IPPSA 28th Annual Conference. November 13-15, 2022. The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta

Soren Halverson

Soren Halverson

Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Soren Halverson is Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada. In this capacity, he leads the department’s development of the Clean Electricity Standard. Soren has over 20 years of experience in economic policy roles in the Government of Canada. Prior to his current position, he served as Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of the Financial Sector Policy Branch at Finance Canada. His recent priorities in that role included leading work on Canada’s business credit COVID response programs, including the $50 Billion CEBA program and BCAP guarantees and loan facilities. Additionally, he advised the Government on advancing sustainable finance in Canada, including on Canada’s inaugural green bond and the launch of the Sustainable Finance Action Council. Soren holds a Masters of Arts (Economics) degree from Simon Fraser University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Bev Yee

Bev Yee

Deputy Minister, Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta

Bev Yee was appointed Deputy Minister of Alberta Environment and Parks on September 18, 2018. She has spent more than 25 years with the Government of Alberta, most recently as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Relations. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.

Much of Bev’s time with government has been dedicated to the Environment portfolio, where she was previously Assistant Deputy Minister of Integrated Resource Management Planning, as well as Alberta’s Stewardship Commissioner.

Before joining the Government of Alberta, Bev was a high school physics and biology teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Science.

Kendall Dilling

Kendall Dilling

Vice President, Environment and Regulatory, Cenovus Energy and Interim Director, Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero

Kendall is Vice-President of Environment & Regulatory at Cenovus Energy and has worked in the oil and gas industry for nearly 30 years, with experience that spans environment, regulatory, health and safety, Indigenous and stakeholder relations, surface land and business development.

Kendall is actively engaged with various external organizations including current roles as chair of the CAPP Oil Sands Policy Group, member of the SAIT MacPhail School of Energy Advisory Board and Board member of the Alberta Orphan Well Association.

Kendall is currently on secondment from Cenovus serving as the interim Director of the Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero initiative.

Shana Boyd

Shana Boyd

Director, Energy Transition, Heartland Generation

Shana Boyd is the Director of Energy Transition for Heartland Generation, where she is responsible for development and implementation of decarbonization projects across Heartland’s portfolio.  Shana has more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry in engineering, operational and executive roles with upstream and midstream companies. She holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and is registered as a Professional Engineer with APEGA.

Micheline Pion

Micheline Pion

CFO Evolugen

Micheline is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Evolugen by Brookfield Renewable. She draws on over a decade of experience at Brookfield in various roles, honing her financial and leadership skills throughout her career. In her current role as CFO, her responsibilities include strategic direction of the company’s operations, business development, energy trading, finance and risk management. She also oversees technology and business solutions encouraging innovative strategies to align the operational needs and focus the technology solutions to better position the company for innovation and growth. Micheline spearheads the company’s Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) program, to ensure sustainable growth. Over the years, Micheline has contributed to advancing the business during key periods of growth, including multiple acquisitions and contributing to the shaping of the company in stages of expansion, growth and transformation, including the creation of publicly traded entities.

Prior to joining the Brookfield Renewable family, Micheline worked at a large accounting firm, leading her team in delivering accounting and auditing projects to clients.

Marie-France Samaroden

Marie-France Samaroden

Vice President, Grid Reliability Operations Alberta Electric System Operator

Marie-France Samaroden was appointed Vice President, Grid Reliability – Operations for the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) in February 2022. Mrs. Samaroden is responsible for leadership of the AESO’s Grid and Market Operations. She first joined the AESO in November of 2019 as Director, Engineering, Project Management & Technology.

Mrs. Samaroden has over 21 years of experience in the electricity industry. Prior to joining the AESO, she worked at AltaLink Management Limited and TransAlta Corporation. Her experience spans working with and leading system operations, disturbance analysis, asset management, projects and engineering teams.

Mrs. Samaroden holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, both from the University of Saskatchewan. She also holds the designation of Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Laura Arnold

Laura Arnold

Sr. Manager, External Affairs, Regulatory and Market Policy, TransAlta

Laura Arnold is the Head of External Affairs, Regulatory and Market Policy at TransAlta Corporation where her portfolio spans regulatory, market policy, government relations, stakeholder engagement, Indigenous affairs and community.  Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Calgary. Being an advocate for her local community, Laura serves as a Director at HomeFront Calgary.

Kristjana Kellgren

Kristjana Kellgren

Executive Director, Rates, Alberta Utilities Commission ENMAX

Kristjana Kellgren leads the AUC Rates Division, a role she assumed in September 2020 after progressing through increasingly demanding legal and rates leadership roles at the AUC beginning in 2014.

As executive director of rates, Ms. Kellgren oversees all aspects of supporting the Commission’s determination of just and reasonable rates and tariffs for regulated utility services.  She also leads or otherwise contributes to various aspects of modernizing and streamlining the AUC’s rates determination processes and approaches to optimize regulatory efficiency and support the competitiveness of Alberta’s regulated utilities sector.

Prior to becoming the executive director of rates, Ms. Kellgren was the AUC’s director of electric and gas distribution, overseeing the rate-setting for Alberta’s electric and natural gas distribution utilities serving more than three million sites, and leading and managing a multidisciplinary team focused on implementing performance-based regulation.  She joined the AUC as legal counsel, focused on rates-related matters and complaints across the spectrum of electric and gas transmission, distribution, retail, municipal and water proceedings.  Prior to her work at the AUC, Ms. Kellgren worked as a lawyer in private practice, with a particular focus on regulatory and administrative law matters.

A graduate of the University of Alberta and Dalhousie University, Ms. Kellgren holds a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of laws with a certificate in business law.  More recently, Ms. Kellgren has completed training in leadership from the University of Calgary.  She has a strong background in administrative law, including acting as a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, and appearing before and acting on behalf of various administrative tribunals in Alberta.

Scott Perry

Scott Perry

Vice President, Business Development, Greengate Power

Scott is an experienced renewable and battery storage executive having supported the development, growth and operations of assets across north America demonstrating a robust history of mergers and acquisitions, corporate reporting, finance and operational knowledge.

Prior to joining Greengate, Scott was the Senior Advisor to TriSummit Utilities Inc, a Canadian pension fund held corporation with diversified rate-regulated natural gas utilities and long-term contracted renewable assets.

Prior to TriSummit Utilities Inc., Scott was the Director of Finance and Controller – Power at AltaGas Ltd, where he contributed to some of the first commercial scale energy storage systems in north America. Scott holds a Bachelor of Commerce focused in Accounting, from the University of Calgary, and is a designated Chartered Accountant.

Lisa Mueller

Lisa Mueller

President and CEO, FutEra Power

Lisa Mueller is a mechanical engineer with over 20 years of technical and business development experience. Ms. Mueller began her career in the space sciences on a NASA project, then moved into the commercial arena by founding and growing her own manufacturing company. Most recently, she served as Senior Business Development Manager of Infrastructure at Shell Canada and President & CEO at Epoch Energy Development. Lisa joined Razor Energy in 2017 as Vice President New Ventures.

As the global energy complex began its transition to low-carbon, a new subsidiary of Razor Energy was formed, FutEra Power. As President and CEO of FutEra Power, Lisa aims to leverage Alberta’s current energy assets to develop a cleaner energy tomorrow, beginning with Canada’s first co-produced geothermal power project.