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As required by the Treasury Board Directive for the Management of Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the National Energy Board for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

This information is updated annually and does not contain information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by the NEB support the Agency’s mandate and the government’s priorities.

The NEB provides oversight of safety, integrity, environmental and economic issues throughout the lifecycle of its regulated facilities. As we continue working on behalf of Canadians, one ultimate outcome remains clear: the safety of Canadians and the protection of the environment for future generations.

In support and development of its programs, NEB incurs travel, hospitality and conference expenses. In 2012-13, NEB spent approximately $2.8 million on travel, conferences and hospitality. A large portion of these expenses were in support of the program activities for Energy Regulation, which provides the Canadian public, project proponents and other government agencies with regulation of international and designated interprovincial power lines; construction, operations, and toll and tariffs on international and interprovincial pipelines; energy trade; and exploration and development in certain frontier and offshore areas.

Summary of annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences for the National Energy Board for fiscal year ending March 31, 2013
Expenditure Category Expenditures
for the
year ending
March 31, 2013
(a)
Expenditures
for the
year ending
March 31, 2012
(b)
Variance
(a - b)
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel - Public Servants 2,683 2,345 338
Travel - Non-Public Servants 22 253 (231)
International Travel by Chairman and CEO,
Vice Chairman,
Chief Operating Officer
0 11 (11)
Total Travel 2,705 2,609 96
Hospitality 66 55 11
Conference Fees 71 116 66
TOTAL 2,842 2,780  

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year.

Travel:
Travel for Public Servants increased due to continued Northern Gateway Hearings and the start of TransCanada 2012-2013 Tolls hearings. However the cost of non-Public Servant dropped due to the termination of the Arctic Review. The Board's focus has been on the aforementioned hearings and northern engagement therefore the CEO and Vice CEO have not traveled internationally.

Hospitality:
An increase in the number of hearings resulted in increased hospitality costs.

Conferences Fees:
The allocation of costs to conferences was realigned to concur with the description of conferences per Treasury Board guidance.

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