Women+Power’s Summer Reading List

June 24, 2021

In lieu of our July and August monthly entries for the EmPOWERment Hub that are submitted by Women+Power board members, we have compiled a list of recommended industry books plus two leadership books for you to consider reading over the summer. We will continue our monthly entries in September. In the meantime, we hope you find this list useful. We would love to hear from you if you do read one of these books and can share any insights gained!

  1. Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines by Richard Muller (2012)

    The near-meltdown of Fukushima, the upheavals in the Middle East, the BP oil rig explosion, and the looming reality of global warming have reminded the president and all U.S. citizens that nothing has more impact on our lives than the supply of and demand for energy. Its procurement dominates our economy and foreign policy more than any other factor. But the “energy question” is more confusing, contentious, and complicated than ever before. We need to know if nuclear power will ever really be safe. We need to know if solar and wind power will ever really be viable. And we desperately need to know if the natural gas deposits in Pennsylvania are a windfall of historic proportions or a false hope that will create more problems than solutions. Richard A. Muller provides all the answers in this must-read guide to our energy priorities now and in the coming years.
  2. The Energy Switch: How Companies and Customers are Transforming the Electrical Grid and the Future of Power by Peter Kelly-Detwiler (2021)

    The way humans produce, distribute and consume power will be cleaner, cheaper, and infinitely more complex within the next decade. In The Energy Switch, leading energy industry expert Peter Kelly-Detwiler looks at all aspects of the transformation: how we got here, where we are going, and the implications for all of us in our daily lives.
  3. Revolutionary Power by Shalanda Baker (2021)

    Revolutionary Power is a playbook for the energy transformation complete with a step-by-step analysis of the key energy policy areas that are ripe for intervention. Baker tells the stories of those who have been left behind in our current system and those who are working to be architects of a more just system. She draws from her experience as an energy-justice advocate, a lawyer, and a queer woman of color to inspire activists working to build our new energy system. In Revolutionary Power, Shalanda Baker arms those made most vulnerable by our current energy system with the tools they need to remake the system in the service of their humanity. She argues that people of color, poor people, and indigenous people must engage in the creation of the new energy system in order to upend the unequal power dynamics of the current system.
  4. The Power Brokers: The Struggle to Shape and Control the Power Industry by Jeremiah Lambert (2015)

    For more than a century, the interplay between private, investor-owned electric utilities and government regulators has shaped the electric power industry in the United States. Provision of an essential service to largely dependent consumers invited government oversight and ever more sophisticated market intervention. The industry has sought to manage, co-opt, and profit from government regulation. In The Power Brokers, Jeremiah Lambert maps this complex interaction from the late nineteenth century to the present day.
  5. The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future by Gretchen Bakke (2016)

    America’s electrical grid, an engineering triumph of the twentieth century, is turning out to be a poor fit for the present. It’s not just that the grid has grown old and is now in dire need of basic repair. Today, as we invest great hope in new energy sources–solar, wind, and other alternatives–the grid is what stands most firmly in the way of a brighter energy future. If we hope to realize this future, we need to reimagine the grid according to twenty-first-century values. It’s a project which forces visionaries to work with bureaucrats, legislators with storm-flattened communities, moneymen with hippies, and the left with the right. And though it might not yet be obvious, this revolution is already well under way.
  6. Energy Transitions: Global and National Perspectives by Vaclav Smil (2016)

    Based on the best international and national statistical sources, the second edition of Energy Transitions: Global and National Perspectives supplies an in-depth evaluation of how economies and nations around the world are striving to move away from traditional energy sources, the unfolding decarbonization process, and problems with intermittent energies and national transition plans. It supplies readers with a clear introduction to the basic properties of energy systems and key concepts of their appraisal, puts energy transition patterns in long-term historical perspective, and looks at the energy transition in eight of the world’s leading economies. The last chapters focus on the advances in the decarbonization of the global energy supply and consider how the energy transition will continue in the coming decades.
  7. The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations by Daniel Yergin (2020)

    The world is being shaken by the collision of energy, climate change, and the clashing power of nations in a time of global crisis. Out of this tumult is emerging a new map of energy and geopolitics. The “shale revolution” in oil and gas has transformed the American economy, ending the “era of shortage” but introducing a turbulent new era. Almost overnight, the United States has become the world’s number one energy powerhouse. Yet concern about energy’s role in climate change is challenging the global economy and way of life, accelerating a second energy revolution in the search for a low-carbon future. All of this has been made starker and more urgent by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic dark age that it has wrought. A master storyteller and global energy expert, Daniel Yergin takes the reader on an utterly riveting and timely journey across the world’s new map. He illuminates the great energy and geopolitical questions in an era of rising political turbulence and points to the profound challenges that lie ahead.
  8. Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy by Jigar Shah (2013)

    Jigar Shah, internationally recognized for revolutionizing the now multi-billion-dollar solar energy industry, outlines how entrepreneurs and investors can unlock the massive potential that climate change represents. Shah argues that, while new technical innovation is valuable, deployment of existing technologies are the key to reaching our near-term climate targets. Rather than waiting for yet to be developed technology, business model innovation is the key to attract mainstream capital and unlock transformational change.
  9. Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner (1993)

    The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecological and economic disaster. In his landmark book, Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city’s growth. He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the competition to transform the West. Based on more than a decade of research, Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden–an Eden that may only be a mirage.
  10. Lucky and Good by John Sherriff (2013)

    Trading, poker, investing, gambling, starting a business, baseball, betting on lawsuits, innovation, and one insider’s story about the rise and fall of Enron. In “Lucky and Good,” John Sherriff, former Enron Europe CEO, shares his insights about what went right and wrong at Enron, his current business of betting on lawsuits as well as tales from the poker table and the sporting world to provide very useful and entertaining advice for anyone in business. John Sherriff is the former CEO of Enron Europe, based in London, which was one of the largest commodity-trading organizations in the world.
  11. The Future Leader: 9 Skills and Mindsets to Succeed in the Next Decade by Jacob Morgan

    Based on interviews with over 140 of the world’s top CEOs and a survey of nearly 14,000 people, this book explores the mindsets and skills that will be essential to leading effectively over the next decade and beyond. Jacob purports that while some core aspects of leadership will remain the same, leaders of the future will need a new collection of skills and evolved mindsets to succeed. His commentary includes insights into significant trends impacting the future of leadership; top skills and mindsets future leaders will need and how to acquire them; new perceptions as to what leadership means; and challenges related to future-ready leadership.
  12. Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World for Men by Caroline Criado Perez

    Data is relied upon daily to make critical economic decisions, inform government services and programs, develop products and so on. Historically, data collection and analytics have failed to consider the impact of gender bias within data sets. Male experiences and perspectives have often served as the “default” for data collected and considered, while female experiences and perspectives have been treated as “atypical”, often unknowingly. In this book, Caroline Criado Perez investigates how data bias has perpetuated gender inequality in government institutions, businesses, healthcare sector and more. This book will truly change the way you look at the world!

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Vittoria Bellissimo
Vittoria Bellissimo
Executive Director
Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta
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“I want my daughter’s generation to see the electricity sector as a welcoming, inclusive industry. I want them to see themselves in our leaders and know that there are no artificial limits to their possible success in our sector.”

Vittoria loves working in the electricity sector. She believes that electricity, as a commodity, is fascinating. Supply must instantaneously meet demand, and be metered all along the journey - from generation sources to consumer sites. The sector is an enabler of economic growth in Alberta and needs to balance that with demand for a cleaner, sustainable Alberta grid. Vittoria is excited to be involved in Women+Power and to be part of the change making the industry more inclusive and diverse.
Stefania Cerisano
Stefania Cerisano
Director, Information and Governance Services
Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)
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“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals.” -Jean Vanier

Stefania’s role at AESO is to oversee and champion excellence in the delivery of access to information, privacy and records management programs. She is also responsible for managing the AESO’s operational governance program, including administrative policy management. These corporate services support the AESO in effectively meeting compliance obligations, managing information assets and facilitating transparency, all in support of its public interest mandate. Stefania is keen to make a personal contribution towards advancing a more inclusive and diverse environment that amplifies women within the power industry. She believes the collective efforts of this Board will empower women to better leverage their networks, embrace their value, and demonstrate their resilience in new and “electrifying” ways.
Katrina Edgerton-McGhan
Katrina Edgerton-McGhan
DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
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“Please do more to hire, support, and encourage talented women who want to work. Women don’t look or talk like Perry Mason, and you don’t want us to. We often are more creative, smarter, more persistent, and harder-working than men, and we actually win cases. So call me a Lady Lawyer. Just don’t underestimate me in Court.” -Lisa Blatt

Katrina is a litigation lawyer who supports clients in the power industry. As part of her role, she learns in an in-depth way about her clients’ business and goals to help them through challenging times and achieve their desired outcomes. Katrina is an extremely committed pro bono diversity advocate, particularly in the areas of equity and diversity in traditionally male-dominated industries. She feels privileged to be involved in such an important initiative in the power industry.
Elaina Eifler
Elaina Eifler
Director, Employee Resource Centre
ATCO Group
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“Women have always been powerful and strong. We have made our mark throughout history. When women come together, energy is created, great things happen and we forge our path today and for tomorrow. We are making our history mark now – why not make it even more awesome through initiatives like Women+Power!”

Elaina is responsible for the continued transformation of the Employee Resource Centre function to realize the strategic objective of delivering efficient, timely and cost-effective services to the business as an integral part of the human resources function. She provides inspiration and vision to the team in order to create a more robust and engaging experience for all ATCO employees. Elaina believes that women need to support each other and have many opportunities to understand how to do this in everyday lives and at work. She has been supported by strong mentors and has always been curious and courageous, but only recently learned how to help others be courageous too. Elaina has learned the path to courage and innovation is through vulnerability – and this is the most exiting part because success comes from being yourself. She wants to share what she has learned with other women to lift them up and push them a little so everyone can rise together.
Sharleen Gatcha
Sharleen Gatcha
Director, Operations
Founder and CEO, Women+Power
Balancing Pool
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“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” -Ryunosuke Satoro

Since joining the Balancing Pool, Sharleen has provided leadership including planning and oversight of key strategic initiatives in the areas of board governance, communications, information and privacy, compliance, regulatory and organizational functions. Her job has provided her with the opportunity to apply a great deal of the knowledge and skills obtained throughout more than 25 years working in the energy sector.

Sharleen created Women+Power because she envisioned a power industry that is more inclusive and diverse than what currently exists. Her goal is for Women+Power is to be involved in the conversations that will shape change, so that women can overcome challenges that result from, and in, prevalent underrepresentation at all organizational levels.
Jana Mosley
Jana Mosley
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“Leadership is causing something to happen that otherwise wouldn’t. Women+Power is leading a positive shift in the power industry that customers, stakeholders, and shareholders will benefit from for years to come.”

Jana is responsible for ENMAX’s transmission and distribution business. With almost two decades of industry experience, Jana has worked for various utilities, industrial consumers, generators, and the Alberta Electric System Operator. Prior to joining ENMAX in 2015, Jana served as President for Similan Consulting Inc. and advised companies across North America on electricity policy application, connection to the transmission grid, utility processes and project management. She works with a team of talented people who are dedicated to keeping the lights on for Calgarians while looking for innovative ways to meet customer needs in our rapidly evolving industry and give back to many Alberta communities. Jana is grateful for the people in her life who have taken the time to coach and mentor her to be the best version of herself which has enabled her to take on the role she has in the industry today and now she wants to do her part to support and open doors for others to help create a more diverse power industry!
Georgina Newell
Georgina Newell
CIP Senior Manager and Manager, Operations Compliance
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“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” -Michael Jordan

Georgina manages a team of compliance professionals who oversee risk, regulatory policy, growth projects, reliability standards and market rules across North America. She has spent 20 years of her career working in power distribution, generation, transmission and regulatory compliance. She loves the people and the challenges of working in power generation. Georgina is passionate about helping women in the industry and would like to give back by providing utility knowledge to young women just starting out in their careers. Now is her chance to make an impact!
Cherise Nielsen
Cherise Nielsen
Vice President, Development
Aypa Power, a Blackstone Portfolio Company
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“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made … It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” -Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Cherise is responsible for the development of energy storage and renewable hybrid projects, utilizing the latest technologies that improve the way we generate, store, and use power. She enjoys working on projects from conception to completion and loved being part of a development team that successfully built, commissioned, and operates one of the largest lithium-ion battery storage projects in North America. Having lived and worked in both Canada and the United States, Cherise has had the opportunity to witness the positive effects of diversity in many markets across the power industry. She looks forward to bringing those learnings to Women+Power and believes that together women can create a more inclusive and diverse power industry.
Bailey Rivard
Bailey Rivard
Partner – Valuations, Forensics & Litigation Support Services
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“It is critical that women have a safe place to come together, to support and empower each other in this industry. We will all benefit when we create a strong community.”

Bailey conducts financial investigations and provides forensic accounting, business valuation, and litigation support assistance to legal counsel and clients, including individuals, owner-managed businesses, corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. As part of her job, she also provides education to lawyers, law students, and the judiciary in understanding financial reporting and the meaning it has in legal matters, as well as other fraud and litigation-specific topics. Bailey recognizes the challenges that women in the power industry face and is excited about working with a group of individuals who will foster an environment to make meaningful change.
Shanelle Sinclair
Shanelle Sinclair
Manager, Regulatory
Heartland Generation Ltd.
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“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” -Anne Sweeney

Shanelle is responsible for implementing Heartland’s strategic vision for the Alberta wholesale electricity market and managing the company’s portfolio of regulatory applications. She has considerable experience in competition law relating to electricity markets, compliance, and the regulatory aspects of project development. Shanelle finds it energizing to collaborate with likeminded women through Women+Power.
Carissa Browning
Carissa Browning
Barrister & Solicitor
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“A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.” — John A. Shedd.

Carissa is a lawyer, collaborator and negotiator with experience in managing a broad range of legal affairs for government, start-ups, mid-market and multinational companies. She has worked in-house with large electricity power generators in Alberta and British Columbia and represents clients in technology, renewable power, energy services and energy trading. W+P opens doors and provides women with access to opportunities. Diverse and inclusive organizations are good for corporate governance, maximizing creativity, productivity and reducing groupthink. It will benefit the power industry.
Ivy Webb
Evan Bahry
Executive Director, IPPSA
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“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” -Margaret Thatcher

Evan has spent a career in public policy; first working in Ottawa for a Minister in Mulroney’s government and now as Executive Director of the Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta (IPPSA). He’s learned a) never to confuse correct with popular, b) there are way more sides than two in any given issue, especially when it comes to electricity policy, and c) and that leadership starts with listening. He’s a devoted husband and proud father.

He recognizes the strong role women have had in Alberta’s electricity industry and wants to help by increasing the opportunities for women, reducing barriers and expanding allies.