Mark has almost 35 years of technical and leadership experience in the upstream oil and gas industry, the regulatory space and government policy development. He is an energetic and enthusiastic leader whose expertise, reputation, and extensive network across many stakeholder groups (nationally and internationally) reinforces and establishes credibility to organizations both internally and externally.
Mark is proficient and successful acting as the internal or external face and brand of an organization. He has a passion for conducting engaging communications in plain language which greatly contributes to success in connecting diverse groups.
Mark holds a talent for bringing groups together to collaborate where others have determined there is no hope for collaboration. He has achieved stellar success at engaging collaboratively with landowners, Indigenous communities, industry, governments and NGOs.
Taylor Energy Advisors works extensively with First Nations, regulators, governments and companies across a spectrum of industries using collaboration to deliver successful outcomes.
Prior to forming Taylor Energy Advisors Mark was the Executive Vice President of the Operations Division at the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). While at the AER, Mark also filled roles as senior vice president of Climate Policy Assurance, vice president of the Closure & Liability Branch and vice president of the Industry Operations Branch. In these roles Mark led collaboration with regulators across Canada and around the world in developing methane regulations, enabling creation of the Area Based Closure Program and implementation of the One Stop platform. Mark also led teams that worked with the World Energy Congress and countries including Mexico, Columbia, Ukraine and Argentina to develop new national regulators or regulations for unconventional development and methane reduction.
Mark graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining the AER Mark worked in field and office roles for Amoco, Alberta Energy Company and Encana. Mark has led teams responsible for the early development of unconventional oil and gas resources in western Canada. These include Horseshoe Canyon coalbed methane, Horn River shale, Montney gas, and Cardium oil.
Mark has served on the board of directors for the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources and as the chair of both the stakeholder engagement committee and the regulatory committee with this organization. Mark has been engaged firsthand with stakeholders in developing strategies that allow for the appropriate and continued development of western Canada’s resource plays.