About This Career
Regulatory Affairs Professionals assist in the development and implementation of corporate regulatory strategy and policy, and provide support for the resolution of issues within regulatory parameters. They coordinate and document internal regulatory processes, such as internal audits, inspections, license renewals and registrations.
- Regulatory Permit Coordinators assist with permit applications, implementing permit approvals and maintaining compliance with permits. They also ensure that contractors have accurate and complete plans in place to obtain permits and approvals.
- Regulatory Specialists typically focus on regulatory compliance at a strategic level while supporting complicated projects with a large number of stakeholders involved.
- Regulatory Leads liaise with regulators such as the National Energy Board (NEB) and provincial regulatory agencies.
- Legal Counsel provides advice and guidance on regulatory issues affecting the company’s assets.
- Inspectors for Regulatory Compliance work with regulators to conduct inspections of oil and gas wells during operations, well servicing, well abandonment and enhanced oil recovery, as well as facilities and pipelines, in order to ensure compliance.
Education: A post-secondary diploma or degree in a relevant field, such as business, economics, engineering, finance, law, policy, environmental sciences, biology or geology/hydrogeology (or a related discipline), is typically required. A law degree is required for a legal counsel role, and the person must be a member in good standing with the provincial Law Society. Individuals tend to work in their field to gain experience and leverage this experience to move to regulatory roles later in their career.
Employment: This occupation is found onshore and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil sands, oil and gas services, and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Benefits Coordinator, Compliance Officer/Coordinator, Industrial Benefits Analyst/Advisor, Legal Counsel, Regulatory Advisor and Specialist, Regulatory Compliance Specialist, Regulatory Coordinator/Lead, Regulatory Permit Coordinator, Regulatory Inspector, Regulatory Technician
High Stress Situations
Some Overtime Required
- Public administration, including regulatory
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Utilities, including renewable energy
- Mining and quarrying
- Forestry and logging
Business and Operations Support
Exploration and production
Oil and gas services
- Post-secondary diploma
- The appropriate post-secondary diploma or degree in a relevant field is typically required.
- Specific health and safety certifications will be determined by job requirements.
- A law degree and good standing with the provincial Law Society is required in a legal counsel role.
- A professional engineering licence may be required.