National Energy Board - 2016-2017 - Report on Plans and Priorities

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Within Section 1: Organizational Expenditure Overview, the Departmental Spending Trend Graph was shown in English for the Rapports sur les plans et les priorités (RPP) 2016-2017.


The Departmental Spending Trend Graph is now correctly shown in French in the Rapports sur les plans et les priorités (RPP) 2016-2017.

Report on Plans and Priorities

National Energy Board

The original version was signed by
C. Peter Watson, P.Eng. FCAE
Chair and CEO
National Energy Board

The original version was signed by
The Honourable Jim Carr, P.C., M.P.
Natural Resources

Table of Contents

Message from the Chair and CEO

Section I: Organizational Expenditure Overview

Section II: Analysis of Program(s) by Strategic Outcome (s)

Section III: Supplementary Information

Section IV: Organizational Contact Information

Message from the Chair and CEO

Peter Watson - Chair and CEOI am pleased to present the National Energy Board (NEB or the Board) Report on Plans and Priorities for 2016-2017. The Board has embarked on an ambitious journey of modernization, focused on improving relationships with municipalities and Indigenous Peoples, enhancing environmental and safety outcomes, and increased transparency for pipeline safety measurement

Guiding our journey is our commitment to regulatory excellence. In support of this, the NEB is planning to request changes to our Program Alignment Architecture and our Performance Measurement Framework, which will enhance our transparency as a regulator. More clearly defining our programs and activities, and developing meaningful associated metrics, will establish a baseline for how we will measure our performance going forward. We are accountable to the Canadian public, and it is essential that we are able to demonstrate to Canadians that we are effectively fulfilling our mandate by having a strong focus on results.

This past year I travelled across the Canada as a part of the NEB’s National Engagement Initiative. What I learned had a profound impact on me and how I see the NEB doing its work in the future. Canadians want to be a part of the energy dialogue, and want to be informed about safe energy regulation in our country. In response, the NEB will increase stakeholder engagement, both within and outside of the adjudication processes, by ramping up our community-based and regional focus. We will work on building stronger, renewed relationships with regional communities and community leadership, landowners, environmental groups and Indigenous Peoples. We will also ensure that the information we provide to the public is clear, transparent and easily accessible.

We hold companies accountable for the safety of their energy infrastructure over its entire lifecycle, from design to abandonment. This year, we are honing our focus on safety and environmental outcomes, root causes and systemic performance as we regulate in the Canadian public interest. Our goal is to move towards a predictive regulatory system with emphasis on management systems and safety culture.

The Pipeline Safety Act was passed in June 2015, which strengthens our legislation and expands our toolkit to protect Canadians and the environment. The new provisions under this legislation are to be implemented by June 2016. In addition, we will continue work begun in 2015 to facilitate emergency management and emergency management coordination at the regional and community level.

The coming year will be one of hard work, transformation and evolution for the NEB, as we move towards realizing our Strategic Priorities: Leading Regulatory Excellence, Taking Action on Safety and Engaging Canadians. I remain confident that, through the efforts of our dedicated, professional staff, we will continue to refine, improve and excel in the work we do on behalf of Canadians.

C. Peter Watson, P. Eng. FCAE
Chair and CEO
National Energy Board

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