Jeakins has been serving as interim CEO and chief operating officer since the resignation of Alex Ferguson as commissioner earlier this year. He will hold statutory decision-making authority over the Commission, as well as the ability to delegate decision making authority to staff within the operational divisions.
“I’m looking forward to taking on this new leadership role,” said Jeakins in a statement. “I intend to maintain the momentum which has established the Commission as the leading oil and gas regulator in Canada by building the internal expertise to take on emerging technical challenges, strengthening our collaboration with government, industry, First Nations, the public and stakeholders, and expanding our reporting and transparency initiatives.”
Jeakins has worked for the Commission for six years, including as deputy commissioner of regulatory affairs and stewardship, and manager of audits. Prior to joining Commission, he was a partner in a resource consulting firm. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and recently completed his Master’s thesis in environment and management.
He will be based out of Victoria, but will divide his work time between the Commission’s offices in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson and Kelowna, with regular visits to Calgary as well.
The Oil and Gas Commission is British Columbia’s independent regulator of oil and gas activities, including the exploration and development phases, through to facilities operation and decommissioning.