Gerry Protti is currently the Chairman of BlackSquare Inc., a technology company providing ecommerce solutions for the global alcohol industry. Gerry is also a Senior Fellow and member of the Energy Policy Council at the CD Howe Institute, a member of the international advisory board for Emerald Technology Ventures and is a board director of the Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation.
Gerry has more than 40 years experience in the energy industry. On March 31, 2018 he completed a five year term as the Chair of the Alberta Energy Regulator, the largest energy regulator in North America. The AER Board oversaw the amalgamation of three separate regulators and then through the development of a comprehensive strategic plan with performance targets and measures directed a number of improvements in governance, operations and adjudicative processes.
Prior to his AER appointment, he served for 15 years as an executive officer of EnCana Corporation and one of its predecessor companies PanCanadian. Mr. Protti’s corporate experience includes marketing, operations, new ventures and corporate relations. In the new ventures role in oversaw vertical integration initiatives for the oil and gas producer and developed a fund for investment in renewable energy technologies.
Gerry was also the founding president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and was executive director of the Independent Petroleum Association of Canada. He has extensive governance experience including Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, CAPP and the Public Policy Forum and appointments to the Boards of Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, SAIT Polytechnic and the University of Alberta. Gerry has also served as Chair of the Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society Foundation.
Gerry received a Bachelor of Arts, Honours (Economics) from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Arts (Economics) from the University of Western Ontario. He has completed the Wharton Business School's Advanced Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania and is an Institute of Corporate Directors certified Director, ICD.D.