Governance

Board of Directors

David Tuer - Chair

Since November of 2013, Mr. Tuer has been the Chairman of Optiom Inc.; in 2015 he became Executive Chairman. From May 2008 until June 2015, he was the Vice Chairman and CEO of Teine Energy Ltd. He is an independent businessman and was Chairman of the Calgary Health Region from 2001 to 2008. He has held senior executive positions in various energy companies throughout his career.  

He is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of PanCanadian Petroleum Limited, prior to its merger in 2002 with the Alberta Energy Company to form EnCana Corporation. He also serves on the Board of Directors of a number of public companies, including Canadian Natural Resources Limited.

Gregory Abel - Director

Gregory E. Abel, 54, serves as BHE’s Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2011, Chief Executive Officer since 2008, director since 2000, and President since 1998. Mr. Abel joined BHE in 1992 and has extensive executive management experience in the energy industry with strong regulatory and operational skills, including international experience.

Berkshire Hathaway Energy is a diversified global holding company that owns subsidiaries principally engaged in energy businesses in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and the Philippines. The Berkshire Hathaway Energy businesses include AltaLink, L.P, BHE Pipeline Group, BHE Renewables, BHE U.S. Transmission, HomeServices of America, Inc., MidAmerican Energy Company, Northern Powergrid Holdings Company, NV Energy, Inc. and PacifiCorp.  Mr. Abel serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Director of PacifiCorp, as Chairman and Director of Northern Natural Gas Company, Northern Powergrid Holdings Company, CE Casecnan Ltd. and NV Energy, Inc., and as Director of AltaLink Management Ltd. and HomeServices of America, Inc.

Mr. Abel serves as a director and vice chairman of Edison Electric Institute, an association of U.S. investor-owned electric companies, and AEGIS Insurance Services, Inc., a mutual insurance company, and serves on the board of directors for The Kraft Heinz Company, Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited, a mutual insurance company of nuclear power facilities, Kum & Go, L.C., a convenience store chain and the Hockey Canada Foundation and on the executive board of the Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America. Recent past board service includes Drake University board of trustees and American Football Coaches Foundation board of directors.

Mr. Abel graduated from the University of Alberta in 1984 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

David R. Collyer - Director

Dave Collyer is an experienced strategic and operational leader in the Canadian energy sector, with a strong focus on integration of technical, economic and public policy considerations in business decision-making.

He currently provides consulting services to the Canadian energy sector and serves on a number of not-for-profit and corporate boards.

Mr. Collyer was President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) from September 2008 until December 2014. In this capacity, he was responsible for leading CAPP’s activities in education, communication and engagement, and policy/regulatory advocacy.

Prior to joining CAPP, Dave Collyer was President and Country Chair for Shell in Canada. During his thirty-year career with Shell, Mr. Collyer held a broad range of technical, business, marketing, and senior leadership roles. He also participated in a two-year Executive Exchange assignment with the federal government in Ottawa (1989 to 1991) as Director, Supply Branch at the National Energy Board.

Dave Collyer holds a Bachelor of Science in Mineral Engineering specializing in Petroleum Engineering (1977) and a Masters of Business Administration (1978), both from the University of Alberta.

Patrick Goodman - Director

Patrick Goodman is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Mr. Goodman is responsible for managing all aspects of the company's financial operations. He serves as a director of PacifiCorp, Northern Powergrid, Kern River Gas Transmission Company and Northern Natural Gas Company.

Mr. Goodman supports the evaluation, negotiation and closing of the company's domestic and international financings, acquisitions and project developments. Additionally, he manages all accounting, financial reporting, tax, budgeting, long-range financial planning and internal audit functions for the company.

Mr. Goodman has been the chief financial officer of Berkshire Hathaway Energy since 1999 and has served in various financial positions, including chief accounting officer since joining the company in 1995.

Mr. Goodman has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting and management and is a certified public accountant. He received his accounting degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Natalie Hocken - Director

Ms. Hocken is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, responsible for legal matters, environmental, human resources and insurance, across all Berkshire Hathaway Energy businesses. Prior to taking this position, Ms. Hocken served as a senior executive in various roles, including general counsel, strategic initiatives and transmission and system operations at PacifiCorp. In this role she was responsible for a breadth of legal and strategic priorities, including overseeing transmission and market development, open access transmission services and transmission planning for one of the largest privately held transmission systems in the western U.S. Ms. Hocken joined PacifiCorp in 2002 where she held various leadership positions.

Prior to joining PacifiCorp, Ms. Hocken was an energy attorney with the law firms of Heller Ehrman LLP and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae LLP in Portland, Oregon. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1991 from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctorate degree in 1994 from the University of Oregon. She completed the Utility Management Certificate Program offered by Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management in December 2005.

Douglas Mitchell - Director

Mr. Mitchell is National Co-Chairman of the law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) and served several years as Regional Managing Partner.

Mr. Mitchell presently serves on a number of corporate boards and also on a number of not-for-profit organizations including Chair of Participaction Canada, Chair of Calgary Sports Tourism Authority and Chair of Banff International Research Station.

Mr. Mitchell is the past President of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, past Chair of the Alberta Economic Development Authority and the Calgary Airport Authority. He also served as Commissioner of the Canadian Football League and is presently Co-owner of the Calgary Stampeder Football Club and member of the CFL Board of Governors.

Mr. Mitchell has received the Order of Canada and the Alberta Order of Excellence for his community service.

Patricia Nelson - Director

Ms. Nelson is currently the Vice-Chair of the In Situ Oil Sands Alliance, and is the Managing Director of the Board of Directors. She is also currently a Member of the Board of Directors of WHY Resources Ltd., and OPTIOM Inc. Ms. Nelson is a former Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Health Trust and a former elected Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary Foothills. In her four terms with the Alberta Legislature, Ms. Nelson served as Minister of Finance and Chair of the Treasury Board, preceded by her roles as Minister of Energy, Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, Minister of Government Services, and Deputy Government House Leader.

Ms. Nelson graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and gained years of finance related experience in the oil and gas industry prior to entering Alberta politics. She previously was the Controller of Sabre Energy Ltd, and Petroterra Natural Resources Ltd., and the Manager of Financial Control with Suncor Inc.

Susan Riddell Rose - Director

Ms. Riddell Rose is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Perpetual Energy Inc. and predecessor Paramount Energy Trust since inception in 2002. Prior thereto she was Corporate Operating Officer for Paramount Resources Ltd. and prior thereto a geological engineer with Shell Canada Limited.

Ms. Riddell Rose graduated from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario in 1986 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geological Engineering. She is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and serves as a governor for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

Scott Thon - Director

Mr. Thon has served as AltaLink's President and Chief Executive Officer since 2002. For over 30 years he has held a variety of senior positions in the electricity industry, from operations and engineering to market design and financial management. 

Mr. Thon is current chair of the Canadian Electricity Association Board of Directors. Mr. Thon is a Director on the Board of Alberta Blue Cross and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Northview Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust. Mr. Thon also serves as a member of the Canadian Athletic Foundation Board of Trustees. 

In 2013, Bow Valley College awarded Mr. Thon their Distinguished Citizen Award honouring his commitment to the College. In 2011, Mr. Thon was recognized by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce for his business and community leadership with the Sherrold Moore Award. In 2005, The Government of Alberta presented Mr. Thon with the Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta. 

Mr. Thon is a registered Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a graduate of the Executive Program from the University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business. In 2015, Mr. Thon completed the Institute of Corporate Director’s Directors Education Program receiving his ICD.D designation.

Robert Turgeon - Director

Mr. Turgeon is Past President of Trans-Québec & Maritimes Pipeline Inc., a natural gas transportation business in Quebec. During his sixteen year tenure as President, Mr. Turgeon directed the planning and development of major pipeline work in addition to guiding significant corporate restructuring. Mr. Turgeon holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Sir George Williams (Concordia) University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Université de Montréal.

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