Board of Directors

Dave Nikolejsin - Chair

Dave was appointed the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources on July 18, 2017. The Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources is the key provincial Ministry responsible for the safe and environmentally responsible exploration and development of British Columbia’s electricity, alternative energy, and mining sectors; guiding responsible development and maximizing economic benefits to British Columbians from the province’s natural gas resources; and, establishing 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).

Previously to this role he was appointed the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Natural Gas Development and Ministry Responsible for Housing. Dave also served as 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 - Vice Chair

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 over 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. 

Patrick Kelly – T’esots’en

Patrick is a member of the Leq’:amel First Nation (Stó:lō Nation.)  He was Coastal First Nation Board Chair (2000 to 2018) & CEO (2017 & 2018.) He was Advisor and Director of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. In September 2012 he completed a 5-year term as Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor of B.C. Patrick co-chairs the Banff Centre Indigenous Program Council and is a member of the UVic Gustavson School of Business International Advisory Board and the UBC Sauder School of Business Ch’nook Advisory Board. Patrick is President of B.C. Golf and past Board Chair of the Victoria Foundation. He was appointed to the B.C. Provincial Judicial Council in November 2016.

The Leq’:amel First Nation elected him Treaty Representative for treaty negotiations, a role he held from 1998 to 2001.

From September 2010 - Feb 2012 he was Vice President, National Services, CESO.  From March 2001-2007 he was B.C. Director, Strategic Planning and Communications, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. He was Manager, Cultural Relations and Corporate Training in BC Hydro’s Aboriginal Relations Department from April 1993 to December 1997.  Prior to that, he was Executive Director of the B.C. Chapter of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

From July 2002 to June 2010, the Attorney General for British Columbia appointed Patrick as a Bencher for the Law Society of B.C., to represent the public interest in the administration of justice.  From February 2001 to May 2002, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the BC Buildings Corporation.  In June 1997, Patrick completed a five-year term on the Board of Governors of Vancouver Community College.  In December 2016 Patrick completed a six year term as Governor, Law Foundation of B.C.

Patrick has been an active community volunteer holding executive positions with the Mission Chamber of Commerce, the Mission Heritage Association, the Mission Indian Friendship Centre, and the Coqualeetza Cultural Centre.  As well, he attended dinner with Queen Elizabeth II in 1982 as a Young Achiever for Canada at the ceremony to repatriate Canada’s constitution.  In March 2009, Patrick received a BC Community Achievement Award.  Patrick is founding President of the BC Aboriginal Golf Association established in April 2009.


The Commission has entered into service agreements with independent Board consultants to assist the Board in its oversight responsibilities of the Commission and to further improve the governance structure and performance of the Board.

It is the Board’s objective to provide for the orderly succession of directors to maintain an appropriate balance between directors with experience and those who bring a fresh perspective. The term limits vary between the Board members and Board consultants and other than the Chair, all are subject to term expiration dates. 

The consultants are:

Chris Hayman

Chris has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas, mining services and regulatory environment.

Trained as a public practice Chartered Accountant, Chris most recently served as President of a multinational mining services company with operations in Canada, the United States and South America. Prior to that Chris was the CFO for Clearstream Energy Services.

Chris spent nearly 10 years with Enbridge at the start of his career working in the financial and regulatory areas.

Chris spent a similar amount of time with Finning in senior financial and operational roles leading the growth of new business units as well as establishing new governance frameworks in line with changing corporate regulations.

Al Hurd

AGH Consulting Inc.

Al Hurd has served for more than 25 years in senior management roles in the Canadian IT industry. 

In 2008 Al was appointed Canadian Vice President for EDS, an HP company, where he was responsible for all HP services business in Canada. Al left HP to establish his own outsourcing consulting practice in 2009. Since then Al has worked closely with several clients, primarily in western Canada, in areas such as IT strategy, organization and practices, outsourcing, and vendor and contract management.

Prior to 2008, Al held a number of senior management positions with EDS Canada, including Chief Operating Officer where he was responsible for all EDS’ industry sectors including finance, government, manufacturing, and telecommunications.

Al joined EDS in Ottawa 1992 and led a team there that brought EDS from a minor position in that market to become the largest IT supplier to the Canadian federal government.  He moved to Toronto in 1995 to lead EDS delivery operations in Canada during a period of rapid growth including the integration of the former Systemhouse (SHL) with EDS Canada. In addition to his broad delivery leadership roles, during his tenure at EDS Al was responsible for EDS’ public sector business and the Canadian sales teams.  At EDS and HP Al led and/or oversaw a large number of major systems integration projects. During this period, EDS was recognized by clients and industry partners as a leader in building strong, effective, and trustworthy alliance teams.

Al is a very experienced negotiator, having personally led contracting teams that signed complex IT services contracts worth several billion dollars for EDS. His approach to negotiation is to develop a solid strategy based on a competitive offering, to earn the respect and trust of the teams on the both sides of the process, and to do the hard work it takes to get to win-win deals.

Al is a past President of the Data Processing Institute of Canada and has been recognized as an Honorary Life Member.  He served on the Boards of Directors of the Information Technology Association Of Canada (ITAC) and the Centre for Outsourcing Research and Education (CORE). Between 2010 and 2012 Al played an integral role the four CORE/IDC Monitor research projects analyzing trends in the outsourcing market in Canada.

Al has been an Advisor to the Board of Directors for the BC Oil and Gas Commission since 2010.  He is a co-author of the book, The Carbon Efficient City, which was published in August 2012.

Al resides with his wife Sue Wilson in Victoria, BC.

Steven Kinsey

A veteran of the telecom sector and IT industry for more than 20 years, Steven Kinsey has been active in helping industry recognize the innovative role of technology in advancing goals and objectives.

As executive vice-president of strategy and planning at Charter, a leading communications technology firm, he collaborates with the executive, sales, engineering and operations teams to build and execute on Charter’s Run, Grow, and Transform plans.

Prior to joining Charter, Kinsey was executive vice-president of sales at CounterPath after spending six years with Cisco Canada—first as regional manager for the Western Canada public sector team and then as vice-president of Cisco’s Canada West operations. Previous to Cisco, Kinsey was Western Canada regional manager at Nortel Networks.

Kinsey attended executive training at Harvard Business School and the Banff School of Advanced Management. He also has a diploma in yacht design and has a long history in boating—from design, to construction and sales—and holds a number of records as a competitive sailor.

In addition to sitting on the board of MSFHR for 7 years, including as Vice Chair, and as a member of the finance and audit committee, he served for 11 years on the board of BCNET, a not-for-profit shared information technology services organization that represents the interests of post-secondary and research institutes in BC.

Margie Parikh, C.Dir. MBA, CFP 

Principal, On Governance, and Board Director

On Governance helps organizations get results, tackling specific issues and assesses governance processes and performance: are you adding value?

Margie also serves on the boards of the Camosun College, Oikocredit Canada, and CISV International, and as an external member on several other boards’ committees. She is the former Chair of MEC, Canada's beloved and leading outdoor equipment retailer.

A Chartered Director, Margie’s qualifications also include an MBA from Columbia University, the Certified Financial Planner designation, and NFP and Crown governance certifications from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She brings to the table 25 years’ global experience in international marketing and strategic and financial management and over 20 years’ experience in board governance.

Margie is a Regional Ambassador for Women Get On Board and a member of the 30% Club, both of which support greater representation of women on boards.

Boards, finance, volunteering, an active family, the great outdoors, and dark chocolate keep her days filled on the beautiful coast of Vancouver Island.

Allan Ritchie

Allan Ritchie has served for more than 30 years in management roles in the oil and gas industry.

Most recently, he served as Vice President of Operations for Spectra Energy.  Prior to that, Allan was Vice President of Operations for Duke Energy and for Westcoast Energy.

Throughout his career in the industry he focused on safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible operations.  He served on the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association as a member of the Standing Committee on Operations.

Allan worked in the industry in northern BC and currently resides in the Fort St John area.  He is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge and is the holder of a First Class Power Engineer Certification.

Cheryl Tobias

Cheryl Tobias has practiced law in British Columbia for over 35 years.  She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2008.

Cheryl was a Senior General Counsel with the federal Department of Justice when she retired in 2013 after 32 years of practice.  Her caseload included many constitutional matters including aboriginal rights cases and regulatory cases which she litigated at all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada.  She also had substantial legal risk management responsibilities for significant litigation in British Columbia.  At various points in her career with the Department of Justice Cheryl had management responsibilities in various areas including professional development programming, recruitment and developing case management systems.