Journalist / Energy Policy Analyst

Since acquiring an oilfield trade magazine as business and job in 1979, David Yager has gained extensive media and public speaking experience. This was augmented by commercial activities as a trade magazine ad copy writer, corporate profile author, marketing material writer for his companies and clients, and authoring innumerable annual reports, press releases, MD&A, and corporate AV presentations. He is also an experienced photographer.

  • Junior high school newspaper, reporter

  • High school newspaper, editor

  • University of Alberta newspaper, photographer

  • The Roughneck, an oilfield trade magazine in Calgary (1979-1992)

  • CBC Radio 1010 Calgary Political Panel (1986-1991)

  • Calgary Sun, Op Ed Columnist (1992 & 1993)

  • CBC Radio Business Commentator (1980 to Present)

  • CBC TV Crossfire Public Affairs Show Co-Host (1991)

  • Calgary Herald, Op Ed Columnist (1994 & 1995, 2008 & 2009)

  • Oilweek, Feature Editorial Columnist “Our Industry” (2002 -2012, 2016-2017)

  • Featured guest on CBC’s Cross Canada Checkup (1986)

  • Numerous interviews on radio and television and other media on the oil and gas industry, politics and energy policy in Canada and the United States

  • Most recently wrote a weekly newsletter for MNP LLP on the oilfield services industry for staff and clients which was broadly distributed domestically and internationally through and

  • Current monthly contributor to
  • In the area energy policy analysis David Yager has been studying this subject intensely since the introduction of the National Energy Program in 1980. Areas affecting the upstream oil and gas industry include taxation, royalties, interest rates, exchange rates, commodity prices, regulations and market access.

    As Chairman of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), in 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 (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 routinely hired by boards, companies and trade associations to provide an overview of the current state of Canada’s oil and gas industry including the key drivers of production, investment and employment; past, present and future.