Regulatory Change and Transformation
The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is the single regulator for oil, oil sands, natural gas and coal development in Alberta, and is mandated to protect Alberta’s environment and its people, while ensuring the regulatory system is both effective and efficient. To achieve this, the AER strives to innovate regulatory processes to meet the evolving needs of stakeholders by developing systems that increase regulatory efficiency, improve stakeholder access to decision making and enhance public trust in regulatory decision making.
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Laurie Pushor, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Energy Regulator
Laurie Pushor is the President and Chief Executive Officer at the Alberta Energy Regulator. Laurie previously served as the Deputy Minister at the Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources since its creation in February of 2018. Prior to that he served as the Deputy Minister for the former Ministry of the Economy from October 2014 to February 2018. Previous to joining the former Ministry of the Economy in 2012, he spent four years as a Chief of Staff with the Saskatchewan Government. He was fortunate to serve as the Chief of Staff with Minister Harpauer in Social Services, Minister Boyd in Energy and Resources and Minister McMorris in Health.
Prior to joining the Government of Saskatchewan, Laurie was the Director of Recruitment and Admissions for the University of Saskatchewan. This role included responsibility for Canadian as well as International recruitment and International student activities. Before moving to Saskatoon Laurie and his family spent three years in Nova Scotia where he played a similar role for St. Francis Xavier University.
Prior to Nova Scotia Laurie and his family lived many years in Edmonton. He worked with the provincial government in a variety of roles including with the Ministry of Economic Development. In addition he served at the political level early in his career with the Lougheed government as well as the Klein administration. Laurie has private sector experience most significantly managing a consulting operation involved with marketing and public opinion research as well as fund raising counsel.
Debbie, Laurie’s wife is a Professor at the U of S with research interests in parent engagement and parent knowledge. They have three sons. Laurie splits his time between their home in Saskatoon and Regina.