Board & Governance

Board of Directors


Jackie Sheppard


Former Executive Vice President, Corporate & Legal Affairs, Talisman Energy Inc.
Calgary, Alberta

Jackie Sheppard joined the Emera Board of Directors in 2009 and was appointed Chair in 2014.  She was also a Director of the Company’s subsidiary, Emera Newfoundland and Labrador Holdings Inc. until 2016.

As the former Executive Vice President, Corporate & Legal, of Talisman Energy Inc., Jackie was responsible for legal affairs, business development, mergers and acquisitions, corporate projects, corporate communications, investor relations, corporate responsibility and government affairs.

Jackie is a founder and Lead Director of Black Swan Energy Inc., an Alberta upstream energy company that is private equity financed. She sits on the board of Seven Generations Energy Ltd., a publicly traded energy company focused on Canadian natural gas development and is also a director of the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment fund managers.

Jackie is a former director of Cairn Energy PLC, a publicly traded UK-based international upstream company, and she has served as Chair of the Research and Development Corporation of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, a provincial crown corporation.

Jackie earned her Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University. She is a Rhodes Scholar, having received an Honors Jurisprudence, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Oxford University. She earned her Bachelor of Laws (Honors) from McGill University. She also holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from Memorial University.

Jackie is an active presenter on the topics of higher education, corporate governance and equal opportunity for women in business. She was a long-time member and Secretary of the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for Alberta and the Prairie Region and has served on the Advisory Council of the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. She has been a member of the Memorial University Alumni Board in Calgary which annually raises student funding.

In recognition of her significant achievements and contributions to her community, Ms. Sheppard was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 by the Women’s Executive Network and the National Post from 2002-2007 and has been admitted to the Network’s Hall of Fame. In honour of her exceptional merit and integrity in the legal profession, Jackie was appointed the Queen’s Counsel designation in 2008.