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Feds name new CEO of energy regulator agency

Thursday, July 02, 2020 @ 11:27 AM | By John Chunn


Natural Resources Canada announced on July 2 the governor-in-council appointment of Gitane De Silva as chief executive officer (CEO) of the Canada Energy Regulator (CER), following an open and transparent competitive process that was launched in January 2020. De Silva is appointed for a term of five years.

According to the government’s press release, De Silva has served in several senior executive roles within the governments of Canada and Alberta, including at Global Affairs Canada and as Alberta’s senior representative to the United States. Most recently, De Silva worked as special adviser, External Affairs, at TransAlta.

In its release Natural Resources Canada thanked Sandy Lapointe for her work as acting CEO since March 2020, as well as Peter Watson, who left the role of CEO in March after six years.

“Ms. Gitane De Silva is a fine choice for CEO of the Canada Energy Regulator. Her wealth of experience and knowledge will greatly benefit the CER as it continues to do great work for Canadians, our energy industries and the environment,” said Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s minister of natural resources.