David Manning, of Islip, a former executive with KeySpan and National Grid, is working now as Alberta province’s envoy in the Canadian embassy in Washington. His job includes pushing for approval by the U.S. government for TransCanada PipeLines Ltd.'s Keystone XL pipeline.
The 1,179-mile pipeline would bring crude oil from Alberta and the Bakken region of Montana and North Dakota to refineries in the Midwest and on the Gulf Coast.
Manning, who has dual citizenship, was executive vice president of external affairs and chief environmental officer for KeySpan and National Grid.
More recently, he has worked as energy practice leader on Long Island for VHB, Inc., a planning, design, engineering and consulting company for infrastructure and land developers.
While at VHB he also was executive director of the New York Smart Grid Consortium and a president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.
Manning is a Canadian native, born and raised in Calgary province. He began his new job with Alberta in January but his appointment was not announced in this country until Wednesday.
Alberta’s office inside Canada's embassy in Washington had been without a representative for more than six months.