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Alberta Utilities Commission welcomes three new tribunal members
Tracee Collins, Carolyn Hutniak, and Joanne Phillips bring diverse professional skills and experience.

The Alberta Utilities Commission welcomes three new Commission members who will reinforce and strengthen the multidisciplinary skill set and adjudicative expertise of Alberta’s independent utilities regulator.

The three new members, appointed on February 15, 2017, through order-in-council after an extensive professional search process and multiple reviews, include:

Tracee Collins has strong leadership, project management and community organization skills, with a substantial and senior background in commercial utility investment and capital management. This is supplemented by a extensive experience in audit, credit modelling, risk analysis, and project financing with organizations such as Credit Suisse and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Collins is the former president and chair of the PBP Community Association of Calgary. Her education includes master of business administration and bachelor of economics degrees.

Carolyn Hutniak brings an extensive background in adjudicative tribunal decision-making and decision writing from more than 12 years as a commissioner with the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board, supplemented by a strong history of adjudicative skill development and instruction. Along with Alberta Workers’ Compensation, Hutniak has been a public member of the hearing tribunal under the Health Professions Act, 2010 and appeared for or before various Alberta professional disciplinary, regulatory and rights-based boards and tribunals. A lawyer specializing in administrative law, Hutniak’s education includes bachelor of arts and bachelor of laws degrees, both from the University of Alberta.

Joanne Phillips is a seasoned professional engineer with expertise in environmental engineering and a strong exposure to the Alberta utility sector, as well as the entities that manage the province’s transmission system and wholesale electricity market. Phillips’ most recent background is in the third-party design, construction and commissioning of utility capital projects including hydro, natural gas, solar and wind energy. Phillips also brings experience in supporting adjudication of professional engineering compliance matters, and has completed a doctorate, a master’s, and a bachelor of science degree, all in engineering.

The three new Commission members have been appointed for five-year full-time terms starting February 15, 2017. Their arrival will bring to nine the number of full-time Commission members at the AUC. The AUC also utilizes three part-time Commission members.

The Alberta Utilities Commission was established in 2008 to regulate Alberta’s utilities sector, natural gas and electricity markets to protect social, economic and environmental interests of Alberta where competitive market forces do not. The AUC and its predecessor agencies celebrated 100 years of service to Albertans in 2015-2016. ​