Board Announces Retirement of Chief Executive Officer


A Message from Keith MacLeod, Chairperson of the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB)

Stuart Pinks, Chief Executive Officer of the CNSOPB, has announced his retirement after more than 17 years with the offshore regulator, the last ten as CEO. Stuart joined the CNSOPB in 2002 in a leadership role responsible for the regulatory oversight of health, safety and operations of offshore oil and gas activity.  He was appointed by the Board as its Chief Safety Officer in 2003, and his responsibilities were expanded to include environmental protection in 2007.  In 2009, Stuart was appointed CEO.

In the past decade as CEO, Stuart’s regulatory expertise and knowledge of the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area, combined with his petroleum industry background in Canada and internationally provided for steady, thoughtful and balanced leadership of the offshore regulatory agency. Stuart’s experience and expertise are sought and recognized by other offshore oil and gas regulators globally.

The CNSOPB Board would like to recognize Stuart for his outstanding leadership as CEO, his contribution to high standards of health, safety and environmental regulation in our offshore and for his commitment to building relationships with stakeholders and Indigenous communities.

On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Stuart for his contributions over the past 17 ½ years and wish him well in his future endeavours. 

Stuart’s retirement is effective 30 November 2019. The Board will initiate an internal process to appoint an Acting CEO while next steps to fill the position permanently are determined.

Once an Acting CEO has been appointed, an announcement will be made.