Exclusive Member Only Events & Programs in October

*The events and programs listed below are available to members only. Membership is free. To become a member, please sign up for our monthly newsletter here.

The W+P Events and Programs schedule is designed to connect, grow and inspire our members – women in the power industry and our allies. If you want to be invited to the events below and future member-only events, Join Us as a member today to receive a personal invitation to participate.

1. Virtual Event: Understanding Your Value as a Power Professional: Getting jobs we love, salaries we deserve and work we are proud of

Date: October 21, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00p MDT
Registration Deadline: October 4, 2021

Jackie Rafter is a visionary career transformation strategist and entrepreneur with a passion for helping people discover and live their purpose. As Founder, President & CEO of Higher Landing, Jackie helps professionals, executives and globally-known athletes manage and evolve their careers. The proprietary Career Transformation methodology she has pioneered at Higher Landing is being broadly adopted across professions throughout Canada as the country endures significant, disruptive change. Jackie holds dual degrees from the University of Calgary with an MBA and Bachelor of Education (French) and is a champion of helping people live fulfilling purpose-driven careers. She speaks regularly to professional associations in Canada, educating their members on future work trends.

As an entrepreneur who has developed a proprietary process for helping professionals across North America manage their careers, Jackie will walk through a framework to understand our value and leverage it to get jobs we love, salaries we deserve and do work we are proud of.

Women + Power members will learn about their unique value and the vital role it can play in creating a successful career in the power industry.

In this session you will learn:

This webinar is derived from Higher Landing’s proprietary Career Transition and Transformation program, which has been used to help thousands of professionals transition and manage their careers and ‘land higher’ since 2015.

Registration details will be communicated to members on September 22 via a private Eventbrite invitation. This event is not open to the public.


2. Virtual Learning Series #2: Allyship in an Organizational Context

Workshop date: October 25, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm MDT
Registration Deadline: October 15, 2021

We are pleased to offer our second Learning Series, Allyship in an Organizational Context. The concept of allyship is quite broad and can manifest in a variety of ways depending on the context.

Some of you may find yourself in the unenviable position of taking this on in your workplace, for the first time – in a deeply emotional and volatile environment. While others are realizing that all of the best practices intended to embrace the diversity that got us here may not get us ‘there’.

Whether you’re new to the game or struggling with the rules of it all. We’ve got you.

In this learning series our incredible speaker, Pamela Teagarden, MAPP will focus specifically on allyship in the workplace and provide you with multiple opportunities to learn what allyship is, to discuss what it means to you and to push back on the good intentions that just aren’t working.

Learnings objectives include:

Participants will be provided with an opportunity to discuss content, apply acquired knowledge and gather in the new year to share ally and/or partner experiences.

This Learning Series includes:

Participants have the option of registering for the speaker presentation and breakout discussions only; however, we strongly encourage participants to register for the Applied Learning Sharing Session on January 26, 2022, from 12:00 -1:00pm. Registration for the January 26 event will open after our Workshop on October 25. Some of our greatest learnings come from sharing our own experiences and hearing about the experiences of others.

To participate in this learning series, please register by October 15, 2021. Registration details will be communicated to members on September 22 via a private Eventbrite invitation.

About Pamela Teagarden, MAPP

Pam helps people understand their unique business instincts, so they can move beyond their blind spots and team biases in their daily performance.

Her research validated a model of ‘Organizational Justice’ that levels the playing field for everyone by reducing bias and increasing transparency in operational decisions. This theory promotes resilience, inclusion, fairness and equity in ways that may also serve the broader scope of Social Justice.

Quoted widely on the subject of Inclusive Diversity, she believes that “Getting along better is not enough if we can’t also get to work better, together – in measurable and meaningful ways”.

A former banker, Pam completed her graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Applied Positive Psychology. So, her work has always encompassed both performance and people.

She has lived and worked in Russia, China, England and the US – and her clients include Microsoft, PWC, Yum Restaurants Int’l, Royal Bank of Scotland, Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, Unilever, Federal Occupational Health Agency, Kaiser Permanente, among others. She also works across small-to-medium companies, equity funders, entrepreneurs and individuals.

Her passion includes her work with UN partners to meet the Global Sustainability Development Goals for Gender Equity, her seat on the Wall Street Journal Task Force on Women in the Economy, and her position as faculty to the Thought Leadership Institute for Talent Acquisition in the Fortune 100.

Pam’s TEDx talk at the Great Wall of China was on the subject of the wall between our hearts and minds in the workplace. She’s been featured in Forbes and a long list of podcasts. Pam is an author, a speaker, a consultant, a coach and an intentional ally.

As always, please feel free to reach out to with any questions or visit for more information about Women+Power.

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DLA Women + Power
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)
Linked In LinkedIn

“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
Linked In LinkedIn

“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
Linked In LinkedIn

“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
Linked In LinkedIn

“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
Linked In LinkedIn

“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
Linked In LinkedIn

“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
Linked In LinkedIn

“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.
Linked In LinkedIn

“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
Linked In LinkedIn

“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
Linked In LinkedIn

“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.