Board of Directors Meeting Synopses

The Canada Energy Regulator Board of Directors holds regular quarterly meetings. Below you will find a synopsis from each Regular meeting held.

20-21 February 2020

The Board of Directors of the Canada Energy Regular (CER) held a Regular Board Meeting on February 20-21, 2020 in Calgary, Alberta and exercised its governance responsibilities by providing strategic advice and direction on a number of key initiatives. The Board started its meeting with an overview of the involvement of Indigenous Peoples in emergency management.

The Board formally established two Committees: a Governance Committee, and a Corporate Performance, Risk, Finance and HR Committee.

The Board received a report from the Chairperson on her recent engagement with stakeholders and Indigenous peoples.  The CEO provided an update on significant activities of the CER, including continued oversight of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, a recent Commission recommendation report on the NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. 2021 Expansion Project, as well as internal financial and human resource matters. The Lead Commissioner provided an update on Commission activities.

The Board received briefings on details of the key changes under the Canadian Energy Regulator Act (CER Act), processes to adjudicate designated and non-designated projects, and consideration of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change in project reviews. The Board met with Mr. Nigel Bankes, Professor and Chair of Natural Resources Law at the University of Calgary, who facilitated a discussion of the policy context around the CER Act and opportunities for the CER to build public confidence in the Regulator.

There was a detailed strategic discussion on the implementation of the objectives of the CER Act through the CER’s Regulatory Framework. This was followed by strategic direction on the CER’s Energy Futures Report 2020. The Board also discussed progress towards establishment of an Indigenous Advisory Committee.

The Board’s next Regular Meeting will be held on 27-28 May 2020 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

25 November 2019

The Board of Directors of the Canada Energy Regular (CER) held a Regular Board Meeting on 25 November 2019 in Calgary, Alberta and exercised its governance responsibilities by approving a number of key documents. The Board started its meeting with an overview of the CER’s approach to compliance verification activities including the risk model employed.

The Board received a report from the Chairperson on her recent and planned stakeholder engagement. The Chairperson also highlighted a recent learning activity on Indigenous law and UNDRIP that was attended by the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Commission and senior management.

The Lead Commissioner provided an update to the Board which included the procedural status of certain Commission matters and Commission onboarding activity. The CEO provided an update to the Board on significant activities of the CER, including the organization’s continued oversight of the Trans Mountain Expansion project, the integrated review of the Gazoduq Project, and the CER’s business and resource planning.

The Board approved the guidance document: Governance of the Canada Energy Regulator: Mandate, Roles and Responsibilities, the Board’s operating By-law #1, as well as a forward meeting schedule and certain regulations related to the implementation of the Canadian Energy Regulator Act. Other matters discussed by the Board included the CER’s quarterly performance results, departmental plan and the establishment of an Indigenous Advisory Committee.

The Board’s next Regular Meeting will be held on 20-21 February 2020 in Calgary, Alberta.

17 October 2019

The Board of Directors of the Canada Energy Regular (CER) held a Regular Board Meeting on 17 October 2019 in Calgary, Alberta. The Board started its meeting with an introduction to process safety. The Board will commence each meeting with a focus on safety and is interested in developing a strong understanding and leadership support for the CER’s safety culture.

Following the introduction, the Board received a report from the Chairperson on the status of Board business planning and the Chairperson’s planned stakeholder engagement. The Board discussed governance matters including the tripartite relationship and appropriate communications between the Board, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Commission.

The CEO provided an update to the Board on significant activities of the CER, including oversight of Trans Mountain Expansion Project construction, and the upcoming integrated impact assessment of the proposed Gazoduq Project by the Impact Assessment Agency and the CER. Other matters discussed by the Board included the importance of and approach to its engagement with Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders, significant initiatives within the CER’s Regulatory Framework, the CER’s upcoming Energy Futures 2019 report, and the CER’s approach to emergency management.

The Board’s next Regular Meeting will be held on 25 November 2019 in Calgary, Alberta.

24 September 2019 (Inaugural meeting of the Board)

The Board of Directors of the Canada Energy Regulator held its inaugural Regular Board Meeting on 24 September 2019. The Board was presented with, and provided feedback on, foundational governance documents including Bylaws, a Board Plan for the remainder of fiscal year 2019-20, and proposed guidance for Directors, Commissioners, the Chief Executive Officer and staff of the CER regarding their roles and responsibilities in supporting the effective delivery of the CER’s mandate. The Board received an update from the Lead Commissioner regarding significant activities of the Commission since coming-into-force of the Canadian Energy Regulator Act. The Board also received a report from the CEO and a number of briefings on significant activities of the CER. Finally, the Board was presented with, and provided feedback on, the CER’s 3-year strategy, including its Focus Areas of Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, People and Workforce, and Data Transformation. The Board expressed support for the three Focus Areas and will review the CER’s Departmental Plan at its November Regular Meeting.

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