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Our name has changed! We’re now known as the BC Energy Regulator (BCER) and you can find us at This name change is part of legislation that also modernizes our board structure and will expand our mandate later this year. For more information, see the provincial government’s news release. Check back regularly as we continue making updates to our webpages to reflect these changes.

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

Day-to-day operations and management of the Regulator 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 Regulator to meet these government expectations.

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Michelle Carr

Commissioner, Chief Executive Officer

Michelle Carr was appointed Commissioner and CEO with the British Columbia Energy Regulator on Nov. 15, 2021. In these roles, Michelle is the strategic and operational leader of the Regulator.

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 B.C. Public Service.

Michelle comes to the Regulator from the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation where she was Assistant Deputy Minister accountable for the $40 billion 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 $121 billion 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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Peter Robb

Executive Vice President, Resource Management and Stewardship

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

Prior to joining the Regulator, Peter spent 17 years at the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, along with a four-year hiatus at the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. In 2016, Peter was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of the Mines Competitiveness and Authorizations Division with the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation.

Peter is a passionate leader and a strong advocate of regulatory excellence in the natural resources industry. Peter has vast experience within government in regional operations, permitting and the development of major infrastructure projects. Before joining the Government of British Columbia in 2001, Peter spent several years working in the B.C. Treaty negotiations process and the forest sector as a consultant.

Peter is a graduate of Bishops University (BComm) and the University of Northern British Columbia (BSc in Environmental Planning). Peter has spent his entire career working in the natural resource sector with a focus on regulatory excellence and engaging and negotiating with First Nations in the forestry, mining and oil and gas sectors.

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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.

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

Mayka has a Chartered Director designation, is a passionate and committed member of her community, and has been serving on the board of a non-profit organization.

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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 Regulator.

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

Prior to joining the Regulator, 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.

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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 Energy Regulator. 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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