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In The Press

  • CAODC –> Varcoe: Yahoo, oil prices are rising, but industry sentiment is slow to turn.
    Calgary Herald,?July 6, 2018. Story?here.
  • Lessons to Learn: Western provinces review driver training standards.
    Today’s Trucking,?May 15, 2018. Story?here.
  • Alberta to mandate driver training.
    Today’s Trucking,?July 11, 2018. Story?here.

New Events / Items

  • CAODC negotiates a PST exemption on permanently mounted equipment (PME) with the Saskatchewan Government
    On April 1, 2017, the Government of Saskatchewan eliminated the remission of PST provided under Order-in-Council 1436-67, for qualified Permanently Mounted Equipment (PME) used in the exploration and development of oil and gas resources. We are delighted to announce the CAODC has successfully negotiated a retroactive agreement with the government whereby qualified PME brought into the province or owned by a resident of Saskatchewan for use in oil and gas exploration are exempt from PST. Additionally, any drilling or service rig member that have self-assessed taxes after April 1, 2017, are eligible for a full refund. Read the confirmation letter from the Government of Saskatchewan’s Minister of Finance here.
  • CAODC Speaker Series #3: Making the most of data analytics [Tuesday, September 18, 2018]
    Does your company unknowingly work in data silos? With so many disparate systems and services creating so much data, it is often difficult to bring it all together in a clear and efficient manner that enables management to extract actionable insight and value. Companies routinely run the risk of duplicating efforts across multiple systems, which in turn creates inefficiency. Join us on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at the Calgary Petroleum Club for a breakfast presentation that will give you tips on how you can identify data silos, and normalize, integrate and visualize your business operations. To register, click here.
  • CAODC Speaker Series #4: How the cloud is changing the oil and gas landscape [Friday, October 12, 2018]
    Cloud solutions have finally become mainstream, to the point where 75% of new customers looking for business software are looking for cloud solutions. Join us on Friday, October 12, 2018 at the Calgary Petroleum Club for a presentation on how cloud computing is influencing the oil and gas landscape. To register, click here.
  • OHS Scholarship announcement
    The 2018 UFred/CAODC OHS Scholarship recipient has been selected and announced on the CAODC OHS Scholarship page. The CAODC Board of Directors and CAODC OHS Scholarship Sub-committee would like to thank all the participants involved in making this process a success. A reminder that the CAODC OHS Scholarship is awarded annually and may be reapplied for in 2019. For more information, please click here.
  • North Peace Rural Roads Initiative
    If you have an active interest in the conditions of rural roads in northwest BC, then sign up to become a Stakeholder in the North Peace Rural Roads Initiative. Or consider volunteering to take a seat at the table of the Rural Roads Task Force and help make things happen (Task Force deadline is mid-July). Contact Jackie Kjos at 250-262-5510 or [email protected].
  • Golf and a good cause!
    Bill Whitelaw, President and CEO of JWN Energy, is Honorary Chair of this year’s Links & Legends Charity Golf Tournament (hosted annually by The Educational Partnership Foundation). He’s looking for CAODC member companies that might consider registering a team for a fun day of golfing and education investment support. Please contact TEPF boss bongdatructiep Barb Simic for more information or to register, click here.
  • CAODC Associate Memberships are now half price!?
    Know a company that might want to join the CAODC? Starting July 1, Associate or Associate Plus member fees are half-price (memberships expire December 31, 2018). Apply online or email questions to?[email protected].
  • 2018 Overlay Stickers
    Are you missing a 2018 year overlay sticker for your CAODC membership plaque? Please contact?[email protected]?and we will send you one in the mail at no charge.
  • Got some runnable equipment to donate to a worthy cause?
    Skeena Technical School is a newly established private Power Engineering School in Terrace, BC whose aim is to produce more “industry ready” hands-on power engineer and plant operations personnel. They want to expand their steam boiler plant and are interested in donations of equipment that may be surplus or depreciated out of rig fleets. They would like to obtain working equipment but would also consider unusable equipment as well for their hands-on program for taking apart and reassembling. For more information, please contact Allan Lanctot, Dean of Trades Training ([email protected]).
  • The RiggerTalk jobs map is now live on our website!?
    CAODC members get great first year discounts on RiggerTalk; sign up and post your jobs on the map for free, and take advantage of The Oilfield Network! With over 35,000 oilfield workers using the app, you’re reaching the right audience!

Bulletins / Memos

  • NOTICE: The Canadian Model for Providing a Safe Workplace, Version 6.0
    Together, Energy Safety Canada and the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) updated the Canadian Model for Providing a Safe Workplace (Canadian Model). Version 6.0 of this best practice model for alcohol and drug guidelines was released June 25, 2018. To download the Canadian Model, click here or visit Energy Safety Canada’s website here for additional information and supporting documentation.
  • TAX BULLETIN TX-18-01: Recommended Texas Camp Subsistence Allowance
    This bulletin describes the CAODC recommendation regarding Texas camp allowances when crews are paid non-camp subsistence while staying in a Texas camp. Please refer to Tax Information Bulletin TX-18-01 for further information. To access a copy of this bulletin click here or log into the CAODC website and refer to the Bulletins web page here.
  • GENERAL BULLETIN: G-18-05, Important Announcement re: Enform/Energy Safety Canada Training Certificates
    Late last year, Enform and the Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA) merged to become Energy Safety Canada (ESC). In response to this merger, Energy Safety Canada has started the process of re-branding course materials and training certificates with the Energy Safety Canada brand. This will be a gradual process; course materials and certificates will only be re-branded as they come up for review or when a new course is introduced. The first Energy Safety Canada course and certificate to be re-branded is H2S Alive?. Please refer to General Information Bulletin G-18-05 for further information. To access a copy of this bulletin click here or log into the CAODC website and refer to the Bulletins web page here.
  • SANCTION NOTICE: IRP 5 – Minimum Wellhead Requirements
    This IRP has been sanctioned by the Drilling and Completions Committee (DACC) as of June 20, 2018. To download a copy of the document click here or visit Energy Safety Canada’s website and refer to the Resources List here.
  • PERMIT BULLETIN: P-18-02, Ministerial Order – Extended Consecutive Daily Hours of Work in Alberta, Renewal
    In accordance with section 74.1 of the Employment Standards Code (Code) and on application by the CAODC, the Alberta Minister of Labour has granted employers described in the attached schedule, and their employees who perform work in Alberta as a Leasehand, Floorhand, Derrickhand, Operator/Driller, Rig Manager or Field Supervisor a variance respecting section 16(1) of the Code regarding hours of work confined. Please refer to Permit Bulletin P-18-02 for further information. To access a copy of this bulletin click here or log into the CAODC website and refer to the Bulletins web page here.
  • INDUSTRY REVIEW: IRP 7 Standards for Competent Supervision to Prevent Critical Outcomes
    Drilling and Service Rig Members are asked to provide feedback on this document by 4:00 p.m. on September 14, 2018. Please send your detailed comments to the Manager, Safety & Training. Include the section and page # of the document that your feedback is referring to. Feedback that does not include this information will not be considered. To access a copy of this IRP click here or refer to Energy Safety Canada’s website here.

Conferences / Courses / Meetings

  • Directive 36 & 37 Review
    CAODC is establishing a working group to review and make changes to Directive 36 & 37. This an opportunity to update these critical industry documents and make our industry more competitive going forward.
    – Directive 36: Drilling Blowout Prevention Requirements and Procedures (Sept 19, 2018 from 8:00am – 4:00pm) (Lunch provided)
    – Directive 37: Service Rig Inspection Manual (Sept 21, 2018 from 8:00am – 4:00pm) (Lunch provided)
    If you are interested in participating in these working groups, please notify Russell Nibogie – Manager, Operations @ [email protected] or (403) 264-4311 ext. 111.
  • Transportation Safety Professionals Workshop (TSP) (September 10-13, 2018 in Calgary, AB)
    The Government of Alberta developed the TSP Workshop in 2016. This interactive workshop was designed to provide practical guidance to commercial bus and truck carriers operating under the requirements of the National Safety Code (NSC) program in Alberta. Over the course of four days, workshop participants will be engaged in exercises and discussions related to the responsibilities of safety officers, the application of the NSC standards and related laws, and the development and implementation of successful safety and maintenance programs. Cost is $600 (plus GST) and includes Continental Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. For more information, contact Vicki Baird at [email protected] or click here.
  • Alberta Health and Safety Conference (February 21-22, 2019 in Edmonton, AB)
    Alberta’s premier health & safety event featuring two keynote presentations, three blockbuster sessions, 12 conference sessions, and approx. 80 trade show exhibitors. Join them on February 21 and 22, 2019 at the Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton Alberta. To register, click here.

Oil Respect

  • OR PODCAST: David Yager sounds off on the current state of the industry
    Expert energy policy analyst and author David Yager joins John Bayko at Oil Respect headquarters to discuss the direction of energy in Canada. Listen here.
  • Support the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project?
    Protesters and some government policymakers continue to delay construction on the vital Trans Mountain expansion project. Oil respect is asking you to support the project by sending a letter or email message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr.?We encourage all supporters to use?this letter?or write a letter of their own, and send it by Canada Post or email to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?([email protected])?and the Honourable Jim Carr?([email protected]). We also ask that you circulate the letter widely among your colleagues and social circles and have them do the same. More information can be found?here.


  • The Summer 2018 issue of?The Hitch?is out and a PDF of the entire magazine can be read here. Also check out these stories…
  • President’s Message?from Mark Scholz (click?here)
    Test of Mettle?by Andrew Brien (click?here)
    Oil & Class?by Patrick Brooks?(click?here)
    Meet Trinidad’s Social Media?(click?here)
  • Pick up?The Hitch:?In addition to member copies that get mailed out, you can pick up copies of?The Hitch?at the?Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre, Wellsite Masters Ltd., MAS-Pro Supply (Red Deer and Grande Prairie), or here at the CAODC office.
  • Back issues of?The Hitch:?Click?here?for access to full issues going back to 2008.
  • Advertise:?Please consider running an ad in?The Hitch, the Hitch blog, or our upcoming?Rig Inventory & Directory?to be published in December 2018. We also encourage members to consider running an advertorial or sponsoring a Hitch Report product review for?The Hitch. Advertising revenue helps support Association activities throughout the year. Please contact Nancie Prive, marketing coordinator at Media Edge at?mailto:[email protected], for more information.
  • Online logo enhancement option for our new Online?Directory?For $150, you can get your company’s logo placed above your member listing information on our new website…PLUS you’ll get a free logo enhancement for the print edition of our 2019 Rig Directory at the end of the year! Contact?[email protected]?for more information on this two-for-one offer.
  • We Need You!?We at?The Hitch?are always looking for story ideas and photos. Consider submitting yours to?mailto:[email protected].
  • Social Media:?We want to hear from you! Join our conversations on?Facebook, Twitter, and?Instagram.