Mr. Thon has served as AltaLink's President and Chief Executive Officer since 2002 and as the President of Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada since 2014. For over 30 years he has held a variety of senior positions in the electricity industry, from operations and engineering to market design and financial management. He has lead the investment and construction of significant energy infrastructure developments in Alberta, Canada and globally.
Mr. Thon is the Chair of Northview Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust. Mr. Thon sits on not-for-profit boards, as Chair of Alberta Blue Cross, as Chair of the Board of Governors for SAIT, and as a director of the Calgary Stampede Foundation. Mr. Thon is the immediate Past-Chair of the Canadian Electricity Association’s Board of Directors and maintains a seat on the Board.
In 2017, Mr. Thon was recognized by Business in Calgary magazine with their Leaders award. In 2013, Bow Valley College awarded Mr. Thon their Distinguished Citizen Award honouring his commitment to the College. In 2011, Mr. Thon was recognized by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce for his business and community leadership with the Sherrold Moore Award. In 2005, The Government of Alberta presented Mr. Thon 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. In 2015, Mr. Thon completed the Institute of Corporate Director’s Directors Education Program receiving his ICD.D designation.