Stephen G. Snyder to receive the Conference Board's 2008 Honorary Associate Award



    CALGARY, Oct. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Stephen G. Snyder, President and Chief
Executive Officer of TransAlta Corporation, will receive The Conference Board
of Canada's highest honour, the Honorary Associate Award, on Monday,
November 3, 2008.
    Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach will introduce Mr. Snyder and make the
presentation at the Conference Board's 28th Annual General Meeting and 2008
Honorary Associate Award Dinner, being held at the Hyatt Regency Calgary.
    "Steve Snyder is being honoured for his distinguished business career and
his exemplary leadership in the Calgary community," said Anne Golden,
President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conference Board of Canada. "In a
business where long-term planning is critical to success, he looks for
solutions and thinks strategically. He is focused, fair-minded and
innovative."
    TransAlta is one of North America's leading power generation companies.
Before joining TransAlta as President and CEO in 1996, Mr. Snyder was
President and Chief Executive Officer of Noma Industries Ltd., and President
and CEO of GE Canada.
    Mr. Snyder also serves as Chair of the Calgary Stampede Foundation and
Chair of the Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness. He joined the
Conference Board of Canada's board of directors in 1995 and served as Chair
from 2004 to 2006.
    In 2005, he was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of
his outstanding contribution to the province.
    The Honorary Associate Award is the Conference Board's highest honour,
presented annually to a person who has served Canada and their organization
with distinction during an outstanding career.

    WHO: Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach will introduce Stephen G. Snyder and
    present the 2008 Honorary Associate Award

    WHERE: Monday, November 3, 2008, Hyatt Regency Calgary, Imperial Ballroom

    WHEN: Presentation begins at about 8 p.m.




For further information:

For further information: or media accreditation, contact: Yvonne
Squires, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, (613) 526-3090, ext. 221,
corpcomm@conferenceboard.ca; Media must register in advance.


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