The Surface Rights Board is a quasi-judicial tribunal that grants right of entry and assists landowners/occupants and operators resolve disputes about compensation when operators require access to private land or occupied crown land to develop subsurface resources such as oil, gas, and coal or to build and operate pipelines and power transmission lines.

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Board Structure

All Board Members and the Board Chair are appointed by the Government of Alberta Cabinet. The Board is comprised of a cross-section of Albertans selected through a public recruitment process. All Board members are governed by their Code of Conduct. For more information on the appointment process, see Mandate & Roles Document.


The Board reports annually to the provincial Minister of Environment and Parks, but the Board sets its own rules and operates independently from the government and other agencies, including the ESRD.

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Maximize Gerald C. Hawranik, B.P.E., B.Ed., LL.B., Q.C.
Vice - Chair
Maximize E. Gordon Chapman, B.Sc, MPM, MBA
Maximize Annette M. Clews
Maximize Donald A. Sibbald, B.A., B.Ed., LL.B., Q.C.
Maximize Edward Zenko, M.Sc.
Minimize Janice R. Kowch, BA, LLB

Janice Kowch was appointed as a Member of the Surface Rights and Land Compensation Boards on July 7, 2016. Janice has a B.A. in Political Science and a Law Degree from the University of Calgary. She has over 20 years of experience in corporate/commercial law, natural gas marketing and regulation. She has appeared before federal and provincial regulatory boards and has held commercial leadership positions.

Janice left the corporate world in 2010 to pursue opportunities involving community service. For the past 3 years she has been a member of the Alberta Human Services Appeal Panel, and a sessional instructor for the SAIT McPhail School of Energy, Energy Asset Management Program. In 2013 she received a Certificate in Facilitative Mediation from the ADR Institute of Alberta.

Minimize Julie Hopkins

Julie Hopkins is counsel at a national law firm in Calgary where she has maintained a wide-ranging commercial litigation and arbitration practice for over twenty years.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the Canada Expedited Arbitration Panel for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), Canada, is on the roster of grievance arbitrators, unjust dismissal adjudicators and wage recovery referees under the Canada Labour Code, and an adjudicator under the Wage Earner Protection Program Act. She has sat for a number of years on the Insurance Councils Appeal Board where she chairs appeals from the decisions of the Insurance Councils responsible for the licensing and discipline of insurance agents, brokers and adjusters in Alberta. Her diverse experience includes assisting Chapter 19 NAFTA panel members at hearings concerning anti-dumping duties and working as a contract prosecutor for the Federal Crown.

Minimize Katherine Camarta

Katherine Camarta is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario in Politics, Queen's University in Law and Mount Royal University in Journalism. She has been practicing law in Calgary since 1979; firstly in private practice followed by practice in the oil and gas, pipeline and electricity industries. She has considerable experience in the areas of corporate finance, securities regulation, energy project development, energy and environmental regulation and corporate and commercial transaction work. Mrs. Camarta currently sits on the Board of Directors of a charitable foundation promoting medical research and is a Board Member of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board for the City of Calgary.

Minimize Shannon Boyer

Shannon practiced civil litigation in Edmonton for 17 years, becoming a member of the MGB in 2013 and the NHBPB in 2014. Shannon serves across the province hearing CARBS, AB Disaster Relief, Linear and Subdivision matters. She resides in Edmonton with her husband and two teenage sons and is an avid painter, gardener and skier.

Minimize Stephen Bergen M.P.A., LL.B., B.Sc.

Stephen Bergen comes to the SRLCB with over 14 years combined experience adjudicating or advocating in administrative tribunals. Most recently, he was employed with the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service as a full time Board Member, where he conducted oral hearings in landlord/ tenant disputes. Before coming to Alberta, he was engaged for over 10 years as an advocate in the area of workers’ compensation, appearing regularly before the BC Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal. At one time he specialized in immigration law, but he spent a larger part of his legal career as a solicitor at a general rural practice in northern BC. Mr. Bergen has a farm background in southern Manitoba, but has also trained and worked in forest management while in BC. He has a B.Sc. in biology from the University of Manitoba, a LL.B. from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Victoria.

Minimize Terri Mann

Terri Mann was appointed a Member of the Surface Rights and Land Compensation Board July 2016. Terri has a B.Comm from the University of Alberta, a Law degree from the University of Western Ontario and a diploma from the Canadian Securities Institute.

Terri has significant experience in litigation, having practiced civil litigation in Alberta for a decade, before all levels of Court. She retired from law to serve on a complex familial trust, which managed both residential and commercial property, then served as an adjudicator with several administrative tribunals including notably, serving as Chair of the Edmonton Assessment Review Board. In this role, she adjudicated disputes concerning the assessment of Edmonton residential, commercial and industrial properties and acted as liaison between Board members and the Executive Committee of City Council and the Municipal Government Board. She has also remained active in the academic community, having instructed entry-level and graduate business law with the Alberta School of Business, both to domestic and international students.

Maximize Jill Mason, B.Sc.N, LLB, LLM
Maximize Karen Sinclair-Santos, Q.C.
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