New Events / Items

  • CAODC Speakers Series Breakfast — Fundamentals of Online Recruiting
    First quarter is a busy time for Canada’s drilling and service rig industry. Communicatto Director of Advertising Robin Eldred will show you how to get the most out of your online recruiting efforts to maximize reach and ensure that the right employees are being connected with jobs at your company. The event will take place at the Calgary Petroleum Club’s McMurray Room on Wednesday January 17, 2018 from 7:30 to 9 AM. Breakfast will be served. Tickets are $50 each for CAODC members, $100 each for non-members. Register here.
  • CAODC Board Nominations 
    Nominations for the Association’s Board of Directors will be opening shortly. The elections are scheduled to coincide with the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday, March 23, 2018. Your primary company representative will be receiving a package with more information about the criteria and nomination process.
  • COMING SOON — New CAODC Website and Membership Portal!
    CAODC will be launching a new website and member portal shortly. The new site is designed to be more user friendly and give members more control over their information. We will notify members of the final launch date via email.
  • Energy Safety Canada Courses — 2018 Offerings
    Energy Safety Canada (formerly Enform) offers a wide range of health and safety training courses for a variety of skill levels in every segment of the upstream oil and gas industry. These include classroom courses from hundreds of external instructors and training providers, hands-on training with full scale equipment and simulated environments at its Nisku facility, and convenient online courses. Please see here for more information, or to register for a course.
  • Energy Safety Canada — Safety Stand Down “Step Up for Young Workers”
    Safety Stand Down is a designated time for CEOs, executives and senior managers to talk about safety issues directly with frontline supervisors and workers. This year’s Energy Safety Canada theme is “Step Up for Young Workers.” With increased industry activity, there are more young and inexperienced workers, and they are at twice the risk of injury. For more information, or to register for this event, see here.


  • Safety Alert — Loading/Unloading of Production Fluids (Energy Safety Canada)
    This Safety Alert was initiated by a producer after several incidents were reported relating to loading and unloading heated production fluids. Workers performing these activities are at risk of chemical exposure and burns when the fluids are heated. In one incident, a worker suffered a burn injury after coming into direct contact with heated production fluids. There is also potential for spills and sprays which require clean up and reporting. See the full Safety Alert here.
  • Safety Bulletin — Safety Program Check-Up (Energy Safety Canada)
    The Alberta oil and gas injury rate is on the rise with a 38% increase as compared to 2016. This increase particularly affects workers who are 25 or younger with an injury rate almost double that of the next closest age group. The Energy Safety Canada Safety Program Check-Up notes several possible causes for the increase as well as steps employers and employees can take to reduce injury rates. For the full bulletin, see here.
  • Brief — Alberta’s Bill 30 Overhauls Workers’ Rights Under Occupational Health And Safety And Workers Compensation Legislation (Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP)
    On December 15, 2017, Bill 30: An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans received royal assent, ushering in extensive changes for both Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workers Compensation Act. Bill 30 will come into force throughout 2018, with most of the major changes to the OHSA and the WCA taking effect on June 1 and January 1, respectively. More information can be found here.

Conferences/Job Fairs

  • 2018 Blockchain, IoT & Machine Learning in Oil & Gas Canada — Calgary, February 13 to 15
    At the third annual Blockchain, IoT & Machine Learning in Oil & Gas Canada Conference, upstream, midstream and downstream companies will come together to exchange insight on new strategic and technological advances. The event features real-life case studies on how oil and gas companies have used technology roadmaps to implement solutions to save money and improve efficiency. For more information, or to register, see here.

Oil Respect

  • Check out Oil Respect’s Latest Video Update — The Truth About Canada’s Oil & Gas Industry
    Without qualification, Canada’s oil and gas industry has the best people, equipment, and regulatory processes found anywhere in the world. See the full video here.
  • Want to host an Oil Respect meet-up at your company? 
    Please email [email protected] to set up an Oil Respect town hall for your company!


  • Our Winter 2017/18 issue is available here. CAODC members should also have received their paper copies by mail.
  • In this issue: President’s Message — Read it here.
  • In this issue: Predator Drilling Member Profile — Read the full story here.
  • In this issue: Keeping our Land Clean: SECURE Energy Services — Read the full story here.
  • In this issue: Fracking with Jello — Read the full story here.
  • In this issue: Rig Art: Oil Respect Hard Hat — See it here.
  • In this issue: Oil Respect at SAIT Student Petroleum Society — Read the full story here.
  • In this issue: Congratulations Canada…You Played Yourself — Read it here.
  • Pick up The Hitch: In addition to member copies that get mailed out, you can pick up copies of The Hitch at the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre, Wellsite Masters Ltd. MAS-Pro Supply (Red Deer and Grande Prairie), or here at the CAODC office.
  • Back issues of The Hitch: Click here for access to full issues going back to 2008.
  • Please consider running an ad in The Hitch, the Hitch blog, or our annual Rig Inventory & Directory, published annually. We also encourage members to consider running an advertorial or sponsoring a Hitch Report product review for The Hitch. Advertising revenue helps support Association activities throughout the year. Please contact Nancie Prive, marketing coordinator at Media Edge at [email protected], for more information.
  • We Need You! We at The Hitch are always looking for story ideas and photos. Consider submitting yours to [email protected].
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