Janice G. Rennie (Board Chair)
Ms. Rennie 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 Boards of Major Drilling International Inc., Methanex Corporation and West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd..
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 H. Cruickshank, Q.C. (Vice Chair)
Mr. Richard Cruickshank 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 Denton's) 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 degree in law from the University of Manitoba and a degree in arts (economics) from the University of Winnipeg.
Ms. Atkins 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 headquartered in 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.
A member of the ICD Calgary Chapter's Executive Committee, Ms. Atkins received her ICD.D Corporate Director designation in 2012. She also holds a BBA (Finance, Cum Laude) and MBA (Cum Laude) and obtained her Chartered Public Accountant designation in 1989.
Ms. 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 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. 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 Price Waterhouse where he worked in the firm's tax and audit departments. He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Honors 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 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 B.A. in Public Administration.
Mr. 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 currently a Director of 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.
Mr. Hay has also served as Senior Vice President and Director of Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., based in Toronto and London, England.
Mr. Hay holds a Bachelor of Laws from York University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.
Mr. 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.
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.
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 Honorary 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.
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 the Chairman at Zafin Inc. and Kanvi Private Equity Fund, and a Director at QuirkLogics Inc..