Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. announced Dec. 8 that Siim A. Vanaselja has been designated as the company’s next chair of the board.
Vanaselja will succeed S. Barry Jackson, who will retire as chair at the close of TransCanada’s annual meeting of shareholders in 2017. Vanaselja’s appointment is subject to his re-election by the company’s shareholders at its annual general meeting of shareholders in 2017.
“Barry has served as chair of the board since 2005,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and CEO. “During that time, his leadership has been instrumental in growing TransCanada into one of North America’s leading energy infrastructure companies. I know our board and members of the executive leadership team sincerely thank him for his many years of commitment and dedication to TransCanada, and for his guidance and thoughtful insight as chair.”
Jackson will continue to be a board member, also subject to his re-election at TransCanada’s annual meeting of shareholders in 2017.
Vanaselja has been a member of TransCanada’s board since May 2014, and is the chair of TransCanada’s audit committee. He also serves on the boards of Great-West Lifeco Inc. and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd.
Vanaselja was the executive vice president and chief financial officer of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada from January 2001 to June 2015. Prior to joining BCE, he was a partner at the accounting firm KPMG Canada in Toronto.
He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Vanaselja earned a business degree from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. His community involvement has included work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, St. Mary’s Hospital, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Québec and the annual Walk for Kids Help Phone.
The chair of TransCanada’s board serves in a non-executive capacity.