The NEB has always strived for continual improvement in the way we approach our work. In recent years, the increasing complexity of our regulatory context and Canada’s energy industry has intensiﬁed our focus on creating systemic improvements in all parts of the organization.
Transformation of Data and Information Management
The work of the NEB is driven through data analysis, information exchange and performance measurement. Over 2018–19 the NEB focused on a transformation of how we manage and use data to enable and support our employees and to meet the energy information needs of Canadians.
Every day we are generating data from digital products and services at an unprecedented rate. This explosion in data requires a uniquely skilled workforce to fully leverage the opportunities from data. To create a foundation of expertise in this area, the NEB has been working actively with data science industry leaders, academics and government programs to form partnerships and increase our in–house capacity for data science, user–experience and interface design and geographic information expertise.
The NEB developed a partnership with the non-proﬁt organization Code for Canada (C4C) to modernize REGDOCS, the NEB’s publicly accessible database of regulatory documents that includes hearing reports, environmental assessments, transcripts, and decisions. C4C fellows will work with NEB employees to research, develop, test, and iterate a digital solution to make it easier to discover energy projects of interest, extract information about those projects, and submit documents to be considered by the NEB.
The NEB has also held cross–organizational Data Science Workshops, aimed at helping our employees build capacity in data analytics, experimentation culture and evidence-based decision making. We implemented both “hands–on” data science training facilitated by industry expert, Shingai Manjengwa, and we created an on–line version of the training that we are testing with the eventual goal of incorporating it into the Canada School of Public Service educational offerings.