Kate Chisholm has been the Senior Vice President, Legal and External Relations since July 2009 and played an instrumental legal 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, government relations and external affairs teams. She has personally led significant and successful commercial negotiations for Capital Power, including leading the legal and regulatory teams involved in the acquisition of a 50% interest in the Shepard Energy Centre, the development and construction of four wind farms, and the sale of Capital Power’s interest in three New England plants.
Prior to Capital Power, Kate served as EPCOR’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from 2004 to 2009.
Kate has provided counsel and expert witness testimony in numerous electric utility hearings, including those arising from the restructuring of the Alberta electricity industry. In 2015, she was appointed as a member of the Alberta Securities Commission.
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 called to the Alberta Bar in 1989.
Kate currently serves on a number of boards including the International Women’s Forum (Edmonton), the Palix Foundation, and City of Edmonton LRT governance boards. 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. Most recently (2014), Kate was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network, received a KPMG Professional Award in recognition of women who are professionals in practice who play a leadership role within their organization, and received a Women in Leadership Award for Leadership in her profession from the Canadian Law Institute.