Scott Thon - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Mr. Thon has served as President of Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada since 2014 and the Chief Executive Officer of its largest Canadian subsidiary, AltaLink, since 2002. For over 30 years Scott has held a variety of senior positions in the energy industry, from operations and engineering to market design and financial management. He has lead the investment and construction of significant energy infrastructure developments in Alberta, Canada and globally.
Mr. Thon was appointed to Aecon Group Inc’s Board of Directors in June 2021. In the community, Mr. Thon sits on not-for-profit boards, as the Chair of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Board of Governors, a director of Alberta Blue Cross Benefits Foundation, a director of the Calgary Stampede Foundation and the immediate past Chair of Alberta Blue Cross. Mr. Thon is a former Chair of the Canadian Electricity Association’s Board of Directors and maintains a seat on the Board. Additionally, Scott is one of two Canadian representatives on the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council, a physical and cyber security collaboration between the electricity sector and the governments of Canada and the United States.
In 2017, Mr. Thon was recognized by Business in Calgary magazine with their Leaders award. 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.
Gary Hart - PRESIDENT & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
For more than 30 years, Gary has held a variety of senior positions in the energy industry across Canada, most recently as Managing Director for Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada.
Gary started his career with TransAlta and moved through a number of roles of increasing responsibility. As Director of Business Development for Western Canada, Gary developed two Alberta cogeneration projects before moving to Ontario, when he was VP of Operations, Eastern Canada for TransAlta Limited Partnership.
Following his tenure at TransAlta, Gary joined Westcoast Power as VP Operations with accountabilities for their generating portfolio. Gary then went on to join Suncor Energy in utility operations and supply chain, most recently as their Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Field Logistics.
Gary has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.
David Koch - EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
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.
Johanne Picard-Thompson - Executive Vice president, customer & CORPORATE SERVICES
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 from 2010 to 2017.
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.
Ed Rihn - SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, GOVERNMENT RELATIONS & COMMERCIAL
Ed has twenty-five years of experience including business development, corporate development, government relations, indigenous relations, customer service, consultation, project management, and construction management. His career spans industrial gases and chemicals, hydrogen, pipelines, and electric transmission. He has worked and lived throughout North America and China.
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 currently serves as a Board Director for YMCA Calgary.
Zora Lazic - SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, LAW & REGULATORY, GENERAL COUNSEL
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.
Sheri Allen - SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES
Since 2012, Sheri has worked closely with other leaders at AltaLink to plan and execute leadership, employee and culture programs that support achievement of business results.
Sheri has over 20 years’ experience in oil and gas, chemicals and electricity industries. Sheri has an extensive background in human resource management, leadership development, organizational change and learning.
Prior to AltaLink, Sheri worked for eight years with Emerge Learning as a senior management consultant and spent 11 years with NOVA Chemicals in their corporate, chemicals and international businesses in a variety of human resources and leadership roles, including vice president of human resources.
Sheri holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary.
Mike Bartel - VICE PRESIDENT, Operations
With over 30 years of experience in the energy industry, Mike has held leadership roles in many aspects of both power transmission and generation in Alberta, most recently as Vice President, Asset Management at AltaLink.
Mike started his career with TransAlta and progressed through a variety of roles with increasing accountabilities over 18 years. As Vice President & Chief Engineer Mike was responsible for engineering activities and technical decision making for TransAlta’s power generation fleet of thermal, gas, wind and hydro assets.
Following TransAlta, Mike joined AltaLink as Vice President, Asset Management and has applied his experience to lead the asset management, engineering and maintenance areas. In 2014 Mike was elected and has held the role of President of CIGRE Canada, a non-profit industry association.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Calgary. He has also completed an Executive MBA and is a registered Professional Engineer in both Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Paul Lee - VICE PRESIDENT, Projects
Paul brings over 16 years of experience from a variety of different roles. Paul started his career at AltaLink in 2004, holding positions in system operations, internal audit and customer service.
As the HVDC Operations Manager, Paul led the operational integration of AltaLink’s Western Alberta Transmission Line (WATL), Alberta’s first direct current line. Paul has also worked at TransAlta, providing leadership in developing TransAlta’s enterprise risk management framework.
Paul’s recent positions at AltaLink include Vice President, System Operations and Director, Customer Services. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Alberta, and an MBA from the Haskayne School of Business in Calgary.