Regulatory area

Energy Adjudication Business Unit

The Energy Adjudication Business Unit is responsible for processing and assessing regulatory applications for facilities, and tolls and tariffs under the NEB Act, authorizations under the COGO Act and declarations under the CPR Act. It is also responsible for the financial surveillance and financial audits of companies under its jurisdiction and for addressing landowner concerns.

Vice President, Energy Adjudication – Tracy Sletto

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Ms. Sletto joined the NEB in 2011 with extensive experience in strategic planning, policy development, strategic communications, and public administration.
  • She served as Vice-President, People and Communications Services at the NEB before joining the Energy Adjudication Business Unit.
  • Before joining the NEB, she worked with the federal department of Western Economic Diversification Canada in Calgary.
  • Previously, she worked with the Government of Saskatchewan in a variety of leadership roles.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Saskatchewan
  • Master of Public Administration, Queen's University

Field Operations Business Unit

The Field Operations Business Unit is responsible for the verification of company compliance with regulations under the National Energy Board Act, the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act and the Canada Petroleum Act. The Business Unit is accountable for carrying out condition compliance activities (including inspections), evaluation of Emergency Management exercises as well as follow-up and reporting on incidents. The Business Unit is also accountable for follow up on Board Orders in the areas of safety performance, environmental protection, damage prevention, pipeline integrity, emergency management and security. The Business Unit provides technical expertise and support on applications, engagement activities, and incident investigations to assure safety and adequacy in the design, construction, testing, operation, maintenance, spill prevention and emergency response & preparedness of pipeline facilities.

Vice President, Field Operations – Chris Loewen

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Mr. Loewen became Vice President of Field Operations in April 2016.
  • Prior to his current role, he served as Vice President of Operations from September 2014.
  • He joined the NEB in 2009 and has served as Director for Oil/Natural Gas Liquids; Energy Trade; Corporate Performance; and, Safety Management.
  • He started his public service career in 1995 with (formerly) Indian and Northern Affairs Canada where he worked on the relocation of the Innu community of Davis Inlet, and advised on alternative dispute resolution issues related to Indian Residential Schools.
  • For seven years, he was a negotiator on several modern treaty and self-government agreement negotiations, including the Labrador Inuit Land Claim.
  • Before joining the NEB, he led federal Crown consultation on the Mackenzie Gas Project.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Masters of Public Administration, Carleton University.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Sciences, University of Calgary.

Projects Business Unit

Vice President, Projects – Paula Futoransky

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Ms. Futoransky joined the NEB in 2009 with 17 years of experience in the energy sector.
  • She began her career completing environmental assessments in Western and Northern Canada for a predominantly oil and gas focused consulting firm.
  • She was the Environmental Manager for the Northwest Territories Power Corporation where she developed and implemented a corporate environmental management system and then specialized in management systems with the City of Calgary.
  • During her time with the NEB she has been with the Regulatory Approaches team, becoming director of the team in 2012.
  • She served a one-year term as the Vice President for People and Corporate Solutions and then acted in the role of Executive Vice President, Business Integration for a year and a half.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, University of Alberta

System Operations Business Unit

The Systems Operations Business Unit is responsible for the Safety and Environment Oversight processes that set and enforce regulatory expectations for NEB regulated companies over the full life cycle – construction, operation, and abandonment – of energy related activities. This Business Unit is accountable for a risk informed approach to compliance assurance and analysis of the company and industry data that is used to continuously improve safety and environmental performance of our regulated companies. This Business Unit also operates the audit, enforcement, and investigation processes and leads the interfaces with industry, regulators, standards, and research organizations to strategically apply external learnings and initiatives to improve the safety and environmental performance of our regulated companies.

Vice President, System Operations – Barb van Noord

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Ms. Van Noord joined the NEB in August, 2016
  • She has 30 years of industry oil and gas experience, including both upstream and pipeline sectors, in the USA and Canada, as well as technical expertise and a background in management systems and compliance auditing.
  • Previous to joining the NEB, Ms. van Noord was Director, Operational Excellence and EH&S Integrated Planning at Suncor Energy

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Alberta

Technical Excellence Team

The Technical Excellence Team is responsible to maintain and enhance the Board’s technical expertise in the economic, environment and engineering fields.

Professional Leader / Chief Economist – Shelley Milutinovic

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Ms. Milutinovic joined the NEB in 2003.
  • She has more than 30 years of experience in the pipeline industry, the producing sector and the electric industry.
  • Ms. Milutinovic has technical and managerial experience across a broad range of activities including regulatory, economics, business development, market analysis, strategy, customer service, transportation services, rates and contracts.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Economics, the University of Calgary.
  • Master of Arts, Economics, University of Calgary.

Professional Leader / Chief Environment Officer – Dr. Robert Steedman

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Dr.  Steedman Joined the NEB in 2003.
  • Previously he was a research scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
  • In Ontario, he led a long-term, interdisciplinary research program investigating watershed ecosystem response to forest management, and provided science-based policy advice to the Province of Ontario.
  • Dr. Steedman has broad experience in communicating environmental science and assessment concepts to industry, public, government, and academic stakeholders. He has published extensively on these topics.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Biology, University of Calgary
  • Master of Science, Entomology, Oregon State University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Zoology, University of Toronto

Professional Leader / Chief Engineer – Dr. Iain Colquhoun

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Dr. Colquhoun joined the NEB in September 2010.
  • Dr. Colquhoun has more than 45 years of experience in pipeline, mechanical, and structural engineering.
  • His most recent specialization is development of risk-based management programs and integrity management systems for pipeline operators worldwide. He has published numerous papers on pipe stress analysis and pipeline integrity management, including recently co-authoring a book for ASME on pipeline integrity management.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathclyde
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Structural Engineering, University of Strathclyde
  • Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
  • Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Professional Leader / Chief Safety Officer – Keith Landra

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Mr. Landra joined the NEB in May 2015.
  • Before this, he held the positions of Director, Operations/Health, Safety & Environment, and Chief Safety Officer at the Canada – Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board.
  • He has over 29 years in upstream oil and gas (both onshore and offshore) safety, environmental protection, and engineering.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical), Technical University of Nova Scotia
  • Master of Science (Applied), Occupational Health, McGill University.
  • Member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Alberta
  • A Canadian Registered Safety Professional

Professional Leader, Northern Engagement – Dr. Brian Chambers

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Dr. Chambers joined the NEB in 2003.
  • He has worked extensively in the North of Canada for more than 35 years in both the private and public sector.
  • He was formerly Executive Director of the Northern Gas Project Secretariat and has held senior positions in local and regional government.
  • He has also served as a private consultant in the field of aboriginal land claim negotiations and natural resource regulatory regimes.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Canadian History, University of Ottawa
  • Master of Public Administration, Queen’s University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Polar Studies, Cambridge University
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