Recruitment posting

Alberta Energy Regulator- Board of Directors

Competition #: 691
Ministry: Energy
Opening Date: 01/27/2020
Closing Date: 02/09/2020
Role: Chairperson and Board Director
Role Required

The Minister of Energy and the Minister of Environment and Parks are seeking applications from individuals to fill the position of Chairperson as well as up to seven Board Directors for the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).

Meetings are primarily held in Calgary or Edmonton, but are also occasionally held in other Alberta locations.
About the Agency

The Alberta Energy Regulator ensures the safe, efficient orderly and environmentally responsible development of hydrocarbon resources over their entire life cycle. This includes allocating and conserving water resources, managing public lands, and protecting the environment while providing economic benefits for all Albertans.

The Government of Alberta created the AER in 2013 when it proclaimed the Responsible Energy Development Act. The AER took on regulatory functions related to energy development that were previously held by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (now Alberta Environment and Parks) and combined them with the regulatory functions of the Energy Resources Conservation Board.

The AER has a clear strategy to fulfill its mandate, reach its vision of regulatory excellence, and deliver results for all Albertans.

The Government of Alberta gives the AER authority to ensure that companies develop the province’s hydrocarbon resources in a safe and environmentally responsible fashion, and without waste. The AER:

  • Reviews applications and makes decisions on proposed energy developments;
  • Oversees all aspects of energy resource activities in accordance with government policies;
  • Regularly inspects energy activities to ensure that all applicable requirements are met;
  • Penalizes companies that fail to comply with AER requirements; and
  • Holds hearings on proposed energy developments.

The AER implements policy set forth by the Government of Alberta.

The AER’s role is to enforce rules and regulations around energy development, taking direction from government policy. The AER is also responsible for regulating:

  • Over 422,000 kilometres of pipelines
  • Over 167,000 operating wells
  • Over 30,000 oil facilities
  • 50 thermal in situ (oil sands recovery) projects
  • 9 oil sands mines
  • 5 bitumen upgraders
  • 4 coal processing plants
  • 6 producing coal mines

Few organizations steward such a large and varied mix of energy resources and infrastructure as the AER. The organization oversees the world’s third largest established reserves:

  • 1.8 billion barrels of conventional oil
  • 165 billion barrels of bitumen
  • 29 trillion cubic feet of conventional natural gas
  • 37 billion tons of coal
Role Description

Reporting to the Ministers of Energy and Environment and Parks, the Board is accountable for guiding the strategic direction and overseeing the development and delivery of appropriate business processes of the AER in a manner consistent with its mandate. The Chairperson and the Board Director have a significant role to play in the AER’s success by overseeing the governance and management of the AER’s business and affairs.

Chairperson Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership by guiding the AER and its activities.
  • Promote an environment of openness, collegiality, fairness, trust, respect and professionalism within the AER.
  • Formulate and promote a vision for the AER and lead the development and implementation of a long term strategy and direction for the AER.
  • Maintain a governance framework to ensure good governance practices in the AER.
  • Approve the AER’s annual corporate budget and all significant administrative policy developed by the organization through the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Ensure AER alignment with appropriate government policies and report to the Minister of Energy and Minister of Environment and Parks, on the activities of the AER.
  • Engage with all stakeholders, including First Nations, Métis settlements and Métis Nation of Alberta communities and ensure that the AER is accessible, transparent and open.
  • Promote the AER by actively representing the AER’s position and strategic directions to external stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of an effective risk management framework for the AER.

Board Director Responsibilities:

  • Guide the vision and mission of the AER and provide strategic leadership to the organization.
  • Champion AER regulatory practices and regulatory frameworks to ensure relevancy, effectiveness and sustainment of regulatory models and instruments.
  • Review operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and systems to ensure operating effectiveness of the organization.
  • Ensure that the decisions of the AER align with Government of Alberta policy.
  • Oversee the recruitment, direction and evaluation of the performance of the AER’s Chief Executive Officer.
  • Approve and monitor the AER’s long-term strategic plan, which includes performance measures and targets.
  • Ensure that all staff comply with the AER’s code of conduct.
  • Annually review and approve the written mandate of established committees, including:
    • The Audit and Finance Committee
    • The Governance Committee
    • The Human Resources, Health, and Safety Committee
    • The Regulatory Review Committee
    • The Risk Management Committee
    • The Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee
  • Monitor the financial performance of the AER, ensuring that the financial results are reported on a timely and regular basis.
  • Approve and monitor internal audit processes and meet annually with the Auditor General of Alberta to review results.
  • Assist with the development, communication, and implementation of effective regulatory and operational strategies, and processes.
  • Promote and participate in an environment of openness, collegiality, fairness, trust, respect and professionalism within the AER.
  • Promote the AER by representing the AER position and strategic directions to external stakeholders.

Skills and Experience Required

In our search for the Chairperson and Board Director, we are looking for individuals who can demonstrate these key competencies:

  • Regulatory experience: experience working within a regulatory system, preferably in the natural resource sector.
  • Energy and environmental experience: broad technical knowledge in engineering, earth sciences, and environmental sciences.
  • Financial experience, including audit knowledge and oversight of risk management.
  • Information management and technology: IT and the broader information services and management.
  • Industry group and community relations.
  • Legal – experience with administrative and/or regulatory laws.
  • Business acumen.
  • Sound governance experience.
  • High ethical standards and accountability.
  • Understanding of a regulatory agency’s accountability/relationship with government.
  • Strategic leadership experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with culture management and transformation.
  • Human resources management.

Supplementary competencies include:

  • Proactive rather than reactive: ability to think ahead and anticipate problems, solutions and opportunities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills (team player, collegial, collaborative).
  • Strong organizational leadership credentials.
  • Broad perspective as a “strategic thinker” and demonstrate creativity and passion for innovation.
  • Shows integrity, accountability and impartiality.
  • Committed, adaptable, and an effective communicator.

In addition to the above qualifications, the ideal Chairperson will have:

  • Service on other public, private, or not-for-profit sector boards, preferably Chair experience.
  • C-suite management experience in a large size public, private or not-for-profit sector organization.
  • Extra-provincial experience or networks an asset.

Remuneration and Time Commitment

Remuneration under review.

There are approximately five (5) meeting dates per year for Board Directors and these meetings typically cover two (2) days. Meetings are primarily held in either Calgary or Edmonton, but are also spread around the province to other centres on occasion.

Additional Documentation

Please see the attached Board Director Position Profile for more information on this opportunity and a detailed list of responsibilities .

Please see the attached Chairperson Position Profile for more information on this opportunity and a detailed list of responsibilities at

Please see the attached Board Director Position Profile for more information on this opportunity and a detailed list of responsibilities at

In addition to your cover letter and resume, we require a biography. Click HERE to download the biography form.

Once the forms are completed, save them to your PC. When you click on submit application, you will be prompted to upload additional documents. Drag and drop or upload your completed biography form and others requested into the ‘Drop files below or click to upload’ section.

Please note: This ad will close on February 9, 2020 or until suitable candidate found.

Contact Information

Executive Search, Alberta Public Service Commission

Phone: 780-408-8460


How To Apply

Carefully read the Recruitment Posting and the Position Profile to ensure this is an appropriate opportunity for you. Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements.

Online applications are preferred. To apply, click on the 'apply' button, create or sign into your account in the ePAAS system; upload your resume, view the listing under Current Opportunities and click on 'submit application'. The uploaded resume will be automatically attached.

Provide a short 4 line biography using the Biography template found under additional documents section. Your biography should include your name, current work experience, board/committee experience and relevant education. Please note that biographies may be edited for length and clarity.

Once your biography and other required form(s) are completed, save it to your PC. When you hit 'submit application', you will be prompted to upload additional documents. Drag and drop (or upload) your completed cover letter, biography and other form(s) into the 'Drop files below or click to upload' section before clicking the 'apply' button.

If you are unable to apply online, please submit a cover letter and resume, quoting the recruitment posting competition number, to the contact provided on the posting. We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to assess which candidates' qualifications most closely match the agency's requirements. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted to advance to the next step in the appointment process. You can check the status of each competition on-line at

Qualified applicants may be selected to fill other vacancies. Applicants will be required to identify any real or perceived conflicts of interest and may be required to undergo additional security screening. Please Note: Successful applicants will have the following information about them made publicly available on the Public Agency Secretariat Website: name, biography, public agency, and position title.

Agency Website:

Alberta Energy Regulator

Link to Enabling Legislation:

Responsible Energy Development Act