Women On Board

Director Profile

Judith Athaide ICD.D MBA P.Eng.

President and Chief Executive Officer The Cogent Group

Board Value Proposition: 

Governance, management, and operating experience in capital-intensive commodity industries. Proven track record in strategy development, risk management, project management and operational execution. Key strengths include broad strategic thinking, issues management, and talent management.

Strategy Development and Implementation

  • Developed and managed implementation of shared service model to direct provision of services amongst ENMAX and the City of Calgary’s various operating entities with objective of achieving cost containment, better utilization of knowledge capital and quicker adaptation to changes in the business environment.

Trading and Risk Management

  • Led creation and structuring of trading entities for F500  companies; advised on corporate and organization structure, developed risk identification and management policies, recruited and trained talent, and oversaw operations.

Major Capital Project Management

  • Oversaw engineering and project execution related to the design and construction of The Bow office building in downtown Calgary.

Technology and Software

  • Managed specification and procurement of a three-tier, database backed, WEB based e-commerce information system to support trading and information exchange for Alberta’s deregulated electricity market.

Audit, Risk and Environment, Governance, and Human Resources Committee Chair Experience

  • Chair during transition to IFRS from a traditional cost-of-service business model to performance-based ratemaking, multiple issuances of debt, and the succession of a controller and audit partner.
  • Presided over recruitment of two board directors, recruitment and onboarding of a CEO, an overhaul of the compensation structure, and development of corporate human resource policies.
  • Advanced compensation best practices, including linking pay to performance and improving the transparency of the proxy circular.

Industry Experience: 

  • Capital Goods
  • Construction & Equipment
  • Commercial & Professional Services
  • Diversified Commercial & Professional Svcs
  • Energy
  • Oil & Gas Exploration & Production
  • Oil & Gas Storage & Transportation
  • Information Technology
  • Software & Services
  • Data Processing & Outsourced Services
  • Utilities
  • Independent Power Producers & Energy Traders

International Experience: 

  • United States
  • South America
  • Caribbean

Board Experience:

Corporate Boards:

New Brunswick Power 2014 to Present
Audit Committee
Capital Investment Planning Committee
Nuclear Oversight Committee
Demand Side Management Committee
Phoenix Energy Services 2009 to Present
Chair, Compensation Committee
Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee
Balancing Pool 2011 to 2015
Governance and Human Resources Committee (Past Chair)
Audit Committee (Past Interim Chair)
FortisAlberta Inc. 2008 to 2014
Chair, Audit, Risk and Environment Committee
Cimarron Engineering 2009 to 2012
Chair, Compensation and HR Committee
Cognera Corp 2006 to 2012

Additional Boards:

Calgary Petroleum Club 2012 to Present
ICD, Calgary Chapter 2011 to Present
Chair
Vice-Chair, 2015-2016
University of Alberta, Business Advisory Council 2006 to 2015
Accenture Business Services for Utilities, Advisory Board 2003 to 2005

Biography: 

The Cogent Group Inc. 1999 to Present
President and Chief Executive Officer
EnCana Leasehold Ltd. Partnership 2006 to 2009
Vice President Engineering and Project Execution
The Power Pool of Alberta 1998 to 1999
Program Manager reporting to the CEO
Alberta Energy Company (AEC) 1997 to 1998
Senior Business Development Engineer

Education: 

ICD.D, Institute of Corporate Directors, 2006
BSc (Mech Eng), University of Alberta, 1989
MBA (Fin.), University of Alberta, 1985
BComm (Hons), Human Resources and Labour Relations, University of Manitoba, 1983