UPDATE: New DOMLEC boss appointed

McKenzie has been named the new manager of DOMLEC
McKenzie has been named the new manager of DOMLEC. Photo: DOMLEC

Dominica’s light and power company, DOMLEC now has a new general manager to replace outgoing boss, Collin Cover.

DOMLEC has confirmed that Bertilia Leblanc McKenzie has been appointed to lead the company.

She was Human Resources Manager at DOMLEC and has been acting in the place of Cover for the past two months.

Earlier this year Cover announced his resignation from the company.

He cited a better offer at another company as the reason for his departure.

It has since then been announced that Cover will head the Grenada Electricity Services (GRENLEC).

According to DOMLEC, “McKenzie has been with the Company for over 16 years, most recently as Manager of Human Resources, and has demonstrated her commitment to the Company and her capacity to lead. Her academic background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the City University of New York and a Master of Business Administration, Distinction, from the University of the West Indies.”

“For the past two months she has served as Acting GM and comes to the role of General Manager at a time when the Company prepares for a new energy environment with the proposed introduction of geothermal energy,” states a release from the company.

It adds, “In her new role, McKenzie will be a member of the Emera Caribbean leadership team and will have access to expertise within the group to support her in her role. The Emera team will also rely on guidance from McKenzie and be able to draw on her experience as it seeks to build a regional business to the benefit of all stakeholders – customers, employees, and shareholders.”

The release concludes, “McKenzie is supported by a dedicated senior management team and a well experienced group of employees at DOMLEC, who together will ensure that DOMLEC continues to focus on safety and delivering a high quality of service to electricity customers in Dominica.”

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55 Comments

  1. Noelo
    September 16, 2014

    Congrats Berty,
    You doing it again for us, the La Pointe posse, for CHS and most of all for YOU and your family. May the good Lord continue to guide you as you journey through,,,,, I wish you success in all you do. My teacher will surely be proud…Congrats to a proud mom too.

  2. Voice
    September 16, 2014

    Congratulations Bertilia!Dominicans can do it!

  3. KIP
    September 16, 2014

    Congrats and jah bless.

  4. Solar Power
    September 16, 2014

    Congrats Madam….but it will really be nice if you try to make the bills a little lower……if you can…. :wink:

  5. Lisa
    September 15, 2014

    Congratulations! To my former teacher; you have not aged a bit. It is encouraging to see women in high positions.

  6. Henrietta Matthew
    September 15, 2014

    Congratulations Mrs M. I know you can do it. From, H. Matthew.

  7. Anonymouse
    September 15, 2014

    Congratulations are in order, maam I wish you well in you new post and hope you keep the poor Dominicans where ‘You’ came from in your heart and do your utmost to keep rates down. An oxymoron, evident from the trends that Cover followed that fleeced the Dominican poor for several years. I do not know whether I should wish you good luck because I know what’s coming is one sided high rates. Whatever.

  8. Noelo
    September 15, 2014

    Congrats Berty…..It is La Pointe doing it again, it is CHS doing it again, it is YOU doing it again…I wish you all the success in your new post. May the good Lord protect and guide you.

  9. September 15, 2014

    Hello and good evening my people. I would like to congratulate Mrs McKenzie on her promotion and it’s very refreshing to see that we don’t have to bring an outsider to run our company. We have educated and highly qualify citizens which we should give an opportunity to demonstrate that they have the ability to do the job.

  10. Anonymous
    September 15, 2014

    CONGRATULATIONS you were a Great teacher and you are a great leader. GOD BLESS

  11. good for them
    September 15, 2014

    what what what..such a good person Mckenzie the sky is your limit am proud to be associated with you ..trust me you can do it

  12. Meg So
    September 15, 2014

    Great to see my former class mate moving up the ladder.
    Congratulations Bertilia.

  13. Sunshine City Girl
    September 15, 2014

    Congratulations my sister! May you continue you allow the Creator to lead you in your new role. To God be all the glory and honor.

  14. concerned
    September 15, 2014

    why would domlec put someone from HR as GM, she has no engineering background , how would she make informed decisions? smh

    • nOTE
      September 15, 2014

      Senseless. She has a masters in business administration and 16 years experience. In that 16 years she could have been on the field. I trust that with her background in HR she will have good relationships and communication with employees(engineers inclusive) that will aid in making informed decisions.

      • concerned
        September 15, 2014

        boss, every single manager before her had engineering background of some kind, i predict domlec is gna start sinking under this woman, it’s more than know how to run a business, there’s alot of technical details which she needs to tend to and a person with some sort of electrical engineering background would be better suited for such position

    • September 15, 2014

      consult her engineers unlike our political leaders who cannot even speak their mothers tonge their grandmother’s and their adopted county’s. But they leading the Country cammem.

      • September 16, 2014

        Only 4 to 2 ? man it deserves 100000 to 2. All she has to do is be briefed by her engineers .No need to copy anyone’s work. other Caribbean Electrical companies CEO’s. She worked with Mr. Cover sure they shared notes and information lol! They could have had a cordial working relationship which allow them to share information like Charteny & LL or the P.M of DA & Mauratius. lol

    • Eyeballs
      September 15, 2014

      @ concerned….Maybe she will consult you if and when she needs help in making informed decisions. I guess you applied for the post and did not get it. She is qualified and she is Dominican just like you and I, so don’t start hating. If it was a foreigner you wouldn’t be speculating on whether she has background or not in engineering. Just CONGRATULATE the woman and shut up. We all start from somewhere and move on up the ladder. I smell some jealousy fm fm fm fm sniff sniff sniff

    • Peter J
      September 16, 2014

      I was wondering if a hater and jealousy was not going to comment. Here it is. I expect more. Dominica has too many like you for a clean slate of congratulatory remarks to go untarnished.

    • KIP
      September 16, 2014

      I respect your views.But the company in not a solely Engineering concern.U talk like an Engineer.

    • Anonymous
      September 16, 2014

      u must understand she is not the chief cook and bottle washer. she is a GM with a great understanding and a great team

  15. Anonymous
    September 15, 2014

    Congratulations sis,
    Kudos! Best of luck.
    I claim it in the name of Jehovah God.
    He said, “I will go before you and make all crooked places straight”.

  16. # Dominican.#
    September 15, 2014

    Congrats!!!!!! East meets S/W. it does not get better than that. Good luck, another reminder that Elections? How long? Not Long. Hind! hint!

  17. Shermaine
    September 15, 2014

    Congrats Ms. Bertilia.

  18. Solo
    September 15, 2014

    Congrats Bertilia! You were a joy to the staff as HR Manager and I have no doubt you’ll be great as GM!

    • Ms Kubuli
      September 16, 2014

      a joy?!?!?! as i said, mind she and her puppets undercut you!

      • Anonymous
        September 16, 2014

        Ms Kubuli you know the business. Time will tell.

  19. class mate CHS 77
    September 15, 2014

    Congrats my dear, you can do it and succeed. Glad for you and your family.

  20. Partisan
    September 15, 2014

    Very nice, women can do it too :)
    Do you think that its time for another woman to seek the office of PM? (Y/N)

    • Channel 1
      September 15, 2014

      @Partisan – Look at who is the speaker of the house nah. Y’all always up and about as if women being in high positions necessarily translates into something good.

      • Anonymous
        September 16, 2014

        Agreed! Women generally are not very good bosses.

    • September 15, 2014

      How you know she can do it? lol SMH hahaahhahaah
      partisan U not good nuh!
      U must be Sav LMAO

  21. Citizen
    September 15, 2014

    Congratulations!!! :-D

  22. Anonymous
    September 15, 2014

    congratulations Berti!

  23. DFR
    September 15, 2014

    Good luck ! I noted that following :
    It is refreshing that there was no gender bias.
    there was promotion from within.

    Good job !

  24. winston warrington
    September 15, 2014

    Confratulations Bertie!

  25. Congratulations
    September 15, 2014

    Congratulations Mrs. Mackenzie! A new light… I think this is a positive sign of fresh ‘energy’ at DOMLEC. I am optimistic that customer service and other relevant areas will be reviewed and improved and DOMLEC will really serve us better. I wish you God’s blessings and all the best in your new role.

  26. Former DGS Student
    September 15, 2014

    This former teacher is going places. Congratulations Miss Leblanc.

  27. CARYL
    September 15, 2014

    VERY HAPPY FOR MY PAST TEACHER. BOY SHE WAS TIGHT BUT GREAT

  28. Voicemail
    September 15, 2014

    Well done Bertie

  29. Anonymous
    September 15, 2014

    Congrats Mrs. McKenzie. It’s great to see a local at the head.

  30. NICE
    September 15, 2014

    congrats Mrs M.

  31. Francis
    September 15, 2014

    Congratulations to my old school mate and friend at the St. Luke’s School. Another Jens la Pwente making it big. You’ve mad al of us past students of St. Luke’s really proud. Congrats.

    • September 16, 2014

      If I were Bertie I would disown U as my past student.
      You’ve mad al of us past students of St. Luke’s really proud. Congrats
      She was teach mad children? lol
      Woo Francis is MAD!

      • Anonymous
        September 16, 2014

        Here you are correcting someone and yet you right “she was TEACH mad children?”

      • Anonymous
        September 16, 2014

        “write”

      • September 16, 2014

        Anonymous It was part of thejoke .I hope u pay attention to details when you go vote for Skeritt in NOV after u are well sewoed after creole fest.
        Saqway cooleve.

  32. joe
    September 15, 2014

    Congrats My dear I am very confident you will continue the good work of Mr. Cover.

  33. Anonymous
    September 15, 2014

    Wow – that’s a plus for us Dominican

  34. September 15, 2014

    Power couple in the making ! wow!
    Congrats Bertie. Now you & Urs are a power couple you make us see Sav takes care of……………………. two vital functions controlled by both of U.

    • September 16, 2014

      observer you are observing a little trope too much lol!
      I like ur mess lol! you are FUNNY. good play on words.

  35. Fidrocks
    September 15, 2014

    Postive vibes, I love to see women take on these positions which were previously viewed as a ‘man’ role.

  36. RealDominica,
    September 15, 2014

    Congratulations.

  37. Frank Talker
    September 15, 2014

    This is amazing! It is very uncommon for HR professionals to become the CEO. They are known to retire after gaining the top of their function. Bertilia is rewriting the literature and that’s darn good.

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