Regulatory area

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 regulator in 1992 as an Environmental Specialist and has held various positions.
  • Prior to joining the regulator, she worked for an environmental consulting firm in Edmonton.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture, University of Alberta.

Energy Adjudication Business Unit

Vice President, Energy Adjudication – Paula Futoransky

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Ms. Futoransky became Vice President of Energy Adjudication in June 2019. 
  • She joined the regulator in 2009 with 17 years of experience in the energy sector.
  • During her time with the organization she has served as the Director, Regulatory Approaches, the Vice President for People and Corporate Solutions, the Executive Vice President, Business Integration and VP, Performance and Results, CFO and Vice President of Projects.
  • As the Environmental Manager for the Northwest Territories Power Corporation, she developed and implemented a corporate environmental management system and then specialized in management systems with the City of Calgary.
  • She began her career completing environmental assessments in Western and Northern Canada for a predominantly oil and gas focused consulting firm.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, University of Alberta

Field Operations Business Unit

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 regulator 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 organization, 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 – Jonathan Timlin

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Mr. Timlin became Vice President of Projects in June 2019.
  • He joined the regulator in 2012 and has served as interim Vice President of Energy Adjudication, Director for Regulatory Policy and various director roles in Energy Adjudication.
  • In 2015 he established the organization’s Vancouver regional office and served as its first Director.
  • Before joining the organization, he was a senior advisor at Natural Resources Canada and Transport Canada
  • He has also worked in the private sector in the electricity industry, and for a Cabinet Minister on Parliament Hill.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • Bachelor Degree in Political Science, Mount Allison University.
  • A recipient of the Public Service Award of Excellence in Policy.

System Operations Business Unit

Vice President, System Operations – Barb van Noord

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Ms. Van Noord joined the regulator as Vice President Systems Operations 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 organization, 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

Professional Leader / Chief Economist – Jean-Denis Charlebois

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Mr. Charlebois joined the regulator in 2006
  • He has led the analysis for a number of tolls and facilities hearings as well as public engagement initiatives. 
  • In his previous role as a Director in the organization, he led various multidisciplinary teams focused on public hearings, tolls and tariff matters and regulatory policy. 
  • Previously he worked at the Department of Finance in Ottawa and the Canadian International Development Agency.

Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:

  • CFA Charter holder
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), HEC Montreal
  • Master of Economics, University of Ottawa

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 regulator 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:

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