Board of Directors
Pentti Karkkainen was appointed Chair of the Board of AltaGas Ltd. effective April 2, 2019. Mr. Karkkainen was a co-founder and General Partner of KERN Partners from 2000 to 2014, and was the firm's Senior Strategy Advisor from 2014 until his retirement from the firm in 2015. Prior thereto, Mr. Karkkainen was the Managing Director and Head of Oil and Gas Equity Research at RBC Capital Markets.
Mr. Karkkainen has significant board experience, including as Lead Director and as chair of compensation and audit committees. Mr. Karkkainen holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geology from Carleton University and a Masters of Business Administration from Queen's University. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Catherine M. Best, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D (2)(3)
Ms. Best is a Chartered Accountant and has been a Corporate Director since 2009. From 2000 to 2009, she held senior financial positions, including Interim Chief Financial Officer of Alberta Health Services and Executive Vice-President, Risk Management and Chief Financial Officer of Calgary Health Region. Prior to this, she was with Ernst & Young for 19 years, the last 10 as Corporate Audit Partner.
Ms. Best holds a Bachelor of Interior Design degree from the University of Manitoba. She was awarded her FCA designation in 2002 and her ICD.D in 2009. She is a member of the Board of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Calgary Foundation, The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company and the Calgary Stampede Foundation. Ms. Best is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Victoria A. Calvert (1)(4)
Ms. Calvert is a Corporate Director and Professor Emerita of Entrepreneurship and International Business with Mount Royal University (MRU) in Calgary, where she taught from 1988 until 2018.
She also served as MRU’s Community Service Learning facilitator overseeing relationships, conducting a research program, and developing administrative frameworks. Prior to this, she held corporate positions at Hudson’s Bay Oil and Gas and the Bank of Nova Scotia.
Ms. Calvert holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree from Queen’s University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Western University. Ms. Calvert has served as a director of the Heritage Park Society Board, the Canadian Council of Small and Medium Enterprises, the Calgary Business Information Centre, and as an advisor for the Canadian Alliance for Community Service Learning. Ms. Calvert is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
David W. Cornhill (B.Sc.(Hons.), MBA)
Mr. Cornhill served as Chairman of the Board of AltaGas Ltd. from the time of AltaGas Services Inc.’s (AltaGas' predecessor) inception in 1994 until April 1, 2019. Mr. Cornhill is also a founding shareholder of AltaGas Services Inc. and was Chief Executive Officer of AltaGas from 1994 to 2016. He also served as interim co-CEO from July to December 2018. Prior to forming AltaGas, Mr. Cornhill served in various capacities with Alberta and Southern Gas Co. Ltd., including Vice President, Finance and Administration, Treasurer and President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Cornhill is an experienced leader in the business community and is a strong supporter of communities and community collaboration, investment and enhancement. Mr. Cornhill is a member of the Ivey Advisory Board at Western University. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree and a Master of Business Administration degree, both from Western, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Western in 2015. Mr. Cornhill is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Crawford is the President and Chief Executive Officer of AltaGas and has been since December 2018. Prior to joining AltaGas, Mr. Crawford was with EQT Midstream Partners, LP from 2012 to 2017, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and with EQT Corporation as Senior Vice President and President, Midstream, Commercial and Distribution from 2007 to 2017.
Mr. Crawford holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Economics from West Virginia Wesleyan College and is a CPA. Mr. Crawford previously served as a director for numerous energy associations, including the American Gas Association, the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. He is a director of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and a member of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Council. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Allan L. Edgeworth, P.Eng (2)(3)
Mr. Edgeworth is a Professional Engineer and Corporate Director. He was the President of ALE Energy Inc. from January 2005 through December 2015. Prior to this, Mr. Edgeworth was with Alliance Pipeline Ltd., initially serving in the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and later serving as President and CEO.
Mr. Edgeworth was a Commission member and Director of the Alberta Securities Commission. He has also served on the Boards of the Interstate National Gas Association of America and the Canadian Gas Association and is a past-Chair of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association. Mr. Edgeworth holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of British Columbia in Geological Engineering and is a graduate of the Queen’s Executive Program. Mr. Edgeworth is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Daryl H. Gilbert, P.Eng (3)
Mr. Gilbert is a Professional Engineer and has been an independent businessman since 2005. He joined JOG Capital Inc. in May 2008 as a Managing Director and Investment Committee member. Mr. Gilbert was with Gilbert Laustsen Jung Associates Ltd. (now GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd.) from 1979 to 2005, serving as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1994 to 2005.
Mr. Gilbert holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and has extensive experience in the industry and as a director. Mr. Gilbert is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Robert B. Hodgins, CPA, CA (2)(4)
Mr. Hodgins is a Chartered Accountant and has been an independent businessman since November 2004. Mr. Hodgins has been serving as Senior Advisor, Investment Banking for Canaccord Genuity Corp. from September 2018. Prior to that, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Pengrowth Energy Trust (now Pengrowth Corporation) from 2002 to 2004, Vice President and Treasurer of Canadian Pacific Limited from 1998 to 2002 and Chief Financial Officer of TransCanada PipeLines Limited from 1993 to 1998.
Mr. Hodgins received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Business from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and received a Chartered Accountant designation. He was admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1977 and Alberta in 1991 and he is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Cynthia Johnston (1)(3)
Ms. Johnston is a Corporate Director. She was Executive Vice President, Gas, Renewables and Operations Services at TransAlta Corporation from 2015 until her retirement in 2017. Between 2011 and 2015, she held various positions, including Executive Vice President Enterprise Risk and Corporate Services and Executive Vice President Corporate Services. Prior thereto, Ms. Johnston held various executive leadership positions with TransAlta and FortisAlberta.
Ms. Johnston holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Calgary and a Masters in Applied Economics from the University of Victoria. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Phillip R. Knoll, P.Eng (1)(4)
Mr. Knoll is a Professional Engineer and has been the President of Knoll Energy Inc. since 2006. He acted as interim co-CEO of AltaGas from July to December 2018. Prior thereto, he was CEO of Corridor Resources Inc. from 2010 to 2014. Mr. Knoll was a director of AltaGas Utility Group Inc. from 2005 to 2009. His other roles included Group Vice President, Duke Energy Gas Transmission, Chair, Management Committee and President for Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, as well as senior roles at Westcoast Energy Inc., TransCanada Pipelines Limited and Alberta Natural Gas Company Ltd.
Mr. Knoll has over 35 years of varied experience in the energy sector, primarily related to energy infrastructure businesses and the natural gas value chain. Mr. Knoll holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in Chemical Engineering. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Terry D. McCallister (1)
Mr. McCallister is an independent businessman. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of WGL and Washington Gas from 2009 until his retirement in 2018. Prior thereto, Mr. McCallister served as President and Chief Operating Officer of WGL and Washington Gas, joining Washington Gas in 2000 as Vice President of Operations. He has also held various leadership positions with Southern Natural Gas and Atlantic Richfield Company.
Mr. McCallister has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla and is a graduate of the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business Executive Program. He has served on the National Petroleum Council, the American Gas Association, the Southern Gas Association and on the boards of several business and community organizations, including, the Gas Technology Institute, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Alliance to Save Energy, the Smithsonian National Zoo, the National Symphony Orchestra and the INOVA Health System Foundation. Mr. McCallister is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
M. Neil McCrank Q.C., P.Eng (4)
Mr. McCrank is senior counsel to Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in its Calgary office. He was Chairman of the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board from 1998 to 2007. Prior thereto he was with the Alberta Department of Justice serving in various capacities, including Deputy Minister of Justice from 1989 to 1998.
Mr. McCrank holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Laws from Queens University.
(1) Member of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee, chaired by Phillip Knoll
(2) Member of the Audit Committee, chaired by Robert Hodgins
(3) Member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee, chaired by Daryl Gilbert
(4) Member of the Governance Committee, chaired by Neil McCrank