Public Sector Body Compensation Disclosure
Public sector bodies are required to post online the names and compensation paid to employees who earn over $126,375,
and all board members regardless of the amount earned.
Environmental Appeals Board - Compensation Disclosure (2015-2016)
CSV file for download only: Compensation Disclosure
Alex MacWilliam Chair
Mr. MacWilliam is a lawyer and partner with the law firm of Dentons Canada LLP (formerly Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP)
and has practiced environmental law for the past 25 years. He leads the firm's Canadian Environment and Climate
Change Practice Groups. He has appeared before a wide variety of administrative tribunals, including the Alberta
Energy Regulator (and its predecessor the Energy Resources Conservation Board) and the Natural Resources
Conservation Board. He has extensive experience in dealing with environmental approvals, climate change
issues, resolution of contaminated land disputes, water issues, brownfield developments and intensive livestock
operations. He is a member of the Canadian Centre for Environmental Arbitration and Mediation and the Environment
Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He is a frequent presenter on environmental issues to various
seminars and conferences in Canada and the United States. Mr. MacWilliam has appeared before all levels of
court in Alberta and the Federal Court of Canada. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Calgary
and an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1986.
Brenda Ballachey Board Member
Dr. Ballachey's expertise is in wildlife biology, toxicology, genetics, and animal sciences. Dr. Ballachey received
a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Animal Sciences from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in Animal Breeding from Oregon
State University. She did post-doctoral studies at South Dakota State University and then worked as a staff
officer at the National Research Council in Washington, DC. Dr. Ballachey participated in projects on a variety
of species throughout Alaska and the north Pacific. The major focus of her work for the past two decades has been
on acute and chronic effects of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill on sea otters and near shore communities to identify
and understand long-term population and ecosystem level effects of petroleum contaminants. She recently retired
from the U.S. Geological Survey, but retained emeritus status and continues her involvement in several ongoing
research projects in Alaska while continuing to manage the family ranch near Millarville, Alberta.
Meg Barker Board Member
Ms. Barker is a regulatory compliance professional and a professional geologist with extensive experience
relating to energy regulation, resource development, environmental stewardship, and land use planning, having
worked for over 25 years with independent quasi-judicial regulatory boards, administrative tribunals, and
government agencies in the energy and resource industries across western Canada. Ms. Barker's career in
the regulatory compliance field has included establishing and leading corporate-wide regulatory and
compliance assurance departments at three large independent oil and gas companies. She has advised
companies, within and outside the energy industry, on how to manage activities to meet the expectations
of regulators and stakeholders and ensure compliance by developing a culture of accountability and integrity
and supporting a culture of safety, environmental stewardship, and a regard for stakeholders. Ms. Barker
has served as a member and Vice Chair of the City of Calgary's Subdivision and Development Appeal Board,
is a rural landowner, acts as a community representative, and has been an active participant on a variety
of City of Calgary land use planning and policy development issues. She holds a B.Sc. (Honours) in Geology
from the University of Manitoba. Ms. Barker is currently the Manager of Compliance Assurance at Devon Canada.
David Evans Board Member
Dr. Evans is a Geochemist and is currently a retired senior partner with a project risk management consulting practice
that specializes in oil sands, heavy oil, pipeline, mining, transportation and major infrastructure projects. He received
his B.Sc. (Chemistry and Geology) from the University of British Columbia and his Ph.D. (Applied Geochemistry) from the
Royal School of Mines, University of London. Dr. Evans was engaged in the mineral exploration and development industry,
where he is credited with the discovery of major mineral deposits in Montana and British Columbia. He has worked
extensively throughout the western United States and was involved in the development, re-development and environmental
management design for gold mines in Nevada. Dr. Evans is an experienced mediator and practices dispute resolution for
construction, environmental and resource development. He is a Life Member of the Association of Professional Engineers
and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and an Associate Member of the Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta (ADRIA).
With APEGA, Dr. Evans is presently Chair of the Discipline Committee and sits on and chairs tribunals on behalf of
the Committee. In 2015, he received Fellowship Designation from Engineers Canada (FEC) Hon. and from
Geoscience Canada (FGS).
A.J. Fox Board Member
Ms. Fox is a lawyer and partner in the firm of Fox, Wakefield and Scholter, a general practice firm in
which she has emphasized estate, criminal and family law serving rural Alberta and Saskatchewan. Ms. Fox
has extensive training in mediation and interest-based negotiation, completing numerous courses and programs.
She brings these skills into her legal practice where she emphasizes alternative dispute resolution including
mediation, interest-based negotiation and the collaborative model for dispute resolution. Ms. Fox has
experience appearing before both administrative and judicial bodies in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Australia.
Eric McAvity Board Member
Mr. McAvity practiced law in Alberta from 1973 to 2012, focusing mainly on civil and commercial litigation.
He was appointed Queen's Counsel 1996. Since January 2006, his practice focused primarily on mediation, and
since 2012 his practice is limited to mediation work only. He has significant practical experience in many
adjudicative settings and a strong knowledge of administrative law and the operation of administrative boards
and tribunals. He has served as a director of the Legal Aid Society of Alberta, serving as both a Vice Chair
and Chair, where he reported regularly to the Attorney General and Law Society of Alberta. In addition, Mr.
McAvity has served as Chair of the Canmore Municipal Planning Commission, an adjudicative body, and was a
member of the Board of Directors for the ADR Institute of Alberta (formerly the Alberta Arbitration and
Mediation Society). He has contributed to the publication of a number of position papers dealing with Legal
Aid and access to justice issues that have been accepted as policy by the Canadian Bar Association and has
also served as a member of the Canadian Bar Association's National Council. Mr. McAvity has also acted on
numerous community organizations and was a Director of the not for profit Biosphere Institute of the Bow
Valley Society, an organization devoted to enhancing environmental integrity in the Bow River Watershed.
In addition, he was a member of the Bow Corridor Ethics Committee that works with health care professionals
and community volunteers to respond to ethical issues arising in the local health region.
Susan McRory Board Member
Ms. McRory is a lawyer with McRory Law Office where she specializes in regulatory law. Prior to entering private
practice, Ms. McRory was a provincial Crown Prosecutor for 31 years. For the last 20 years, she was the Chief
Environmental Prosecutor responsible for all environmental prosecutions. Ms. McRory also worked with industry,
government agencies, and public interest groups to develop the Creative Sentencing Project, which results in
offenders being held accountable for their actions and improving practices on an industry wide basis. She
provides lectures to the public, industry, academia, and legal colleagues on preventing environmental offences
and how to deal with environmental legislation in the court system.
Anjum Mullick Board Member
Ms. Mullick is an environmental engineer whose area of focus has been in contaminated site assessment and remediation
in the oil and gas industry. She has a M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Alberta and
a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering for the University of Waterloo. Currently, she is the Director of Engineering
Services at the City of Edmonton. Prior to joining the City of Edmonton, she was developing and managing oil
sands mine reclamation and closure projects, specifically focused on tailings pond reclamation. She has been involved with the management
and execution of Site Specific Environmental Liability Assessments for large upstream oil and gas operators and other
industrial clients. She also led the development and implementation of a diversity program at her employer, focusing
on the advancement of women within the firm. As a former member of the Association of Professional Engineers and
Geoscientists of Alberta Environmental Committee, Ms. Mullick has worked with both industry stakeholders and government
organizations to develop environmental policy and guidelines. Ms. Mullick was also a member of the Canadian Council
of Professional Engineers' Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board Environment and Sustainability Committee to develop
a National Practice Guideline on Environmental Site Remediation.
Chris Powter Board Member
Mr. Powter is a biologist with 35 years of experience in environmental management. He previously spent 29 years with
Alberta Environment in various capacities, including the development of regulatory policies and procedures and
reclamation and remediation programs and legislation. Mr. Powter worked at the University of Alberta managing an
oil sands environmental research program and currently operates an environmental consulting firm. He has a M.Sc.
in Plant Ecology and a B.Sc. (Honours) in Ecology from the University of Guelph. Mr. Powter has experience as a
regulatory decision-maker whose decisions have been appealed to the Board.
Nick Tywoniuk Board Member
Nick Tywoniuk is a Civil Engineer who currently operates his own consulting
business that provides environmental, engineering, and mediation and arbitration services.
He has a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering (General) from the University of Alberta, a M.Sc.
in Civil Engineering (Water Resources) from the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D.
in Civil Engineering (Water Resources) from the University of Ottawa. He is a member
of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA),
the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society, and ADR Institute of Canada. He has
worked with Environment Canada and Public Works and Government Services Canada and
recently has also worked internationally, in Eastern Europe and Pacific Rim countries.
Dr. Tywoniuk is a chartered arbitrator and chartered mediator, and has participated in
the mediation programs of the Alberta Civil Courts, the Alberta Energy
and Utilities Board, and Alberta Municipal Affairs.
Gilbert Van Nes General Counsel and Settlement Officer
Gilbert Van Nes serves as the Board's General Counsel and
Settlement Officer. Mr. Van Nes provides advice to the Board as well
as coordinates the Board's alternative dispute resolution activities. Mr. Van Nes has
been a lawyer with the Government of Alberta since 1992.
His employment history includes
that of an Environmental Prosecutor with the Special Prosecutions Branch of
Alberta Justice. Mr. Van Nes' experience includes seven years with the
Environmental Law Section of Alberta Justice serving his main clients in the Departments of Environment, Infrastructure, and Agriculture, Food and
Rural Development. While with the Environmental Law Section, Mr. Van Nes
assisted in drafting legislation such as the Environmental Protection and
Enhancement Act and the Water Act, developed enforcement programs,
appeared before the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, and joint Natural
Resources Conservation Board/Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
panels. Mr. Van Nes graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in April 1991 and
was admitted to the Bar in July 1992. Mr. Van Nes also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a certificate in Conflict Management from the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society.
Fluker Associate Counsel
Marian Fluker is the Associate Counsel with
the Board. Marian provides legal and scientific research for the
Board. In 1998, she completed her Masters of Science degree from the
University of Alberta in Land Reclamation and Remediation. In 2000,
Marian completed her law degree at the University of Alberta and articled at
the Environmental Appeals Board in Edmonton and at Martinson & Harder in
Olds, Alberta. She was called to the Alberta Bar in October 2001.
Denise Black Board Secretary
Denise Black is the
Board Secretary. Reporting to the Chairman and General Counsel, the Board Secretary is
responsible for the overall operations of the Board. Ms. Black has served
the provincial government since 1981 commencing with the
Solicitor Generals. She has held various operational and
corporate positions in Alberta Justice prior to joining the
Environmental Appeals Board in 1996.
Valerie Myrmo Registrar of Appeals
Valerie Myrmo is the Board's Registrar of Appeals. Valerie is
responsible for the administration of the appeals that come before the
Board, coordinating appeal proceedings, monitoring the flow of documentation,
and providing information and assistance to participants and the Board
throughout the appeal process. She has worked with the Government of Alberta
since 1994, at Municipal Services, the Law Enforcement Review Board and
Correctional Services, and has been with the Environmental Appeals Board
Jennie Delaney Administrative Assistant
Jennie Delaney is an Administrative Assistant with the Board. Jennie carries out an array of functions in support of the
Board related to the general administration of the Board and appeals that are filed with the Board. After studying
Fine Arts at the University of Alberta and Art at the University of Calgary, she has been employed with the provincial
government and in the private sector, performing a variety of administrative, financial and marketing
Candice Mah Administrative Assistant
Candice Mah is an Administrative Assistant with the Board. Candice provides support to the Registrar of
Appeals, the Board Secretary and the Board's General Counsel. Her primary responsibility is providing support
for the processing of appeals. She has worked with the Government of Alberta since 2009 for the Alberta
Immigrant Nominee Program and the Appeals Secretariat, and joined the Environmental Appeals Board in