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Speaker: Dr. Ian Urquhart, Department of Political Sciences, University of Alberta


Speaker: Dean Stanford Blade, University of Alberta
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Speaker: Graham Thomson, Political Affairs Columnist, Edmonton Journal
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Presentation Summary to come.

Speaker: Bev Yee, Deputy Minister, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
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Presentation summary to come.

Speaker: Dr. Ted Morton, University of Calgary
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Almost all oil and gas wells now being drilled in Alberta are directional drill wells with multi-stage fracking. This change is here to stay. These technology innovations are breathing new opportunity into Alberta’s energy sector, and creating new jobs for Albertans and new revenues for government services. But multi-stage fracking is also placing unprecedented new demands on our fresh water supplies. How will we protect the water quality and quantity that our crops, cows and cities will continue to need in the new age of unconventional energy?

Speaker: Gerard Protti, Chair of the Alberta Energy Regulator
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The economic and social environment of Canada and other nations has transformed significantly over the last three decades. Most of the infrastructure for today’s society was constructed in a “benefit of the doubt” world. This is a world where one believes the word of individuals, companies, regulators, governments, even though you are not sure that what the person or organisation is saying is true. Sadly, in many ways that world rarely exists now. Today we all live in a “prove it to me” world whose conventions govern our interactions through personal, business and social interactions.

These developments have significant implications for individual, corporate, governmental and societal behaviour. It also has significant implications for how regulators must transform their governance, operations and adjudicative functions to gain trust and credibility. In this talk, Gerry Protti will outline the characteristics of regulatory excellence in a “prove it to me” world. He will use specific examples and case studies from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), North America’s largest hydrocarbon regulator. Mr. Protti will have just completed his five year term as the founding Chair of the AER.

For regulators, the journey is toward excellence while the world around them changes in fundamental ways due to technology, societal expectations and government policy initiatives. There are historical examples of regulatory failure, a couple of which will be outlined to underscore the importance of effective and efficient regulation in today’s society.

Regulatory excellence has many faces depending upon the perspective but it requires definition and a clear plan to seek it. The talk will address some of the key touchstones of an excellent regulator including strategic priorities and plans, performance targets and measures, effective governance structures, superior risk identification, assessment and mitigation capabilities, transparency and efficient operations and processes.

While the emphasis will be on energy regulation and the journey and experiences of the Alberta Energy Regulator, the principles being espoused have broad applicability over all forms of regulation from transport and health and safety to food and financial markets. The talk will conclude with several recommendations to help regulators and governments accelerate their own journey toward regulatory excellence.

Speaker: Leo de Bever, Chairman, Nauticol Energy
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Presentation summary to come. 

Speaker: Rick Anderson, Executive Director, Synergy Alberta
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Presentation Summary to come.

Speaker: Grant Sprague, Q.C.,Associate Counsel, Miller Thomson Law
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Platforms are being created by all political parties – however your expertise, concerns and experience are often not included in them. How can you shape the agenda? And why is your role significant? My experience has been on the receiving end of platforms.

Speaker: Arnold Janz, Land Scientist, Alberta Environment and Parks
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Alberta’s land conservation and reclamation program has been in place for more than 5 decades and has undergone frequent modifications through a number of legislative, policy and regulatory adjustments. The objective of Alberta’s land reclamation program for most industrial sectors has and continues to be the protection of private and public land quality against degradation, and the return of physical, chemical and biological characteristics to pre-disturbance equivalency. Where return to pre-disturbance equivalency is not immediately evident after reclamation, natural recovery is generally assumed. Science-based evidence is needed to inform Albertans that legislated outcomes and public expectations are assured and that the program is working as intended. As part of Alberta Environment and Parks mandate to monitor environmental conditions we have analyzed field conditions at 75 reclaimed/certified well sites to assess pre-disturbance equivalency. The results of our analyses will be published and shared with Albertans.