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About the AER

We are led by a board of directors that are appointed by an Order in Council. The board is not involved in our day-to-day operations and decisions, but instead sets the general direction of our work. Together, the directors

  • approve regulatory changes, and 
  • set performance expectations for our organization and our chief executive officer
     
Shelia O'Brien

Sheila O'Brien

Chair (interim)

Sheila O’Brien is a business advisor and corporate director with 35 years of experience in the oil, gas, pipeline, and petrochemical sectors in Canada, the United States, and Europe, having worked for NOVA Corporation, Petro-Canada, Pan-Arctic Oil, and Amoco. Most recently, she spent 13 years as a member of the executive leadership team at NOVA Chemicals, where, in her capacity as senior vice president, she was responsible for human resources, investor relations, public relations, government affairs, and administrative services.

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Brian Fleck

Brian Fleck

Board Director

Dr. Brian Fleck has been a professor at the University of Alberta since 2000, where he has also held the positions of associate chair, provost fellow, and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering for five years. During his time as department chair, he led a strategic 50 per cent growth in the number of both professors and undergraduate students and incorporated safety and risk management into the curriculum.

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Gordon Lambert

Gordon Lambert

Board Director

Gordon Lambert is president and chief executive officer of GRL Collaboration for Sustainability Inc., and is the Suncor Sustainability Executive-in-Residence at the Ivey School of Business. 

Prior to establishing his own consultancy, Mr. Lambert had a distinguished career in sustainability, having served as Suncor’s vice president of Sustainable Development for 17 years. In 2013, he was appointed executive advisor of Sustainability and Innovation, where he supported Suncor’s CEO, senior executive team, and board of directors. Before joining Suncor, Mr. Lambert worked for two years with TransAlta and 15 years with Imperial Oil. With 36 years’ experience in the energy sector, Mr. Lambert has a deep understanding of energy, the environment, and innovation, having been an advisor and frequent speaker on the topics.

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Monica Norminton

Monica Norminton

Board Director

Monica Norminton is the chief financial officer and general counsel for a private family trust, where she is the legal and financial advisor and manager. She is also currently a board member for Alberta Millwrights Local 1460 Pension Trust and Health & Welfare Trust, Waste ReSolutions, and the Audit Committee for the Department of Natural Resources Canada.

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Jack Royal

Jack Royal

Board Director

Jack Royal is the founding president and general manager of Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, an institution for cultural education and historical preservation that has also become a tourism destination over its 11 years. Mr. Royal also operates a successful cow/calf, farming, and ranching operation supported by over 20 years in the agriculture industry. He is currently the chairperson of the Indian Business Corporation.

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