[Published in The Roughneck] On March 7, CAODC followed the Association’s Annual General Meeting with a luncheon, as per tradition in Canada’s rig industry.
The Luncheon had a full program and included: introduction of the CAODC 2014/15 Board of Directors, announcement of the incoming Chairman, Wade McGowan, a presentation to the outgoing Chairman, Ross Pickering and induction of two industry leaders as CAODC honourary members, Kai Kristensen and Duane Mather. Finally, the audience heard a keynote address from Kelly Block, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources Canada, the Honorable Joe Oliver.
Parliamentary Secretary Block highlighted Canada’s role as a global energy leader. She expressed the following to the gathered audience of 350 guests:
“Canada is developing its energy resources at an unparalleled pace, with billions in new investment planned over the coming decade through hundreds of major resource projects. These investments will create jobs, growth and prosperity across the country. Our government will continue to make the diversification of our energy markets a priority while ensuring the responsible development of our natural resources.”
The message from CAODC President, Mark A. Scholz, noted the opportunities achieved in the previous year:
“The strength of any association comes from its core, its members. Over the course of 2013, I’ve had the opportunity to travel across Canada, meeting members from northeast British Columbia to southwest Manitoba and further on to Newfoundland to meet with our offshore division.
Our Association has never been stronger and I am confident about our path ahead.
As we continue to embrace new ideas and new ways of thinking, we will find opportunities to advance our mission which is a stronger, safer, more efficient rig industry in Canada.
Government relations are an important priority to the association. Through 2013, lobbying activities spanned the country, from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland.
In October of last year, a CAODC delegation travelled to Toronto and Quebec City to meet with provincial politicians.
Our message highlighted the importance of Canada’s oil and gas industry: although most rig activity occurs in western Canada, the benefits are seen right across the country.
These lobbying activities are critically important to CAODC’s mandate. They provide opportunities to raise the Association’s profile and to share industry’s success and challenges with government policymakers.”
2014 is CAODC’s 65th anniversary year. The Association was pleased to welcome to this year’s luncheon dozens of government representatives, and to also include in the program, Parliamentary Secretary Block, a guest speaker who highlighted the national scope of this industry and the CAODC community.