Mr. Snyder retired as President and CEO of TransAlta Corporation on January 1, 2012, a position he held since 1996. Previously, he was President & CEO of Noma Industries Ltd., GE Canada Inc., and Camco, Inc. He is co-chair of the Calgary Stampede Foundation Campaign and a Director of the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation, CCEMC and Anaergia Inc. He is Honorary counsel (Calgary) for the Government of New Zealand. Mr. Snyder was also a member of the Board of TransAlta Corporation until January 1, 2012 and is a past Director of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. He is the past Chair of the following organizations: Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness, the Calgary Committee to End Homelessness, the Calgary Homeless Foundation, the Canada-Alberta ecoEnergy Carbon Capture & Storage Task Force, the Conference Board of Canada, the Calgary Zoological Society, the Canadian Electrical Association, the United Way Campaign of Calgary and Area, and the Calgary Zoo’s ‘‘Destination Africa’’ capital campaign. He was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005, the Conference Board of Canada 2008 Honorary Associate Award, the Chamber of Commerce Sherrold Moore Award of Excellence in 2009, the Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award by the Energy Council of Canada in 2010 and was Alberta Oil magazine’s CEO of the year for 2011.
Mr. Snyder holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Queen’s University (Kingston) as well as a master of business administration from the University of Western Ontario. In addition, he has honorary degrees from the University of Calgary (LLD), and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (Bachelor of Applied Technology).