Heritage Gas names new president

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DARTMOUTH –Heritage Gas announced today that Bill Swan will be taking over as president of Heritage Gas effective July 1, 2013.

Swan’s industry experience spans over 24 years. Prior to joining Heritage Gas as senior vice president, Swan served as divisional vice president of Energy Services for Heritage Gas’ parent company, AltaGas Ltd. Swan began his career in energy after graduating with an economics degree from McMaster University. He started out in construction with Union Gas and held a number of positions there before moving on to Engage Energy, a natural gas and power energy marketing company.

After three years of service with Heritage Gas, outgoing president, Jim Bracken, announced he will be retiring on June 30. 

“I’m very pleased to be handing over the reins to Bill. His experience with energy management, storage, wholesale and retail gas and power marketing will be an asset to Heritage Gas,” said Bracken. “Bill inherits a strong leadership team with in-depth experience within the industry and across the province.”

“This is a great opportunity for me and I look forward to working with the team at Heritage Gas,” said Swan, currently senior vice president of Heritage Gas. “Jim has done an outstanding job over the past few years with expanding service to Nova Scotian’s. It’s great to join a company that puts so much value in providing the most economical energy solution to Nova Scotia.” 

In just three years, Bracken and the Heritage team have accomplished a great deal for Nova Scotia. The biggest achievements under Bracken’s leadership have been the launch of the compressed natural gas business, a 20 percent increase in customers’ year-over-year, and the move of Heritage Gas towards substantial improvements in getting access to natural gas outside the Halifax and Dartmouth area. Last year, Heritage Gas expanded its service to Oxford after partnering with Oxford Frozen Foods, and two weeks ago, Bracken announced that Heritage Gas has inked a deal with Northern Pulp which will bring natural gas to Pictou County.

Heritage Gas Limited is a Nova Scotia-based company formed to operate a full regulation natural gas distribution franchise in the province. In 2012 alone, Heritage Gas customers saved more than $77 million and reduced emissions by over 160,000 tonnes. Heritage Gas reaches more than 20,000 households and businesses throughout Nova Scotia. The company is owned by AltaGas Utility Group Inc., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of AltaGas Ltd.

Organizations: AltaGas, Energy Services for Heritage Gas, McMaster University Union Gas Oxford Frozen Foods AltaGas Utility Group Inc.

Geographic location: DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia, Nova Scotian Halifax Oxford Pictou County

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