Empty seats at the offshore regulator

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Next board chair yet to be selected by province, feds

Max Ruelokke

The next chairman and CEO of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB) has yet to be named, although the current chairman finishes his term in less than a month.

Max Ruelokke’s six-year term as leader of the offshore regulator will be over as of close of business on Oct. 25.

As The Telegram has previously reported, provincial and federal government representatives have been on the hunt for the next board chair and CEO, yet there have been no announcements to date.

“Should an appointment not be identified prior to the Oct. 25 date, the CNLOPB board (as opposed to government) will designate a member of the board to be acting chairman until an appointment has been formalized,” a spokeswoman with the provincial Department of Natural Resources stated in an email late last week.

This temporary appointment from within the existing board would be in compliance with the Accord Acts.

“The board has the authority, and in fact is required by the act, to appoint an interim chair from within its ranks, upon a vacancy. … It also has the authority and is required to appoint ‘a person,’ meaning in theory anyone, as an interim CEO during a vacancy,” stated the department rep.

In other words, anyone they want can become a temporary CEO. However, only a board member can step in as chairman.

Current board members at the CNLOPB are Reg Anstey, Ed Drover, Conrad Sullivan, David Wells and Reg Bowers.

Bowers is the newest board member. There is also one board seat vacant — a seat for the provincial government to fill.

The chair and CEO position stands apart from the rest of the board. It is a full-time job, rather than a part-time, per diem appointment and the chair is responsible for the CNLOPB’s $15-million budget and 75 or so regular staff members.

Both levels of government must agree on the chair and CEO appointed for the next six-year term.

“The ideal candidate will have executive-level management experience in a private or public sector organization, including human and financial resources. Significant board experience, preferably in a leadership role, or an acceptable equivalent experience, is essential,” states a job notice circulated earlier this year by head hunters with Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette.

The notice also called for someone with experience in the oil and gas sector and the activities of the CNLOPB. The closing date for applications was Aug. 24.


Organizations: Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, CNLOPB board, Department of Natural Resources

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  • William Daniels
    October 02, 2012 - 19:04

    Who cares about the empty seats. That won't make a difference. They are only patronage positions. What about the independant safety regulator? By the way, Reg Anstey used to pick up for workers one time. Not so much anymore.