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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Gordon Giffin

65 2011 Independent Chairman of the Board

Dawn Farrell

55 2012 President, Chief Executive Officer, Non-Independent Director

Donald Tremblay

2014 Chief Financial Officer

Dawn de Lima

Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer

Wayne Collins

2014 Executive Vice President - Coal and Mining Operations

Cynthia Johnston

52 2012 Executive Vice President - Corporate Services

Robert Schaefer

2013 Executive Vice President - Trading and Marketing

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 - Legal, Corporate Secretary

William Anderson

66 2003 Independent Director

John Dielwart

62 2014 Independent Director

Timothy Faithfull

70 2003 Independent Director

Alan Fohrer

64 2013 Independent Director

P. Thomas Jenkins

55 2014 Independent Director

C. Jespersen

2004 Independent Director

Michael Kanovsky

2004 Independent Director

Karen Maidment

56 2010 Independent Director

Yakout Mansour

67 2011 Independent Director

Georgia Nelson

65 2014 Independent Director

Martha Piper

69 2006 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Gordon Giffin

Ambassador The Honourable Gordon D. Giffin serves as Independent Chairman of the Board of TransAlta Corporation. he 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 40 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. Ambassador Giffin has spent three decades as an attorney in the energy industry as an advisor, trying multiple energy regulatory cases before state and federal tribunals and courts, and handling transactions including mergers and acquisitions. During a decade in public service, he was a senior attorney and advisor in the United States Senate where, among other matters, he worked on major energy public policy initiatives. During his four years as United States Ambassador to Canada, he was CEO of a large government enterprise with in excess of a thousand people across Canada. His substantive responsibilities included the entire array of policy matters in the Canada-U.S. context including energy policy. He has substantial experience in dealing with issues at the intersection of industry and public policy. Since leaving public office, he resumed his continental law practice and remains actively engaged in public policy initiatives and international affairs through membership in the Council on Foreign Relations and the Tri-Lateral Commission. Ambassador 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. Mrs. Farrell became President and CEO of TransAlta on January 2, 2012. Prior to her appointment, she served as Chief Operations Officer from 2009 to 2011 and as Executive Vice-President, Commercial Operations and Development from 2008 to 2009. Mrs. Farrell has over 30 years of experience in the electric energy industry. Mrs. Farrell sits on the board of directors of The Conference Board of Canada and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. Her past boards include the Calgary Stampede, 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. Mrs. Farrell has also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

Donald Tremblay

Mr. Donald Tremblay serves as Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Tremblay joined the Company on March 31, 2014 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining TransAlta, Mr. Tremblay held leadership positions at Brookfield Renewable Power as its Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development and previously its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Tremblay has 25 years of extensive financial experience. He 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. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts from the University of Quebec and has a chartered accountant designation.

Dawn de Lima

Ms. Dawn E. de Lima serves as Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer of Transalta Corp. Prior to April 2012, Ms. de Lima was Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice- President, Communications. Prior to September 2011, Ms. de Lima was Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to March 2011, she was Vice-President Supply Chain Management.

Wayne Collins

Mr. Wayne Collins is Executive Vice-President - Coal and Mining Operations of TransAlta Corporation. Previously Mr. Collins was Chief Operating Officer of Stanwell Corporation Limited (electric corporation) in Australia. Prior to July 2011, Mr. Collins was Acting Chief Executive Officer of Stanwell Corporation.

Cynthia Johnston

Ms. Cynthia Johnston serves as Executive Vice President - Corporate Services of Transalta Corp. Ms. Johnston is President of TAMA Transmission, where she oversees the TransAlta-MidAmerican partnership that focuses on competitive transmission projects in Alberta. With 27 years in the energy industry, Ms. Johnston brings a skilled and diverse experience in operations, strategic planning, complex project management, stakeholder relations, economic analysis and regulation to her role. Preceding TransAlta, she spent over five years with FortisAlberta Inc., leading regulatory and legal affairs. Prior to Fortis, Ms. Johnston was Vice-President, Transmission at TransAlta. Ms. Johnston has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Calgary and a Master's in Applied Economics from the University of Victoria. She has previously served on the Lethbridge College Board of Governors, the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Calgary & Area Board of Directors, as well as the Alberta Mentor Foundation for Youth.

Robert Schaefer

Mr. Robert L. Schaefer serves as Executive Vice President - Trading and Marketing of Transalta Corp. Prior to April 2013, Mr. Schaefer was Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development. Prior to October 2011, Mr. Schaefer was Vice-President, Commercial Operations and Development. Prior to June 2010, he was Vice-President, Development.

Brett Gellner

Mr. Brett M. Gellner serves as Chief Investment Officer of TransAlta Corporation. Prior thereto, he was the Company’s Chief Financial Officer from 2010 to 2014, and was Vice-President, Commercial Operations from 2008 to 2009. He is responsible for all financial policy, planning and reporting, as well as M&A, business development, tax, treasury, risk management, internal audit and investor relations. Mr. Gellner has significant experience in finance, valuation, economics, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial agreements. He also has extensive knowledge of the power industry, having worked as co-head of CIBC World Markets’ Power & Utilities group. In this role, he was involved in numerous transactions including leveraged buy-outs, high yield and investment-grade debt financings, initial public offerings, hybrid securities financings and private offerings of equity and debt. Prior to CIBC World Markets, he held senior roles in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Development groups of a large, publicly-traded company, and with a major international consulting firm. Mr. Gellner 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 serves as Chief Legal and Compliance Officer of TransAlta Corporation. Prior to joining TransAlta, Mr. Kousinioris was a partner and co-head of the corporate commercial department at Bennett Jones LLP. He has over 20 years of experience in securities law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters, and has represented clients in some of Canada’s largest public offerings and merger transactions. Mr. Kousinioris has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters of Business Administration degree from York University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

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.

Todd Stack

Mr. Todd J. Stack serves as Vice-President and Treasurer of TransAlta Corporation. Prior to November 2012, Mr. Stack was Treasurer. Prior to May 2011, Mr. Stack was Assistant Treasurer. Prior to October 2010, he was Director, Treasury Operations.

Maryse St.-Laurent

Ms. Maryse C. C. St.-Laurent serves as Vice President - Legal, 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.

William Anderson

Mr. William D. Anderson serves as Independent Director of TransAlta Corporation. Mr. Dielwart was formerly Chief Executive Officer of ARC Resources Ltd. which owns and operates oil and gas properties in Western Canada. He oversaw the growth of ARC Resources Ltd. from start-up in 1996 to a corporation with a market capitalization of approximately $10 billion. Prior to joining ARC Financial Corp. in 1994, Mr. Dielwart spent 12 years with a major Calgary based oil and natural gas engineering consulting firm, as senior vice-president and a director, where he gained extensive technical knowledge of oil and natural gas properties in western Canada. Mr. Dielwart also spent the first five years of his career with a multinational oil and gas company. Mr. Dielwart is currently a director of ARC Resources Ltd., Denbury Resources Inc. and Tesco Corporation. Mr. Dielwart has a Bachelor of Science with Distinction (Civil Engineering) degree from the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and is a Past-Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

John Dielwart

Mr. John P. Dielwart serves as Director of TransAlta Corporation., since October 1, 2014. Mr. Dielwart was formerly Chief Executive Officer of ARC Resources Ltd. which owns and operates oil and gas properties in Western Canada. He oversaw the growth of ARC Resources Ltd. from start-up in 1996 to a market capitalization of approximately $10 billion. Prior to joining ARC in 1994, Mr. Dielwart spent 12 years with a major Calgary-based oil and natural gas engineering consulting firm, as senior vice-president and a director, where he gained extensive technical knowledge of oil and natural gas properties in western Canada. Mr. Dielwart has a bachelor of science with distinction (civil engineering) degree from the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and is a Past- Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

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 PNM Resources, Inc., a publicly-held energy holding company, 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, Blue Shield of California, a nonprofit health insurance provider, and Synagro, a waste management company. 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 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.

P. Thomas Jenkins

Mr. P. Thomas (Tom) Jenkins, OC, CD serves as Director of the Company since September 1, 2014. he has been active for more than 30 years in innovation and economic development in both the private and public sectors. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Open Text Corporation, a multinational enterprise software firm. He was recently appointed Chancellor of the University of Waterloo. He has served as a director of Open Text Corporation since 1994 and its Chairman since 1998. From 1994 to 2005, Mr. Jenkins was President and Chief Executive Officer, and then from 2005 to 2013, Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of Open Text Corporation. Prior thereto, he was employed in technical and managerial capacities at a variety of technology companies. Mr. Jenkins is also a director of the C.D. Howe Institute, and a director of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. Mr. Jenkins was also a member of the board of BMC Software, Inc., a software corporation based in Houston, Texas. Mr. Jenkins received an M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business at York University (Toronto, ON), an M.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto and a B.Eng. & Mgt. from McMaster University (Hamilton, ON). Mr. Jenkins received an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Waterloo and an honorary doctorate of Military Science from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is a recipient of the 2009 Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year, the 2010 McMaster Engineering L. W. Shemilt Distinguished Alumni Award and the Schulich School of Business 2012 Outstanding Executive Leadership award. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Mr. Jenkins was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Mr. Jenkins is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

C. Jespersen

Mr. C. Kent Jespersen is no longer an Independent Director of TransAlta Corporation with effect from April 28, 2015.

Michael Kanovsky

Mr. Michael M. Kanovsky is no longer an Independent Director of TransAlta Corporation with effect from April 28, 2015.

Karen Maidment

Ms. Karen E. Maidment is no longer an Independent Director of TransAlta Corporation with effect from April 28, 2015.

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, the California market structure was completely redesigned, and 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).

Georgia Nelson

Ms. Georgia R. Nelson serves as an Independent Director of TransAlta Corporation since 2014. Ms. Nelson is President and CEO of PTI Resources, LLC, an independent consulting firm established in 2005. Ms. Nelson has had a 35-year career in the power generation industry, serving in various senior executive capacities for Edison International and its subsidiaries between 1971 and 2005. She was President of Midwest Generation Edison Mission Energy from 1999 to her retirement in 2005 and General Manager of EME Americas from 2002 to 2005. Her business responsibilities included management of regulated and unregulated power operations and a large energy trading subsidiary as well as the construction and operation of power generation projects in the United States, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and Italy. Ms. Nelson has extensive experience in international business negotiations, environmental policy matters and human resources. Ms. Nelson is a director of CH2MHILL Corporation, a privately-held company. Ms. Nelson is a past director of Nicor, Inc. Ms. Nelson is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Coal Council since 2000 and served as Chair from 2006-2008. She serves on the advisory committee of the Center for Executive Women at Northwestern University and is a frequent lecturer at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management on topics related to leadership and governance. Ms. Nelson was named to the 2012 National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACO”) Directorship 100. She is an NACO Board Fellow. Ms. Nelson holds a bachelor of science from Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA) and a master of business administration from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Martha Piper

Dr. Martha C. Piper, Ph.D., is no longer an Independent Director of TransAlta Corporation with effect from April 28, 2015.
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