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.

John Jacobsen

John Jacobsen brings four decades of North American upstream oil and gas industry experience to the governance of the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission.

He began his career in the oil and gas sector as a driller, rig manager and field superintendant before moving on to serve as operations manager with Kenting Drilling in North Dakota. Mr. Jacobsen served as vice president and general manager with Kenting in both Denver, Colorado and Calgary, Alberta before progressing to a similar position with Precision Drilling as vice president, operations and finally, Senior vice president operations.

In the course of business, Mr. Jacobsen spent time in China, Azerbaijan, Yemen and Argentina. He is a former member and chair of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors and the Williston(North Dakota) Chamber of Commerce, as well as a former member of the Alberta Learning, Rig Technician Apprenticeship Committee.

Recently retired from the upstream industry, Mr. Jacobsen joined the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission Board of Directors via Order-in-Council on June 6, 2008.