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SUBJECT: Unique master of oil and gas studies program produces industry leaders
DATE: May 12, 2004

Memorial University is launching the second class of students in the master of oil and gas studies program (MOGS). Administered by the Oil and Gas Development Partnership (OGDP) at Memorial, participants in MOGS will hear guest lecturers such as Ovide Mercredi, former chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Other faculty will include Will Roach of Husky; Tony Baldry, a British MP; and Daniel Johnston, a financial consultant to the international oil and gas industry (see attached backgrounder for faculty biographies).

MOGS is uniquely designed to educate and develop the oil and gas industry’s high potential employees in leadership roles. The non-thesis postgraduate degree is a modular program, spanning one year and combining short, intense on-campus learning with Internet-based learning during the offsite periods.

“The course has been designed for those moving into senior executive positions in the oil and gas industry, including related service industry and government agencies and departments,” says Gerrit Maureau, OGDP’s executive director. “The one-year modular program has no other equivalent in the world and provides a good balance of academically sound core studies and ‘best practices’. The MOGS program includes the critical issues related to economics, petroleum contract law, resource management and policy issues, strategic management and the socio-economic dimensions of sustainable development.”

The Oil and Gas Development Partnership of Memorial University was established in 2000 to create a partnership between the oil and gas industry and associated service companies, and all levels of government. The OGDP provides communications links between government, industry, community and other national and international academic institutions. In addition to the MOGS program, its activities include ensuring that Memorial continues to develop its global reputation in upstream, midstream and downstream activities.

Memorial University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada, and is rated as one of the top five comprehensive universities in Canada. Ideally located in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, a major centre for oil and gas operations on the Atlantic Margin, seat of provincial government and the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board, the university is well positioned to form critical and important alliances with industry and governments alike. The university, which has a faculty complement of 900 academic staff and some 17,700 students, can lay claim to first-class business, earth science and engineering programs.

Public Lecture

In conjunction with the MOGS program, the public is invited to a free Oil and Gas Development Partnership. Public Lecture Series on Thursday, May 13, starting at 5:00 p.m. in the Atrium of Memorial’s Business Administration Building. The guest lecturers are:

  • Gordon Smith, director, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria. His topic is the implications for Canada of living next to the United States as we enter the 21st century.
  • Tony Baldry, chairman of the Commons Select Committee on International
    Development, London. He will talk about how can we make oil and gas extractive industries a win:win result for local communities and distant consumers in a world rightly concerned with sustainable development and the Millennium Development Gold.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Parking is available in Lot 16A (behind the School of Business).

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For further information, please contact Gerrit Maureau or Allison Dancey at

(709) 737-2470. For public lecture information, please call Louise Green at 737-2470.

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