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The Joint Review Panel

The Joint Review Panel for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project is an independent body, mandated by the Minister of the Environment and the National Energy Board. The Panel will assess the environmental effects of the proposed project and review the application under both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the National Energy Board Act.

Panel Members

Ms. Sheila Leggett

Ms. Sheila LeggettMs. Leggett has extensive regulatory experience, as well as a background in environmental issues and research. She has been a member of the National Energy Board since 2006 and is currently the vice-chair of the National Energy Board.

Before joining the National Energy Board, Ms. Leggett was a board member with the Natural Resources Conservation Board, which conducts hearings into natural resource development projects in Alberta. Prior to this, Ms. Leggett was a vice-president and senior consultant with an environmental consulting firm and a founding board member for Alberta Ecotrust.

She has served on numerous NEB regulatory panels, nine of which she has chaired. One of those included serving as the chair for the Emera Brunswick Pipeline Project, the first National Energy Board hearing substitution for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency joint review panel process. Ms. Leggett is also the chair of the NEB's Governance Committee.

Ms. Leggett has a Bachelor's degree in Biology from McGill University and a Master's degree in Biology from the University of Calgary. Ms. Leggett has published numerous papers and made presentations at conferences across North America. She resides in Calgary.

Mr. Kenneth Bateman

Mr. Kenneth BatemanMr. Bateman is a Canadian energy lawyer and former senior executive in the Canadian energy sector. He has been a member of the National Energy Board since 2006. In addition to expertise in the energy sector, Mr. Bateman has extensive experience with major sustainable energy projects including wind farms and biowaste facilities.

As a member of the National Energy Board, Mr. Bateman has been involved in numerous land and off-shore pipeline hearings such as the Brunswick Pipeline Project, Deep Panuke and Keystone XL. He is chair of the NEB's Regulatory Policy Committee.

Prior to appointment as a National Energy Board member, Mr. Bateman was the vice-president of Legal Affairs for Enmax, a large energy distribution, supply and service company. At Enmax, Mr. Bateman served as head of the legal department and oversaw corporate governance, the regulatory affairs, environment and compliance departments. Mr. Bateman also has extensive training and knowledge in arbitration, mediation and multiparty dispute resolution.

Mr. Bateman holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Alberta and a Master's degree of International Business Management from the American Graduate School of International Management. Mr. Bateman resides in Calgary, Alberta.

Mr. Hans Matthews

Mr. Hans MatthewsMr. Matthews is a professional geologist with more than 25 years experience in the mining, minerals and resource management industries. He has a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Brock University and has completed course work towards a Masters of Science at the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Matthews has held executive positions focused on natural resource and environmental management, economic development and strategic policy and planning.

Mr. Matthews has extensive experience in Aboriginal community development and consultation within the mineral exploration industry in Canada and abroad. He has worked since 1991 with Aboriginal communities in supporting economic development initiatives as a leader, advisor and negotiator. Part of this has been to aid Aboriginal communities to use and understand aspects of the natural resources sector to promote community development through his role as President of the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association for more than 18 years. Moreover, he was an advisor of Natural Resources with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada where he developed employment strategies through the Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative.

Mr. Matthews also worked as an Aboriginal advisor implementing Aboriginal community relations policies, facilitating negotiations and workshops, and liaising between industry, Aboriginal groups, and government with both Rio Tinto and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

As a professional geologist, Mr. Matthews has extensive knowledge of the Canadian natural resources industry. Since 2007, he has been the manager of mineral exploration with Mohawk Garnet Inc., was a mine/project geologist for the Xstrata Nickel Mine in Falconbridge, Ontario, and was the vice-president of Exploration with Arizona Explorations.

Mr. Matthews is a member of the Wahnapitae First Nation, Ontario, where he resides.

The Panel Secretariat

The Panel is supported by a group of staff called a Secretariat. The Secretariat is made up of both National Energy Board and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency staff.


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