University of Calgary

Haskayne honours Girling

November 4, 2008

Haskayne honours Russell Girling with Management Alumni Excellence Award

Russell K. Girling

Russell K. Girling

Russell K. Girling (BComm ‘85, MBA ‘91), president, pipelines, TransCanada Corporation, is the recipient of the 2008 Management Alumni Excellence (MAX) Award. The annual MAX Award recognizes a graduate of the Haskayne School of Business for achievement and extraordinary service to the business school and community.

Russell Girling was chosen for his business leadership in the energy sector and the contribution he makes to not-for-profit organizations in Calgary. Girling is a Director of the Willow Park Charity Golf Classic and has been involved with the United Way, Junior Achievement and the Calgary Homeless Foundation. He has also contributed to his alma mater by serving on the Management Advisory Council and as a mentor in the Haskayne Mentorship Program.

“Russ Girling is an outstanding example of a Haskayne graduate who is not only an astute business leader, but someone who understands the importance of giving back to his community and his school,” said Leonard Waverman, Dean of the Haskayne School of Business.  “It is graduates like Russ who are excellent role models for our students.”

Girling joined TransCanada in 1994. In addition to his role as President, Pipelines, he also serves as Chairman and CEO of TC Pipelines, GP Inc., and is a Director of Agruim Inc. In 1998 he received a Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 award for leadership excellence, presented by the Caldwell Partners.

“It is great to have been selected as the 2008 recipient of the MAX Award,” said Girling. “Being mentioned in the same company as previous winners is a tremendous honour. In large part, the success I have enjoyed in my career can be attributed to the solid education foundation I obtained in the BComm and MBA programs at Haskayne. For that I am very grateful.”

“It has been my pleasure to work with Russ since 1999 and I am delighted he has been recognized with the 2008 Max Award,” said Hal Kvisle, TransCanada President and Chief Executive Officer. “In his role at TransCanada, as well as in the important role he plays with the Haskayne School of Business and in our community, Russ consistently delivers with exceptional leadership, enthusiasm and the utmost integrity. “I am very proud of Russ, and, on behalf of our 3,800 employees of TransCanada and our Board of Directors, I would like extend my sincere congratulations to him on this outstanding achievement.”

In recognition of his achievements and continuous dedication to supporting the Haskayne School of Business, Russell Girling will be presented with the 2008 MAX Award at a Gala Dinner on November 20, 2008, at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel in Calgary.

The Haskayne School of Business is an innovative business school with an international reputation for influencing the practice of management and leadership through quality teaching and research. With more than 3,000 students enrolled in bachelor's, master's, PhD and executive education programs, the school boasts nearly 16,000 alumni in 60 countries.

With more than 50 years’ experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas pipelines, power generation, gas storage facilities, and projects related to oil pipelines and LNG facilities. TransCanada’s network of wholly owned pipelines extends more than 59,000 kilometres (36,500 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent’s largest providers of gas storage and related services with approximately 355 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns, or has interests in, over 10,900 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada’s common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP.