Our membership is comprised of land professionals having diverse business and technical skills, knowledge and experience in the various areas of mineral and surface rights and contract negotiations and management. As an Association dedicated to these Petroleum Landman, it is our obligation to provide the types of aid and support that will help to strengthen their profile as professionals in contributing to the growth and success of our Oil and Gas Industry.
The President of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL) is to ensure that the highest standards of professionalism are upheld by our Board of Directors in delivering these benefits to our members:
1) providing educational, leadership and mentorship programs, functional networking opportunities and other similar initiatives that will give our members the ability to demonstrate real value and benefit of membership to their employers as land professionals and to the Industry and public as peers and representatives of our Association;
2) ensuring that the goals and objectives of the organization are effectively aligned with the needs and expectations of the members;
3) establishing meaningful and relevant distinctions of proficiency and professional achievement;
4) pursuing initiatives for the development and advancement of our business and technology;
5) striving to develop and build upon our liaisons and relationships with the public, educational institutions, regulatory bodies and other businesses and Associations having common concerns and objectives related to the everchanging elements of our Industry; and
6) managing the Association's funding and sponsorship in a fiscally responsible manner and in accordance with the principles and laws as are applicable and appropriate for governance of CAPL as a non-profit organization.
Action Land & Environmental Services Ltd.
Box 20096 Kensington RPO
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 8M4
As Vice President of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL) it is my responsibility to assist the President to ensure:
In addition to assisting the President with the above tasks, the role of the Vice President includes:
The Finance portfolio is primarily focused on maintaining and increasing the financial health of the CAPL. It involves the following timely responsibilities:
*All volunteer committee members must abide by the “Monetary Management Policy plus Expenditure and Conduct Guidelines for Committees Operating under the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen”. (These guidelines can be found on the CAPL website under Membership, Financial Information)
The Field Acquisition and Management (FAM) portfolio represents the surface components of the land profession. The committee consists of approximately 30 volunteers including the Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary.
FAM’s members actively participate in various external and internal liaison capacities in addition to sub committees set up within FAM to address policy and access issues. These include:
FAM works to increase the CAPL’s voice within the different regulatory channels as well as the various NGO’s who influence surface access within the energy industry. FAM seeks to actively participate in discussions regarding current issues which affect our industry in respect to surface rights and securing access to land, for both freehold and crown land. FAM also seeks to be a source of information to CAPL members and others in the industry who want to remain well informed on this subject. In addition, FAM is a strong supporter of maintaining and enhancing professional conduct within industry and will continue to promote this with the Professionalism and Education Committees.
The Education portfolio is mandated with managing Continuing Education, Scholarships, Mentorship Programs and Post Secondary Advisory functions as well as coordinating efforts with groups such as CAPLA and PJVA. Through the various committees, the Education Director is tasked with enhancing the overall professional development of the CAPL members
The CAPL Education Committee continues to offer high quality, relevant courses to our members and non-members. Our volunteers have generously donated their time and expertise to ensure that our classes are well organized, well presented, and continually improving. We are continuously challenged with developing and implementing new courses (with the help of the New Education portfolio). We are continually striving to improve our offers and welcome feedback and ideas from our membership.
This committee has been in discussions with the University of Calgary Haskayne School of Management and we are advising as to courses related to a new EPLM certificate. Education and New Education will continue to provide guidance to the EPLM program.
The CAPL Mentoring Committee was established in 2010 and is committed to finding industry Landmen who will act as dedicated Mentors to students enrolled in the University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Management . The purpose of these relationships is it to facilitate the student’s transition from university student to business professional and our goal is that the positive influence on the student will help foster his or her entry into the land profession and that the experience will prove to be a rewarding one for all parties involved.
We have a committee of volunteers, most of whom have been members for a number of years, that are dedicated to making the CAPL Mentoring committee a success.
Petroleum Land Business (PLB) Advisory
The PLB program at Mount Royal University provides a high quality Petroleum Land training option with greater access for working professionals. In this way the Land community can capitalize on their existing business & leadership skills. Land professionals historically come from many backgrounds, including the original Mount Royal College Petroleum Land program. The PLB Certificate will provide a vehicle to continue this legacy in a complimentary program to the industry’s current offerings. In order to maintain quality programming the PLB Advisory committee was established. The volunteer committee is committed to reviewing potential enhancements to the program in order to provide the best quality programming for its candidates.
The Member Services portfolio encompasses:
The mandate of the Communications Portfolio is to keep the membership informed on a timely basis of ongoing activities and initiatives both within the CALEP and in the industry in general. The primary means to accomplish this is through The Negotiator, the newsletter of the CALEP. Published monthly from September through June, it is the main source of constitutional, educational, technical, organizational and social information for our members. Through the efforts of a large network of volunteers, The Negotiator has established itself as a premier and award winning industry publication. Alliances with governments, interest groups and other industry organizations enable The Negotiator to publish articles of interest and relevance and to keep our membership apprised of new and ongoing initiatives and upcoming industry events.
The Negotiator is funded through a combination of advertising revenue and membership dues and is provided to members and select industry associates. Now available on-line.
Inquiries regarding advertising space and rates as well as content concerns and comments are in the Negotiator.
The goal of the Professionalism portfolio is to increase recognition of landmen as professionals within the Oil and Gas Industry and encourage both Surface and Mineral Landmen, to attain the highest level of professional proficiency, education and ethical conduct in their respective fields. The portfolio has the overall responsibility for handling matters with respect to the Professional designation programs, the professional conduct of all members, and handling disputes and claims with regard to ethical issues. Various sub-committees have been created to deal with these issues; the chairs of each of these sub-committees are listed below. Please feel free to contact them with specific questions.
The Professional designations have been developed and approved by our Association. They are as follows:
The course of action required to attain any of the above are set forth in the Professionalism Procedure document on the CAPL’s website.
By the Association supporting and creating these designations, it was determined that they would set a standard by which other landmen, industry members, related government departments and the public can be assured that the holder of the designations has developed a high level of professional competency, understanding and ethical conduct.
In support of the Professionalism Program, the Committee continues to have responsibility for screening all applicants, assigning and tracking credits for re-certification, updating the Professionalism Manual and the updating and preparing the P.Land® and PSL® Exams. The manual continues to provide material for studying for the P.Land® and PSL® Exams and is a valuable reference tool for all landmen. The current CAPL Professionalism Manual is available for purchase through the CAPL office and is available on-line for CAPL members under the “Members Only” section.
In order to remain competitive with the other disciplines in our industry, it is vital that landmen are considered professionals, equal in standing with geologists, geophysicists, engineers and accountants. Awareness, education and proficiency are a few of the key skills required to reach this goal. Currently, about 15% of our Association has one or both of the professional designations. In attempting to strengthen professionalism within our organization, this committee has come up with the following 2014/2015 objectives:
The mandate of the New Education portfolio is to develop high quality and relevant new courses, seminars and workshops to augment the existing Education portfolio.
New course offerings will focus on topical issues and learning opportunities that keeps pace with evolving industry trends and applicable professional development for the changing role of the land professional.
This portfolio will collaborate with the Education portfolio regarding EPLM Advisory and engagement with Post-Secondary institutions
The role of the Past President is as an advisor to the President and non-voting member of the Board of Directors. In addition, specific responsibilities include: Chairman of the Nominations Committee for the Board Elections and member of the Office Executive Committee. As Past President I will also serve a two-year term as one of two Directors from Canada to the American Association of Professional Landmen. I look forward to fulfilling these roles over the coming year
The mandate of the EVENTS portfolio is to provide CAPL members an opportunity to meet new members, expand existing contacts, and build stronger relationships in a social setting. And also to organize and execute on the General Meetings as required by the bylaws. We have a number of committees and dedicated volunteers working on various events. Please check out the events we have planned and come out and support the activity of your choice. These events are put on for you, the Members, and more participation always makes for a better event with more opportunities to catch up with old friends and to make new ones. If you have any ideas for new events or would like to volunteer on any committees please feel free to contact me or one of the committee chairmen.
Committee Chairmen (CAPL Sponsored Events):
Committee Chairmen (CAPL Endorsed Event):
General Meetings Committee Chairmen - Elizabeth Zyluk
Surge Energy Inc.
The Public Relations Committee is responsible for promoting the CAPL and the land profession within industry and the communities in which it operates. Our goal is to educate and create awareness of the role of the Landman and the contributions made by the 1700 members of our Association.
We achieve this through our principal activities which include:
The Public Relations Committee has several standing subcommittees which are responsible for the planning and execution of these goals and activities. New members willing to assist and contribute are always welcome. Should you have any questions or would like to provide feedback, please feel free to contact me.
Brittany Consulting Ltd.
External Relations West/North