News and Views from PSAC - October 25, 2018
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Final Chance to Register for PSAC 2018 Industry Insights Luncheon on November 1, 2018 - Reserve your Seat Now!

On November 1, 2018, join PSAC to hear Allan Fogwill (Canadian Energy Research Institute), Jason Switzer (Pembina Institute) and Dr. David Layzell (University of Calgary) deliver presentations at our 2018 Industry Insights Luncheon. Moderated by Stewart Muir (Resource Works BC), our distinguished speakers will address the current disruption in Canada’s oil and gas industry related to the future of oil and gas in Canada, the pace of change and transition to renewable energy, the potential of hydrogen fuel cell technology to sustain the continued development of our oil and gas resources, all providing insightful intelligence to the oilfield services sector in planning for the future.

Register today to reserve your seat!  
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PSAC Member News and Events
Canadian Oilfield Services Activity Forecast and Industry Outlook, November 1, 2018 - Register Now!
Following our luncheon, our most popular event, the Canadian Oilfield Services Activity Forecast and Industry Outlook, provides insights on key industry trends and projected activity levels for Canada's oil and gas industry to assist with business planning for the year ahead. Sponsored and moderated by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, attendees will hear 2019 predictions and thoughts from: Elias Foscolos, Equity Research Analyst, Industrial Alliance Securities Inc.; Amir Arif, E&P Equity Research, Cormark Securities Inc.; Ben Brunnen, Vice President, Oil Sands, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers; and Tom Whalen, President & CEO, Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), who will announce PSAC's Canadian Drilling Activity Forecast figures for 2019.

Register now!  
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PSAC Joins Industry Voices in Op-ed on Bill C-69
A rendering of the northwest side of the LNG Canada project - Courtesy LNG Canada
Understanding the grave impact that the current version of Bill C-69, presently under review by the Senate, will have on capital investment, PSAC joined with other industry associations in voicing concerns publicly through an op-ed published today by the National Post.  It can be found on page A10 in the print edition and is the top story on the Full Comment page of the National Post website.
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2019 PSAC STARS & SPURS Gala - Early Bird Tickets Available
For more than two decades, we've had the honour of presenting the PSAC STARS & Spurs Gala, supporting STARS Air Ambulance in their fight for life.

We've raised more than $15 million since 1994, and we're hoping to make our 2019 event the most successful fundraiser gala yet. On January 19, 2019, join us for our 25th anniversary celebration - a magical night of dinner, dancing, and great entertainment all in support of a life-saving cause. Network with your industry peers, entertain clients, or just enjoy a night in the heart of Calgary alongside the STARS crew.

A limited number of early bird tickets are available exclusively to PSAC members for the month of October at will go on sale to the general public on November 1, 2018.
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PSAC Welcomes New Members
In September 2018, PSAC welcomed Core Members Control Technology Inc.Nexus Energy Technologies Inc., and West Rock Energy Consultants Ltd.  Also, PSAC welcomed Affiliate Members Industrial Alliance Securities Inc.360 Energy Liability Management, and Peaskie Minerals Inc. Welcome to PSAC!
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Industry News
Safety Bulletin - Legal Does Not Equal Safe - Issue #20-2018
As of October 17, 2018, recreational cannabis is legal in Canada. The use of alcohol and drugs can have serious adverse effects on the safety of workers and the public. Impairment in the workplace has always been unacceptable and will continue to be unacceptable. Cannabis use will be dealt with the same as any other cause of impairment. 

To view the complete safety bulletin on impairment risk in the safety-sensitive workplace, click here
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EI Rates for 2019
On September 13, 2018, the Canada Employment Insurance Commission (CEIC) announced that the 2019 EI premium rate will be $1.62 per $100 of insurable earnings – a decrease of 4 cents for employees compared to the 2018 rate, and a decrease of 5 cents to $2.27 for employers who pay 1.4 times the employee rate.

EI premium rates for residents of Quebec, who are separately covered under the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP), will be reduced by $0.37 per $100 of insurable earnings, to a premium rate of $1.25 ($1.75 for employers). 

Taking account of the rise in Maximum Insurable Earnings for 2019 to $53,100 (from $51,700), the maximum annual EI contribution for a worker will increase by $2.00 to $860.22 (up $2.80 for employers to $1204.31 per employee). In Quebec, the maximum annual contribution for a worker will decrease by $8.35 to $663.75 (down $11.69 for employers to $929.25 per employee). 
The CEIC sets the premium rate each year based on the seven-year break-even rate, which is a rate forecast to balance the EI Operating Account over a seven-year horizon, including the elimination of any cumulative surplus or deficit. Particulars of 2019 rate-setting may be found at the following links:
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Industry Events
Canada Spotlight at Gas Asia Summit 2018, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
October 31 - November 1, 2018
The Government of Alberta, Canada-ASEAN Business Council and the High Commission of Canada in Singapore invite you to join them at the Canada Spotlight session at Gas Asia Summit 2018 on October 31 and November 1, 2018 in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. It is the only natural gas & LNG conference within the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) framework. Canada Spotlight will discuss the opportunities brought by Canada’s LNG projects to Asian customers, and share best practices in infrastructure development.

Besides Canada Spotlight, Gas Asia Summit will feature highlights including: 
  • Discovering natural gas & LNG opportunities in the emerging and developing Asia, such as Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh
  • The Singapore Story – the journey of Singapore towards an LNG trading and LNG bunkering hub, lessons learned and next steps
  • Exploring innovations in business models, policies and technologies
As the industry’s leading event, Gas Asia Summit (GAS) is a collaborative platform to showcase the investment opportunities and dynamic developments in Asia’s natural gas and LNG sector. Download the brochure for more details.
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Bill C-69 - The Last of a Thousand Cuts or a Solution to Regulatory Frustration?
Calgary, AB, November 5, 2018
The federal government seems intent on pushing through Bill C-69 despite vocal concern. The government argues that C-69 modernizes consultation and environmental review and will actually streamline the process. Opponents, however, argue that the bill could mean that there will never be another major energy project approved in Canada. The rhetoric is heated and polarized. It’s time to cut through it and look for facts on the real impact of C-69 for the energy sector. 

Join the University of Calgary and their panel of experts as they do a deep dive into C-69 and analyze its projected implications. Is the debate overheated, or does C-69 represent an existential threat to the energy sector? Register here and for more details.
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2018 Ecological Issues Forum, Calgary, AB, November 15, 2018
PTAC Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada invites you to join them for this informative full-day 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 minimize impacts to all levels of biodiversity and ecological processes while continuing to develop oil and gas reserves, and to effectively restore impacted areas. At the same time, it is important that the policy and regulatory requirements governing oil and gas activity in these areas be based in science. Thus, research is needed to affect the direction of current and emerging policy and legislation.
Click here to learn more!
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Innovation Showcase: Deployment-Ready New Technologies for Cost Reduction, Environmental and Efficiency Improvements in Oil & Gas Operations, Calgary, AB, November 15, 2018
Join PTAC on November 20th for  their Third Annual Innovation Showcase highlighting technologies for methane detection and mitigation, digital, analytics, cloud computing and other emerging trends.
This FREE event will be held in a trade-show format, allowing attendees to network and browse 30 exhibitor booths throughout the morning. This event format provides a space where end-users can access numerous technology solutions at one time, which aim to both reduce costs and improve environmental performance. Stop by and grab your morning coffee while you browse the exhibitor booths!
 Click here to learn more and register for this year's exciting showcase!
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WorkSafeBC Pre-Drilling Season Session
Fort St. John, BC, November 20, 2018
WorkSafeBC is pleased to invite you to a pre-drilling season presentation on November 20, 2018 in Fort St. John, B.C. 
Prevention Field Services Manager, Budd Phillips, will be presenting on topics including:
  • Flow Pipe Integrity and Anchoring
  • Hazardous Atmosphere Exposures
  • Tank Cleaning
  • Drilling
  • Update on WorkSafeBC Inspection Initiatives including Process Safety Management
This event will be held at the Northern Grand Hotel, Fort St. John, BC on November 20, 2018 from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Lunch will be provided at noon. To register, contact Jim Bowie at by November 06, 2018.  
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Impact Society and Partners Present:  INNOVATE II
(Part of the INNOVATE Series), Calgary, AB, November 21, 2018 
Through the INNOVATE series, Indigenous and Industry leaders will collaborate to create a united seven-generation vision and process to enable sustainable energy development in Canada. Results will be healthy, prosperous communities with opportunity to help eliminate on and off reserve poverty and educational disparity while building productive workers, strong family and community foundations, and environmental integrity, leading to a positive future for all our children and children’s children.

INNOVATE ll is a platform for Indigenous and Industry leaders to achieve a unified long-term vision, paving the way for genuine partnerships which strengthen Indigenous communities, increase the completion rate of projects, and treat the earth with honour and respect, resulting in a long-lasting legacy in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. 
The agenda will provide details of the activities for the day. For further information, contact either Jack Toth (403.660.6264 or or Gerald Auger (587.215.0525 or

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the INNOVATE series.
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Operational Excellence in Energy & Utilities Summit
Toronto, ON, November 26 - 28, 2018
Join 150+ operations leaders this November 26 - 28 at the Operational Excellence in Energy & Utilities Summit (Toronto). The 2018 conference is your best opportunity this year to benchmark your company performance against the best in the industry and learn how to enhance efficiency, reliability, safety, and drive Operational Excellence to the frontline.

November 26 - 28, 2018
Toronto, ON
Confirmed speakers include Enbridge, Suncor, Irving Oil, Andeavor, Veolia, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, NASA, Ontario Power Generation, Petro-Canada Lubricants and many more –  all presenting at the event and there to guide you on your business transformation journey. Download the agenda to find out more

For sponsorship opportunities please contact the event director, Leslie Allen
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Methane Emissions Reduction Forum, Calgary, AB
November 27 and 28, 2018
This informative two-day event will focus on various aspects of reducing methane emissions from oil and gas operations such as: Regulation development, resources and opportunities available to industry, as well as, detection, quantification and mitigation/control technologies used to address targeted emission source areas. Current and future challenges facing the Canadian oil and gas industry will be discussed in relation to 2025 methane emissions reductions targets and, in exploring this critical issue, this forum will also take a closer look at the current state of emissions reduction opportunities as well as the challenges and opportunities available to support technology innovation and new practices.
Click here to learn more and register!
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JWN Webinar Series: Transportation and Logistical Solutions
Webinar for Exporters, December 6, 2018
Learn the steps and processes you need to move product and services beyond Canada's borders! Shipping products efficiently and competitively is key to the success of any export plan, and mistakes can be costly. Whether or not you are a new or an experienced exporter, there are always areas that can be confusing or unclear. Knowing the processes and right steps is crucial. Attend this complimentary webinar to learn about:
  • Preparing goods for shipping 
  • Carrier choices, modes and other services available to exporters 
  • Liabilities and risks 
  • Documentation (customs and Incoterms) 
  • Logistical processes and technologies 
More information and registration details found here.
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