SaskWater's Executive consists of three individuals who are responsible for the company and its two main divisions: Operations and Engineering, and Business Development and Corporate Services. These people guide the implementation of the corporate vision. Please take a moment to read their brief biographies below.
From left: Eric Light, Vice President, Operations and Engineering, Jacquie Gibney, Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Services, & Doug Matthies, President & CEO.
President & CEO
Doug Matthies has served as the President and CEO of SaskWater since July 1, 2010. Prior to joining SaskWater, Doug served in several senior capacities in the provincial government including the Deputy Minister of Finance, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food, the General Manager of the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation and the General Manager of the Saskatchewan Pension Plan. Doug has a total of 28 years experience in the provincial government.
His experience in government spans several areas including strategic planning, policy analysis and development, financial management, program operations, public accountability, legislative and regulatory processes, and stakeholder consultations and relations. Prior to joining government in 1987, Doug worked in the private sector accounting firm of Clarkson and Gordon and later the firm Arscott Hill & Matonovitch.
Doug has served on several boards over the course of his career including organizations in the fields of international trade, agricultural research, transportation and financial institutions. He has also been a member of various federal-provincial working groups, inter-ministry working groups and various community groups.
Doug is a Chartered Professional Accountant - CA with a Bachelor of Administration (Distinction) from the University of Regina.
Vice President, Operations and Engineering
In June 2014, Eric Light assumed the duties of Vice President, Operations and Engineering. As Vice President, Operations and Engineering, he is responsible for managing the delivery of SaskWater's core business - the operation, maintenance and service delivery for the supply of potable and non-potable water to communities and industries and for the engineering functions to manage new capital projects and support operations. Other lines of business falling under Eric's direction include certified operation and maintenance of customer-owned waterworks, operator training and Occupational Health and Safety.
Eric has over 30 years of engineering and management experience and has been with SaskWater since 1986. His previous position was Director of Engineering, a role he held since January 2009.
Eric has a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Regional Systems Engineering (Distinction) from the University of Regina, as well as his Masters of Engineering in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. Eric is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan.
Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Services
Jacquie Gibney became the Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Services at SaskWater in September 2014. She is responsible for human resources, administration and facility services, information technology, policy and planning, corporate communication and business development for the corporation.
Prior to joining SaskWater, Jacquie held several positions with Farm Credit Canada including Director of Corporate Communication and Change Management and Director, Strategy and Government Relations. She also spent over 20 years with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture in a variety of senior capacities including Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for industry development.
Jacquie has over 25 years of public sector experience spanning a broad number of areas including agriculture finance, policy and program development, corporate communication, strategic planning, government relations, research and business development.
Jacquie has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master's Degree in Business Administration.