People: TransAlta Corp (TA_pd.TO)
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.
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