Environmental Appeals Board
Kurtis Averill holds a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta’s Environmental and Conservation Science program, specializing in Land Remediation and Reclamation. He works at the intersection where energy development meets rural communities and the natural environment. He has over 20 years of experience in the natural gas and oil industry, in project development at all phases. Kurtis is the Manager of Stakeholder Relations, Surface Land and Closure for a medium sized Alberta-based energy producer.
Angela Aalbers is currently the county councillor for Mountain View County. Angela has international experience in the energy industry having worked for Shell in Europe (Netherlands) and Africa (Nigeria, Niger and Gabon) in executive roles. Angela has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Calgary as well as a Level 1 certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA) from the University of Alberta.
Dr. James Armstrong has many years of diverse environmental and hydrogeologic experience, including direct project experience in all phases of contaminated site assessment and remediation, groundwater resource evaluation and permitting to support hydraulic fracturing, well installations, groundwater flow modeling, groundwater-surface water interactions and water well complaints and stakeholder disputes. He has a Master of Science (Hydrogeology) and his PhD focussed on assessing natural attenuation of hydrocarbons at upstream oil and gas sites.
Line Lacasse holds a civil law degree from the University of Montreal and a common law degree from McGill University. She has practiced law for over 25 years, advising clients on regulatory, administrative, indigenous and environmental matters. Line has worked in private practice focusing on aboriginal and environmental matters, and as legal counsel in the energy and utilities industry, including at the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (predecessor to the Alberta Utilities Commission) and TransCanada.
Chris Powter holds a B.Sc. (Ecology) and a M.Sc. (Plant Ecology) from the University of Guelph. He worked for Alberta Environment for 29 years in land reclamation, policy and legislation development, and the provincial environmental assessment program. His work at the U of A involved identifying research and information gaps related to environmental impacts of oil sands mining, filling those gaps through research, and providing information to stakeholders. Chris’ consulting firm has been providing environmental advice to the resource industry.
Guy Boutilier is a former Minister of Environmental Protection, Municipal Affairs and International, lntergovernment and Indigenous Relations in Alberta. He was also the first Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Guy graduated from Harvard University with a Master of Public Administration and has lectured on government, policy and business, at the University of Alberta School of Business for 10 years from 2009-19. He has a strong understanding of Alberta policy and legislation. He currently resides in Edmonton with his wife and son.
Paul McLauchlin is a Sr Aboriginal Advisor/Sr Biologist with Environmental Leadership Matters. He has been the Reeve of Ponoka County since 2013. He is the Director of the Rural Municipalities of Alberta, Chair of Rimoka Foundation, & Chair of Battle Lake Synergy Group. He holds a MBA in Finance from the University of Leicester and a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology/Animal Biology from the UofC. He is a Chartered Manager and earned his certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute of the UK.
Rippin Armstrong, Allison
With more than 25 years experience in regulatory processes and environmental compliance, Ms. Rippin Armstrong has worked with government, Indigenous organizations, regulatory agencies and resource companies, through her work with the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Chambers of Mines, and the Yukon Women in Mining board.
Elizabeth (Liz) Quarshie has over 30 years expertise in energy, environment, land use and industrial development. She has extensive experience in construction and operation of pipelines, environmental monitoring, process safety and environmental management systems including audits. Liz is a professional geoscientist with a MBA, an MSc in Environmental Engineering, and BSc in biological sciences. She has extensive board governance experience as a former Vice Chair of the Appeals Commission, Alberta Workers' Compensation Board.
Barbara Johnston holds a B.Comm. (Accounting) from the University of Calgary and a LL.B. from the University of Alberta. She has provided legal and business advice, and educational services to numerous client groups as in-house counsel for a large integrated resource company, as well as audit financial preparation services for diverse client groups at a large public accounting firm. She has expertise in risk management, consumer banking transactions, debt financing, asset acquisition and divestiture.