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Posted: 11/1/2010

Stephen Snyder named Canadian Energy Person of the Year


Calgary, AB – October 27, 2010 – The Energy Council of Canada is pleased to recognize Stephen G. Snyder, President and Chief Executive Officer, TransAlta Corporation, as the 2010 Canadian Energy Person of the Year. Established in 2001, this prestigious award recognizes leaders who have made remarkable contributions to the energy industry in business or government sectors, as well as the community at large.


“Steve Snyder is a perfect fit for the Canadian Energy Person of the Year,” said Greg Schmidt, President of the Energy Council of Canada. “Steve continues a pattern of energy leaders of national and international prominence whose achievements credit all Canadians. Steve and TransAlta add an important dimension to Alberta’s energy industry and, in turn, to Canada’s strong and diverse energy mix.”


Mr. Snyder will be honoured at the Canadian Energy Person of the Year Gala tonight at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre. The evening will be attended by Canadian energy leaders and also by dignitaries such as Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta.


The Energy Council of Canada selects recipients based on exceptional accomplishments in the energy and business or government sectors, as well as the community at large. One of their foremost characteristics is their strong sense of social responsibility and belief in giving back to the community by focusing on environmental and social issues, and economic development.


“The Energy Council plays a very important role in promoting national dialogue on energy issues to ensure that we continue to enjoy a strong energy sector for the benefit of all Canadians,” said Mr. Snyder. “I am particularly pleased and honoured to be joining an outstanding group of past award recipients who have been true leaders in building a strong, responsible and diverse energy sector. Above all, I appreciate that this award recognizes the increasing importance of power to North America’s energy supply picture and the fact that development of our resources supports the social and economic prosperity of our communities.”


Mr. Snyder has provided 14 years of leadership at TransAlta. During that time, he has driven TransAlta to become a key player in the western Canadian economy, made TransAlta an increasingly significant source of power supply across Canada, and evolved TransAlta into a model of a reliably-operated, environmentally-efficient, and socially-responsible energy



He is well known for his successful efforts to strengthen partnerships among community, education and business. Specifically, Mr. Snyder and TransAlta have focused on initiatives to end homelessness; scholarships and bursaries for students across Canada; and organizations that enable youth to develop skills that help them reach their potential.


Mr. Snyder joins past recipients including Charlie Fischer, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Nexen Inc., Jacques Lamarre, President and CEO of SNC Lavalin; Pat Daniel, President and CEO of Enbridge Inc.; Roland Priddle, former Chair of National Energy Board; Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO of Bruce Power, Nellie Cournoyea, Chair and CEO, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Eric Newell, former CEO, President, and Chair, Syncrude; Richard Drouin, former Chairman & CEO, Hydro-Qu├ębec; and James K. Gray, former President & CEO, Canadian Hunter.


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