Marcy McAuley is a born and raised Calgarian. Her 20 year career with TransAlta started on June 18, 1990 when Marcy joined the Print Services team. A recent graduate from SAIT, Marcy was passionate about graphics and design. After four years helping lead the transition to the new digital world, Marcy was ready for a new challenge. She joined the Environment and Sustainable Development (SD) team at a time when the new principles were being defined and adopted around the world. Over the next eight years, Marcy had the opportunity to take on progressively challenging new roles within different teams to continue her professional development which included: Energy Marketing, Independent Power Projects (IPP), and the E-Business team.
In 2003, McAuley joined the Communications team as the Web/Portal lead launching the first generation of the employee portal and enhancing the website to be a strategic communication tool to our investor community. Over the past seven years she has taken on different roles within the team, including a four year term at the Centralia Facility to set up and lead the internal communications function.
“Nothing could compare to the knowledge I gained working with the Centralia team; learning the ins and outs of plant and mine operations,” said McAuley. “My time coincided with significant events our team went through; mine closure, flex fuel changes, floods of 2007, which were tough personally, but the opportunity to lead the internal communications initiatives was invaluable for me going forward.”
Since her return to Calgary in 2009, she has completed Royal Roads graduate certificate in Public Relations management and now focuses on Public Affairs. McAuley is the Communications lead for Project Pioneer, continues to support Centralia as well as developing corporate communication strategies and issues management to advance or protect TransAlta’s reputation.
McAuley is recognized as a leader who is curious, innovative and able to leverage her understanding of the business and relationships she has fostered across the organization and strives to understand the expertise each individual or team brings to the company. “I never thought 20 years later I would be with the same company. TransAlta has supported my development by providing diverse and increasingly challenging opportunities to learn and grow,” she said. “These experiences and relationships have really helped me to tell the TransAlta story which is essential to my role today.”
McAuley is enthusiastic about the future of TransAlta. “We are at a transformative point in our industry, in our company and with our stakeholders. Maintaining our licence to operate will continue to be challenged but I am certain TransAlta will continue to leverage the success of our team, we have a strong tradition of innovation and leadership to keep moving us forward in our communities and with government.”
Marcy’s greatest passion comes from the adventures she shares with family and friends. “We are an active family who love to travel and explore new cultures and geographies,” said McAuley. “My greatest success will be in the adults my children become, as Pete and I foster their sense of responsibility in being active, contributing members in their community.”