Scott Thon - President & Chief Executive Officer
"My role at AltaLink is to listen and to lead. Our customers - both internal and external - are the foundation of our business."
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 a trustee with 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.
Dennis Frehlich - Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
"The proficiency of AltaLink's Operations team is second-to-none. We're keeping the lights on."
As a registered professional engineer, Dennis has 24 years of experience in the electric industry focusing on the areas of transmission and distribution. His experience includes power system engineering, asset management, project management and business development. For more than 14 years, Dennis has provided leadership for the operations, maintenance, engineering, and construction of transmission facilities, most recently in his current position with AltaLink.
Dennis is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA), and an executive member of the Canadian Electricity Association, Transmission Council. Dennis is a longstanding supporter of the United Way, Foster Parents Plan and several other charitable organizations.
David Koch - Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
"My role is to ensure a quality financial function with sound and transparent practices, and to finance AltaLink's activities as it provides Alberta with electricity infrastructure."
Dave brings more than 25 years of financial experience to AltaLink, most notably from the utility sector in Canada. His recent positions include vice president and controller of TransAlta and designated CFO of TransAlta Renewables.
During his career with TransAlta, Dave was responsible for providing leadership and direction over TransAlta’s financial activities and control, principally in the areas of external reporting, corporate accounting and reporting, accounts payable, systems and process improvements.
Dave is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta, and obtained his Certified Management Accountants designation in 1998.
Ed Rihn - Senior Vice President, Customer and Stakeholder Engagement
"My role is to develop and implement strategies that deliver value for our customers and stakeholders."
Ed has more than twenty years of experience in construction management, project management, business development and customer relations in industries spanning industrial chemicals, manufacturing, pipelines and electric transmission. He has worked both internationally, including in Shanghai, China, and throughout North America.
Ed holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University and an Executive Master’s in Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Ed is a passionate supporter of the United Way.
Zora Lazic - Senior Vice President, Law & Regulatory, General Counsel
"My role is to manage AltaLink's relationships, ensuring we are working together with major stakeholders to reach solutions that are amenable to all parties."
With more than 20 years experience in the electricity industry, Zora‘s background involves work with a major Canadian utility, a power marketer, an independent system operator, and energy crisis management for a state agency with responsibility for markets, external affairs, contracts, compliance, regulatory and legal matters both in the regulated and deregulated side of the industry. Zora holds a Master of Law from Cambridge University (UK) and degrees in Civil Law (B.C.L.) and Common Law (LL.B.) from McGill University.
Linda Shea - Senior Vice President, Human Resources
"My role is to develop and implement HR strategies that support AltaLink’s business direction. Working with leaders, our primary focus is on attracting, retaining and engaging our workforce."
With more than 20 years experience as a member of several senior management teams in the oil and gas and telecommunications industries, Linda has an extensive background in human resource management, organizational change and effectiveness, leadership development, and mergers and acquisitions.
Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick and a Master of Science in Organizational Development from American University, Washington, DC.
Johanne Picard-Thompson - Senior Vice President, Projects
“My role includes overseeing the successful delivery of all of our projects, from engineering to consultation to construction, to ensure the timely delivery of transmission connections for our customers.”
Johanne is a graduate from the University of Toronto’s Engineering Science Program and Queen’s University Master of Business Administration program. Prior to joining AltaLink, Johanne held senior executive roles in the oil and gas and manufacturing sectors. At Shell Canada she was the General Manager, Oil Sands Growth Operations, and oversaw operations, commissioning and startup planning for expansion projects. At Celestica she was the Senior Vice President of Canadian Operations, responsible for multiple production facilities and more than 40 production lines.
Having led business improvement strategies across multiple business sectors with operations in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Brazil, Johanne has applied this experience to the delivery of AltaLink’s capital program.
Other notable career highlights include serving on the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology's (NAIT) Advisory Board for the Shell Manufacturing Centre and receiving the Globe and Mail’s recognition as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 for her leadership in growing Celestica’s Canadian Operations. Johanne also received the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Engineering 2T5 Mid-Career Achievement Award recognizing alumni who have earned respect within the profession and within the broader Canadian community.
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