IPPSA 29th Annual Conference. March 12-14, 2023. The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta

Sonya Savage

Sonya Savage

Minister, Environment and Protected Areas
Government of Alberta 

A life-long Albertan, Hon. Sonya Savage has been a strong voice and champion for sustainable resource development in Alberta. Earning a Master of Laws in Environment and Energy, she practiced law for 13 years before taking a job in the pipeline sector. After working 9 years at Enbridge, she accepted a role as the Sr. Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) in 2015.  She has handled the industry’s large policy files, including regulatory reform, Indigenous reconciliation, legal, environment and climate change.

On April 16, 2019, Min. Savage was elected to the Alberta Legislative Assembly as the MLA for Calgary-North West, and on April 30, was sworn in as Alberta’s Minister of Energy.

As Energy Minister, she led the sector during the global pandemic and price collapse, helping protect an industry already dealing with the impacts of sustained low prices, while also seeking opportunities in new and emerging resources needed for a low carbon future. She established a framework to advance CCUS hubs, to allocate pore space for CO2 emission storage. Min. Savage completed a review of the Alberta Energy Regulator, implemented a liability management system to accelerate well clean-up, passed strategies and legislation to enable critical and rare earth minerals development and geothermal, to position Alberta for a low carbon future.

Min. Savage’s expertise in the North American energy system has been broadly recognized, leading to key roles and speaking opportunities on energy security and engagement with energy officials from governments, companies, and thought leaders across the globe.

Hon. Sonya Savage was sworn in as Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Protected Areas on October 24, 2022.