Board of Directors
David W. Cornhill (B.Sc.(Hons.), MBA)
Mr. Cornhill is Chairman of the Board, a position he has held since AltaGas Services Inc.’s (AltaGas’ predecessor) inception in 1994. Mr. Cornhill is a founding shareholder of AltaGas Services Inc. and was Chief Executive Officer from 1994 to 2016. He also served as interim Co-CEO from July to December 2018. Prior to forming AltaGas Services Inc., Mr. Cornhill served in the capacities of Vice President, Finance and Administration, and Treasurer at Alberta and Southern Gas Co. Ltd. from 1991 to 1993 and as President and Chief Executive Officer until 1994.
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 serves on the Board of Governors at Western University and is a member of the Ivey Advisory Board at Western. 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.
Catherine M. Best, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D (2)(3)
Ms. Best has been a corporate director since 2009. Until May 2009, she served as Interim Chief Financial Officer of Alberta Health Services. Prior to that she was Executive Vice-President, Risk Management and Chief Financial Officer of Calgary Health Region from 2000. Prior to 2000, she was with Ernst & Young, a firm of chartered accountants where she served as a staff member and manager from 1980 to 1991, and was Corporate Audit Partner from 1991 to 2000.
Ms. Best holds a Bachelor of Interior Design degree from the University of Manitoba. She is a Chartered Accountant, was awarded her FCA designation in 2002 and her ICD.D in 2009 and 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.
Victoria A. Calvert (1)(4)
Ms. Calvert is the Community Service Learning (CSL) Facilitator for Mount Royal University (MRU) in Calgary, and a Professor of Entrepreneurship and International Business at the Bissett School of Business at MRU, where she has taught since 1988.
Ms. Calvert has served as a director of the Heritage Park Society Board and as an advisor for the Canadian Alliance for Community Service Learning. She has consulted for more than 30 years, and published extensively regarding community engagement. Research interests include developing strategies for institutional and community partnerships, Global Service Learning, and structuring CSL for optimal stakeholder impact.
As President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Crawford will lead the development and execution of AltaGas’ strategic plan. With a focus on Gas and U.S. Utilities, he will oversee the reshaping of our company and optimization of our businesses to drive AltaGas through the next phase of growth and value creation.
Mr. Crawford is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in the natural gas industry. Prior to joining AltaGas, Mr. Crawford was Senior Vice President and President, Midstream and Commercial with EQT Corporation, a premier U.S. integrated gas company. In his role, he led the company’s ambitious growth strategy in the Marcellus natural gas play. He was also responsible for overseeing all of EQT's commercial, regulatory, operations and project development functions of EQT Marketing, EQT Gathering Inc., Equitrans Interstate Pipeline and Equitable Gas Company. In addition, he held progressively senior roles at EQT’s regulated gas utility, including serving as its President.
While at EQT Midstream Partners, Mr. Crawford implemented a nimble business structure and growth strategy that tripled the size of the company and increased its market cap from $700 million to more than $5 billion in just two years. With his long track record of success and ability to drive top-tier performance, coupled with his experience in the base businesses that form the foundation of our growth strategy, Mr. Crawford is well-positioned to lead the next chapter of growth for AltaGas.
Mr. Crawford previously served as a director for 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’s a director of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, a member of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Council, and a past West Virginia Wesleyan College Trustee.
Allan L. Edgeworth, P.Eng (2)(4)
Mr. Edgeworth is a Professional Engineer and an independent businessman. He was the President of ALE Energy Inc. (a private consulting company) from January 2005 through December 2015. Mr. Edgeworth was the President and CEO of Alliance Pipeline Ltd. from 2001 until 2004. He joined Alliance Pipeline Ltd. in 1998 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
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.
Daryl H. Gilbert, P.Eng (3)
Mr. Gilbert is a Professional Engineer and joined JOG Capital Inc. in May 2008 as a Managing Director and Investment Committee member. He has also been an independent businessman and investor, and serves as a director for a number of public companies.
Mr. Gilbert has been active in the western Canadian oil and natural gas sector for over 40 years, working in reserves evaluation with Gilbert Laustsen Jung Associates Ltd. (now GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd.) (“GLJ”), an engineering consulting firm, from 1979 to 2005. Mr. Gilbert served as President and Chief Executive Officer of GLJ from 1994 to 2005.
Robert B. Hodgins, CPA, CA (2)(4)
Mr. Hodgins is a Chartered Accountant and has been an independent businessman since November 2004. 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)
Cynthia Johnston was Executive Vice President, Gas, Renewables and Operations Services at TransAlta Corporation, where she oversaw the Company’s natural gas, hydro, solar and wind generation operations, from 2015 until her retirement in 2017. Between 2011 and 2015, she held positions as Executive Vice President Enterprise Risk and Corporate Services and Executive Vice President Corporate Services. Ms. Johnston has more than 30 years of experience in the energy sector, primarily related to power generation, infrastructure and utilities, including 15 years of executive leadership experience with TransAlta and FortisAlberta.
Ms. Johnston also served on the Board of Directors of TransAlta Renewables Inc., TransAlta Cogeneration LP and TAMA Transmission LP (a partnership between Berkshire Hathaway Energy and TransAlta to pursue competitive transmission in Alberta).
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.
Pentti Karkkainen (2)(4)
Pentti Karkkainen has over 30 years of investment management, energy sector research and investment banking experience. Mr. Karkkainen was a co-founder and General Partner of KERN Partners, a leading Canadian, energy-focused capital markets and private equity firm, 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 also sits on the Board of Directors of NuVista Energy Ltd. as Lead Director.
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)
Mr. Knoll is a Professional Engineer and the President of Knoll Energy Inc. He served as interim Co-CEO of AltaGas Ltd. 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.
Mr. Knoll holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in Chemical Engineering.
Terry D. McCallister (1)
Terry D. McCallister was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of WGL Holdings, Inc. (WGL) and Washington Gas Light Company (WG) from October 1, 2009 until his retirement. 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 also served on the Board of Directors of the American Gas Association (past chair) and the Southern Gas Association (past chair) and was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Gas Technology Institute for 10 years. Mr. McCallister has served on the National Petroleum Council, and on the boards of several business and community organizations, including, among others, the Greater Washington Board of Trade (past chair), the Alliance to Save Energy, the Smithsonian National Zoo, the National Symphony Orchestra and the INOVA Health System Foundation (past chair).
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.
M. Neil McCrank Q.C., P.Eng (4)(5)
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
(5) The Lead Director acts as chair of the Board whenever the Board meets in-camera and independently of management