Canada’s Trans Mountain Names Dawn Farrell as President, CEO

(P&GJ) — Canadian pipeline operator Trans Mountain Corp. has named Dawn Farrell, former top boss of electricity firm TransAlta Corp., as its CEO and president on Wednesday. The appointment will be effective August 15, 2022.


“We are pleased that Dawn has chosen to join the strong team at Trans Mountain,” William Downe, chairman of the board of Trans Mountain, said. “We are confident that her broad-based knowledge, experience, and her background with governments and Indigenous communities will be a tremendous asset to Trans Mountain as it completes the expansion project and navigates the next stages of the Company’s future.”

Farrell brings over 35 years’ experience in the energy business, having held various senior level positions, including her most recent role as president and CEO of TransAlta where she led the company’s unprecedented transition away from coal-fired electrical generation. This was one of the most significant carbon emissions reduction achievements in Canada’s effort to address climate change.

TransAlta is one of the largest investor-owned generation and energy marketing companies in Canada with operations in Canada, the U.S. and Australia, and is a publicly listed company on the TSX and NYSE. As CEO of TransAlta for over nine years, Mrs. Farrell led the transformation of the company to competitive power focused on low-cost, clean, and reliable solutions for large commercial and industrial customers.

As a highly experienced large public company executive, Dawn brings a depth of expertise and significant international business presence to Trans Mountain. Her experience at TransAlta, including three years as COO, highlights her strong expertise in the execution of complex projects, working with Indigenous communities, and completing company-wide cultural transformation; all important areas of expertise that will benefit Trans Mountain. Farrell brings extensive experience with capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and has led the negotiation and evaluation of a critical, intricate transaction with government.

Farrell is currently the chair of the board for The Chemours Company and Portland General Electric. She has held past board positions including the Business Council of Canada, Alberta Business Council, Calgary Stampede, Conference Board of Canada, Mount Royal College/University Board of Governors and Foundation Board of Directors, Fording Coal Income Fund, New Relationship Trust, and Vision Quest Windelectric. Farrell has contributed to electricity and environmental policy development in Alberta, British Columbia, and federally in Canada.

Additionally, she is currently the Chancellor for Mount Royal University and a member of the Trilateral Commission, a non-governmental, policy-oriented international forum, as well as community champion for Momentum.


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