Introduction to corporate water strategy development in the oil and gas sector (Feb 9, 2022)

5 modules


Course Length
3 hours

Jordan Shuler


Upcoming Sessions


What would happen to your business tomorrow if you could no longer use water?

Water is an essential input to operations and influences the frequency and cost of key asset maintenance. These risks are found across the entire span of business operations and have material impacts on operations, sustainability strategies, and balance sheets.

Water is also a unique and deeply emotional resource, with the United Nations recognizing water access as a human right. Both shareholders and stakeholders increasingly demand meaningful disclosures on water in the ESG context.

Sustainability leaders in oil and gas need to be able to understand, mitigate, and communicate about their companies’ water risks, impacts, and opportunities. They need practical approaches to manage regulatory changes and challenging scenarios, such as water shortages, floods, and sharp changes in water quality. To do this, companies need a water strategy.

After this course you will have a clear understanding of how a water strategy prepares businesses to respond, adapt, and lead as risks and opportunities emerge around this essential resource.

This live course is delivered by Kim Sturgess, CEO & founder and Edwin Piñero, special advisor, WaterSMART in partnership with JWN Energy and the Daily Oil Bulletin.


Who should attend?

This course is recommended for oil and gas professionals in all streams of oil and gas production, including those creating alternative products within the oil and gas value chain (e.g. hydrogen, petrochemicals, etc.). It is recommended those attending have a post-secondary degree. It is beneficial if those attending have a base level of knowledge where water is used/required within their company.


Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Duration: 3 hours (PDH – 2.5)

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (MT)

Cost: US$400

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

See below for cancellation policy.


After attending this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Relate frameworks for water strategy development to their team for further consideration
  • Identify where their company would benefit from a water strategy
  • Understand the importance and role of water within their company
  • Describe what a water strategy is to their company and their peers
  • Articulate key water metrics
  • Practice the initial steps to develop a water strategy on a page
  • Communicate initial actions to undertake to better manage water



Kim Sturgess, CEO & founder, WaterSMART

Kim’s lifelong passion for water is exemplified throughout her career. As the founder of WaterSMART Solutions Ltd., Kim has served as CEO since its inception in 2005. She is also the executive director of the non-profit Alberta WaterPortal Society, which provides education on water issues in Alberta and around the world.

Kim has extensive experience in technology start-ups and management, as well as in oil and gas, pipelines, and industrial products and services. She has served on the boards of CCI Thermal Technologies, the Alberta Chamber of Resources, the Alberta Land Institute, the Alberta Water Council, the Calgary Airport Authority, the Council of Canadian Academies, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the National Research Council, APEGA, the Alberta Economic Development Authority, and Queen’s University. She also served as president of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

She holds a degree in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University and a Master of Business Administration from Western University. She received an Honorary Doctor of Science from Queen’s University and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary. Kim also received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. In 2015, she was awarded the Order of Canada.


Edwin Piñero, special advisor, WaterSMART

Ed joined WaterSMART as special advisor in 2016. He also serves as the president of EcoMetrics LLC, and has extensive expertise in oil, gas, mining, and water issues and governance within the private, public, and service sectors. For EcoMetrics LLC, Ed collaborates with international teams, engages stakeholders, and interfaces with government agencies, NGOs, and academic institutions. He also provides sustainability consulting services as the president of The Piñero Group LLC.

Ed supports WaterSMART by advising clients on water-related issues such as strategy, best practices, reporting, metrics, and making the business case for water stewardship. Over his career, Ed has been engaged in many water-related initiatives, including the UN CEO Water Mandate and Alliance for Water Stewardship. He served as director of Water Programs with the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development; as senior vice-president for Sustainability for Veolia North America; and as a White House Federal Environmental executive, developing sustainability policy within the U.S. Federal government. He has a long history addressing the business case for water and environmental stewardship.

Ed holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the State University of New York—Brockport and a Master of Science in Geology from Texas A&M University.



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 two 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.  



Course Objectives:

Students will learn:

  • The role water plays within oil and gas businesses
  • Current water risks and opportunities in oil and gas businesses
  • Examples of how a water strategy has aided other businesses
  • The names and basic functions of some existing tools to support water strategy development and implementation


After attending this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Relate frameworks for water strategy development to their team for further consideration
  • Identify where their company would benefit from a water strategy
  • Understand the importance and role of water within their company
  • Describe what a water strategy is to their company and their peers
  • Articulate key water metrics
  • Practice the initial steps to develop a water strategy on a page
  • Communicate initial actions to undertake to better manage water



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

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