When will the public inquiry start?
Work began on the Inquiry when it was approved by Order in Council 125/2019 on July 4, 2019. As currently contemplated in the Terms of Reference, the Inquiry has two phases:
- Phase 1, currently underway, is an investigative and research phase. In this phase the Commissioner and his team will undertake research, review various reports and literature related to the issues, and interview individuals and organizations with potentially relevant information.
- An Interim Report will be submitted to the Minister of Energy by January 31, 2020, which will address progress and next steps.
- Phase 2 is based on the information gathered during Phase 1, and may include public hearings. Relevant details will be published on this website after the filing of the Interim Report.
How do I get in touch with the Commissioner if I have a question or concern, or if I wish to speak to him?
Questions or comments can be forwarded to the Inquiry at: firstname.lastname@example.org.* All questions and comments will be reviewed by Inquiry staff and may be responded to by the Commissioner or his staff.
How do I make a submission to the Inquiry?
Submissions that are believed to be of relevance to the Inquiry can be submitted by email at: email@example.com.* All submissions will be reviewed by Inquiry staff and the Commissioner or his staff may follow up with the persons or organizations responsible for the submission.
How is the Commissioner conducting interviews?
The Commissioner will be conducting interviews with persons understood to have relevant information and evidence. These interviews may be in person, or by telephone. The Commissioner will also be gathering information and evidence through exchanges of correspondence with relevant persons. In certain cases, the Commissioner may be travelling to areas of interest to meet with individuals who may be in possession of information relevant to the Inquiry. Where appropriate, the Commissioner’s travel schedule will be published on this website.
Who is assisting the Commissioner?
Various parties are assisting the Commissioner, including legal counsel, forensic accountants, IT staff, researchers, as well as other staff hired to assist in managing and administering the Inquiry.
What is the Inquiry's relationship to the Province of Alberta's new "Energy War Room"?
Will the Inquiry respond to requests under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Alberta)?
No. Since the Inquiry is not designated a "public body" under this legislation it is not subject to requests under the FIPPA.
Will the Commissioner be compelling witnesses to give evidence or produce documents?
Should witnesses refuse to speak with the Commissioner then, where appropriate, the Commissioner has the power of summoning any person in the province as witnesses and of requiring them to give evidence or produce documents. Where necessary, the Commissioner may also pursue the attendance or testimony of persons located outside the province of Alberta.
Is the Commissioner available for media interviews?
There is very little the Commissioner can share with the media at this time that is not contained on this website. The website will be updated whenever the Commissioner has information that can be shared with the public.
When will the Inquiry conclude and issue a final report?
The Inquiry, by its current terms, is to end on July 2, 2020 and a final report is to be issued by that date.
How will the research and prior publications of Vivian Krause impact the Inquiry’s work?
The Inquiry will be examining and exploring a variety of sources to gather relevant information and evidence, and the prior work of Vivian Krause is one such potential source. Importantly, the Commissioner is approaching the Inquiry mandate with an entirely open mind and will subject all available information and evidence gathered to objective and impartial scrutiny. The Commissioner is a Chartered Professional Accountant, whose practice was focused on corporate restructuring and forensic accounting. His education, training and experience, as well as that of his staff and advisors, equip him and the Inquiry team to conduct a thorough, independent and impartial assessment of the relevance and value of Ms. Krause’s work, as well as any other relevant submissions received from other third party sources.
Are the Terms of Reference of the Inquiry public?
Yes. They can be found within the Order in Council 125/2019.