Canada's oil and gas labour force may be shrinking: This week's HR news

Here is a list of human resources highlights as appeared in the Daily Oil Bulletin for the week ending Aug. 11, 2017:

Canadian oil and gas industry valuable to U.S. state and Canada’s economy, jobs: CERI report

State economies south of the 49th Parallel, as well as the Canadian economy, benefit from Canadian oil and gas industry investment and operations, says a new study by the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI).

For every direct job created in the Canadian oil and gas sector, two indirect and three induced jobs in other sectors are created in Canada on average, according to the report, while for every C$1 million invested and generated in the Canadian oil and gas sector, the Canadian GDP impact is C$1.2 million.

The study projects Canadian upstream development industry will contribute US$45.6 billion in American gross state product, resulting in 406,000 jobs from goods and services supplied by United States firms to Canada.

While total employment impacts from all Canadian oil and gas development will be seen in every province and territory, the largest labour impact will be felt in Alberta (4.17 million person-years). However, companies that supply goods and services, such as machinery, manufacturing, trade, legal, environmental, financial services, often located outside of Alberta, will also benefit, says CERI.

Number of employed in oil and gas is up, but labour force may be shrinking: PetroLMI

The available oil and gas labour force may be shrinking as some unemployed are no longer targeting that sector for work, which could be of concern to industry assuming activity picks up in the back half of 2017, says PetroLMI.

“If we see a recovery in Q3 or Q4, then attracting the workers back when they are already settled in other industries or are no longer pursuing jobs in oil and gas would be a difficult task,” Claudine Vidallo, team lead for the division of Enform, told a recent webinar on employment opportunities.

According to Statistics Canada’s July labour force survey, in Canada there were approximately 98,000 people employed in oil and gas extraction last month, which is up 5.9 per cent from June 2017 and up 23.4 per cent from July 2016. Most oil and gas extraction jobs were in Alberta last month, at 81,400, which is up 6.3 per cent from June 2017 and up 28.6 per cent from July of last year.

Painted Pony appoints new CFO

Painted Pony Energy Ltd.’s board of directors has appointed W. Derek Aylesworth to the position of senior vice-president and chief financial officer, effective Aug. 15, which is the same day John H. Van de Pol will retire.

Aylesworth joins Painted Pony with over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He previously held the CFO position for an intermediate oil and gas company for nine years. In his previous role, he was primarily responsible for capital markets, financial reporting and compliance, financial risk management, tax and treasury functions.

Granite announces board addition

Granite Oil Corp. has welcomed Kathy Turgeon to the board of directors. Turgeon brings a wealth of experience as the current chief financial officer of Peyto Exploration & Development Corp.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall stepping down from political life

After serving as premier for nearly 10 years, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall announced on Aug. 10 that he will be retiring from his current position, as well as from elected politics, when his party elects a new leader.

First elected as premier in 2007, Wall had served as the MLA for the constituency of Swift Current since 1999. Wall was acclaimed as leader of the party in 2004.

Under his leadership, the Saskatchewan Party defeated the NDP in 2007. The party went on to win two more elections in 2011 and 2016.

Enform CEO to retire; new CEO, president named

Cameron MacGillivray, president and chief executive officer of Enform Canada, has announced his intention to retire at the end of September 2017, after leading the safety association for more than five years.

John Rhind, who has worked for more than 30 years in the oil and gas industry, including serving as vice-president, oilsands with Shell Canada Limited, has been appointed interim CEO by Enform’s board of directors.

Murray Elliott, a director of Enform and general manager for Shell Canada’s Greater Deep Basin, has been appointed president. Both appointments are effective Sept. 1, 2017.

New director for Bellatrix

Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. has announced the appointment of a new independent director, Lynn Kis, effective Aug. 9. Kis will also serve on the reserves, safety and environmental committee of the board.

Kis has held senior management responsibility in technical reserve evaluation firms in addition to decades of upstream oil and gas experience. She is currently chair of the reserves committee and member of the audit committee of the board of directors of Painted Pony Energy Ltd.

Trump appoints Chatterjee to chair U.S. energy commission

President Donald Trump had appointed Neil Chatterjee as chair of America’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), says the White House.

The Senate recently confirmed Chatterjee and Robert Powelson as members of the FERC, restoring a quorum to the agency. Chatterjee had previously been an energy policy advisor to United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican.