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National Energy Board – 2019–20 Departmental Plan

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National Energy Board


Departmental Plan






The original version was signed by

C. Peter Watson, P.Eng., FCAE
Chair and CEO
National Energy Board

The original version was signed by

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, P.C., M.P.
Natural Resources

Table of Contents

Message from the Chair and CEO

Peter Watson, Chair and CEOThe 2019–20 National Energy Board (NEB) Departmental Plan provides Canadians and Parliamentarians with information on the work of the organization and insight into what the NEB will focus on in the coming year.

The vast majority of the NEB’s work is based upon its four Core Responsibilities which include:

  • Energy Adjudication,
  • Safety and Environment Oversight,
  • Energy Information, and
  • Engagement.

The NEB’s Departmental Results Framework is the structure that outlines our four Core Responsibilities and establishes a suite of publicly reportable performance metrics for each Responsibility. To be truly excellent, a regulator must be accountable and report on its performance transparently – good or bad. The NEB began to report against its Departmental Results Framework last year and will continue reporting its results publicly.

Over the coming twelve months, the expert employees of the NEB will continue to focus on delivering expected results in each of our Core Responsibility areas. To assist us in doing this, we will focus more specifically on:

  • readying the organization for the implementation of Bill C-69,
  • broadening and deepening our efforts on Indigenous engagement,
  • driving excellence in people and workforce practices, and
  • improving our data and information management outcomes.

As the NEB’s 2019–20 Departmental Plan is tabled in the House of Commons, Parliament will be debating Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act. The organization is very well positioned to implement the government’s legislative direction, if passed, as it has been moving forward with an aggressive and transformative agenda for the past several years.

The NEB is committed to improving its engagement with Indigenous Peoples. Over the past number of years, the organization has learned that it needs to engage Indigenous Peoples in order to better understand their interests. The NEB has found that establishing enduring relationships, based on understanding and two-way communication, fosters confidence in the regulatory process.

The need for the NEB to enable and support its people for the continued changes they will face in the years ahead is critical to the organization’s success. The National Energy Board will complete and begin implementation of an updated workforce plan in 2019 –20, supported by more robust people and workforce analytics.

The world of data and information is continually changing and the NEB must also change to meet the energy information needs of Canadians. To meet these changes head on, the NEB is implementing a new strategy that will: provide Canadians with greater access to its data and information; increase opportunities for citizen scienceFootnote 1; and introduce new technologies and approaches that will demonstrate that its data can be trusted and used to inform decisions. This strategy will enable greater transparency and support the organization’s transition to Open GovernmentFootnote 2 – a digital public environment where Canadians can learn about, explore, and interact with our datasets and information. The new data strategy will enhance accessibility and usability of the NEB’s energy information for all Canadians, and for its own employees in the important work they do every day.

While the 2019–20 fiscal year will bring continued change to the National Energy Board, its processes and its work – the mission of its dedicated, expert employees will continue to be regulating pipelines, energy development and trade on behalf of Canadians in a way that protects the public and the environment while supporting efficient markets.

Original signed by

C. Peter  Watson, P.Eng., FCAE
Chair and CEO
National Energy Board

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