Administrator and CEO
Market Surveillance Administrator
Derek Olmstead is the Administrator & CEO at Alberta’s Market Surveillance Administrator (MSA). The MSA is mandated to conduct surveillance and enforcement in Alberta’s electricity and retail natural gas markets. Prior to being appointed to this position, he was responsible for the MSA’s enforcement and surveillance functions, including as Principal Economist. He has also worked at the Alberta Electric System Operator, the Australian Energy Regulator / Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator.
Derek holds a Ph.D. in economics and maintains an active research agenda in energy and environmental economics, applied industrial organization, and applied econometrics, with a particular focus on the competitive and regulated aspects of electricity markets. His research related to electricity markets has been published in, among other places, the Canadian Journal of Economics, The Energy Journal, Energy Economics, and The Electricity Journal.