CSUR Outreach In Action!

August 15th, 2019

CSUR hosted its second Outreach event of the summer for students and interns on August 15th.  Twenty-five people from eight CSUR member organizations attended to hear Chad Lemke (GLJ Petroleum Consultants) present “Unconventional Energy – How it Changes the Game”.  Presentation room facilities were generously made available by Crescent Point Energy.

Our two student / intern Outreach events this summer were conducted as an educational service to member organizations, and were very successful in introducing students, new employees, and non-technical staff to the unconventional heart of the oil and gas business.  We look forward to conducting more such events for our members in the future.

July 30th, 2019

CSUR LNG INITIATIVE: Government of Alberta

CSUR President Dan Allan and Outreach Director Brad Hayes presented “LNG – A Canadian Narrative” to the Government of Alberta in Edmonton on July 30.  Almost 100 people attended, most of them policy staffers from the Ministries of Energy, Economic Development Trade and Tourism, Indigenous Relations, Environment and Parks, Justice, and the Associate Ministry of Natural Gas.  Staff from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) were present as well.  They were keen to see the first rollout of CSUR’s Canadian Narrative presentation, developed as part of our LNG Initiative funded by the Government of Alberta.

We had excellent feedback from the meeting, which will bolster our work as we take the presentation on the road around Alberta and to other Canadian communities.

July 29th, 2019

CSUR OUTREACH: Royal Roads University

CSUR Outreach continues to expand its scope in Canadian university communities.  On July 29, we videoconferenced a presentation on hydraulic fracturing and water resources with the Foundations of Environmental Communication graduate class of 21 students at Royal Roads University in Victoria.  We were invited back to repeat last-year’s presentation to the same class, and we are very pleased to work with Dr. Geo Takach’s environmental communications students.


CSUR Outreach partnered with the Central Alberta Synergy Group (CASG) in mid-June, visiting two central Alberta communities to talk about Duvernay unconventional oil development and water resources. Synergy Alberta’s mission is to foster and support mutually satisfactory resource development outcomes in Alberta communities by providing information, mutual learning, facilitation and resources.

About 30 community members attended at Ridgewood Hall (south of Sylvan Lake) on June 12th, and about 50 at Lincoln Hall (just east of Gull Lake) on June 13th – great turnouts considering the Stanley Cup final game was on the first night, and the Raptors NBA victory the second night!

CSUR Outreach Director Brad Hayes opened each session with an overview of unconventional resources, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, and water resources. Alberta Environment and Parks followed talking about water policy and allocation, and presentations wrapped up with an Alberta Environment representative discussing water licensing and enforcement. Each meeting concluded with more than a half-hour of public Q&A, followed by one-on-one conversations.

CLICK HERE to read Dr. Hayes full report.

CSUR at the ReDeveLoP Challenge 2019

CSUR was a key participant in the second CREATE ReDeveLoP Challenge 2019 (Responsible Development of Low-Permeability hydrocarbon resources) Challenge Annual Conference, held in Calgary the week of May 27th. At this year’s conference, CSUR President Dan Allan and Director Brad Hayes presented on “Science and Public Perception”, and on “Listening to Advocates”.

CSUR Presents to the Fox Creek School, March 19th

Fox Creek Synergy Partnership and CSUR presented “HOW THE GAME IS CHANGING FOX CREEK” to the town of Fox Creek on March 19th.  The event was attended by the Town of Fox Creek and local stakeholders. Dr. Brad Hayes, Director of Outreach for CSUR also took time out to speak to classes at the Fox Creek School.

Daily Oil Bulletin Articles which are written by Dr. Brad Hayes, Director and Chair of the CSUR Outreach Program


March 21, 2018: Read Dr Brad Hayes report here for a recap of Q1, 2018.  Q1 2018 Recap, OUTREACH

Image result for alberta student energy conference logoFebruary 9, 2018:  Director Brad Hayes spoke on behalf of CSUR at the Alberta Student Energy Conference at the University of Calgary on February 9th, as part of the CSUR Outreach initiative.  ASEC brings together a diverse group of students, primarily from the Faculties of Business and Engineering at U of C, but hosts delegates from other universities as well – exactly the mix of future technical experts, business leaders, and policymakers CSUR Outreach strives to reach.  Brad presented “Unconventional Energy:  How the Game is Changing” – our introduction to unconventional oil and gas, environmental issues, and advocacy to a very engaged crowd of about 30 students in a break-out session.  During the primary meeting where about 75 delegates attended, Brad sat on a panel with representatives from CAPP and TCPL, discussing a wide range of energy issues, touching on many of the “hot-button” regulatory, environmental and societal issues critical to our industry’s future.

Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources

  • Director and Chair of the CSUR Outreach Program, Dr. Brad Hayes, recently joined Stuart McNish on Conversations that Matter to discuss Hydraulic Fracturing and Unconventional Resources.  VIEW HERE.