery of international utility services in 13 countries. She has had the opportunity to work in all areas of Manitoba Hydro’s value chain over her career: generation, transmission, distribution and customer service.
Prior to holding this position, Shawna was the Senior Managing Director of Manitoba Hydro International (MHI). MHI provides consulting, training and management services to project developers/owners, electric and gas utilities and governments worldwide.
Shawna holds a bachelor of science degree, and a master’s degree in business administration.
Shawna is an active member in the community coaching soccer and has been an executive member on the Riverview Health Centre Board since 2009. She has also been an executive member on the Wuskwatim Keeyask Training Consortium Board, the Keeyask Hydro Limited Partnership Board, and a member of various committees at the Canadian Electrical Association, Canadian Hydropower Association, and International Hydropower Association.
Vice-President Generation and Wholesale
Lorne is responsible for Manitoba Hydro’s generating stations and water control structures, as well as the wholesale power export function and resource planning. He is also responsible for construction of the Keeyask Generating Station.
Since joining the company in 1985, Lorne has held various leadership positions within the Transmission and Generation business units. 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 chairs the board of Teshmont Consultants LP, a consulting engineering firm specializing in high-voltage transmission. Lorne also serves as chair of the board of the Wuskwatim General Partnership, and is president of the Keeyask General Partnership. Lorne is also a director on the board of Water Power Canada. 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 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.
Vice-President Human Resources and Corporate Services
Sharon joined Manitoba Hydro as Vice-President of Human Resources and Corporate Services in September 2019.
Prior to her current role, Sharon was Vice-President Human Resources Consulting and Talent Acquisition Strategy for IGM Financial Inc. She held various executive level roles at Investors Group Wealth Management including; Vice-President Human Resources, Vice-President of IG Institute, Director of Salesforce Development, and Manager of Training and Development and Strategic Initiatives.
Sharon has a Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Manitoba (CPHR) designation. Her formal education includes certificates in human resources management from the University of Manitoba, and business administration from Red River College.
She is a member of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity Manitoba as well as a member of the Human Resources Committee of the Habitat for Humanity Board.
Co-Lead Marketing and Customer Service
Chuck joined Manitoba Hydro in 1998. He was appointed to the position of Director of Engineering and Construction in 2014. In his current role as Interim Co-Lead of Marketing and Customer Service, he is responsible for executive oversight of engineering, construction and customer service operations for electrical and natural gas distribution in Manitoba.
He has over 30 years of professional experience in varied engineering, management and executive roles. Prior to being appointed to his current position, Chuck held a number of senior management roles throughout Manitoba Hydro including Manager of Export Power Marketing, Manager of Transmission and Civil Design, and Manager of Property. He is certified as both a professional engineer in Manitoba and a chartered professional accountant.
He is currently an active member on the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) Distribution Council and is an energetic coach of minor hockey in his community.
Co-Lead Marketing and Customer Service
Lois joined Manitoba Hydro in 1989. She was appointed to the position of Director of Marketing & Sales in 2010 and prior to that she led Manitoba Hydro’s Customer Care Division. In her current role as Interim Co-Lead of Marketing and Customer Service, she is responsible for executive oversight of Manitoba Hydro’s Marketing & Sales along with Customer Care functions spanning across natural gas and electric service delivery.
She has approximately 30 years of progressively responsible market and leadership experience at Manitoba Hydro focused on serving the needs of our customers. She has a bachelor of business administration (honours) in Marketing.
Lois is currently a member on the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) Customer Council, and a committee representative with the Climate Change Connection.
Vice-President Indigenous Relations
Jeff joined Manitoba Hydro in 2018 as Vice-President of Indigenous Relations. He is an Indigenous Manitoban with 20 years of progressive experience working with Indigenous communities across Canada in both the public and private sectors.
Prior to joining Manitoba Hydro, Jeff was a member of the regional executive team and senior advisor to the regional director general, Manitoba region of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and led an engagement program in the Northern Affairs Organization. He was manager of Indigenous Relations at TransCanada and worked at Manitoba Metis Federation in senior roles.
Jeff 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.
Jeff has worked on boards that serve Indigenous clients including SEED Winnipeg, Graffiti Art Programming, and Mount Carmel Clinic. He currently serves on the board of the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Ken joined Manitoba Hydro in 1983 and has over 30 years of progressive experience including technical and leadership roles with Manitoba Hydro. Ken is responsible for the Law Division, the Ethics & Compliance Office, and he provides a secretariat service for the Executive Committee, Board, and Board committees.
Ken’s holds a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Manitoba.
Ken is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Manitoba, Manitoba Bar Association, Canadian Corporate Counsel Section, and Institute of Corporate Directors, and a past member of the Compliance and Ethics Leadership Council. He is also an occasional speaker on corporate governance for the Canadian Institute.