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Following the passage of Bill 37, exciting changes are coming, including a new name and expanded mandate! In addition to our current responsibilities with respect to oil, gas and geothermal development, we will soon become the single-window regulator for the production of hydrogen, ammonia and methanol; have an expanded role in carbon capture and storage, and we will be known as the BC Energy Regulator. For more info:

The Board consists of the chair, which is the Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, while the Commissioner and CEO is the Vice Chair. A third independent Board member is appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.


Fazil Mihlar

Director, Board Chair

Fazil Mihlar was appointed effective June 15, 2020 as Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. Prior to this role, Fazil was Deputy Minister, Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness; Deputy Minister, Climate Leadership; Assistant Deputy Minister, Institutions and Programs Division, Ministry of Advanced Education; and Assistant Deputy Minister, Oil and Strategic Initiatives Division, Ministry of Natural Gas Development. Before joining government in 2013, Fazil was Associate Editor of The Vancouver Sun newspaper.

Fazil has been nominated twice for a National Newspaper Award for best editorial writing in Canada. Before joining The Vancouver Sun in 1999, Fazil managed the Royal Bank Financial Group’s public affairs department for B.C. and the Yukon. He was also Director of Regulatory and Labour Market Studies at the Fraser Institute and managed a small business consulting group at Simon Fraser University.

Fazil holds a B.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University, an M.A. in PublicAdministration from Carleton University and a Marketing Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in London, England. He also completed a Certificate Course on Risk Management at Harvard University.

Fazil is the author/co-author of many research reports including A Review of the Canada/US Free Trade Agreement, The Cost of Regulation in Canada and The Rational Consolidation of Banking in Canada.

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Michelle Carr

Vice Chair

Michelle Carr was appointed Commissioner and CEO with the BC Oil and Gas Commission on November 15, 2021. In these roles, Michelle is the strategic and operational leader of the Commission and Vice Chair of the Commission’s Board of Directors.

Michelle has over 26 years of expertise in regulatory oversight, operations, organizational development, engagement and industry relations, and has held three diverse executive portfolios in the BC Public Service.

Michelle comes to the Commission from the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation where she was Assistant Deputy Minister accountable for the $40B LNG Canada facility and associated Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline, the largest private sector investment in Canadian history.

From January 2017 to October 2018 Michelle was the Assistant Deputy Minister and General Manager of the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, accountable for public safety and public interest for over 10,000 small to industrial-sized businesses and overseeing the development of the first-ever non-medical cannabis retail regime in B.C.

Michelle spent almost four years as Assistant Deputy Minister and Executive Lead with B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office where her team conducted environmental assessments for projects worth an estimated $121B in potential capital investment.

Michelle holds Master and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Geography from the University of Victoria and a Certificate in Advanced Leadership from the UBC Sauder School of Business Executive Program.

Patrick Kelly Tesotsen

Patrick Kelly - T'esots'en


Patrick is a member of the Leq'á:mel 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'á:mel 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 Hayman

Board Consultant, Chair, Audit Committee

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.

Kiernan Natascha

Natascha Kiernan

Board Consultant

Natascha Kiernan is a lawyer, consultant, and corporate director with extensive experience in the development of large-scale energy projects.

Natascha has held senior positions with several major international law firms, including approximately twelve years in the New York and London offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. She has represented international governments, multilateral institutions, commercial lenders, and major corporations in numerous multi-billion dollar energy projects, including some of the world’s largest and most complex LNG projects. Natascha has worked across six continents and has experience representing sovereign governments in the development of energy-related policies and in their international treaty negotiations. Natascha is also an experienced independent director and governance committee chair and is a regular panel presenter on issues related to M&A, project finance and corporate governance.

In addition to her professional pursuits, Natascha also serves on the board of the Vancouver Writers Fest and the board of Ability Online, a non-profit organization serving children with disabilities.

Natascha received her B.A. from the University of Victoria and her J.D. from the University of Columbia. She was ranked as one of the 2014 “Top 40 under 40 Rising Legal Stars in Europe” by the Financial News.

Steven Kinsey

Steven Kinsey

Board Consultant

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

Margie (Madhuri) Parikh, C.Dir., MBA, CFP

Board Consultant

Principal, On Governance Consulting, & Board Director

Margie combines international, finance, and ESG/climate governance expertise with a curious, independent, and bold approach, driving value and impact.

She is the Lead Director for BC's energy resources regulator, Director for the Canada Revenue Agency, former Chair of CISV International and Mountain Equipment Co-op, and has served on numerous other boards, including Camosun College and Oikocredit Canada.

A Chartered Director, Margie’s also holds an MBA from Columbia University, the Certified Financial Planner designation, and NFP and Crown governance certifications from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Margie is a Women Get on Board mentor, a FORA Girls on Boards coach, and a 30% Club member, all of which drive participation of under-represented groups.

Boards, the great outdoors, and dark chocolate keep her days filled on the beautiful coast of Vancouver Island.

Cheryl tobias

Cheryl Tobias

Board Consultant, Chair, Regulatory Committee

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.

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