Robert Hemstock, BComm, LLB
I'm a semi-retired lawyer and business executive who has spent my entire career in Alberta. I completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at The University of Alberta and a Law degree at The University of Calgary. I've been a member of The Law Society of Alberta since 1990. My wife and I have three children. I've been a volunteer in our community for over 20 years and I'm a Past-President of my community association.
From 1996 to 2016 my career was entirely focused on natural gas and electricity industry in Canada and Alberta's electricity industry was a big part of that. From 2006 to 2016 I was the Executive Vice-President of Regulatory, Legal and Public Policy at ENMAX Corporation reporting to the CEO of ENMAX Corporation.
As a member of the Executive Team at ENMAX I was involved in all aspects of the business including corporate strategy, risk management, the development or acquisition of generation plants including the development of the Shepard Energy Centre, the acquisition of the Battle River 5 PPA, management of the Keephills PPA, oversight of all ENMAX applications made to the Alberta Utilities Commission, responsibility for ENMAX Government Affairs, and the legal and regulatory support to ENMAX's retail business. On June 30, 2016 I retired from ENMAX Corporation.
Earlier in my career I worked for Enron Canada in Calgary from 1996 to 2002. During that time I advocated for the implementation of electricity restructuring in Alberta and energy restructuring in other jurisdictions in Canada. This included extensive work on the design of the Alberta Power Purchase Arrangements ("PPAs") from 1997 to 2000. Enron Canada was a successful bidder in the PPA Auction in the summer of 2000 and paid just under $295 million for the Sundance B PPA, which was one of the 12 PPAs that were offered for sale in the PPA Auction.