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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.


  • Top General Counsel Thought Leader – North America  
  • Leading Female Lawyer and Woman of Excellence
  • Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada

Community Service

  • Board of Directors, St. Michael’s Foundation 
  • Founder & Chairperson, Malachy’s Soirée
  • Mentor, MentorWalks
  • Editorial Board, Canadian Lawyer Magazine