The AER is made up of various divisions and branches, organized to efficiently carry out our business and regulatory functions. Project teams often bring together people from across the organization to take advantage of different skill sets, knowledge, and perspectives.
Click on a division to learn more about its people and functions:
- Strategy and Regulatory
- Corporate Services
- Stakeholder and Government Engagement
- Law Branch
The Operations Division oversees the full life cycle of energy resource development in Alberta. It works with companies and stakeholders to assess new development proposals and also holds companies accountable for delivering positive outcomes while meeting regulatory requirements—from design and construction through to active operations and, ultimately, decommissioning.
This division is made up of four branches—Authorizations, Environment and Operational Performance, Closure and Liability, and Strategic Delivery —that focus on consistent and efficient use of the existing regulatory tools and processes to ensure compliance, industry performance reporting, and improvement of the effectiveness and efficiency of our regulatory system across each of the sectors we regulate.
- Vice President, Authorizations, Bola Talabi
- Vice President, Environment and Operational Performance, Martin Foy
- Vice President, Closure and Liability, Robert Wadsworth
- Vice President, Strategic Delivery, Shelley Youens
- Chief Engineer, Helen Chang
The Strategy and Regulatory Division establishes and drives a cohesive strategy for the organization that advances regulatory innovation to mitigate risks of energy development and captures opportunities for continued innovation. The division also provides the science-based, evidence-driven analysis and information needed to make regulatory decisions that consider the cumulative effects of development. This analysis ensures that we understand current and future impacts and opportunities of energy development in order to make the right decisions for Alberta. The division also uses this information to provide the organization with a clear vision and strategy that includes measurable performance goals and objectives.
The division comprises three integrated branches—Alberta Geological Survey, Strategic Management, and Science and Evaluation—that use scientific- and fact-based evaluations and forecasts to identify and manage issues, risks, and opportunities; manage the regulatory development process; and develop our strategy and implement our operating plans through integrated planning.
- Vice President, Alberta Geological Survey, Andrew Beaton
- Vice President, Science and Evaluation, Jil Macdonald
- Vice President, Strategic Management, Tiffany Novotny
- Chief Environmental Scientist, Scott Heckbert
- Chief Economist, Afshin Honarvar
- Chief Regulatory Strategist, Eric Kimmel
- Chief Geologist, Kevin Parks
The Corporate Services Division provides the foundational support necessary to enable the AER to achieve its mandate. This division focuses on people and culture, infrastructure, information, and fiscal responsibility. It provides key corporate functions to our organization, such as managing technology, information, infrastructure, and human resources, and providing business administration services.
This division is made up of six branches: Finance; People, Culture, and Learning; Information Management; Information Services; Infrastructure and Business Services; and Internal Audit.
- Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance, Tom Heywood
- Vice President, People, Culture, and Learning, Susan Cassidy
- Vice President, Information Management, Kolleen Kidd
- Vice President, Information Services, Glen Eades
- Vice President, Infrastructure and Business Services, Doug Townsend
- Director, Internal Audit, Sukh Johal
The Stakeholder and Government Engagement Division supports all of our organization’s work through engagement, relationship building, information sharing, and collaboration with people and groups that are interested in or may be affected by our decisions. While most of the division’s work is done in Alberta, many national and international stakeholders have considerable interest in our decisions and actions.
The division uses a variety of tools, including stakeholder mapping, public-opinion research, and engagement planning to build mutually beneficial relationships with landowners, indigenous peoples, the public, governments, environmental organizations, peer regulators, and other stakeholder groups through its four branches—Government Engagement, Indigenous and Stakeholder Engagement, and Communications and International Relations.
- Vice President, Government Engagement, Selena Cole
- Vice President, Indigenous and Stakeholder Engagement, Jennifer Wells
The Law Branch provides legal advice to the entire organization, including the board of directors and hearing commissioners. It supports many aspects of our work, such as project authorizations, contracts, hearings, litigation, regulatory and strategic projects, and government and stakeholder engagement. Our staff in the Law Branch have expertise in the regulations, rules, directives, and policies applicable to our work.
- Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Charlene Graham
- Vice President, Law Division, Sean Sexton
- Associate General Counsel, Jeff Moore