Karen Hutt

Karen Hutt

Closing Keynote

Karen Hutt is Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at Emera Inc., and is responsible for the organization’s business development and strategy efforts, playing a lead role in the company’s next growth phase.

Karen most recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Power Inc. – a role she held from August 2016 until October 2019. Her passionate leadership as President and CEO of NSPI was felt inside and outside of the organization. Under her guidance, the team heightened its focus on customers, safety and delivering results.

Karen joined Emera in 2001 and, through progressively senior roles, has led a range of customer, strategy, business growth and regulatory initiatives in markets as diverse as Canada, New England, New Mexico and Florida. Previously, as Emera’s Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions, Karen was part of the team that executed the TECO Energy transaction; a transformational deal that doubled the size of Emera. Prior to that, she served as Emera Energy’s Executive Vice President, Commercial, and President, Northeast Wind. In all her roles, Karen has demonstrated a strong focus on building strategic relationships, achieving results through teamwork, creating growth, and applying innovative thinking to meet customer needs.

An active supporter of the local community, Karen currently serves on the Acadia Board of Governors. Karen is a past Chair of the IWK Health Centre in Halifax and has served as a Trustee of the IWK Foundation Board. She is Past-Chair of the Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia Board of Directors. Karen has degrees from Acadia University and Mount Saint Vincent University, and has an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

In November 2019 Karen was named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada for 2019 by the Women’s Executive Network.