Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) invites you to join us for this informative event. Sustainable resource development and access to the resource are some of the leading challenges facing industry today. The oil and gas industry is committed to integrated resource management by managing physical footprint on the landscape and minimizing industry-based effects on species, ecosystems and ecosystem components. The challenge facing industry is to reduce impacts to biodiversity and ecological processes while continuing to sustainably develop, reclaim, and effectively restore areas impacted by oil and gas development. At the same time, it is important that policy and regulatory requirements governing oil and gas activity in these areas are informed through research and sound science. 

Oil and gas producers have in recent years invested millions of dollars in ecological related research projects to address challenges. The broad focus areas of these projects include the role of predation in woodland caribou population declines; the effectiveness of footprint reclamation or functional restoration; the effectiveness of mitigation activities; and wildlife responses to oil and gas activity.  

This event will provide technical updates from current industry sponsored research that has oversight from industry and government technical champions. Presentation highlights will include project learnings/outcomes, best practices, potential cost savings, and future impact to policy and regulations.  The day will finish off with a panel discussion with engagement from the audience on research done to date, what work has seen success in being operationalized, what are the outcomes and what still needs to be done?   


8:15 AMRegistration, Networking, and Breakfast
8:45 AMOpening Remarks
Allan Fogwill, PTAC
8:55 AMEcological Research Planning Committee Update
Mark Boulton, Suncor | Shane Patterson, Alberta Environment and Protected Areas
Session 1: Caribou
9:15 AMLaura Finnegan, fRI Research
The effects of oil and gas development on the occupancy, reproduction status, and reproductive rates of prey species within caribou ranges
9:35 AMScott Wilson, Silvacom
Algar Caribou Habitat Restoration Project
9:55 AMAndrea Crook, OptiSeis Solutions
EcoSeis Phase 2
Session 2: Birds and Bears
10:30 AMGordon Stenhouse and Dr. Darío Fernández-Bellon, fRI Research
Bears – Where do we go from here.
An overview of two decades of science providing knowledge and planning tools to ensure the long-term conservation of grizzly bears in Alberta and an overview of the next 5 year plan.
10:55 AMPaul Frame, Alberta Environment and Protected Areas
Status of Recovery Plan/Where things are at with grizzly bear recovery
11:20 AMErin Bayne, University of Alberta
Enhancing auto-recognition technologies and data management practices within the open environmental sensor platform, WildTrax
11:40 AMErin Bayne, University of Alberta
Canada Warbler Response to Vegetation on Recovering Energy Sector
Session 3: Habitat
12:40 PMDean MacKenzie, Vertex
Evaluation of Reclamation Practices on Forested Upland and Peatland Sites
With a focus on the Decision Support Tool Framework
1:00 PMBrian Lambert, North Shore Environmental and Shane Patterson, AEPA - on behalf of the Grassland Restoration Forum
Recovery Strategies for Industrial Development in Native Grassland – the Dry Mixedgrass and Mixedgrass Natural Subregion
1:20 PMMike Toffan, Project Forest
Project Forest Presentation
1:40 PMClosing Remarks / Adjournment
Please note: all presenters have been invited, some yet to be confirmed.