History & Mission


The Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC), was founded in 1986 as the Small Explorers and Producers Association of Canada. Today, EPAC is the voice of Canada’s conventional energy producers and advocates on behalf of its entrepreneurial members for sound government policy that promotes a thriving energy sector. The association represents over 170 member oil and gas companies ranging from start-ups to juniors and large producers operating in Canada. EPAC’s focus is on non-oil sands and gas development. These companies are the engine of the industry as members invest billions of dollars each year developing new energy reserves while providing the North American market with a secure, reliable energy source. EPAC members produce 35% of Canada’s natural gas and 30% of Canada’s conventional oil. EPAC members manage over $150 billion in assets.

EPAC’s core Producer Members are supported by a strong contingent of Associate Member companies supplying technology, products and services to the upstream oil and gas industry.


Advocate to governments, policy makers and regulators to ensure that the interests of our members are reflected in a fiscal and regulatory framework that encourages investment and supports a prosperous oil and gas industry;

Communicate essential industry news, events and information to our members and communicate our Association’s views on oil and gas issues to the public, community leaders and the news media; and

Educate Canadians about the important contribution of our member companies to ensure Canada’s present and future energy needs are met while creating jobs and opportunities in the communities where our members operate.