Kibiuk resigns as FFPC head

The Fort Frances Power Corp. is in the hunt for a new chief executive officer after current president and CEO Jim Kibiuk submitted his resignation, effective June 22, to the FFPC board last week.
Kibiuk assumed his role with the FFPC three years ago after former president and CEO Mark McCaig resigned to become chief administrative officer for the Town of Fort Frances.
After joining the FFPC, Kibiuk soon realized how fortunate he was to become a member of a team, which values its clientele and has a solid foundation.
“The Fort Frances Power Corp. is a great organization [that] provides electrical service to the Town of Fort Frances second to none,” said Kibiuk. “Both in terms of the quality of service and being a low-cost provider in Fort Frances.”
Over the past three years, Kibiuk has been helping the FFPC to build on its previous success within the community.
“From the day I started, the company was positioned very well and we have been able to grow on that over the past three years,” he noted.
“I believe that we have met our objective of providing a low-cost service to people with good quality results, and we have also really pursued an conservation effort by creating awareness and educating the community about conservation,” he added.
“People have become aware of the advantages and the savings that are possible through energy conservation, and that is something we are very proud of.”
During his time with the FFPC, Kibiuk observed—and is proud to say—he was part of an outstanding effort from all the members across the company.
And, in turn, he said it’s their commitment and dedication to the community of Fort Frances that makes the organization an all-around successful.
“The FFPC is successful because of its board of directors, all the staff, and the crew members,” Kibiuk stressed. “They are the people who make it happen.
“And the people of Fort Frances benefit from it, for sure.”
Kibiuk and the FFPC board members have made it their goal to position the corporation to be able to handle all the fast pace changes that are occurring in the electrical industry—and have been able to achieve that status both in the past and present.
As the company is now in a great position, Kibiuk feels it is a good time to leave.
“There is no doubt in my mind that the company isn’t in great shape,” he said. “The next person who takes over the role of president and CEO is coming into an organization that is very strong and well-positioned for the future.
“The combination of the existing board of directors, the staff, and the crew members will make them feel welcome because they are a great team.
Towns residents can rest assured the FFPC board members will hire a new representative who will have similar values as Kibiuk—and will keep the best intentions of residents in mind as the company proceeds.
“The goal of providing low-cost quality electrical service to the citizens of Fort Frances is a main goal of this organization and that will be maintained after I leave,” said Kibiuk.
“The company is well-positioned to carry forth into the future.”
While the FFPC will be busy trying to fill the vacancy left by Kibiuk, he won’t be going far.
Actually, he’ll only be moving across the street from where his office is located to assume a role with Abitibi-Consolidated as part of its biomass boiler construction project.
Kibiuk will be helping on the construction team and be involved in building the new $84-million project.
FFPC board chairman Doug McCaig said all of Kibiuk’s efforts have been very much appreciated by the board and the community of Fort Frances, and he will be missed.
“He will be missed by the FFPC,” said McCaig. “He was really good to keep us updated and informed on all the changing regulations over the years, which wasn’t always easy.
“He is a very good man and very meticulous,” he added.
Kibiuk said he has enjoyed his stint with the FFPC and will miss the staff, but he also is looking forward to his new endeavours here.
“It’s been a pleasure working for all the good people involved in the FFPC over the past three years, and I wish them continued success for many years to come,” he remarked.