Executive Leadership

The NEB's Executive Leadership is responsible for the Board's overall capability and readiness to meet strategic and operational requirements including legal advice for both regulatory and management purposes, maintaining and enhancing technical expertise within the Board in the economic, environmental and engineering fields, hearing administration and regulatory support, and internal and external communications.

Executive Vice President, Law and General Counsel – Rob Cohen

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Mr. Cohen joined the NEB as General Counsel in November 2006 after an extensive career in administrative, energy and regulatory law having spent twenty-four years with pipeline companies regulated by the NEB.
  • He joined TransCanada PipeLines Limited in 1982 as counsel and became General Counsel Regulatory. During his time at TransCanada he also held the position of Vice President Government and Public Affairs.
  • From 1996-2000 he was Vice President Law and Administration and Secretary at Express Pipeline Ltd., and from 2000 to 2003 was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd.
  • He was Director, Regulatory Policy and Analysis and Director, Transmission Compliance at TransCanada.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Bachelor of Laws, McGill University
  • Bachelor of Civil Law, McGill University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Business Economics, McGill University
  • Called to the Bar in Ontario and admitted to the Law Society of Alberta

Executive Vice President, Regulatory - Sandy Lapointe

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Ms. Lapointe became Executive Vice President, Regulatory in May 2011.
  • Prior to this, she was Vice President, Operations from August 2007 and Vice President, Applications from July 2002.
  • She joined the NEB’s former Environment Branch in 1992 as an Environmental Specialist and has held various positions.
  • Prior to joining the NEB, she worked for an environmental consulting firm in Edmonton.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees, and Distinctions:

  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture, University of Alberta.

Executive Vice President, Transparency and Strategic Engagement – Sylvain Bédard

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Mr. Bédard joined the NEB in August 2016.
  • He has had a wide-ranging public service career during which he served as an officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force, held leadership roles with NORAD, NATO, and the United Nations.
  • He served as Aide-de-Camp to the Governor General of Canada. He was Senior Assistant to the Minister of National Defence.
  • With the rank of Brigadier General, Mr. Bédard served as the Director General, Public Affairs and Official Spokesperson for the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
  • Most recently he was the manager of the Special Vehicles Group at BRP Inc. (Bombardier Recreational Products).

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Masters of Arts, Defence Studies, King's College London, University of London
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (Major) and History (Minor), University of Manitoba

Vice President, People and Knowledge – Alexis Williamson

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Ms. Williamson started her career with the NEB in October 2016, after working with the British Columbia provincial oil and gas regulator.
  • She has over 20 years’ experience in gained while working in senior leadership positions both in the private and public sector.
  • Her primary focus of work has been dedicated to strategy and employee engagement, program design, change management, recruitment and hiring, compensation, learning and leadership development, workforce planning and executive coaching.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Bachelor of Commerce, Royal Roads University
  • Master of Arts, Organizational Management & Development, Fielding Graduate University
  • Human Resource Committee Compensation Certified, McMaster University Directors College
  • Evidence Based Coach, Fielding Graduate University

Vice President, Performance and Results and Chief Financial Officer (vacant)

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