CSEE Outreach activities during 2023 expanded in scope and reach to both membership and to the public.

Our main initiative is the joint CSEE / University of Alberta Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – “21stCentury Energy Transition – How do we Make it Work?”, offered on the Coursera educational platform at https://www.coursera.org/learn/21st-century-energy-transition? Since its launch in late September 2022, more than 5200 students have enrolled in the MOOC. Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, with a 4.9/5 rating and a high completion rate. Energy is a dynamic, constantly-changing and critically-important issue for humanity, so a major update is in the works, which we plan to release in late spring 2024. It will be structured so that students that have already completed the course can re-enroll and take the update sections without having to repeat what they’ve already learned.

CSEE has developed several presentations and webinars from the MOOC, building on course materials to address key issues such as energy security and energy policy. We have presented to diverse groups including Professional Engineers and Geoscientists in several provinces, post-secondary students at many institutions, CSEE member organizations, community groups, and at technical conferences. A common theme is that future energy security will rely on every viable energy technology humanity can develop, and that oil and gas will continue to be at the forefront of energy supply for decades to come.

Outreach continues to address topics of importance to the oil and gas industry, such as unconventional reservoirs and the related environmental and regulatory issues associated with them. In Canada, it is those resources that are the nucleus behind the new Canadian LNG Industry that is set to begin exports in early 2025.

In addition, topics around the momentous changes that are occurring in the industry in the race towards a net zero Carbon Industry are also presented to our many audiences.

In 2024, CSEE Outreach will continue to build diverse relationships across Canada at both the secondary and post-secondary levels. We will be working closely with CSEE’s Energy Ambassadors to expand our scope and expertise as part of our Collaborative Recruitment Strategy with our academic and industry association partners.