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 held a variety of senior positions in Alberta's electricity industry for more than 30 years, from operations and engineering to market design and financial management. He has served as AltaLink's President and Chief Executive Officer since 2002.
Mr. Thon is an active member of the Canadian Electricity Association, serving on its Board of Directors and Audit & Governance Committee. Mr. Thon is a Director on the Board of Alberta Blue Cross and serves as a member of the Canadian Athletic Foundation Board of Trustees. Additionally, Mr. Thon is also a trustee with Northern Property Real Estate Investment Trust.
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.
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.
Joseph Bronneberg - Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
"My role is to ensure sound and transparent financial practices and to finance AltaLink's growth as it provides Alberta with necessary electricity infrastructure."
Joe brings more than 35 years of financial experience to AltaLink, most notably from the energy and mining sectors in western Canada and internationally. His recent positions include Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Luscar Ltd., Sherritt International’s Oil and Gas Division and the Bowlen Group.
During his career with Luscar, Joe was a key player in major capital market transactions, business acquisitions and other growth initiatives that transformed Luscar into Canada’s leading energy supplier to coal-fired generating stations.
Since joining AltaLink in 2008, Joe has led the issuance of $925 million of public debt financing and expanded bank credit facilities to finance AltaLink's ongoing mandate to build transmission facilities to serve the growing needs of Albertans. Joe has also overseen the complex implementation of IFRS under rate regulated accounting and the continuous improvement of financial systems and processes commensurate with AltaLink's significant growth.
Joe holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and is also a graduate of the Ivey Executive Development Program. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta and of the Financial Executives Institute.
Leigh Clarke - Senior Vice President, External Engagement
"Our team provides strategic communication, consultation and stakeholder relations to internal and external audiences as we work to protect and promote AltaLink's reputation."
Leigh has been extensively involved in the Alberta electricity industry since the early 1990s. As a member of the senior management team, he is responsible for AltaLink's public consultation function, stakeholder engagement, community relations and government relations at all levels. He is also responsible for its internal and external communications requirements.
Leigh has also overseen AltaLink’s Aboriginal Relations practice since its inception. His work has promoted collaboration with Aboriginal communities in transmission project development, joint equity arrangements with facilities located on-reserve, and enabled AltaLink to support the economic and business capacities of Aboriginal communities in AltaLink's service territory.
Upon graduating from the University of Alberta in 1991, Leigh was called to the Alberta bar in 1992 and acted as regulatory counsel to TransAlta from that time until 1999. Leigh was also seconded to the law branch of the National Energy Board where he handled gas and electricity facilities applications.
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.
Steven Burtch - Senior Vice President, Business Development
"My role is to identify and capture attractive opportunities to meet AltaLink’s current and future business needs."
Steven joined AltaLink in 2011 with more than 20 years of experience in various parts of the global energy industry, including electricity, oil and natural gas. Most recently, Steven worked at DuPont in both Wilmington, Delaware, and Singapore, where his key roles included Global Business Director, DuPont Clean Technologies and Regional President, DuPont Safety Resources - Asia Pacific.
Steven has considerable international experience, having worked in many countries including Azerbaijan, Russia, Brazil, China, Australia, India, Japan, Mexico, Indonesia and the United States.
Steven holds a MBA from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario, as well as a MSc. from the University of Alberta. Steven is also a Professional Geologist with the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) and Vice President of WIRES (Working group for Investment in Reliable and Economic Electric Systems).
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 our Projects from engineering and siting to consultation and permitting and finally construction and delivery to our Operations team."
Johanne is an engineering graduate from the University of Toronto and most recently was the General Manager, Oil Sands Growth Operations at Shell Canada overseeing operations, commissioning and startup planning for expansion projects. Having lead business improvement strategies across Canada, the United States, Mexico and Brazil Johanne brings a wealth of experience to AltaLink.
Johanne has served on the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s (NAIT) Advisory Board for the Shell Manufacturing Centre and in 2001 the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business named her one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” for her leadership in growing Celestica’s Canadian Operations by more than 80 per cent in a single year.
Lori Topp - Senior Vice President, Customer Service
"My team is committed to further developing AltaLink's existing foundation of excellence by enhancing our customers' experience, perceptions and satisfaction."
Lori joined AltaLink in 2012 with more than 25 years of management and executive experience and a track record of building organizational excellence. Having led financial and operating strategies in the regulated and competitive retail energy sector, Lori brings a wealth of knowledge to AltaLink. Most recently, Lori held positions with Heads Up Leadership, Direct Energy, Enmax and Telus playing key roles in business development, marketing, operations, and customer service.
Lori earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Public Administration from the University of Saskatchewan, and has completed various executive development programs at Harvard, Duke, Western and Queen's Universities.
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