Gaëtan Thomas - Wallace McCain Institute

Gaëtan Thomas

CEO NB Power Fredericton, New Brunswick

Serving as CEO of NB Power since 2010, Mr. Thomas is a committed industry leader and agent of change, driven by his deep connection to customer and employee grassroots. His vision for NB Power includes a made-in-NB smart grid supported by customer-centric technology and a workforce aimed at creating a greener, more sustainable province. This plan is helping to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, lowering costs and keeping customer rates low and stable. 


Mr. Thomas grew up in northern NB before earning a degree in Electrical Engineering from UNB. A loyal and lifelong employee of the utility, he has worked in all aspects of the business including as VP of both Nuclear and Distribution and Customer Service divisions. 


In 2015, 2016 & 2018, he was honoured by Atlantic Business Magazine as one of the Atlantic Region’s Top 50 CEOs, and was selected as one of the Most Influential Acadians by L’Acadie Nouvelle. He is the Chairman of the Board of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (Atlanta Centre) and is a board member for the Canadian Electricity Association, the electric vehicle advocacy group Plug ‘n Drive Canada, and the NB Business Council. He also serves as a mentor for the Wallace McCain Institute.