Board Members


Chair – Accountability Profile

Peter Watson (Chair/CEO)

peter watsonBiographical Snapshot:

  • Deputy Minister, Executive Council, Government of Alberta. 2011-2014.
  • Deputy Minister, Alberta Energy, Government of Alberta. 2008-2011.
  • President, Clean Air Strategic Alliance, a multi-stakeholder alliance composed of representatives selected by industry, government and non-government organizations, to provide strategies to assess and improve air quality for Albertans, using a collaborative consensus process, 2005-2011.
  • President, Alberta Water Council, a multi-stakeholder partnership with 24 Members from governments, industry, and non-government organizations. Its primary task is to monitor and steward implementation of the Alberta’s Water for Life strategy and to champion achievement of the strategy’s three goals, namely, a safe, secure drinking water supply, healthy aquatic ecosystems and reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy, 2005-2008.
  • Deputy Minister, Alberta Environment, Government of Alberta. 2005-2008.
  • Assistant Deputy Minister, Environmental Assurance Division, Alberta Environment, Government of Alberta. 2002-2005.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.
  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering
  • Completed Directors Education Program through the Institute of Corporate Directors.
  • Named Alberta’s Resource Person of the Year, 2011.
  • B.Sc. Civil Engineering.


Vice-Chair – Accountability Profile

Lyne Mercier (Vice-Chair)

lyne mercierBiographical Snapshot:

  • Before joining the NEB, Ms. Mercier worked at Gaz Métro for over 29 years, serving 10 years in executive positions. At Gaz Métro she was Director of the gas supply division, where she was responsible for strategic policy related to natural gas supply and, for the management of natural gas transmission, storage and supply contracts. Prior to that, she was head of the pricing division, where she was responsible for toll design and cost-of-service allocation studies.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Bachelor of Commerce, St. Mary’s University.
  • Executive MBA from l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales.


Accountability Profile

Roland George

Board Member: Roland George Biographical Snapshot:

  • Mr. George has worked primarily in the private energy sector for over three decades. He was Senior Principal at Purvin & Gertz, an international energy-consulting firm (1998-2006; Calgary). There Mr. George led the North American natural gas practice. He also held increasingly senior positions with: the Canadian Energy Research Institute (Vice President Electricity & Natural Gas Research; 1994-1997; Calgary), Gaz Métropolitain (Chief Economist & Executive Advisor – Strategy; Director – Marketing Programs; and other positions in gas supply, regulatory affairs, and business development; 1983-1993; Montréal), Téléglobe Canada (Advisor – Corporate & Regulatory Affairs; 1981-1983; Montréal) and Canadian Pacific Limited (Analyst – Economic & Financial Analysis; 1979-1981; Montréal).

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) Gas Committee and subcommittee on Pipeline Safety and was a Member of the Energy Resources and Environment Committee, the Centre for Public Utilities’ Advisory Council, and the International Association of Energy Economists.
  • He was previously a member of the Executive Committee and the Chair of the Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Canadian Association of Members of the Public Utility Tribunal (CAMPUT) (now Canada’s Energy and Utility Regulators).
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC).
  • Master’s degree in Economics (MA) from Carleton University.
  • Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) in Mathematics (major) and Computer Science from McGill University (1977).

Philip H. Davies, LLB, ICD.D, Q. Arb.

Philip Davies, LLB, ICD.DBiographical Snapshot:

  • Before joining the NEB, Mr. Davies spent over 30 years acquiring, constructing and operating energy infrastructures and facilities in North America’s oil, gas and electric power industries.
  • During his career, Mr. Davies served as a member of several senior management teams – notably as Vice-President, Law and General Counsel of SaskPower; Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Encana Gas Storage; and Associate General Counsel of Encana Midstream and Marketing.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • ICD.D certification, Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada.
  • Q. Arb. certification, ADR Institute of Canada.
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta.
  • Former President, Association of General Counsel of Alberta.
  • Former Chair, Canadian Energy Law Foundation.
  • Former Member of National Executive, Canadian Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section.
  • Former Member of the Executive Committee and Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Members of the Public Utility Tribunal (CAMPUT) (now Canada’s Energy and Utility Regulators).

Shane Parrish

Shane ParrishBiographical Snapshot:

  • Mr. Parrish brings to the National Energy Board 24 years of experience in the area of community economic development in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and NE British Columbia. Over the past 18 years, Mr. Parrish has worked in consultation, indigenous business development and negotiations in the petroleum and mining industries. As a consultant in the firm he founded in 2002, he has represented First Nations clients in negotiations with major Canadian energy producers and pipeline companies, with a focus on access and benefits agreements.
  • Previously, Mr. Parrish was Manager of Business Development for Canadian Petroleum Engineering Inc., where he worked with First Nations, government and industry in both Canada and Latin America. He was also the CEO of the Acho Dene Koe Corporate Group, where he oversaw the growth and development of band-owned corporations and their relationships with oil and gas companies.
  • Mr. Parrish’s experience also includes five years as an Economic Development Officer with the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Calgary.
  • Diploma in Social Development from the Coady International Institute – St. Francis Xavier University.
  • On November 20, 2013 Member Parrish’s qualifications and competencies were reviewed by the Standing Committee on Natural Resources and was found competent to perform the duties of the position.

Murray Lytle, Ph.D.

Murray Lytle, Ph.D.Biographical Snapshot:

  • Dr. Murray Lytle has nearly 40 years’ experience in the energy and mining sectors spanning North America, South America and Asia.
  • He has held a series of senior positions in the oil, gas and mining industries. Highlights include:
    • Establishing and serving as General Manager of the Lima engineering office for H.A. Simons Ltd. (now AMEC E&C) of Vancouver, BC;
    • Working as a manager and consultant on more than 30 mining projects in North and South America and Asia.
  • He served as President and owner of Tessa Resource Consultants from 2001 to 2005 and Vice-President of Development for Sienna Gold Inc. from 2005 to 2009.
  • In his most recent position, he served as the Divisional Manager for Snowden Mining Industry Consultants Inc., an internationally recognized mine engineering consultancy.
  • He is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Ph.D., Mining Engineering (Corporate Social Responsibility) from the University of British Columbia.
  • Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (P.Eng.).

Steven Kelly

Steven KellyBiographical Snapshot:

  • Mr. Steven Kelly has over 30 years of practical expertise in maximizing the potential of conventional and unconventional energy resources, and brings considerable technical and commercial knowledge of North American and global energy markets.
  • Most recently he served as Vice President at IHS Energy, in the firm’s Calgary office. IHS is an international provider of market, industry and technical expertise.
  • Mr. Kelly worked for 15 years at Purvin & Gertz Inc., a global independent energy consultancy, before its acquisition by IHS in 2011. He worked in the firm’s Calgary and London offices, and was a Senior Vice President and Director of the firm.
  • Mr. Kelly began his career in the refining and marketing division at Shell Canada Limited. He progressed through various technical and planning roles in Sarnia, Edmonton and Calgary.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University.
  • Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University.
  • Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Calgary.
  • Registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Keith Chaulk, Ph.D.

Keith ChaulkBiographical Snapshot:

  • Dr. Keith Chaulk has published numerous peer reviewed articles ranging from terrestrial and marine ecology to indigenous land use.
  • His northern regulatory experience includes tenures on the Voiseys Bay Environmental Management Board, the Nunatsiavut Land Use Planning Authority, the Lower Churchill Environmental Assessment Panel.
  • Dr. Chaulk has held senior leadership positions in a number of different settings.
    • From 2013-2015 he was the Vice President Indigenous with the University of the Arctic. The University of the Arctic is an international consortium of over 150 of the world’s top universities sharing an interest in promoting education and research in the North. As Vice President Indigenous (VPI) Dr. Chaulk provided strategic visioning to the UArctic leadership team and was an ex-officio member of the UArctic Board of Governors.
    • From 2007-2015 Dr. Chaulk was the Director of the Labrador Institute of Memorial University and led its revitalization and transformation into a multi-disciplinary research and education institute with a focus on sustainable development.
  • Early in his career Dr. Chaulk worked on the environmental mitigation program for low level military flight training in Labrador and Quebec and conducted baseline research for the Voiseys Bay Mine/Mill environmental impact statement.
  • He spent over a decade working for Environment Canada in Labrador, while mainly focused on work of the conservation branch, he also conducted work for other divisions of the department including environmental protection.

Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • B.Sc., Biology, Dalhousie University, 1994
  • M.Sc., Biology, Acadia University, 2001.
  • PhD, Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology, Memorial University, 2006.

Temporary Members

Damien Côté

Damien CoteBiographical Snapshot:

  • Mr. Côté comes to the Board with broad legal, regulatory and management experience in Canada’s North, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation where he served as principal advisor to the Chair and Chief Executive Officer since 2015.
  • Between 2012 and 2014, Mr. Côté was the Executive Director of the Nunavut Water Board where he administered the technical, legal and operational aspects of the regulatory permitting process for the world’s 5th largest freshwater resource (by km²).
  • Prior to Mr. Côté’s experience as an executive in northern regulatory affairs, he worked for the Department of Justice Canada and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, both in Iqaluit, and also as an economic researcher and consultant, providing program-specific advice and research to municipal, national and international clients.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), University of Ottawa
  • Licentiate of Laws (LL.L.), University of Ottawa
  • Masters of Arts in Economics (MA), University of Toronto
  • Bachelor of Engineering – Environmental (B.Eng), Carleton University
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours – Economics (B.A. Hons.), Carleton University
  • Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada
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