History & Mission


The Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC), advocates on behalf of its member companies for sound government policy that promotes a thriving independent oil and gas sector. Canada’s junior and mid-sized companies are a critical component of our nation’s oil and gas industry. Members invest billions of dollars each year finding and developing new energy reserves while providing the North American market with a secure, reliable energy source.

EPAC was founded in 1986 as the Small Explorers and Producers Association of Canada. Today the Association represents a wide spectrum of independent oil and gas companies ranging from start-ups to junior and mid-sized producers operating in Canada, the United States and other countries.

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.