The Board

The Board consists of five members who are appointed for fixed terms of office. The Chair is jointly appointed by both the Government of Canada and the Government of Nova Scotia. Each government appoints two Board members, and each government may also appoint one alternate member. The Chief Executive Officer reports to the Board and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Board and a staff of thirty-eight professional and support personnel.

R. Keith MacLeod, P.Eng ( Board Chairperson)

Paul F. Taylor (Provincial Member)

Douglas (Doug) Gregory, Alternate Board Member (Federal)

Roger Percy (Provincial Member)

Harold K. Giddens, B.Eng, P.Eng, Alternate Board Member (Provincial)



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R. Keith MacLeod, P.Eng 


Keith MacLeod was appointed Chairperson of the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board effective August 17, 2015 for a six year term.

Keith previously held the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Sproule and its subsidiaries, until his retirement on June 30, 2014.  In this position he was responsible for overseeing its Canadian, U.S., International, Unconventional and Project Management businesses.  His worldwide experience at Sproule was primarily in the areas of reservoir engineering, oil and gas reserves/resource evaluations, acquisitions and divestitures; securities commission reports, expert witness testimony, investment advice and education.  Keith has experience working in 30 countries spanning 6 continents.  Keith lectured at the University of Calgary for many years and presented to industry on oil and gas disclosure related matters and has been an industry advisor to the Alberta Securities Commission (“ASC”).  He is active with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) having served as the Canadian Regional Director on the international board as well as chair of the Canadian Section.  He is also active with the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEE) as one of the authors involved in the preparation of the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook and a member of the ASC’s industry taskforce, whose recommendations formed the framework for National Instrument 51-101.

He earned his Diploma in Technology in Mineral Science from what was formerly known as the College of Cape Breton, now Cape Breton University.  He earned a Bachelor of Science (Honors) Engineering from Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology, in Butte, Montana.

Keith currently sits on a number of company boards in addition to serving on the advisory board of the Veschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment at Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia.  He is also a board member of Parks Foundation Calgary, a non-profit organization partnering in the development of parks, playgrounds, bike paths, open spaces and amateur sports.

Mr. MacLeod is Chair of the Board’s Human Resources Committee and a member of the Audit & Evaluation Committee.  


Paul F. Taylor

Board Member (Provincial)

Paul Taylor was first appointed as an Alternate Provincial Board Member on November 3, 2009. He was appointed as a full Provincial Board Member on March 5, 2013 for a six year term.

Paul Taylor retired from the Government of Nova Scotia after a 27 year career. A native of Nova Scotia, he spent several years as an exploration geologist in Western Canada before returning to join the Province in 1982. He held positions as Senior Policy Analyst with the Priorities and Planning Secretariat, Director of Energy Transportation and Utilization with the N.S. Petroleum Directorate and Executive Director of Policy with the Department of Energy, during which time he was responsible for development of the Province’s new Energy Strategy. His last five years with the Province were spent as Deputy Minister of Economic Development. He has served in various capacities on the Boards of Nova Scotia Business Inc, InNOVAcorp, and the Greater Halifax Partnership, Chair of Deputy Ministers Forum on Sustainable Prosperity and Vice Commodore of the Armdale Yacht Club. He holds an Honours Degree in Geology from Dalhousie University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Taylor resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Mr. Taylor is Chair of the Board’s Audit and Evaluation Committee. 


Douglas (Doug) Gregory

Alternate Board Member (Federal)

Doug Gregory was appointed as an Alternate Federal Board Member on August 1, 2007, and was reappointed on March 6, 2014 for a six year term.

Doug Gregory’s career with Shell Canada and Royal Dutch Shell spanned three decades. He began as an exploration geophysicist in Canada and would later work with Petroleum Development Oman, a joint venture company working in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. After returning to Calgary and focusing on exploration in Western Canada, he went on to hold various management positions including: Exploration Research Manager at Shell Canada’s Calgary Research Centre, Manager Geophysical Operations, and Manager, Safety and Environment providing technical support to Shell Canada’s Upstream Operations. In 1999, Mr. Gregory moved to Halifax to open Shell Canada’s exploration office, focusing on deepwater seismic exploration over the Nova Scotian slope (deep water) acreage. He retired as East Coast Manager in 2003. He has been active in various organizations including: Co-chair, Petroleum Fisheries Liaison Group Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) (2001-2003); Chair, Atlantic Canada Committee – CAPP (2001-2003); Director, Greater Halifax Partnership representing the Energy sector (2002-2004); and, President, Rotary Club of Halifax Northwest (2007-2008). He holds an M.Sc. in Microwave Physics (1970) from the University of Waterloo, Ontario and a B.Sc. Math & Physics (1969) from Sir George Williams University, Montreal. Mr. Gregory resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Mr. Gregory is the Chair of the Board’s Health, Safety and Environment Advisory Committee and a member of the Human Resources Committee. 

Roger Percy

Board Member (Provincial)

Roger Percy was appointed as a provincial Board Member of the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board effective February 26, 2016 for a six year term.

Roger has over 35 years’ experience in the environmental field. He commenced his career in Canada’s Arctic after graduating from Carleton University with a BSC and a Master’s Degree from Guelph University. He supervised field camps in the Mackenzie Delta evaluating potential impacts of the proposed Mackenzie Pipeline and Mackenzie Highway projects and petroleum exploration on the fish resources of the Delta and near-shore Beaufort Sea. Roger returned to Nova Scotia in 1975 where he played a role in the review of industry environmental assessments, contingency and development plans; including the offshore oil and gas sector. He helped draft Environment Canada’s submissions to the Public Review Panel for  the Hibernia Project, the Ocean Ranger Inquiry and the Brander-Smith Panel on Tanker Safety.

Roger managed the Environmental Emergencies Program in the Atlantic Region for over 25 years. During this period he also chaired the Atlantic Regional Environmental Emergencies Team (REET), a multi-agency group responsible for providing consolidated government-wide advice during pollution emergencies. In this role he participated in a wide range of emergency responses including the break-up of the tanker Kurdistan and the vessel MV Flare here on the east coast. He oversaw the environmental aspects of the operations to recover the barge Irving Whale and Swissair 111. Roger was chosen to lead Canada’s advisory team during the massive oil spill in the Persian Gulf and in 2008 led a team to South Korea following the 10,000 tonne crude oil spill from the tanker Hebei Spirit. Roger was part of the International Observer program during the Macondo Blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

Since retiring in 2011, Roger has provided environmental consulting services. In 2012 he was appointed to the Maritimes Regional Advisory Council for Oil Spill Response, an independent body advising the Minister of Transport with respect to the adequacy of ship-sourced oil spill preparedness and response.

Mr. Percy is a member of the Board’s Health, Safety & Environment Advisory Committee and the Human Resources Committee.

Harold K. Giddens, B.Eng, P.Eng

Alternate Board Member (Provincial)

Harold Giddens was appointed as an alternate provincial Board Member of the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board effective February 26, 2016 for a six year term.

Harold graduated from Mount Allison University and Nova Scotia Technical College with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering.

After several years as Resident Engineer on large marine construction projects throughout the Maritimes, Harold contracted with Lasmo (later Pan Canadian) as an offshore Quality Control & Safety Advisor for the  Cohasset - Panuke Project, which was Canada’s first offshore oil producing project. In 1999, Harold contracted with the Sable Offshore Energy Project responsible for writing and managing Q/A and Q/C procedures and safe lifting practices. He also completed numerous accident/incident investigations, engineering safety audits, project specifications, asset integrity assessments and change management procedures.

In 2002, Harold contracted with Encana to complete a safety and engineering audit on the Norwegian company building the Eirik Raude Drilling rig as well as many other QA assignments. 

In 2003, Harold contracted with the CNSOPB as a Senior Engineer and Safety Advisor.  He continued his asset safety and integrity work as it pertains to cranes and containers. He was instrumental in developing a “Safe Lifting Practices” guideline that was eventually adopted by CAPP.  He was assigned as a member of a global team providing advice on offshore safe lifting practices for the International Regulators’ Forum (IRF), and presented a paper at the 12th North Sea Offshore Crane Conference in Aberdeen, Scotland titled “Materials Handling and Safe Lifting”.

Harold has volunteered with several organizations including the IWK children’s Hospital and presently is Chairman of the Board, North Shore Health Services Foundation, which is a charitable organization for the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. 

Harold is retired and lives in Wentworth NS with his wife Bonnie.

Mr. Giddens is a member of the Audit & Evaluation Committee and the Health, Safety & Environment Advisory Committee.