Minister Coady Welcomes New Chair to the Interim Board of Directors for the Oil and Gas Corporation

  • Natural Resources

13 January 2020

Today, the Honourable Siobhan Coady, Minister of Natural Resources, welcomed Heather Jacobs, QC, as the new chair of the interim board of directors to the Oil and Gas Corporation which began operations on January 1, 2020.

The individuals that comprise the interim board represent a broad range of skills including finance, engineering, geoscience, business and legal. The interim board and chair will be in place until a permanent board is selected through the Independent Appointments Commission.

The oil and gas corporation will work with industry stakeholders, and the department, to support the implementation of Advance 2030. It will continue to focus on developing oil and gas resources and attracting exploration investment to the province. The corporation will also focus on local supply and service industry opportunities, which will help create jobs and business opportunities for the people of the province.

A biography for Ms. Jacobs can be found in the backgrounder below.

“I am pleased to appoint Heather Jacobs as chair of the interim board of directors for the Oil and Gas Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador. I’d also like to thank Sharon Murphy who has been chair for the past several months and who has lead the transition from Nalcor Oil and Gas. Her contribution is much appreciated. The new corporation is delivering on commitments made in Advance 2030 – helping us respond to industry needs and positioning our province as an ideal place for global investment.”
Honourable Siobhan Coady
Minister of Natural Resources

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Learn more
Provincial Government to Introduce Legislation to Establish a New Oil and Gas Corporation

Advance 2030 – A Plan for Growth in the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industry

Advance 2030 – 2018-19 Implementation Report

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Media contact
Lisa Lawlor
Natural Resources
709-729-5777, 631-8155


Biography of Heather Jacobs, QC

Heather M. Jacobs, QC, has been a member of the interim Board of Directors of the Oil and Gas Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador since it was appointed in August 2019. She also was a member of the Nalcor Board in her government capacity and independently upon retirement for one year.  She served as Deputy Minister of the Department of Justice and Public Safety from September 2015 until 2018.  Ms. Jacobs served as Assistant Deputy Minster in the Department of Justice and Public Safety from June 2006 to August 2015. Ms. Jacobs managed the Government Services Unit within the Civil Division of the Department of Justice from January 2002 to June 2006, and served as a solicitor in the Civil Division from 1988 to 2001. Ms. Jacobs received her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Memorial University in 1984 and Bachelor of Laws degree from York University (Osgoode Hall) in 1987. Ms. Jacobs was appointed Queens Counsel in 2015 and has been a practicing member of the Bar of Newfoundland and Labrador since 1988.

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