Our day-to-day work relies on the leadership and expertise of the AESO Board. Appointed by Alberta’s Minister of Energy, our board members bring valuable experience from a wide range of industries including engineering, utilities, energy, technology, accounting and law.
Accountability, transparency and ethical behaviour are integral to all AESO business activities. The AESO Board is charged with upholding our mission, values and principles, and ensuring that AESO Bylaws and our AESO Board Charter and Governance document are followed at all times.
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 the Chair of the Human Resources committee. Mr. Engen is also a member of the Power System 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. Georgette Habib joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in November 2020 and is a member of the Human Resources Committee and the Governance and Nominations Committee.
Ms. Habib has a long record of public service and brings over 30 years of experience in the regulation of the energy industry.
Ms. Habib also serves as Board Director with the Alberta Energy Regulator, where she currently chairs the Human Resources Health and Safety Committee and is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee.
Ms. Habib served on the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary. She was a full-time board member of the National Energy Board (NEB), where she focused on adjudicating significant energy applications, including tolls, tariff and pipeline development. While at the NEB, Ms. Habib’s focus was on economic regulation of energy utilities, promoting safety and security, environmental protection, efficient energy infrastructure, terms and conditions of service and access to markets in the public interest.
Prior to the NEB, Ms. Habib held management positions with the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board for over 20 years.
Ms. Habib holds an Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the American University of Beirut.
Mr. Michael Hogan joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in October 2014 and is the Chair of the Power System Committee. Mr. Hogan is also 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).
Ms. Patricia Kaiser joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in January 2021 and is a member of the Human Resources and Power System Committees.
Ms. Kaiser is President of the Office Professional & Light Industrial division of Agilus Work Solutions, a large national workforce solutions firm, where she brings over 25 years of experience to the role. Previously, she was the incoming President and VP Corporate Development for The BOWEN Group, Interim President and Chief Operating Officer for MacKay CEO Forums, and Chief Operating Officer for Sierra Systems for nine years.
She also served on the Board of the Calgary Homeless Foundation for five years, most recently as Board Chair. Ms. Kaiser holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, she attended Queens University’s Executive Marketing program, earned her ICD.D from the Rotman School of Business in Toronto, and has been a regular lecturer at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business.
Mr. Mike Maxwell joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in October 2017 and is the Chair of the Governance Nominations Committee. Mr. Maxwell is also 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, CPA, CA, joined the Alberta Electric System Operator Board in February 2020 and is Chair of the Audit Committee. Ms. Osinski is also a member of the Governance and Nominations Committee.
Ms. Osinski is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Questor Technology Inc. Prior to joining Questor, Ms. Osinski was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) Canada in the firm’s audit and risk assurance practices and held many market-facing leadership positions during her 27 years with the organization including Sustainability Leader.
Ms. Osinski has a proven track record in corporate governance, strategic planning, risk management, sustainability practices and providing leadership to companies in the global energy industry.
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 degree from the University of Manitoba and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants.
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