Energy Policy Analyst

In the area energy policy analysis David Yager has been studying this subject since the introduction of the National Energy Program in 1980. Areas affecting the upstream oil and gas industry include federal policy, provincial policy, taxation, royalties, interest rates, exchange rates, commodity prices, regulations, market access and, most recently, environmental activism and the anti-carbon movement.

As Chairman of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) 2009/2010, he was the driving force behind the creation of a major study on the size and impact of the oil service industry on the Canadian economy. This was updated in 2014.

He wrote a position paper for the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC, Service Rig Division) in 1990, that helped shape a new royalty rate for reactivation of suspended oil wells in the 1991 conventional oil and gas royalty review.

Through MNP, he authored a study for PSAC on well abandonment and site reclamation in 2016 that helped the Alberta and federal governments provide additional funding for the Orphan Well Association.

David Yager is hired by boards, companies and trade associations to provide an overview of Canada’s oil and gas industry, including the key drivers of production, investment, and employment; past, present, and future.

He is regularly consulted by multiple media sources for commentary and analysis of the oil and gas issues of the day.