Board of Directors

Executive

President
L.B. (Larry) Buzan, P.Land

PrairieStorm Energy Corp.
2000, 215 - 9 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 1K3

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President

Our membership is comprised of land professionals having diverse business and technical skills, knowledge and experience in the various areas of mineral and surface rights and contract negotiations and management. As an Association dedicated to these Petroleum Landmen, it is our obligation to provide the types of aid and support that will help to strengthen their profile as professionals in contributing to the growth and success of our Oil and Gas Industry.

As President of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL) it is my responsibility to ensure that the highest standards of professionalism are upheld by our Board of Directors in delivering these benefits to our members:

1) providing educational, leadership and mentorship programs, functional networking opportunities and other similar initiatives that will give our members the ability to demonstrate real value and benefit of membership to their employers as land professionals and to the Industry and public as peers and representatives of our Association;

2) ensuring that the goals and objectives of the organization are effectively aligned with the needs and expectations of the members;

3) establishing meaningful and relevant distinctions of proficiency and professional achievement;

4) pursuing initiatives for the development and advancement of our business and technology;

5) striving to develop and build upon our liaisons and relationships with the public, educational institutions, regulatory bodies and other businesses and Associations having common concerns and objectives related to the ever changing elements of our Industry; and

6) managing the Association’s funding and sponsorship in a fiscally responsible manner and in accordance with the principles and laws as are applicable and appropriate for governance of CAPL as a non-profit organization.

L.B. (Larry) Buzan, P.Land
PrairieStorm Energy Corp.

2000, 215 - 9 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 1K3

Vice-President
N.R. (Noel) Millions, PSL

Encana Corporation
500 Centre Street S.E.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2S5

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Vice-President

As Vice President of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL) it is my responsibility to assist the President to ensure:

  1. That the highest standards of professionalism are upheld by our Board of Directors in delivering these benefits to our members: educational, leadership and mentorship programs,
  2. Providing job and networking opportunities and promoting our  general meetings,
  3. Employing relevant distinctions of proficiency and professional achievement,
  4. Developing and maintaining relationships with external stakeholders through liaisons,
  5. Managing the Association’s funding and sponsorship in a fiscally responsible manner,
  6. Ensuring the goals and objectives of CAPL are aligned with those of membership, and
  7. Pursing initiatives for the development and advancement of our business and technology.

In addition to assisting the President with the above tasks, the role of the Vice President includes:

  1. Chairing the CAPL Board Meetings and General Meetings in the absence of the President,
  2. Chairing the Office Executive Committee, which is responsible for the running of the CAPL office and staff consisting of Denise Grieve (manager), Karin Steers, and Kaitlin Polowski,
  3. Sitting as a member of next year’s Conference Committee, act as the Board of Directors liaison for the Conference and assist the Conference Chairperson,
  4. Sitting as a member of the General Meetings Committee, participating in the selection of keynote speakers for the General Meetings and acting as the Board of Directors liaison, and
  5. Acting as the Board of Directors liaison with the CAPLA Board.

N.R. (Noel) Millions, PSL
Encana Corporation

500 Centre Street S.E.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2S5

Finance
K.G. (Kristin) Rennie

Rife Resources Ltd.
400, 144 - 4 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3N4

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Finance

The Finance portfolio is primarily focused on maintaining and increasing the financial health of the CAPL. It involves the following timely responsibilities:

  • The collection of financial data, ensuring its accuracy and analyzing it for planning purposes
  • Ensuring Financial Board Governance rules/guidelines are in-place and followed*
  • Financial Reporting – to the Board and Membership on a regular basis
  • Providing Financial recommendations to both the Board and Membership
  • Carry out the Board directives
  • Management of the annual budgeting and audit processes
  • Participate fully in Board and Finance Sub-Committee meetings providing leadership and input

*All volunteer committee members must abide by the “Monetary Management Policy plus Expenditure and Conduct Guidelines for Committees Operating under the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen”. (These guidelines can be found on the CAPL website under Membership, Financial Information)

K.G. (Kristin) Rennie
Rife Resources Ltd.

400, 144 - 4 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3N4

Secretary/Technology
S.A. (Shaun) Williams

Husky Oil Operations Limited
707 - 8 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3G7

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Secretary/Technology

The Technology Portfolio’s mandate is to provide, maintain and continually update the CAPL website in order to provide a valuable service and source of information to its membership.  Over the last few years, major strides have been made to work towards a new, more modern and user-friendly website with increased functionality and information for members.  As a result, we look forward to offering an all-encompassing, one-stop shop for members of CAPL, where they’ll be able to register online for all courses, General Meetings, Social Events, as well as be able to access a number of resources such as current Industry Forms, Regulatory News, and the Membership Roster.

We are continually working on several other initiatives to complement CAPL’s website and further enhance its capabilities for members.  We are always considering new ideas and opportunities to improve the website with the overall goal of making it a key source of industry information for CAPL members. If anyone has any ideas of what they would like to see included on the website, please contact me directly with your suggestions.

S.A. (Shaun) Williams
Husky Oil Operations Limited

707 - 8 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3G7

Board of Directors

Business Development (AB)
T. (Tim) Galbreath

Paradise Energy Corporation
86 Rocky Ridge Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta T3G 4E6

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Business Development (AB)

The Business Development portfolio currently focuses on two main areas that directly impact the CAPL membership.

    • The first area of Government and Regulatory Liaison insures that the CAPL is represented on committees that deal with mineral rights issues. The Alberta Department of Energy has been progressing initiatives such as Interactive Sale Mapping, and the Freehold Mineral Tax project. In addition, Alberta Department of Energy is also moving ahead with plans to develop a policy and regulatory framework to support Shallow Rights Reversion as well as Carbon Capture and Sequestration. While there has been a lot of focus on the Alberta Industry Advisory Committee, there has been increasing interest in having active Industry Advisory Committees for Saskatchewan. The revamping of the Saskatchewan ISC also has significant input from CAPL members. Work is progressing with British Columbia to establish an Industry Advisory Committee that will work cooperatively to implement revisions to BC’s P&NG tenure system. This portfolio is also responsible, jointly with CAPLA, for presenting the annual P&NG Information Exchange which updates industry on developments in the various provinces in which we are operating. CAPL is also well represented on the C2C ADR Council.
    • The second area of Standard Agreements and Forms is the foundation of the documentation used in the industry. Various committees continue to review these standardized documents to insure that they meet the needs of our changing industry. With the introduction of the 2007 CAPL Operating Procedure last year, committees are also currently looking at Independent Operations Notices and the Freehold Petroleum and Natural Gas Lease. Our committee volunteers are vital to this review and revision process and they appreciate any input that members can provide on the standardized forms.

A potential new area for this portfolio will be a committee to support Unconventional Resources. As the industry moves to exploration and development of unconventional plays, we believe there is a need for a group that can support those members that are actively involved in unconventional resources such as natural gas from coals, tight sands and shales.

Participation by additional volunteers on any of these committees is always encouraged and welcomed. Please contact me for further information on any existing committees, if you wish to discuss other initiatives you believe the CAPL should be involved with or if you wish to discuss any other related issues.

T. (Tim) Galbreath
Paradise Energy Corporation

86 Rocky Ridge Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta T3G 4E6

Business Development (SK & AB Oilsands)
M. (Michelle) Creguer

Independent

Calgary, Alberta

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Business Development (SK & AB Oilsands)

The Business Development portfolio currently focuses on two main areas that directly impact the CAPL membership.

    • The first area of Government and Regulatory Liaison insures that the CAPL is represented on committees that deal with mineral rights issues. The Alberta Department of Energy has been progressing initiatives such as Interactive Sale Mapping, and the Freehold Mineral Tax project. In addition, Alberta Department of Energy is also moving ahead with plans to develop a policy and regulatory framework to support Shallow Rights Reversion as well as Carbon Capture and Sequestration. While there has been a lot of focus on the Alberta Industry Advisory Committee, there has been increasing interest in having active Industry Advisory Committees for Saskatchewan. The revamping of the Saskatchewan ISC also has significant input from CAPL members. Work is progressing with British Columbia to establish an Industry Advisory Committee that will work cooperatively to implement revisions to BC’s P&NG tenure system. This portfolio is also responsible, jointly with CAPLA, for presenting the annual P&NG Information Exchange which updates industry on developments in the various provinces in which we are operating. CAPL is also well represented on the C2C ADR Council.
    • The second area of Standard Agreements and Forms is the foundation of the documentation used in the industry. Various committees continue to review these standardized documents to insure that they meet the needs of our changing industry. With the introduction of the 2007 CAPL Operating Procedure last year, committees are also currently looking at Independent Operations Notices and the Freehold Petroleum and Natural Gas Lease. Our committee volunteers are vital to this review and revision process and they appreciate any input that members can provide on the standardized forms.

A potential new area for this portfolio will be a committee to support Unconventional Resources. As the industry moves to exploration and development of unconventional plays, we believe there is a need for a group that can support those members that are actively involved in unconventional resources such as natural gas from coals, tight sands and shales.

Participation by additional volunteers on any of these committees is always encouraged and welcomed. Please contact me for further information on any existing committees, if you wish to discuss other initiatives you believe the CAPL should be involved with or if you wish to discuss any other related issues.

M. (Michelle) Creguer
Independent


Calgary, Alberta

Communications
M. (Marah) Graham

Cona Resources Ltd.
1900, 421 - 7 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 4K9

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Communications

The mandate of the Communications Portfolio is to keep the membership informed on a timely basis of ongoing activities and initiatives both within the CAPL and in the industry in general. The primary means to accomplish this is through The Negotiator, the newsletter of the CAPL. Published monthly from September through June, it is the main source of constitutional, educational, technical, organizational and social information for our members. Through the efforts of a large network of volunteers, The Negotiator has established itself as a premier and award winning industry publication. Alliances with governments, interest groups and other industry organizations enable The Negotiator to publish articles of interest and relevance and to keep our membership apprised of new and ongoing initiatives and upcoming industry events.

The Negotiator is funded through a combination of advertising revenue and membership dues and is provided to members and select industry associates.

Now available on-line.

Inquiries regarding advertising space and rates as well as content concerns and comments should be directed to me at the contact numbers below.

M. (Marah) Graham
Cona Resources Ltd.

1900, 421 - 7 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 4K9

Education
R. (Robyn) Baron, P.Land, PSL

Prairie Provident Resources Canada Ltd.
1100, 640 - 5 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3G4

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Education

The Education portfolio is mandated with managing Continuing Education, Scholarships, Mentorship Programs and Post Secondary Advisory functions.  Through the various committees, the Education Director is tasked with enhancing the overall professional development of the CAPL members.

Individual Committees

Education

The CAPL Education Committee continues to offer high quality, relevant courses to our members and non-members. Our volunteers have generously donated their time and expertise to ensure that our classes are well organized, well presented, and continually improving. We are continuously challenged with developing and implementing new courses.  We are continually striving to improve our offers and welcome feedback and ideas from our membership.

PLM Advisory

This committee has not met in over two years.  However, this committee is prepared to meet should there be a need to discuss any potential enhancement to the current PLM program at the University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Management.

Mentoring

The CAPL Mentoring Committee was established in 2010 and is committed to finding industry Landmen who will act as dedicated Mentors to students enrolled in the University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Management Petroleum Land Management program.  The purpose of these relationships it to facilitate the student’s transition from university student to business professional and our goal is that the positive influence on the student will help foster his or her entry into the land profession and that the experience will prove to be a rewarding one for all parties involved.

We have a committee of volunteers, most of whom have been members for a number of years, that are dedicated to making the CAPL PLM Mentoring committee a success.

Petroleum Land Business (PLB) Advisory

The PLB program at Mount Royal University provides a high quality Petroleum Land training option with greater access for working professionals. In this way the Land community can capitalize on their existing business & leadership skills.  Land professionals historically come from many backgrounds, including the original Mount Royal College Petroleum Land program. The PLB Certificate will provide a vehicle to continue this legacy in a complimentary program to the industry’s current offerings.

The program has recently produced its first graduates.  In order to maintain quality programming the PLB Advisory committee was established.  The volunteer committee is committed to reviewing potential enhancements to the program in order to provide the best quality programming for its candidates.

R. (Robyn) Baron, P.Land, PSL
Prairie Provident Resources Canada Ltd.

1100, 640 - 5 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3G4

Field Acquisition and Management
R. (Rob) Pettifer, P.Land, PSL

LandSolutions LP
600, 322 - 11 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2R 0C5

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Field Acquisition and Management

The Field Acquisition and Management (FAM) portfolio represents the surface components of the land profession. The committee consists of approximately 30 volunteers including the Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary.

FAM’s members actively participate in various external and internal liaison capacities in addition to sub committees set up within FAM to address policy and access issues.  These include:

  • Community Relations Chair
  • Negotiator Article Committee Liaison
  • Alberta Agreements Chair
  • Olds College Liaison
  • Professionalism Liaison
  • Trappers Stakeholder Liaison
  • Education Liaison
  • Land Agent Advisory Committee Liaison
  • CAPP Liaison
  • NEEMAC Liaison
  • ELLAP Liaison
  • Government and Regulatory Liaison(s) for British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba

FAM works to increase the CAPL’s voice within the different regulatory channels as well as the various NGO’s who influence surface access within the energy industry. FAM seeks to actively participate in discussions regarding current issues which affect our industry in respect to surface rights and securing access to land, for both freehold and crown land. FAM also seeks to be a source of information to CAPL members and others in the industry who want to remain well informed on this subject. In addition, FAM is a strong supporter of maintaining and enhancing professional conduct within industry and will continue to promote this with the Professionalism and Education Committees.

R. (Rob) Pettifer, P.Land, PSL
LandSolutions LP

600, 322 - 11 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2R 0C5

Member Services
R.J. (Rob) Pitchford, PSL

Cenovus Energy Inc,
500 Centre Street S.E.
Calgary, Alberta T2G 1A6

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Member Services

The Member Services portfolio encompasses:

  • Membership: Applications for Active Membership, Associate Membership and Student Membership are reviewed by the Membership Committee on a monthly basis and subsequently, recommendations are submitted to the CAPL Board of Directors for approval. Honorary, Senior and Life Memberships are proactively reviewed annually, and when applicable approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Roster: Although for the most part it is up to individual members to update their contact information on the online roster, regular updates are done behind the scenes to the electronic roster. These regular updates include printable versions of the corporate and individual listings in the roster for those who wish to print their own paper copies.
  • Member Information and Awareness: Information that applies to the membership is disseminated through both the Negotiator and the CAPL Website.
  • Merit Awards: Annually, recognition is given to members and organizations that have made exceptional contributions to the Association. Long time members who have been a member for 25 or more years are also given special recognition.
  • Visitation and Bereavement: The CAPL acknowledges the deaths of current or past members by sending a card of condolence to the immediate family. Members who are suffering from long-term illness are sent a card of support.

 

R.J. (Rob) Pitchford, PSL
Cenovus Energy Inc,

500 Centre Street S.E.
Calgary, Alberta T2G 1A6

Professionalism/Business Development (BC)
G. (Glenn) Miller, PSL

Independent

Rocky View County, Alberta

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Professionalism/Business Development (BC)

The goal of the Professionalism portfolio is to increase recognition of landmen as professionals within the Oil and Gas Industry and encourage both Surface and Mineral Landmen, to attain the highest level of professional proficiency, education and ethical conduct in their respective fields. The portfolio has the overall responsibility for handling matters with respect to the Professional designation programs, the professional conduct of all members, and handling disputes and claims with regard to ethical issues. Various sub-committees have been created to deal with these issues; the chairs of each of these sub-committees are listed below. Please feel free to contact them with specific questions.

The Professional designations have been developed and approved by our Association.  They are as follows:

  • CML – Certified Mineral Landman
  • CSL – Certified Surface Landman
  • P.Land® – Professional Landman
  • PSL® – Professional Surface Landman

The course of action required to attain any of the above are set forth in the Professionalism Procedure document on the CAPL’s website.

By the Association supporting and creating these designations, it was determined that they would set a standard by which other landmen, industry members, related government departments and the public can be assured that the holder of the designations has developed a high level of professional competency, understanding and ethical conduct.

In support of the Professionalism Program, the Committee continues to have responsibility for screening all applicants, assigning and tracking credits for re-certification, updating the Professionalism Manual and the updating and preparing the P.Land® and PSL® Exams. The manual continues to provide material for studying for the P.Land® and PSL® Exams and is a valuable reference tool for all landmen.  The current CAPL Professionalism Manual is available for purchase through the CAPL office and is available on-line for CAPL members under the “Members Only” section.

In order to remain competitive with the other disciplines in our industry, it is vital that landmen are considered professionals, equal in standing with geologists, geophysicists, engineers and accountants. Awareness, education and proficiency are a few of the key skills required to reach this goal. Currently, about 15% of our Association has one or both of the professional designations. In attempting to strengthen professionalism within our organization, this committee has come up with the following 2014/2015 objectives:

  • All Professional designation recipients will be recognized at the CAPL General Meetings (as of November, 2014)
  • Update the 2010 Professionalism Manual to reflect current regulations
    • If you are interested in volunteering for this project, please contact the Director of this Portfolio
  • In conjunction with the Education portfolio, a mentor database will be created within CAPL.  All Mentors must have either a CML, CSL and 6 + years of experience in their professional land related field
    • The mentor database will be accessible for all CAPL student members
  • In conjunction with the Education portfolio, create a Professional Manual Overview Course to be available for the membership

 

The current sub-committees now in place and their chairs are set out as follows:

Professionalism Committee Chair Heather Stables Fofonoff, P.Land
Certification  Chair Ian Ross, P.Land
Re-certification Chair Darren Clarke, PSL
Course Review Chair Rob Pitchford, PSL
Education Liaison Rob Pitchford, PSL
Professionalism Manual Updates Chair  Jacquie Djuranic
Professionalism Procedure Review Co-Chairs
Field Acquisition Management Liaison
Public Relations Liaison
Olds College Liaison
Ethics Chair Brad Goodfellow

 

The Business Development portfolio currently focuses on two main areas that directly impact the CAPL membership.

    • The first area of Government and Regulatory Liaison insures that the CAPL is represented on committees that deal with mineral rights issues. The Alberta Department of Energy has been progressing initiatives such as Interactive Sale Mapping, and the Freehold Mineral Tax project. In addition, Alberta Department of Energy is also moving ahead with plans to develop a policy and regulatory framework to support Shallow Rights Reversion as well as Carbon Capture and Sequestration. While there has been a lot of focus on the Alberta Industry Advisory Committee, there has been increasing interest in having active Industry Advisory Committees for Saskatchewan. The revamping of the Saskatchewan ISC also has significant input from CAPL members. Work is progressing with British Columbia to establish an Industry Advisory Committee that will work cooperatively to implement revisions to BC’s P&NG tenure system. This portfolio is also responsible, jointly with CAPLA, for presenting the annual P&NG Information Exchange which updates industry on developments in the various provinces in which we are operating. CAPL is also well represented on the C2C ADR Council.
    • The second area of Standard Agreements and Forms is the foundation of the documentation used in the industry. Various committees continue to review these standardized documents to insure that they meet the needs of our changing industry. With the introduction of the 2007 CAPL Operating Procedure last year, committees are also currently looking at Independent Operations Notices and the Freehold Petroleum and Natural Gas Lease. Our committee volunteers are vital to this review and revision process and they appreciate any input that members can provide on the standardized forms.

A potential new area for this portfolio will be a committee to support Unconventional Resources. As the industry moves to exploration and development of unconventional plays, we believe there is a need for a group that can support those members that are actively involved in unconventional resources such as natural gas from coals, tight sands and shales.

Participation by additional volunteers on any of these committees is always encouraged and welcomed. Please contact me for further information on any existing committees, if you wish to discuss other initiatives you believe the CAPL should be involved with or if you wish to discuss any other related issues.

G. (Glenn) Miller, PSL
Independent


Rocky View County, Alberta

Public Relations
G.P. (Gary) Richardson, PSL

Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc.
2000, 888 – 3 Street S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 5C5

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Public Relations

The Public Relations Committee is responsible for promoting the CAPL and the land profession within industry and the communities in which it operates. Our goal is to educate and create awareness of the role of the Landman and the contributions made by the 1700 members of our Association.

We achieve this through our principal activities which include:

  • Educating and informing the public of the role of the Landman through our participation at public forums, conventions and conferences.
  • Attracting bright young people to our profession through presentations at high school and post secondary institutions.
  • Working with the media to relay news of the Association’s activities and matters of public interest.
  • Sponsorship of various special events and an annual fundraising effort for the Alberta 4-H Foundation.
  • Publication of our Annual Report and other promotional materials including brochures, information packages and video.
  • Coordination of special events for the Association.
  • Assisting other CAPL committees in the execution of their duties.

The Public Relations Committee has several standing subcommittees which are responsible for the planning and execution of these goals and activities. New members willing to assist and contribute are always welcome. Should you have any questions or would like to provide feedback, please feel free to contact me.

G.P. (Gary) Richardson, PSL
Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc.

2000, 888 – 3 Street S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 5C5

Social
J. (Janice) Redmond

Action Land & Environmental Services Ltd.
Box 20096 Kensington RPO
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 8M4

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Social

The mandate of the social portfolio is to provide CAPL members an opportunity to meet new members, expand existing contacts, and build stronger relationships in a social setting. We have a number of committees and dedicated volunteers working on various social events. Please check out the events we have planned and come out and support the activity of your choice. These events are put on for you, the Members, and more participation always makes for a better event with more opportunities to catch up with old friends and to make new ones. If you have any ideas for new events or would like to volunteer on any committees please feel free to contact me or one of the committee chairmen.

Committee Chairmen (CAPL Sponsored Events):

  • Curling Bonspiel – Kevin Koopman
  • Squash Tournament – Robert Bodzioch
  • Ski Trip – Will Glass
  • Triple Round-Up – Chad Hughes
  • Golf Tournament – Aryn Sendall and Garrett Zokol
  • Trap Shoot – Ryan Hall

Committee Chairmen (CAPL Endorsed Events):

  • PLM Alumni Charity Golf Classic – Ryan Armstrong
  • Salmon Fishing Trip – Kevin Egan
  • 10K Road Race – Dan Cicero
  • Charity Event – Chris Ellis

J. (Janice) Redmond
Action Land & Environmental Services Ltd.

Box 20096 Kensington RPO
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 8M4

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