Executive Bios

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer - Ken Paulson

Ken Paulson is the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer with the BC Oil and Gas Commission. Ken has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas sector including more than 15 years in regulatory roles for Canada and the Province of British Columbia. Prior to Ken's current position, he was the Commission's Chief Engineer.

As a past chair of the ASME Pipeline Systems Division and a former Board member of the International Petroleum Technology Institute, Ken is well connected with engineering communities within the oil and gas sector in North America and globally. He maintains an active involvement in the industry through ASME, SPE and other industry organizations. Ken is a Board Member for the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Chair of the Energy Resources Committee of the Canadian Association of Municipal and Public Utility Tribunals (CAMPUT) and the vice chair of the newly formed Western Regulators Forum.

Executive Vice President, Chief Engineer - Mayka Kennedy

Mayka Kennedy is the Executive Vice President, Chief Engineer at the BC Oil and Gas Commission and leads numerous technical divisions related to pipelines, facilities, drilling and production and reservoir engineering, as well as field engineering, technical investigations, asset retirement and reconciliation.

A professional engineer with over 19 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, Mayka is dedicated to enhancing organizational leadership, developing regulatory and strategic planning and ensuring safe, sound decisions are made regarding oil and gas operations. She is committed to sharing knowledge and experience at numerous levels, from international technical conferences to women in leadership events to intergovernmental and community consultations.

Mayka graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in chemical engineering, and most recently, achieved the Chartered Director designation. Her career has taken her from Alberta to Texas, and Oklahoma to Western Siberia. She currently works and resides in Kelowna, British Columbia, where she raises two daughters.


Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer - Trevor Swan

Trevor Swan is the Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer and Head of the Commission’s Strategic Services Division. A native of Sechelt, British Columbia, Trevor is both a professional forester and a lawyer. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from UBC in 1981 and Registered Professional Forester designation in 1983. He completed his LLB at the University of Alberta in 1986 and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1987 and the B.C. Bar in 1988. In 2013 he became a Chartered Director.

Before joining the Commission in 2010, he worked in the forest and oil and gas sectors providing legal and policy advice to government, industry and First Nations. He has been involved with the development of many complex legislative initiatives related to natural resource management in B.C. He is experienced in corporate governance having served over seven years as the Chair of the Private Managed Forest Land Council and currently serving a two-year term on the Council of the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals.

Trevor’s responsibilities as Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer are to lead the Strategic Services Division which includes the Business Transition Strategy and Operational Analysis; Legal Services; Internal Audit and Integrated Risk Management; Regulatory Affairs and Strategic First Nations. He also serves as Corporate Secretary to the Commission’s Board of Directors.


Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer - Len Dawes

Len Dawes is the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer with the BC Oil and Gas Commission, a role he assumed in 2016.

After graduating from Simon Fraser University with a degree in business, Len received his chartered accountant designation and joined the public service in 1991 with the Ministry of Finance. In 1998, Len joined Tourism British Columbia, an industry board-led Crown Corporation, where he helped lead the growth and development of the organization from revenues of $18 to $60 million as its Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President, Corporate Services. In 2010, Len moved to the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, most recently as Assistant Deputy Minister and Executive Financial Officer.

A native Vancouver islander, Len was a former professional hockey player with the Chicago Blackhawks organization before injury cut that career short. Len is married with three children, and enjoys cycling, kayaking, golfing and coaching minor youth sports.