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Profile of Our Commissioners


How the Commissioners are appointed:

The Lieutenant Governor in Council appoints the members of the Commission and designates the chairman and a vice-chairman. 

The Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission Act provides for the appointment of a full-time chairman who shall be the chief executive officer of the Commission, a full-time vice-chairman, who shall assume primary responsibilities for matters related to land, one other commissioner; and not more than five part-time commissioners.

Our Commissioners  
Chair and Chief Executive Officer
J. Scott MacKenzie, Q.C.

J. Scott MacKenzie, Q.C. was appointed as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Commission effective April 21, 2014.  Prior to his appointment he was a Senior Partner at the law firm of Stewart McKelvey and practiced law in Charlottetown for more than thirty years.  

In his law practice Mr. MacKenzie represented large corporations, major financial institutions, banks, government financial and development agencies, administrative tribunals, municipalities, airport and harbour authorities and family owned businesses. He has acted as counsel providing advice on Federal and Provincial regulatory matters, financing of new and existing businesses, commercial property and condominium development, and corporate reorganizations. 

Mr. MacKenzie has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Lexpert and Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of Corporate/Commercial Law, Banking and Finance, Real Estate Development and Land Use Planning and Infrastructure Project Law.  

Mr. MacKenzie has always taken a keen interest in community service. He was President of both the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Charlottetown Inc., Secretary to the Charlottetown Airport Authority Inc. He chaired a number of committees of the Law Society of PEI, served as a member of the local and national executives of the Canadian Bar Association, was a Director and Member of management board of the Canadian Bar Insurance Association. 

Doug Clow
Appointed: 2014

Doug Clow was appointed Vice-Chair of the Commission on April 14, 2014. Prior to his appointment, Doug worked for the Province of Prince Edward Island for 24 years. 

Doug began his career with a private accounting firm before joining the provincial civil service in 1990. He served in several roles in finance during his 24-year career with the provincial government. From 1990 to 2008, he worked in the Office of the Auditor General and in the Provincial Treasury as Budget Manager, Budget Director, and Director of Fiscal Management. In 2008, Doug was promoted to Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance and later served as Deputy Minister of Finance. In 2012, he served as Secretary to Treasury Board and Comptroller.

Doug graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island in 1987 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1991. 



Full-time Commissioner
Erin T. Mitchell
Appointed: 2020

Erin Mitchell was appointed full-time Commissioner effective January 6, 2020.

Ms. Mitchell began her legal career in Charlottetown with a primary focus on criminal and civil litigation. In 2010, she joined the public service as a director with the department of Justice and Public Safety. Ms. Mitchell was subsequently appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Deputy Attorney General in 2016.

Ms. Mitchell holds a law degree from the University of New Brunswick, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious and Classical Studies from Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec, and a Master of Arts degree in Religion and Culture from Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.


Part-time Commissioners
Terry McKenna
Appointed: 201

Terry McKenna was appointed part-time Commissioner in 2017.

Terry is a businessman who has spent his career working in the dry cleaning and commercial laundry business in Charlottetown. He owns and operates Sterns Laundry, a successful family business run by his father for many years.

Terry is an active member of the business community serving as a board member of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Charlottetown Inc., the Charlottetown Area Development Corporation, and the Holland College Foundation.


Cynthia McCardle
Appointed: 2020

Cynthia McCardle was appointed part-time Commissioner in 2020.

Cynthia lives in Middleton on her family’s farm. She retired from the Prince County Hospital where she worked as a Pharmacy Technician for nearly 25 years. Cynthia actively volunteers in her community. She currently sits on the provincial Catholic Women’s League Executive. She is former panel member of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal and trustee of the English Language School Board.


Page last reviewed or updated: January 07, 2021

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