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.
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.
Cynthia Johnston (1)(2)
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.
Linda G. Sullivan, CPA, CMA (2)(3)
Ms. Sullivan is a Corporate Director. She most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at American Water Works Company, Inc. from 2016 until her retirement in August of 2019, and prior thereto as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2014. Prior to joining American Water Works, she held various roles with the Edison International companies, last serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Southern California Edison Company from 2009 to 2014.
Ms. Sullivan has over 25 years of utility finance and regulatory experience. She received her Certified Public Accountant designation (inactive) and Certified Management Accountant designation and is a Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors. Ms. Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from Portland State University.
Nancy G. Tower, FCPA/FCA (2)(3)
Ms. Tower served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tampa Electric Company, a regulated electric utility and a subsidiary of Emera Inc. (Emera) in Tampa, Florida (TECO Energy), from December of 2017 until 2021. As part of her planned retirement she transitioned the role of President in February 2021 and retired in June 2021. From 2014 until 2017, she was the Chief Corporate Development Officer of Emera. Since joining Emera in 1997, Ms. Tower has held several senior positions in corporate finance and in operations at Emera and with its subsidiaries, including Controller and Vice President, Customer Operations of Nova Scotia Power Inc., Chief Financial Officer of Emera, and Chief Executive Officer of Emera Newfoundland and Labrador.
Ms. Tower holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Tampa.
Victoria A. Calvert (3)(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) (1)
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.
Jon-Al Duplantier, J.D. (4)
Mr. Duplantier is a recently retired executive who has spent more than 25 years in the energy industry, most recently with Parker Drilling Company. He served as President, Rental Tools and Well Services of Parker Drilling from April 2018 until July 2020. Prior thereto, Mr. Duplantier held a series of executive positions at Parker Drilling, including Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel from April 2014 to March 2018; Senior Vice President and General Counsel from 2012 to 2014; and Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from 2009 to 2012. Prior to joining Parker Drilling, he held a number of roles at ConocoPhillips including Senior Counsel, Exploration and Production, Managing Counsel, Indonesia and Managing Counsel, Environmental.
Mr. Duplantier holds a Juris Doctor Degree from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Science from Grambling State University.
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.
(1) Member of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee, chaired by Cynthia Johnston
(2) Member of the Audit Committee, chaired by Linda Sullivan
(3) Member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee, chaired by Nancy Tower
(4) Member of the Governance Committee, chaired by Phillip Knoll