What do you want to learn about?
We have welcomed hundreds of delegates from around the world who wish to learn how we regulate Alberta’s energy industry. In 2013—the year we became the single provincial energy regulator—the number of delegates interested in engaging with us significantly increased.
With the international community requesting delegation visits about 30 times per year, the AER decided in 2017 to host its inaugural Regulatory Excellence Global Summit. The three-day event brought together around 100 delegates from 13 countries. Together, we shared information and inspired collaboration and innovation in the regulatory field.
Read more about the Global Summit or register for the next event.
Common Delegation Topics
We discuss a number of topics during delegation visits. Some main areas of interest among delegates include the following
|2016/17 Annual Report (report)||YouTube|
|AER overview/regulatory framework||YouTube - English | French|
|Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing in Alberta – Leading the Way||YouTube|
|Are Alberta’s Pipelines Safe?||YouTube (6 videos)|
|Core Research Centre||YouTube|
We have established formal partnerships with regulators and research organizations around the world to
- learn from the experiences of others,
- share what we know, and
- collaborate to solve common challenges.
These partnerships include the following:
The AER is the founder and a key partner of the International Centre of Regulatory Excellence (ICORE). Through a memorandum of understanding (MOU), the AER works with ICORE to share information and expertise, and to build an international community dedicated to regulatory excellence in extractive industries such as energy and mining.
This partnership directly supports the AER because 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.
The AER and the Government of the Northwest Territories signed a service agreement in April 2014 for the AER to provide assistance to the Northwest Territories in developing a fully functional regulatory agency—the Office of the Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations.
In May 2014, the AER and the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission agreed to form a strategic partnership through an MOU to enhance energy resource regulation in both Alberta and British Columbia.
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.
The AER’s Alberta Geological Survey 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 advancing energy regulation through hydrogeological science.
Recognizing the importance of geoscience in national sustainable development, wealth creation, environmental protection, and enhancement of the quality of life, the AER’s Alberta Geological Survey and the British Geological Survey signed a letter of intent in May 2016 that enables technical collaboration in earth sciences.
In recognition of the importance of geoscience in national sustainable development and environmental protection, the AER’s Alberta Geological Survey signed a letter of intent with the Polish Geological Institute in November 2017. This agreement facilitates the formal exchange of information as well as collaborative research efforts between the two regulators.
Western Regulators’ Forum
The Western Regulators Forum (WRF) promotes collaboration and pursues mutual priorities among oil and gas regulators in Western Canada. It was established in 2014 under the direction and authority of the:
- president and CEO of the Alberta Energy Regulator,
- the commissioner and CEO of the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC),
- the deputy minister of Energy and Resources for the Government of Saskatchewan, and
- the executive director of the Government of the Northwest Territories Office of the Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations.
The WRF structure includes a board, executive committee, and secretariat of the member organizations. The chair of these committees currently resides with BCOGC and will rotate to Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resource in April 2019.
The WRF is currently working on several projects including incident reporting, strategic use of standards in regulation, indigenous engagement, transparency, and pipeline regulation opportunities.
To learn more about national and international relations at the AER, please email InternationalRelations@aer.ca. If you are interested in visiting or would like to have an AER representative participate in an upcoming conference, please complete one of the forms below and send it to us at the email address above.