Board of Directors

In accordance with the Electric Utilities Act (2003), the Minister of Energy appoints Members of the Balancing Pool on the basis of their cumulative expertise in order to enhance the performance of the Balancing Pool in exercising its powers and carrying out its duties, responsibilities and functions. The term of office of a Member is three years; a Member is eligible to be appointed for a maximum of three terms of office.

Robert Bhatia

Chair

Mr. Bhatia served 10 years as a Deputy Minister with the Province of Alberta responsible for four major portfolios: Finance, Revenue, Seniors and Government Services. He is an experienced senior executive with more than 30 years of management and leadership experience. He has had significant responsibility for execution of multiple major corporate and financing transactions including the creation of TELUS and divestiture of an interest in Syncrude. Robert holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Alberta and a Master’s degree in Economics from Queen’s University. He holds the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D certification and has been an examiner for the Institute. Until recently, he was a Public Member on the City of Edmonton’s Audit Committee. He chairs the Alberta Insurance Council Audit Committee.

Robert was appointed Chair of the Balancing Pool Board of Directors effective November 30, 2016.

Adam Hedayat

Director

Mr. Hedayat is a business executive with extensive expertise and leadership roles in the Canadian and international energy sectors. For over 40 years, Adam contributed to the growth of several leading energy organizations such as SaskPower Commercial, TransAlta Corporation of Canada, and Morrison Knudsen of the USA (currently known as the Washington Group).

Adam served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Guyana Power & Light (GPL) since its inception in October 1999 to April, 2003. GPL is a fully integrated utility serving the county of Guyana in South America with 1100 employees. He also served as Chairman and CEO of Northstone Power Corp.  Northstone is an independent power producer (IPP) in the deregulated Alberta electricity market. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Board of Drayton Valley Power, a TSE publicly traded income fund in Canada with four electricity-generating plants.

Adam is a 1975 graduate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary in Canada. He is a member of the Associations of Professional Engineers in the Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada. In 2006, he received his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Adam was appointed a member of the Balancing Pool Board of Directors effective March 20, 2017 and serves on the Audit and Finance and Governance and HR committees.

Michelle Plouffe

Director

Ms. Plouffe has over 20 years of legal experience and has worked in private practice and in the utilities, health and post-secondary sectors. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree (with distinction) (1992) and her Law degree (1995) from the University of Alberta.  After being admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1996, Ms. Plouffe began practicing at Bishop & McKenzie then later moved to Brownlee LLP in 1998.  Ms. Plouffe later became legal counsel with EPCOR Utilities Inc. where she practiced in various areas of law.  She moved to Alberta Health Services in 2007 and in 2008 became their Associate General Counsel, Litigation, Employment and Regulatory.  Michelle Plouffe joined MacEwan University in 2012 as the Vice President, General Counsel and Compliance Officer.

Michelle has been a Board Member for the Association of Corporate Counsel, Alberta Chapter, and is currently the Chair of the Hospital Privileges Appeal Board. Ms. Plouffe has been a volunteer member of the Law Society Audit Committee and is currently a volunteer member of the Conduct Committee.

Michelle was appointed a member of the Balancing Pool Board of Directors effective March 20, 2017. She is Chair of the Governance and HR committee.

Greg Pollard

Director

Mr. Pollard was the Chief Financial Officer of Connacher Oil and Gas Limited, a focused in situ oil sands developer, producer and marketer of bitumen in Alberta. Greg has more than 30 years of experience in the energy field. He led Ernst & Young LLP’s Transaction Advisory Services practice in Calgary from 2008 to 2012 following his return from Ernst & Young’s Houston, Texas office where he served as Gulf Coast Transaction Advisory Services practice and market leader, as well as oil and gas industry sector leader in the Americas. He is a Chartered Accountant (1979), a Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional (CAIRP – 1992) (ret.), and a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management Executive Program (2007). In 2012 he received his ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Greg was first appointed a member of the Balancing Pool Board of Directors in 2013 and re-appointed effective March 20, 2017. He is Chair of the Audit and Finance committee.

Sandra Scott

Director

Ms. Scott is a business executive and management consultant who has worked in the energy and information technology sectors for 30 years. Until 2016, she was the Executive Vice-President of Alberta Technology Innovates Futures (AITF). Prior to AITF, Sandra was the Senior Vice President and CIO at the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). Ms. Scott was the Calgary Managing Partner for AGTI Consulting, a firm providing business and IT consulting services across Western Canada. As  Vice-President at QC Data Ltd., she held responsibility for Operations management across a wide variety of international business units providing innovative information management and business solutions to the Energy and Utility Sectors. She has actively participated on a number of Industry Associations including President of the Canadian Well Logging Society and President of the Calgary Chapter of the Computer Information Processing Society. Sandra has served on the boards of the Motive Action Training Foundation and the Southern Alberta Womens Hockey Association. Sandra holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Geology from the University of Calgary.

Sandra was appointed a member of the Balancing Pool Board of Directors effective March 20, 2017 and serves on the Audit and Finance and Governance and HR committees.