Pursuing regulatory excellence through international engagement

16 June 2017

Regulating energy infrastructure in the 21st century poses a number of challenges that are common to energy regulators from around the world.

By building relationships with its international peers the NEB can learn about their regulatory approaches, facilitate information and knowledge sharing, and – most importantly – improve regulatory performance in Canada.

And this is something the NEB has been doing for many years, by establishing cooperative agreements with other regulators in other jurisdictions and participating in regulatory forums that bring our international peers together.

Photo: Signing ceremony for Declaration of Cooperation between the NEB and Mexico's Energy Safety and Environmental Protection Agency (ASEA) on the margins of OECD meeting in Paris, April 2017

Photo: Signing ceremony for Declaration of Cooperation between
the NEB and Mexico's Energy Safety and Environmental Protection Agency (ASEA)
on the margins of OECD meeting in Paris, April 2017

Participation in established international forums

The NEB engages with its regulatory counterparts through well-established forums, such as the International Regulators’ Forum, the Arctic Council, and the Arctic Offshore Regulators’ Forum.

The NEB is also exploring collaborative opportunities with our American counterparts through the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council; an initiative led on the Canadian side by the Treasury Board.

The NEB has also begun to work with other international organizations, including: the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), both of whom are global leaders in their areas.

These engagements, which align with and support our core responsibilities, allow the NEB to learn from others' experiences, to share its expertise, and to explore opportunities to collaborate on common challenges.

Closer ties with Mexico

At times, the NEB engages with other organizations at a more formal level and establishes official arrangements, like the agreements we recently signed with Mexico’s Energy Safety and Environmental Protection Agency (ASEA) and Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE).

Photo: The NEB's Chief Operating Officer Josée Touchette, and Alejandro Chanona Robles, Director General at Mexico's Energy Regulatory Commission sign a Memorandum of Understanding on 13 June 2017

Photo: The NEB's Chief Operating Officer Josée Touchette,
and Alejandro Chanona Robles, Director General at Mexico's Energy Regulatory Commission
sign a Memorandum of Understanding on 13 June 2017

These agreements will help advance regulatory excellence and the pursuit of collaborative work on safety culture and management systems, in the oil and gas sector, which is very innovative.

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