Retired President & CEO, SaskPower
Ms. Youzwa is the past President and CEO of SaskPower, a commercial crown corporation providing integrated electricity services throughout Saskatchewan. Ms. Youzwa became President and CEO after holding executive positions in strategic planning, customer services and energy trading. During her tenure at SaskPower, Ms. Youzwa build a track record of success in energy system planning and capital expansion; technology innovation; initiatives to promote environmental sustainability; energy market reforms; and human resource advancements in the areas of safety, workforce planning and diversity. She retired from her position as CEO in 2010.
Ms. Youzwa joined SaskPower after a successful career with the public service of Saskatchewan. She started as a budget analyst in the Department of Finance and rose through the ranks to serve as Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines. She has extensive experience in energy and mining resource development policy, regulation and taxation. She also served as the Deputy Minister of Economic Development.
Ms. Youzwa has served as a director on numerous boards and has held policy advisory roles at the national level with such organizations as the Canadian Electricity Association, the Energy Council of Canada, the Conference Board of Canada, the Canada Alberta ecoEnergy Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage and the Minister’s Advisory Council on Energy Science and Technology.
Since retiring, Ms. Youzwa has taken time to give back to her community. In addition to the Canada West Foundation, she serves as the Chair of the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) Foundation. She is also an organizer of the annual Regina Scotiabank Giller Light Bash in support Frontier College, a national literacy organization.
Ms. Youzwa was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, the Lieutenant Governor’s Gold Medal for Excellence in Public Administration in 2011 and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in 2005.
Ms. Youzwa has a Master of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree from the University of Saskatchewan.