Kris Kendell

Acting Director, Resources and Rights


  • Conservation Officer
  • Advises on geophysical matters relating to oil and gas exploration, development and production
  • Studies geological and geophysical data to better understand the geology and hydrocarbon potential of the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area
  • Reviews geoscience aspects of industry submitted activity authorizations, reports and plans
  • Conducts audits and inspections to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements

Biographical Snapshot:

  • Kris has 19 years of petroleum geoscience experience including 12 years with the CNSOPB
  • Prior to joining the CNSOPB, Kris worked with as a Marine Geophysicist and as a Petroleum Geophysicist at the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines
  • While working at the CNSOPB, he has authored a number of geoscience publications which have helped to enhance the understanding of the geology of the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area
  • Has published research about Canada-Nova Scotia’s offshore geology, and recently co-authored (with a co-worker) a book chapter titled: A Review of Mesozoic-Cenozoic Salt Tectonics Along the Scotian Margin, Eastern Canada
  • Involved in the development of the new performance-based Framework Regulations and associated guidance
  • Kris has completed a number of technical training courses in geology, salt tectonics and seismic interpretation

Education, Affiliations, and Accolades:

  • Bachelor of Science (Geology), Saint Mary’s University
  • Registered Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.)
  • Member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • Member of the Atlantic Geoscience Society

More About Kris:

  • In the winter, Kris can be found in the rink with his kids for hockey and ringette
  • In the summer, he’s on the water fly fishing, canoeing, and kayaking with his family