Within this section:

  • Formal Partnerships
  • Western Regulators' Forum

  • The AER works with other organizations all the time in an effort to learn from the experiences of others, to share what we know, and to collaborate on common challenges. Occasionally, we engage with other organizations at a more formal level and we establish partnerships. Examples of formal partnerships include service agreements, memorandums of understanding, and staff secondments where we commit to working closely with other organizations for a period of time. We have established these types of partnerships with other regulators as well as with research organizations. These partnerships enable the sharing of best practices, encourage technical collaboration, and support regulatory alignment where possible.

    Formal Partnerships

    International Centre of Regulatory Excellence
    The AER has entered into a strategic partnership with the International Centre of Regulatory Excellence (ICORE) through a memorandum of understanding that formalizes efforts to work collaboratively, share information and expertise, and build an international community dedicated to regulatory excellence in extractive industries such as energy and mining.

    As a founding member of ICORE, the AER will offer expertise in the form of in-kind services provided by AER subject matter experts. This partnership directly supports the AER as it further enables the important work of building and continuously improving regulators that excel in engagement, technical acumen and regulatory innovation – initiatives that will benefit all Albertans through increased sharing of best practices and collaboration with global regulators.

    Government of the Northwest Territories
    The AER and the Government of the Northwest Territories signed a two-year service agreement in April 2014 for the AER to provide assistance in developing a fully-functional provincial regulatory agency – the Office of the Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations.

    British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission
    In May 2014, the AER and the BC Oil and Gas Commission agreed to form a strategic partnership through a memorandum of understanding to enhance energy resource regulation in both Alberta and British Columbia.

    Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos, Mexico
    The MOU signed in June 2014 between the AER and Mexico’s energy regulator, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos formalizes an agreement to work collaboratively on regulatory best practices in the development of hydrocarbon resources.

    Stichting Deltares, Netherlands
    The Alberta Geological Survey of the AER and Stichting Deltares, an independent institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface in the Netherlands, signed an MOU in December 2014 to cooperate in the advancement of energy regulation through hydrogeological science.

    British Geological Survey, United Kingdom
    Recognizing the importance of geoscience in national sustainable development, wealth creation, environmental protection, and enhancement of the quality of life, the Alberta Geological Survey of the AER and the British Geological Survey signed a letter of intent that enables technical collaboration in earth sciences in May 2016.

    Polish Geological Institute
    In recognition of the importance of geoscience in national sustainable development and environmental protection, the Alberta Geological Survey through the AER, signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Polish Geological Institute in November 2017. This LOI establishes the formal exchange of information as well as collaborative research efforts between the two regulators.

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    Western Regulators’ Forum

    The Western Regulators’ Forum is a working partnership established in 2014 to promote collaboration and pursue mutual priorities among oil and gas regulators in western Canada. The AER and its peers the National Energy Board, British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission, and the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy make up the forum. Together, they have formed three main working groups:

    1. venting, flaring, and emissions
    2. wellbore integrity
    3. pipeline safety indicators
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