Darren Christle is Executive Director of the Manitoba Public Utilities Board.
PUF interviewed regulators of nine of the ten provinces of Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. And of the FERC-like National Energy Board. And of the vast northern territory Nunavut, the frozen home of Inuit villages that reaches to the North Pole.
Part 2 of this series includes interviews of the eastern and midwestern Canadian regulators. See Part 1 for interviews of the western and northern regulators.
PUF's Steve Mitnick: What is your role with the Manitoba Public Utilities Board?
Darren Christle: I'm the secretary and executive director for the Province of Manitoba, PUB.
PUF: How big is the province?
Darren Christle: Manitoba's a big province, and it's got a major city or two. It's geographically large. But there are only about 1.2 million people. There's not a huge population base. One of the major economic drivers in the province of Manitoba is hydroelectricity generation and export. So, from that context, it's a big deal.
PUF: I bet some of that export goes to the U.S.
Darren Christle: Yes, absolutely.
PUF: Describe the Public Utilities Board. How many Board Members, Staff do you have?