People: TransAlta Corp (TA.TO)
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).
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