Navigating the energy regulator when conducting acquisitions and divestitures (June 24, 2021)
All companies conducting oil and gas acquisition and divestitures in Canada must secure regulatory approvals for their deals. With growing regulatory concerns ranging from orphan well liabilities to ESG considerations, it is critical to understand the potential obstacles to your deal and how to avoid them. The successful navigation of regulatory issues can create significant value to a transaction.
The experienced instructional team brings over 45 years of combined experience with the Alberta Energy Regulator and can provide practical and actionable advice.
- A comprehensive understanding of the factors that Canadian energy regulators (e.g., AER, CER) will consider in their review of any asset or licencee transfer.
- An awareness of how ESG related considerations can add, or detract, significant value to a transaction.
- An understanding of the key components of a liability management plan that the acquirer will need to develop and implement post-transaction.
Mark is a seasoned energy sector leader who brings to bear decades of industry, regulatory and government experience for his clients. He is an industry pioneer in Canada’s unconventional resource sector, overseeing and leading such innovations as 100 per cent saline water usage in natural gas stimulation, as well as influencing pad development to ensure reduced surface footprint impact. As well, Mark helped develop the first induced seismicity protocol in North America – a move critical to the sustained health and acceptance of the unconventional resource sector.
Mark has led industry and regulatory teams at Amoco, Alberta Energy Company, Encana, and Sinopec He has held a variety of roles at the Alberta Energy Regulator in roles including COO, EVP Operations, and VP Closure and Liability.
Alanda Allum was employed at the AER for 20 years working in several different branches and groups. Alanda's background at the AER includes the full life cycle of energy development. She worked in the compliance policy development, energy hearing coordination, review and approval of energy applications, creating audit processes, field surveillance activities and senior leadership. Alanda is currently President at Allum Energy Advisory Service Ltd., providing regulatory advice and guidance to local Oil and Gas companies.
Rob Cruickshank is an experienced senior leader with expertise in regulatory affairs, risk management, change management and staff development. A collaborative leader with sterling integrity, who develops strategies in response to changes/ economic swings that can affect the oil and gas industry.
Rob has worked as a Manager and Director at the Alberta Energy Regulator. Rob has also worked as an exploration geologist in Alberta and Saskatchewan as well as involvement with A&D companies.
Rob has led and co-led various joint government/stakeholder initiatives designed to improve the efficiency of all parties involved including Pathfinder (Indigenous relations), AER/Alberta Parks and Environment collaboration, and the Integrated Water Management Working Group (IWMWG). Rob has also acted as the Statutory Decision Maker for the AER and presented recommendations to an Executive Committee with respect to potential hearings. This includes provided expertise in hearings and preparing staff for the knowledge required in the hearing environment.