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Strong team leads Alberta Energy Regulator

Individuals with strong backgrounds in environment, energy, and property rights will lead Alberta’s new energy regulator.

The seven remaining board members were appointed today, along with a roster of five full-time hearing commissioners.

“With these appointments, we have built a team that will truly usher in a new era of energy regulating for the province,” said Energy Minister Ken Hughes. “This team, led by Board Chair Gerry Protti and CEO Jim Ellis, will ensure our province leads the country, and the world, in balancing resource growth with our strong environmental commitment.”

The appointments of the hearing commissioners and board members followed an open, national recruitment campaign.

The Alberta Energy Regulator board will be responsible for governance and the general direction of the regulator’s business and affairs, not the day-to-day decisions of the regulator.

The independent hearing commissioners will sit on panels, conduct hearings and make decisions on energy resource project applications, reconsiderations, inquires and appeals. Commissioners will also have a role in the alternative dispute resolution process.

“We’ll be announcing additional part-time hearing commissioners in the near future,” says Hughes.

The Alberta Energy Regulator will be responsible for regulating the province’s upstream oil, oil sands, natural gas and coal development. With a mandate to provide for the efficient, safe, orderly and environmentally responsible development of energy resources, the Alberta Energy Regulator will be responsible for regulating the life cycle of an energy project from application and construction to production, abandonment, and reclamation. It will begin phasing in operations this month.

Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.


Media inquiries may be directed to:

Mike Feenstra
Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Energy
780-690-8109 (cell)

Carrie Rosa
Public Affairs Officer
Alberta Energy
587-984-4460 (cell)  

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.