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JPS Board Announces Appointment of New CEO

The Majority Shareholders of JPS are very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Emanuel DaRosa as President and CEO, effective August 1, 2017.

Emanuel is extremely pleased to accept this assignment, to build on the excellent work of his predecessor, Ms. Kelly Tomblin and to serve the people of Jamaica. He has successfully led prior organizations to achieve top quartile performance by adopting best in class practices and processes ultimately achieving employee, operational and customer service excellence.

For the last six years, Mr. DaRosa has served as the CEO of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) where he led the organization to becoming an industry leader within Canada.  NTPC owns and operates 27 isolated grid systems utilizing diesel, hydro, liquefied natural gas, wind and solar in one of the world’s harshest climates. Concurrently he sat on the Board of Directors of district heating firm, Aadrii Corporation for 5 years.

Emanuel is also experienced in high level government relations and policy development including working as the Deputy Minister in support of Ministers and the Premier of the Northwest Territories. Creating alignment between Government, the Board of Directors and Senior Management has led to effective energy policy, an energy plan, as well as substantial customer programs being successfully implemented through his efforts.  His leading edge leadership has led to nominations of several energy committees at the Provincial and Territorial level that are helping shape the utility industry in Canada.

Emanuel has 26 years of electrical utility experience working in the areas of distribution, transmission and generation. He has previously held the positions of Vice President of Operations & Engineering, T&D Asset & Investment Manager, Design Supervisor, Distribution Engineer, Plant Engineer and Transmission System Designer with Thunder Bay Hydro, Brookfield Renewable Power and Ontario Hydro. While with Ontario Hydro, he received the President’s award for innovation in diesel generation plant design.

With a professional engineering license in Canada and an Executive Masters in Business Administration, along with certifications in Balanced Scorecards, Emanuel describes himself as a life long learner.

Emanuel was born on the Island of Sao Miguel in the Azores, Portugal and migrated to Canada at the age of three with his working class family.  He was the first in his extended family to complete a university education, graduating with Honours. He is quite active playing soccer, baseball, golf, hockey, and enjoys riding his motorcycle as well as snowmobiling which he now hopes to replace with surfing.

Sherry, his wife of 21 years, and Deanna, his daughter, will accompany Emanuel to Jamaica while Daniel, his son, will attend the University of Alberta Physiology program working his way to medical school.

Mr. and Mrs. DaRosa look forward to living on the Island, getting involved in the community and helping the people of Jamaica.