Board of Directors

Dave Nikolejsin

Dave was appointed the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Natural Gas Development on September 15, 2015.  The Ministry of Natural Gas Development is the key provincial Ministry to guide responsible development and ensure maximum economic benefits to British Columbians from the province’s natural gas resources, new export markets related to interprovincial pipelines, oil projects and value-added natural gas products, and the province’s next new major industrial sector—that of liquefied natural gas (LNG); and as the Ministry Responsible for Housing provides British Columbians with access to safe, affordable and appropriate housing through policy and programs, technical codes and standards, and services for landlords and tenants.

Previous to his current role Dave was the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, and was the Associate Deputy Minister of the Environmental Assessment Office in 2012.  In July 2005, Dave was appointed as Chief Information Officer for the Province of British Columbia and was appointed Associate Deputy Minister in October 2010.

Earlier in his career, Dave spent two years as the Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for the Network BC initiative.  Through his leadership in this project, Dave played a pivotal role in bridging the digital divide by connecting many rural and remote communities in British Columbia to high-speed broadband.

Dave has a strong technical background, and spent nearly 20 years working in management positions with progressively more responsibility, both in the B.C. government and with SaskTel in Regina, Saskatchewan.  He is also Chair of the Digital Identity and Authentication Council of Canada.

Paul Jeakins

Paul Jeakins is the Commissioner and CEO with the BC Oil and Gas Commission. In October of 2016 he was reappointed to a second five year term as Commissioner, CEO and Vice Chair of the Commission Board. His original term began in 2011 and in these roles, Paul is the strategic and operational leader of the Commission. Prior to becoming Commissioner, he had responsibilities as Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Commissioner of Regulatory Affairs and Stewardship and Manager of Audits.

A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Paul graduated from the University of Alberta in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and holds a Master of Science Degree from Royal Roads University. Prior to joining the Commission in 2006, Paul was a professional forester and partner in a resource consulting firm.

Paul brings 30 years of expertise to the role in organizational leadership, regulatory and strategic planning, decision making and financial management. He is Chair of the Western Regulators' Forum Executive Board and a Board member of the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC).

Based out of Victoria, Paul divides his work time between the Commission’s offices located around the province as well as regularly presenting to local and international audiences on the topics of regulating shale gas and LNG. 

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.