Directional Drilling Membership

CAOEC’s new Directional Drilling Division is only the third new division in our association’s 71-year history. It is also the first of what we hope will be several new divisions comprised of leaders in their sectors; companies and people who understand the importance of addressing the challenges we face as an industry in the most effective way possible. Together, we have an opportunity to define our future and ensure it is a successful one that benefits all Canadians.

Our founding members include:  
  • Cathedral Energy Services
  • Clear Directional Drilling Solutions
  • Compass Directional Services Ltd.
  • Ensign Directional
  • Millennium Directional Service Ltd.
  • Optimax Drilling Solutions
  • Precision Directional

As successful advocates for our industry, being a member of the CAOEC has many advantages. In most cases, the cost of membership is returned several times over in the form of access to cost saving permits, and various government relations initiatives. Click here to apply.

Below are a few examples of how contractors can take full advantage of a CAOEC membership.

CAOEC Committees

Our Operational committees are the lifeblood of the Association. These committees are comprised of hardworking volunteers from our member companies who help us share and assess valuable information that informs the work we do, and help us move forward as a competitive and healthy industry.

Government Relations

CAOEC helps members effectively work with governments by providing one point of contact. Important technical and industry information is gathered from committee experts and then communicated through the Association to decision makers so they may make informed decisions on policy that impacts member companies. Understanding member perspectives helps ensure regulatory bodies are not imposing unfair, costly, or technically inaccurate processes or policies.


CAOEC is a public advocate for the Canadian drilling and well servicing industry. Currently, the Oil Respect campaign is the Association's advocacy focus. Since February 2016, Oil Respect has been standing up for the Canadian oil and gas industry from coast to coast to coast. Speaking with provincial and federal governments and regular Canadians, Oil Respect addresses the misinformation and half-truths about the industry, giving oil workers and their families a voice, and letting our country know about the value our oil and gas industry brings to Canada.

Stay Informed

CAOEC publishes a monthly e-newsletter, as well as a quarterly magazine called "The Hitch." Members have access to advertising and sponsorship opportunities, and can stay up to date on industry news and technology.

CAOEC Recommended Practices

CAOEC Recommended Practices foster more efficient and effective operations by standardizing and documenting industry best practices for the benefit of all members.


From training and competency manuals to log books, members have access to many different CAOEC publications. These publications are purpose-built for Canada’s regulatory environment, and have been drafted, vetted and approved by CAOEC members.

Training and Development

CAOEC works with training providers to ensure members have access to cost effective solutions that meet the specific demands of the drilling industry. Online options, reasonable re-certification periods, and working with invested parties to create best-in-class programs are some of the ways CAOEC helps contribute to the safe and professional development of rig personnel.

Annual General Meeting and Luncheon

Allows members to network, celebrate successes and welcome the new Board of Directors.

Speaker Series

Speaker Series events provide an opportunity each quarter for members to better understand specific industry topics such as the Master Service Agreements, worksite drug and alcohol policies and regulations, and the WCB legislation.

Membership Contact:

Carrie Canty
Reception\Administrative Assistant
403 264 4311 ext. 101
email Carrie