Duane Hayunga is a Panel Member of the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel.
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: How should I address you?
Panel Member Hayunga: We don't use the term Commissioner in Saskatchewan. We would be more correctly referred to as a Panel Member of the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel, but it would be somewhat similar to the term of Commissioner from other jurisdictions in the country.
PUF: How many members of the Panel? And you all get together only sporadically with applications?
Panel Member Hayunga: There's seven members of the Panel. They're appointed by the Crown. The minister responsible for Crown Investments Corporation in the province, which is the — if you want to call it that — holding company because the gas and the power utility are publicly owned. The minister of CIC, the corporation oversees all of the Crowns in the province. Not just the utilities, but any other Crowns that are there.