Honourable Gregory Bowen
An Electrical Engineer by profession, Bowen first attended the St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic School and later the Presentation Boys College (PBC). Upon graduating from PBC, he embarked upon a teaching career which at PBC and later the Anglican High School. Like many other Grenadians, he embarked upon his career goal and in 1976, he entered the University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine, Trinidad where he pursued studies and obtained a B.Sc. in Engineering.
In 1979, Bowen joined the Grenada Electricity Services (GESL). Two years later, he demitted office in pursuit of post graduate studies in Canada where he obtained an M.Sc. degree in Engineering. In 1983, he rejoined GESL at the rank of General Manager and pioneered many innovations that resulted in GESL being one of the most competent private sector organizations in Grenada.
Bowen’s innovation and success are far and wide, during 1985-1994, he was successful in taking the only generating transmission distribution power company in Grenada, from an annual of $15 million loss to a profit realization of over $100 million dollars. In addition, he is also credited for having led an ambitious rural electrification program which resulted in an increased percentage of residents gaining access to electricity which grew from 45% to 98% between 1986 and 1989.
His political career is showered with even greater success. In June 1995, following the decisive victory of the NNP, he was appointed to the Upper House of Parliament (The Senate) and joined the Cabinet as Minister for Communications, Works, Public Utilities and Transportation. In 1999, he was elected as the representative for St. George South East and retained his previous ministerial portfolio with added responsibility for Energy.
Between 1995-2003, given his portfolio and experience, he facilitated the improved infrastructure of Grenada to the tune of $380 million dollars; liberalization of the Telecommunications Sector which was once a monopoly thus affording diversion and access.
Bowen has also held the position of Deputy Prime Minister; Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries, Public Utilities, Energy with special responsibilities for the Marketing and National Importing Board (MNIB).