Executive Bios

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer - Ken Paulson

Ken Paulson is the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer with the BC Oil and Gas Commission. Ken has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas sector including more than 15 years in regulatory roles for Canada and the Province of British Columbia. Prior to Ken's current position, he was the Commission's Chief Engineer.

As a past chair of the ASME Pipeline Systems Division and a former Board member of the International Petroleum Technology Institute, Ken is well connected with engineering communities within the oil and gas sector in North America and globally. He maintains an active involvement in the industry through ASME, SPE and other industry organizations. Ken is a Board Member for the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Chair of the Energy Resources Committee of the Canadian Association of Municipal and Public Utility Tribunals (CAMPUT) and the vice chair of the newly formed Western Regulators Forum.

Executive Vice President, Chief Engineer - Mayka Kennedy

Mayka Kennedy is the Executive Vice President, Chief Engineer at the BC Oil and Gas Commission and leads numerous technical divisions related to pipelines, facilities, drilling and production and reservoir engineering, as well as field engineering, technical investigations, asset retirement and reconciliation.

A professional engineer with over 19 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, Mayka is dedicated to enhancing organizational leadership, developing regulatory and strategic planning and ensuring safe, sound decisions are made regarding oil and gas operations. She is committed to sharing knowledge and experience at numerous levels, from international technical conferences to women in leadership events to intergovernmental and community consultations.

Mayka graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in chemical engineering, and most recently, achieved the Chartered Director designation. Her career has taken her from Alberta to Texas, and Oklahoma to Western Siberia. She currently works and resides in Kelowna, British Columbia, where she raises two daughters.


Executive Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs - Inés Piccinino

Inés Piccinino is Executive Vice President, Legal & Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Services with
the BC Oil and Gas Commission.

Inés worked for the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources for 15 years, where she was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Oil and Gas Division in September 2013.  

Inés joined the Ministry in 2003 where she worked on royalties and infrastructure programs, industry competitiveness, service sector development forecasting and value added strategies.

Before joining the BC Government in 2003, Ines worked on a variety of energy, competitiveness, industrial development and environmental programs for the Federal government of Argentina and the City government of Buenos Aires, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank.

Inés has a degree in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires.


Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer - Len Dawes

Len Dawes is the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer with the BC Oil and Gas Commission, a role he assumed in 2016.

After graduating from Simon Fraser University with a degree in business, Len received his chartered accountant designation and joined the public service in 1991 with the Ministry of Finance. In 1998, Len joined Tourism British Columbia, an industry board-led Crown Corporation, where he helped lead the growth and development of the organization from revenues of $18 to $60 million as its Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President, Corporate Services. In 2010, Len moved to the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, most recently as Assistant Deputy Minister and Executive Financial Officer.

A native Vancouver islander, Len was a former professional hockey player with the Chicago Blackhawks organization before injury cut that career short. Len is married with three children, and enjoys cycling, kayaking, golfing and coaching minor youth sports.