Privacy Policy

Last modified: May 15, 2020

By using the Women+Power Electricity Society website you signify your acceptance of our Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with this policy, please do not use this website.

It is our policy to post any changes we make to our privacy policy on this page. If we make material changes to how we treat our users’ personal information, we will notify you by email to the primary email address specified in your membership. We include the date the privacy policy was last revised at the top of the page. You are responsible for ensuring we have an up-to-date, active, and deliverable email address for you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at


The Women+Power Electricity Society (the “Society” or “We”) respects your privacy and are committed to protecting it through our compliance with this policy.


This policy describes (a) how we collect, use, disclose, and protect the personal information of our members and non-members (“you”), (b) the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit the website (our “Website”), and (c) our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting, and disclosing that information. “Member” means an individual who has been accepted for membership in the Society or who seeks to become a member of the Society.


This policy applies to information we collect, use, or disclose about you in accordance with this privacy policy.


We collect and use several types of information from and about you, including:


We use different methods to collect our information, including through:


We use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any personal information:


We may disclose personal information that we collect or you provide as described in this privacy policy:

We may also disclose your personal information:


We may transfer personal information that we collect or that you provide as described in this policy to contractors, service providers, and other third parties we use to support our organization (such as analytics and search engine providers that assist us with Website improvement and optimization) and who are contractually obligated to keep personal information confidential, use it only for the purposes for which we disclose it to them, and to process the personal information with the same standards set out in this policy.


The security of your personal information is very important to us. We use physical, electronic, and administrative measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration, and disclosure.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to our Website. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Website.


Except as otherwise permitted or required by applicable law or regulation, we will only retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.


It is important that the personal information we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal information changes. By law you have the right to request access to and to correct the personal information that we hold about you.

We request specific information from you to help us (a) confirm your identity, (b) enable your access to the personal information that we hold about you, and (c) make any changes you request to the personal information that we hold about you.

If you would like to access or correct your personal information you may contact our Privacy Officer at


Where you have provided your consent to the collection, use, and transfer of your personal information, you may have the legal right to withdraw your consent under certain circumstances. To withdraw your consent, if applicable, contact us at


This website contains links to other websites. The Society is not responsible for the personal information collection, use, retention and disclosure practices of any third parties to which our Website may link. You should consult the privacy policies of any third party(ies) or third party(ies) website prior to providing any personal information to the third party(ies).


We welcome your questions, comments, and requests regarding this Privacy Policy and our privacy practices. Please contact our Privacy Officer at

We have procedures in place to receive and respond to complaints or inquiries about our handling of personal information, our compliance with this Privacy Policy, and with applicable privacy laws. To discuss our compliance with this policy please contact our Privacy Officer using the contact information listed above.

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you should contact the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) of Alberta:

Information and Privacy Commissioner
410, 9925 – 109 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 2J8
Fax (780) 422-5682
Toll-Free: 1-888-878-4044


In accordance with our privacy obligations, instances of breach will be communicated to impacted individuals as well as to the OIPC of Alberta.

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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
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.
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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.