Executive Management

M. Bruce Chernoff

Chairman and Interim 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.

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

Senior Vice President, Finance & 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.

Rob Schaefer

Corporate Strategy Executive

Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Calgary

Mr. Schaefer is Corporate Strategy Executive of Maxim Power Corp. He is also Vice-chair of the Calgary Food Bank.

Mr. Schaefer’s twenty-nine year career includes a number of senior management positions in the energy business at TransAlta, Resin Systems, Enmax, Mirant and TransCanada. His business experience spans corporate development, strategic planning, commercial operations, energy trading, risk management, and finance. He has worked in Canada, Switzerland and the United States.

Mr. Schaefer joined MAXIM in June 2016 as Corporate Strategy Executive, responsible for a number of strategic initiatives, including the sale of its foreign businesses. Prior to joining MAXIM, Mr. Schaefer was an executive with TransAlta Corporation holding various positions, including Executive Vice President of Marketing and Executive Vice President of Corporate Development. Mr. Schaefer started his career in finance with big four accounting firms in Canada and Switzerland before entering the energy business upon his return to Canada in the early 90s.

Mr. Schaefer is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary. He maintains an active lifestyle and loves to travel with his wife and adult children.

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.

Tim Workman

Vice President and Controller

Bachelor of Commerce, University of Calgary 
Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta 
Chartered Financial Analyst

Mr. Workman has over fourteen years of finance and accounting experience in the electrical generation and energy sectors.  Mr. Workman began his career in public practice with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Calgary.  He has held progressively more senior positions at ATCO Power, Enbridge Inc. and Enmax Corporation covering a broad range of corporate finance and accounting activities. Mr. Workman joined MAXIM in May 2011 and is currently responsible for the Financial Reporting and Planning, Tax and Treasury functions at MAXIM.