Wednesday, July 30th20.2°C
22568

Peter Watson named as new National Energy Board chair and chief executive

CALGARY - The National Energy Board is getting a new boss.

Peter Watson has been appointed to a seven-year term as the federal energy watchdog's chairman and CEO, federal Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford announced Friday.

Watson, whose new posting begins Aug. 18, has served as Alberta's deputy minister of energy, the environment and most recently the executive council. He takes over from Gaetan Caron, whose term ended this week.

Alberta Premier Dave Hancock called Watson a "trusted and valuable friend and colleague."

Watson worked on climate change and water strategies, as well as on developing carbon capture and storage technology and improving market access. In his current role, he's in charge of Alberta's public service.

"He has a calm, wise and steady approach to governance, and his passion and commitment to Alberta's Public Service is unquestioned," Hancock said in a release.

Also Friday, Rickford announced NEB member Lyne Mercier will become vice-chair, effective immediately.

"The comprehensive experience and knowledge of these individuals will be invaluable during this critical time for our federal energy regulator," he said in a statement.

The NEB leadership change comes at a time when new pipelines, and the oilsands crude that would flow through them, are under intense scrutiny.

The Alberta and federal governments have been pushing for new pipelines to connect Canadian resources with global markets, but contentious proposals such as the Northern Gateway pipeline to the West Coast and Keystone XL pipeline to the U.S. are facing fierce opposition.

"If the Harper government was hoping to temper the growing criticism of flawed National Energy Board processes it is heading in the wrong direction with this appointment," Greenpeace campaigner Mike Hudema said in a statement.

"Alberta is a very troubled regulatory jurisdiction, especially when it comes to pipelines, so choosing an insider from within its ranks doesn't bode well for the environment or communities across the country. Canadians deserve an independent body that they can entrust with protecting the public interest. Unfortunately, this decision indicates they're not getting it any time soon."

The Canadian Press


Read more Business News

21623


Recent Trending




Today's Market
S&P TSX15524.82+78.271
S&P CDNX1011.10-5.40
DJIA16880.36-31.75
Nasdaq4462.902+20.204
S&P 5001970.07+0.12
CDN Dollar0.91710.00
Gold1310.00+6.70
Oil99.66-0.61
Lumber328.70+6.40
Natural Gas3.73-0.017

 
Okanagan Companies
Pacific Safety0.1850.00
Knighthawk0.01-0.005
QHR Technologies Inc1.22+0.02
Cantex0.085+0.02
Anavex Life Sciences0.26-0.0075
Metalex Ventures0.08-0.005
Russel Metals35.22-0.07
Copper Mountain Mining2.83-0.03
Colorado Resources0.22-0.005
ReliaBrand Inc0.10+0.019
Sunrise Resources Ltd0.03-0.005
Mission Ready Services0.15-0.005

 



21336

FEATURED Property
2023895Immaculate Home in popular Rose Valley new Mar Jok and Rose Valley schools!
$419,900
more details
image2image2image2
Click here to feature your property
Please wait... loading


Take charge of your debt

Photo: Thinkstock.comWays to reduce your Debt:Make a budget and get budget counselingA basic first step for debt reduction is to prepare a budget and plan your spending. Once you have a budget, you mu...


Geopolitical tensions rattle markets

The Big Picture Geopolitical tensions rattle markets The spectre of rising geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and Gaza cast a shadow over an otherwise positive week in the markets. News that a passenger...


Learn to delegate effectively

Photo: ContributedI have the pleasure of witnessing people delegate tasks quite often. Sometimes with tremendous success and sometimes with disastrous consequences. I have chaired a lot of committees...

_








Member of BC Press Council


22685