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.
Mr. Will Bridge joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in October 2017 and was appointed Chair in December 2018. Prior to this appointment he was Chair of the Human Resources Committee and a member of the Power System Committee.
Mr. Bridge is an experienced power industry executive and board director with a track record of infrastructure investment in domestic and international markets including Canada, the 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 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 including Executive Vice-President, Business Development and Chief Technology Officer.
In addition to his current role with the AESO, 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 Chair of the Human Resources Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Ms. Feit currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Gabriella’s Kitchen Inc., a consumer goods company traded on the Canadian Securities Exchange. Ms. Feit was previously an executive at Big Rock Brewery, where she served primarily as Chief Financial Officer from 2011 to June 2018. 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.
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.
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. Mike Maxwell joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in October 2017 and is a member of the Human Resources Committee and Power System Committee.
Mr. Maxwell is currently the Vice-President, Infrastructure and Chief Information Officer at the YYC Calgary Airport. There, he ensures that this piece of major transportation infrastructure is managed and operated in a safe, secure and reliable manner, leveraging technology and facilities 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, Nova Scotia 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.
Mr. Mike Snow joined the AESO Board in September 2018 and is a Member of the Human Resources Committee and Power System Committee.
Mr. Snow has board experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and currently sits on a community board of the Markham Stouffville Hospital in Markham, ON.
For the previous seven years, Mr. Snow served as Chief Operating Officer of the Renewable Generation Group of Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. During his time there, he was responsible for strategy, business development, operations, asset management, human resources and evaluating and reporting on growth and operational activities.
In prior roles, he led both industrial and consumer organizations, focusing on growth and international operations in Mexico, South America and Asia while driving culture change and building strong leadership teams.
Mr. Snow holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Mathematics) from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Mechanical) from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School at Western University. He received his Chartered Director designation from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University in 2015.
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