Stella Thompson

Stella M. Thompson

Chairman at Genome Alberta

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General Information


Energy - Human Resource and the Nominating Committees

Position, Board - Credit Union Central Alberta Limited

President - Stellar Energy Ltd.

Vice President of Products Division - Petro-Canada


economics , University of Alberta

economics , University of Calgary


Bachelor of Arts - Economics , University of Calgary

M.A. - Economics , University

M.A. - Economics , University of Alberta


Board Member - Canada Foundation for Innovation

Board Member - Alberta WaterSMART

Board Member - First Calgary Financial

Board Member - Atomic Energy of Canada Limited

Board Member - WaterSMART Solutions Ltd

Board Member - Balancing Pool

Board Member - Talisman Energy Inc.

Board Member - Resverlogix Corp.

Board Member - Laidlaw Inc.

Director - AGRA Inc.

Board Member - YYC

Advisory Board - Touche

Board Member - Industry Canada

Board Member - Alberta Provincial Audit Committee

Advisory Board - Calgary Herald

Member - Audit Committee

Board Member - ENMAX Corporation

Member - University of Calgary's Executive Committee of the Faculty of Management Advisory Council

Board Member - The Allstate Corporation

Board of Governors, the Prime Minister's National Advisory Board On Science and Technology - Mount Royal College

Member - Prime Minister's National Advisory Board

Board Member - AMEC plc

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Genome Alberta | About Us | Board of Directors

Stella Thompson (Chair)
Board of Directors 2011/2012

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Balancing Pool - Board of Directors

Ms. Stella Thompson
Ms. Thompson is a co-founder and principal of Governance West Inc., a company specializing in assisting boards of directors in the governance of their organizations. She was involved in the deregulation of energy commodities from the early days as a Vice-President at Petro-Canada and has extensive experience in many aspects of the oil and gas and electricity industries. Stella has wide-ranging board experience and currently serves on the Boards of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Calgary Airport Authority, Genome Alberta, the Provincial Audit Committee, Reservlogix Corp., and Talisman Energy Inc. She previously served on the Board of ENMAX Corporation for five years. She has a Masters degree in Economics and has been awarded the designation of ICD.D by the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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Stella Thompson, Board of Directors, Genome Alberta Stella Thompson brings over thirty years of experience encompassing membership on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards, executive and management positions at a number of large corporations, and consulting assignments with both large and small organizations. Ms. Thompson serves on a number of Boards including: Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Alberta's Electricity Balancing Pool, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Deloitte and Touche Advisory Board, and Talisman Energy Inc. Until June of 2003, Stella served on the Board of Laidlaw Inc., North America's largest provider of school and inter-city bus transport, public transit, patient transportation and emergency department management services with over 100,000 employees. In the three years prior to June 2003, she participated in the successful restructuring of the company. Laidlaw was the first company to simultaneously work its way through both CCAA in Canada and Chapter 11 in the US. Until September of 2002, Stella was on the Board of Enmax Corporation, Calgary's electricity distribution and energy services company, during the time the corporation was transforming from a city department to a multi-billion dollar competitor in the deregulated Alberta electricity industry. In addition, until May of 2000 when both companies were purchased by international firms, Stella was also a director of AGRA Inc., a large international engineering firm, and Perigee Inc., an investment management firm. During these transactions, Stella served on the Independent Committees of both Boards charged with assessing the transactions for the benefit of the shareholders. Stella is or has been a member of various committees on the boards of which she is a member, including Audit, Compliance and Ethics, Human Resource, Governance and Nominating Committees. In addition, she currently chairs a Governance and Human Resource Committee and a Pension Committee. In past years, Stella has been a member of the Board of Allstate Insurance Company of Canada (1993-00), Mount Royal College Board of Governors (1994-00), the Prime Minister's National Advisory Board on Science and Technology (1991-94), and the Alberta Research Council (1993-99). Before becoming a consultant in 1991, Stella worked in the petroleum industry, first in Australia and then in Canada. She has held senior positions with major oil companies in the exploration and production sectors. Latterly, she had responsibility for a number of large operating departments at Petro-Canada in the refining and marketing sector including refined product distribution, product supply and trading, and the credit card operation. As a Vice President, she was responsible for many diverse areas in the Products Division including strategic planning, the controller function, information systems, materials management and energy futures trading. Stella has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Calgary and M.A. in Economics from the University of Alberta.

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