Kerry O’Reilly Wilks
Kerry O’Reilly Wilks is the Executive Vice President, Legal, Commercial & External Affairs at TransAlta where her portfolio spans legal, commercial, sustainability, government relations, regulatory, policy, stakeholder engagement, indigenous affairs, corporate secretarial, governance and trading compliance.
Prior to joining TransAlta, Kerry was Head of Legal, North Atlantic & UK, for Vale S.A. In this role, Kerry oversaw all issues of Vale’s business arising in North America and the UK. Kerry also sat as the Head of Legal, Corporate & Marketing, as well as the Global Chief Technology Counsel for Vale. In addition, Kerry occupied a senior strategic advisory role with Vale’s Asia-Pacific affiliates, including Vale S.A.’s public Indonesian affiliate, as Head of Legal, Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Vale, Kerry worked as a partner with Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP.
Kerry sits on the Board of Directors of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation and is the Founder and Chairperson of Malachy’s Soiree in support of the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Kerry was named as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars -Top 40 under 40 lawyers in Canada in 2012, and in 2015 received an Alumni of Distinction award from the University of New Brunswick for her significant contributions to her profession on a global scale, as well as to communities globally. In 2017, Kerry was awarded a Zenith Award as one of the leading female lawyers in Canada and a significant change agent for women in law and society and was also noted one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada. In 2019, Kerry was named as one of the Top General Counsel Thought Leaders in North America and in 2020, Kerry was named as one of the most influential women in business in Calgary as well as the Canadian Law Department Leader of the Year. She also, in 2020, received an Excellence Award as one of the Women of the Year in law.