Jeff Wright is the Director of the Office of Energy Projects and has been a member of the Office of Energy Projects since its inception in 2000. This Office is responsible for the processing of applications for the construction and operation of natural gas pipelines and storage facilities; the siting and safety of liquefied natural gas terminals; and the licensing, safety, and administration of non-federal hydroelectric projects. In addition, this Office administers the supplemental siting authority for interstate electric transmission facilities granted by the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Mr. Wright joined the Commission in 1979 and served as project manager on many applications to site natural gas pipelines and storage facilities. Subsequently, he became the head of the Energy Infrastructure Policy Group. That group was responsible for analyzing and assessing energy infrastructure in the U.S.
Mr. Wright received a B.A. in economics from the College of William and Mary and a M.B.A. from the University of Maryland.
Paul Jeakins is the Commissioner and CEO with the BC Oil and Gas Commission.
A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Mr. Jeakins graduated from the University of Alberta in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and holds a Master of Science Degree from Royal Roads University. Prior to joining the Commission in 2006, Mr. Jeakins was a partner in a resource consulting firm.
His roles at the Commission have included Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Commissioner of Regulatory Affairs and Stewardship and Manager of Audits. In October 2011, Mr. Jeakins accepted his current position as Commissioner and CEO, where he is the strategic and operational leader of the Commission. He brings 30 years of expertise to the role in organizational leadership, regulatory and strategic planning, decision making and financial management. He is also Vice Chair of Camput’s Energy Resources Committee and a Board member of the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC).
Based out of Victoria, he divides his work time between the Commission’s offices in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson and Kelowna, and regularly travels to Calgary.