Meet The Staff

Fred Carmichael Robert J. Reid, P. Eng.

Bob joined the Aboriginal Pipeline Group in November, 2003. Bob is best-known for his 33-year career at TransCanada PipeLines, where he served as President, Energy Transmission, and as Senior Vice President, Northern Development, responsible for implementing a plan to access frontier supplies of natural gas.  Following his retirement from TransCanada in 2000, Bob became an Executive Associate with Ziff Energy Group.

During his career at TransCanada, Bob was instrumental in negotiating the first deregulated price for natural gas in Canada, and also consummated the first Incentive Rate Settlement for a natural gas pipeline in North America.  As President of Iroquois Gas Transmission, he successfully overcame significant public opposition and political controversy to connect western Canadian gas to growing markets in the U.S. Northeast.

Mr. Reid holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Master of Applied Science degree in Management Science from the University of Waterloo.  Mr. Reid has been a keynote speaker at numerous industry conferences and seminars.  He is an honorary Life Member of the Canadian Gas Association, and a Past Chair of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.

Nellie Cournoyea Carl Chala, B.Mgmt, CMA

Mr. Chala is Vice President of the Mackenzie Valley Aboriginal Pipeline LP (or more widely known as the Aboriginal Pipeline Group (APG)). Since 2002, Mr. Chala has been a part of the business development and negotiating team, ensuring the aboriginal groups of the Mackenzie Valley maximize ownership and benefits from the boardroom table as part of the project development.  Having lived in Inuvik, NWT for several years, he is a strong advocate for aboriginal participation in large scale developments, and supports the goals of northern aboriginal leaders to promote economic development and attain economic prosperity and self-sufficiency.

Mr. Chala has over 15 years of experience in the fields of business development and accounting.  He holds a Certified Management Accountant designation with the Society of Management Accountants of Alberta and a Bachelor of Management Degree from the University of Lethbridge.  Previously, Mr. Chala worked as Vice President of Business Development for the Gwich’in Development Corporation, General Manager of Western Arctic Business Development Services, Chief Financial Officer for the publicly traded company European Technologies Inc., and President of his own technology firm, Audioshock Inc.

John Tutcho Orland (O.D.) Hansen
Manager, Communications, Regulatory and Technical Services

Originally from Aklavik, NT, O.D. had served as both Councilor and Mayor of the Hamlet of Aklavik before moving to Alberta in 1992 to work for the Inuvialuit Petroleum Corporation (IPC). While with IPC, O.D. attended the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, graduating first with a diploma (with Honors) in Petroleum Engineering Technology, and then an Applied Degree in the Bachelor of Applied Technology course. O.D. then worked as General Manager of the Ikhil Gas Project, which brought natural gas to the town of Inuvik in 1999. O.D. has worked for various Energy companies based in Calgary, primarily in the role of Senior Consultation Advisor in Community and Aboriginal Affairs, and joined APG in January 2009.