Indian Oil and Gas Canada (IOGC) is an organization committed to managing and regulating oil and gas resources on First Nation reserve lands. It is a special operating agency within Indigenous Services Canada (ISC).
IOGC is responsible for oil and gas on First Nation reserve lands across Canada, but only a handful of reserves exist north of the 60th parallel. Therefore, practically all of IOGC's work is south of the 60th parallel, with most of that in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin.
IOGC's general responsibilities are to:
- identify and evaluate oil and gas resource potential on Indian reserve lands;
- encourage companies to explore for, drill and produce these resources through leasing activity;
- ensure equitable production, fair prices and proper collection of royalties on behalf of First Nations; and
- secure compliance with and administer the regulatory framework in a fair manner.
IOGC operates pursuant to the Indian Oil and Gas Act, 2009, and its associated Indian Oil and Gas Regulations, 2019, as well as other relevant legislation and guidelines (see Acts and Regulations). Oil and gas activity on First Nation reserve lands depends on agreements involving First Nation band councils, oil and gas companies, and Indian Oil and Gas Canada.
Indian Oil and Gas Canada (IOGC) operates under the direction of a Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director who participates as a member of the nine-member Board of Directors. The Board was established in 1996 by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and the Indian Resource Council (IRC). The MOU established a Board of Directors to initially co-manage IOGC operations, focusing on areas of collective interests, such as IOGC issues, policies, plans, priorities and resources. Six of the nine Board members are selected by the IRC and three by the Crown. Two Board members serve as co-chairs, the Chairman of the IRC and the Assistant Deputy Minister, Lands and Economic Development, Indigenous Services Canada.
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer - S. Crowfoot
RIMS2 Project Manager - S. Taylor
Manager, Communications and Executive Services - J. Morin
Regulatory Compliance Directorate
Director - J. Schatz
Manager, Environment - E. McIvor
Manager, Compliance and Enforcement – A. Nandiwada
Manager, Policy - P. McNeil
Manager, Resource Analysis and Conservation - H. Chang
Lease and Royalty Administration Directorate
Director - J. Dempsey
Manager, Negotiations, Contracts and Research - E. Myketyn
Acting Manager, Lease Administration - V. Saini
Manager, Royalty - M. Jivraj
Planning & Corporate Services Directorate
Director - B. Cherniawsky
Acting Manager, Contracts and Administration Services – D. Clarke
Acting Manager, Financial Services - T. Hunter
Manager, Human Resources - M. Jacobs
Acting Manager, Information Technology – A. Rose