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AUC Announcement: Remembering William Andrew Grieve (November 21, 2018)

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In Remembrance

In this announcement, the AUC announced that their recently retired chair, William Grieve, passed away on the evening of November 20, 2018.

There were many facets of Mr. Grieve that made him an inspiration to those at the AUC, and so well respected and liked.

With a remarkable intellect and unparalleled work ethic, Mr. Grieve was not only tremendously competent as the AUC’s first permanent chair but as a visionary that inspired the organization and many of its staff to accomplish extraordinarily challenging goals. Mr. Grieve’s imprint can be seen across the current state of utility regulation in Alberta and beyond.

Mr. Grieve was a remarkable leader at the AUC and within Alberta’s regulatory sphere, but his service to the community went much further than that, including senior governance roles with the Canadian Association of Members of Public Utility Tribunals, MacEwan University, Concordia University College, Edmonton’s Fringe Theatre Adventures, and the Edmonton Eclipse Junior A Lacrosse Club.

Mr. Grieve’s professional accomplishments were also outstanding. His formative time and role at the AUC was followed by: a senior regulatory affairs role at TELUS Corp.; being general counsel of the Saskatchewan Public Utilities Review Commission; as the special assistant to the federal minister of Energy, Mines and Resources; being an advisor to the government of Saskatchewan; being chair of the Saskatchewan Communications Network; acting as counsel to the Federal-Prairie Task Force on Telecommunications Regulation; and being a consultant to the Stentor Companies and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. In December 2011, Mr. Grieve was appointed as Queen’s Counsel for his outstanding contributions to the legal profession and his community.

The AUC expressed how much it will miss Mr. Grieve’s warm, friendly, and caring personal nature, his innate intellectual curiosity, extraordinary analytical skills, commitment to honourable principles in life and in work. Mr. Grieve instilled a special culture to those at the AUC – a culture of fairness, responsibility, public service, discipline, intellectual rigour, and innovation.

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