External Advisory Panel

Listening to diverse perspectives

CEPA doesn’t just listen to others in our industry. We need to hear what a wide range of Canadians expect of us and where we’re falling short of those expectations.

In 2014, CEPA formed an External Advisory Panel (EAP) to do just that. The panel is made up of various stakeholder groups across Canadian, including Aboriginal Peoples, academia, conservationists, and landowners. Panel members bring their diverse perspectives to help identify the issues and concerns that matter most.

The EAP has direct access to CEPA’s Board of Directors and provides advice and assistance in determining priorities for Integrity First. It also offers important insights to help the industry build trust with Canadians.

Participation on the EAP is voluntary and panel members are not paid.

Valerie Roy
Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Chamber of Commerce

“To bring an Atlantic Canada perspective to the conversation, ensure that the ACC plays a role in education about and promotion of the industry and maximize opportunities for the region.”

Valerie Roy is Chief Executive Officer of the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce (ACC) which, advances top priorities for business in the Atlantic region through the identification of issues, the development of policy positions and advocacy to provincial and federal governments. Roy was previously Vice President, Member Services and Interim President of ACC and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce and Director of Economic Development with the Greater Moncton Economic Commission. With over 40 years working experience in both the public and private sectors, Roy has also served terms as President of the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada, President of the Economic Developers Association of Canada and Director, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, among others.

Dave Poulton
Executive Director, Alberta Association for Conservation Offsets

Dave Poulton is an independent consultant to non-profit groups, government and industry on effective strategies for promoting sustainable solutions to environmental issues. Poulton is Executive Director of the Alberta Association for Conservation Offsets and also serves as President on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Centre in Edmonton. He previously held the role of Executive Director, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (Southern Alberta Chapter). Poulton holds a B.A. and M.A. in political science from the University of Calgary and a LL.B. from Dalhousie University and recently completed an LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree from the University of Calgary Faculty of Law’s Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law program.

Keith Matthew
Former Chief of the Simpcw First Nation

“My participation on the panel is important because of the activist nature of Aboriginal people and their unique position in Canada’s Constitution. It is one of the most contentious and risk sensitive areas for any company to undertake in this environmentally sensitive time. My contribution to this area will hopefully help both the Aboriginal communities and companies reach a compromise on working together to work through issues that are mutually beneficial.”

Keith Matthew is a member and former Chief of the Simpcw First Nation. Matthew served five years as Chief and five years as Councilor. Matthew has acted as lead negotiator with pipeline, hydro and mining companies for First Nation communities. An expert on First Nations relations in BC, Matthew served as a political advisor to the former National Chief Phil Fontaine and has been a member of a number of internal and technical committees for various political organizations within the province. Matthew owns several businesses and is currently a principal for two other joint ventures in the area of heavy construction and surveying. Matthew holds an Associate Certificate from the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Venture Program and is a certified Aboriginal Economic Developer from the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers.

Bob Page
Director, Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting Agency

Dr. Bob Page, is a director of the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting Agency and Chair of the ISO 14000 International Environmental Standards Board out of Geneva. He is the former Chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, Dean of Environmental Design, at the University of Calgary, and Vice President, Sustainable Development, TransAlta Corporation, Calgary. He serves on several corporate and NGO Boards as well as the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Responsible Canadian Energy Group. His research interests have included arctic pipelines and regulation.

Carl Weimer
Executive Director, Pipeline Safety Trust

“I joined the CEPA External Advisory Panel to gain a broader understanding of the thought processes and commitments to safety by the pipeline industry. I hope I can share with the group the continuing concerns we hear from local governments, landowners and citizens along pipeline pathways so those concerns can be addressed better by industry to help increase trust in the safety of our pipeline system.”

Carl Weimer is the Executive Director of the Pipeline Safety Trust. He serves on the Governor appointed Washington State Citizens Committee on Pipeline Safety, as a member of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, and the steering committee for the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance. Weimer has testified to the U.S. House and Senate multiple times, and has served as a witness for the National Transportation Safety Board on pipeline safety issues. Weimer is in his ninth year as an elected member of the Whatcom County Council, where he currently serves as chairman. He has a degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Education from the University of Michigan, as well a degree in Industrial Electronics Technology from Peninsula College.

Drew Black
Director, Environmental Policy, Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Drew Black is Director, Environmental Policy, for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) which represents 200,000 farms and farm families. Black sits on a number of different federal advisory committees and value-chain roundtables which seek to address environmental issues in agricultural production from pesticides, to climate change to sustainable sourcing. Prior to joining CFA, he worked at the Assembly of First Nations in environmental policy and has a MSc in Human Rights from the University College of Dublin and a BA (Honours) in Political and Human Rights from Carleton University.

Robert Blakely
Chief Operating Officer, Canada's Building Trades Union

“Pipelines form an enormous and very significant portion of the energy infrastructure. More than just transporting commodities, pipelines connect high-skilled, high paying jobs in the Canadian region where it is extracted to high-skilled, high paying jobs in another Canadian region where it is processed. We need those jobs. This means that the integrity and sustainability of the infrastructure is paramount. CEPA Integrity First is a guarantee to both our members and the Canadian Public.

Robert Blakely is Chief Operating Officer for Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU), which represents more than 550,000 skilled tradespeople in 15 trades in every province and territory. In his role, Blakely helps CBTUs advocate for all workers in the construction industry and shape public policy to promote safety, training and infrastructure investment. A plumber/pipefitter and labour relations lawyer, Blakely also served as the Labour Co-chair of BuildForce Canada and in a number of other labour management organizations.

Blaine Favel
Executive Chairman, One Earth Oil and Gas

Mr. Favel is the Executive Chairman of One Earth Oil and Gas, an influential Plains Cree leader who has made significant contributions to scholarship, education, public service and the Canadian public good. He is also the 14th Chancellor of the University of Saskatoon.

He was Chief of the Poundmaker Cree Nation and served as Grand Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations from 1994-98. During that time, he led the development of the First Nations Bank of Canada and the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority. Mr. Favel was also a senior diplomat as the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Counsellor on International Indigenous Issues, served as a special advisor to the Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine, and was a panellist on the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

He has earned two degrees—a law degree from Queen’s University and a master of business administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business—and was awarded an honorary doctor of laws from the University of Saskatchewan in 2012.

Paul Boissonneault
President, Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs

Mr. Boissonneault is the president of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC), and Executive Board member since 2009. He became Fire Chief in 2004 and Fire Chief and CEMC of the County of Brant since 2009.

He was awarded Queens diamond jubilee medal for contributions to public and firefighter safety. Mr. Boissonneault represents the CAFC nationally and internationally, sharing best practices and advocacy prioritization.

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