Call for Delegates: Common Risk Management Framework for the upstream oil and gas, oil sands and coal sector

ENGO Delegates (5) & Alternate (1)
Energy Sector Common Risk Management Framework Design Workshop
Application Deadline: 
27 Sep 2013

The Workshop

  • From October 23 to 25, 2013, the Policy Management Office will host a design thinking Workshop in Edmonton in the Terrace Building located at 9515 107 Street, T5K 2C3.
  • We will use “design thinking” which is a tool created to tackle very complex and messy situations. Very complex situations: Are unique, have no definitive formulation, contain multiple value conflicts, can be considered as symptoms of another problem; and can be improved but never definitively solved.

Purpose and Tasks:

Purpose: To collaboratively scope a vision of a risk management framework that across players of the energy system, will better anticipate, assess and guard against risks.


The starting point of the workshop will be framing the conversation or the Guidance Statement. The Guidance Statement is:

“Collaboratively design a vision of a risk management framework that across players of the energy system, will better anticipate, assess and guard against risks. In the short term, explore possibilities to increase flexibility and to expand the tool kit to manage risk; while maintaining the integrity in the regulatory system.”

The Guidance Statement does not reflect a Government of Alberta’s position, a fixed policy or a consultation. It is the framing of an issue that will be immediately revisited and that the participants will re-frame to answer the question: What opportunities do we see to improve the management of risks across the upstream oil and gas, oilsands and coal sectors?

Further materials describing the methodology and the workshop particulars will be distributed to confirmed participants two weeks before the workshop.

Rules for Discourse

  • No topic is beyond question
  • Welcome the clash of ideas
  • Focus on logic not opinions
  • Criticize ideas not people
  • Maintain shared understanding
  • Discourse is about understanding, not winning

How will the results be used?

  • The workshop is part of a broad collaborative effort to gather different stakeholders perspectives and find out together what could be improved regarding risk management.
  • The results of all workshops will be used to build policy options.

Background information

  • The workshop is part of a comprehensive plan to build a common risk management framework (CRMF) that will foster a systemic understanding of risks that influence Alberta’s upstream oil, gas, oil sands and coal regulatory system.
  • We would like to hear from experts in the Alberta Energy Regulator, landowner groups, emergency managers, water, air and land experts, risk management leaders, non-governmental organizations, First Nations, Metis, experts on the regulatory system, environmental non-governmental organizations, experts in operational policy in government, academics and coal, oil and gas, oil sands and the pipeline industry.
  • Because we are including many different perspectives we will host at least 3 different workshops to include the broad array of stakeholders.
  • One workshop took place in May 2013. We will follow the same process in this second workshop and from the same starting point.
  • Each workshop will be different because the participants will be different. We plan to gather all participants’ perspectives in our 3rd workshop.
Time Commitment: 

The workshop will be a full 3 day exercise that will build on work done each day and rely on participants’ shared understanding as they move forward; therefore, participation for the full 3 days is necessary. We understand that 3 days is a considerable commitment; however, we believe that your time will be used efficiently and that the work achieved in three days will be substantial and relevant.

Expenses & Honoraria: 

Expense reimbursement and honoraria are available in accordance with the Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development – Alberta Environmental Network Communication and Reporting Protocol and contract.

Selection Criteria: 

We are seeking delegates who:

  • Overall we are looking for individuals that are ambassadors in collaboration with a proven ability to participate, work professionally, constructively and collaboratively with other stakeholders, industry, government representatives, land owners, First Nations, Metis, regulators and non-governmental organizations.
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas:
    • Risk Management
    • Regulatory Process
    • Upstream Oil and Gas, Oil Sands and Coal activities
  • Is a member of a reputable environmental organization
  • Committed to effectively provide two-way communication between the Committee and the environmental group of which they are a member
  • Membership in an AEN member-group in good standing
  • Respectful of timelines and commitment to the process

Delegate Expectations

  1. Prompt establishment of delegate letter of agreement with Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development.
  2. Make own travel and accommodation arrangements.
  3. Review and analyze background documents (slides introducing the process, no more than 10 slides).
  4. Provide input at the meetings, and in writing following the meetings, as requested.
  5. Provide feedback to and from the ENGO constituent community.
Application Instructions: 

Please send your submission of interest to [email protected] by midnight Friday, Sept 27, 2013 providing:

  • Your contact information (including address, email, and phone number.)
  • The name of the AEN member-group in-good-standing which you will represent.
  • A brief description of your background and abilities, particularly those relevant to the selection criteria.

The AEN delegate selection meeting for these positions will occur at Noon on Monday, September 30, 2013.

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