Kate Chisholm

Q.C. Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Sustainability Officer, Capital Power

Kate Chisholm has been a member of the senior executive team since July 2009 and played an instrumental role in Capital Power’s restructuring and Initial Public Offering that led to the company’s creation. Kate leads Capital Power’s legal, regulatory and compliance, environmental policy, government relations and external affairs teams, risk management and internal audit, and sustainability efforts. She has personally led significant and successful commercial negotiations, managed high stakes litigation and overseen important public policy influence strategies for Capital Power.

Prior to Capital Power, Kate served as EPCOR’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from 2004 to 2009, and Vice President, Legal and Commercial for Alberta’s Transmission Administrator (now the Alberta Electric System Operator) from 1999 to 2003. Kate has provided counsel and expert witness testimony in numerous electric utility hearings, including those arising from the restructuring of the Alberta electricity industry. Kate obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University, her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta, and her MBA from Queen’s University.

She was awarded the prestigious “Robert V.A. Jones” Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association in 2008, appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010, named one of Canada’s Top 50 Diversity Champions by Women of Influence Magazine in 2013, named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and given a Leadership in the Profession Award by WILL/Counsel Network/Association of Women Lawyers in 2014, and named one of Canada’s Top 50 General Counsels in 2016.

Kate currently serves on a number of boards and governing bodies, including Chair of the University of Alberta Board of Governors, and Lead Independent Member of the Alberta Securities Commission. She created the MORE mentoring program for high potential young professional women in Edmonton and was one of the founding members of Legal Leaders for Diversity, an association of Canadian general counsel who support and promote diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.



Sessions with this Speaker

2020 State of the Canadian Electricity Industry

  • Energy Transformation
The Canadian electricity industry is undergoing a period of transformation through electrification, changing governments and competitive markets. For many decades, the electricity-industry business model was remarkably stable. Today, the pace and scope of transformational change is such that the realities of even five years ago are often poor guideposts when mapping out go-forward strategies. And the pace of change impacting and being executed by our industry is accelerating.

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Francis Bradley President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Electricity Association
Jay Grewal President and Chief Executive Officer, Manitoba Hydro
Kate Chisholm Q.C. Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Sustainability Officer, Capital Power
Roger Dall’Antonia President and Chief Executive Officer, FortisBC

A Tale of Time Frames: Opportunities and Challenges in the CCUS Ecosystem

  • Energy Transformation
Major international bodies, including the IEA and IPCC, acknowledge much of the world will not be able to meet their emissions reduction targets without carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS).

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Phil De Luna Program Director, Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge Program, National Research Council Canada and Forbes 30 Under 30 2019
Kate Chisholm Q.C. Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Sustainability Officer, Capital Power
Beth Hardy Vice President, Strategy and Stakeholder Relations, International CCS Knowledge Centre
Eric Redman Chief Executive Officer, Thunderbolt Clean Energy
Chris Severson-Baker Alberta Regional Director, Pembina Institute