Judy Steele, FCPA, FCA

President and Chief Operating Officer

Judy was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Emera Energy in October 2012. She served as Chief Financial Officer of Emera Inc. from May 2011 to April 2012 and prior to that held the position of Vice President, Finance, of Emera Energy.

Before joining Emera Energy, Judy worked in a variety of capacities across Emera's business including Investor and External Relations, Strategy Development and Regulatory Affairs. Prior to joining Emera in 1999, she worked in the accounting and auditing consulting practices of Ernst & Young. Judy is a Chartered Accountant and in 2005 was awarded her profession's highest honour, the designation Fellow Chartered Accountant.

Known for her community leadership, Judy has served as Treasurer of the 2011 Canada Winter Games, is a former Director of the Halifax Port Authority and was National Chair of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. In 2003, she received the "CA of the Year Award" in recognition of her outstanding contributions in this regard.

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Paul Laberge

Executive Vice President, Legal, Regulatory and Public Affairs

Paul joined Emera Energy as Executive Vice President, Legal, Regulatory and Public Affairs in August 2016. 

Prior to his current role, Paul was Senior Counsel, Special Projects for Emera Inc. since 2013 where he led the legal and regulatory due diligence and legal aspects of the regulatory approval process for the acquisition of TECO Energy. He was also legal lead on a number of greenfield development projects and led the tidal energy and floating wind development teams.

Paul brings over 20 years of legal, business development and executive management experience. After practicing law in the Toronto office of a national law firm, he joined Alliance Atlantis Communications where he served in a variety of increasingly senior roles culminating in Executive VP, Corporate Development & General Counsel for the motion picture distribution division. He also co-founded Magellan Fuel Solutions, a business he co-developed from concept to successful commercial product launch and sale. 

Paul is a graduate of the law school at Western University and also has a MBA and science degree from McMaster University. He is a director of Neptune Theatre and an advisory board member for Prostate Cancer Canada Atlantic Region. 


Dave Bezanson

Vice President, Commercial Operations

After originally joining the company in August 2014 as Vice President of Finance, Dave was appointed Vice President, Commercial Operations at Emera Energy in August 2016. He is responsible for the company’s asset management, gas scheduling and power desk activities, as well as coordination of Emera Energy’s strategic initiatives.

With more than 20 years of accounting and financial reporting experience, Dave has developed a broad understanding of the business and built a solid foundation of commercial knowledge. He has a proven sense of commercial acumen, strong leadership skills as well as efficiency and effectiveness in improving controls and process.

In his previous role with parent company Emera Inc., Dave held the role of Vice President, Corporate Controller where he was closely engaged in many complex accounting and reporting issues related to Emera and Emera Energy. Prior to joining the Emera group of companies, he worked predominately in the accounting and auditing practice of KPMG in Halifax.

Dave is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia and is currently serving as President of the Atlantic chapter of Finance Executives International. He is passionate about community involvement and has served in volunteer leadership roles with Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia, Nova Knowledge, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and Teichert Gallery.

Mark Christie

Mark Christie

Vice President, Marketing and Trading 

Mark has been with Emera Energy since its inception in 2002, taking on progressively more senior positions within the Marketing and Trading group culminating with his Oct 2014 promotion to Vice President, Marketing and Trading. He is responsible for all aspects of Emera Energy’s physical and financial natural gas and power marketing and trading activities.

Mark has over 15 years of experience in both trading and sales across a variety of commodity markets, including foreign exchange and interest rates in addition to North American physical and financial natural gas and power. Mark has been instrumental in the establishment, development and growth of Emera Energy’s Marketing and Trading business, bringing a commercial acumen,  an extensive knowledge of the physical natural gas market, and dedication to Emera Energy's client base.

Mark is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is an active supporter of various community initiatives in his hometown of Dartmouth.


Brent Dreger

Vice President, Finance

Brent was appointed Vice President of Finance at Emera Energy in July 2017.  He is responsible for accounting and financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, internal controls, and risk management.

He joined Emera in 2006 and has held a number of senior financial roles in Emera and Emera Energy, most recently Emera Corporate Controller and Controller of Emera Energy.  He has significant experience in corporate finance, external financial reporting, business development, domestic and international taxation, internal controls, and accounting policy.

Brent is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Manitoba.  He currently sits on the Board as Treasurer for Hope Blooms, a not for profit Halifax-based organization.


Ian Johnston

Vice President, Origination 

Ian has been with Emera Energy since April 2002, taking on various commercial roles with the latest position, Vice President of Gas and Power Origination effective October 2014. He has been instrumental in growing EE’s  natural gas business. 

Ian has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, including natural gas and crude oil trading, natural gas marketing and production/exploitation engineering.

Ian moved to Nova Scotia from Alberta where he previously worked for Nexen Energy Marketing, CXY Energy Marketing, Wascana Energy Marketing, and Amoco Canada Petroleum Co. Ltd.

Ian is a Professional Engineer, having graduated with a BASC in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Ian hails from southern Ontario.

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Scott Fortuna

Vice President, Operations 

Scott joined Emera Energy in 2013 when the company acquired generation assets in New England.  He has been a Plant Manager with Emera Energy, Director of US Operations and joined the Executive team in February 2018 as Vice President of Operations.  He is responsible for the safe, compliant, reliable and efficient operation of more than 1,400 MW of capacity in the US and Canada.

Scott has over 20 years of experience in power generation, including natural gas, wind and biomass.  His team focuses on safety at the plants, creating value through operational excellence and leveraging Asset Management and Engineering expertise to provide reliable energy to customers.

Prior to joining Emera Energy, Scott held various roles of increasing responsibility in the power generation sector, including Plant Manager at Rumford Power in Maine.

Scott is a licensed 1st Class Engineer and a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Power Engineering.  He is based in Boston, MA where he spends time volunteering with various organizations supporting food security as well as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).