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SPE HSSE-SR: Beyond Conventional Oil & Gas: New Social Opportunities and Risks Workshop

2 – 3 December 2014

Banff, Alberta, Canada| The Rimrock Resort Hotel

About this workshop


This is the second workshop organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) to discuss Social Responsibility issues related to project development. Social Responsibility (SR) is the newest evolving element within the Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility (HSSE SR) sector of our industry.

During our journey to establish responsible HSSE and SR we have developed a sound, but continually evolving understanding of the critical elements of good health, safety, security and environmental programs. We know that there is a connection between HSSE and SR, but there are not many organizations that have clearly defined what constitutes excellence in SR performance or programs, especially in the area of project development. As one of the many “business risks” that our industry faces, it is likely that social pressures will force additional action and attention on SR. Organizations must understand and communicate SR risks to internal stakeholders in order to effectively address them during project development.

SPE believes there is a need to develop a deeper understanding of how SR is integrated into non-traditional oil and gas project development processes and to identify the benefits it brings to business. Developing effective stakeholder engagement, risk analysis, conflict sensitivity, or partnerships are among the SR issues currently being addressed by the industry.  This Applied Technical Workshop will explore the following challenges and opportunities in the context of unconventional resource and oilsands development:

  • Conducting Issue and Impact Assessments
  • Designing Environmental and Social Impact Management Plans and Processes
  • Improving Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention Approaches
  • Providing for Community Health, Safety, Security, and Local Benefits
  • Addressing Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement
  • Understanding and Engaging Indigenous Peoples
  • Implementing Effective Stakeholder Engagement and Communication

Who Should Attend

Managers, HSSE & SR Personnel, Engineers, HR 

Workshop Details

Workshop Format

Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical ‎presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to ‎discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices.‎
Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and ‎lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the ‎press are not invited to attend.‎


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not ‎requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations ‎will be available to attendees following the workshop. A workshop summary will be prepared by the ‎technical program committee for public release, but no other information.‎


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will ‎not be permitted. Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).‎

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)‎

Attendees will receive 1.6 CEUs.‎
One CEU equal 8 contact hours of participation. CEUs are awarded through SPE Professional Development ‎for participation and completion of SPE workshop. A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and ‎awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE. ‎