Our governance structure is designed to provide both strong corporate oversight and independent adjudication. Corporate, operational, and governance responsibilities are separate from our adjudicative functions (i.e., hearings on energy applications).
A chair heads the AER and leads a board of directors, who together set the general direction of our business affairs but are not involved in the day-to-day operations and decisions.
The Board strives to apply best governance practices of the public and not-for-profit sectors. The Board’s governance processes align with the AER’s vision, mission, and strategic priorities.
Our chief executive officer is accountable for day-to-day operations, and our executive leadership team oversees the AER’s various divisions and branches.
Reporting to a chief hearing commissioner, hearing commissioners are independent adjudicators who make informed decisions about energy applications.
We disclose expenses of our board of directors, hearing commissioners, and executive leadership team.
We are required by law to disclose the names, positions, earnings, nonmonetary benefits, and severance of all current and former employees earning a specific dollar amount.
Conflict of Interest
Our board of directors, hearing commissioners, and employees are all bound by a strict conflict of interest policy and procedures. Under the policy, people in these positions
- must conduct themselves impartially in carrying out their duties;
- are prohibited from acting in self-interest or furthering their own personal interests by virtue of their positions or through carrying out their duties;
- are prohibited from having a direct or indirect monetary or financial interest (including securities) in issuers or entities regulated by the AER, unless those interests are held in a blind trust arrangement that complies with the Alberta government’s Conflicts of Interest Act; and
- must disclose real and potential conflicts of interest, including ownership of prohibited assets.
Mandate and Roles
The Mandate and Roles Document for the AER has been developed collaboratively among the Minister of Environment and Parks and the Minister of Energy and the AER to reflect a common understanding of their respective roles and responsibilities.
- Fact sheet: Alberta Energy Regulator – Governance