The people of pipelines: Dean Burnett, senior field land representative

This week we continue our series of posts introducing you to some of the dedicated Canadians working in the pipeline industry.

The process of building a pipeline involves many steps and the efforts of many people along the way. One such person, whose job is to consult with and engage stakeholders throughout the entirety of a pipeline project, is:

Dean Burnett, Senior Field Land Representative, TransCanada


Dean Burnett

Dean Burnett

Medicine Hat, Alberta

Time on the job:

I have been working for TransCanada in the land department for the last 23 years.


I have been a licensed land agent in Alberta since 1982 and a member of the International Right of Way Association (IRWA) since 1986.

I take various IRWA courses related to the land profession and other related courses available though the industry.

Additional experience that helps me perform my job effectively:

I grew up on the family farm just outside Swift Current, Saskatchewan, which provided me the opportunity to experience farming and ranching operations. This gave me an understanding of pipeline construction and farming operations.

What my job entails:

I meet with various stakeholder groups, including landowners, landowner organizations, rural municipalities and the general public as it relates to pipeline expansion projects. I also oversee contract agents during the acquisition program and construction/reclamation of pipeline projects and post reclamation activities.

How my job contributes to the overall safe operation of pipelines:

I provide landowners with information related to pipeline awareness and pipeline integrity programs, as well as the Call Before You Dig Program. This is especially important with new landowners who have not had pipelines before or have just recently purchased a property with existing pipelines along with the new proposed pipeline.

How I’ve been trained to respond to a pipeline emergency:

My current role is somewhat limited for emergency response, as it becomes the responsibility of the operations side if required. In my previous positions, I did emergency desktop and simulated emergency preparedness training yearly, along with assisting in first responder presentations.

I am in the process of taking oil related emergency preparedness courses for the company so that I can act as an additional resource or provide vacation coverage.

What I most enjoy about my job:

For me, every day is different: travelling to different areas, gaining an understanding of new and different farming practices, meeting new people, resolving issues and moving forward as good neighbours with our landowners.

What I enjoy doing in my spare time:

As most of the landowners and stakeholders I work with know, I love to golf and teach my grand kids to play and enjoy the game.

Now that you know a bit about Dean, get to know our other People of Pipelines:

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate approximately 110,000 kilometres of pipelines in Canada. In 2011, these energy highways moved approximately 1.2 billion barrels of liquid petroleum products and 5.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Our members transport 97 per cent of Canada’s daily natural gas and onshore crude oil from producing regions to markets throughout North America.