People: TransAlta Corp (TA.TO)
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 is a member of the board of directors of Shoppers Drug Mart and Bank of Montreal. She is also a member of the Canadian delegation to the Trilateral Commission, an organization fostering closer cooperation among the core democratic industrialized areas of the world. She also sits on the boards of Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Dalai Lama Centre for Peace & Education, CARE Canada and the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation, 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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