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For over a decade, an alleged, 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 government and industry revenue, and cost Albertans and Canadians thousands of jobs.

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

In July 2019, Steve Allan, a Calgary forensic and restructuring accountant with 40 years of experience, was appointed as commissioner to lead the inquiry.

To learn more about this inquiry or submit relevant information, visit


The commissioner has been directed to:

  • 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

Read the full Terms of Reference, which has been amended through the following Orders in Council:

Reporting timelines

The commissioner is responsible for providing the Minister of Energy with:

  • An interim report with advice, proposals, recommendations, analyses or policy options related to the inquiry. This interim report was provided to government in January 2020.
  • A final report setting out the findings and recommendations by January 31, 2021.

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.


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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, and receiving the Alberta Order of Excellence.

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

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