100 Years, 100 People
The Next Generation of Leaders
Parviz Mohamed – was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. When she was 15 years old, her family moved to Canada. After graduating from Mount Royal University with a Major in Computer Sciences in 1981, Parviz was hired at TransAlta as a Programmer analyst.
Throughout her years at TransAlta, Parviz has held increasingly senior positions within the organization, primarily in Information Technology (IT). She has been Acting Chief Information Officer, Director Application Development and Support, Director IT Development Services and has led the IT portion of a number of significant corporate developments including the divestiture of TransAlta’s distribution and retail business.
Some of her most significant roles at TransAlta include Director, Major Maintenance Planning, where she was accountable for leading long-term planning for all major maintenance activities over the life of TransAlta’s generation plants. In 2006, Parviz was appointed Vice-President, Information Technology, accountable for information technology strategy, planning and implementation including associated business transformation projects for TransAlta’s worldwide operations.
As the current IT lead of TransAlta’s Centennial Project, Parviz is responsible for bringing IT knowledge of TransAlta’s technology and applications to the project team. She feels that her participation in this project will be her greatest contribution to the company. “I’m excited about the Centennial Project because by aligning our people, processes and technologies with our business strategy, we are building a strong foundation,” said Parviz. “This will enable our talented employees to make TransAlta a top quartile company that is recognized and respected internationally.”
Among her peers, Parviz is recognized as a leader who values planning and driving for results through cross-functional collaboration. According to Parviz, TransAlta’s values, its focus on people and the transformation it has undergone in the past 100 years are what make Parviz to be a proud TransAlta employee. “I think what has made TransAlta so successful over 100 years are the people. We have talented employees that are committed to the success of our company.”
Parviz is also an active member of the community. She is Past President of the Board of the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association and an Ambassador for the World Partnership Walk.