Michelle Carr will be the new CEO and Commissioner at the BC Oil and Gas Commission.
The announcement follows an extensive national search and review of both internal and external candidates led by the organization’s Board of Directors. Carr comes to the Commission from the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation (EMLI), where she has been Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of the LNG Canada Implementation Secretariat since October 2018.
Carr also spent almost four years as ADM and Executive Lead with B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO).
“I am pleased to take on this role as the newest Commissioner and look forward to leading this dynamic organization as it delivers on its mandate with a focus on public safety and environmental protection for the benefit of British Columbians,” said Carr.
An independent committee of the Board led the search process over the last four months following the announcement of the retirement of current CEO and Commissioner Paul Jeakins.
“Michelle has a genuine and deep commitment to reconciliation, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and has provided strong leadership in addressing the impacts and benefits of resource development on the people, environment, and economy of northern British Columbia,” said Margie Parikh, Lead Director, Board of Directors. “Her strong regulatory and engagement background coupled with experience in complex and changing operating environments position her well to oversee the Commission's multifaceted mandate.”
Carr has provided leadership in regulation, operations, government engagement and industry relations in three diverse executive portfolios with the B.C. government. In addition to her work with EMLI and the EAO, she was also ADM and General Manager of the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, Ministry of Attorney General, overseeing the development of the first-ever non-medical cannabis retail regime in B.C.
She holds a Master of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Victoria and a Certificate in Advanced Leadership from the UBC Sauder School of Business Executive Program. Carr was confirmed through an Order in Council and her appointment is effective Nov. 15, 2021.
Until then, Paul Jeakins will continue to lead the Commission.