Geoscience BC and the Natural Gas Innovation Fund Pursue GHG Emissions Reductions and Boosting Economic Development

April 24, 2020 - Vancouver, British Columbia and Ottawa, Ontario - Geoscience BC and the Natural Gas Innovation Fund™ (NGIF) have announced an agreement that sets out how the two organizations will work together to co-invest in cleantech research that could deliver greenhouse gas emission reductions and boost economic development.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) includes details on how Geoscience BC and the NGIF have agreed to implement a collaborative process to jointly consider research opportunities that could benefit the natural gas sector in British Columbia and Canada more broadly. These two Canadian funding organizations have strong alignment of their goals and desired outcomes and on their rigorous, transparent due diligence processes. The MOU also allows for the confidential sharing of information.

Over the coming months, NGIF and Geoscience BC will be encouraging their networks to discuss and submit ideas for research projects to be considered for co-funding.


“The Natural Gas Innovation Fund and Geoscience BC share many common objectives, and this new agreement sets out a framework for how we work together and make the most of shared cleantech research opportunities.”
Gavin C. Dirom, President and CEO, Geoscience BC

“A big part of NGIF’s success comes from our Trusted Partnerships which enable cleantech co-investments in Canada’s natural gas value chain where we are aligned on mandate and target outcomes. Trusted partners share risk, cut down the red-tape, and accelerate cleantech development. I am looking forward to working with the Geoscience BC team on advancing this agenda to create the greatest benefits for BC and Canada’s gas sector.”
John Adams, Managing Director, Natural Gas Innovation Fund

“Cleantech innovation is a huge opportunity right across the natural gas value chain, and this memorandum of understanding sets out how NGIF can collaborate with Geoscience BC to accelerate the process.”
Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO, Canadian Gas Association

About Geoscience BC

Geoscience BC generates independent, public geoscience research and data about British Columbia’s minerals, energy and water resources. This advances knowledge, informs responsible development, encourages investment and stimulates innovation.

Our collaboration with the resource sectors, academia, communities, Indigenous groups and government develops and shares unbiased and credible earth science research and data.

Geoscience BC is a not for profit society incorporated under the BC Societies Act.

About NGIF

NGIF is an industry-led, industry-funded, granting organization created by the Canadian Gas Association that seeks to accelerate cleantech innovation in the production, pipeline transmission, and end-use of natural gas. In so doing, we aim to improve the environmental and economic performance of all in the sector. Our belief is that affordable, reliable, environmentally sound natural gas is a foundational fuel for Canada’s long-term well-being.

Accessing Information

View the MOU

For more information, please contact:
Richard Truman
Director, External Relations
Geoscience BC
604-662-4147 / 778-929-1662

Media Information:
Aysha Raad
Director, Communications
Canadian Gas Association

Fund Information:
John Adams
Managing Director
Natural Gas Innovation Fund

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