Jamaica Public Service Company
President & CEO
Mr. Emanuel DaRosa has worked 26 years in the energy industry and has electrical utility experience working in the areas of distribution, transmission and generation. Mr. DaRosa was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) on August 1, 2017. His vision is for JPS to be a leading Caribbean utility. To this end, he aims to take JPS to top quartile performance, with his main areas of focus being: improved operational efficiency; the safety of employees and members of the public; and support for national development.
Mr. DaRosa has successfully led several 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, he 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 five years.
Prior to becoming the CEO at NTPC, Mr. DaRosa 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.
Mr. DaRosa 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 to shape the utility industry in Canada.
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 lifelong learner. Mr. DaRosa presently sits on the Ontario Electrical Safety Authority’s Appeal Review Panel and the United Way’s selection committee. In the past, he has been an active member of the Electric Distributors Association’s Operations Council, the Utility Standards Form Asset Management Committee and the Regulatory Streamlining Task Force, the IESO’s Generation Visibility working group, as well as on a Transmission Planning Task Force for Ontario.
Emanuel DaRosa 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 scuba diving. Emanuel lives with his wife Sherry, with whom he has two children, Deanna and Daniel.