IPPSA 26th Annual Conference. March 15-17, 2020. The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta

Gianna Manes

Gianna ManesPresident & CEO 
ENMAX Corporation

Gianna Manes, President & CEO of ENMAX Corporation, has three decades of experience in the energy industry. She spent the first part of her career in the gas pipeline business in Houston, Texas before transitioning to the electricity industry. Gianna has experience in a number of electricity markets across the United States, Europe and Alberta, Canada.

Before joining ENMAX in Calgary in 2012 as President & CEO, Gianna served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for Duke Energy, a large North American power company based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Gianna currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Keyera Corp. and the Canadian Electricity Association.

Gianna has been recognized for her leadership and accomplishments throughout her career: as Electricity Human Resources Canada’s CEO of the Year in 2013, one of Alberta Venture’s Top 50 Most Influential People in 2015 and twice-recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network .

Evan Bahry

Executive Director
Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta

Mr. Bahry’s career interests have focused on public policy development and have led to his current involvement in Alberta’s deregulated electricity industry.

In the public sector, Mr. Bahry’s experience included serving in the office of the Hon. Harvie Andre, a Minister in the Mulroney government, which included terms in both Calgary and Ottawa. He also worked for the Calgary Economic Development Authority, undertaking a number of public affairs projects within that organization.

In industry, Mr. Bahry worked with Intenco Energy Consultants, a Calgary-based consulting firm where he monitored Canadian natural gas and regulatory developments for U.S.-based energy companies. He also worked for GPC International, a public affairs consulting firm where he provided policy advice to firms involved in the oil and gas, petrochemical and electricity industries.

Mr. Bahry is presently the Executive Director of the Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta. IPPSA membership represents all of Alberta’s major power producers, along with their supporting industries. He has served in this capacity since the fall of 2001.

During his tenure, Mr. Bahry has developed and advocated IPPSA’s positions in a host of leading policy debates, including market design, transmission tariff design, market power and in various reviews of legislation and regulation. Mr. Bahry has also appeared as a policy witness on behalf of IPPSA in a number of hearings before the Alberta Utilities Commission.

Mr. Bahry has Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Business Administration, both from the University of Calgary.

Brian Vaasjo

Brian VaasjoPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Capital Power

Brian Vaasjo is the President and CEO of Capital Power and has been since the company’s initial public offering in July 2009. Under his leadership, Capital Power has become Alberta’s leading developer of new power generation and has successfully acquired and developed new renewable power projects in B.C., Ontario, and the United States.

Brian possesses over 40 years of industry experience, which includes time as Executive Vice President of EPCOR and as President of EPCOR’s Energy Division. At EPCOR, he was responsible for regional power generation (including clean coal initiatives), water operations and the growth of EPCOR‘s competitive power and water businesses across North America, as well as development and acquisition. He also was with the Enbridge Group of Companies for 19 years, during which time he played a substantial role in acquisitions, developments, and public offerings.

Brian was President of Capital Power Income L.P. from September 2005 until July 2009, and Chairman of the Board of its general partner from July 2009 to November 2011.

Brian holds an MBA from the University of Alberta, where he also received his undergraduate degree. He attended the University of Western Ontario Executive Program and is a Fellow of the Society of the Chartered Professional Accountants.

Brian is a member of the Financial Executives Institute of Canada. He is past Board Chair of the United Way, the Alberta Capital Region, and the Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS). He also served on the boards of the Alberta Society of Management Accountants and the Citadel Theatre. He and his wife Dawn live in Edmonton and have three children.

Duane Reid-Carlson

Duane Reid-Carlson

President and CEO
EDC Associates Ltd

Duane Reid-Carlson has 29 years’ experience working in the oil and gas, petrochemical and electric industries. He is currently the President of EDC Associates Ltd—a company that he founded in 1992. Since that time Mr. Reid-Carlson has led a team of energy economic analysts that have been responsible for providing electric energy supply, demand and price forecast information, energy procurement, risk management, generation development and regulatory analytical services. These services and information is generally used by participants in the electric industry to help support short and long-term energy procurement and investment decisions.

Mr. Reid-Carlson holds a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada.

Mr. Reid-Carlson is a Director of the Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta (IPPSA).

Following graduation he gained direct oil, gas, pipeline and petrochemical experience working on projects in the Middle East and later in the UK. Working in Alberta, he has led numerous electric utility planning forecast studies used to assess the need and timing of generation, transmission and distribution facilities. In electricity price forecast matters, he has been instrumental in the development of software used internally, as well as commercially by clients, to assess future marginal and imbedded electricity pricing in Alberta and other jurisdictions in the US.

Mr. Reid-Carlson has authored a series of studies concerning the fundamentals of several electricity jurisdictions, most notably for the Alberta market, that have been utilized by industry, utilities, generation developers and marketers to aid in their energy procurement and capital project decision making processes. He has presented the findings of these studies at many industry conferences and regularly facilitates an introductory course on electric industry operations and restructuring.

Mr. Reid-Carlson has developed evidence and provided expert witness testimony in the electric industry with respect to several legal and regulatory proceedings.

Evidence and expert testimony has been given before the AEUB in respect of regulatory proceedings on behalf of the following;

  • AltaLink management Ltd., regarding AESO North-South 500 kV Transmission Development Application, December 2004
  • Senior Petroleum Producers Association (SPPA), regarding ATCO 2003/04/05 GTA, April 2003
  • ESBI Alberta Ltd. (EAL), the applicant, regarding its 1999-2000 GTA, Phase 1 Forecast Panel, September 1999
  • Written evidence has been developed and provided in respect of several other applications – some confidential

Evidence has been developed in respect of legal proceedings on behalf of the following;

  • Calpine Canada Energy Limited et al: Action No. 0501-17864, November 2007
  • Canadian Hydro versus First Canadian Electric Inc.
  • Canadian Hydro versus Veco Engineering Et al
  • Written evidence has been developed and provided in respect of several other confidential applications

Marcy Cochlan

Marcy Cochlan

Managing Director, Market Regulation and Policy
TransAlta Corporation

Marcy has 25 years of experience in the electricity industry, holding a number of progressively senior positions at TransAlta since joining the company in 1993. Prior to specializing in market regulation, she has held roles in the areas of policy development, sustainable development, business development, energy trading, and energy marketing. She holds both a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Calgary.

Colette Chekerda

Colette Chekerda

Executive Director
Alberta Direct Connect Consumers Association (ADC)

Colette Chekerda is the Executive Director for the Alberta Direct Connect Consumer Association “ADC” and partner at Insitu Power Corporation. Colette has spent her 25-year electrical engineering career representing large industrial consumers in various capacities. With Insitu Power, her expertise has been focused on analyzing client’s electricity requirements and providing strategic advice to optimize electricity costs. As Executive Director of the ADC, Colette represents it’s 9 member companies (5% of Alberta load) in key industry regulatory and policy initiatives. She was directly involved in the capacity market stakeholder consultation and now is active on the Transmission Tariff redesign effort.