​CEO of Alberta Energy Regulator resigns

Jim Ellis. Image: AER

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) announced on Friday that CEO Jim Ellis will resign from the organization, effective January 31, 2019.

Ellis joined the AER in 2013 as the first CEO single regulator that merged the Energy Resources Conservation Board with Environment and Sustainable Resources Development.

“[Ellis] built a new organization from the ground up, ensuring that the needs of all stakeholders were embedded in the decision making framework of the AER,” AER chair Sheila O’Brien said in a statement.

The regulator said that Ellis has led a team that focused on initiatives that have delivered more than $2 billion in industry savings while protecting public safety and the environment.

His decision to resign has been in the planning stages for the past several months, the AER said. Its board of directors will immediately begin a broad-based search for the new CEO.