A&WMA / CPANS Luncheon - Update: Oil Sands Consultation


Air & Waste Management AssociationCanadian Prairie and Northern SectionAbout the PresentationBased on the recommendations from the MLA-led Oil Sands Consultation Advisory Group, the Multistakeholder Committee (MSC) was formed to lead a public consultation on the development of Alberta’s oil sands. Recommendations and discussions of issues related to oil sands development will be submitted to the Ministers of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. The consultation, including information sharing sessions at different locations across Alberta, is being conducted in two phases. Phase One (now complete) consisted of an initial public consultation where feedback was used by the MSC to develop recommendations for a vision for oil sands development and principles to assist in guiding future policy directions. During Phase Two (beginning now) the MSC will incorporate information and other feedback to develop policy recommendations for implementation of the vision and principles. A component of phase two will have the findings of the MSC validated with First Nations and Métis groups who participated in the consultation to ensure that the recommendations accurately reflect what was heard from the First Nations and Métis who participated in the consultation.About the PresenterMike Ekelund was named Assistant Deputy Minister, Oil Development Division in April 2004. Mike is a practising professional engineer and currently non-practising member of the Alberta Bar. Besides his BSc in Chemical Engineering and LL.B, he has a BA in English and a Master of Business Administration, all from the University of Alberta. He has a long and successful history with the Government of Alberta. Over the last 18 years he has held a number of positions, starting as a Legislative Intern with the Department of Education, ranging from Senior Economist to Assistant Deputy Minister with the Department of Energy. Prior to working for government Mike had a broad range of work experience; working as an engineer in oil and gas production across Alberta; practicing criminal civil litigation in Edmonton; and a stint as a member of the Edmonton Police Service. In addition, Mike has demonstrated his dedication to the community and the energy sector as a:

  • Member of the founding Board of Directors of the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC);
  • Director of the Canadian Petroleum Institute;
  • Member of the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) Board of Directors;
  • Member of the Alberta Chamber of Resources (ACR) Board;
  • Member of the Synergy Alberta Board; and
  • Occasional lecturer, on oil and gas economics and a general business course at the University of Alberta.

Mike was born in Stettler, Alberta and has lived and worked in a number of towns and cities across Alberta. The places he calls "home" include Pincher Creek, Rocky Mountain House where his parents currently farm, and Edmonton where he and his family reside.About the LuncheonThe luncheon is scheduled for Friday April 13th. The luncheon will follow the usual format of a buffet lunch, and I am accepting reservations from now until noon, Wednesday April 11th; I cannot accept registrations after this deadline. Please contact me by e-mail at mbisaga [at] otonabee [dot] caLocation: The University of Alberta Faculty Club (11435, Saskatchewan Drive), Papaschase Room (upstairs, right)Date: Friday April 13th, 2007Time: 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. (registration starts at 11:45)Cost: $20 - A&WMA Members / $25 Local Associates / $30 - Non-Members / $15 - Seniors/Students (includes hot lunch & coffee). All prices include GST & gratuities.The U of A campus is accessible by light rail transit and bus, a map of the campus is available at: http://www.campusmap.ualberta.ca/. I encourage you to use public transit or ride-share. Parking is available in the V-Lot (coin and credit card, $2 for the lunch hour) and Windsor (attendant on duty, $10 deposit on entrance) parking lots (see map - link above).Luncheon Schedule:Fall 2006

  • Sept 22 - Biogas & Biofuels - Jim Jones (Alberta Agriculture Food and Rural Development)
  • Oct 20 - LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) / Green Built - Lindsay Weppler Austrom (Stantec)
  • Nov 10: Understanding Ammonia: the SPAM network and other recent Environment Canada initiatives - Kristina Friesen (Environment Canada)
  • Dec 1: Air Quality Trends in Alberta - Kevin McCullum (Focus Corporation/University of Alberta)

Winter 2007

  • Jan 5: Cancelled
  • Feb 2: Emergency Response in Alberta: An Update from ASERT - Tom Davis & Mike Fernandez (Alberta Environment)
  • Mar 2: The Clean Air Act: A Legal Perspective on Climate Change Regulation in Canada - Corbin Devlin (McLennan Ross LLP)
  • April 13: Update: Oil Sands Consultation - Mike Ekelund (Assistant Deputy Minister - Alberta Energy)

Thanks,Michael BisagaCPANS Edmonton Luncheon Directorwww.cpans.org

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