Luncheon - Pipeline Plain Talk Series Part 2 Luncheon - Pipeline Development: The New Reality (PSL®)


  • June 15, 2017 from 11:30am to 1:30pm


All land professionals responsible for assisting or preparing pipeline applications to the National Energy Board (NEB) or the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).


Part 2 of the Pipeline Plain Talk series will explore the new realities of developing pipeline projects in Canada in response to stakeholder concerns. This 1.5 hour seminar will focus on the internal and external challenges faced by land and other stakeholder engagement professionals in preparing and managing pipeline "new build" applications under provincial and federal regulatory frameworks. An overview of the NEB's application life cycle will be presented and contrasted to the AER's.


After completing this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1.  Understand the provincial and federal regulators and their respective pipeline application process.
  2.  Discuss current trends in stakeholder engagement and their potential impact on project development plans and timelines.
  3.  Understand current pipeline hot topics, industry myths, and stakeholder risks to be prepared for prior to engaging.
  4.  Identify key stakeholders and opportunities for improving outreach.
  5.  Understand stakeholder information management requirements (records, reports and other analytics) necessary to support project approvals from provincial and federal regulators.
  6.  Discuss the interrelationship between landowner relations, community relations, indigenous relations, environment, regulatory affairs, communications and effective stakeholder engagement programs by reviewing roles, responsibilities and an integrated, collaborative approach.

Registration includes a light lunch and beverages.


Nicole Aitken

Nicole has 20 years experience in the energy industry with expertise in stakeholder engagement, reputation risk management, and occupational health and safety. Prior to starting her own company, she was serving as the Community Relations Director for TransCanada Pipelines Limited where she managed a team of over 40 professionals and oversaw the completion of significant regulatory filings for stakeholder engagement programs associated with a $46 billion capital project portfolio. Nicole assists clients on the strategic management of stakeholder matters arising from the construction and operation of natural gas and liquids pipelines in Canada and the United States. Her direct experience with developing the Keystone Pipeline involved applications with the National Energy Board, U.S. Department of State, North Dakota Public Service Commission, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, Illinois Commerce Commission, Texas Railroad Commission, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, and Nebraska Public Service Commission. Nicole has been trained as an expert witness and has been an industry speaker for the International Right of Way Association, Young Professionals and University of Alberta Industrial Safety and Loss Management Program.

Tamara Bews

Tamara has 20 years of commercial-regulatory experience in the energy, transportation and agricultural industries. Tamara has practiced primarily in the energy regulatory area (upstream and midstream) for the past twelve years, including in-house at TransCanada Pipelines Limited and the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (now the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)). She has advised clients on various energy, aboriginal and environmental matters involving different provincial and federal authorities including: Alberta Energy Regulator, Alberta Utilities Commission, British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission, Saskatchewan Energy and Resources (now Saskatchewan Economy), Indian Oil and Gas Canada, and the National Energy Board. Tamara has represented clients in significant regulatory applications before the AER, the National Energy Board; and judicial review application before the Alberta Court of Appeal. Tamara acted as a session chair and reviewer for Track 1 Technical Program: Pipelines Safety Management Systems for the 2016 International Pipeline Conference and Exposition held in Calgary, Alberta.


CAPL Credits: 2 Credits
AAPL Credits: 2 Credits
Fee: CAPL Member $50 plus GST
  Non-Member $70 plus GST
This course is Complete.