Canada - United States Northern Oil and Gas Research Forum

The Northern Oil and Gas Research Forum is a bi-annual meeting with representation from government, industry, academia, Aboriginal groups and northerners from both Canada and the United States. The forum provides an opportunity for U.S. and Canadian decision makers, regulators, Aboriginals, industry members, non-governmental organizations and scientists to discuss current scientific research and future directions for northern oil and gas activities. The focus is on technical, scientific, and engineering research that can be applied to support management and regulatory processes related to oil and gas exploration and development in the North.

2014 Canada – U.S. Research Forum

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and the Canadian Polar Commission, in partnership with the North Slope Science Initiative, U.S. Department of Interior, and counterparts in Canada and the US, are hosting the fourth Canada – United States Northern Oil and Gas Research Forum from November 4 to 6, 2014 at the Explorer Hotel, Yellowknife, NWT. The Forum will include presentations and panel discussions on offshore and onshore activities, partnerships, and community engagement, including:

  • Current research challenges to support decision-making for safe and sustainable Northern oil and gas management
  • Incorporating best practices across jurisdictions and sectors
  • Energy access to communities
  • Community engagement in oil and gas exploration
  • Oil spill preparedness and response
  • Environmental baseline information
  • Unconventional exploration in remote northern regions

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For further information, including registration and abstract submission, please visit the Forum website or email

2012 U.S. – Canada Research Forum

The North Slope Science Initiative and the U.S. Department of the Interior, in partnership with counterparts in Canada and the United States, hosted the third United States – Canada Northern Oil and Gas Research Forum from November 13 to 15, 2012 at the Hilton Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska. This event focused on sharing traditional, technical and scientific knowledge related to oil and gas activities in the Mackenzie Valley, North Slope of Alaska, and Beaufort and Chukchi Sea region. The Forum was attended by over 175 participants, and included 71 panel and technical talks and 14 poster presentations. The following are key recommendations from the 2012 Forum:

  • Improving communication, collaboration and sharing knowledge
  • Promoting use of traditional knowledge
  • Implementing long-term monitoring
  • Planning for and adapting to change

Further information and resources from the 2012 Forum.

2010 Canada - U.S. Research Forum

The Northern Oil and Gas Branch, on behalf of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, organized and hosted second Research Forum in partnership with a number of government, Aboriginal, academic, non-governmental and industry organizations from both Canada and the United States.

The Forum featured multidisciplinary research under the following topic areas: Environmental conditions in exploration areas, Interaction of oil and gas activities with sensitive coastal habitats, Ice engineering for offshore operations, Oil spill prevention in the Arctic, Oil spill management in the Arctic, Monitoring for cumulative effects in the Arctic, Safety on northern offshore platforms and EER issues, Transportation logistics for exploration and development in the Arctic. The Forum was successful in bringing together a breadth of oil and gas expertise to share knowledge for better oil and gas management. Two hundred and fourty participants attended the Forum in Calgary, Alberta. A total of 70 panel and scientific and technical talks and 26 posters were presented on research pertaining to the above noted topical areas.

Access resources from the 2010 Forum.  

2008 U.S. - Canada Research Forum

The first Research Forum took place in October 2008 in Anchorage, Alaska. Over 300 participants from government, industry, academia, non-governmental organizations and Aboriginal groups attended. The three-day event featured opening remarks from top administrators in the US and Canada, separate overviews of US and Canadian northern oil and gas activities and research programs, as well as panel discussions on management and industry research needs and priorities from both sides of the border. An additional 40 technical research papers and 25 posters were presented on topics ranging from engineering, oil spills, socio-cultural and economic issues, and the biological and physical sciences as they relate to oil and gas research.

Access the Proceedings from the 2008 Forum     (54.7 Mb available in PDF format only).