The Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) announced on Thursday afternoon Noel Voykin will be its new president and chief executive officer.
The new president, who describes himself as a “multidimensional executive” on his LinkedIn profile, will start in the post on April 1.
Voykin was appointed by Robert C McLeod, the minister responsible for the power corporation.
His resumé includes electrical utility experience in positions at the Canadian Armed Forces, SaskPower, and TransAlta Utilities.
Between 2008 and 2018, he held three positions at Cameco Corporation, a uranium-energy company.
His most recent position with Camecon was as president of subsidiary company AlphaNuclear, which develops equipment for electronic radiation monitoring in nuclear facilities.
“Mr Voykin brings considerable experience from both the domestic and international mining and electrical utilities industries, including experience in the both the public and private sectors,” an NTPC press release stated.
Voykin graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in electrical engineering in 1990.
According to his LinkedIn profile, he currently sits on the board of directors for the International Minerals Innovation Institute and URTEK, an engineering company that specializes in water treatment facilities.
“The people of the Northwest Territories rely on the NWT Power Corporation to generate, transmit and distribute clean, reliable and affordable energy,” said Minister McLeod in a statement.
“I look forward to working with Mr Voykin as the Corporation continues to provide the power that fuels the growth of our territory and its economy, and supports sustainable communities.“
Voykin will begin the job as the territorial and federal governments begin plans to expand the Taltson hydro system.
Affordable power has long been a major issue in the territory, where electricity prices remain higher than the rest of Canada.
The power corporation is also trying to conclude a collective bargaining agreement with its workers, who came within 24 hours of walking out on strike earlier this month.
In November, the previous Power Corp president, Jay Grewal, left the job after just 18 months to take the equivalent position at Manitoba Hydro.
At the time of Grewal’s resignation, NTPC said she had led the company as it developed a 20-year strategic plan based on reliability, economic sustainability, and environmental sustainability.