CAPPA CPD Luncheon: Alberta’s Methane Emissions Reduction

April 25, 2017

11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Venue: University of Calgary, Downtown Campus, 906 – 8th Ave. SW, Calgary

Please note there are no walk-up onsite registrations.

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Presentation Description:

In November 2015 the Government of Alberta announced the Climate Leadership Plan. One component of this plan is a commitment to reduce methane emissions from the upstream oil & gas sector 45% from the 2014 level by 2025. The AER is leading a multi-stakeholder process to inform the design on new regulation that will deliver this policy target while minimizing the financial impact on the industry. Mark’s talk will give an overview of the existing methane ‘landscape’, discuss the guiding principles of the AER’s regulatory development and touch on specific impacts these regulations may have on CAPPA members.

Speaker Bio:

Mark Taylor 

Mark Taylor has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently Sr. Vice President Climate Policy Assurance (CPAT) / Closure & Liability at the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).

Mark graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in Mechanical Engineering and has worked in field and office roles for various companies throughout his career. Those companies include Amoco/BP, Alberta Energy Company (AEC)/Encana, Sinopec Daylight and Mosaic Energy. Over the past 20 years Mark has lead teams responsible for developing unconventional oil and gas assets in Western Canada. These assets include the Horseshoe Canyon CBM, Horn River shale, Montney gas and Cardium oil. Mark has served on the Board of Directors at CSUR (Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources), and as the chair of both the Stakeholder Engagement Committee and the Regulatory Committee. Mark has been engaged first hand with stakeholders in developing strategies that allow for the appropriate and continued development of Western Canada’s resource plays.

A primary focus for the CPAT team is to ensure that the policy target for methane emissions in Alberta is met. The target, a 45% reduction from the 2014 baseline for the oil and gas industry by 2025, will require all stakeholders to engage and collaborate to achieve an effective and efficient path to success.

The Closure & Liability Branch of the AER is focused on the end of life work related to all aspects of energy development in Alberta. Engaging with stakeholders, working with our partners within the Government of Alberta and leveraging the wealth of skills and knowledge in the team we ensure that positive outcomes are achieved on the landscape.

Mark and his wife Cathy have four children (26, 17, 15 and 13). Mark enjoys a busy family life travelling (usually to competitions; figure skating (Cathy competes around the world), dance and archery (the kids)), and skiing.



11:30 am    – Registration & Networking

11:45 am    – Lunch 

12:00 noon – Presentation

Please note there are no walk-up onsite registrations.

At each luncheon, attendees are entered to win one of 3 draws: Complimentary registration for the
next CPD and two door prizes.



CAPPA Members – $68.00 (CAD)
Non-members – $82.00 (CAD) (not a member? Click hereto apply for membership)

Please note there are no walk-up onsite registrations.

CPD Luncheon attendees must contact the CAPPA office in order to cancel their registration. Cancellations must be received in writing by email ( The following refund policy is in place:

– Full refunds will be given up to 10 days prior to the event.

– A 50% refund will be given up to 6 days prior to the event.

– Refunds will not be provided thereafter. 

There is an administration fee of $20 to cancel.


Registration, however, may be transferred to another attendee without an administration fee. Please notify CAPPA of the transfer to another attendee. The original registrant would be responsible to sort the payment out offline with the new attendee.