Evan Bahry

Evan Bahry
Evan Bahry

Executive Director
IPPSA

“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.

Vittoria Bellissimo

Vittoria Bellissimo

Executive Director
Industrial Power Consumers Association of AlbertaLinked In

Tomorrow’s electricity sector is a welcoming, inclusive, innovative industry.

Vittoria is the Executive Director of the Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta (IPCAA), the largest electricity consumer organization in Alberta and a proud sponsor of Women+Power. Vittoria has almost two decades of experience working at the intersection of electricity markets, policy and regulation in both North America and Europe. She serves on the Board of Emissions Reduction Alberta and is a member of Engineers Canada’s Task Force on Workplace Gender Equity, part of the 30 by 30 initiative, working to increase the representation of women within engineering. Vittoria is excited to be involved in Women+Power and to be part of the change making Alberta’s electricity industry more inclusive and diverse.

Stefania Cerisano

Stefania Cerisano
Stefania Cerisano

Director, Information and Governance Services
Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)Linked In

“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, records management and operational governance programs at the AESO. 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 and its members empower women to better leverage their networks, embrace their value, and demonstrate their resilience in new and “electrifying” ways.

Shanelle Sinclair

Shanelle Sinclair
Shanelle Sinclair

Manager, Regulatory
Heartland Generation Ltd.

“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.

Katrina Edgerton-McGhan

Katrina Edgerton-McGhan
Katrina Edgerton-McGhan

Counsel
DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

“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.

Jana Mosley

Jana Mosley
Jana Mosley

President
ENMAX Power

“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 over 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 passionate about diversity and was named a Calgary Women in Business 2022 award winner, sits on the board of Women in Communication and Technology Alberta Chapter, and is and advisor for the University Calgary’s Women in Science and Engineering fellowship.

Carissa Browning

Carissa Browning
Carissa Browning

Lawyer, EnerNEXT
Independent Director, Eldorado Gold

“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. She is also on the Board of Directors for Eldorado Gold, a public mining company listed on the TSX and NYSE. 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.

Georgina Newell

Georgina Newell
Georgina Newell

CIP Senior Manager and Manager, Operations Compliance, Document Control and Asset Information
TransAlta

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

Michael Jordan

Georgina manages a team of multi-disciplinary professionals who oversee compliance risk, regulatory policy, growth projects, engineering and asset information management across TransAlta’s North America portfolio. She has spent 20 years of her career working in power distribution, generation, transmission and regulatory compliance. Currently, she chairs an industry group for the implementation of reliability standards and the associated best practices. Also, she sits on a sub-committee run by the Idaho National lab for the advancement of careers in Operational Technology.  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!

Elaina Eifler

Elaina Eifler
Elaina Eifler

Director, Employee Resource Centre
ATCO Group

“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. Elaina has learned the path to courage and innovation is through vulnerability – and this is the most exciting 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.

Cherise Nielsen

Cherise Nielsen
Cherise Nielsen

Vice President, Development
Aypa Power, a Blackstone Portfolio Company

“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
Bailey Rivard

CPA, CA·IFA, CBV, CFE, CFF
Partner – Valuations, Forensics & Litigation Support Services
MNP LLP

Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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 information 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.

Sharleen Gatcha

Sharleen Gatcha
Sharleen Gatcha

Founder & CEO, Women+Power

You can tell who the strong women are, they’re the ones building each other up instead of tearing each other down.

Brene Brown

Sharleen is a motivated high-energy individual and dynamic strategic leader as well as a passionate advocate for women. She is a skilled energy professional with over 25 years of diverse experience in the energy industry in Alberta. In late 2021 Sharleen started her own consulting business to share her expertise with various clients 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, and to create opportunities for women to overcome the challenges that result from, and in, prevalent under-representation at all organizational levels. The world needs more strong female leaders.