The BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission) is the provincial single-window regulatory agency with responsibilities for regulating oil and gas operations in British Columbia, including exploration, development, pipeline transportation and reclamation.
The Commission’s core roles include reviewing and assessing applications for industry activity, consulting with First Nations, ensuring industry complies with provincial legislation and cooperating with partner agencies. The public interest is protected through the objectives of ensuring public safety, protecting the environment, conserving petroleum resources and ensuring equitable participation in production.
The Security and Emergency Management branch supports delivery of the Commission’s mandate to protect public safety and the environment, provides oversight of regulated oil and gas companies with respect to their capacities and competencies regarding emergency response planning, exercises and training for, and response to incidents and emergencies. The branch contributes to the Commission’s overall risk awareness of each permit holder. In collaboration with Compliance & Enforcement Officers, Technical Advisors and Engineers, the branch coordinates the gathering and analysis of incident information and evaluates the actions of permit holders with respect to the protection of public safety and environmental values throughout any incident response.
The Senior Emergency Management Analyst leads the Emergency Management Analyst team, oversees key permit holder review and evaluation processes, and assesses compliance. Approximately one quarter of the Senior Emergency Management Analyst’s time is field based, with travel to permit holder locations across the province.
The position supports operation of the Commission’s own emergency operations centre (EOC), filling leadership roles within the EOC as necessary or assigned.
Ensures Industry Compliance:
• Applies delegated authority under Oil & Gas Activities Act (OGAA); drafts and issues requests for the submission of
documents, plans and/or reports related to security and emergency management requirements defined in acts, regulations and standards;
• Identifies permit holder deficiencies and:
o Compiles investigative information and writes reports for Compliance & Enforcement branch for use in
administrative enforcement or court proceedings;
o Works closely with the Compliance &Enforcement branch to prepare permit holder files;
o May be required to provide expert testimony in court and administrative proceedings;
o Monitors and ensures compliance with ordered requirements and deadlines;
• Assesses more complex industry Emergency Response Plans (ERP’s), meetings and exercises to ensure emergency response actions can be fully and effectively implemented;
• Provides direction to permit holders as necessary, including revision, rejection and acceptance letters;
• Reconciles and coordinates ERP requirements with Leave-To-Open permitting and engineering processes;
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• Reviews documentation related to transfer of permit holder assets, ensuring processes have been established between gaining and losing companies such that incident response capacities are always maintained;
• Reviews / assesses mutual aid, contract operating and similar agreements to determine appropriate response resources are identified and enabled;
• Conducts review and analysis to verify incident management training and competencies of permit holder operating staff meet regulation and standards requirements;
• Evaluates permit holder requests for deadline extensions and provides a determination based on assessment of the permit holder’s previous compliance and the rationale for the extension, per branch procedure.
Provides Supervision of Emergency Management Analysts:
• Provides direct supervision to Emergency Management Analysts (EMA);
• Provides advice and guidance to EMA on complex or challenging files, interpretation and application of regulation on unique or special conditions;
• Ensures confidentiality of permit holder files, complainant information and related documents; supports Freedom of Information requests and public accessibility of ERPs;
• Maximizes the efficient use of staff and travel budget resources, encouraging permit holders to hold exercises around specific dates and times;
• Directly supports the Emergency Officer program ensuring complaints processes are completed, including any outstanding follow-up with the complainant.
Emergency Management Operations:
• When acting as the Emergency Operations Centre Director, applies delegated authority under OGAA when and as necessary to effectively direct permit holders in the resolution of incidents;
• Independently designs in-house emergency management exercises for Commission staff;
• Coordinates Commission staff training opportunities in cooperation with supervisors and Emergency Management BC;
• Participates in and supports development of post-incident reporting and compliance investigations;
• Maintains document controls over confidential information generated during incident response.
Commission’s Indigenous and Stakeholder Engagement:
• Directly supports Indigenous attendance and observation at permit holder exercises; explains activities and the
Commission’s role in ensuring permit holder competencies;
• Provides subject-matter expertise to support and develop Indigenous emergency response knowledge and the
understanding of roles and responsibilities of industry during incidents;
• Shares information regarding security and emergency management processes to ensure concerns and issues are mutually understood and addressed; facilitates access to permit holder plans upon request and within established process;
• Supports community engagement; participates as a Commission representative at tradeshows, EP week and similar events;
• Builds strategic relationships; participates in educational and informational meetings with industry, government ministries, Indigenous groups, agencies, the public, etc.
External Audit Process:
• Acts as a subject matter expert during program preparation and planning undertaken by the External Audit team;
• Applies sound judgment and principles of administrative fairness in analysis and review of permit holder’s emergency management programs;
• Contributes to the compliance management process by creating and/or contributing to the final audit report prepared by the External Audit team.
Other duties as assigned, including:
• Represents the branch on internal and external technical, project and advisory committees, as needed;
• May act for the Director, Security & Emergency Management in their absence.
Commissioner, Chief Executive Officer
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Vice President, Operations
Director, Security & Emergency Management
Senior Emergency Management Analyst (Topic Position)
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS Education: • Completion of post-secondary education focused on emergency management, industrial health and safety, compliance legislation or similar program: o Degree and three years related experience, or o Diploma / certificate and five years directly related experience; • Accreditation as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) or Associate Emergency Manager (AEM); • An equivalent combination of education, experience and/or training may be considered. Experience: • Considerable experience developing, evaluating and assessing emergency response plans and exercises; • Incident management (actual or exercise) in an industrial, municipal, NGO or agency setting; • Demonstrated experience in leading reviews, analysis and evaluations of complex processes; • Administrative and/or technical experience relating to resource management / oil and gas activities; • Awareness of current and emerging industry practices as related to security and emergency management; ability to provide recommendations on adoption of best practices; • Experience and discretion in managing confrontational situations; • Experience interpreting and applying legislation, regulations or policy to ensure compliance; • Ability to effectively analyze and manipulate geographic (GIS) data for compliance verification and to ensure public safety during incidents; • Demonstrated experience leading a team, providing appraisals and feedback, and encouraging development using a collaborative leadership model.
KEY COMPETENCIES Analytical Thinking: Applies knowledge and experience to identify issues and develop effective solutions. Cultural Agility: Ability to work respectfully, knowledgeably and effectively with Indigenous people. Problem Solving: Uses critical thinking skills to solve problems and achieve effective solutions, recognizing and managing difficult relationships and situations. Professionalism: Promotes a positive image of the organization by taking personal responsibility for one’s role; acting consistent with Commission values. Stakeholder Relations: Applies knowledge and skills to effectively engage internal and external stakeholders.