Executive Management

M. Bruce Chernoff

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Chernoff is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University.  Mr. Chernoff has been the President of Caribou Capital Corp., a private investment company, since 1999 and was the Chairman and Founder of Harvest Energy Trust.  Mr. Chernoff is also a director of several other public and private entities.


Robert (Bob) Emmott

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, UK
Post Graduate Diploma, Nuclear Engineering, UK
Master of Laws, Osgoode Law School

With significant experience in the Power Generation business, Bob began his operations management and engineering career serving in the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet. This was followed by well over a decade working for Alstom Power in the UK, designing, building and commissioning several large coal and gas-fired power plants in the UK, Canada, USA and Asia. Emigrating to Canada in 2000, Bob completed thirteen years with TransAlta Corporation, leading Technical Services and serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Engineer. As a consultant, Bob has taken a leading role delivering several strategic electric power industry company initiatives in the USA, Canada and Australia. Bob is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of ABSA.


Kim Karran

Corporate Secretary and Senior HR Advisor

Bachelor of Commerce, University of Calgary
Certified Management Accountant
Chartered Financial Analyst

Ms. Karran began her career with NOVA Gas International. She held progressively more senior positions in the business development area and worked on a number of international projects including several of NOVA’s investments in Chile and Argentina. After five years with the international group, Ms. Karran transitioned to NOVA Gas Canada (later TransCanada Midstream) where she led the evaluation of midstream opportunities. Upon leaving TransCanada Midstream, Ms. Karran joined Enmax Corporation in a business development role, specifically on the development of independent power projects. Ms. Karran joined MAXIM in October 2000.


Michael (Mike) Mayder

President and CFO

Chartered Professional Accountant, Alberta
Masters of Business Administration, University of Calgary

Mr. Mayder joined MAXIM in 2007 as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Mayder has over thirty-five years of finance, accounting, business development, regulatory, and information systems experience in the electrical energy and power utility sectors and in municipal government. He has held senior management positions at MAXIM, Enmax Corporation, and the City of Calgary. He also served as a corporate director of Seair Inc., which is a water technology start-up company listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange.

Mr. Mayder is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary.


Kyle Mitton

Vice President, Corporate Development

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Calgary

Mr. Mitton is a Professional Engineer with over 13 years of experience in the power industry.  After first starting with MAXIM in 2005, Mr. Mitton has held increasingly senior positions and covered multiple facets of the organization, including operations, energy marketing, and corporate development.  Mr. Mitton had a leading role in the divestment of MAXIM’s US business and has represented MAXIM throughout the AESO’s transition to and design of the capacity market.  Prior to joining MAXIM, Mr. Mitton spent time with Alstom Power in Switzerland working in their gas turbine testing group.


Rob Watson

Vice President, Canadian Facilities

Bachelor of Arts Economics (Honours), Carleton University
Graduate Diploma in International Business Management, Capilano University

With over twenty years of experience in the Alberta electricity industry, Mr. Watson has a diverse background in operations, market analysis, energy marketing and portfolio management.  Prior to joining MAXIM in October 2006, Mr. Watson was with Enmax Corporation in the Commercial Services group.  Mr. Watson has actively participated in the Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA) 2013 Electricity Framework Review and represented MAXIM on the Board of the Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta (IPPSA) between 2012 and 2015.