Mrs. Farrell became President and Chief Executive Officer of TransAlta Corporation on January 2, 2012. Prior to her appointment, she served as Chief Operating Officer from 2009 to 2011 and as Executive Vice-President, Commercial Operations and Development from 2008 to 2009.
Mrs. Farrell has over 30 years of experience in the electric energy industry, holding roles at TransAlta and BC Hydro. She has served as Executive Vice-President, Commercial Operations and Development; Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development; Executive Vice-President, Independent Power Projects; and Vice-President, Energy Marketing and IPP Development at TransAlta Corporation. From 2003 to 2006, Mrs. Farrell served as Executive Vice-President, Generation at BC Hydro. From 2006 to 2007, she served as BC Hydro’s Executive Vice-President Engineering, Aboriginal Relations and Generation.
Mrs. Farrell sits on the board of directors of The Chemours Company, a NYSE-listed chemical company, The Conference Board of Canada and the Business Council of Canada. Her past boards include the Calgary Stampede, the Mount Royal College Board of Governors, Fording Coal Income Fund, New Relationship Trust Fund, Mount Royal College Foundation and Vision Quest Windelectric.
Mrs. Farrell holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance and a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Calgary. She has also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.
As the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Mrs. Farrell has responsibility for the overall stewardship of TransAlta, including providing strategic leadership to the Company. She has proven herself to be a strong leader that is capable of transforming TransAlta into Canada’s leading clean energy company.