Janice Rennie (Board Chair)
Ms. Janice Rennie, FCA, F.CID was appointed the non-executive Chair of EPCOR's Board of Directors in May 2018.
Ms. Rennie has a long-standing association with EPCOR, as a member of the Board during the company's formative days and through subsequent years of transformational growth from 1996-2004. She is currently serving her second tenure on the Board.
Her business background includes executive positions in large organizations and overseeing her own investment firm. This included the position of Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness at EPCOR during a time of transition. Prior to this, Ms. Rennie held key executive positions with Princeton Developments.
With more than 20 years' experience as a Corporate Director, Ms. Rennie also serves on the board of Major Drilling International Inc., based in Moncton, New Brunswick; as well as on the boards of Methanex Corporation and West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., both based out of Vancouver.
In the not-for-profit sector Janice has served as Chair of the Audit Committee of the Province of Alberta and as a board member of the inaugural boards the Accounting Education Foundation of Alberta and the Edmonton Community Foundation. She has also served on the boards of numerous Edmonton community organizations.
Ms. Rennie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Richard Cruickshank (Board Vice Chair)
Mr. Richard Cruickshank, Q.C. was appointed to the Board in 2017.
Mr. Cruickshank was the founding partner and for 25 years, the managing partner of the law firm Cruickshank Karvellas prior to its merger with Fraser Milner (now Dentons) in 2000. He was appointed to Alberta Queen's Counsel in 1996 and through his career, has provided strategic counsel to a number of corporations and institutions with a primary focus on tax law.
Mr. Cruickshank served on the Board of Directors of Capital Power Corporation from 2009-2015. He is also a past president of the Edmonton Bar Association, and a former Board member of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Cruickshank holds a Law Degree from the University of Manitoba and an Arts Degree (Economics) from the University of Winnipeg.
Ms. Leontine Atkins, ICD.D, MA, CPA was appointed to the Board in 2020. She also currently serves on the boards of Seven Generations Energy based in Calgary, Points International headquartered in Toronto, and Cameco Corporation based out of Saskatoon.
Ms. Atkins was previously a member of KPMG Canada's National Board of Directors and KPMG Canada's Acquisitions and Admissions and Succession committees.
Having worked in the industrial and energy sectors for more than 30 years, Ms. Atkins has significant in-depth experience in international and North American oil and gas, mining, oil sands, regulated utilities, pipelines, gas storage, power and petro- and agri-chemicals.
Along with being a member of the ICD Calgary Chapter's Executive Committee, Ms. Atkins holds an ICD.D Corporate Director designation, as well as a BBA in Finance (Cum Laude), an MBA (Cum Laude) and a Chartered Public Accountant designation.
Ms. Margaret Bateman was appointed to the Board in 2019. She is past CEO and senior partner of Calder Bateman Communications – a firm she co-founded in 1990, and which merged with Calgary, Alberta-based ZGM Modern Marketing Partners in 2018.
For more than 40 years, Ms. Bateman has provided strategic counsel and planning expertise to public and private sector clients, engaging in a range of public policy issues. She has also led complex multi-stakeholder engagements on behalf of governments at all levels.
Ms. Bateman currently serves on the 2001 Legacy Foundation Board in Edmonton. Formerly, she was Board Chair of Edmonton Airports when it financed a billion-dollar expansion through capital markets, and negotiated closure of the city's municipal airport. Ms. Bateman is also a past member of the Board of Governors of Augustana University, now part of the University of Alberta.
During her career, Ms. Bateman has been Managing Director of the Government of Alberta's Public Affairs Bureau, and Vice President of Alberta Housing Corporation.
Mr. Vito Culmone, CPA, CA was appointed a Director on August 1, 2013, and is the Chair of the Board's Audit Committee. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of MDA, headquartered in Brampton, Ontario. Prior to this, Mr. Culmone was CFO for Element Fleet Management, and CFO and Executive Vice President, Finance, for Shaw Communications. He served in a similar capacity with WestJet Airlines for eight years and held various senior leadership roles within Molson Inc. over a 12-year period, working both domestically and internationally.
Mr. Culmone obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1989 while at Pricewaterhouse where he worked in the firm's tax and audit departments. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honors Degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Toronto.
Mr. Robert Foster joined EPCOR's Board of Directors in May 2014 and currently chairs EPCOR's Environment, Health and Safety Committee. He has a strong record of municipal and executive leadership, most recently as the retiring Mayor of Long Beach, California – an office he held from 2006 - 2014.
Mr. Foster has an extensive background as an executive in the utility sector and is the former Chair of the California Independent System Operator. Prior to this and his entry into politics, he was President of Southern California Edison where he held key executive positions within the company and its parent, Edison International, over two decades.
Mr. Foster played a lead role in developing energy policy for the State of California during the early part of his career. He held key leadership positions with the state's Energy Commission and the California State Senate Committee on Energy and Public Utilities. Mr. Foster is a graduate of San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration.
Mr. David Hay joined EPCOR's Board of Directors in 2017 and chairs the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. He has a strong background as a corporate director, crown utility CEO, and investment banking executive.
Mr. Hay held the position of Vice Chair and Managing Director of CIBC World Markets Inc. from 2010-2015 with power / utilities and infrastructure as a major focus, and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited. Prior to this, he was President & CEO of New Brunswick Power for six years, where he led a major restructuring of the crown utility that resulted in a turnaround and positive results.
Mr. Hay serves as the Managing Director of Delgatie Incorporated, a financial services advisory firm. He is also currently a Director of Toronto-based Hydro One Limited, a Member of the Council of Clean and Reliable Energy and an Executive Fellow at the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Center in London, Ontario.
Mr. Hay has also served as Senior Vice President and Director of Merrill Lynch Canada Inc.
Mr. Hay holds a Bachelor of Laws from York University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.
Mr. Alan Krause was appointed to the Board in 2018. He is the past Chairman & CEO of MWH Global, now a part of Stantec, serving in the position from 2011-2017. Under his leadership, MWH completed some of the world's most complex water infrastructure projects, including work on the Panama Canal Expansion and the Tekeze Hydropower Project in Ethiopia.
Prior to being named MWH Global Chairman & CEO, Mr. Krause held several key executive positions including President & Chief Operating Officer and President of the company's natural resources, industry and infrastructure section. He played a significant role in the integration of Harza and Montgomery Watson in 2001 to create MWH.
Mr. Krause earned a Master's Degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Mackay School of Mines. He has completed the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School, and is a member and distinguished engineer for the Pan American Academy of Engineering.
In 2015, Mr. Krause was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to represent the consulting and engineering segment of the U.S. environmental technology sector on the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee.
Mr. Allister McPherson has been a director since 2008 and currently chairs EPCOR's Human Resources & Compensation Committee. He has served as Executive Vice President of Canadian Western Bank and as Deputy Provincial Treasurer (Finance and Revenue) for the Province of Alberta from 1984-1996.
He holds a B.Sc from the University of Alberta and an M.Sc from the University of British Columbia. He is currently an external member of the University of Alberta's Board Investment Committee; a director of Capital Power Corporation, based in Edmonton and The Churchill Corporation, based out of Calgary; and is a member of the Alberta Motor Association's Edmonton Regional Advisory Board and Investment Committee.
He is a past director and vice chair of the Edmonton Regional Airport Authority, past chair of the Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation, past member of the Board of Governors of NAIT, and past chair of the Endowment Fund Policy Committee of Alberta Finance.
Mrs. Catherine Roozen was appointed a director in November 2014.
Mrs. Roozen is Chair and Secretary of Cathton Investments Ltd. in Edmonton, a position she has held since 2009 after serving as Vice President. She joined Cathton Holdings Ltd. — a private investment company with interests in banking broadcasting, ranching and real estate development — in 1981. She is also Director and Secretary of the Allard Foundation in Edmonton.
Mrs. Roozen currently serves on the Board of Directors of both Edmonton-based Melcor Developments Ltd. and Toronto-based Corus Entertainment Inc. Over the years, she has contributed to numerous corporate and community boards, including Alberta Health Services, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, and the University of Alberta Board of Governors.
Mrs. Roozen graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, receiving an Honorary Doctor of Laws. She is a recipient of the Alberta Order of Excellence, the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Alberta Award of Excellence.
Nizar Jaffer Somji
Mr. Nizar Jaffer Somji was appointed to the Board in 2015.
Mr. Somji graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and holds a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta.
Mr. Somji is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Jaffer Inc. in Edmonton, and founder and former President and Chief Executive Officer of Matrikon Inc. prior to the company being acquired by Honeywell in 2010. A leader in industrial intelligence for the oil and gas industry, Matrikon employed over 600 employees on six continents.
He is currently the Chairman at Toronto-based Zafin Inc. and Kanvi Private Equity Fund, and a director at Calgary-based QuirkLogics Inc.