Who We Are
The Office of the Utilities Consumer Advocate (UCA) was created in October 2003 to represent the interests of electricity and natural gas consumers (residential, small business, farm) in Alberta. The UCA team works to ensure consumers have the information, representation and protection they need to help them make informed choices in Alberta's deregulated electricity and natural gas markets.
About the Advocate
Chris Hunt became Alberta's Utilities Consumer Advocate on March 16th, 2015.
Chris leads the Utilities Consumer Advocate Office (UCA) to ensure small consumers have the information, representation and protection they need to better equip them to make informed choices in Alberta's deregulated electricity and natural gas markets. He works closely with the UCA Advisory Board in representing the best interests of Albertans in rate hearings.
Chris most recently worked in the Alberta Department of Energy as Director of Public Engagement in the Market Diversification Branch. Following the 2013 Southern Alberta floods, the Department of Energy seconded Chris to the Government of Alberta’s Flood Recovery Task Force for three months, where he assisted the transition of authority from the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre to the Task Force, and later led development of the Government of Alberta’s Flood Recovery Plan. He has also worked as Senior Manager for various cross-ministry teams working on oil sands development issues, including the Clean Energy Strategic Advisory Team and the Policy Management Office. Prior to the Department of Energy, Chris worked as a Senior Project Manager in Alberta Environment on the Environmental Impact Assessment review process, the North East Alberta Regional Plan (which became the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan), reviews of environmental legislation, and the Cumulative Effects Management System implementation program. Chris joined the Alberta Public Service following a 14 year career as an Armoured Officer in the Regular Canadian Army. He served on operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo, as well as here in Canada, held numerous command and headquarters staff positions in the Regular Army, and he continues to serve in the Army Reserve. Chris joins an experienced team at the Office of the Utilities Consumer Advocate, and brings his extensive background in stakeholder engagement, policy development and regulatory processes to the team.