Land Matters Group Advisory Committee (LMG AC) Minutes – 21 June 2022

Zoom Videoconference Meeting
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (MST)


In Attendance

In Attendance

Marc-André Plouffe, Acting VP, Communications and Engagement / LMG Chair
Véronique Duhamel, Director of Engagement
Carole Léger-Kubeczek, LMG Coordinator

Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Lynn Jacobson

Union des producteurs agricoles du Québec

Stéphanie Levasseur
Vanessa Desrosiers

TC Energy

Graeme Wright

Enbridge Inc.

Larry Yurkiw
Sarah McKenzie

International Right of Way Association

Jenna Wood

Alberta Energy Regulator

Fiona LeBlanc

Alberta Farmers' Advocate Office

Darcy Allen

Canada Energy Regulator (LMG PWG)

Paul Georgison
Lisa Zaplachinski
Marc Boucher
Luc Rainville


Isabelle Bouffard, Union des producteurs agricoles du Québec
Carey Patterson, Alberta Energy Regulator
Drew Spoelstra, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Shannon Neufeld, CER
Anne-Marie Erickson, CER


Dan Barghshoon, Technical Specialist, Onshore Pipeline Regulations Review
Fern Heitkamp, Technical Specialist, Onshore Pipeline Regulations Review

Welcome/Introductions/Land Acknowledgements

Review and Approval of the Meeting Agenda

  • Approval of the Minutes of the 1st March 2022 Meeting

Members Roundtable Updates

  • Self-introduction by each member.

Recruitment of New Members of the LMG Advisory Committee

  • Review of the proposed candidacy: New Brunswick Federation of Woodlot Owners (NBFWO)
  • Unanimous agreement to formally invite the NBFWO to join the LMG Advisory Committee.

Onshore Pipeline Regulations Review – Presentation and Discussion by Dan Barghshoon and Fern Hietkamp

  • The OPR Review consists of a process to conduct a review of the regulation supporting the highest level of safety, security and environmental protection, and
  • The OPR Review has also been tasked with advancing Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and addressing the issue of transparency and inclusive participation.
  • Comments received: the CER should consider investing additional resources to increase awareness and, as a result, invite a greater number of participants to learn about the OPR Review and share their views.
    • For example, the CER could broaden the reach of its information by utilizing the networks of other partners such as the Farmers' Advocate Office.

Land Access and the CER Act – Presentation and Discussion by Lisa Zaplachinski

  • The presentation summarized, in the context of the CER Act, the different types of access to property that can occur during the lifecycle of a facility, including the people who should be granted access.
  • The presentation was meant to provide a framework for the initiative that the LMG Advisory Committee will need to undertake to fully address this issue.
    • Discussions are underway to carry out that work.

Property Damage Sub-committee – Overview by Carole Léger-Kubeczek and Darcy Allen

  • The sub-committee held its kick-off meeting on May 26 to review the initiative’s Terms of Reference, in terms of its mandate and governance, as well as the members’ roles and responsibilities.
    • Subject matter leads were identified for each one of the four areas of focus:
      • Paul Georgison – Common terminology and definitions
      • Anne-Marie Erickson and Luc Rainville – Regulatory expectations and industry best practices
      • Coreen Lawrence – Options to resolve property damage disputes supplemented with plausible scenarios
      • Shannon Neufeld – Guidance for regulated companies and landowners
    • When appropriate, the subject matter leads will be reaching out to the various members of the LMG Advisory Committee for information.
    • The sub-committee will be co-chaired by Carole Léger-Kubeczek who will liaise with the project working group, whereas Darcy Allen will prioritize the various landowner associations.

What Else is Happening?

  • Filing Manual GHG and Climate Change Guidance
    • Public comment period on the proposed changes ending 31 August 2022.
  • LMG News and Data Readership
    • Analytics show significant fluctuations in terms of the number of pageviews, but overall, the number are on the rise.
    • By expanding the representation within the landowner category with the addition of woodlot owners, we will be in a better position to develop and publish a wider range of relevant topics in the months to come.

Follow-up Items and Next Meeting

  • Members are invited to put forward topics of discussion for upcoming meetings or ideas for articles to explore and develop that are relevant to all key stakeholder groups.
  • The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 29 September 2022, starting at 10 a.m. (Mountain Time). A meeting invite will follow.
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