Mark Kolesar is the chair of the Alberta Utilities Commission.
Kristi Sebalj is a Commission Member of the Alberta Utilities Commission.
Kristjana Kellgren is Director of Electric and Gas Distribution Rates for the Alberta Utilities Commission.
In chilly Calgary, in May, CAMPUT had its annual conference. CAMPUT was the acronym for the Canadian Association of Members of Public Utility Tribunals. But nobody wanted to say that long name anymore. And the word Tribunals is kinda old-fashioned. So they changed the name of Canada's NARUC to Canada's Energy and Utility Regulators but loyally stuck with the original acronym.
Two of us from the PUF team were there for the regulatory rodeo. Check out interviews with western and northern Canadian regulators.
PUF: You're the chair of the Commission. How many Commissioners?
Chair Kolesar: A Chair, and eight other Commission members. So, there are nine members in all, but we're currently short one. We also have eight acting Commission members, and we have one acting member who's practically working like a full-time Commission member at this point in time, to help fill the void until such a time as we can hire a ninth.
PUF: There's no state Commission in the United States that has more than seven. Only two states have as many as seven. How did these Commission members come to be, and how did you come to be the Chair?