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Melanie Bayley leads ATCO’s Electricity division, bringing extensive experience in the natural gas and electricity utility industries in Alberta and Canada’s north. She is accountable for the strategic and operational direction of the electricity transmission and distribution business in Alberta, the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
Ms. Bayley joined ATCO in 2000 as a natural gas System Planning Engineer, advancing to increasingly complex management and executive positions. In 2010, she was made the division’s Director, Regulatory & Pricing, followed by her 2014 appointment to Vice President, Regulatory. In 2015, she became Vice President, Innovation & Engineering, overseeing natural gas engineering and capital programs while fostering strategic decarbonization and energy transitioning plans. She was appointed as the global Chief Regulatory Officer for natural gas and electricity utilities in 2016, became the Senior Vice President & General Manager, Electricity, in 2019, then promoted to her current role in 2020.
Ms. Bayley also brings emergency and crisis management expertise. She led ATCO’s response to Canada’s worst natural disaster, the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfires, and continues her pandemic-response leadership, maintaining essential electricity service to customers while ensuring public and employee health and safety. She serves on various boards and industry committees (Western Energy Institute, Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), Drake Landing Solar Community) and has been a featured panelist at the Globe Forum for sustainable business, the Edison Electric Institute’s Global Electrification Forum and a keynote speaker at the CEA’s 2021 Regulatory Forum.
Ms. Bayley holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta, is a member of APEGA and has completed the Richard Ivey School of Business’ Executive program at Western University. She lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta, with her husband and two children.