Navigating the energy regulator: Understanding changes to Directive 56 (July 28, 2021)

5 modules


Course Length
4 hours

JWN Energy Courses

06 May 2021


Upcoming Sessions


In late March the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) updated Directive 056: Energy Development Applications and Schedules and Manual 012: Energy Development Applications Procedures and Schedules. Changes have been made to align with well licensing procedures that have been incorporated into the OneStop platform. Enhancements to well licensing that are scheduled to come into effect with the next OneStop wells release have also been included in the changes. The modifications include the following key areas:

  • New well licences
  • Amendments to well licences
  • Information update submissions on select well licence data to increase integrity
  • Re-entry, resumptions, and deepenings
  • Cancellation of approvals

This four-hour course will review the changes made to Directive 56 and help oil and gas operators navigate any new regulatory hurdles to streamline the application process.

Course Details:

Date:  Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Duration: 4 Hours

Time:  8:30 am - 12:30 pm (MST) Including short breaks

Price:  $400 USD

Discounts: Special pricing is available for students and discounts also apply for multiple company registrations. For more information contact

All attendees to the course will receive 60 days access to TOP Regulatory, a $2000 value. With TOP Regulatory, you can view key dates and times for approval so you can better plan your application submission. 

See below for course policy

Course Objectives:

Attendees to the course will understand:

  • Changes made to Directive 56 and how these changes could impact their operations.
  • The nuances needed to navigate through AER policy.
  • The impacts of OneStop and how this contributes to the Government of Alberta’s Red Tape Reduction Act.

Who Should Attend:

  • Regulatory professionals
  • Consultants
  • Regulators
  • Anyone who interacts with the AER regarding well licences
  • Leaders of regulatory teams in the oil & gas sector
  • Surface land and stakeholder engagement team members


The Instructional team has over 35 years of regulatory expertise and over 35 years of experience within the energy industry. This team will assist stakeholders avoid common mistakes and misconceptions about the regulatory process, maximizing the efficiency of application approvals.

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. Ms. Allum’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.  Ms. Allum 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.

Mr. Cruickshank 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.



Notice of cancellation must be given in writing by email and action will be taken to recover, from the delegates or their employers, that portion of the fee owing at the time of cancellation. 

A 10% administration fee will be levied for cancellations made two (2) or more weeks prior to the first day of the course. Thereafter, the following cancellation refund schedule will apply. 

  • Cancellation made less than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: no reimbursement of registration fees. 

JWN Energy reserves the right to cancel an advertised course on short notice. It will endeavour to provide participants with as much notice as possible, but will not accept liability for costs incurred by participants or their organizations as a result of the course being cancelled or postponed. 



Learning Outcomes: 

You will learn how the changes in Directive 56 can impact how you submit applications to the AER.

Variances that are distinct to the AER will be clarified.

You will gain understand to the distinct language the Regulator uses for various sections in the Directive

You will gain valuable insight on how multiple regulatory instruments at the AER are interconnected. A specific example are the changes to regulations that have been made to accommodate the implementation of the OneStop system.

Course Support Materials:

  • All course attendees will receive 60 days access to TOP Regulatory (a $2000 value).  
  • TOP Regulatory Features: 

    • Search by keywords within application files
    • Download applications on demand
    • Trust the files will never be archived or removed
    • Monitor competitor activity effortlessly
    • Filter applications by company, category, or application type
    • Get critical documents from one location (AER, IRIS, EPEA, Water Act, and Annual Performance Presentations) 
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Course Outline:

1. What’s new with Directive 56 and why?

2. Changes to the Well Licence Section, including:

  • Changes to licence terms and extension requests
  • Removal of the “how to” section
  • Licence information updates - when and how to submit them
  • Explanation of submitting spatial data
  • Clarification of Participant involvement requirements
  • Changes to technical information requirements

3. Overall Manual 12 flow changes

  • Pro's
  • Cons

4. Factors to be considered before filing an energy development licence application

5. What is Participant Involvement?

5. Ins and Outs of the Audit Process

7. Other considerations including Oil and Gas Conservation Act and the Pipeline Act

7. What’s next? E.g. Pipeline Applications/ Licencing Facilities


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate JWN Learning Certificate of Completion

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