When energy regulation began in Alberta almost 80 years ago, it had no environmental specialists, hearing commissioners, or engagement experts—they came much later as the organization adapted and evolved.
It took decades of amassing experience and expertise for the AER to become what it is today.
The work we do now draws the world’s attention. Countries like China, Australia, Mexico, as well as other Canadian provinces and territories—New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories—want to learn about the AER’s regulatory practices and how we protect people, the environment, and the resource. Last year we met with 35 delegations from 16 countries.
The AER’s National and International Relations Branch works with many countries and provinces that share similar goals, understand our challenges, and are interested in strengthening their own regulations.
The reason we’ve dedicated an entire branch to reach out to other countries is best summed up with a popular African proverb: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.