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 Industry Operations—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.
- Executive Vice President, Mark Taylor
- Vice President, Authorizations, Brenda Cherry
- Vice President, Environment and Operational Performance, Martin Foy
- Vice President, Closure and Liability, Robert Wadsworth
- Vice President, Industry Operations, Tristan Goodman
- Director, Climate Policy Assurance, Syed Ayub
- Chief Engineer, Helen Chang
The Strategy and Regulatory Division examines the environmental, social, and economic impacts of energy development to enable well-informed decision making across the organization. The division analyzes and models data and information from the full life cycle of energy development and integrates it into our decisions. This analysis is done to ensure 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 science and fact-based evaluation and forecasts to identify and manage issues, risks, and opportunities; manage the regulatory development process; and develop and implement our operating plans.
- Executive Vice President, Carol Crowfoot
- Vice President, Alberta Geological Survey, Andrew Beaton
- Vice President, Strategic Management, Tiffany Novotny
- Vice President, Science and Evaluation, Jil Macdonald
- Chief Environmental Scientist, Scott Heckbert
- 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; Administrative Services; and Internal Audit.
- Executive Vice President, Rick Brown
- 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
- Director, Administrative Services, Doug Townsend
- Director, Internal Audit, Sukh Johal
This 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 influence and 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—Alberta Government Engagement, Alberta Stakeholder Engagement, National and International Relations, and Public Affairs—and through our International Centre of Regulatory Excellence.
- Executive Vice President, Jennifer Steber
- Vice President, Alberta Government Engagement, Selena Cole
- Vice President, Alberta Stakeholder Engagement, Jennifer Wells
- Vice President, Public Affairs and National and International Relations, Kim Blanchette
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, Patricia Johnston
- Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Gary Perkins