New appointments to CNLOPB include Danny’s brother

James McLeod
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The government has filled two seats on the board fo the province’s offshore regulator, appointing Scott Tessier to the job of CEO and chair of the board, and Ed Williams as vice-chair.

Williams is the brother of former premier Danny Williams.

The news release was e-mailed to The Telegram at 5:30 p.m.

“Today’s decision results from a cooperative and thorough search for new management of the board based on merit and ability,” said federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver in the news release. “Scott Tessier brings a wealth of regulatory experience and expertise to the C-NLOPB, which will benefit the organization greatly.”

The background biographical information on the two appointees lists Tessier as “a respected leader with extensive experience in the public and private sectors.” He has served in political positions in the past as chief of staff to the Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and most recently he was senior adviser of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs at Chevron Canada Resources in Calgary, Alta.

Williams has worked as for mining company Aurora Energy Resources, as well as the Terra Nova and Hibernia offshore oil projects. Williams has been heavily involved in the PC party, and travelled on Premier Kathy Dunderdale’s campaign bus during the 2011 general election.

Recently he was widely understood to be working in the premier’s office, although he was never listed as a government employee.

The CNLOPB’s board has been looking a bit empty in recent months; one of the province’s seats on the board has been vacant for more than two years. The leadership of the board has been in flux since current chairman Max Ruelokke’s six-year term ended on Oct. 26.

This is not the first controversial appointment to the CNLOPB. Shortly after Danny Williams retired as premier in 2010, his director of communications, Elizabeth Matthews, was nominated as vice-chair of the board. The appointment was painted as a patronage position, and amid public outcry, her nomination was withdrawn.

Organizations: Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Chevron Canada Resources, Aurora Energy Resources

Geographic location: Ottawa, Calgary, Alta, Terra Nova

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Recent comments

  • Gord
    January 26, 2013 - 09:36

    Power and absolute power. They (the honourable people we elected) are going to do things like this until they implode from the high they are on. No real opposition and total secrecy is their drug of choice.

  • What's in a Name?
    January 25, 2013 - 13:47

    Is it mandatory to have the surname Williams to poke around the premier's office? In what capacity was Ed serving in? was he paid? how much? when was the position advertised? were there any restrictions? or, did he have carte blanche access? fess up please if you have any info. A long list of Tory patronage appointments made public this week; Ross got his plum, Ed gets his, and so on. It's not who you know, but who you.....

  • Marg
    January 25, 2013 - 12:26

    If Ed Williams has been "at the Premier's Office", but not listed as a Governement employee, what's he doing ... volunteering ? Barbara C., you are certainly correct. And I'm sure Danny Jr. is in some big job somewhere that his father made available to him with a huge taxpayers' salary. Danny Sr. will always run this Povince one way or another.

  • Ask Questions
    January 25, 2013 - 11:10

    I wonder what would we find out if media outlets poked around a little and asked questions down at the CNLOPB to staff and management on their take on these political patronage appointments. It undermines professionalism and credibility. I'll bet that long-time, hard working, qualified persons at the Board are appalled when they're passed over for promotions and tasked to inform and bring up to speed another batch of appointees. Sadly, they too are tarred and feathered by public distain to these cushy appointments and their efforts are marginalized by virtue of association.

  • Coco
    January 25, 2013 - 10:09

    Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. The PC Party Government in NfLd is fascinating. Absolutely fascinating. Hardly a day goes by when there’s not some jaw-dropping drama from the people in charge of all our money. If not for the terrible waste, they would be as entertaining as any common week-day TV soap opera. Whatever the storyline will be next week shall remain a mystery until Monday. Maybe they’ll start up the biggest business ever at the public’s expense. Oh right. They’ve already done that one. Oh Well. Wait and see. All we know for sure is that whatever they’re up to; in the end, it’s always the public who must pay the price. LOL

  • Does Nothing
    January 25, 2013 - 09:33

    This appointment does nothing to dispell the wide spread belief that the CNLOPB has become nothing more than a dumping ground for political patronage appointees, loyal to the Conservative Parties and pandering to big oil.

  • Proud Strong Determined
    January 25, 2013 - 08:34

    Every single board member is either a brother of, bagman of, or staffer of, a federal Tory Minister or Little Tyrant Dan. No engineering expertise. Not a single lawyer on a regulatory board with powers of a court. Barely a handful of bachelor of arts degrees between them. This is how many third world countries operate.

  • Save Port au Port Bay
    January 25, 2013 - 08:12

    They will soon settle in and start to rape our province by allowing fracking in Port au Port Bay and up by Gros Morne Park.

  • Little Man Dan
    January 25, 2013 - 07:17

    If there's anyone out there who still don't believe that I'm in charge, gulp down some more koolaid. If the princess can't get approved, me brudder can.

  • original townie
    January 25, 2013 - 07:01

    @'s who you not what you know. Isn't that true in all of our daily lives? We all get through on that premise.

  • Uglistick
    January 25, 2013 - 06:12

    You'd think there would be a nepotism clause in Bill 29... but alas no. Newfoundland Politics...sigh... same ol' school garbage,.. it's who you know, not what you know.

  • Too Funny
    January 24, 2013 - 22:30

    “Today’s decision results from a cooperative and thorough search ... from our list of patronage appointments in waiting. A collective upchuck can be heard throughout the province.

  • Dave from Mt Pearl
    January 24, 2013 - 21:17

    Excellent job James, please keep up the good work, I always knew the official opposition was the media. They at least can dig a little to find alot. Thank you.

  • Barbara Colbourne
    January 24, 2013 - 19:50

    Danny was determined to get someone close to him on that board. Now he can use his brother as his mouthpiece. Money talks.

  • david
    January 24, 2013 - 18:08

    Newfoundland....we were Libya before Libya was cool.

  • Corporate Psycho
    January 24, 2013 - 17:18

    This has turned the cnlopb into an even bigger joke. What's next Danny Jr gonna be put on the board as well?

    • WILLY
      January 25, 2013 - 12:39

      Danny jr. is paid very well to do nothing and cause no trouble.