The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) was saddened to learn that Dr. George Govier, an architect of energy regulation in Alberta, passed away on February 22. He was 98 years old.
Dr. Govier joined the Petroleum and Natural Gas Conservation Board—a predecessor of the Energy Resources Conservation Board and the AER—in 1948 and served as chairman from 1962 to 1978. While chairman, he served two years as chief deputy minister of Energy and Natural Resources. He was also a professor of engineering and head of the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department at the University of Alberta, where he later became dean of engineering.
“Dr. Govier was a leader, mentor, and friend to generations who worked for the energy regulator, the public sector, the oil and gas industry, and academia in Alberta,” said Jim Ellis, President and CEO of the AER. “This is a sad time for us, but his legacy makes us proud and inspires us to seek always to improve the way we regulate on behalf of all Albertans.”
Dr. Govier played a key role in developing the petroleum regulatory system in Canada, a structure recognized and copied throughout the world. He received 12 awards of merit for his work in the regulatory field, including the Order of Canada in 1976, Officer of the Order in 1982, and Alberta Order of Excellence in 2013.
Dr. Govier’s legacy was documented in Steward, a book depicting 75 years of energy regulation in Alberta.