The Alberta government has announced the appointment of a seven member committee to look at ways to diversify the province’s oil and gas sector.
Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd says the panel, which was recommended in the recent royalty review, will have a year to consult with stakeholders and the public, and complete it’s report.
“The committee’s mandate is to explore opportunities to increase the value of Alberta’s resources, create jobs and attract new investment. This includes value-added ideas such as partial upgrading, refining, petro-chemicals and chemicals manufacturing.”
The panel will be co-chaired by Alberta Federation of Labour President Gil McGowan, and Jeanette Patell with GE Canada.
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McGowan says he’s long been an advocate for maximizing the value of our energy resources.
“With this committee we have the opportunity to start working towards a future in which Alberta has both a strong upstream energy sector and a strong and growing downstream sector.”
Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous scoffs at criticism that his government’s creation of another panel is just an exercise to look like its doing something to help the energy sector.
“I think panels are an effective way to go out and consult with different groups and provide advice to government. Although there are a number of different committees that we have operating at the same time, I see that as a positive. We need to rely on experts and the eyes and ears of others to help provide advice to government.”
The committee will spend the next year engaging with stakeholders with a final report due next fall.
The budget for the committee is set at $150,000.
Energy Diversification Advisory committee members:
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 Corporation