The oil and energy transition at the top of the lobbying circuit

As world leaders prepare to gather next week in Glasgow for the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers wishes to discuss funding and communications regarding various government programs and bills, including the Net Emissions Accountability Act.

They are also interested in learning more about funding announced last year by the federal government to clean up abandoned oil and gas wells. The $ 1.7 billion investment was intended to help Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia meet the costs of cleaning up these orphaned and inactive wells. (connect)

During this time, Nautical energy, based in Calgary, has partnered with Singaporean company Fortrec to develop and operate a Blue Methanol facility in Alberta, and is lobbying the federal government for help with this new energy transition project.

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Finally, as provincial governments continue to roll out their vaccination passports, Bluink Ltd., a digital verification company, wants Ottawa to support its efforts to align provincial certification with federal standards.

The strong points

Multiple registrations

Two client organizations had two registrations each in the past week: Wholesale Office and Lincoln Electric.

McMillan Vantage Policy Group and Crestview Strategy were the top two companies listed this week, with three listings each. StrategyCorp and Capital Hill Group each had two registrations.

Brooke Crewson of Crestview Strategy and Blair Ostrom of McMillan Vantage Policy Group were the two main lobbyists this week, with two registrations each.

In recent agricultural / trade declarants:

Wholesale Office was registered by Frédérik Larouche and Sébastien Labrecque of StrategyCorp regarding tax breaks for workers, including teachers and early childhood educators, to support the transition to working from home. The growth of coworking spaces as part of a flexible workspace strategy is also detailed in the listing. Staples is expected to receive funding from the CRA in the current fiscal year.

Welding equipment company based in Cleveland, Ohio Lincoln Electric was recorded by Blair Ostrom and Mark Resnick of McMillan Vantage regarding opportunities for economic and commercial relief. The company – which has a Hamilton-based subsidiary, Burlington Innovation – received $ 5,356,162 from the CRA in the past fiscal year and is expected to receive additional funding in the current year.

Manufacturing company Precision ADM was recorded by Blair Ostrom of McMillan Vantage Policy Group. The company is lobbying Health Canada; members of the House of Commons; Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada; Public Services and Procurement Canada; and Western Economic Diversification Canada on “the manufacture and sale of nitrile gloves, nasopharyngeal swabs and masks made in Canada”, as well as investment in First Nations communities and support job creation and manufacturing capacity in Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. During the past financial year, Precision ADM received $ 170,036 from the Department of National Defense, $ 190,156 from the National Research Council, and is expected to receive additional funds from both institutions, as well as from Western Economic Diversification Canada, during the current exercise.

The Canadian Exhibition Management Association was registered by Brooke Crewson of Crestview Strategy to lobby various departments and institutions for financial support for trade shows, consumer shows and exhibitions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other: Dunnright Outfitters Inc., SkipTheDishes Restaurant Services Inc., United Property Resource Corporation

Among recent registrants in the arts / culture / copyright field:


In recent defense / security registrants:


In recent energy / environment / climate registrants:

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) was recorded by Ashton Arsenault of Crestview Strategy. The long and expansive dossier lists a variety of topics relevant to the oil and gas industry, including recently announced funding in response to the oil price shock and COVID-19 pandemic for orphan and inactive wells; restore the Atlantic investment tax credit; financing of petroleum exploration, development and production; and the National Trade Corridors Fund.

The Canadian Petroleum Act and the fairness of future amendments are also among the subjects listed on the registration; the Marine Health and Safety Act and its impact on offshore oil and gas operations in Atlantic Canada; and emission reductions from the Canada Net Emissions Accountability Act.

In addition, the registration lists the effect of cabotage laws on the oil and gas sector and potential exemptions for certain vessels; the Indian Oil and Gas Act, the development of the Aboriginal rights framework and constitutionally protected Aboriginal rights and consultation in the context of resource development; the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act; GHG emissions policies and pricing mechanisms; the Excise Tax Act and related regulations and market access initiatives to ensure the continued growth of Canada’s oil and natural gas sector.

Other subjects listed in the registration include the Energy Safety and Security Act, the Impact Assessment Act, the Canadian Energy Regulator Act and the Navigation Protection Act, and the mitigation of the effects of these laws on the competitiveness of the industry; updates on the taxation of the upstream oil and gas sector; the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP); a new proposal from the Newfoundland & Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) to develop and deploy new technology relevant to the oil and gas industry; and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and related regulations.

Crestview lobbyist Arsenault, who registered with CAPP, served as Director of Parliamentary Affairs and Issues Management (2014-2015) and Assistant to the Parliamentary Secretary (2013-2014) under the previous Conservative government.

Nautical energy was registered by its CEO, Mark Tonner, to lobby various government departments and institutions to “identify funding opportunities to support the development and construction of a new energy transition project in Alberta.”

Vietnamese manufacturer of electric vehicles VinFast Auto Canada was registered by Davis Angus of Capital Hill Group, which the filing says will focus on growing the Canadian zero-emission vehicle market and participating in the federal zero-emission vehicle incentive program.

Other: East Coast Environmental Law

Among recent health registrants:

Digital identity verification company Bluink Ltd. was recorded by Lindsay Stevens of Summa Strategies. The company contacts the government on harmonization between provincial vaccine certifications and federal standards. Blue ink received $ 50,000 from the Canada Border Services Agency, $ 1.5 million from the Canada Post Corporation and $ 200,000 from Shared Services Canada during the past fiscal year, and is awaiting funding from the three institutions during of the current fiscal year.

In recent Indigenous registrants:

Dennis Burnside of Capital Hill Group recorded the Driftpile Cree Nation, which seeks funds for critical community infrastructure including roads, bridges, community facilities, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. They are also seeking support for the development of on-reserve and off-reserve programs for Driftpile Cree Nation children, and exercise its child protection jurisdiction to provide services and manage funds for children, youth and families.

In recent transport registrations:


In recent technology / telecommunications registrants:

TikTok Canada was recorded by Louis-Alexandre Lanthier of PAA Public Affairs Advisors regarding supporting digital content creators and the creation, discoverability and exportability of Canadian cultural content, including Indigenous and French-language content, online; a proposal for a legal framework to combat illegal content online; and digital media and user-generated online content issues, including privacy, data security and copyright.

To note :

Ambulances Demers, Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, FORTE (Funding for return to work) Ltée, Canadian Women & Sport


During the reporting period, 19 communications reports were filed, with a total of 36 communications.

Most active client organizations
Canadian Standards Association: 12 communications, internal staff
Canadian Canola Producers Association: 6 communications, internal staff
Association of Inuit Development Societies: 3 communications
Canadian Trucking Alliance: 3 communications, internal staff
Université de Sherbrooke: 2 communications, internal staff
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board: 2 communications, internal staff

The most active paid lobbyists
Patrick Duxbury for 1 client, 3 communications
Vincent Dugré for 1 client, 1 communication
Regan Watts for 1 client, 1 communication
Maxim Bergeron for 1 client, 1 communication
Ashton Arsenault for 1 client, 1 communication

Most Popular Public Office Holders
Meghan Conly, Senior Analyst, Health Canada (HC): 2 papers
Luke Carter, Executive Director, Health Canada (HC): 2 papers
Jocelyne Voisin, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Canada (HC): 2 communications
Jason Dolny, Senior Policy Analyst, Health Canada (HC): 2 papers

Most popular government institutions
Health Canada (HC): 12 communications
Senate of Canada: 5 communications
Canadian Grain Commission (CGC): 4 communications
Transport Canada (TC): 3 communications
House of Commons: 3 communications

Most Popular Topics
Health: 14
International trade: 6
Economic development: 5
Agriculture: 4
Transport: 3
Defense: 3

With files from Ciaran McCullough

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