Government, Regulatory & Stakeholder Relations Team


  • Robert Bott

Robert has over three decades of consulting experience providing communications services with technical competencies in the fields of energy, forestry and the environment. He has conducted work for the National Energy Board (NEB), Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries, Canadian Centre for Energy Information, Petroleum Communication Foundation, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and many other organizations. He specializes in writing, research, editing, design consulting, and photography; his experience also includes speech-writing, broadcasting, film and video production, interviewing, and web content development. Robert is well versed in communicating technical subject matter to both technical and non-technical audiences, and he has participated in many research-intensive, large scale projects.

  • Ian Cameron

Ian has over 40 years of experience at TransCanada Pipelines, which included testifying before the Canadian National Energy Board (NEB) in support of the hydraulic-economic design used in the applications for new facilities. He worked as the Regulatory Project Manager at TransCanada and was responsible for overseeing applications for new gas pipeline facilities. His most recent work at TransCanada involved the applications for the Keystone and the Keystone XL oil pipelines to the US Midwest and Gulf Coast and the preparation of applications to the US Pipelines and Hazardous Materials and Safety Administration for the Alaska pipeline project.


  • John Cotton

John has over twenty-eight years of experience in the field of international relations. He previously led the International Relations Division as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations. He was responsible for relations with foreign governments, advocacy and reputation management. John has extensive management and leadership experience with both the provincial and federal governments. He has also held various executive director and director roles within Alberta Economic Development and Alberta Agriculture Food and Rural Development. John has worked closely with companies in the energy and agriculture sectors, he is highly knowledgeable about the Alberta market and how it relates to the rest of the world.


  • Rod Crockford

Rod has a successful track record in development and construction of power plants, management of ongoing operations, management of the procurement of load services, and regulatory interventions. Rod’s experience spans into British Columbia as he has been actively involved with the electrification of the Cabin Gas Plant generation facility, as well as distribution and transmission development in the Dawson Creek area. 

  • Duncan Dow

Duncan has extensive experience and expertise in the fields of corporate sustainable development and regulatory and stakeholder relations. He has over 20 years of domestic and international experience in business and project development in the resource and environmental sectors, including forest products, energy (independent power), and primary metals (aluminum).  Duncan has advised private and public sector clients, including the B.C. Ministry of Forests, regarding biomass-energy projects and related land use and environmental issues.  

  • Jim Horsman

Jim’s distinguished career in public service and politics spanned almost twenty years. First elected to the Alberta Legislature as MLA for Medicine Hat in 1975, he served five consecutive terms (1975 to 1993), fourteen years of which he served as Minister of the Crown in roles ranging from Minister of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs to Attorney General and Deputy Premier. In addition to his Cabinet responsibilities, Jim chaired the Cabinet Task Force on International Trade Negotiations and was chief NAFTA negotiator for the province. Jim has since served as Chancellor of the University of Lethbridge and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2006. His unparalleled political and policy experience provides IMC clients with superior insight into domestic and international political, policy and regulatory developments affecting the resources industry in Western Canada.


  • Peter Kinnear

Peter has over 25 years of experience in government relations, communications, land-use and regulatory affairs that he has developed working in both the private and public sector. Most recently, he was Manager of Public Affairs for Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL), providing direct government relations, regulatory and communications management. Previously, he has worked for True North Energy, providing government relations and regulatory support for the Fort Hills oil sands project. Peter has also worked for the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) in addition to spending four years as an Executive Assistant to the Alberta Minister of Forestry, Lands and Wildlife. He has a BSc in environmental sciences from the University of Calgary.

  • Dermot Lane

Dermot Lane joined IMC following a long and successful career with Fording Coal and Elk Valley Coal. Dermot was responsible for external relations programs targeted at the provincial, national and international level to respond to political and public issues affecting the coal and mining sector. While he worked as the Director of Public and Environmental Affairs for Fording, he was responsible for external communications with various stakeholder groups. Dermot has developed and implemented regulatory and environmental assessments and strategies and plans for major projects including public engagement and indigenous peoples' consultation requirements.


  • Allan Legge

Allan has over 35 years of experience in designing, conducting and evaluating research on air quality and the effects of air pollution on Albertan and international terrestrial ecosystems. He is an expert in multidisciplinary environmental research design, initiation, coordination, management and execution. Allan was previously the Senior Research Scientist with the Kananaskis Centre for Environmental Research and Senior Research Officer for the Alberta Research Council.

  • Daryl Mikalson

Daryl has extensive regulatory and First Nations experience from his 35 years in mining and utilities. He has experience managing groundwater and land subsidence issues related to resource development, and has successfully addressed First Nations Traditional Use land concerns, and negotiated access and employment agreements.  Daryl has prepared and carried out First Nations and regulatory consultation for the successful receipt of EUB and Alberta Environment applications.

  • Bob Milbourne

Bob had a distinguished 33 year career with Stelco Inc. which included serving as President, Chief Operating Officer and Director. Bob is very experienced with regulatory proceedings, having recently served as Commissioner with the BC Utilities Commission, as well as with the BC Securities Commission, along with having held Directorships on a number of large public and private organizations.


  • Ian Murray

Ian has many years of experience providing government relations services, focusing on the natural resource and manufacturing sectors. This works has included proactive policy development, advocacy, and risk assessment and mitigation services.  Ian was the Executive Assistant to the Minister of Forestry, Lands and Wildlife in the late 1980’s.


  • Don Norris

Don for over 27 years has been providing stakeholder communication and brand strategy advice to companies in Canada and Asia Pacific. His brand strategy and communication skills have been used by organization such as Coca-Cola, Chevron, GM, Goodyear, Intel, Labatt’s, Microsoft, Molson and UPS.


  • Jane Parks

Janet (Jane) has over 22 years of experience working as a public relations practitioner for clients in Alberta’s private and public sector. She has held senior stakeholders relations roles with Capital Power and EPCOR Utilities, and communication, event management, and media relations roles for the Alberta Government’s ministry of labour. Jane was the project manager on the Athabasca Oil Sands Air Exposure and Assessment Study, the first of its kind in Alberta, where she worked with industry partners, the Alberta Government the Regional Health Authority, and local community groups in the Fort McMurray area. She is highly experienced with managing stakeholder engagement programs with communities, First Nations, government and industry.


  • John Zaozirny

John served as Alberta's Minister of Energy and Natural Resources from 1982 to 1986, having first been elected as a Member of the Alberta Legislature in 1979. He negotiated the end to the National Energy Program on behalf of the Alberta Government, resulting in the Western Energy Accord and was named the Resource Man of the Year in 1985 by the Alberta Chamber of Resources. He is Vice-Chairman of Canaccord Capital Corporation and is Director and a strategic advisor to a number of public and private corporations, as well as a Governor of the Business Council of British Columbia. John provides IMC with timely and insightful advice in all of its practice areas with particular emphasis on government relations in Western Canada and management surrounding the natural resources industry.