Our day-to-day work relies on the leadership and expertise of the AESO Board. Appointed by Alberta’s Minister of Energy, they bring valuable experience from a wide range of industries including engineering, utilities, energy, technology, accounting and law.
Accountability, transparency and ethical behaviour lie at the core of all AESO business activities. The AESO Board makes sure that our mission, values and principles are visible at all times, and that we are following AESO Bylaws and our AESO Board Charter and Governance document.
The AESO Board adheres to the procedures set out by the Province of Alberta in the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act. Following best practices in governance, it continually strives to improve its leadership, which includes using the advice of independent, third-party experts.
Mrs. Linda Chambers joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in April 2010 and is Chair.
Mrs. Chambers has extensive experience in the electricity sector. Most recently she held the position of Chief Executive Officer at EarthFirst Canada Inc., a wind power company with renewable development initiatives across Canada.
Prior to that, Mrs. Chambers held senior executive roles at TransAlta Corporation for 12 years, including President of TransAlta USA and Executive Vice-President of Generation Technology.
In her roles at TransAlta, Mrs. Chambers had accountability for assets in Australia, Mexico, the United States and Canada, in a wide range of areas such as operations, maintenance, engineering, coal, natural gas, hydro and wind assets. She also spent considerable time in the area of new environmental technologies.
Mrs. Chambers has served on a number of domestic and international TransAlta subsidiary Boards, and the Canadian Electricity Association Board and Executive Committee.
Mr. Gary Bosgoed joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in March 2017 and is a member of the Human Resources Committee and the Power System Committee.
Mr. Bosgoed is currently Vice-President, Corporate Development of Waiward Steel LP where he leads a team providing corporate and business development services, risk management, marketing, communications and relationship management.
Throughout his career, he has led and chaired numerous organizations, serving as Senior Vice-President and General Manager of WorleyParsons Canada (Edmonton office), President and CEO of Bosgoed Project Consultants Ltd. and Vice-President of FT Services (AECOM).
Mr. Bosgoed was recently appointed to the University of Regina Board of Governors and is the recipient of several awards including the University of Regina Alumnus of the Year, National Aboriginal Achievement Award (now Indspire) in Business and Technology, and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.
He sits on the Norquest College Industry Advisory Committee, is simultaneously an Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Extension and Chair of the Young Indigenous Women Circle of Leadership fundraising committee at the University of Alberta, and was Chair of the 2013 Alberta Capital Region United Way Campaign.
Mr. Bosgoed is a registered professional engineer and has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Systems Engineering from the University of Regina.
Mr. Will Bridge joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in October 2017 and is Chair of the Human Resources Committee, a member of the Governance and Nominations Committee, and the Power System Committee.
Mr. Bridge is a knowledgeable and experienced power industry executive and board director with a track record of infrastructure investment in domestic and international markets. Skilled at developing and executing investment strategies, he has experience that includes investment in markets across Canada, the western U.S., Mexico, Australia, Chile and the UK.
Mr. Bridge is originally from British Columbia where he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria and where he began his career with Powerex, an unregulated subsidiary of BC Hydro, trading power between Canada and the U.S.
With the opening of the power market in Alberta in 1996, Mr. Bridge moved to Calgary. He worked on the executive teams of both ATCO Power and TransAlta Corporation in a variety of senior positions with his most recent roles being Vice-President, Business Development for ATCO and Executive Vice-President, Business Development for TransAlta.
He has held board positions with the Canadian Electricity Association, the Alberta Chamber of Resources and the Association of Power Producers of Ontario, and is past Chair of PaceKids School for Children with Motor Disabilities.
Ms. Barbara Feit joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in October 2017 and is a member of the Audit Committee and Power System Committee.
Ms. Feit is currently an executive at Big Rock Brewery, where she has served primarily as Chief Financial Officer since 2011. From January to September 2017, she was seconded as the company’s Interim Chief Executive Officer.
Ms. Feit began her career in public accounting at KPMG in their Calgary and Budapest locations. Following that, she spent 10 years at TransAlta Corporation where she served in financial roles supporting business divisions such as energy trading (electricity and gas), corporate services, power plant operations and mining operations. She continued working in the energy sector in the years that followed, in senior financial roles at several companies in the upstream oil and gas sector, including Direct Energy, Artumas Group Inc. and BG International Ltd.
In addition to a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan, Ms. Feit also holds a CPA, CA designation. She currently serves as director on several not-for-profit boards, including Western Sky Land Trust, the Alberta Small Brewers Association and Sonshine Community Services.
Ms. Gail Harding joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in March 2017 and is a member of the Governance and Nominations Committee and the Power System Committee.
Ms. Harding is the Senior Vice-President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of CWB Financial Group. In her current role, she provides leadership for legal services, governance and mergers and acquisitions.
Before joining CWB Financial Group, Ms. Harding was a partner with Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP where her practice focused on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. She has also held positions of increasing responsibility with the Alberta Stock Exchange and the Alberta Securities Commission.
Ms. Harding has a Bachelor of Education degree and LLB from the University of Alberta. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Bankers, a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. In addition, Ms. Harding was awarded the Queen’s Counsel designation by the Province of Alberta.
Ms. Harding is a member of the CD Howe Financial Services Policy Council and the Legal Committee at the Canadian Bankers Association. She previously sat on the Board of Directors of the Workers’ Compensation Board (Alberta).
Mr. Michael Hogan joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in October 2014 and is Chair of the Power System Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and Human Resources Committee.
Mr. Hogan is a seasoned consultant and board member in the energy industry, with significant electric utility experience in both domestic and international jurisdictions. He has experience in a variety of business environments, coupled with strong relationship skills and commercial sense.
Mr. Hogan is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hogan Energy Consulting Corp. He is the past President and Chief Executive Officer of Enact Power Ltd. and SaskPower Commercial Inc., the international development arm of SaskPower.
Mr. Hogan formerly served on the Boards of Directors of CE Franklin Ltd., Dominica Electricity Services Ltd., St. Lucia Electricity Services Ltd., and Americas and Caribbean Power Limited. He also served as Chair of the L’Arche Association of Calgary.
Mr. Hogan has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and a Professional Engineer designation from APEGA (Lifetime Member).
Mr. Gordon Hoy joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in March 2017. He is the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Power System Committee.
Prior to joining the AESO Board, Mr. Hoy held the roles of President, Chief Executive Officer and Director at Beringer Energy Inc. Over his 30-year career, he has held roles of increasing responsibility in the upstream oil and gas industry.
Mr. Hoy holds the Institute of Corporate Directors’ ICD.D designation and has extensive board experience serving as a member of TG World Energy Corp., Beringer Energy Inc., Enerchem International Inc., TriQuest Energy Corp., Landin Resources and Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta.
A registered professional engineer, Mr. Hoy is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. He also received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Calgary CFA Society.
Mr. Hoy has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Calgary.
Ms. Sheila Leggett joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in March 2017 and is a member of the Governance and Nominations Committee and the Power System Committee.
Ms. Leggett is currently the President and a consultant at Tower Peak Consultants Ltd. She has an extensive background as a government-appointed regulator and environmental consultant. In her current role, she provides clients with strategic regulatory, environmental and governance advice.
She was appointed to the National Energy Board (NEB) in 2006 and became the Vice-Chair in 2008. She completed her term in 2013. During her term as Vice-Chair, she was also the Deputy Administrator of the Northern Pipeline Agency. Prior to joining the NEB, Ms. Leggett was appointed to the Alberta Natural Resources Conservation Board.
In addition, Ms. Leggett has served on the Board of the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency, was an owner and officer of a privately held environmental consulting company and is currently the Vice-Chair of the TELUS Spark Board. She is also an Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary.
Ms. Leggett holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from McGill University, a Master's degree in Biology from the University of Calgary and has her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Mike Maxwell joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in October 2017 and is a member of the Audit Committee and Power System Committee.
Mr. Maxwell is currently the Vice-President and Chief Information Officer at the YYC Calgary Airport. There, he ensures that this major transportation infrastructure is managed and operated in a safe, secure manner, leveraging technology to deliver operational efficiency and exceptional passenger experiences.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Maxwell worked elsewhere in the aviation industry, leading the technology practice at the Halifax and Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota airports. He began his career in industrial inspection services, working in power-generating plants on the Canadian East Coast. His career also encompasses work in nuclear and coal-fired power plants, where he became involved in information technology. He holds large-enterprise experience as well, having worked for large direct-marketing retailers in Oregon, Ohio and Maine.
Mr. Maxwell holds a double degree from Bishop’s University in Mathematics and Computer Science, and has been an active member in the community, volunteering to coach youth sports and contributing his time to charitable organizations.
AESO Board committees
Currently, the AESO Board has four standing committees which operate in accordance with their AESO Board-approved charter. These committees provide consultation, advice and recommendations to the AESO Board in these areas:
- financial reporting and budget matters
- internal controls systems
- risk management systems
- external and internal audit processes
- law-and-regulatory compliance monitoring processes
Human resources committee
- resources and compensation matters including AESO executive compensation
- officer selection
- succession planning
- human resources strategy and programs
Governance and nominations committee
- legislation compliance
- member compensation
- board succession planning and enhancement
- corporate governance practices
- board nomination recommendations to the Minister, including annual review of AESO governance documents and processes
- member orientation and ongoing education
- board and member performance assessments
- governance best practices
Power system committee
- long-term transmission system planning
- project delivery
- system and market operations
- AESO tariff
- AESO competitive processes