Board of Directors

Steve Carr

In March 2011, Steve Carr was appointed as Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Energy and Mines. He is now the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Natural Gas Development.

Prior to this assignment, Steve had 25 years of public sector experience working in regions with a variety of Ministries including: Ministry of Forests; Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management; Land and Water BC; Ministry of Environment; Integrated Land Management Bureau; and, most recently working as Deputy Minister and Chief Operating Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations.

After receiving a diploma in Forest Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Steve went on to get a degree in Economics from the University of Victoria and then a Master of Science degree in Resource Management from the University of Edinburgh.

Paul Jeakins

Paul Jeakins is the Commissioner and CEO with the BC Oil and Gas Commission.

A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Mr. Jeakins graduated from the University of Alberta in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and recently completed his Master’s thesis in environment and management.

Prior to joining the Commission in 2006, Mr. Jeakins was a partner in a resource consulting firm.

His roles at the Commission have included Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Commissioner of Regulatory Affairs and Stewardship and Manager of Audits.

In October 2011, Mr. Jeakins accepted his current position as Commissioner and CEO, where he is the strategic and operational leader of the Commission. He brings 25 years of expertise to the role in organizational leadership, financial management, regulatory and strategic planning and decision making.  He is also Vice Chair of Camput: Canada's Energy and Utility Regulators' Energy Resources Committee and a Board member of Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC).

Based out of Victoria, he divides his work time between the Commission’s offices in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson and Kelowna, and regularly travels to Calgary.

Graeme McLaren

Graeme McLaren retired from the British Columbia government in 2013 after 28 years of service. Prior to retiring he was Assistant Deputy Minister, Oil and Gas Division, BC Ministry of Energy Mines and Natural Gas. Previously Mr. McLaren worked at the BC Environmental Assessment Office where he was sector lead for oil and gas issues and managed the environmental assessment of a major natural gas transmission pipeline across northern British Columbia.   

Mr. McLaren began his career as an exploration geologist, initially in the petroleum sector before moving on to the mining sector in Canada and overseas. He joined the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources in 1985 and was the ministry lead on mineral land use issues through the 1990’s. In 2001 he joined the new Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management as the lead on mining and oil and gas initiatives and then on economic development issues. Throughout this period Mr. McLaren worked extensively with multiple stakeholders and First Nations on finding common ground for resource management and development matters.   

Mr. McLaren has a Bachelor of Science in geology from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science in economic geology from the University of British Columbia. In 1999 he developed and taught a 1-week course on Environmental Policy and Sustainability for Mining in Johannesburg, South Africa, and continued to deliver this course, together with a workshop on Multi-Stakeholder Negotiating Skills, annually until 2008.  

Since retiring, Mr. McLaren is Principal of Dalriada Consulting and has undertaken policy research and project development advisory work for government and industry.