Commissioners

Damien Côté, Lead Commissioner

Damien Côté, Lead Commissioner

Damien A. Côté has served as a temporary member of the National Energy Board (NEB) since October 2016. He has a wealth of expertise related to Indigenous and regulatory law and more than seven years of senior executive leadership. Mr. Côté holds a Juris Doctor degree and a Licentiate of Laws from the University of Ottawa, a Master’s of Arts in Economics from the University of Toronto, as well as a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Carleton University.

Kathy Penney, Deputy Lead Commissioner

Kathy Penney, Deputy Lead Commissioner

Kathy Penney was a permanent member of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission until her appointment as a Commissioner. She has over 25 years of regulatory, environmental and health and safety experience in the public and private sectors. Ms. Penney has expertise in the development of regulatory frameworks, quasi-judicial and federal government project hearings, Indigenous consultations and government and external relations. She holds a Master of Science from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. Ms. Penney is a Pearson college scholar and holds an Executive Management Certificate from Queen’s University.

Mark Watton, Commissioner

Mark Watton, Commissioner

Mark Watton recently served as Senior Legal Counsel for TC Energy's Commercial and Canadian Regulatory Law, Liquids Division. Prior to that, he was legal counsel to the National Energy Board (NEB) for seven years, advising on several major energy project applications. Mr. Watton joined the NEB after practicing as a litigator in Toronto, and previously worked in multiple advisory roles for federal cabinet ministers and the office of the Prime Minister. He holds a Bachelor of Law with specializations in Marine Law and Business Law from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Social Sciences – Political Science from the University of Ottawa.

Stephania Luciuk, Commissioner

Stephania Luciuk, Commissioner

Stephania Luciuk has extensive experience in the energy sector, including in oil and gas industries on a broad range of matters, among them environmental, labour, First Nations and employment and human rights issues. Ms. Luciuk has been in legal practice for over 20 years and previously served as in-house counsel for Imperial Oil, where she oversaw a legal team that successfully completed the regulatory process for the Kearl Oil Sands project and negotiated with First Nations groups and government regarding the Mackenzie Gas project hearings. She is also currently appointed as an assistant professor at Mount Royal University. Ms. Luciuk holds a Juris Doctor from York University and a Master of Laws in international environmental law from Dalhousie University.

Trena Grimoldby, Commissioner

Trena Grimoldby, Commissioner

Trena Grimoldby has extensive experience in administrative tribunal hearings as counsel to tribunals, counsel to proponents, and as tribunal chair. She was in-house counsel for PETRONAS Canada as well as a Public Chairperson at the Insurance Councils Appeal Board of Alberta until her appointment as Commissioner. Prior to that, she served as in-house counsel to Pembina Pipeline Corporation, Shell Canada Limited, and as Board Counsel at the Alberta Energy Regulator (then the Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) and subsequently the Energy Resources Conversation Board (ERCB)).  She has extensive experience in administrative law, hearing practice and procedure, regulatory law, safety and emergency/incident response matters, and environmental law. She holds a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in English from the University of Alberta.

Wilma Jacknife, Commissioner

Wilma Jacknife, Commissioner

Ms. Wilma Jacknife served as a temporary member of the NEB until March 31, 2019. She has almost 20 years of experience in practising law, both in private practice and as legal counsel for Cold Lake First Nation in Alberta. She specializes in First Nations governance, consultation and negotiation of impact benefits agreements, business development, administrative law and employment and estates law. Ms. Jacknife also has extensive experience working with various First Nations organizations across Canada. Ms. Jacknife holds a Doctor of Juridical Science in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy and a Master of Laws in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy from the University of Arizona – College of Law and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia.

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