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Alberta’s Energy Diversification Advisory Committee ready to roll up sleeves

October 14, 2016 | By Renée Francoeur

October 14, 2016 – An expert committee assigned to help diversify Alberta’s energy sector is set to get to work.

“We can’t live in the past. We need to build an economy of the future. That’s why I’m excited to have a diverse and talented group on board to provide their insights and expertise on how we can make better use of our wealth of energy resources,” said Margaret McCuaig-Boyd, Alberta’s Minister of Energy.

The Energy Diversification Advisory Committee’s mandate is to engage Albertans and explore opportunities to increase the value of energy resources, create jobs and attract new investment. This includes such “value-added ideas” as partial upgrading, refining, petrochemicals and chemicals manufacturing. 

Committee members are:


• Co-chair Jeanette Patell, government affairs and policy leader, GE Canada
• Co-chair Gil McGowan, president, Alberta Federation of Labour
• Carol Moen – registrar, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
• Warren Fraleigh – executive director, Building Trades of Alberta
• Leo de Bever – chair, Oak Point Energy
• Marie C. Robidoux – principal consultant for Aboriginal Relations and Business Development, EGCL
• Rocky Sinclair – CEO, Alberta Indian Investment Corp.

“Having been a long-time supporter of the energy industry and the tremendous employment opportunities it offers Albertans, I am confident this committee can offer new ideas to help build a stronger and more diverse energy sector to the benefit of both working people and companies,” said co-chair McGowan.

The committee will meet with the public and a variety of stakeholders to make recommendations in a report to the Energy minister for Fall 2017.

The committee’s budget is $150,000 for the year and it will receive administrative, engagement and research support from existing government staff.

For committee member bios, download the document below or click HERE.

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