Suncor, Cenovus reduce workplace injuries in 2016: This week's HR news

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Here is a list of human resources highlights as appeared in the Daily Oil Bulletin for the week ending July 14, 2017:

Agreement with Paramount provides transfer of Canadian employees: Apache

Paramount Resources Ltd. has agreed to purchase Apache’s Corporation’s Canadian assets as an entity, and the agreement provides for the transfer of employees in Canada of Apache Canada Ltd. upon the transaction close date.

Field employees associated with assets of two additional transactions have the opportunity to become employees of the asset purchasers, noted Joe Brettell, Apache’s manager of external engagement. Apache will complete and exit Canada upon the closing of its three recent transactions.

STEP co-founders named as EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Prairie Region finalists

On July 6, STEP Energy Services co-founders Regan Davis, Steve Glanville and Bailey Epp were named as EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Prairie Awards program finalists in the oil and gas services category.

Davis, Glanville and Epp were EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Prairie Awards program finalists and emerging entrepreneur category winners.

Layoffs unlikely with merger of Enform and OSSA

Staff will come together in the new organization formed by the merger of Enform Canada and the Oil Sands Safety Association later this year, and the head of Enform does not anticipate job losses associated with the merger.

“We think we have streamlined both organizations well in advance of the merger, and so we think we are in a good position there, and we have aligned the organizations to line up with the goal of the new organization,” said Cameron McGillivray, president and chief executive officer of Enform.

In fact, he noted, as the entity will include a greater focus towards data analytics and data use to drive decision-making, along with safety and incident data, leading indicators as well as trailing indicators to direct some of its training and industry initiatives, the new organization may effectively add employees.

RMP elects board members at AGM

At least one shareholder expressed concern about several directors recently leaving RMP Energy during the company's annual general meeting, suggesting if it was part of a planned transition, then it certainly was not clearly so.

In May, RMP appointed Jay McWilliams, Steven Oldham and Dean Bernhard (chief financial officer) to the company’s board of directors, which happened in conjunction with the announced retirements of Andrew Hogg, James Saunders, Craig Stewart and Lloyd Swift from the board.

At the time, the company also announced Robert Colcleugh, chief executive officer of Beyond Energy Services & Technology Corp., would join the board as an observer, with the intention of his standing for election at the AGM, which he did. All five individuals who stood for election at the AGM were indeed elected.

Board chairman Joshua Young, portfolio manager for Houston-based Bison Interests LLC, said as the largest shareholder he is comfortable with the different perspectives being added to help guide the company in its directives.

Suncor reduces injury frequency in 2016

Suncor Energy Inc. reported a combined employee and contractor recordable injury frequency performance of 0.33 in 2016, which is a record and a 27-per-cent improvement over the preceding two years. The lost time injury frequency of 0.04 in 2016 was the same as reported in 2015.

During the last quarter of 2016, according to the company’s 2017 Report on Sustainability, Suncor established a new group focused on serious injury and fatality reduction. By year-end, the company also completed its enterprise-wide implementation of ‘Enablon,’ which is a new tool for incident and corrective action management.

Cenovus sees fewer serious injuries in 2016

Cenovus Energy Inc. reported 51 workers sustained injuries in 2016 on its sites requiring more than basic first aid treatment. In 2015, by comparison, 60 workers sustained these types of injuries.

According to the company’s 2016 Corporate Responsibility report, Cenovus had industry-leading process safety performance with zero Tier-1 (major scale) events and six Tier-2 (moderate scale) events last year, all of which were resolved without injury to workers in the area.

In all cases, crews investigated and determined root causes, tracking corrective actions to conclusions and distributing findings.

Veresen director resigns

Thierry Vandal, who is a former president and chief executive officer of Hydro-Québec, has resigned as a director of Veresen Inc.

Vandal was first nominated to stand for election as a director of Veresen during the company’s 2015 annual general meeting.