Gerry Protti has done it all over the course of his career. He’s a former assistant deputy minister, was an Encana executive for 15 years and was the founding president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. He was even an extra in Calgary Opera’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata. As if all that’s not enough, in April Protti was named chair of the new Alberta Energy Regulator, which will combine the functions of the Energy Resource and Conservation Board and Alberta Environment to make decisions on everything from permits to reclamation. Protti has come under fire for being too much of an oil insider to lead the new regulator, and it certainly won’t be easy to balance the interests of industry, government and the public. That said, there might not be anyone better qualified to perform that delicate balancing act than Gerry Protti.