John Woods

John Woods
Vice President of Energy Development
Minas Energy

Minas Energy is a member of the Scotia Investments group of companies which is a long-standing, well-respected, diversified portfolio of industrial companies operating in Canada.

Mr. Woods is a high energy, dynamic, entrepreneurial engineer, leader and manager with 35 years of diversified employment experience, acquiring skills and competencies essential to responding to the challenges of the new millennium, with successful past employment in various private, federal and public sector organizations. Mr. Woods’s most notable career positions include:

Minas Energy

  • Vice President, Energy Development                                                 2007-

Suez Renewable Energy North America                                                          2005-2007

  • Project Director

Electricity Consumers Alliance of Nova Scotia                                                1999- 2005

  • Executive Director

Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia, Halifax NS              1997-1999

  • Executive Director

Mr. Woods was also elected to four consecutive 3-year terms as an Alderman for the City of Dartmouth and also served as Acting and Deputy Mayor when necessary. He also taught and mentored more than 2000 engineering students over a 24-year period as a special lecturer of a course entitled “Engineers in Society”.

During the past decade, Mr. Woods has been a leader in the restructuring of the electricity industry in Nova Scotia and Maritime Canada opinion setter, especially in helping the public understand energy issues. He was a voting member of the Electricity Marketplace Governance Committee, Market Advisory Committee, and Open Access Transmission Tariff working group.

Mr. Woods earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia. His areas of expertise include renewable energy project management, policy design and advocacy, stakeholder engagement and electrical engineering. He looks forward to using his networking and project development skillset and leadership in Kazakhstan so that the Republic can retain as many benefits as possible during the transition to the low-carbon economy.