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Collyer named new board chair of ERA


August 28, 2018  


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Respected oil and gas expert David Collyer has been named the new board chair of Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA).

“David is a strategic thinker with a keen understanding of how innovation and economic diversification are connected,” said Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister responsible for the Climate Change Office. “His industry knowledge, forward-focused approach and extensive leadership experience are great assets. I also thank outgoing chair Kathleen Sendall, whose invaluable work since 2014 helped shape the strong and strategic organization ERA is today.”

Set to take the reins October 1, Collyer’s nearly 40 years of experience complements and builds on the skill sets of ERA’s board of directors. He has served as president and CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, president and country chair for Shell in Canada, and co-chair of the Oil Sands Advisory Group that helped inform Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan.

“We have a great opportunity in Alberta to provide leadership in the transition to a low carbon future, and ERA plays a key role in driving transformative technology innovation,” said Collyer. “I am looking forward to joining a very strong Board and team focused on reducing emissions, helping to meet our climate leadership goals, capturing value from carbon and improving our economic competitiveness.”

ERA works with government, industry and the innovation community to advance solutions to reduce emissions and build a stronger, more diversified economy in Alberta.“It has been a privilege to serve as chair of the ERA board,” said Sendall. “I have been surrounded by colleagues and partners who are taking real action to create a better future – a sustainable, low-carbon future. David’s depth of experience will make him a valuable addition to the team, and I look forward to what ERA will do next under his leadership.”