Our day-to-day work relies on the leadership and expertise of the AESO Board. Appointed by Alberta’s Minister of Energy, they bring valuable experience from a wide range of industries including engineering, utilities, energy, technology, accounting and law.
Accountability, transparency and ethical behaviour lie at the core of all AESO business activities. The AESO Board makes sure that our mission, values and principles are visible at all times, and that we are following AESO Bylaws and our AESO Board Charter and Governance document.
The AESO Board adheres to the procedures set out by the Province of Alberta in the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act. Following best practices in governance, it continually strives to improve its leadership, which includes using the advice of independent, third-party experts.
Mr. Karl Johannson joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in February 2020 and was appointed Chair on August 26, 2020. He is also a member of the Human resources committee and Power system committee.
Mr. Johannson brings with him extensive experience in the energy and electricity sectors. He has held several senior executive positions at TC Energy, including most recently, the positions of Executive Vice-President and President, Canadian and Mexico Gas Pipelines and Energy.
Mr. Johannson also served as Senior Vice-President, Power Commercial and Senior Vice-President, Canadian Power at TC Energy. He has also held Director positions with the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), Canadian Gas Association (CGA) and the Canadian Electric Association (CEA).
In addition to his role with the AESO Board, Mr. Johannson is Chair of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee at ClearStream Energy Services. He has previous Board experience as a Member of Columbia Pipeline Partners LP, and as Chairman of TC Pipelines L.P.
Mr. Johannson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Calgary. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.
Mr. Aaron Engen joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in February 2020 and is a member of the Power system committee and Governance and nominations committee.
Mr. Engen is currently a Vice Chair, Investment & Corporate Banking at BMO Capital Markets. Over his two decades of investment banking experience with BMO Capital Markets, his work focused on the energy infrastructure industry with companies involved the power, utilities, midstream and pipeline sectors.
Mr. Engen’s investment banking experience includes advising clients in merger and acquisition transactions and in raising capital in private and public markets. Mr. Engen has also appeared as an expert witness before several Canadian regulators in connection with cost of capital and capital structure matters.
Prior to joining BMO Capital Markets, Mr. Engen was a partner at a major Canadian law firm where he practiced corporate and securities law. He was a member of the Law Society of Alberta for over 20 years and served on the University of Lethbridge board of governors.
Mr. Engen has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Alberta, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Science from the University of Lethbridge.
Ms. Barbara Feit joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in October 2017 and is chair of the Human Resources committee and a member of the Audit committee.
Ms. Feit currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of Eau Claire Distillery Ltd. She previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Gabriella’s Kitchen Inc., a consumer goods company traded on the Canadian Securities Exchange, from January 2019 to March 2020. Prior thereto, Ms. Feit was an executive at Big Rock Brewery, where she served primarily as Chief Financial Officer from 2011 to June 2018. From January to September 2017, she was seconded as the company’s Interim Chief Executive Officer.
In addition to a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan, Ms. Feit also holds a CPA, CA designation. She currently serves as director on several not-for-profit boards, including Western Sky Land Trust, the Alberta Small Brewers Association and Sonshine Community Services.
Mr. Michael Hogan joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in October 2014 and is Chair of the Power system committee and a member of the Audit committee.
Mr. Hogan is a seasoned consultant and board member in the energy industry, with significant electric utility experience in both domestic and international jurisdictions. He has experience in a variety of business environments, coupled with strong relationship skills and commercial sense.
Mr. Hogan is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hogan Energy Consulting Corp. He is the past President and Chief Executive Officer of Enact Power Ltd. and SaskPower Commercial Inc., the international development arm of SaskPower.
Mr. Hogan formerly served on the Boards of Directors of CE Franklin Ltd., Dominica Electricity Services Ltd., St. Lucia Electricity Services Ltd., and Americas and Caribbean Power Limited. He also served as Chair of the L’Arche Association of Calgary.
Mr. Hogan has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and a Professional Engineer designation from APEGA (Lifetime Member).
Mr. Mike Maxwell joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in October 2017 and is the chair of the Governance and nominations committee and a member of the Audit committee.
Mr. Maxwell is currently the Vice-President, Infrastructure and Chief Information Officer at the YYC Calgary Airport. There, he ensures that this piece of major transportation infrastructure is managed and operated in a safe, secure and reliable manner, leveraging technology and facilities to deliver operational efficiency and exceptional passenger experiences.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Maxwell worked elsewhere in the aviation industry, leading the technology practice at the Halifax, Nova Scotia and Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota airports. He began his career in industrial inspection services, working in power-generating plants on the Canadian East Coast. His career also encompasses work in nuclear and coal-fired power plants, where he became involved in information technology. He holds large-enterprise experience as well, having worked for large direct-marketing retailers in Oregon, Ohio and Maine.
Mr. Maxwell holds a double degree from Bishop’s University in Mathematics and Computer Science, and has been an active member in the community, volunteering to coach youth sports and contributing his time to charitable organizations.
Ms. Ann-Marie Osinski joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in February 2020 and is the chair of the Audit committee and a member of the Governance and nominations committee.
Ms. Osinski is a Senior Financial Consultant at Canadian Premium Sand Inc. (CPS). Prior to joining CPS, Ms. Osinski was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) Canada and had been with the organization for 27 years.
Ms. Osinski currently runs her own professional services corporation, specializing in strategic and financial planning, risk management and providing leadership to finance teams in the global energy, transportation, distribution and logistics sectors. Her experience includes oversight of accounting software implementations, financial results analysis, budgeting, forecasting and reporting, as well as implementing robust financial governance, processes and controls.
In addition to her current role with the AESO, Ms. Osinski has held Board positions with the Aspen Family & Community Network Society, Dance Manitoba, and was a Member of the Financial Advisory Committee for the Alberta Securities Commission.
Ms. Osinski earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants.
Mr. Mike Snow joined the AESO Board in September 2018 and is a Member of the Human resources committee and Power system committee.
Mr. Snow has board experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and currently sits on a community board of the Markham Stouffville Hospital in Markham, ON.
For the previous seven years, Mr. Snow served as Chief Operating Officer of the Renewable Generation Group of Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. During his time there, he was responsible for strategy, business development, operations, asset management, human resources and evaluating and reporting on growth and operational activities.
In prior roles, he led both industrial and consumer organizations, focusing on growth and international operations in Mexico, South America and Asia while driving culture change and building strong leadership teams.
Mr. Snow holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Mathematics) from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Mechanical) from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School at Western University. He received his Chartered Director designation from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University in 2015.
AESO Board committees
Currently, the AESO Board has four standing committees which operate in accordance with their AESO Board-approved charter. These committees provide consultation, advice and recommendations to the AESO Board in these areas:
- financial reporting and budget matters
- internal controls systems
- risk management systems
- external and internal audit processes
- law-and-regulatory compliance monitoring processes
Human resources committee
- resources and compensation matters including AESO executive compensation
- officer selection
- succession planning
- human resources strategy and programs
Governance and nominations committee
- legislation compliance
- member compensation
- board succession planning and enhancement
- corporate governance practices
- board nomination recommendations to the Minister, including annual review of AESO governance documents and processes
- member orientation and ongoing education
- board and member performance assessments
- governance best practices
Power system committee
- long-term transmission system planning
- project delivery
- system and market operations
- AESO tariff
- AESO competitive processes