Siim A. Vanaselja Designated as Next TransCanada Chair

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CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Dec. 8, 2016) - News Release - TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) announced today that Siim A. Vanaselja has been designated as the next chair of the TransCanada board.

Mr. Vanaselja will succeed S. Barry Jackson, who will retire as chair of the board at the close of TransCanada's annual meeting of shareholders in 2017. Mr. Vanaselja's appointment is subject to his re-election by TransCanada's shareholders at TransCanada's annual general meeting of shareholders in 2017.

"Barry has served as chair of the board since 2005," said Russ Girling, TransCanada's president and chief executive officer. "During that time, his leadership has been instrumental in growing TransCanada into one of North America's leading energy infrastructure companies. I know our board and members of the executive leadership team sincerely thank him for his many years of commitment and dedication to TransCanada, and for his guidance and thoughtful insight as chair."

Mr. Jackson will continue to be a board member, also subject to his re-election at TransCanada's annual meeting of shareholders in 2017.

Mr. Vanaselja has been a member of TransCanada's board since May 2, 2014, and is the chair of TransCanada's audit committee. He also serves on the boards of Great-West Lifeco Inc. and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd.

Mr. Vanaselja was the Executive Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada from January 2001 to June 2015. Prior to joining BCE Inc., he was a partner at the accounting firm, KPMG Canada in Toronto.

He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Mr. Vanaselja holds an Honours Bachelor of Business degree from the Schulich School of Business. His community involvement has included work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, St. Mary's Hospital, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Québec and the annual Walk for Kids Help Phone.

The chair of TransCanada's board serves in a non-executive capacity.

With more than 65 years' experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and liquids pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates a network of natural gas pipelines that extends more than 90,300 kilometres (56,100 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is the continent's leading provider of gas storage and related services with 664 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A large independent power producer, TransCanada currently owns or has interests in over 10,700 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is also the developer and operator of one of North America's leading liquids pipeline systems that extend over 4,300 kilometres (2,700 miles), connecting growing continental oil supplies to key markets and refineries. TransCanada's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. Visit TransCanada.com and our blog to learn more, or connect with us on social media and 3BL Media.

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