Overview

For over a decade, a well-funded foreign campaign has defamed Alberta’s energy industry and sought to land-lock our oil. The reputational harm to the province's energy sector has limited provincial and industry revenue and cost thousands of jobs.

The government has launched a public inquiry, under the Public Inquiries Act, into the foreign sources of funds behind the anti-Alberta energy campaign.

Steve Allan, a Calgary forensic and restructuring accountant with 40 years of experience, has been appointed as commissioner to lead the inquiry.

Mandate

The commissioner will:

  • inquire into anti-Alberta energy campaigns that are supported by foreign organizations, and determine:
    • if they provide financial assistance to a Canadian organization which has disseminated incomplete, misleading or false information about the Alberta oil and gas industry
    • if the Canadian organization(s) has/have charitable status and/or receive grants or other funding from municipal, provincial or federal governments
  • examine investigations completed in other jurisdictions into similar activities
  • make recommendations to assist the Government of Alberta:
    • respond effectively to any anti-Alberta energy campaigns
    • consider additional eligibility criteria for government grants or charitable status

The inquiry will consist of two phases:

  • Phase 1 – the commissioner will conduct a paper review, interview witnesses and complete additional research
  • Phase 2 – based on the information gathered during Phase 1, the commissioner may hold a public hearing, if necessary

Read the full Terms of Reference

Reporting timelines

The commissioner will submit to the Minister of Energy:

  • an interim report with advice, proposals, recommendations, analyses or policy options related to the inquiry no later than January 31, 2020
  • a final report setting out the findings and recommendations no later than July 2, 2020

The minister will publish the final report within 90 days of receiving it from the commissioner.

Government response will be determined following a complete review of the commissioner’s findings and recommendations.

Biography

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    Steve Allan

    Mr. Allan is a leading forensic and restructuring accountant with more than 40 years experience in the field. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta and holds the ICD.D designation with the Institute of Corporate Directors.

    He currently serves as the board chair for Calgary Economic Development and is a respected volunteer and community leader who advocates for economic development, poverty reduction, sports and the arts.

    Mr. Allan’s accomplishments include:

    • being recognized by the Turnaround Management Association for his work in helping to restructure the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
    • serving as Chair of the Canadian Tourism Commission
    • receiving the Alberta Order of Excellence

    Read Steve Allan’s full biography (PDF, 50 KB)

News

Standing up to foreign influences (July 4, 2019)