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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:

Our Executive team is responsible for putting the Board’s decisions into action, with the help of leadership staff across the Commission.

Day-to-day operations and management of the Commission are the responsibility of the Executive.

The Provincial Government of B.C., through its Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, sets province-wide goals and standards for regulating energy resource development.

Our Board of Directors is responsible for creating the policy and direction of the Commission to meet these government expectations.

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Michelle Carr

Commissioner, Chief Executive Officer

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.

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Trevor Swan

Executive Vice President, Resource Management and Stewardship

Trevor Swan is the Executive Vice President, Resource Management and Stewardship. In this role, Trevor is responsible for overseeing the full life cycle of responsible energy resource development, including stewardship of the surface and subsurface of areas from which energy is produced. Trevor is also responsible for the Commission’s orphan site management program.

Trevor has over 40 years of experience in natural resource sector regulation in B.C., including more than 15 years in oil and gas. Prior to taking on this role, Trevor served as the Commission’s Chief Operating Officer.

Trevor is a registered professional forester, a lawyer and a chartered director and is a member in good standing with the Association of BC Forest Professionals, the Law Society of BC and the Director’s College.

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Mayka Kennedy

Executive Vice President, Safety and Compliance

Mayka Kennedy is the Executive Vice President, Safety and Compliance.

A professional engineer with over 24 years of experience in the oil & gas and regulatory sector, Mayka serves as a leader that inspires and enables forward-thinking concepts to create regulatory solutions that will advance safe and efficient practices and systems.

Mayka is committed to sharing knowledge and experience and speaks at technical and leadership conferences.

A passionate and committed member of her community, Mayka has a Chartered Director designation and has been a chair of the board for the Okanagan Gymnastics Centre for the past five years.

Her career has taken her from Texas to Alberta, Oklahoma, Western Siberia and BC, where she currently works and resides.

Inés Piccinino

Inés Piccinino

Executive Vice President, People, Strategy & Transformation

Inés Piccinino is the Executive Vice President, People, Strategy & Transformation. In this role, she leads the Finance, Strategy, Culture, Human Resources, Workplace, Information Technology & Public Trust portfolios. Ines is also responsible for government relations and energy transition for the Commission.

Ines joined the Commission in 2018, as Executive Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Services.

Prior to joining the Commission, Inés worked for the B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation for 15 years, working on royalties and infrastructure programs, competitiveness, service sector development forecasting and value added strategies. In 2013, Inés was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Oil and Gas Division.

Inés has a degree in economics from the University of Buenos Aires and has worked on a variety of energy, competitiveness, industrial development and environmental programs for the Federal government of Argentina, City government of Buenos Aires, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank.

Sara Dickinson

Sara Dickinson

Executive Lead, Reconciliation and Engagement

Sara Dickinson is the Executive Lead, Reconciliation and Engagement. In this role, Sara is focused on supporting meaningful reconciliation and community engagement by developing and maintaining respectful relationships that are built on awareness and understanding with Indigenous people, local governments, and land owners.

Located out of the Fort St. John office, Sara has lived in northeast B.C. for over 15 years and has 12 years of experience with the BC Oil and Gas Commission. Her experience across the oil and gas regulatory lifecycle includes multiple strategic and operational roles in petroleum and natural gas tenure, permitting, stewardship, and strategic relations.

Sara has a Master of Science, Environmental Science from the University of Northern B.C. and demonstrated ability to build bridges and manage conflict through negotiation and diplomacy.

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