The 31st Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean Electric Utilities Services Corporation (CARILEC) convened in Saint Lucia on May 23rd and elected a Board of Directors that brings a mix of new perspectives, experience and institutional memory to the strategic direction mapped out by the Corporation for the period 2019 to 2022. The Board comprises four new directors, two continuing, six re-elected and two Associate Members representatives who continue from the 2016 -2019 term.
Ag General Manager of the St.Kitts Electricity Company SKELEC Mr Clement Jomo Williams is one of the new Directors elected to serve on the Board. Other Newly appointed directors are: Mr. Andre Matthias (Antigua Public Utilities Authority), Mr. Albert Gordon (Guyana Power and Light Inc.) and Mr. Whitney Heastie (Bahamas Power & Light).
Former Caribbean Utilities Company Ltd. senior vice president and chief financial officer Eddinton Powell has been elected chairman. CARILEC is an association of electric utilities, suppliers, manufacturers and other stakeholders operating in the electricity industry in the Caribbean.
Mr. Eddinton Powell succeeds Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Belize Electricity Limited Mr. Jeffrey Locke as Chairman of the Board of CARILEC. Mr. Powell served as CARILEC Vice Chairman, Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board during his 2016- 2019 term. He is also the current President and CEO of FortisTCI Limited and Turks and Caicos Utilities Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of FortisTCI) in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Prior to his 2007 appointment as CEO, Mr. Powell served for 25 years with Caribbean Utilities Company Ltd (CUC), a sister company based in the Cayman Islands. During his last four years at CUC, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In addition to his post as CEO of FortisTCI and CARILEC, Mr. Powell serves on several other boards including Belize Electric Company Limited (BECOL) and Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. He previously served as Chairman of the Cayman Islands Development Bank.
CEO of British Virgin Islands Electricity Company, Mr. Leroy Abraham was elected as Vice Chairman. This is Mr. Abraham’s second consecutive term on the Board of Directors. He also previously served as a Director and Chairman of the CARILEC Marketing and Membership Board Committee from 2016 to 2019.
Speaking about his appointment, Mr. Powell said, “Having served as a Director of Board since 2016, I know all too well the good work that CARILEC does within the region and in the industry as the representative body for Caribbean utilities and utility partners. I look forward to contributing toward the evolution of the new energy landscape we face in my new role as Chairman, supported by a team that brings a rich mix of fresh perspective, experience and invaluable institutional memory to the visioning for the way forward.”
Directors re-elected to serve on CARILEC’s Board for the new term are CEOs: Mr. Collin Cover (Grenada Electricity Services Ltd), Mr. Thornley Myers (St. Vincent Electricity Services Ltd.), Mr. Trevor Louisy (St. Lucia Electricity Services Ltd.), Mr. Fred Cuvalay, (St. Eustatius Utility Company), Mr. Jervan Swanston Mr. Hugo Hodge Jr. of Tantalus Systems Inc. (Associate Director) and Mr. Gianni Moreno of ABB Inc. (Alternate Associate Director) were re-elected as the Associate Member Directors for the another one-year term. (Nevis Electricity Company), Mr. Roger Blackman (Barbados Light and Power Company Ltd.), and Dr. Cletus Bertin, Executive Director/CARILEC (Ex-Officio).