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October 16, 2003


Memorial and the oil and gas industry
Growing together

By Michelle Osmond
Memorial University’s Oil and Gas Development Partnership is moving full steam ahead. The Oil and Gas Development Partnership (OGDP) was created in the fall of 2000, to create partnerships between Memorial University, the oil and gas industry and associated service companies, and all levels of government. Since then, staff has been doing just that. The OGDP is expanding its connections to local, national and international industry by offering new programs, increased research and development opportunities, new facilities and new people.

Allison Dancey is the executive assistant with OGDP. She says all of the new developments are setting Memorial up to become one of the main petroleum education research institutions in North America.

“There are so many things happening here in terms of research and study related to the oil and gas industry, we are an umbrella group to discuss that and promote the university,” she said. “We are an important stakeholder in the life and the future sustainability of Newfoundland and Labrador, and we’re here to promote Memorial as an internationally competitive education, research and development institution.”

Some of the recent developments in OGDP include the new master of oil and gas studies (MOGS), which will have its first students this coming January. The MOGS is an executive development program providing a thorough understanding of the critical issues in the industry. The non-thesis postgraduate degree is the first of its kind, integrating the latest scientific and technical knowledge with management and social issues in the area of oil and gas.

The OGDP will be hosting an executive seminar entitled Sustainable Development: Getting it Right the First Time, taking place from Nov. 17-19. It is the first of its kind in Canada and will bring together leading industry and community specialists to present and discuss social, environmental and economic impacts of petroleum operations. It will help promote open and constructive dialogue between communities and corporations, and participants will work with key speakers to explore the options for creating a sustainable development plan for the City of St. John’s as a test case.

The OGDP will continue the Public Lecture Series on current topics in the oil and gas sector which are important to the general public. The next lecture takes place Oct. 28 in the Junior Common Room in R. Gushue Hall, with guest speaker David Manning of Keystone Energy, New York.

A calendar of outreach programs is also being considered, which would include a training brochure listing all of the oil and gas related courses that can be presented by Memorial University. And a total of 19 new professional staff are being added for the oil and gas sector in the science, engineering, arts and business faculties to manage the additional demands of petroleum education and training.



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