Title Sponsor

DLA Piper
Financial Sponsors

Enmax Atco Black & Veatch Hardline Engineering IPPSA Burns & Mcdonnel TransAlta FortisAlberta
Non-Financial Sponsors

Balancing Pool AESO IPCAA MSA

Stackd Consulting HEED Communications Gold Circle PR

EHRC Equal by 30 WiRE CEATI

Women+Power is especially grateful for the financial and legal support provided by DLA Piper Canada (DLA) who kindly stepped in as Title Sponsor for the organization in 2019. Much of the foundational work as well as initial branding and marketing efforts would not have been possible without the generous support of DLA from the outset. Women+Power looks forward to continued collaboration with DLA as we grow and develop our community for women in the power industry, and the men who support them as allies, and create opportunities that will have a lasting impact on the power industry for years to come.

Women+Power is thankful to have the support of our founding financial sponsors, ENMAX and ATCO. The financial support provided by these organizations will allow Women+Power to provide value for our members including opportunities for connection, and to develop programs, tools and resources that women in the power industry need to excel in their careers.

Women+Power is also pleased to have a number of non-financial not-for-profit sponsors from the industry who have made a commitment to promote the organization and offer support in non-financial ways. We are excited about the unique opportunities these sponsors will provide for Women+Power and look forward to forging strong relationships as we develop our community and everything we hope to achieve as a result of it.

Our in-kind sponsors provide goods or services in lieu of direct financial support which have and will continue to allow Women+Power to stretch the financial support we do receive and to recognize organizations that want to provide support in other meaningful ways.

Title Sponsor

DLA Piper
A long-time advocate for the inclusion and promotion of women in the legal and business communities, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP supports the fostering of an inclusive environment at all levels within Alberta’s power industry. DLA Piper recognizes that a key factor driving the success of their firm has come from the cultivation of a workplace which values diversity and addresses the underlying causes for gender disparities with an aim to implement strategies that will successfully address these issues. DLA Piper Canada is proud to support organizations like Women+Power whose purpose is to promote the empowerment of women in underrepresented industries.

In-Kind Sponsors

Stack’d Consulting
Stack’d is a boutique management consulting firm supporting clients across Western Canada. They help bold leaders transform their businesses and how they operate to respond to an ever-changing environment and achieve rapid growth. Stack’d believes that successful transformations need to be human-centric and data driven.

Stack’d is a proud supporter of Women+Power and organizations like it dedicated to finding untapped potential and leveraging it to positively impact their community. To learn more about Stack’d and our service offerings, visit

HEED Communications
Heed Communications is a Calgary-based communications consultancy led by Robin Boschman, Principal. Its services range from communications strategy and planning to writing to corporate facilitation and more. Visit to learn more.

Gold Circle PR
Gold Circle PR is a public relations firm supporting mission driven organizations across North America through a roster of specialized services, ranging from media to brand building and image. Gold Circle PR intentionally built their firm around a core belief and value system that supports the business objectives of creators, innovators and visionaries; allowing us to create positive, impactful change together. You can find out more about Gold Circle on their website:

Olivia Jacobs, Founder of Gold Circle PR and a passionate advocate for women and children, proudly supports Women+Power; understanding first-hand the importance of diversity in the workplace and the systemic struggles that women face to get a seat at the boardroom table.

Non-Financial Sponsors

Balancing Pool
The Balancing Pool exists to facilitate policy implementation to support the functioning of the electricity industry for the benefit of Albertans. The Electric Utilities Act and certain other acts regulations establish the mandate of the Balancing Pool, which is principally to manage certain assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses associated with the ongoing evolution of Alberta's electric industry.

The Balancing Pool is a proud supporter of Women+Power having experienced the value of diversity and inclusion in its’ own organization and acknowledges the need for increased representation of women at all levels in Alberta’s power industry. The Balancing Pool appreciates the opportunity to be a part of the change that Women+Power is striving for.

The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) is responsible for ensuring a reliable and affordable power system in Alberta. A not-for-profit organization with no financial investment in the power industry, the AESO operates the market and grid, connect load and generation customers and plan the transmission system on behalf of Albertans. The AESO works closely with industry partners and the government to meet the province’s power needs now and into the future. The opportunity to be a founding sponsor of Women+Power aligns with the AESO’s value of inclusion for women and increasing their representation in the power industry. Our current initiatives expand to the grade school and university level. With Women+Power, we endeavor to impact women in the power industry, at various stages of their professional careers, to help them thrive.

The Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta (IPCAA) is a membership based organization with a mandate to ensure the positive development of the electricity sector in Alberta by taking a leadership role in advocating for a fair, open and efficient marketplace for electricity sales and services in Alberta. IPCAA operates through strategic planning processes, an educated and informed membership, active lobbying with other industry stakeholders before the provincial government, as well as through extensive and comprehensive interventions in relevant regulatory proceedings in front of the Alberta Utilities Commission.

The Market Surveillance Administrator (MSA) is a public agency that protects and promotes the fair, efficient, and openly competitive operation of Alberta's electricity and retail natural gas markets. The MSA monitors the performance of Alberta's electricity and natural gas markets to ensure that market participants comply with all applicable electricity and natural gas legislation, the Alberta Reliability Standards, and the Independent System Operator's rules.

The MSA is a proud supporter of Women+Power. An inclusive and diverse power industry is critical to the industry’s future and its ability to serve all Albertans.


Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) is a non-profit organization supporting the human resources needs of the Canadian electricity and renewable energy sector and is committed to supporting women and gender equity across the electricity sector.

EHRC is the most trusted source of human resources insight, programs, and tools to help the Canadian electricity industry. EHRC has resources to support gender equity, including the Leadership Accord for Gender Diversity, Leadershift: Pathways to Gender Equity and Illuminate Opportunity: Equity in the Workplace.

To learn more about EHRC, visit their website:

Equal by 30
The Natural Resources Canada-led Equal by 30 campaign, launched in May 2018 under the banner of the international Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), is an international framework that asks companies and governments to endorse principles, then take action in service of a common goal: Make gender equality central to the transition to a clean energy future by promoting equal pay, opportunity and leadership for women. Equal by 30 asks non-profit organizations like Women+Power to endorse principles, and take concrete actions to help close the gender gap. Through this campaign, leadership from across the energy sector is being brought together to galvanize action, and help all players - from private sector companies to governments at all levels - take action together. To learn more about the Equal by 30 Campaign, visit their website:

Launched in 2013, WiRE forges partnerships with government agencies and a spectrum of renewable energy industry associations, other related networking groups for professional women from across the energy sector, and academic providers. WiRE's mission is to advance the role and recognition of women working in the energy sector. Inclusive of all renewable energy and clean technologies, WiRE’s programming includes capacity-building field trips, networking meet-ups, an awards recognition program, student bursaries, speed mentoring and more.

The Women In Power collaborative venture is a networking, mentorship, and peer-to-peer support group that spans across the entirety of the CEATI organization. It aims to promote engineering and other technical careers to women in the field, and to share common challenges and strategies for overcoming obstacles as women in a field populated predominantly by men. In order to achieve these goals, the CEATI Women in Power Group offers the following three initiatives: Face-to-face networking at industry-open CEATI events, Women in Power Webinar Series, and a Mentorship Triad Program that connects women at different points in their career. Please visit us at: CEATI – Women in Power Group

Financial Sponsors

ENMAX is a diverse electricity and energy services company involved across all areas of the electricity value chain. ENMAX Power Corporation owns and operates transmission and distribution infrastructure in Calgary, and ENMAX Energy Corporation owns various generation facilities throughout Alberta. Through its subsidiaries, ENMAX offers a range of innovative energy solutions to more than 674,800 customers across Alberta including electricity, gas, renewable energy and other services. Diversity in our workplace is equally as important. To us, it’s about removing barriers and building an environment of inclusion, where everyone belongs and is celebrated for who they are. ENMAX is proud of our commitment to promoting diversity in all forms, and in 2017, we signed the Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity, a public commitment by Canadian employers, educators, unions and governments to promote gender diversity within their organizations.

ENMAX is proud to be a financial sponsor of Women+Power. Together, we can remove barriers and advance inclusivity and diversity in our sector by empowering women and creating opportunities for support, connection and representation.

ATCO serves more than two million customers around the world, providing innovative, sustainable solutions in the sectors that are essential to global growth and prosperity: residential and commercial housing; energy; water; transportation and agriculture. From the delivery of efficient and reliable energy for homes, businesses and communities, to affordable temporary and permanent buildings, to transportation of products and services, ATCO builds communities, energizes industries and delivers customer-focused solutions like no other company in the world.

ATCO is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to promoting and maintaining a workplace culture of inclusion and respect. ATCO values our individual differences—our unique perspectives and backgrounds—and the variety of contributions each member of the ATCO family brings to work. Aligning with its’ core values of caring, collaboration, and integrity, ATCO fosters constructive relationships and creates a positive and professional work environment that is safe for everyone. ATCO is proud of the many grassroots inclusion and diversity initiatives that thrive within their organization, and the unified commitment of senior executives and Board of Directors to improving diversity across all facets of the business.

ATCO is honoured to be a financial sponsor of Women + Power and believes our partnership will foster stronger insights and surface greater opportunity for a more diverse future across all industries.

Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a more than 100-year track record of innovation in sustainable infrastructure. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries by addressing the resilience and reliability of our world's most important infrastructure assets. Follow us on and on social media to learn more.

Black & Veatch's culture and values transcend differences in age, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation. As a global company having performed projects in more than 100 countries, Black & Veatch values Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and joining Women+Power advances these efforts.

Hardline Engineering
Hardline Engineering is an employee-owned design and engineering firm located right here in Alberta. Hardline specializes in low, medium and high voltage electrical utility and industrial design serving clients across North America and is passionate about delivering the highest quality products and innovative solutions for our customers and growing a company whose culture, resources and values improve the communities in which we operate.

Hardline Engineering was founded on principals of equality, diversity and inclusion and believes the best teams are made up from individuals whose unique experience and background brings different perspectives to the table.

We acknowledge that there remain areas in which we can improve ourselves and our industry and that the road to improvement requires awareness, dialogue and collaboration. Hardline is an extremely proud supporter of Women+Power and is committed to being an industry leader, as a truly equal opportunity employer.

IPPSA was founded in 1993 as a forum for dialogue among Alberta's power producers and a proponent of competition in Alberta's electricity market. IPPSA has more than 100 members, who operate nearly 100% of Alberta's power supply.

IPPSA is an advocate of competitive market principles and is actively engaged with the provincial government and its agencies in developing policies that promote competitive market outcomes, being driven by the belief that competition rewards innovation, provides new choices and creates a downward pressure on market prices for consumers. IPPSA is involved in the review of legislation, regulations and market rules and has testified before the Alberta Utilities Commission. IPPSA has committed to demonstrating its support of Women+Power in meaningful ways.

Burns & McDonnell
For more than 75 years, Burns & McDonnell has provided engineering services throughout Canada and is currently expanding its engineer-procure-construct capabilities across the country. Utilizing an integrated design and construction mindset, our Canada team has worked on dozens of generation, transmission and distribution, and manufacturing projects for a range of utility and industrial clients. By leveraging knowledge, technology and commitment of ownership, we consistently deliver safe, innovative and quality projects.

At Burns & McDonnell, we embrace the way our differences enrich the way we see the world, our business and each other. We’re proud of our culture of inclusion and deeply desire to harness the strength of our diversity. We promote, share and encourage diversity, equity and inclusion within the workplace through various efforts, events and communication platforms. Every employee-owner’s unique story and perspective is valued regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or family background. We identify, first and foremost, as fellow owners. Among our MacCulture Principles is "One Burns & McDonnell: We respect all, are accountable to all and trust in all."

Burns & McDonnell is proud to be a sponsor of Women + Power. “As an active member in this community, we believe we can continue to jointly develop opportunities to promote increased diversity and inclusion in the Alberta power sector and beyond.” Darcy Wagner, Operations Manager.

TransAlta owns, operates and develops a diverse fleet of electrical power generation assets in Canada, the United States and Australia with a focus on long-term shareholder value. TransAlta provides municipalities, medium and large industries, businesses and utility customers with clean, affordable, energy efficient and reliable power. Today, TransAlta is one of Canada's largest producers of wind power and Alberta's largest producer of hydroelectric power. For over 100 years, TransAlta has been a responsible operator and a proud community-member where its employees work and live. TransAlta aligns its corporate goals with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and has been recognized by CDP (formerly Climate Disclosure Project) as an industry leader on Climate Change Management, having recently achieved an A- score.

To learn more, visit

FortisAlberta delivers safe and reliable electricity service to more than 60 per cent of Alberta’s total electricity distribution network -- that’s electricity to more than half a million residential, farm and business customers from across central and southern Alberta. FortisAlberta operates in 240 communities with more than 124,000 kilometres of power lines. As an electricity provider, FortisAlberta builds, maintains and repairs the lines that keep the power on. Their team of more than 1,100 Albertans, including 350 lineworkers, are at your service today and every day, across more than 50 municipal districts and counties.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Women+Power is a community where women of all levels of experience within Alberta’s power industry can come together to connect, support, empower and recognize each other to achieve our full potential both professionally and personally. By bringing individuals together through this emerging community, our aim is to cultivate an atmosphere of success and strive to overcome the challenges that result from, and in, under-representation of women at all organizational levels.

Currently women represent only one quarter of Alberta’s power industry. Studies have shown that greater diversity in the workplace: 1) Fosters communication and collaboration, 2) breeds innovation, 3) improves decision making, and 4) enhances performance and increases profits.

To keep pace with the growing demands of the power industry, organizations must become consciously inclusive and encourage diversity in the workplace. Our goal is to create a more inclusive and diverse power industry and we invite organizations to become part of the transformational change that is needed to overcome some of the challenges faced by women in the industry. Affordable and scalable sponsorship opportunities are outlined below.
Women+Power was established to create a more diverse, inclusive power industry by empowering women and amplifying their careers. We plan to achieve this by:
  1. Developing a supportive, influential and accessible community through events and on-line community exchanges;
  2. Creating an environment where women feel empowered and have access to information, resources and services they need to succeed in their careers;
  3. Recognizing and celebrating the success of women in the industry;
  4. Collaborating with sponsors and partners to advocate for, support and establish goals and initiatives related to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Your Support is Needed

Please review the following opportunities to become a sponsor. To proceed with sponsorship, set up a meeting, or request additional information, please email or call 587.893.2553.
  • Company name, logo and bio displayed on website as Gigawatt Sponsor
  • All benefits of Megawatt sponsorship plus:
    • Additional features on website: news, profiles
    • Name/logo more prominent in marketing materials for all events
    • Additional promotional opportunities including special mention at events
    • Free membership, event discounts
  • Company Name/Logo featured on website as Megawatt Sponsor
  • All benefits of Kilowatt sponsorship plus:
    • Additional features on website: news, profiles
    • Name/logo more prominent in marketing materials for all events
    • Additional promotional opportunities including mention at events
    • Additional social media recognition and features
  • Company Name/Logo featured on website as Kilowatt Sponsor
  • Featured on website: news, profiles
  • Name/logo included in marketing materials for all events
  • Promotional opportunities including mention at events
  • Social media recognition and features
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DLA Women + Power
Vittoria Bellissimo
Vittoria Bellissimo
Executive Director
Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta
Linked In LinkedIn

“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
Linked In LinkedIn

“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.