ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(CCNMatthews - May 2, 2006) - The Board of Directors of Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS) today appointed Mr. Bruce Chafe non-executive Chair of the Board of Fortis Inc. His appointment follows the retirement of Dr. Angus A. Bruneau who has served as Chair of the Board of Fortis Inc. since 1988.
Mr. Chafe is a retired senior partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP. He was appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1990 in recognition of his contribution to the profession of public accounting. Mr. Chafe has served as a Director of Fortis Inc. since 1997. He recently retired as Chair of the Board of Newfoundland Power, a position he held since 2000, and continues to serve on the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Chafe also serves as a Director of Fortis Properties and FortisBC.
Fortis Inc. is a diversified, international electric utility holding company with assets exceeding $4.3 billion and annual revenues of more than $1.4 billion. The Corporation has holdings in 7 regulated distribution utilities located in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Belize and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Fortis Inc. has non-regulated generation operations in Newfoundland, Ontario, British Columbia, Upper New York State and Belize. The Corporation has investments in real estate and hotel operations through Fortis Properties Corporation, its wholly owned non-utility subsidiary.
The Common Shares, Series C First Preference Shares and Series E First Preference Shares of Fortis Inc. are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols FTS, FTS.PR.C and FTS.PR.E, respectively. Fortis Inc. information can be accessed at www.fortisinc.com.
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