Director, Competitive Process
Alberta Electric System Operator
Pauline McLean is the Director, Competitive Process at the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). Pauline joined the AESO in 2009. A lawyer by training, Pauline began her career with the AESO in the Legal Department, providing legal counsel to client groups, including IT, Regulatory, Operations, Finance, Corporate Security, Inter-jurisdictional Affairs, Communications and Human Resources.
In 2012, Pauline transitioned to Senior Program Manager and Legal Counsel for the Competitive Process. Then in 2015, Pauline was promoted to Director for the Competitive Process. Pauline’s team manages the commercial aspects of the Fort McMurray West 500 kV Transmission Project. Her team also supports the Renewable Electricity Program (REP), an initiative under the Alberta government’s Climate Leadership Plan. The REP will enable the development of 5,000 MW of renewable electricity in the province in order to facilitate Alberta’s transition to a lower emission electricity system.
Prior to joining the AESO, Pauline worked in private practice in the Business Law group at Macleod Dixon LLP (now Norton Role Fulbright Canada LLP). She advised clients in the areas of general business law and technology enterprises, with an emphasis on procurement, outsourcing, general corporate commercial matters, intellectual property and brand management.
Pauline holds a BSc in Cellular, Molecular & Microbial Biology and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Calgary.