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Fortis appoints Gary Smith as new Executive VP, Operations and Innovation

Gary will lead their innovation priorities and build on Fortis' work to foster an innovative culture throughout the Fortis group of companies.

November 19, 2021  by CM Staff

ST. JOHN’S — David Hutchens, President and CEO, Fortis Inc. appointed Gary Smith to the position of Executive Vice President, Operations and Innovation effective January 1, 2022. Smith is currently Executive Vice President, Eastern Canadian and Caribbean Operations.

“Gary Smith has dedicated three decades to the Fortis organization, providing leadership in the areas of energy delivery, operations and customer service,” said David Hutchens. “As Incident Commander of our COVID-19 emergency response and leader of the Fortis Operating Group, Gary champions a safety culture and puts employees and customers at the forefront of every decision.”

Creating a cleaner, more resilient future is reportedly key to the Fortis business strategy. Gary will lead their innovation priorities and build on Fortis’ work to foster an innovative culture throughout the Fortis group of companies. He will continue to provide oversight to Eastern Canadian and Caribbean operations, as well as provide leadership in key areas such as safety, reliability, and capital investment across the entire organization. Gary will also oversee the corporation’s cybersecurity and technology functions.

Smith has held senior leadership positions with the Fortis Group including President and CEO of Newfoundland Power and Vice President of Operations and Engineering of FortisAlberta.

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Smith holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) from Memorial University and completed the Finance for Senior Executives Program at the Harvard Business School. He currently serves on several Fortis subsidiary Boards and is the Fortis executive responsible for the Wataynikaneyap Power project.