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Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2012

Meet the people who are changing your world – and find out how they’re doing it

by Max Fawcett, Michael Ganley, Alix Kemp and Geoffrey Morgan

Utilities and Power Generation    

Dawn Farrell

Power Broker

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Trying to sell people on the merits of coal-fired power is an exercise that would test the resolve of even the most skilled marketer, but new TransAlta CEO Dawn Farrell appears to be up to the task. Farrell took over for outgoing TransAlta CEO Steve Snyder in January of this year, and while the company is pushing ahead with investments in wind energy (including projects in Quebec and Ontario), the bulk of its capacity continues to come from coal – and will for some time. Farrell, who worked for years at TransAlta and did a four-and-a-half year stint at BC Hydro before coming home to Alberta, recently broke from her predecessor by scuttling a proposed $1.4-billion carbon capture and storage plan on the grounds that, despite almost $800 million in government subsidies, it wasn’t economically feasible. Whether that forces the provincial and federal governments to actually put a meaningful price on carbon remains to be seen.

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8 Responses to Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2012

  1. Jackie Morin says:

    I am part of the One Aim team for the ride for Cancer. There couldn’t be a more deserving recipient for this recognition. The support that Nigel gives to every rider on his team & other teams, his training rides that he hosts to get us ready for the Ride for Cancer and his positive attitude is an inspiration to us all.
    Jackie Morin

  2. Shawn H says:

    I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Gibson when he visited our facility shortly after his taking the helm of what was then CCS Corporation. It was a personal visit, he was by himself, and just came to chat and see what we do here. I was really impressed that a CEO would take the time to travel and meet with front-line staff, and he continues to do so on a regular basis. I am proud to work at Tervita under his leadership.

  3. Kevin Jones says:

    Nigel has also been pivotal in the creation and growth of the One Aim team, which over the past three years has raised $500,000. We plan on doubling up to a million this year, and this wouldn’t be possible without him.

  4. Arniestephens says:

    Congrats Drew!
    Well deserved.

    Arnie Stephens

  5. David Howse says:

    I doubt many readers know Howard Tennant but his influence goes way beyond his government policy work. He is probably the best professor the University of Lethbridge has ever had and through that has influenced thousands of students to bevelope a broader understanding of the business world and the implications of policy and strategy based decisions. Howard continues to mentor many past students as they climb the many hurdles in the business world. I find some of the off topic posts offensive but – that’s just the internet.

  6. David Howse says:

    I doubt many readers know Howard Tennant but his influence goes way beyond his government policy work. He is probably the best professor the University of Lethbridge has ever had and through that has influenced thousands of students to develope a broader understanding of the business world and the implications of policy and strategy based decisions. Howard continues to mentor many past students as they cross the many hurdles of the business world. I find some of the off topic posts offensive but – that’s just the internet.

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