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Dawn Farrell, President, Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Director, TransAlta

Dawn Farrell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of TransAlta.

Dawn has over 35 years of experience in the electricity industry, with roles at TransAlta and BC Hydro. Before serving as Chief Executive Officer, Dawn held various leadership positions at TransAlta and between 2003 – 2007 worked at BC Hydro leading the company’s generation business.

Dawn sits on the board of directors of The Chemours Company, a NYSE-listed chemical company and the Business Council of Alberta. She is also a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Business Council of Canada. In July 2020, Dawn was named the first Chancellor of Mount Royal University.

Dawn 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.



The Construction Owners Association of Alberta recognizes that COAA’s office in Edmonton is located within Treaty 6 Territory and within the Métis homelands and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4. We further acknowledge that what we call Alberta is the traditional and ancestral territory of many peoples, presently subject to Treaties 6, 7, and 8. Namely: the Blackfoot Confederacy – Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika – the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, and the Tsuu T’ina Nation and the Métis People of Alberta. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations and we are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. We make this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on or are visiting.