Kate Chisholm has been a member of the senior executive team since July 2009 and played an instrumental role in Capital Power’s restructuring and Initial Public Offering that led to the company’s creation. Kate leads Capital Power’s legal, regulatory and compliance, environmental policy, government relations and external affairs teams, risk management and internal audit, and sustainability efforts. She has personally led significant and successful commercial negotiations, managed high stakes litigation and overseen important public policy influence strategies for Capital Power. Prior to Capital Power, Kate served as EPCOR’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from 2004 to 2009, and Vice President, Legal and Commercial for Alberta’s Transmission Administrator (now the Alberta Electric System Operator) from 1999 to 2003. Kate has provided counsel and expert witness testimony in numerous electric utility hearings, including those arising from the restructuring of the Alberta electricity industry. Kate obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University, her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta, and her MBA from Queen’s University. She was awarded the prestigious “Robert V.A. Jones” Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association in 2008, appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010, named one of Canada’s Top 50 Diversity Champions by Women of Influence Magazine in 2013, named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and given a Leadership in the Profession Award by WILL/Counsel Network/Association of Women Lawyers in 2014, and named one of Canada’s Top 50 General Counsels in 2016. Kate currently serves on a number of boards and governing bodies, including the Alberta Securities Commission. She created the MORE mentoring program for high potential young professional women in Edmonton and was one of the founding members of Legal Leaders for Diversity, an association of Canadian general counsel who support and promote diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.

 

Panel

Women’s Perspectives: Climate, Leadership & Community

Around the world, women lead on the fight against climate change. Even in Canada women are at the forefront of climate dialogue and climate action – in the nonprofit sector, in business and at home. Women make 85 percent of household purchase decisions in Canada and women in executive positions are more often than not mothers and grandmothers, too.

With diverse backgrounds in corporate law, engineering, technology, environmental science, and organizational leadership, four women who consider themselves climate champions will discuss their love and hope for their families and communities. They’ll share their concerns about climate change and the negative discourse around it, the importance of diverse voices and their pride in the advances and efforts of their respective companies and organizations.

Kate will be joined by Pat Letizia, Executive Director at Alberta Ecotrust Foundation; Joy Romero, Vice President of Technology & Innovation at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.; and, Natalie Odd, Executive Director of the Alberta Environmental Network in a casual and friendly conversation about women at the nexus of climate change, leadership and family, and how we can encourage and support each other to take action.

 

Look for the panel in the Friday Morning program at 9:00 am. If you haven’t already, get your tickets to the 2019 Environmental Gathering!