Miss­ing Air­drie man found dead

En­ergy boss leav­ing Al­berta agency, but it was long-planned, says reg­u­la­tor READ THE FULL STORY AT THES­TAR.COM/CAL­GARY Cameron Collin’s body was found in a creek south of Billings, Mont., on Satur­day


The pres­i­dent and CEO of the Al­berta En­ergy Reg­u­la­tor (AER) will re­sign from his po­si­tion, the or­ga­ni­za­tion said Fri­day.

Jim El­lis will leave the job on Jan. 31, 2019, a de­ci­sion that has been “in the plan­ning stages for the past sev­eral months,” the AER said in a press re­lease. In a state­ment, AER chair Sheila O’Brien said El­lis’ “lead­er­ship and strate­gic vi­sion” have been cru­cial for the reg­u­la­tor, which over­sees the de­vel­op­ment of oil, oil­sands, nat­u­ral gas and coal projects in the prov­ince.

On Thurs­day, the AER apol­o­gized for a “stag­ger­ing” pre­sen­ta­tion, made last Fe­bru­ary by one of its high­est-rank­ing of­fi­cials that warned the prov­ince’s oil­patch that it could be sit­ting on an es­ti­mated $260 bil­lion in fi­nan­cial li­a­bil­i­ties re­lated to even­tual clo­sure and cleanup of the oil­fields. Yel­low­stone County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said that Cameron Collin's au­topsy is sched­uled for Mon­day. Cameron Collin, a 37-year-old Air­drie man who went miss­ing in Mon­tana last month, has been found dead.

The Yel­low­stone County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said his body was found at around 9:30 a.m. on Satur­day, in a creek just south of Billings, Mont., ac­cord­ing to The As­so­ci­ated Press.

He’d been there at a bach­e­lor party for the groom of his old col­lege room­mate, ac­cord­ing to his sis­ter, Ju­lia Collin. But the guys lost track of her brother when they re­turned from a strip club in the city to the ru­ral prop­erty where the party started.

Trinia Collin-Gre­gory, Cameron’s cousin, said searchers were out on Satur­day morn­ing in the area where he’d gone miss­ing weeks ear­lier, when a he­li­copter pi­lot saw his body in the creek.

“They’ve got his body now,” she said in an in­ter­view on Sun­day.

The Sher­iff’s Of­fice said an au­topsy has been sched­uled for Mon­day to de­ter­mine the cause of death, although the in­ves­ti­ga­tion so far hasn’t turned up any in­di­ca­tions of foul play.

Collin’s orig­i­nal plan, af­ter at­tend­ing the wed­ding, was to fly out to Utah for his next work project as a pe­tro­leum engi­neer on Oct. 8. But Ju­lia Collin said he never showed up to his flight. All of his be­long­ings had been left be­hind at the prop­erty.

Cameron’s fam­ily put out a re­ward of $10,000 for con­crete facts lead­ing to Cameron’s dis­cov­ery, hired lo­cal pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor Mike Toth, and trav­elled back to Mon­tana sev­eral times to search for him. They raised over $16,000 through a GoFundMe page to pay for his search.

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