Carl Makrides

Director, Resources & Rights


  • Chief Conservation Officer, Conservation Officer
  • Directs the team of geoscientists and engineers responsible for the management and conservation of Nova Scotia’s offshore petroleum resources
  • Directs the regional and field-specific geological, geophysical, petrophysical, and reservoir engineering studies
  • Directs the Resources department’s review of industry submitted activity authorizations, reports and plans, including resource management audits and inspections
  • Directs resource management oversight of producing projects in order to prevent waste of petroleum resources by ensuring operator’s maximize economic hydrocarbon recovery in accordance with CNSOPB regulatory requirements
  • As Chief Conservation Officer, Carl is appointed by the Board of Directors and has regulatory authority and responsibility for petroleum resource conservation, as well as certain aspects of environmental protection

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Over 30 years of petroleum geoscience and regulatory experience, including 27 years with the CNSOPB, progressing from the position of Geological Technologist, to the technical role of Geologist and Petrophysicist, to his current roles of Director, Resources and Chief Conservation Officer
  • Prior to joining the CNSOPB, Carl worked for the federal offshore petroleum regulator the Canada Oil and Gas Lands Administration (COGLA) as a Geological Technologist
  • During his time at the CNSOPB, Carl has been involved in the development of the Drilling and Production and Framework Regulations and associated guidance
  • He has co-authored a number of CNSOPB geoscience and resource assessments publications evaluating the geology, reservoir properties and resource potential of the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area
  • Carl has extensive knowledge of the geological and petrophysical aspects of all significant and commercial discoveries in the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area including: Deep Panuke, Sable Offshore Energy Project, Cohasset/Panuke oil project, and the 15 undeveloped significant discoveries in the Sable Island area
  • He has completed a number of technical training courses in emergency and incident management, oil spill response, geology and petrophysics

Education, Affiliations, and Accolades:

  • Executive Leadership, Dalhousie University
  • Bachelor of Science (Geology), Dalhousie University
  • Registered Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.)
  • Member of the Mining and Energy Committee of Geoscientists Nova Scotia
  • Member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • Member of the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts
  • Represents the CNSOPB on the following international regulatory organizations: International Upstream Forum and International Offshore Petroleum Environment Regulators

More About Me:

  • When not working, Carl enjoys cycling, kayaking and riding his motorcycle