Our executive leadership team is accountable for day-to-day operations and oversees the AER’s divisions and branches.
President and Chief Executive Officer
In June 2013, Jim Ellis became the president and chief executive officer of the AER.
Mr. Ellis has more than 30 years of experience in the public sector, including seven years with the Government of Alberta. Mr. Ellis was appointed deputy minister of Environment in 2008 and held that position until 2011 when he was named deputy minister of Energy.Read more
Executive Vice President, Strategy and Regulatory Division
Carol Crowfoot has been monitoring energy markets since 1981 and has been with the AER since 2007. Ms. Crowfoot is the AER’s executive vice president of the Strategy and Regulatory Division and its chief economist. She is responsible for leading the organization to the successful execution of its strategy, ensuring organization standards are developed and followed when designing risked-based regulatory requirements and delivering energy information, independent analysis, and supply-and-demand forecasts for Alberta commodities to all stakeholders.Read more
Executive Vice President, Stakeholder and Government Engagement Division
In August 2013, Jennifer Steber joined the AER as the executive vice president (EVP) of the Stakeholder and Government Engagement Division. Before joining the AER, Ms. Steber worked with the Government of Alberta for nearly a quarter century, holding a variety of senior positions, such as chief assistant deputy minister of Oil Sands and Energy Operations, and assistant deputy minister of Resource Development.Read more
Executive Vice President, Operations Division
Mark Taylor has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is executive vice president of the Operations Division at the AER. Previously, Mr. Taylor was senior vice president of Climate Policy Assurance/Closure & Liability.Read more
Patricia (Patty) Johnston, Q.C., ICD.D
Executive Vice President, Legal and General Counsel, Law Branch
Patricia Johnston is the executive vice president, legal and general counsel of the AER. She leads a branch of 13 lawyers responsible for providing legal and business advice to all of the AER’s business branches and field offices.Read more
Executive Vice President, Corporate Services Division
Rick Brown brings tremendous leadership experience to the AER with more than 28 years as an officer in the Canadian Forces serving with Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians). Following his military career, Mr. Brown served for six years with Alberta Emergency Management, with his final role as executive director for Alberta's emergency management organization.Read more