New CEO and Commissioner of the BC Oil and Gas Commission



Appointment effective November 15, 2021.

Michelle Carr will be the new CEO and Commissioner of the BC Oil and Gas Commission.

The announcement follows an extensive national search and review of internal and external candidates by the organization’s board of directors. Carr comes to the Board from the Department of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation (EMLI), where she has served as Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of the LNG Canada Implementation Secretariat since October 2018.

Carr also spent almost four years as ADM and CEO of the British Columbia Office of Environmental Assessment (EAO).

“I am happy to take on this role as the new Commissioner and look forward to leading this dynamic organization in fulfilling its mandate with a focus on public safety and environmental protection for the benefit of Britannos. -Colombians, ”Carr said.

An independent committee of the board has led the research process over the past four months following the announcement of the retirement of current CEO and Commissioner Paul Jeakins.

“Michelle has a sincere and deep commitment to reconciliation, equity, diversity and inclusion, and has shown strong leadership in addressing the impacts and benefits of resource development on people, the ‘environment and economy of northern British Columbia,’ said Margie Parikh, Senior Administrator, Board of Directors. “Her strong regulatory and engagement background, coupled with her experience in complex and changing operating environments, positions her well to oversee the multifaceted mandate of the Commission. “

Carr has demonstrated regulatory, operational, government engagement and industry relations leadership in three diverse executive portfolios with the Government of British Columbia. In addition to her work with EMLI and EAO, she was also ADM and General Manager of the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, Ministry of the Attorney General, overseeing the development of the first-ever non-medical cannabis retail regime in British Columbia.

She holds a Master of Arts in Geography from the University of Victoria and a Certificate in Advanced Leadership from the Executive Program from the UBC Sauder School of Business. Carr has been confirmed by executive order and her appointment is effective November 15, 2021.

Until then, Paul Jeakins will continue to lead the Commission.

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