Who We Are

Executive

David Keane, President

Mr. Keane brings considerable energy and LNG experience to the BC LNG Alliance, having worked globally in the energy sector for more than 35 years in over 15 countries.

He has a strong track record of leadership and success, and has worked collaboratively with communities, stakeholders and governments throughout his career.

Most recently, David was Vice President, Policy and Corporate Affairs for BG Canada in Vancouver. Prior to his time with BG Canada, he held senior roles with Dynegy, Apache Corp. and Conoco, Inc.

David lives in Vancouver, is married and has two grown children and two grandchildren.

Jas Johal, Director of Communications

Jas Johal is the BC LNG Alliance’s Director of Communications. The veteran journalist joined the Alliance after a 23-year reporting career.

Jas served as Global Television’s Asia bureau chief in Beijing, and previously in New Delhi. He has reported extensively on Asia’s rise, focussing on economic, foreign policy and energy issues. Jas has reported from various conflict zones including Afghanistan, Israel, Korea, Lebanon, Pakistan, and Egypt where he witnessed the grass-roots revolution in Tahrir Square.

In 2013 Jas became a media fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation, where he produced a documentary on Asia's energy security needs.

Jas and his wife live in Tsawwassen with their son.

BC LNG Alliance Board

Kitimat LNG

Rod Maier - Manager External Relations and Communications Kitimat LNG,
Vice President Pacific Trail Pipeline, Chevron Canada Limited

Rod Maier is the Manager, Kitimat LNG External Relations and Communications for Chevron Canada Limited, a position he has held since 2013. He is responsible for external relations, policy, communications and social performance associated with the Kitimat LNG and Pacific Trail Pipeline projects.
Prior to his current role, he was Frontier Development Manager, responsible for development of Chevron’s unconventional resource and Arctic assets in Canada, as well as Chevron’s Global Arctic Center.

Mr. Maier joined Chevron in 1982 after graduating with distinction with a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta. He has held leadership positions in asset development, engineering, operations, exploration, and planning during his career, including assignments in Canada, Nigeria and the United Kingdom. He is a member of APEGA, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

LNG Canada

Susannah Pierce,
External Affairs Director - LNG Canada

Susannah Pierce is the External Affairs Director for LNG Canada – a joint venture between Shell Canada, PetroChina, KOGAS and Mitsubishi Corporation – where she is responsible for external affairs and integrating risk management for the LNG Canada project. Prior to her role with LNG Canada, Susannah served as Vice President, Value Chain Integration at Shell Canada.

Susannah has held a number of senior executive positions globally including as the Head of a Shell’s International Communications department comprising a team of approximately 200 professionals in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Africa, Russia/CIS and Europe. Prior to this role she was also Head of Government Relations for Shell Canada and before joining Shell in 2009, was head of US Public Sector Affairs for TransCanada Pipelines based in Washington, DC and New York City.  Susannah is also a Director on the boards of Gemini Corporation and the Board of GeoSciences B.C.

Pacific NorthWest LNG

Tessa Gill, Head,
Corporate and Stakeholder Relations

Tessa Gill is Head of Corporate and Stakeholder Relations, for Pacific NorthWest LNG. Before joining Pacific NorthWest LNG, Tessa previously served as Commercial Manager of a PETRONAS/BG joint venture LNG regasification terminal in Wales from 2009 to 2012.

She has broad project management experience in manufacturing, electronics and horizontal directional drilling, from having worked in the UK, Germany, Thailand, Australia and Canada. Tessa is a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Glamorgan in Wales.

Woodfibre LNG Limited

Byng Giraud
Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Woodfibre LNG Limited

Mr. Giraud joined Woodfibre LNG Limited in April 2013 as the company’s first North American employee.  Byng is responsible for the day to day operations of Woodfibre LNG Limited  with a particular focus on regulatory affairs, government relations, community relations, aboriginal affairs and communications. He is also currently Chairman of Ridley Terminals Inc. a Canadian government owned coal export terminal in Prince Rupert, BC and a member of the board of the Vimy Ridge Foundation.

Mr. Giraud holds a MScEcon (International Relations) from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth and a MBA from the University of Cambridge (Jesus College).

Triton LNG

Wendy Thomas, Senior Director Energy Exports,
Commercial, AltaGas Ltd.

Ms. Thomas is responsible for the commercial development of AltaGas’ interest in LNG export projects, through a Joint Venture arrangement with Idemitsu Kosan of Japan.

Ms. Thomas has worked in the North American energy sector for her entire career and has extensive experience in the marketing of natural gas and natural gas liquids. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta. 

WCC LNG

Karsten Mundt,
Manager LNG Market Development
Vice President of WCC LNG

Karsten graduated from the University of Braunschweig in 1991 with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. After joining Exxon Corporation in 1992, he held a variety of downstream and upstream positions in Germany, the U.K., Qatar, the U.S.A and Canada.

In 2004 Karsten became Manager LNG Marketing of ExxonMobil Qatar responsible for LNG marketing and infrastructure development in the U.S.A. and the U.K.

In 2008 Karsten returned to Houston and became Manager of LNG Market Development responsible for the development of LNG opportunities in the U.S.A. and Asia.

In 2011 Karsten joined ExxonMobil Upstream Ventures in Houston responsible for special projects.

In 2014 Karsten assumed his current position.

Tilbury LNG Expansion Project

Douglas Stout, Vice President
Market Development and External Relations
FortisBC

Doug Stout is involved in both natural gas and electricity businesses in BC. In his current role, Doug is responsible for the development of new business opportunities as well as negotiations with municipal, provincial and governments of Aboriginal Peoples. He also oversees the corporate communications group.

Since joining FortisBC in December 2001, Doug has held a variety of executive roles. These included responsibilities for energy procurement, pipeline and LNG plant operations, customer service, marketing, business development, communications and government, community and Aboriginal relations. He has led the development of the Tilbury and Mt. Hayes LNG projects for FortisBC, the repatriation of customer service activities to the business, and the development of natural gas for transportation activities in BC. Doug is also President of FortisBC Alternative Energy Services Inc., a company that invests in renewable energy systems.

Prior to joining FortisBC, Doug was Vice President with Belkorp Industries Inc. and before that he spent a number of years with Husky Energy Inc.

Doug has held several board positions with various industry organizations, including Chair of the Board of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance and a Board member of the Northwest Gas Association.

Doug holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Alberta.

Our Members

ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil, as the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company in the world, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. With our detailed knowledge of global energy markets combined with over 40 years of LNG experience ExxonMobil is an industry leader in the development and marketing of LNG. ExxonMobil Canada Limited and Imperial Oil Resources Limited are progressing plans for an LNG project on British Columbia’s west coast.

Kitimat LNG

Kitimat LNG is a proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facility at Bish Cove, near Kitimat, B.C. It is a 50-50 joint venture between Chevron Canada Ltd. and Woodside Petroleum. Natural gas will be delivered to the facility by the proposed 480 kilometre Pacific Trail Pipeline from Summit Lake, B.C. Chevron will operate the LNG facility, Pacific Trail Pipeline and market LNG to customers and manage the development and production of natural gas in the Liard and Horn River Basins in northeast B.C.

LNG Canada

The proposed LNG Canada project includes the design, construction and operation of a gas liquefaction plant and facilities for the storage and export of liquefied natural gas (LNG), including marine facilities in Kitimat, B.C. LNG Canada is comprised of Shell Canada Energy (50%), an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell plc, and affiliates of PetroChina (20%), Korea Gas Corporation (15%) and Mitsubishi Corporation (15%).

Pacific NorthWest LNG

Pacific NorthWest LNG is a proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facility on Lelu Island within the District of Port Edward on land administered by the Prince Rupert Port Authority. The facility would liquefy and export natural gas produced by Progress Energy Canada Ltd. in northeast B.C. TransCanada Pipeline Limited has been selected to design, construct and operate a new natural gas pipeline that would transport natural gas to the facility. PETRONAS is the majority owner of Pacific NorthWest LNG.

Prince Rupert LNG

Prince Rupert LNG is a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on Ridley Island near Prince Rupert, B.C. Prince Rupert LNG has partnered with Spectra Energy on the Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project, a proposal to build an 850-kilometre natural gas pipeline from production areas in northeast B.C. to Ridley Island. Once the gas has been liquefied into LNG, it would be exported to international markets.

Triton LNG

AltaGas, in partnership with Idemitsu Kosan, is working on advancing several export opportunities. Preliminary work is currently ongoing for the design and construction of a floating LNG facility that would be located in the vicinity of Kitimat or Prince Rupert, B.C. The Triton LNG project, which is owned 50% each by AltaGas and Idemitsu has been granted an export licence by the NEB for the export of 2.3 million tonnes per year of LNG.

Woodfibre LNG

The Woodfibre LNG Project is a proposed small-scale natural gas liquefaction and export facility located at the former Woodfibre pulp mill site, about seven kilometres southwest of Squamish, BC. Natural gas will be delivered to the Woodfibre site through a proposed 52 km expansion of a portion of a FortisBC pipeline that was constructed in 1990 to serve the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island. Based on the current project schedule, and subject to environmental and regulatory approvals and a final investment decision, Woodfibre LNG will be operational in 2018.

FortisBC

FortisBC owns and operates the only two liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in British Columbia – the Tilbury Island facility in Delta since 1971 and the Mt. Hayes facility near Ladysmith on Vancouver Island since 2011. Historically, Tilbury has produced and stored LNG to ensure our customers have the natural gas they need during periods of peak demand. Today, LNG from FortisBC is also helping the domestic transportation industry and remote communities transition away from diesel and oil-based products. We are in the process of building a new storage tank and liquefaction equipment at our Tilbury LNG facility to meet the growing demand for LNG. FortisBC is also proposing to expand a portion of our existing Vancouver Island natural gas transmission pipeline to provide natural gas transportation service to the proposed Woodfibre LNG Ltd. Facility.