Navigating the new AER regulations for liability management (Dec. 2, 2021)

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In June 2021, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) published a new directive for public comment: Licensee Life-cycle Management. This directive affects liability, closure and reclamation for every operator in Alberta. 

Specifically, the purpose of the directive is to describe the following new and update life-cycle management requirements:

  • Holistic assessment of a licensee’s capabilities and performance
  • Licensee capability assessment system
  • Introduction of the Licensee Management Program
  • Introduction of the Inventory Reduction Program
  • Updates to the licence transfer process, and
  • Security collection under this directive 

This four-hour course will review the new directive and updates to liability management programs and new regulatory requirements.  


Course Details:

Date: Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, (course date is subject to change dependent on AER announcements)

Duration: 4 hours

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (MT)

Price: US$400

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

See below for course policy

Who Should Attend: 

  • Oil and gas executives – CEO, CFO, VP Regulatory, VP Corporate Development, board members  
  • Regulatory professionals  
  • Operations and engineering professionals
  • Closure and abandonment professionals
  • Regulators  


Attendees to the course will understand:  

  • Changes made to liability management programs and how these changes could impact their operations.   
  • The nuances needed to navigate through AER policy.   
  • How this contributes to reducing provincial oil and gas liabilities.  



The teaching team has combined more than 35 years of regulatory expertise within the energy industry. This team will explain how stakeholders can avoid common mistakes and misconceptions about the regulatory process and how to maximize the efficiency of application approvals.


Mark is a seasoned energy sector leader who brings 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, and held several leadership positions. Her 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. 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. 

Rob has worked as a manager and director at the Alberta Energy Regulator. He has also worked as an exploration geologist in Alberta and Saskatchewan as well as involvement with A&D companies.

He 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 including providing 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 gain an understanding of what is new and what has been updated in the AER liability management programs 

  • You will learn how the updated liability management programs will impact your operations and planning 

  • You will learn how the AER is phasing in the new and updated programs and what Directives the new program and processes will be replacing 


Course Outline: 

  • What is new with licensee liability management programs, and why?  
  • Overview of the new requirements, unnamed Directive: Licensee Life-Cycle Management 
  • Changes to Directive 067: Eligibility Requirements for Acquiring and Holding Energy Licences and Approvals 
  • Overview of Industry-wide closure spend targets 
  • What is the Licensee Capability Assessment? 
  • A discussion of what the holistic approach review includes 
  • What’s next? Example: what to expect, potential revisions, timelines, etc.  


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

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Navigating the new AER regulations for liability management (Dec. 2, 2021)

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