Organizational Structure


Organizational Structure

  • The AER is made up of various divisions and branches, configured to create a collaborative approach to our business. Teams are composed of people from all pertinent branches (a “matrix” approach) to ensure effective solutions. Below is a list of the various divisions and branches in the AER and brief descriptions of what they do.
The AER Customer Contact Centre is the central point of contact for the AER. The CCC can be reached from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday at 1-855-297-8311 or at For the Energy and Environmental 24-hour Response Line, call 1-800-222-6514.

Division Overview – Operations

Executive Vice President, Mark Taylor
Vice President, Authorizations Branch, Brenda Cherry
Vice President, Environment and Operational Performance Branch, Erin Maczuga (Acting)
Vice President, Closure and Liability Branch, Robert Wadsworth
Vice President, Industry Operations, Martin Foy (Acting)

The Operations Division oversees the full life cycle of energy resource development in Alberta. The division works with companies and stakeholders to assess new development proposals. It also holds companies accountable for delivering positive outcomes while meeting the regulatory requirements from design and construction through to active operations and, ultimately, decommissioning.

The division is made up of the following four branches:

  • The Authorizations Branch makes decisions about whether new development proposals should proceed.
  • The Environment and Operational Performance Branch monitors projects during their production phase to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • The Closure and Liability Branch holds companies accountable for meeting the regulatory requirements that apply to projects that are no longer producing.
  • The Industry Operations Branch reports on industry performance and looks for ways to improve the effectiveness of our regulatory system across the sectors that we regulate: oil and gas, pipelines, mining, and in situ.

Division Overview – Strategy and Regulatory
Executive Vice President, Carol Crowfoot
Senior Vice President, Major Projects and Transformation, Tristan Goodman
Acting Vice President, Science and Evaluation Branch, Kevin Parks
Vice President, Alberta Geological Survey, Andrew Beaton
Vice President, Strategic Management Branch, Tiffany Novotny

The Strategy and Regulatory Division ensures that the organization has a clear vision and strategy that maximize the opportunity for success, with measurable performance goals and objectives that are consistently achieved.

The division’s staff

  • use science and fact-based evaluation and forecasts to identify and manage issues, risks, and opportunities to enhance the regulatory system;
  • manage the regulatory development process; and
  • develop and implement the AER’s enterprise, strategic, and corporate operations plans.

The Strategy and Regulatory Division comprises four branches that help to deliver expertise to the AER:

  • Major Projects and Transformation Branch oversees major AER projects and transformation initiatives.
  • Science and Evaluation Branch monitors and reports on current and reliable indicators of energy resource, environmental, and social outcomes related to energy development on the reservoir- to play-based scales.
  • The Alberta Geological Survey is a branch that provides the AER with scientific peer-reviewed research, maps, and reports on Alberta’s geology, earth resources, geological hazards, and groundwater on a regional scale.
  • Strategic Management Branch identifies emerging risks, issues, and opportunities, and directs regulatory development and the development of organizational strategy, planning, performance management.

Division Overview – Corporate Services
Executive Vice President, Rick Brown
Vice President, Finance Branch, Tom Heywood
Vice President, Human Resources Branch, Susan Cassidy
Vice President, Information Management, Kolleen Kidd
Vice President, Information Services, Glen Eades
Director, Administrative Services, Doug Townsend
Director, Internal Audit, Sukh Johal

This division focuses on people, infrastructure, and information and is designed to support the organization with key corporate functions such as technology, data, workplace services, finance, administration, and human resources. The Corporate Services Division supports the organization with expertise, advice, and services related to their areas of expertise. Services are provided from Calgary and, where it makes sense, in field offices to ensure that all AER employees have access to the vital corporate services required to do their jobs.

The division is committed to providing the AER with the tools needed to conduct our business and make the AER a great place to work. Branches under the Corporate Services Division include the following:

  • Information Services
  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Administrative/Workplace Services
  • Information Management
  • Internal Audit

Division Overview – Stakeholder and Government Engagement
Executive Vice President, Jennifer Steber
Vice President, Alberta Stakeholder Engagement, Jennifer Wells
Vice President, Alberta Government Engagement, Selena Cole
Vice President, Public Affairs and National/International Relations, Kim Blanchette

The Stakeholder and Government Engagement division supports all AER work though engagement, relationship building, information sharing, and collaborating with people and groups who are interested in or may be impacted by the AER’s decisions. Our division builds mutually beneficial relationships through four branches:

  • Alberta Government Engagement works with AER staff and our Government of Alberta partners to ensure that policy development and regulatory delivery for development of Alberta’s energy resources are integrated and aligned with each other. This branch provides strategic advice and engagement expertise to all areas of the organization with respect to the Alberta Government.
  • Alberta Stakeholder Engagement (ASE) engages our Alberta stakeholders and indigenous peoples to understand how they are affected by, or concerned about, energy development in Alberta. This engagement informs how the AER responds to issues and concerns. ASE connects with people across the province through community, indigenous and alternative dispute resolution specialists. In addition, the branch plays a key role in providing strategic advice, guidance and support in engagement planning for projects.
  • National and International Relations leads and facilitates organization-wide improvement that is informed by national and international perspectives. The AER is committed to demonstrating national and international leadership in regulating energy resources by learning from and sharing best practices and knowledge with our peers across Canada and around the globe.
  • Public Affairs is responsible for making sure that the AER’s communications, both internal and external, are clear, timely and easy to understand. It provides many services to the organization, including research, data analysis and insight, media relations and crisis communications, strategic planning and advice, internal and corporate communications, content development and publishing, editing, graphic design, digital media services, and web services.

Division Overview – Law Branch
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Patricia Johnston
Associate General Counsel, Gary Perkins

The Law Branch provides high quality legal and strategic advice to the entire organization, including the Board of Directors, Hearing Commissioners and all Divisions of the AER. The Branch focuses on legal and strategic advice and is designed to support the organization deliver key functions such as authorizations, contracts, FOIP, hearings, litigation, regulatory and strategic projects, and government/stakeholder engagement.

The Law Branch supports the organization with essential knowledge, advice and services related to their areas of expertise. The Branch understands and has expertise in the business and strategic issues that the AER faces. In addition the Branch has expertise in the statutes the AER administers – including all regulations, rules, directives and policies, which include

  • the Responsible Energy Development Act,
  • the Oil and Gas Conservation Act,
  • the Pipeline Act,
  • the Oil Sands Conservation Act,
  • the Coal Conservation Act,
  • the Water Act,
  • the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act,
  • the Public Lands Act, and
  • Part 8 of the Mines and Minerals Act.