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Michelle Carr named new CEO of Oil and Gas Commission

Carr starts in her new role at the OGC on Nov. 15.
Michelle Carr
Michelle Carr has been named the new CEO and Commissioner of the BC Oil and Gas Commission. (Supplied)

Michelle Carr has been named the new CEO and commissioner of the BC Oil and Gas Commission.

The announcement comes following a four-month search after Paul Jeakins announced his retirement in April, the OGC said Tuesday. 

Carr comes to the OGC from the provincial energy ministry, where she has worked as the assistant deputy minister of the LNG Canada Implementation Secretariat since October 2018. 

Carr also spent almost four years as assistant deputy minister and executive lead for the BC Environmental Assessment Office, and the OGC says she was chosen for her work in regulations, operations, and government engagement. 

“Michelle has a genuine and deep commitment to reconciliation, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and has provided strong leadership in addressing the impacts and benefits of resource development on the people, environment, and economy of northern British Columbia,” said Margie Parikh, Lead Director, Board of Directors, in a statement. 

“Her strong regulatory and engagement background coupled with experience in complex and changing operating environments position her well to oversee the Commission's multifaceted mandate.”

Carr holds a Master of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Victoria, as well as a Certificate in Advanced Leadership from the UBC Sauder School of Business Executive Program, the OGC said.

Carr also worked as assistant deputy minister and general manager of the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, and oversaw the development of the province's first-ever non-medical cannabis retail system, the OGC said.

“I am pleased to take on this role as the newest Commissioner and look forward to leading this dynamic organization as it delivers on its mandate with a focus on public safety and environmental protection for the benefit of British Columbians,” Carr said in a statement.