Accountable, constructive, collaborative
Alberta's electricity grid and markets depend on high-performing, service-driven leadership. Our leaders focus on the province's electricity needs, acting in the public interest and upholding the AESO Principles.
Read about our senior management and executive members here:
President and Chief Executive Officer
Michael Law was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer for the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) in February 2019. Mr. Law first joined the AESO in 2009 as Vice-President, Operations. Following that, he held the roles of Vice-President, Market Services, Vice-President, Renewables Development and Sustainability and most recently, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining the AESO, Mr. Law was Vice-President, North American Power for Direct Energy Marketing Limited in Calgary, overseeing the company’s wholesale electricity portfolio management business. In his previous role with Direct Energy Marketing, Mr. Law had oversight of the Canadian power and natural gas commodity trading operations.
Mr. Law holds a Masters of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance, both from the University of British Columbia.
Vice-President, Information Technology
Bill Baker was appointed Vice-President, Information Technology for the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) in June 2011. Mr. Baker previously served as a Senior Director responsible for overall IT operations, and held a variety of Information Technology leadership positions with the AESO and the former Transmission Administrator over the past 13 years.
Mr. Baker has 23 years experience in the Information Technology field. Prior to joining the AESO, he worked at Canadian Pacific Railway, the Department of National Defence, the Canadian Net Income Stabilization Account and We Care Health Services. Mr. Baker has developed and taught Information Technology courses for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Web Age Solutions, the University of Manitoba and Brandon University.
Mr. Baker holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Brandon University and a Masters of Science from the University of Manitoba.
Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Todd Fior was appointed Vice-President, Finance for the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) in February 2007. Mr. Fior is responsible for leadership of the company’s Accounting, Settlement, Credit and Risk Management functions. Previously Mr. Fior was Director, Risk and Settlement with the AESO, a position he held for nearly four years.
Mr. Fior has more than 18 years of experience in the accounting, financial and treasury areas. Prior to joining the AESO, he was employed by TransAlta Corporation and prior to that by a public accounting firm providing business advisory services.
He is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta.
Miranda Keating Erickson
Miranda Keating Erickson was appointed Vice-President, Markets for the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) in November 2017. Since joining the AESO in February 2010, Mrs. Keating Erickson has held several roles of increasing responsibility including her most recent roles of Vice-President, Regulatory and External Affairs and Vice President Operations. She is part of the AESO’s leadership team, who are responsible for ensuring the reliable operation of the electricity grid and wholesale market in support of Alberta’s $300 billion economy.
Mrs. Keating Erickson has more than 20 years of experience in the electricity industry in Alberta including previous roles with TransAlta where she had a wide range of experiences and provided leadership in the areas of investor relations, trading, project management, and commercial operations.
In addition to having a breadth of knowledge of Alberta’s electricity sector, Mrs. Keating Erickson also sits on the VIA Rail Board of Directors and has been active for more than 15 years with the McGill Alumni Association, where she is currently a member of the Desautels Global Experts program. Mrs. Keating Erickson has a strong history of contributing to the community through her involvement with AIESEC, where she has been acting in an advisory capacity for more than 20 years, and also currently acts as a member of the AIESEC International Supervisory Group.
Mrs. Keating Erickson holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, a Project Management Professional designation and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Vice-President, Law, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Larry Kram was appointed Vice-President, Law, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) effective November 1, 2017. He previously held the role of General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, dating back to 2000 when he first joined the organization. In his current role, Mr. Kram leads all of the AESO’s legal functions, encompassing corporate law, contracts and regulatory legal matters, as well as matters relating to access to information, privacy, governance services, FOIP and records management.
Prior to joining the AESO, Mr. Kram held the role of Senior Legal Counsel at ENMAX Corporation, coordinating the delivery of legal service to ENMAX and its subsidiaries, and participated in initiatives that prepared it for competition in Alberta’s deregulated electricity industry. Previous to that, he served as General Counsel at SaskPower from 1989 to 1998, following over a decade of work in the private legal sector.
Mr. Kram possesses extensive senior in-house legal, governance and management experience in the electricity sector and is knowledgeable regarding both Alberta’s regulated and deregulated electricity industries. He also holds considerable expertise in corporate secretary and governance matters, in addition to experience in the commercial real estate, litigation and corporate commercial areas.
A Member of the Law Society of Alberta and former Member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, Mr. Kram holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College, Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Regina and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
Mr. Kram’s history of voluntarism includes periods as President of Regina Big Brothers Big Sisters, Regina United Way Board Member and as a board member of McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association in Calgary.
Elizabeth Moore was appointed Vice-President, Commercial, in November 2017. Ms. Moore is responsible for leading the AESO’s commercial portfolio including current and future rounds of the Renewable Electricity Program, future transmission competitions, Fort McMurray West transmission reinforcement contract management, ancillary services procurement and other contract management related functions.
Ms. Moore joined the AESO in September 2010 as Director, Competitive Process. In this role, she led a team that developed a competitive process for bulk transmission projects in Alberta. This process was first applied to the Fort McMurray West 500 kV Transmission Project, which was successfully awarded in December 2014.
Before joining the AESO, Ms. Moore spent five years with TransAlta in increasingly senior roles, managing the strategic and commercial aspects of its national and international coal fleet. She also acquired experience in the energy industry working at NOVA Corporation, TransCanada Pipelines, Westcoast Energy, and Duke Energy.
Ms. Moore holds a Bachelor of Arts, Economics and a Masters of Economics, both from the University of Calgary.
Jerry Mossing was appointed Vice-President, Transmission for the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) in February 2017.
Mr. Mossing is responsible for planning Alberta’s transmission system and providing customers with fair and open access to the transmission system through facilitation of the AESO’s Connection Process. Prior to this he was also responsible for technical aspects and studies associated with implementing Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan including the planned phase out of coal emissions.
Mr. Mossing has been with the AESO since 2003, holding a range of progressively responsible positions. Mr. Mossing has extensive experience in Alberta’s electricity industry, having worked with the Power Pool of Alberta and TransAlta Corporation prior to joining the AESO.
Mr. Mossing is a Professional Technologist (Engineering) with over 35 years of experience in transmission, operations and information technology.
Vice-President, Human Resources
Lisa Nadeau was appointed Vice-President, Human Resources for the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) in January 2017. Ms. Nadeau previously held the role of Director, Human Resources since joining the AESO in 2006. As a part of the leadership team, she is responsible for integrating new AESO work into existing workflows and overseeing change and transition management, knowledge transfer, education and other human resources management accountabilities.
Prior to working with the AESO, Ms. Nadeau held a variety of human resources positions with increasing responsibility in the Department of National Defence, the National Energy Board and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Ms. Nadeau has extensive human resources expertise in strategy development, workforce planning, performance management and organizational design. She is also experienced in employee relations for both unionized and non-unionized environments, and in learning and development, change management and human resources information systems implementation.
As a life-long learner, Ms. Nadeau holds a Masters of Business Administration from Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C., a Bachelor of Management (Honours) from the University of Manitoba, and a post-graduate diploma in Management Consulting from the Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France. Ms. Nadeau holds certificates in Human Capital and Effective Organizations and in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Southern California and the University of Calgary respectively.
Greg Retzer was appointed Vice-President, Operations for the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) in February 2017. Prior to this Mr. Retzer held AESO executive roles focused on transmission development, corporate communications, stakeholder engagement and government relations.
As Vice-President, Operations, Mr. Retzer is responsible for ensuring the safe, reliable and economic operation of the Alberta Interconnected Electric System and multibillion dollar wholesale electricity market.
Before joining the AESO in 2010, Mr. Retzer was employed by Stantec, where he was responsible for major project delivery and key proposals in their Environmental Management practice. He has worked internationally with Apex CoVantage as President- Engineering Solutions and QC Data as Vice-President – North American Operations, where he successfully led initiatives in the telecommunications, electricity and data management industries. Mr. Retzer has broad leadership experience in commercial operations, business development, process improvement, customer relations and program management. He is a past board member of AltaLIS Ltd.
Mr. Retzer supports the community in a number of volunteer roles, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Calgary and Master of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University.
Office of the Chief Engineer
Neil Brausen was appointed Chief Engineer for the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) in June 2012. Mr. Brausen is a long-standing employee of the AESO and highly respected within the electricity industry. He is responsible for providing technical engineering counsel to the CEO and Executive team while leading the AESO’s professional practice activities, and represents the AESO at various forums. In addition, he provides internal engineering oversight, leadership and mentorship to the AESO’s engineering staff. Previously, Mr. Brausen held the role of Senior Planning Advisor for the AESO, providing advice and guidance with respect to the development of the transmission system.
Prior to joining the AESO in 2002, Mr. Brausen was employed at TransAlta Utilities for 26 years where he was involved in generation design, transmission and distribution planning, logistics management, business development and transmission asset management.
Mr. Brausen obtained a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1975 from the University of Alberta and holds a designation of Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and
Geoscientists of Alberta.
Chief Engineer – Technology and Innovation
Dennis Frehlich was appointed Chief Engineer, Technology and Innovation for the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) in January 2019. Mr. Frehlich joined the AESO in November 2017 as a Senior Strategic Advisor to the Executive team. Mr. Frehlich is responsible for leading the creation and execution of a long-term technology strategy to enable future electricity value chain technologies and approaches to integrate into Alberta’s electricity system and markets.
Prior to joining the AESO in 2017, Mr. Frehlich was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at AltaLink Management Limited for 15 years where he was accountable for all areas of operating the transmission business including operations, engineering, asset management, maintenance, projects, information technology, security, facilities, procurement, inventory, warehousing and environment, health and safety. In addition, Mr. Frehlich held the position of CEO at AltaLink for over a year on an interim basis while the incumbent CEO was on secondment to the parent company.
Mr. Frehlich has over 30 years of broad electric industry and strategic executive experience. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1987 from the University of Saskatchewan and holds the designation of Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.