FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 24, 2022

Saint John, NB – Stephen MacMackin, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Atlantica Centre for Energy, announced today that Colleen d’Entremont, President, will step down and retire in April 2022.

“Colleen has been a tremendous leader in the energy community,” said MacMackin. “She has been instrumental in understanding the challenges faced by the region and took great initiative to ensure the vibrancy of our region’s energy future.”

D’Entremont led the organization for close to a decade while growing its outlook, scope and reach, MacMackin said. Under her leadership, he said, the organization has championed maximizing the benefits of the energy sector and increasing information available to the public to help make informed decisions about energy issues.

“Serving our regional energy stakeholders has been both a privilege and a pleasure,” said d’Entremont. “In retirement, I look forward to hiking and exploring as much as I can while continuing my association with the University of New Brunswick’s Energy Fundamentals program to further the understanding of strategic energy issues.”

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we sincerely thank Colleen for her unwavering leadership,” said MacMackin. “Colleen has steered the organization to new heights and leaves the Centre in very good stead.”

Welcoming Michelle Robichaud, incoming President

MacMackin also announced that Michelle Robichaud will fulfill the role of President upon d’Entremont’s departure.

Robichaud comes to Atlantica with more than 20 years of progressive business management and public relations experience in both official languages.

Robichaud has led community engagement initiatives and developed strategies for key economic development, securities-related communications, and financial and consumer public relations initiatives at local, regional and provincial levels.

She is the owner of Accent Events, an event management firm based in Saint John, and she most recently served as an award-winning instructor in the Business Administration Marketing program at the New Brunswick Community College Saint John campus.

“We are excited to welcome Michelle to Atlantica,” said MacMackin. “She brings solid experience working in and fostering dialogue among community, government and industry stakeholders that will continue our efforts in the regional energy sector.”

Her gradual transition into the role of President over the coming months will enable a stable and smooth succession.