Organizational Structure


Organizational Structure

  • The AER is made up of various divisions and branches, configured to create a collaborative approach to our business. Teams are composed of people from all pertinent branches (a “matrix” approach) to ensure effective solutions. Below is a list of the various divisions and branches in the AER and brief descriptions of what they do.
The AER Customer Contact Centre is the central point of contact for the AER. The CCC can be reached from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday at 1-855-297-8311 or at For the Energy and Environmental 24-hour Response Line, call 1-800-222-6514.

Division Overview – Operations
Executive Vice President, Kirk Bailey
Vice President, Industry Operations, Veronique Giry
Vice President, Authorizations Branch, Brenda Cherry
Vice President, Environment and Operational Performance Branch, Martin Foy
Vice President, Closure and Liability Branch, Mark Taylor

The Operations Division is divided into sectors and function branches:

  • Industry Operations focuses on the resource itself, on working with industry, and on achieving Government of Alberta policy outcomes. Industry Operations includes four sectors:
    • Oil and Gas (conventional, unconventional, geothermal, and other infrastructure)
    • In Situ
    • Mining (oil sands and coal)
    • Pipelines (all pipelines)
  • The vice president of Industry Operations leads teams that are responsible for setting day-to-day priorities that align with the strategic plans and priorities of the AER.

  • Function branches focus on the mechanics: how things get done. This is where our technical and process experts reside; they work with their colleagues in the sector branches to ensure that we are applying efficient, standard processes to the various sectors we regulate. Function branches include the
    • Authorizations Branch,
    • Environment and Operational Performance Branch, and
    • Closure and Liability Branch.
  • Vice presidents of function branches are accountable for defining how the work gets done, for balancing consistency and effectiveness, and for responding to the unique needs of the sector teams:
    • The Authorizations Branch delivers project approvals and permits that focus on the start of new resource developments.
    • The Environment and Operational Performance Branch monitors ongoing operations, including operating approvals, inspections, compliance, and emergency preparedness.
    • The Closure and Liability Branch oversees the end-of-life aspects of energy developments.

Division Overview – Strategy and Regulatory
Executive Vice President, Cal Hill
Vice President, Major Projects and Transformation, Tristan Goodman
Vice President, Regulatory Development and Economics, Carol Crowfoot
Vice President, Reserves and Resources, Kevin Parks
Vice President, Alberta Geological Survey, Andrew Beaton
Vice President, Climate Policy Assurance, Mark Taylor
Vice President, Strategy Branch, Eric Kimmel
Director, Enterprise Planning, Trevor Gosselin

The Strategy and Regulatory Division identifies and manages issues, risks, and opportunities while steering the AER’s regulatory development.

The division’s staff:

  • 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 the AER’s enterprise, strategic, and corporate operations plans.

The Strategy and Regulatory Division comprises six branches and one group that help to deliver expertise to the AER:

  • Major Projects and Transformation Branch oversees major AER projects, transformation initiatives, and cumulative effects management.
  • Regulatory Development and Economics Branch ensures we deliver consistent, predictable, and transparent regulatory change. This branch implements practical operating procedures for regulatory development and reports on energy statistics, including reporting on Alberta’s current and future energy supply and demand to ensure optimal regulatory decision-making.
  • Reserves and Resources Branch monitors and reports on current and reliable indicators in energy resource, environmental, and social outcomes related to energy development at the reservoir to play-based scales.
  • The Alberta Geological Survey is a branch that provides the AER with scientific peer-reviewed research, maps, and reports on Alberta’s geology, earth resources, geological hazards, and groundwater at the regional scale.
  • Climate Policy Assurance Team is responsible for designing and delivering on the Government of Alberta’s climate change policy direction by creating and implementing an effective and efficient regulatory framework.
  • Strategy Branch identifies emerging risks, issues and opportunities, and directs the development of organizational strategy.
  • Enterprise Planning Group (EPG) leads the process of enterprise planning and prioritization using risk, portfolio and performance management to ensure that initiatives and projects support the achievement of the AER’s outcomes. This group is the steward of the AER’s Operational Excellence Management System.
  • The Environment Branch works to protect Alberta’s environment by providing strategic focus for the effective management of cumulative environmental risks and impacts from energy development. 

Division Overview – Corporate Services
Executive Vice President, Rick Brown
Vice President, Finance Branch, Tom Heywood
Vice President, Human Resources Branch, 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 division focuses on people, infrastructure, and information and is designed to support the organization with key corporate functions such as technology, data, workplace services, finance, administration, and human resources. The Corporate Services Division supports the organization with expertise, advice, and services related to their areas of expertise. Services are provided from Calgary and, where it makes sense, in field offices to ensure that all AER employees have access to the vital corporate services required to do their jobs.

The division is committed to providing the AER with the tools needed to conduct our business and make the AER a great place to work. Branches under the Corporate Services Division include the following:

  • Information Services
  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Administrative/Workplace Services
  • Information Management
  • Internal Audit

Division Overview – Stakeholder and Government Engagement
Executive Vice President, Jennifer Steber
Vice President, Alberta Stakeholder Engagement, Jennifer Wells
Vice President, Alberta Government Engagement, Selena Cole
Vice President, National, International Stakeholder and Government Relations, Zeeshan Syed
Vice President Centre of Regulatory Excellence, Robert Wadsworth
Vice President, Public Affairs, Kim Blanchette

The Stakeholder and Government Engagement division supports all AER work though engagement, relationship building, information sharing, and collaborating with people and groups who are interested in or may be impacted by the AER’s decisions. Our division builds mutually beneficial relationships through six branches:

  • Alberta Government Engagement works with AER staff and our Government of Alberta partners to ensure that policy development and regulatory delivery for development of Alberta’s energy resources are integrated and aligned with each other. This branch provides strategic advice and engagement expertise to all areas of the organization with respect to the Alberta Government.
  • Alberta Stakeholder Engagement (ASE) engages our Alberta stakeholders and indigenous peoples to understand how they are affected by, or concerned about, energy development in Alberta. This engagement informs how the AER responds to issues and concerns. ASE connects with people across the province through community, indigenous and alternative dispute resolution specialists. In addition, the branch plays a key role in providing strategic advice, guidance and support in engagement planning for projects.
  • National and International Relations leads and facilitates organization-wide improvement that is informed by national and international perspectives. The AER is committed to demonstrating national and international leadership in regulating energy resources by learning from and sharing best practices and knowledge with our peers across Canada and around the globe.
  • Public Affairs is responsible for making sure that the AER’s communications, both internal and external, are clear, timely and easy to understand. It provides many services to the organization, including media relations and crisis communications, strategic planning and advice, internal and corporate communications, editing, graphic design, digital media services, and web services.
  • The Centre of Regulatory Excellence Branch builds the expertise needed by the AER’s workforce to deliver regulatory excellence through strategically focused technical and regulatory training. The Branch works with other regulators to elevate regulatory excellence worldwide.

Division Overview – Law Branch
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Patricia Johnston
Associate General Counsel, Gary Perkins

The Law Branch provides high quality legal and strategic advice to the entire organization, including the Board of Directors, Hearing Commissioners and all Divisions of the AER. The Branch focuses on legal and strategic advice and is designed to support the organization deliver key functions such as authorizations, contracts, FOIP, hearings, litigation, regulatory and strategic projects, and government/stakeholder engagement.

The Law Branch supports the organization with essential knowledge, advice and services related to their areas of expertise. The Branch understands and has expertise in the business and strategic issues that the AER faces. In addition the Branch has expertise in the statutes the AER administers – including all regulations, rules, directives and policies, which include

  • the Responsible Energy Development Act,
  • the Oil and Gas Conservation Act,
  • the Pipeline Act,
  • the Oil Sands Conservation Act,
  • the Coal Conservation Act,
  • the Water Act,
  • the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act,
  • the Public Lands Act, and
  • Part 8 of the Mines and Minerals Act.