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Oil and Gas Industry Development Council


Natural Resources


Mandate of the Minister of Natural Resources


No Remuneration


The mandate of the Oil and Gas Industry Development Council (Council) is to assist Government in developing a long-term vision and implementation framework for the future development of the NL oil and gas industry, with a focus on developing a more sustainable and competitive industry, while ensuring that NL residents and businesses are the principal beneficiaries of our offshore resource development over the full life cycle of all project developments.


The Council will consist of ten members with three of those members fixed as follows:

  • Minister of Natural Resources (Chair);
  • NOIA (Chair or designate); and,
  • Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (NL Chair or designate)

The remaining seven members of the Council will be made of up representatives with a diverse mix of skills and experience and will be determined using a merit-based process as a Tier 2 entity added to Schedule C of the Public Service Commission Act.

Competency Profile:

Those who make up the Council should collectively possess the following core competencies:

  1. Local Content (local business and employment opportunities)
  • Comprehensive understanding of the oil and gas sector in multiple jurisdictions, including strategies to maximize local content
  • Expertise related to the impact of the Atlantic Accord legislation and Provincial Benefits Agreements on the development of oil and gas projects in Newfoundland and Labrador


  1. Strategic Business Development and Supply Chain Management
  • In-depth knowledge of global supply chain practices in the oil and gas sector
  • Expertise in export development and increasing global competitiveness
  • Demonstrated experience in the establishment of joint ventures
  • Proven experience related to procurement and contracting practices for the global oil and gas industry, as well as the existing NL offshore projects
  • Expertise in supplier development strategies to increase capacity and maximize local benefits
  • In-depth understanding of NL’s current supply and service capacity for offshore projects and varying development concepts
  1. Skills and Training
  • Knowledge of, and demonstrated ability to identify skills required for participation in the oil and gas industry including professional, skilled and unskilled positions
  • Proven expertise in the development and implementation of training programs and initiatives to maximize local participation in the oil and gas industry
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the current skilled labour capacity in NL, including where shortages exist
  1. Labour Relations
  • Demonstrated experience in operationalizing collective agreements in complex labour environments while maximizing local benefits
  • Thorough understanding of the structure of current labour agreements for NL offshore projects as well as the functioning of such agreements
  • Knowledge of emerging global trends in labour relations and/or labour agreements on major resource development projects
  1. Resource Development Experience
  • Demonstrated expertise in oil and gas exploration and development across multiple jurisdictions, in particular those in deep water or harsh environments
  • In-depth knowledge of various development concepts for oil and gas development, particularly for deep water, harsh environments
  • First-hand knowledge of the typical procurement requirements for both construction and operations phases of various development concepts
  1. Regulatory Environment
  • In-depth understanding of legislation governing the NL offshore including the Atlantic Accord, the Atlantic Accord Implementation Acts, and environmental protection regulations, including demonstrated experience working within the parameters of such legislation
  • In-depth understanding of the role of the CNLOPB in the development of NL offshore oil and gas resources including its policies, processes and authority, as well as demonstrated experience working closely with the CNLOPB on such matters
  • Thorough understanding of the existing Benefits Plans and Provincial Benefits Agreements and the role of both Government and the CNLOPB in monitoring and enforcing such agreements 
  1. Gender Equity and Diversity
  • Demonstrated ability to identify barriers faced by under-represented groups in the oil and gas industry including women, Aboriginals, persons with disabilities and visible minorities
  • Demonstrated expertise in the development and implementation of gender equity and diversity strategies/policies within the oil and gas industry
  • In-depth knowledge of the existing Provincial Gender Equity and Diversity Plans and the impact such Plans have on the NL offshore projects
  1. Research and Development / Innovation
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of R&D strategies for the oil and gas sector
  • Proven expertise in the development and implementation of new technologies for oil and gas exploration and development, particularly in deep water or harsh environments
  • Extensive knowledge of emerging global trends for innovative technologies in the oil and gas industry
  • Demonstrated understanding of NL’s R&D capacity and future potential


All individuals appointed to the Council are expected to hold the following requisite competencies and experiences:

  • Proven, demonstrated leadership with Executive experience as a stakeholder in the oil and gas industry;
  • Demonstrated commitment to developing a more sustainable and competitive NL oil and gas industry;
  • Ability to share expertise and perspectives in an open, supportive and confidential environment;
  • High ethical standards and integrity in professional dealings;
  • Experience in contributing to strategic discussions and their implementation;
  • Demonstrated ability to represent a broad spectrum of views rather than just that of their own company or organization and focus on a pan-provincial vision rather than individual priorities;
  • Flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • Ability to listen and work as a team member.

Time Commitments:

Members of the Council should be available to meet on a quarterly basis at a minimum, but more frequently if determined by the Chair. Any applicable working groups of the Council would meet on an as-needed basis.  Board members may also be expected to spend additional time to review materials and prepare for Board and Committee meetings.


Members of the Council are appointed by the Minister of Natural Resources for a minimum of one year.

Vacancy Profile:

The Oil and Gas Industry Development Council is seeking to fill one appointment vacancy. Expressions of interest are being sought from NL residents who possess the experience and qualifications identified in the board profile, with particular emphasis on gender equity requirements. Based on the growing mandate and future direction of the Council, the Council would benefit from applicants who possess the following competencies:

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Ocean Industries AssociationMemberMinisterial2017-02-02
Crosbie, Mr. RobertMemberMinisterial2016-12-21
Doyle, Mr. GusMemberMinisterial2016-12-21
Fanning, Mr. William (Bill)MemberMinisterial2016-12-21
Hickman, Ms. StephanieMemberMinisterial2016-12-21
Keating, Ms. KimberlyMemberMinisterial2016-12-21
Maclean, Mr. MalcolmMemberMinisterial2016-12-21
Minister of Natural ResourcesChairpersonAppointment by position2016-12-21
Power, Mr. SeanMemberMinisterial2016-12-21
Representative for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers MemberMinisterial2016-12-21

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