Allan Danroth has been appointed as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Manitoba Hydro, effective August 6, 2024, announced Ben Graham, Chair of the Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board.

The announcement was made Tuesday at a press conference held at Manitoba Hydro’s head office in downtown Winnipeg, following an initial notification to all employees of the utility.

Danroth will succeed Hal Turner, who has served as interim CEO since February following the departure of Jay Grewal. Turner will continue in his role until August 5.

"We are extremely pleased to announce that Allan will be joining the Manitoba Hydro team following an extensive local and national search process over the last few months," stated Graham.

A press release from the crown corporation says that Danroth brings a wealth of experience, having held senior leadership positions at Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries, Capital Power, AV Nackawic, and other prominent companies in the energy and resource sectors.

He holds an M.B.A from Athabasca University, a First-Class Power Engineering designation, and a diploma in Marketing and Management Sciences from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

"I am extremely excited to be joining Manitoba Hydro at such an important time for the utility," said Danroth. "I look forward to moving to Manitoba, meeting with employees, customers, and stakeholders, and focusing on Manitoba Hydro's crucial role as the province's provider of electricity and natural gas."

Graham expressed gratitude to interim CEO Hal Turner for his leadership during the transition period. "Hal remains a critical part of the senior leadership team, and I want to thank him for his efforts," Graham added.

Danroth acknowledged Turner's contributions, noting, "I will be leaning on Hal a lot during my initial weeks and months on the job. I know he has done a great job keeping things on track."

Following the announcement, Danroth and Turner engaged with staff at Manitoba Hydro’s head office, underscoring their commitment to a smooth leadership transition and continued focus on the utility's mission.