Commissioners

Damien Côté, Lead Commissioner

Damien Côté, Lead Commissioner

Damien A. Côté served as a temporary Member of the National Energy Board (NEB) since October 2016 (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.  Prior to joining the organization, he worked for the Department of Justice Canada and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, both in Iqaluit (Nunavut).He then served as the Executive Director of the Nunavut Water Board in Gjoa Haven (Nunavut), and as Chief Operating Officer of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation in Inuvik (Northwest Territories).  Prior to his appointment as Lead Commissioner, he served briefly as a Member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. Mr. Côté 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. Ms. Penney has expertise in environmental assessments, HSE assurance and compliance processes, quasi-judicial and federal government project hearings, community consultation, and engagement with Indigenous peoples.  Her career includes roles with Jacques Whitford, in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Western Canada, and with Royal Dutch Shell, both in Canada and in Australia.  Recently she was on the Assessment Review Board for the Rocky View County. 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 L. 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, occupational health and safety, litigation, employment law, and privacy law, as well as engagement with Indigenous peoples. 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 a 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

Wilma Jacknife served as a temporary member of the National Energy Board until December, 2018. She has more than 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 and law-making, consultation and negotiation of impact benefits agreements, business development, administrative law and employment and estates law. Ms. Jacknife also has participated in joint task forces to develop legislative frameworks for First Nations in Canada (Specific Claims Tribunal Act, Indian Oil and Gas Act and regulations). 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 on a broad range of matters, among them environmental, labour and employment, commercial and human rights issues, as well as engagement with Indigenous peoples. She has been in legal practice for over 20 years.  In addition to her private practice experience, she served as in-house counsel for Canadian Oil Sands Limited and Imperial Oil Limited, where she oversaw a legal team that successfully completed the regulatory process for the Kearl Oil Sands project and negotiated with Indigenous peoples regarding the Mackenzie Gas project hearings. In 2017, Ms. Luciuk was appointed as an assistant professor at Mount Royal University. She also served part-time as a commissioner of the Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers’ Compensation. 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 has extensive experience in regulatory law and public policy. He was first called to the bar in Ontario and practiced as a litigator in the Toronto office of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin. He relocated 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 a Commissioner with the CER, he held the position of Senior Legal Counsel with TC Energy. He also worked in executive and policy advisory roles for numerous cabinet ministers in several federal government departments, and in the office of the Prime Minister. Mr. Watton holds an LL.B. from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Political Science) from the University of Ottawa.

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