Huffaker to lead new Policy and Environment Portfolio

March 30, 2009 - Calgary, Alberta

Tom Huffaker, former U.S. Consul General for Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories, has been named Vice-President, Policy and Environment, with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

The new position will focus on strategic policy development in a wide range of areas, including climate change, environment, federal regulatory reform, fiscal matters, safety and environmental stewardship and aboriginal affairs.

"I look forward to working on files that are central to the oil and gas industry's ability to contribute to Canada's economic resiliency and long-term growth, provide a safe and secure energy supply, and find ways to provide policy leadership on critical environmental issues," said Mr. Huffaker. "My time in Calgary as U.S. Consul General and earlier in Ottawa gave me an appreciation for the role CAPP plays in responsible, forward-looking policy development. The industry is facing a complex range of issues in a rapidly changing economic and political environment and I have great respect for the people at CAPP today and those who've come before me."

Over the course of his career with the U.S. Foreign Service, Mr. Huffaker focused extensively on the intersection of energy and environmental policies in Canada, the U.S. and Russia. As Consul General, Mr. Huffaker promoted the energy and overall trade relationships between Canada and the U.S., and has spoken out often on both sides of the border on the importance of the Canada-U.S. energy and environment relationships.

"Tom brings a well-formed and unique set of skills, understanding and experience to policy development during a period of significant transition for our industry and for Alberta, Canada and the U.S. His experience and relationships north and south of the border and across Canada promise to help CAPP strategically position itself to play an effective role in policy decisions that affect all Canadians," said David Collyer, President of CAPP. "Most Canadians want and expect our industry to move forward on all three fronts: Environment, Energy and Economy. Having him in this position will help us achieve that objective."

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents 150 companies that explore for, develop and produce natural gas, natural gas liquids, crude oil, oil sands, and elemental sulphur throughout Canada. CAPP member companies produce more than 95 per cent of Canada's natural gas and crude oil. CAPP also has 130 associate members that provide a wide range of services that support the upstream crude oil and natural gas industry. Together, these members and associate members are an important part of a $100-billion-a-year national industry that affects the livelihoods of more than half a million Canadians.