Dawn Farrell, BComm’83, MA’85 has over 37 years' experience in the energy industry and has held a variety of positions within this sector. Farrell retired as CEO and president of TransAlta Corp. on March 31, 2021, following her senior executive role at B.C. Hydro. As of August 2022, she was appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Trans Mountain Corporation. At Trans Mountain Corporation, Farrell is driving forward the expansion of Canada’s only pipeline system transporting oil products to the West Coast. The largest project in the pipeline’s history, it involves installing approximately 992 kilometres of new pipeline, new and modified facilities including pump stations and terminals, and a new dock complex at the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Farrell is currently the chair of the board for The Chemours Company and a board member of Portland General Electric. She has held past board positions with CNRL, the Business Council of Canada, Alberta Business Council, Calgary Stampede, Conference Board of Canada, Mount Royal College/University Board of Governors and Foundation Board of Directors, Fording Coal Income Fund, New Relationship Trust, and Vision Quest Wind Electric.
As a community leader, Farrell is known for her deep policy work in electricity, the environment, and ESG. She has worked with the Canadian government on a roadmap for advancing renewable wind technology and was a member of the Canada-U.S. Council for the Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders.
Farrell is currently the chancellor for Mount Royal University which is a four-year term. She is the first chancellor ever appointed to this role. She continues to serve as a member of the Trilateral Commission, a non-governmental, policy-oriented international forum, and she and her husband Brendon are community champions for Momentum.
Farrell is the 2022 Calgary Influential Women in Business Award Lifetime Achievement recipient. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a master’s in economics from the University of Calgary and attended the advanced management program at Harvard Business School. In 2019, she received an honorary doctorate of laws from Mount Royal University.