Northland Power Announces President and Chief Executive Officer Leadership Transition

TORONTO, March 25, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northland Power Inc. (“Northland” or the “Company”) (TSX: NPI) today announced that Mike Crawley, Northland’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and the Board of Directors have agreed to a change in leadership for the Company. As such, Mr. Crawley, after leading Northland for the past six years, will be stepping down from his role.

Under the succession plan, Mr. Crawley will remain with Northland until September 30, 2024. John Brace, Chair of the Board of Directors, has been appointed Executive Chair as of today and will act as a bridge between Mr. Crawley and the next President & CEO as part of the transition. As Executive Chair, Mr. Brace will leverage his prior experience as Northland’s CEO from 2003 to 2018 where he was responsible for the Company’s successful development of its efficient natural gas fleet and the expansion into offshore wind and onshore renewables. Ian Pearce, Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee, has been appointed Lead Independent Director. After the appointment of a new President & CEO, Mr. Brace is expected to return to his position as Non-Executive Board Chair and Mr. Pearce will remain as Lead Independent Director.

“Mike led Northland through a period of dynamic growth, forging strategic partnerships in core markets, growing the Company’s operating capacity and expanding its diverse development pipeline,” said Mr. Brace. “Northland is in a strong position thanks to Mike’s successful execution of our growth plan. Most recently, financing was secured for three major projects, which will increase our generating and storage capacity by over 70 per cent, while also substantially extending the weighted average duration of our contractual revenue agreements. We are profoundly thankful for his many successes and steadfast leadership at Northland.”

With Northland’s growth targets secured through 2027 and major construction programs well underway, the Company has launched a global search for a new leader to guide Northland’s continued growth.

“The completion of the Company’s many accomplishments in 2023 led to the Board and Mike reflecting on Mike’s nine-year tenure with Northland, six of which as President & CEO,” said Mr. Brace. “Looking ahead to the future and after a number of productive discussions between Mike, myself and the Board, we have agreed that this is an opportune time, with Northland in a strong position to transition to new leadership. We will continue to deliver against the strategy and near-term priorities presented at our recent Investor Day.”

“I am very proud of all that Northland has accomplished over my last nine years with the Company, including the six as President & CEO,” said Mr. Crawley. “We have consistently delivered strong financial results, significantly expanded Northland’s operating base and established a large and diverse growth pipeline. What I am most proud of, however, is the incredible talent Northland has retained, nurtured and attracted during this period. It is those people who will ensure that the Company continues to thrive and grow during both favourable and challenging market conditions. I will be working with John and the team to ensure a smooth transition and I look forward to Northland’s continued success in the months and years ahead.”

Construction at Hai Long, Baltic Power and Oneida continue to progress as planned and Northland’s financial guidance and outlook remain unchanged.


Northland Power is a global power producer dedicated to helping the clean energy transition by producing electricity from clean renewable resources. Founded in 1987, Northland has a long history of developing, building, owning and operating clean and green power infrastructure assets and is a global leader in offshore wind. In addition, Northland owns and manages a diversified generation mix including onshore renewables, efficient natural gas energy, as well as supplying energy through a regulated utility.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with global offices in eight countries, Northland owns or has an economic interest in approximately 3.4GW (net 2.9GW) of operating capacity. The Company also has a significant inventory of projects in construction and in various stages of development encompassing approximately 12GW of potential capacity.

Publicly traded since 1997, Northland's common shares, Series 1 and Series 2 preferred shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols NPI, NPI.PR.A and NPI.PR.B, respectively.

For further information, please contact:

Dario Neimarlija, Vice President, FP&A and Investor Relations

Victor Gravili, Head of Global Brand & Integrated Communications


This press release contains statements that constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (“forward-looking statements”), including, in particular, statements regarding the Company's leadership transition and strategy, future financial and operational results and outlook, and any other statements regarding events or developments that the Company believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future. Northland’s actual results could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements and, accordingly, the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements may or may not transpire or occur. Forward-looking statements include statements that are not historical facts and are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or include words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “predicts,” “believes,” “estimates,” “intends,” “targets,” “projects,” “forecasts” or negative versions thereof and other similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “would” and “could.” These statements are based upon certain material factors or assumptions that were applied in developing the forward-looking statements, including process, timing, oversight and outcomes for Northland’s leadership succession planning, the design specifications of development projects, the provisions of contracts to which Northland or a subsidiary is a party, management’s current plans and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, the ability to obtain necessary approvals, satisfy any closing conditions, satisfy any project finance lender conditions to closing sell-downs or obtain adequate financing regarding contemplated construction, acquisitions, dispositions, investments or financings, as well as other factors, estimates and assumptions that are believed to be appropriate in the circumstances. Although these forward-looking statements are based upon management’s current reasonable expectations and assumptions, they are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties. Some of the factors that could cause results or events to differ from current expectations include, but are not limited to, risks associated with further regulatory and policy changes in Spain which could impair current guidance and expected returns, risks associated with merchant pool pricing and revenues, risks associated with sales contracts, the emergence of widespread health emergencies or pandemics, Northland’s reliance on the performance of its offshore wind facilities at Gemini, Nordsee One and Deutsche Bucht for over 50% of its Adjusted EBITDA, counterparty and joint venture risks, contractual operating performance, variability of sales from generating facilities powered by intermittent renewable resources, wind and solar resource risk, unplanned maintenance risk, offshore wind concentration, natural gas and power market risks, commodity price risks, operational risks, recovery of utility operating costs, Northland’s ability to resolve issues/delays with the relevant regulatory and/or government authorities, permitting, construction risks, project development risks, integration and acquisition risks, procurement and supply chain risks, financing risks, disposition and joint-venture risks, competition risks, interest rate and refinancing risks, liquidity risk, inflation risks, commodity availability and cost risk, construction material cost risks, impacts of regional or global conflicts, credit rating risk, currency fluctuation risk, variability of cash flow and potential impact on dividends, taxation, natural events, environmental risks, climate change, health and worker safety risks, market compliance risk, government regulations and policy risks, utility rate regulation risks, international activities, cybersecurity, data protection and reliance on information technology, labour relations, labour shortage risk, management transition risk, geopolitical risk in and around the regions Northland operates in, large project risk, reputational risk, insurance risk, risks relating to co-ownership, bribery and corruption risk, terrorism and security, litigation risk and legal contingencies, and the other factors described in the “Risks Factors” section of Northland’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis and Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2023, which can be found at under Northland’s profile and on Northland’s website at Northland has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from current expectations, however, there may be other factors that cause actual results to differ materially from such expectations. Northland’s actual results could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements and, accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, and Northland cautions you not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements contained in this release are, unless otherwise indicated, stated as of the date hereof and are based on assumptions that were considered reasonable as of the date hereof. Other than as specifically required by law, Northland undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after such date or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, whether as a result of new information, future events or results, or otherwise. 

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