AER’s Jim Ellis wins 2016 Resource Leader of the Year award

Jim Ellis entered Alberta’s public service in 2006 after a distinguished career in the Canadian Armed Forces. Image: AER

Jim Ellis, president and chief executive officer of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is being recognized by the Alberta Chamber of Resources (ACR) as its 2016 Resource Leader of the Year for outstanding leadership in establishing and enhancing the Alberta regulatory system.

Ellis has led the AER since its launch in June 2013, implementing numerous initiatives to change and improve how Alberta’s energy resources are regulated.

These initiatives include:

  • moving the province towards a single application, single decision approach;
  • evaluating how multiple development activities can affect a specific area and at the cumulative effects of those activities over time through area-based regulation;
  • identifying efficiencies in the regulatory system that have yielded hundreds of millions of dollars in savings to industry without compromising safety or the environment; and
  • making the AER more transparent through efforts such as the compliance dashboard.

Ellis shares the ACR kudos with Audrey Poitras, president of the Métis Nation of Alberta, as its 2016 Indigenous Leader of the Year for her life-long dedication to advancing the cause of the Métis Nation and building bridges with the resource sector.

“We feel strongly that their efforts over the past number of years have greatly helped advance the triple bottom line of a sustainable resource sector that balances environmental, economic and societal needs,” Ron Kruhlak, president of the ACR said in a statement.

Ellis entered Alberta’s public service in 2006 after a distinguished career in the Canadian Armed Forces, commanding various missions in Canada, Germany, Bosnia, United Kingdom and Afghanistan. He served Albertans in key senior roles until June 2013, when he joined the Alberta Energy Regulator as its inaugural president and chief executive officer.