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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, Chief Operating Officer

Trevor Swan is the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Trevor is responsible for overseeing the Commission’s Operations Division, including regulating the full life cycle of energy resource development, from issuing approvals to managing closure and liability.

Trevor has over 40 years of experience in natural resource sector regulation in B.C., including more than 10 years in oil and gas. Prior to taking on this role, Trevor served as the Commission’s EVP, Liabilities and Orphans.

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.


Myaka Kennedy

Mayka Kennedy

Executive Vice President, Chief Engineer

Mayka Kennedy is the Executive Vice President, Chief Engineer. In this role, Mayka leads numerous technical divisions related to pipelines, facilities, drilling and production, reservoir engineering, field engineering, technical investigations, asset retirement and reconciliation.

A professional engineer with over 19 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, Mayka is dedicated to organizational leadership, enhancing regulatory and strategic planning, and ensuring safe, sound decisions are made regarding oil and gas operations.

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

Mayka has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Alberta and has achieved the Chartered Director designation. Her career has taken her from Alberta to Texas, Oklahoma, Western Siberia and Kelowna, where she currently works and resides.


Inés Piccinino

Inés Piccinino

Executive Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs

Inés Piccinino is the Executive Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Services. In this role, Inés leads strategic engagement, legal services, regulatory affairs, Board services, internal audit and integrated risk management.

Prior to joining the Commission, Inés worked for the B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources for 15 years, working on royalties and infrastructure programs, industry 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.


Len Dawes

Len Dawes

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Len Dawes is the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Len leads the Commission’s corporate property, finance, records management, human resources, information systems and technology, and analysis and planning teams.

Len joined the public service in 1991 with the Ministry of Finance. In 1998, Len joined Tourism British Columbia as its Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Corporate Services, where he helped lead the growth and development of the organization from revenues of $18 to $60 million.

In 2010, Len moved to the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation and served as Assistant Deputy Minister and Executive Financial Officer.

Len graduated with a degree in business from Simon Fraser University and has his chartered accountant designation.

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