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 Land and Energy Professionals (CALEP) 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 CALEP as a non-profit organization.
Canada West Land Services Ltd.
5774 10 Street NE
Calgary, AB, T2E 8W7
As Vice President of the CALEP, 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 Professionalism portfolio aims 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 concerning 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 CALEP Professionalism Manual is available for purchase through the CALEP office and is available on-line for CALEP 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 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 Finance portfolio is primarily focused on maintaining and increasing the financial health of the CALEP. 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 Land and Energy Professionals”. (These guidelines can be found on the CALEP 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 CALEP'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 CALEP's 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 Member Services portfolio encompasses:
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
Education Portfolio Mandate
We will strive to provide the highest quality education offerings to enhance our members' career growth and development.
We will demonstrate a strong commitment to relevant education offerings that keeps pace with evolving industry trends and provide members with timely and valuable sessions to upskill and reskill in addition to foundational education for today’s commercial and business professionals.