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Canada World Petroleum Congress Bid

The World Petroleum Council of Canada (WPC Canada) is excited that Calgary will be the host city for the 24th World Petroleum Congress in 2023. Calgary was selected as the host city for 2023 by members of the World Petroleum Council (WPC) on June 23, 2019, in St. Petersburg Russia.

The vote came after months of consultation with member countries; Calgary was competing against Baku, Azerbaijan; Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The final win came after a fourth ballot 21-20 win when Calgary was competing against Baku.


WPC Canada Bid




In a nail-biting finish Canada won the bid to host the 24th World Petroleum Congress (WPC) in 2023, widely recognised as the "Olympics" of the oil and gas industry.

One vote made all the difference. In a tightly contested competition, Canada won the right to host the prestigious World Petroleum Congress in 2023 with 51% of the votes, one vote more than the closest runner-up Azerbaijan.

41 member countries of the World Petroleum Council gathered for the 2019 Annual WPC Council meeting in St Petersburg in June 2019 and voted on the country to host the world’s largest oil and gas event in 2023. Five member countries of the World Petroleum Council had put forward their bids to hold the 24th WPC. Canada faced off against Argentina with Buenos Aires, Azerbaijan and their capital Baku, Nur-Sultan, the newly renamed capital of Kazakhstan, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with Dubai. After four rounds of voting, Canada pulled past its closest rival Azerbaijan in a nail-biting finish with just one vote to win.

Tor Fjaeran, President of the WPC, was very pleased with this strong turnout and the record number of bidders for the 24th WPC. He stated that “this underlines the continued importance of the World Petroleum Congress as a world-class gathering to discuss key industry issues with all stakeholders, network, and share best practices for the global oil and gas sector”. He recognised the efforts of all five candidate countries and commended their highly professional and ethical promotional campaigns.

The Canadian team of volunteers was ecstatic with winning the Congress in their second attempt as Denis Painchaud, Chair of the WPC Canadian National Committee, said in his speech after signing the host agreement with the Director General of the World Petroleum Council, Dr Pierce Riemer: “It was a thrilling victory – five years in the making”, and he gave everyone a “guarantee, that you will have an unbelievable experience in Calgary in 2023.”


World Petroleum Council Canada


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WPC Canada Celebrates 70 years as a member of the World Petroleum Council.

Joining the WPC organisation in 1950, Canada has been a very active member and promoting the petroleum industry both home and abroad. WPC Canada is the Canadian National Committee of the World Petroleum Council (WPC), a non-political, Non-Governmental Organisation accredited by the United Nations.

We are a premiere network of energy professionals, with a membership that includes more than 60 representatives of the Canadian oil and gas industry from the private, public, government, and academic sectors.

WPC Canada helps members stay connected and informed about the oil and gas industry worldwide, primarily by organising the Canadian presence at the tri-annual World Petroleum Congress. This event is a forum for discussing key industry issues, developing and deepening relationships, sharing best practices, and connecting with key stakeholders.

We appreciate all the support of our industry partners that help keep our organisation vibrant and supporting the industry. We are also grateful to the city of Calgary, The Province of Alberta and the Canadian Federal Government for their on-going support of our organisation and our preparation for the World Petroleum Congress in 2023!



  • Membership includes over 60 representatives from industry, government and academia.

The principal purpose of the World Petroleum Council (WPC) is to promote the management of the world’s petroleum resources for the benefit of mankind. To meet those aims, the WPC encourages the application of scientific and technological advances and the study of economic, financial, management, environmental and social issues relating to the petroleum industry.

For more information about the World Petroleum Council Canada, visit:




  • Liaise with the World Petroleum Council ) 
  • Organise the Canadian Business Development Program for the World Petroleum Congress
  • Develop and host Canada’s Pavilion at World Petroleum Congresses
  • Canadian Reception & Technical Program
  • Create Technology Exchange Opportunities for our members




  • Organising Canada’s participation at all World Petroleum Congresses.
  • Organising WPC Canada networking events in Calgary and Canada
  • Engaging youth in the Canadian O&G industry