People: TransAlta Corp (TAC)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Gordon Giffin

64 2011 Independent Chairman of the Board

Dawn Farrell

54 2012 President, Chief Executive Officer, Non-Independent Director

Donald Tremblay

2014 Chief Financial Officer

Paul Taylor

2011 President - U.S. Operations

Dawn de Lima

Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer

Cynthia Johnston

52 2012 Executive Vice President - Corporate Services

Robert Schaefer

Executive Vice President - Corporate Development

Brett Gellner

50 2014 Chief Investment Officer

John Kousinioris

2012 Chief Legal and Compliance Officer

David Koch

2012 Vice President, Controller

Todd Stack

Vice President, Treasurer

Maryse St.-Laurent

2005 Vice President, Corporate Secretary

Robert Emmott

Chief Engineer

Kenneth Stickland

2011 Chief Business Development Officer

William Anderson

65 2003 Independent Director

Timothy Faithfull

69 2003 Independent Director

Alan Fohrer

63 2013 Independent Director

C. Kent Jespersen

68 2004 Independent Director

Michael Kanovsky

65 2004 Independent Director

Gordon Lackenbauer

69 2005 Independent Director

Karen Maidment

55 2010 Independent Director

Yakout Mansour

66 2011 Independent Director

Martha Piper

68 2006 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Gordon Giffin

Ambassador The Honourable Gordon D. Giffin serves as Independent Chairman of the Board of TransAlta Corporation. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Giffin is Senior Partner of the law firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge, where he maintains offices in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. His practice focuses on international transactions related to trade, energy and public policy. He has been engaged in the practice of law or government service for more than 30 years. He served as the United States Ambassador to Canada with responsibility for managing Canada/U.S. bilateral relations, including energy and environmental policy from August 1997 to April 2001. Prior to that, he served as Chief Counsel and Legislative Director to United States Senator Sam Nunn, with responsibility for the legal and legislative operations of the office. Mr. Giffin holds a bachelor of arts from Duke University (Durham, NC) and a juris doctorate from Emory University School of Law (Atlanta, GA).

Dawn Farrell

Mrs. Dawn L. Farrell serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Non-Independent Director of TransAlta Corporation. She became President and CEO of TransAlta Corporation on January 2, 2012. Prior to her appointment, she served as Chief Operating Officer from 2009 to 2011 and as Executive Vice-President, Commercial Operations and Development from 2008 to 2009. Mrs. Farrell has over 29 years of experience in the electric energy industry, holding roles at TransAlta and BC Hydro. She has served as Executive Vice-President, Commercial Operations and Development; Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development; Executive Vice-President, Independent Power Projects; and Vice- President, Energy Marketing and IPP Development at TransAlta Corporation. From 2003 to 2006, Mrs. Farrell served as Executive Vice-President, Generation at BC Hydro. In 2006, she was appointed Executive Vice-President Engineering, Aboriginal Relations and Generation. Mrs. Farrell sits on the board of directors of The Conference Board of Canada, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and the Calgary Stampede. Her past boards include the Mount Royal College Board of Governors, Fording Coal Income Fund, New Relationship Trust Fund, Mount Royal College Foundation and Vision Quest Windelectric. She holds a bachelor of commerce degree with a major in finance and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Calgary (Calgary, AB). Mrs. Farrell has also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA).

Donald Tremblay

Mr. Donald Tremblay has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer of the Company effective March 31, 2014. Mr. Tremblay has 25 years of extensive financial experience. Mr. Tremblay has built a career that coupled an exceptionally strong foundation in accounting, controls and compliance with strategic abilities in capital markets, investor relations and corporate growth. Prior to accepting his new role at TransAlta, Mr. Tremblay held leadership positions at Brookfield Renewable Power, a $12-billion public company, as its executive vice-president, corporate development, and previously its chief financial officer.

Paul Taylor

Dawn de Lima

Ms. Dawn E. de Lima serves as Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer of Transalta Corp. Prior to this role, Ms. de Lima was Vice President, Supply Chain Management, responsible for driving procurement strategies, managing TransAlta’s strategic supplier relationships, and launching the Inventory Optimization initiative. Since joining TransAlta in 2006, Ms. de Lima also served as Vice President, Corporate Human Resources with TransAlta. She has spent nearly two decades involved in human resources as a business leader and has held senior positions in Bell Canada and Norigen Communications. Ms. de Lima has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary and her Masters of Business Administration degree from Queen's University.

Cynthia Johnston

Ms. Cynthia Johnston serves as Executive Vice President - Corporate Services of Transalta Corp. She is responsible for IT, Supply Chain Management, Engineering & Construction, Land, and the Company’s Project Management Office. Prior to her current role, Ms. Johnston was Vice President, Renewable Operations. She has more than 25 years of electric industry experience and returned to TransAlta in late 2009 after five years with FortisAlberta Inc. where she held several vice presidential roles overseeing regulatory and legal affairs as well as customer and corporate services. Previously with TransAlta, Ms. Johnston held the position of Vice President, Operations, where she was responsible for fuel supply and hydro operations. Prior to that position, she was Vice President, Transmission and was responsible for TransAlta’s divestiture of its $850 million transmission business to AltaLink Management/SNC Lavalin. In 2000, she led TransAlta’s divestiture of its $700 million distribution and retail business to UtiliCorp. Ms. Johnston has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Calgary and a Masters in Applied Economics from the University of Victoria.

Robert Schaefer

Mr. Robert L. Schaefer serves as Executive Vice President - Corporate Development of Transalta Corp. He is responsible for Corporate Development at TransAlta, which includes marketing and trading operations. Mr. Schaefer has over two decades of experience in Canada, the United States and Europe, including senior positions with several energy sector companies. He has held roles in strategy and business development, trading and marketing, and risk management in over 15 years in the energy business. Mr. Schaefer started his career in finance and immediately prior to joining TransAlta was Chief Financial Officer of Resin Systems, Inc. Some of his accomplishments include the establishment of a pipeline company's corporate risk management function, as well as integrating one of Canada’s exporters of gas into a US Merchant Power company’s energy marketing business. Mr. Schaefer holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary, obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1991 and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta.

Brett Gellner

Mr. Brett M. Gellner serves as Chief Investment Officer of TransAlta Corporation. Prior to June 2010, Mr. Gellner is responsible for leading all growth aspects of the company. Mr. Gellner will also continue to be president of TransAlta Renewables Inc., which was established as a vehicle to grow long-term contracted assets. Mr. Gellner joined TransAlta in 2008, bringing over 12 years of experience in investment banking, extensively in the power and energy sector. This experience, combined with his deep knowledge of TransAlta through his prior roles, will enable him to continue to make inroads in gas and wind generation and other infrastructure in markets where TransAlta has a competitive advantage. His team has been resourced to pursue both acquisitions and greenfield developments in TransAlta markets. He has a master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Alberta and has a Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He has also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

John Kousinioris

Mr. John H. Kousinioris has been appointed as Chief Legal and Compliance Officer of TransAlta Corporation effective November 17,2012. Mr. Kousinioris has more than 20 years of experience specializing in securities law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance in the oil and natural gas sectors, and brings experience to the oversight of TransAlta's regulatory, legal and compliance matters.

David Koch

Mr. David J. Koch is Vice President, Controller of Transalta Corporation. Prior to May 2011, Mr. Koch was Vice-President, Operations Finance. Prior to November 2010, he was Vice-President, Financial Operations. Prior to December 2006, he was Director, Generation Finance from March 2004.

Todd Stack

Maryse St.-Laurent

Ms. Maryse C. C. St.-Laurent serves as Vice President, Corporate Secretary of TransAlta Corporation. She is responsible for the procedures and conduct of meetings of the Board of Directors and its committees, shareholders' meetings, corporate governance issues, corporate disclosure and compliance. Prior to joining TransAlta, Ms. St.-Laurent was Secretary TransCanada PipeLines, L.P since September 2003, recording Secretary since January 2001 and Senior Legal Counsel TransCanada Corporation since 1997. Ms. St.-Laurent has a bachelor of laws from the University of Alberta and a master of laws from Osgoode Hall, York University, in securities and finance.

Robert Emmott

Kenneth Stickland

Mr. Kenneth S. Stickland serves as Chief Business Development Officer of TransAlta Corporation. He is responsible for directing the Company’s growth efforts in Canada. From 2001 to 2011 Mr. Stickland was the Company’s Chief Legal Officer. Prior to joining TransAlta in January 2001, Mr. Stickland was a partner with the Calgary law firm of Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer LLP where he practiced in the energy area for 20 years. Mr. Stickland holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Law degree from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Stickland is and has been a director of various professional associations and not-for-profit organizations. He is currently the lead director at Trinidad Drilling Ltd.

William Anderson

Mr. William D. Anderson serves as Independent Director of TransAlta Corporation. Mr. Anderson was President of BCE Ventures (a subsidiary of BCE Inc.) from 2001 to 2005 (telecommunications) and prior to that, Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of BCE Inc., Bell Canada Inc. and of Bell Cablemedia plc (telecommunications). As President of BCE Ventures, he was responsible for a number of significant operating companies as well as being CEO of Bell Canada International Inc. In his CFO roles, Mr. Anderson was responsible for all financial operations of the respective companies and executed numerous debt and equity financings, corporate acquisition and disposition transactions as well as corporate and operational restructurings. He was also in public practice for nearly twenty years with the accounting firm KPMG LLP, where he was a partner for eleven years. Mr. Anderson is a past director of BCE Emergis Inc., Bell Cablemedia plc, Bell Canada International Inc., CGI Group Inc., Four Seasons Hotels Inc., Sears Canada Inc. and Videotron Holdings plc. Mr. Anderson holds a bachelor in business administration from the University of Western Ontario (London, ON) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Timothy Faithfull

Mr. Timothy W. Faithfull serves as an Independent Director of TransAlta Corporation. Mr. Faithfull is a 36-year veteran of Royal Dutch/Shell plc (energy), where he held diverse international roles principally in oil products and LNG project development. As President and CEO of Shell Canada Limited, he was responsible for bringing the $6 billion Athabasca Oil Sands Project on line in 2003, the first fully integrated oil sands venture in 25 years. Mr. Faithfull has extensive experience with commodity exposure and risk management, the result of his time directing the global crude oil trading operations of Shell International Trading and Shipping Company from 1993 to 1996. He was Chairman and CEO of Shell Eastern Petroleum in Singapore from 1996 to 1999, including Shell’s main refinery and oil products trading for Asia Pacific. During his time in Singapore, he was a director of DBS Bank and the Port of Singapore Authority. He was a trustee of the main Singapore Arts/Theatre complex. In Calgary, he served on the board of the Calgary Health Trust and the Epcor Arts Centre. In the U.K., Mr. Faithfull is a director of Shell Pension Trust Limited, where he chairs the Technical Committee. He is Chairman of the trustees of Starehe UK, and a trustee of Canada UK Colloquium, all non-public entities. He serves on the Committee to Review Donations of the University of Oxford. Mr. Faithfull is also a director of ICE Futures Europe and LIFFE Administration and Management and a member of the Audit Committee. He is a past director of Enerflex Systems Income Fund and Canadian Pacific Railway. Mr. Faithfull holds a master of arts in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford, U.K. (Oxford, U.K.). He is a Distinguished Friend of the University of Oxford.

Alan Fohrer

Mr. Alan J. Fohrer is Independent Director of TransAlta Corporation. Mr. Fohrer was Chairman and CEO of Southern California Edison Company (“SCE”), a subsidiary of Edison International (“Edison”) and one of the largest electric utilities in the United States. He was elected CEO in 2002 and Chairman in 2007. In 2000, Mr. Fohrer was elected as President and Chief Executive Officer of Edison Mission Energy (“EME”), a subsidiary of Edison that owns and operates independent power facilities. During his tenure at EME, Mr. Fohrer restructured a number of the international projects, which enhanced the value of the assets sold in subsequent years. Mr. Fohrer also served as Executive Vice-President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of both Edison and SCE from 1995 to 1999. After 37 years with Edison, Mr. Fohrer retired in December 2010. Mr. Fohrer currently sits on the boards of MWH Global, Inc., a privately held global engineering and construction company focused on water and waste water projects, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc., a privately held company providing services to utilities, and Blue Shield of California, a non-profit health insurance provider. Mr. Fohrer has served on boards of directors of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, the California Chamber of Commerce, and Duratek, Inc., a publicly held nuclear services company. He is also a member of the Viterbi School of Engineering Board of Councilors for the University of Southern California and Vice Chair of the California Science Centre Foundation. Mr. Fohrer holds a master of science in civil engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, as well as a master of business administration from California State University in Los Angeles.

C. Kent Jespersen

Mr. C. Kent Jespersen serves as an Independent Director of TransAlta Corporation. Mr. Jespersen has had a career and held executive positions in the oil and gas industry for over thirty years. He held senior executive positions with NOVA Corporation of Alberta, Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd. and Husky Oil Limited before assuming the presidency of Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd. and later, NOVA Gas International Ltd. (“NOVA”). At NOVA, he led the non-regulated energy services business (including energy trading and marketing) and all international activities. Mr. Jespersen is also the Chair and CEO of La Jolla Resources International Ltd. (advisory and investments). Mr. Jespersen holds a bachelor of science in education and a master of science in education from the University of Oregon (Eugene, OR).

Michael Kanovsky

Mr. Michael M. Kanovsky serves as an Independent Director of TransAlta Corporation. Mr. Kanovsky is a professional engineer. He co-founded Northstar Energy Corporation (“Northstar”) with initial capital of $400,000 and helped build this entity into an oil and gas producer that was sold to Devon Energy Corporation for approximately $600 million in 1998. During this period, Mr. Kanovsky was responsible for strategy and finance as well as merger and acquisition activity. He initiated Northstar’s entry into electrical cogeneration through its wholly-owned power subsidiary, Powerlink Corporation (“Powerlink”). Powerlink developed one of the first independent power producer (IPP) gas-fired co-generation plants in Ontario and also internationally. In 1997, he founded Bonavista Energy Corporation (previously Bonavista Energy Trust), which has grown to a present day market capitalization of approximately $4.5 billion. Mr. Kanovsky holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University (Kingston, ON) as well as a master of business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University (London, ON).

Gordon Lackenbauer

Mr. Gordon S. Lackenbauer serves as an Independent Director of TransAlta Corporation. Mr. Lackenbauer has over thirty-five years of business and investment banking experience. He was Deputy Chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. (investment banking) from 1990 to 2004. Prior to that, he was responsible for the principal activities of the firm, which included fixed income sales and trading, new issue underwriting, syndication and merger and acquisition advisory mandates. Mr. Lackenbauer has worked with many of Canada's leading utilities and has frequently acted as an expert financial witness testifying on the cost of capital, appropriate capital structure, and the fair rate of return, principally before the Alberta Utilities Commission, the National Energy Board and the Ontario Energy Board. At TransAlta, Mr. Lackenbauer is a member of the Governance and Environment Committee and the Human Resources Committee of the Board. Mr. Lackenbauer holds a bachelor of arts in economics from Loyola College (Montréal, QC) as well as a master of business administration from the University of Western Ontario (London, ON). He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Karen Maidment

Ms. Karen E. Maidment serves as an Independent Director of TransAlta Corporation. Ms. Maidment is a seasoned senior executive. She was Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (“CFAO”) of BMO Financial Group (“BMO”) from 2007 to 2009. Prior to that, she was Senior Executive Vice-President and CFO from 2003 to 2007 and Executive Vice-President and CFO of BMO from 2000 to 2003. As CFO of BMO, she was responsible for all global finance operations, risk management, legal and compliance, mergers and acquisitions as well as communications. Prior to that, Ms. Maidment held several executive positions with Clarica Life Insurance Company from 1988 to 2000, including CFO. She also led the insurance industry group, working with government, to develop regulations and framework to convert Canada’s major insurers from mutual to public companies. Ms. Maidment is a past director of Harris Bank, BMO Nesbitt Burns, where she was also Chair of the Audit Committee, Bank of Montreal Pension Fund, Mutual Trustco, MCAP Financial and The Mutual Group (U.S.). She is a member of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation Board and serves on the University of Waterloo Board of Governors. Ms. Maidment holds a bachelor of commerce from McMaster University (Hamilton, ON), is a Chartered Accountant and, in 2000, was named Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. She was named CFO of the year in 2006.

Yakout Mansour

Mr. Yakout Mansour serves as an Independent Director of TransAlta Corporation. Mr. Mansour has over 40 years of experience as both a professional engineer and executive in the electric utility business in Canada, the United States, and abroad. He retired as President and CEO of the California Independent System Operator Corporation (“CAISO”) in 2011, a position he had held since 2005. CAISO is responsible for operating and controlling 80% of the California electric grid, designing and operating the California electricity market, and for settlements of over $8 billion annually. Under Mr. Mansour’s leadership, CAISO established the market and technical foundation to accommodate one of the most aggressive renewable portfolio standards in the world. Prior to that, Mr. Mansour served in senior executive roles at BC Hydro and British Columbia Transmission Corporation where he was responsible for Operation, Asset Management, and Inter-Utility Affairs of the electric grid. A Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Mr. Mansour has authored and co-authored numerous publications. He is recognized internationally in the field of Power Engineering and received several distinguished awards for his contributions to the industry. In 2009, Mr. Mansour was named to the US Department of Energy Electricity Advisory Committee as a vice chair. He also served on the various committees of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and its predecessor organization, CEGRE, the Transmission Council of the Canadian Electric Association, and the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute. Mr. Mansour holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Alexandria (Alexandria, Egypt) and a master of science from the University of Calgary (Calgary, AB).

Martha Piper

Dr. Martha C. Piper, Ph.D., serves as an Independent Director of TransAlta Corporation. Dr. Piper was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia (“UBC”) from 1997 to 2006 (education). Prior to her appointment at UBC, she served as Vice-President, Research at the University of Alberta. She served on the boards of the Alberta Research Council, the Conference Board of Canada and the Centre of Frontier Engineering Research. Dr. Piper was also appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada to the Advisory Council on Science and Technology and served as Chair of the Board of the National Institute for Nanotechnology. Dr. Piper sits on the boards of the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace & Education, CARE Canada and the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation, all non-public entities. Dr. Piper holds a bachelor of science in physical therapy from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), a master of arts in child development from the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT), and a doctorate of philosophy in epidemiology and biostatistics from McGill University (Montréal, QC). She has also received honorary degrees from 18 international universities. Dr. Piper is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Order of British Columbia.
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