Commissioners

Damien Côté, Lead Commissioner

Damien Côté, Lead Commissioner

Damien A. Côté was appointed as a temporary member of the National Energy Board (NEB) in October 2016 and reappointed in April 2019. He has a wealth of expertise related to Indigenous and regulatory law and more than seven years of senior executive leadership, many of which were spent in the Canadian Arctic. He holds a Juris Doctor and a Licentiate of Laws from the University of Ottawa, a Master of Arts (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, health and safety (HSE) experience in the public and private sectors, in Canada and Australia. Ms. Penney has expertise in environmental assessments, HSE assurance and compliance processes, the development of regulatory frameworks, quasi-judicial and federal government project hearings, and Indigenous consultation. 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.

Trena Grimoldby, Commissioner

Trena Grimoldby, Commissioner

Trena Grimoldby has extensive experience in the energy and regulatory sectors, including administrative tribunal practice and procedure, regulatory law, environmental law, Indigenous matters, occupational health and safety, litigation, employment law, and privacy law. She most recently served as in-house counsel for PETRONAS Canada and 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 and subsequently the Energy Resources Conversation Board). 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 December 31, 2018. She has almost 20 years of experience in practicing 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 and law-making. 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 and two Bachelor of Art degrees from the University of Alberta.

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. In 2017, Ms. Luciuk was 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.

Mark Watton, Commissioner

Mark Watton, Commissioner

Mark Watton was first called to the bar in Ontario and practiced as a litigator in the Toronto office of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin. He left private practice, relocating to Calgary to join the National Energy Board (NEB) where he was legal counsel for seven years, advising on multiple major project applications. Before his appointment as Commissioner with the CER, he held the position of Senior Legal Counsel, Commercial and Canadian Regulatory Law for TC Energy's Liquids Division.

Prior to practicing law, Mark worked in executive and policy advisory roles for numerous cabinet ministers in several federal government departments, and in the office of the Prime Minister.

Mark holds an LL.B. from Dalhousie University Law School with specializations in Marine Law and Business Law, and a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Political Science) from the University of Ottawa.

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