Kerry O’Reilly Wilks

Chief Officer, Legal, Regulatory and External Affairs 

Kerry O’Reilly Wilks is the Chief Legal & Compliance Officer with TransAlta Corporation where her portfolio spans legal, communications, government relations, stakeholder engagement, indigenous affairs, communications, regulatory and market policy, corporate secretarial, governance and trading compliance.

Prior to this position, 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 globally across all business lines. In addition, Kerry occupied a senior strategic advisory role with Vale’s Asia-Pacific affiliates, as Head of Legal, Asia Pacific, where she faced all the challenges relating to being the legal representative of a publicly traded multinational dealing with foreign governments, regulators and significant business partners. Prior to joining Vale, Kerry worked as a partner with Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP.

Kerry sits on the Board of The Giles School, as well as on the Board of Directors of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation. Kerry is the Founder and Chairperson of Malachy’s Soiree in support of the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital. The proceeds from Malachy’s Soiree are used to fund the building and development of the Transitional Care Unit within the NICU at St. Michael’s Hospital, which will specialize in treating some of the most vulnerable women and babies in society, including those struggling with addiction and mental illness and those suffering from HIV and extreme poverty. The TCU will be a global leader in urban health solutions for women and babies.

Kerry was named as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars – Top 40 under 40 lawyers in Canada in 2012, as well as UNB’s Alumni of Distinction in 2015 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. She was also noted as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada in 2017.