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Oil and Gas Commission COO Ken Paulson retiring this week

Paulson retires Dec. 10 after joining OGC in 2009

Another senior executive of the BC Oil and Gas Commission is retiring.

Ken Paulson, executive vice president and chief operating officer, will retire Dec. 10, having served in the role for the last 10 years, the Commission said. Paulson joined the Commission as chief engineer in 2009.

“Ken has overseen many accomplishments and improvements during his tenure including: the management of induced seismicity; the establishment of the Aboriginal Liaison Program and Western Regulators Forum; and the development of the compliance management system and emergency management program,” the Commission said in an announcement.

Trevor Swan will assume the COO role following Paulson’s departure, the Commission said. 

Swan has worked for the Commission since 2010, spending seven years as its chief legal and regulatory officer. He was seconded in 2018 to the B.C. provincial government to assist with resource-related legislative proposals, and returned in 2020 as the Commission’s executive vice president overseeing liabilities and orphan sites.

Paulson’s retirement follows former OGC commissioner Paul Jeakins, who retired at the end of October. Michelle Carr was named CEO and commissioner in September.

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