New name reflects broader, proactive role in oil sands development
FORT MCMURRAY, AB, July 28 /CNW/ - The Athabasca Regional Issues Working
Group is now The Oil Sands Developers Group. The name change was sparked by
the need for the group's name to more clearly reflect its ability to provide
accurate, credible information about oil sands development from a regional
perspective in light of broadening awareness and interest in Canada's oil
sands - both as a source of energy and a source of potential concerns.
"We will be taking an active role in discussing regional issues and
opportunities with a more geographically-diverse audience, and our new name
will help those new audiences understand our position in the sector," says
Don Thompson, President of The Oil Sands Developers Group. "Having been active
in the discussion of concerns in the region since 1997, we know the players
and the issues in the Athabasca oil sands region and are well-positioned to
share information about these matters."
On behalf of its members, The Oil Sands Developers Group will continue to
work with other industries, government, Aboriginal peoples, and other
organizations active in the Wood Buffalo region to identify and address
regional issues related to development of the Athabasca Oil Sands deposit.
"The change in name will have no effect on our ongoing work with local
stakeholders. We remain committed to maintaining those very important
relationships," says Jacob Irving, Executive Director of The Oil Sands
The leadership team for the organization will be the same. Don Thompson
will remain President, John LeGrow will continue as Vice President, and
Jacob Irving will continue as Executive Director.
About The Oil Sands Developers Group
The Oil Sands Developers Group plays an important role in addressing the
need for accurate, credible information about Athabasca oil sands activity. On
behalf of its members, it works closely with oil sands operators and
developers, related industries, government, Aboriginal peoples, and other
organizations active in the Athabasca oil sands region. Through communication
and collaboration, The Oil Sands Developers Group helps define and address
regional issues related to oil sands development.
The Oil Sands Developers Group was originally founded in 1997 as the
Regional Infrastructure Working Group (RIWG) to deal with four main issues in
- Human infrastructure
- Physical infrastructure
- Economic development
Membership in the Regional Infrastructure Working Group, then the
Athabasca Regional Issues Working Group and now, as The Oil Sands Developers
Group, is constituted primarily of company representatives with a mandate to
work toward resolution of issues of concern to all stakeholders in the region.
The Oil Sands Developers Group Members
- Albian Sands Energy Inc./Shell - MEG Energy Corp.
Canada Limited - Nexen Inc./OPTI Canada Inc.
- ATCO Group of Companies - Petro-Canada Oil and Gas
- Birch Mountain Resources Ltd. - Petrobank Energy and Resources
- Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.
Limited - Regional Municipality of Wood
- Chevron Canada Resources Buffalo
- ConocoPhillips - Statoil Hydro Canada Ltd.
- Devon Energy Corporation - Suncor Energy Inc.
- Enbridge Inc. - Syncrude Canada Ltd.
- EnCana Corporation - Synenco Energy Inc.
- EPCOR - Total E&P Canada Ltd.
- Husky Oil Operations Limited - TransAlta Energy Corporation
- Imperial Oil Resources - TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.
- Japan Canada Oil Sands Limited - UTS Energy Corp.
- Korea National Oil Corporation
Don Thompson - President
Don Thompson is President of The Oil Sands Developers Group as well as
General Manager, Regulatory and External Affairs for Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Mr. Thompson is focused on Syncrude's Regulatory and External Affairs with
particular emphasis on responding to the large number of environmental and
external relationship challenges facing Syncrude - a position directly related
to his work with The Oil Sands Developers Group.
John LeGrow - Vice President
John LeGrow is Vice President of The Oil Sands Developers Group and is
currently the Vice President of Oil Sands Strategy at ConocoPhillips.
Mr. LeGrow has more than 30 years of Canadian and international energy
industry experience, including more than six years in an oil sands development
role. His focus on Canadian oil sands industry business issues directly
relates to his role with The Oil Sands Developers Group.
Jacob Irving - Executive Director
Jacob Irving is Executive Director of The Oil Sands Developers Group and
is responsible for managing the association. Mr. Irving was previously a
Government Relations Coordinator with Devon Canada Corporation. He also worked
with BP Canada Energy Company as Manager, Stakeholder Relations and Surface
Rights and Government and Public Affairs Advisor.
For further information:
For further information: The Oil Sands Developers Group: T: (780)
790-1999, www.oilsandsdevelopers.ca; Dianne Farkouh, E:
firstname.lastname@example.org; Lauren Piercy, E: