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.
BOARD GOVERNANCE CHARTER
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R. Keith MacLeod, P.Eng
Keith McLeod 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. In 2017, he completed the Director Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Keith currently sits on a number of company boards in addition to chairing the advisory board of the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment at Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia. He is also a past 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 the Chair of the Board’s Social Responsibility 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, Evaluation and Human Resources Committee.
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 the Chair of the Board’s Health, Safety & Environment Advisory Committee and a member of the Social Responsibility 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, Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital Foundation 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 and Human Resources Committee and the Health, Safety & Environment Advisory Committee.
Board Member (Federal)
Corrina Bryson was appointed as a federal Board Member of the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board effective June 21, 2017 for a six year term.
Corrina has over 20 years’ experience working in the oil and gas industry. Most recently, she was the Vice President, Resource Development for Nexen Energy ULC’s Canadian Operations, responsible for directing strategy, annual objectives, budgets, projects and development for Nexen's oil sands, shale gas and tight oil plays. Prior to this, Corrina was a Board Member, Partner and Business Services Manager at APA Petroleum Engineering, a Calgary-based petroleum engineering consultancy. Following the acquisition of APA by RPS Energy, Corrina continued with RPS Energy as a Development Planning Specialist where she led integrated field development studies, particularly in heavy oil and offshore development projects, across Canada and worldwide for operators, governments, banks and investment funds.
Corrina began her career with Shell International Exploration and Production serving in progressive engineering, project and business roles over a period of 10 years in the Netherlands, the UK and Canada
Corrina earned M.Eng and B.Eng degrees in Chemical Engineering with Management from the University of Bradford, England. She is a P.Eng in Alberta and holds the Masters Certificate of Project Management (MCPM) designation from the University of Lethbridge. Corrina is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Canadian Heavy Oil Association (CHOA), where she volunteers as a member of the Editorial Committee.
Ms. Bryson is a member of the Audit, Evaluation and Human Resources Committee and the Health, Safety & Environment Advisory Committee.
Barbara B. Pike
Board Member (Federal)
Barbara Pike was appointed as a federal Board Member of the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board effective June 21, 2017 for a six-year term.
Barbara has almost 20 years of experience in the energy sector in a variety of roles in Nova Scotia. She is the founding CEO of The Maritimes Energy Association, an independent industry group representing companies that provide goods and services to the energy sector in eastern Canada – onshore & offshore, renewable & non-renewable. She is the former Vice President of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), where she handled research projects on a number of public policy issues including the energy file covering oil and gas, electricity, electrical grid, the regulatory regime and renewable energy. She is also the former public information and environmental coordinator for the CNSOPB. Before those roles, Barbara spent more than 20 years as a journalist with such agencies as CBC Radio, The Canadian Press and CBC Newsworld.
Barbara sits on the Boards of three renewable energy companies; Scotian Windfields Inc., Scotian Renewables Inc. and ScotianWEB.
Barbara is an active volunteer in the community as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia and Past Chair of the Board of Directors for Sport Nova Scotia.
Barbara is also a past member of the Board of Governors of Mount Saint Vincent University and chaired its Governance and Labour Relations Committee; was a member of the Board of the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada; president of Sail Nova Scotia; Vice Commodore of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron; member of the Board of Directors of Sail Canada; and was co-chair of the Nautel Laser World Championships. Barbara is from St. John’s, Newfoundland where she attended Memorial University studying commerce. She now lives in Halifax.
Ms. Pike is a member of the Social Responsibility Committee, and Audit, Evaluation and Human Resources Committee.