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Having held several positions at a coal based utility in the USA and hydrocarbon giants in Canada such as Suncor and Nexen and now as CEO at Borealis GeoPower, Alison Thompson has stood on both sides of what sometimes seems like a deep divide between renewable and non-renewable energy production. As an engineer she brings a depth of understanding of the technology behind energy production. Through her incredible diversity of experience, she has developed an intimate understanding of the political landscape and business culture of energy in Canada and beyond.
Her board and thought leadership experience is equally as diverse as her career experience. She is APEGA’s 2020 Centennial Leadership Award recipient. Regionally, she is a Fellow of The Natural Step's Alberta Energy Futures Lab. Borealis, under her leadership, is the inaugural (2020) BC CleanTech Transformation Advocate award winner. Nationally, she is the Chair and a Founder of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association. Globally, she was a director of the International Geothermal Association and remains a part of a committee charged with crafting geothermal resource specifications for the United Nations.
Locally she has served on the Board of Directors of Alberta Innovates. Nationally she was an Officer of Alterra Power (Magma Energy), a director of Youth Science Canada, an evaluator for the Canada Foundation for Innovation and a board member at Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada and Deep Earth Energy Production. Internationally she had a seat on the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency’s Geothermal Implementing Agreement. She was also an Expert Evaluator for the European Commission and the US DOE.
She has dedicated a substantial part of her career to demonstrating that Canada does not have to choose between the economy and the environment.
She holds Bachelor and Master of Chemical Engineering degrees from McGill University, Professional Engineering designations from APEGA and EGBC as well as an MBA degree with a concentration in finance from Queen’s University. She has lived in France, US and Canada.