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AltaLink Welcomes Back Scott Thon as President and CEO

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/24/14 --

Today AltaLink announced that Scott Thon will return as the company's President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1, 2014. Mr. Thon is returning from a secondment at SNC-Lavalin, where he assumed the role of Executive Vice President, Global Power.

"I am proud to be back at AltaLink, and 2014 is shaping up to be an exciting year as we invest more than $1 billion into the transmission system," said Thon. "In comparison to other Canadian provinces, AltaLink continues to provide Albertans with top quartile transmission reliability and cost efficiency."

AltaLink's Interim President and Chief Executive Officer during Thon's absence, Dennis Frehlich, will return to his previous position as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

"Dennis did a great job leading AltaLink through a very successful 2013," said Thon. "With Dennis at the helm of a very talented group of employees, AltaLink ensured that Albertans continued to receive safe and reliable power when they needed it."

AltaLink's transmission system efficiently delivers electricity to 85% of Albertans. Dedicated to meeting the growing need for electricity, AltaLink connects Albertans to renewable, reliable and low-cost power. With a commitment to community and environment, AltaLink is ensuring the transmission system will support Albertans' quality of life for years to come. Learn more at www.altalink.ca.

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Mr. Thon has held a variety of senior positions in Alberta's electricity industry over the last 28 years, from operations and engineering to market design and financial management. He was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer at AltaLink prior to accepting a temporary secondment to act as Executive Vice-President, Global Power for SNC-Lavalin.

Mr. Thon is an active member of the Canadian Electricity Association, serving on both its Board of Directors and Management Board. Mr. Thon also serves on the Board of Candu Energy, is a Director on the Board of Alberta Blue Cross and a member of the Canadian Athletic Foundation Board of Trustees.

In 2013, Bow Valley College awarded Mr. Thon their Distinguished Citizen Award honoring his commitment to making the College's vision of world-class education opportunities for adult learners a reality and for volunteering his time, expertise and experience to championing this worthy cause. In 2011, Mr. Thon was recognized for his business and community leadership with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce's Sherrold Moore Award. In 2005, he was presented with the Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta.

Mr. Thon is a registered Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a graduate of the Executive Program from the University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business.

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