Power and Natural Gas Consumers' Panel.

The Power and Natural Gas Consumers’ Panel is established under the authority of section 7 of the Government Organization Act. The Panel consists of nine members appointed by the Minister of Service Alberta.  The Panel is accountable to the Minister of Service Alberta and responsible for providing advice and guidance regarding current and emerging energy consumer issues. More detail can be found in the Panel's Mandate and Roles document.

Rhiannon Mesler

Rhiannon Mesler

Chair
Member-at-Large

Born and raised near Strathmore, AB, Dr. Rhiannon M. Mesler is an Assistant Professor in Marketing at University of Lethbridge (Calgary Campus). She holds a PhD and MSc from the University of Calgary, and a BA from the University of Waterloo. Rhiannon's research on technology, teamwork, and socially positive behaviours like recycling, ethical consumption, and charitable giving was recognized and supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada at the Graduate, Post-Doctoral and National Grant levels. She was also named an honourary Killam Scholar and received the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. Rhiannon's research is featured in top journals including the Journal of Marketing and Journal of Consumer Research. Dr. Mesler completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Alberta and an internship at the United Nations Department of Management in New York City. Rhiannon was a founding member of the Classroom Champions Board of Directors, served on the Board of Directors of United Way of Calgary and Area and the City Centre for Charity Effectiveness Trust Board of Trustees. She has also been named to Calgary's Top 40 Under 40 and Marketing Magazine's 30 Under 30.

Barbara Baker

Barbara Baker

Member-at-Large

Barbara Baker is a power industry professional with 27 years experience working in a variety of disciplines, including trading, enterprise risk management, generation development, retail regulatory advocacy, and energy efficiency. Soon after earning her BSc (Physics) and MA (Economics) from the University of Alberta, Barbara realized that her passion was turning ideas and innovations into practical applications. She successfully applies her tangential skill sets of creativity and applied math. To move an idea to execution, she is known for ingenuity when resolving issues and working collaboratively with cross-functional teams on large and complex projects. Barbara has authored books on energy efficiency and emissions reductions options for power and gas utilities. Her community outreach endeavours include mentorship of Millennials in business locally and advising on power markets abroad. In this mid-stage of her career, Barbara is taking the next step and applying herself to developing broader policy and industry frameworks for Alberta that will thoughtfully balance the market, environment, and stakeholder needs within the ever-changing economy and fast-paced disruptions.

Humphrey Banack

Humphrey Banack

Member
Alberta Federation of Agriculture

Mr. Humphrey Banack and his family operate a 7000-acre third generation grains and oilseeds farm in the Round Hill area, 50 miles southeast of Edmonton. His farm has grown from a small mixed operation into a larger, more complex operation requiring considerable management time. Humphrey has been involved with the Alberta Federation of Agriculture since 2003, serving as president for four years. He served as Vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture from 2011 to 2017, meeting agricultural producers from across Canada and around the world. Mr. Banack was born and raised in the Round Hill area and has been deeply involved in the community his entire life. He understands the growing challenges that rural communities face today such as decreasing population, increasing costs, and providing the necessary programs that enliven rural communities.

Tom Burton

Tom Burton

Member
Rural Municipalities of Alberta

Tom Burton has lived in the DeBolt area of the Municipal District of Greenview since 1976. He has had several different occupations, including surveyor, owner/operator of a trucking company, owner/operator of a service station and restaurant, and general manager for the local Agricultural Society (Golf Course, Curling Rink & Community Hall). Tom became a member of the DeBolt Fire and Rescue in 1993 and has been Chief for the past 15 years. Tom was first elected to the Municipal District of Greenview #16 municipal council in 2001. At the AAMDC Fall 2008 Centennial convention, Tom was elected as Director of District 4. Since then, Tom has been active on many committees as representative of the AAMD&C: AAMDC Standing Issues Committee on Social Services, Forest Protection Advisory Committee, Fire Services Advisory Committee, Firesmart: Partners in Protection; and Endangered Species Conservation. Tom has also been a registered Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) since 2001 and a Director of the Grande Prairie Rural Crime Watch since 1993.

Bill Given

Bill Given

Member
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association

In October 2017, Bill Given began his third term as Mayor of Grande Prairie. The lifetime city resident was first elected to Council as an alderman in 2001 and served three terms. Prior to becoming Mayor, Bill's career included marketing and communications consulting, and sales in the information technology sector. He attained his Master of Arts in Leadership at Royal Roads University and a Certificate in Local Authority Administration from the University of Alberta. Bill's philosophy is maintaining a balanced approach for the community by delivering quality facilities, programs, and services while providing value for the dollar to residents. His wide-ranging experience includes serving on the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association's Governance Committee the last two years.  It is also a key year for lntermunicipal Collaboration Framework efforts and important community infrastructure projects underway. Bill is on the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) Board of Directors. He is a long-time Rotary member and a former high school basketball coach. Awarded the 2012 Prix Ami.e de la francophonie by the Alberta francophone association, Bill is a past Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient.

Sandra Moore

Sandra Moore

Member

Sandra Moore is the Dean of Business, Environment and Technology with Norquest College in Edmonton, Alberta. She is also a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan where her research focuses on understanding the socio-economic impacts of the oil and gas industry on rural communities. As a Research Consultant she has worked with municipalities, post-secondary institutions, non-profit organizations, and economic development associations to help them better understand the impacts of renewable energy. Additionally, Sandra is a board member with Energy Efficiency Alberta and active community volunteer.

Aida Nciri

Aida Nciri

Member-at-Large

Aida Nciri has spent over seven years working as a policy analyst and a researcher in both industry and academia, gaining experience in energy systems and energy policy and governance of low-carbon transitions. Holding a Master of Public Policy (Science-Po, Paris, France), Aida is currently completing her doctoral dissertation at the University of Calgary. Her research focus is low-carbon policies in Alberta and France, and their impacts on the diffusion of district energy and distributed generation. Involved in her community, Aida is on the Board of Directors for the Norfolk Housing Association, a non-profit organization providing accommodation to vulnerable Albertans through a mixed-rent housing model.

Michael Ng

Michael Ng

Member-at-Large

Michael Ng is a professional engineer (PEng), project manager (PMP), and operational lead with diverse industry experience. Having started his career as a field engineer in Alberta's oil patch, Michael advanced into design work, working as an electrical engineer on refineries. When an opportunity arose in project management, Michael shifted his career into the utility industry, executing over $800 million in projects for a transmission facility owner (TFO). His career highlights include the system upgrades associated with the Keephills 3 generator, installing Alberta's first phase-shifting transformer, and successful energization of the Heartland Transmission Line, including Alberta's first SOOkV gas-insulated line. Most recently, Michael returned to oil and gas, and served as an operational director for a consulting company, leading organizational change and strategic planning, while driving performance through a tumultuous economy. Michael has also focused on AC (alternating current) interference mitigation in his career. He developed a standardized approach for this work within the TFO, completed his MBA Capstone project on this topic, and later continued to advance AC mitigation through his latest role in the service industry. Born and raised in Alberta, Michael looks forward to applying his skill set and experiences for the betterment of all Albertans.

Don Oszli

Don Oszli

Member
Alberta Chambers of Commerce

Don Oszli is a Managing Partner in the public accounting firm, Pivotal LLP. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor. Throughout his career, Don has chaired a number of industry association committees, including the Travel Alberta Board of Directors, Red Deer Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Institute of Chartered Accountants Audit Committee, Alberta Chambers of Commerce Executive, Red Deer Regional Airport Authority and The Leadership Centre. Since 2017, Don has served as the Chair of Parkland Class, a not-for-profit corporation and registered charity employing 600 people and providing disability support for adults and children in need. He became a  Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2004 and was awarded the Gus Bakke Memorial Award by the Canadian Home Builders Association, as well as the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award. For the past 25 years, Don has taught at the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta and created new professional development course material. He has authored numerous publications, including Orientation to Public Practice (Level I and Level II) and Public Accounting Registration Criteria (PARC) Modules 3, 4 and 5, published by the Institute of Chartered Accountants.