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Illustration of Gaétan Caron, president and chief executive officer, National Energy Board. (ANTHONY JENKINS/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)
Illustration of Gaétan Caron, president and chief executive officer, National Energy Board. (ANTHONY JENKINS/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

THE LUNCH

The NEB’s Gaétan Caron: Strumming a new kind of power chord Add to ...

Born April 24, 1956

Earned a bachelor of applied science in rural engineering from Laval University

Got an MBA from the University of Ottawa in 1987

CAREER

Joined the NEB on May 22, 1979 as a pipeline engineer.

Has held positions of increasing responsibility, including director of pipeline engineering, director of financial regulation, chief operating officer, vice-chairman and, as of 2007, chairman and chief executive officer.

GUITAR LESSONS

Best way to tune a guitar? Open G, like Keith Richards. “When you listen to Honky Tonk Woman, to start the song, you don’t use your left hand. You just strum on your guitar, and the strings are naturally tuned to have a nice sound.”

Best song to get people on the dance floor? Steppenwolf’s Born To Be Wild. “Classic rock, crowd-pleaser.”

ON ANGLOPHONE CANADA

Mr. Caron says he “moved to Ottawa with my broken English and my wrong assumptions about English Canada.” What exactly were those? He won’t say. “The correct assumption I’m making now is that English and French are meant to co-exist in this grand country.”

AFTER THE NEB

“I wouldn’t mind a form of freedom. I wouldn’t mind a much smaller-scale operation. Somewhere you can help others. Either in the field of energy or music or the social side of communicating well-being.”

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