Having held several positions at a coal based utility in the US and hydrocarbon giants in Canada such as Suncor and Nexen and now as a Principal 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 experience is equally as diverse as her career experience. Locally, she was a board member of Alberta Innovates as well as a Fellow of The Natural Step’s Alberta Energy Futures Lab. Nationally, she is the Chair and a Founder of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association as well as a director of Youth Science Canada. Globally, she is a director of the International Geothermal Association where she is part of a committee charged with crafting geothermal resource specifications for the United Nations. She also serves on the US based Geothermal Resources Council’s Public Outreach Committee and is an ongoing Expert Evaluator for the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency.
She was an Officer of Alterra Power (formerly Magma Energy), an evaluator for the Canada Foundation for Innovation and has served on the Board of Directors of Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada and Deep Earth Energy Production. Internationally, she was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency’s Geothermal Implementing Agreement and has also served on the European Union’s Enhanced Geothermal Innovative Network for Europe’s Stakeholders Committee and was the Geothermal Energy Forum Chair at the 20th World Petroleum Congress in Qatar.
She has dedicated a substantial part of her career to demonstrating that Canada does not have to choose between the economy and the environment. Ms. Thompson is also the inaugural recipient of the Belle Mulligan Award for Leadership from the Canadian Investor Relations Institute as a result of her work and presentation skills that have promoted geothermal energy nationally and internationally. She routinely appears on national television and radio, and in magazines and newspapers.
She holds Bachelor and Master of Chemical Engineering degrees from McGill University, a Professional Engineering designation from APEGA, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Queen’s University.