Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC)
Mark Kolesar became chair of the Alberta Utilities Commission on July 23, 2018, following six years as vicechair. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master of business administration degree in managerial economics and finance, both from the University of Ottawa. He has also been an instructor at both the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary on strategy development, financial management, management accounting and business planning and policy. Mr. Kolesar has been a Commission member since July 2008.
Mr. Kolesar’s experience in utility corporate costing and ratemaking spans more than three decades, and he brought extensive public utility financial technical skills and experience to the Alberta Utilities Commission. He has also had an extensive background working in the utility industry, in strategy development, project planning and execution, organizational transformation and utility regulatory change at both the provincial and national level.
Mr. Kolesar’s appointment to the Alberta Utilities Commission followed a career that included senior analytical, managerial and executive roles, focused on regulatory and public policy, with the Public Utilities Board of Alberta (the predecessor organization to the Alberta Utilities Commission), and in the telecommunication industry. Mr. Kolesar has also been an adviser to the government of Canada on regulatory matters and appeared before legislative committees of the Parliament of Canada examining the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act.
Since joining the Alberta Utilities Commission Mr. Kolesar has been involved in a number of important AUC regulatory decisions, including several generic cost of capital decisions, the 2009 decisions on ENMAX formula-based rate-making and the first generation performancebased regulation regimes, as well as substantial general tariff applications.
Mr. Kolesar is active in the community and as a volunteer. He has served on numerous not-forprofit boards, including the Van Horne Institute for International Transportation and Regulation, where he was instrumental in setting up the Van Horne Institute Centre for Regulatory Affairs, and served as the centre’s chair.
Mr. Kolesar has also served on the business advisory board of the Calgary Airport Authority, and on the board of directors of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. At the CPO, he was the chair of the board’s program liaison committee and helped develop the orchestra’s five-year recovery plan.
Currently, Mr. Kolesar is the president and board chair of the Calgary Seniors Resource Society, which is dedicated to providing services to seniors to allow them to remain at home without being isolated and vulnerable.