Hugh Bolton (Chair)
Mr. Hugh Bolton has been the non-executive chair of the Board of Directors of EPCOR Utilities Inc. since 2000.
After his retirement as chairman & chief executive partner of Coopers & Lybrand Canada Chartered Accountants, Mr. Bolton continued as a financial consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) until joining EPCOR's board.
Mr. Bolton also serves on the Board of Directors of WestJet Airlines Ltd. He recently completed long-standing tenures on the boards of a number of Canada's leading corporations, including Teck Resources Limited, TD Bank Financial Group, and the Canadian National Railway Company.
In 2015, Mr. Bolton received an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Alberta. He is also a recipient of a Fellowship Award from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Bolton is a fellow of the Alberta Institute of Chartered Accountants and in 2010, that organization honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing meritorious service. Mr. Bolton holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Alberta and has been a chartered accountant since 1963.
Sheila Weatherill (Vice Chair)
Ms. Sheila Weatherill has been a director since 2002 and has served as its non-executive vice chair since 2007.
Ms. Weatherill is the past president and CEO of the former Capital Health Region in Edmonton Alberta – a position she held from 1996 to 2008. In 2009 she was appointed by the Prime Minister as Independent Investigator of the 2008 Listeriosis outbreak. She has extensive experience in both the delivery and administration of health services, and holds a nursing degree from the University of Alberta.
Ms. Weatherill is active in community and professional organizations and serves on a number of local and national boards. She is a director of Shaw Communications Inc. and Alberta Innovative Technical Futures, and is also a member of the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee on the Public Service. She is a Member of the Order of Canada.
Mr. Culmone was appointed a director on August 1, 2013 and is the Chair of the Audit Committee. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance, for Shaw Communications. Prior to joining Shaw, Mr. Culmone was the CFO and EVP, Finance with WestJet for 8 years. Prior to joining WestJet, Mr. Culmone 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 Price Waterhouse where he worked in the firm's tax and audit departments. He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Toronto in 1987.
Robert G. Foster
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 has held since 2006.
Mr. Foster has an extensive background as an executive in the utility sector and is the current 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 B.A. in Public Administration.
Allister J. McPherson
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 U of A's Board Investment Committee, a director of Capital Power Corporation and The Churchill Corporation; and 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.
Douglas H. Mitchell
Mr. Douglas Mitchell has been a director since 2001.
Mr. Mitchell, CM, AOE, QC, acquired his B.A. from Colorado College before obtaining his LL.B. from UBC Law School. He is presently National Co-Chair of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, a national law firm.
Active in the community, he serves on the Board of several public companies and also community organizations, including Chair of the Calgary Airport Authority, Co-Chair of the Banff Global Business Forum and Vice-Chair and Director of ParticipAction. He is Past Chairman of Alberta Economic Development Authority and SAIT Polytechnic's Board of Governors, and Past President of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Mitchell has served on the NHL Board of Governors and as CFL Commissioner and is currently Chair of the Calgary Sports Tourism Authority, Legacy Sports Inc., a co-owner of the Calgary Stampeder Football Club, and on the CFL Board of Governors. He was named one of Calgary's 12 Most Influential Business People by the Calgary Herald and in 2010 one of the Power 50 of Canadian sports by the Globe and Mail. In 2004, he was appointed to the Order of Canada and in 2007, inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence.
Ms. Helen Sinclair has been a director since 2008.
She is founder and chief executive officer of BankWorks Trading Inc. and its business television network (BCN.tv), and is a former president of the Canadian Bankers Association. She holds an MA (Economics) from the University of Toronto and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
Ms. Sinclair is currently a director on the boards of the TD Bank Financial Group, and a trustee of Davis and Henderson Income Fund.
She has also served as senior vice president, Planning and Legislation, at Scotiabank, and on the boards of a number of public policy and adjudicative bodies.
Nizar J. Somji
Mr. 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. and founder and former President and Chief Executive Officer of Matrikon Inc. prior to 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 a Chairman at Redline Communications Group Inc.(TSX:RDL), Chairman at Zafin Inc., and Director at Critical Control Energy Services Corp (TSX:CCZ). and is on the University of Alberta Board of Governors.
Catherine M. Roozen
Mrs. Catherine M. Roozen was appointed a director in November 2014.
Mrs. Roozen is Chair and Secretary of Cathton Investments Ltd., 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.
Mrs. Roozen currently serves on the Board of Directors of both Melcor Developments Ltd. and 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 in 1977, receiving an Honourary Doctor of Laws in 2009. She is a recipient of the Alberta Order of Excellence, the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Alberta Award of Excellence.