FREDERICTON (GNB) – Margaret-Ann Blaney will become the new president and chief executive officer of Efficiency NB, effective June 4.

Premier David Alward made the announcement today and thanked Blaney for accepting and bringing her substantial experience in government and community leadership to the province's energy efficiency and conservation agency.

"Efficiency NB's ground-breaking mandate has never been more relevant than it is in today's evolving energy landscape," said Alward. "I am confident Ms. Blaney will strengthen Efficiency NB's connections with homeowners and businesses across New Brunswick as it implements an increasingly ambitious and innovative agenda."

Following a career in broadcasting and as an entrepreneur, Blaney entered public life 15 years ago to work on behalf of her community and the province. She has been an MLA since 1999 and has held many cabinet portfolios.

An effective communicator, Blaney is looking forward to growing community partnerships to help individuals, families and businesses save energy.

"Efficiency NB empowers New Brunswickers to save money and care for the environment, which is the foundation of our communities," said Blaney. "Together, we have an opportunity to ensure even more New Brunswickers participate in programs that are absolutely vital to our future as a province."   

Blaney has announced she will resign from her role as MLA for Rothesay and minister of energy and minister responsible for the status of women, effective May 25.

Efficiency NB provides New Brunswickers with advice and financial incentives to become more energy efficient.

It offers practical solutions to help New Brunswickers use energy more efficiently, make better energy choices, manage energy expenses and lessen the impact of energy use on the environment.