“What’s Next for Western Canada’s Oil & Gas Industry?”
With 23 expert speakers, more than 220 organizations represented and over 400 attendees gathered to analyze and discuss the future of Western Canada’s oil and gas industry, the inaugural event in Milestone GRP’s Industry Roadmap series was an acclaimed success. Held in Calgary on February 29th 2016, the conference focused on identifying the regional, national and international challenges the Western Canadian energy industry faces, and what must be done to address them in the current context.
Keynotes were given by Marie-José Nadeau, Chair of the World Energy Council and Perrin Beatty, President & CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Mrs Nadeau’s address highlighted the new reality emerging from low-costs energy producers’ fight for market share, the global energy industry’s transition to a low-carbon operating environment, the effect of technology empowering consumers to produce energy and manage its consumption locally, and how these forces are impacting the global energy sector.
Mr Beatty’s speech emphasized the financial and social impacts being felt across Canada due to the ‘interesting times’ Canadians are living through due to the fall in the oil price. He stressed the need for pan-Canadian cohesion on the issue of pipeline construction that would benefit all provinces and fulfill Canada’s commitment to equal opportunity for commerce for all regions.
Marie-José Nadeau is Chair of the World Energy Council. Ms Nadeau sits on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Advisory Board on Sustainable Energy for All, the Advisory Council of UNDESA and China Energy Fund Committee, the Advisory Council for the WiSER Program (UAE), and on the selection committee of Sheik Zayed's Energy Prize (UAE). She is also a Director on the Boards of ENGIE and METRO Inc. She previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Ministers of Energy and Environment of the Government of Quebec. In 1993, she joined Hydro Quebec, Canada's largest electric utility, where she was Secretary General and Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs until her retirement in 2015. Ms Nadeau holds law degrees from Ottawa University.
The World Energy Council is the UN-accredited global energy body, representing the entire energy spectrum, bringing together more than 3000 member organizations located in close to 100 national committees. It promotes an affordable, stable, and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all.
The Honourable Perrin Beatty is the President & CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Previously, Mr Perrin was the President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). He was appointed to the House of Commons in 1972, was Minister of State in the government of Joe Clark, and held 6 additional portfolios in subsequent Progressive Conservative governments. Mr Perrin was President & CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has connected businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions of the country to advocate for public policies that will foster a strong and competitive economic environment. It has a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses.
Margaret McCuaig-Boyd represents the northern Alberta riding of Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley. A long-time resident of the Peace Country, she was appointed Minister of Energy by Premier Notley in May 2015. Before being elected to public office, she was a teacher and administrator with the Peace River School Division for more than 20 years. She left public education to take an executive position as vice president at the Fairview Campus of Grande Prairie Regional College. Mrs McCuaig-Boyd left the college in June 2013 to start a consulting company to support small- and medium-sized businesses. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor’s Degree in education, and holds a Master’s Degree in administration and leadership from San Diego State University.
The day’s panels explored the challenges and opportunities shaping Western Canada’s oil and gas sector, and the panelists’ and attendees’ views on what is needed to resolve these issues to enable the industry to sustainably progress through and beyond the current crisis. The panels were composed of industry CEOs, the sector’s key associations, environmentalists, First Nations representatives, academics, investors, consultants and other experts. The four sessions focused on innovation and productivity, environmental leadership, market access and nation-building, and investment attraction.
Lance Mortlock is a Partner with EY, leading the national Strategy practice in Canada. Mr Mortlock has worked work with leading global and local national and international energy (oil & gas) and utility companies as well as energy regulators, LNG, oil field service and pipeline companies. He is also a guest lecturer and Executive Research Fellow at the University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business. Mr Mortlock holds an undergraduate degree from Exeter University and an MBA from Cardiff Business School.
EY is a global leader in auditing, tax, transaction, consulting, and corporate finance services. EY’s Global Oil & Gas practice consists of a network of more than 9,200 professionals with extensive assurance, tax, transactions, and advisory experience in the oil and gas industry.
John Gorman is Halliburton’s Area Vice President - Canada. Mr Gorman joined Halliburton as an Offshore LWD engineer and has held the positions of Service Coordinator and Region Business Development Manager. Prior to joining Halliburton, he was a geologist for Canadian Hunter. Mr Gorman is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is the past Chair for the Canadian Oilmen’s Executive Association and PSAC. He holds a degree in geology from University of Saskatchewan.
Halliburton serves the upstream oil and gas industry with 13 product service lines (PSLs) that operate in two divisions: Drilling and Evaluation, and Completion and Production. The Consulting and Project Management PSL works across both divisions, spearheading Halliburton’s integrated-services strategy.
Todd Parker is the CEO for Blue Spark Energy. Mr Parker has more than 20 years hands-on experience in oilfield services. Prior to his current role, he was Canadian Vice President for Weatherford. Mr Parker also held positions with Schlumberger and was a multi-product line Regional Manager for Siemens Canada.
Blue Spark Energy provides its Wireline Applied Stimulation Pulses (WASP®) technology to enhance oil flow in new or poorly producing wells, recover reserves from non-producing wells, and increase flow in injector and disposal wells.
Tony Balasubramanian is a Partner at MNP. Mr Balasubramanian has over 25 years experience in the technology industry. He began his consulting career after a 17-year career that spanned many aspects of IT including programming, project management, IT systems design and development, IT systems selection and implementation, business process engineering, design and review, payroll and human resources, as well as operational, business, and corporate leadership roles. He regularly speaks to audiences on technology innovation and the use of technology to advance or improve business performance.
MNP is a leading supplier of financial, consulting, and management services to the oilfield services industry and has regional offices in all major producing areas of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.
James Cleland is the Global General Manager of the Heavy Oil Solutions group in GE Power and Water. Prior to joining GE in 2011, James spent seven years working in economic development for the province of Alberta. As Executive Director of the Alberta Economic Development Authority, he worked with industry leaders to provide business advice to the Premier and Cabinet. He also worked with oilsands producers and suppliers on cost overrun challenges, as well as international investment opportunities in the oilsands.
GE’s Canadian presence spans from coast to coast with all of its core businesses, services, and technologies including wind turbines, aircraft engines, heavy oil and water treatment, medical imaging, locomotive, and financial services. GE is a major supplier to companies in Canada’s oil industry.
Dr Harrie Vredenburg is Professor of Strategy at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business and is the Suncor Energy Chair in Strategy and Sustainability. He is Academic Director of Haskayne’s Global Energy Executive MBA. He also holds an appointment as an International Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School in the UK. He has published more than 50 articles in management journals including in Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review. He advises business and government and serves on the boards of directors of several publicly-traded and private international energy companies.
The Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary offers bachelor, master, doctorate, and executive education programmes. It is home to major research centres devoted to educating leaders and advancing business practices in leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation, real estate, and energy.
Ed Whittingham is the Executive Director of the Pembina Institute. Mr Whittingham previously served the Director for the institute’s consulting programme, where he led projects around sustainable energy production and consumption. He is also a faculty member of Leadership Development at The Banff Centre, and an advisory council member of the Network for Business Sustainability, the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business, and the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Oil and Gas.
The Pembina Institute is Canada’s leading energy and environment research organization. The Pembina Institute aims to advance clean energy solutions through research, advocacy and consulting. This institute operates with a staff of 40 professionals in five offices across Canada.
Gordon Lambert is the Chair of the Board for CMC Research Institutes. Mr Lambert retired from Suncor Energy in 2015, where he last served as Executive Advisor Sustainability and Innovation and served as the Suncor representative for COSIA. He is currently the Suncor Sustainability Executive in Residence at the Ivey School of Business and has established GRL Collaboration for Sustainability as a consulting practice. Mr Lambert was a recent member of the Alberta Climate Advisory Panel to the Environment Minister and the Premier. He holds a BS degree from University of Guelph and completed the Ivey Executive Program.
Carbon Management Canada Research Institutes is an independent not-for-profit business with the mission of accelerating innovation to eliminate industrial greenhouse emissions. Its clients include industry, government, academic and non-academic researchers, technology developers and vendors, and end users.
Pat Carlson is CEO of Seven Generations Energy. Mr Carlson has 40 years of diverse experience in the oil and gas industry. He previously founded successful, private, junior energy companies, including North American Oil Sands Corporation, Krang Energy Inc., and Passage Energy Inc. Mr Carlson currently serves on the Schulich Industry Advisory Council for the Schulich School of Engineering. He holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary.
Seven Generations Energy Ltd. is an independent petroleum company focused on the acquisition, development and value optimization of high quality tight and shale hydrocarbon resource plays. Presently, the Company has a single focus area, the Kakwa River Project in northwest Alberta.
Audrey Mascarenhas, P. Eng is the President and CEO of Questor Technology Inc. Audrey joined Questor in 1999. Prior to this, she worked in the oil and gas industry during a 17-year tenure with Gulf Canada Resources Ltd., presently Conoco-Phillips. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto in Chemical Engineering and holds a Masters Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary.
Questor Technology is an international environmental oilfield service company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta with a field office in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Questor manufactures and services high efficiency waste gas incinerator systems, provides combustion and burner-related oilfield services as well as power generation systems. Its proprietary incinerator technology is utilized worldwide in the effective management of H2S, VOCs and BTEX gases ensuring sustainable development, community acceptance and regulatory compliance.
Deborah Yedlin is a Business Columnist for the Calgary Herald. Ms Yedlin began her career working in New York for Goldman Sachs. Upon completing her MBA in Finance, she continued working in corporate finance in Toronto and Calgary. Ms Yedlin’s entered business journalism in 1996, holding positions with the Financial Post and the Globe and Mail. She is also a weekly business commentator for CBC radio. Ms Yedlin holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Queen's University.
The Calgary Herald’s news content reaches an audience of half-a-million Calgary residents through 4 different platforms. In 2012, The Calgary Herald won 2 national awards from Newspapers Canada “Great Ideas” competition, as well as 2 awards from the International Newsmedia Marketing Association. It is part of the Postmedia Network.
Tim McMillan is President & CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Mr McMillan started his career as an IT professional and as founder of an oilfi eld services company. In 2007, he was elected as a Saskatchewan Party MLA. Mr McMillan held strategic cabinet portfolios in the Government of Saskatchewan, including Minister of Energy and Resources and Minister of Rural Health. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Victoria.
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ (CAPP) vision is to enhance Canada's prosperity by enabling responsible growth of the country’s upstream oil and gas industry. CAPP's mission is to advocate for and enable economic competitiveness and safe, environmentally, and socially responsible performance. CAPP represents companies that explore for, develop, and produce natural gas and crude oil throughout Canada. CAPP's member companies produce about 90% of Canada's natural gas and crude oil.
Chris Bloomer is President & CEO for CEPA. Mr Bloomer previously held senior positions with Shell Canada, Castle Energy, Talon Resources Ltd., Petrobank Energy & Resources, and Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd. He holds a degree in Geoscience from the University of Toronto.
The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate approximately 118,000 kilometres of pipeline in Canada. CEPA members transport 97% of Canada’s daily crude oil and natural gas from producing regions to markets throughout North America.
Blaine Favel is the 14th Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan. Mr Favel served as Chief of Poundmaker Cree Nation and as Grand Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. He was also a senior diplomat at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Counsellor on International Indigenous Issues. He served as a special advisor to the Assembly of First Nations National Chief. He holds a law degree from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
The University of Saskatchewan was founded in 1907 and is the largest educational institution in the province of Saskatchewan. Providing undergraduate and graduate programmes, it is home to 13 interdisciplinary colleges, 3 graduate schools, and 6 affiliated or federated colleges.
John Soini is President of Energy East and has overall responsibility for the 4,600 km Energy East Pipeline Project, which will connect receipt points in Alberta and Saskatchewan to provide Western Canadian crude oil access to refineries in Eastern Canada and to export markets. Mr. Soini has been with TransCanada for over 18 years in various roles, most recently, as Vice President of Project Management of the Energy East Pipeline Project. Prior to that, John led the development and safe installation of all facilities and pipeline infrastructure projects within TransCanada’s Natural Gas and Power Divisions in Canada and the United States. Prior to this, Mr. Soini was the Vice President of the Bruce A Restart Project for Bruce Power where he had accountability for the refurbishment of two nuclear power plants totaling 1,500 MW. John also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration, with distinction, from the Haskayne School of Business. He is a Mechanical Engineering Technologist and a Fourth Class Power Engineer.
With more than 65 years’ experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and liquids pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates a network of natural gas pipelines that extends more than 68,000 kilometres (42,100 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent’s largest providers of gas storage and related services with more than 368 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns or has interests in over 10,900 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is developing one of North America’s largest liquids delivery systems.
The Honourable Pierre Arcand is Québec’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister responsible for the Plan Nord, and Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region. Minister Arcand started his career as a radio journalist, and in the early 2000s he was appointed president of Corus Québec. In 2007 he was elected Member of Parliament. He also served as Minister of International Relations, Minister responsible for La Francophonie, and Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and Parks.
The mission of the Québec Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources is to manage and support the development of energy and mineral resources within the territory of Québec within the framework of sustainable development. The Ministry relies on advanced knowledge and the development of valuable scientific data for the coherent and responsible resource development that contributes to Québec’s economic growth.
Glenn Kalyniuk is Managing Director, Energy for ATB Corporate Financial Services. He leads a team of twelve with an E&P portfolio of approximately $5 billion in commitments and $2.5 billion in deposits. He has been in the Alberta banking industry for over 28 years, having spent the past 19 years specializing in the Oil & Gas sector, based in Calgary. Prior to joining ATB in January 2014, he worked in Energy Banking in a variety of roles with Canadian Schedule 1 banks. He received a bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Regina, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.
ATB Corporate Financial Services, a division of ATB Financial, is a full service financial institution serving the needs of mid- and senior-market businesses with operations in the province of Alberta. Offering a wide range of business solutions from credit, deposit, cash management, financial markets, syndications and newly formed advisory services group, It is focused on the sectors that drive Alberta’s economy such as energy, real estate, construction and food & forestry.
Avik Dey is Managing Director, Head of Natural Resources for CPPIB. Previously, Mr Dey was President & CEO of Remvest Energy Partners and Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Remora Energy. He also worked with a number of organizations including First Reserve, Deutsche Bank, and EnCana Corporation. Mr Dey serves on the boards for Teine Energy, Enactus Canada, and the Young Professionals in Energy organization. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Calgary.
The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is a professional investment management organization that invests the assets of the Canada Pension Plan. CPPIB invests in public equities, private equities, real estate, infrastructure, and fixed income instruments.
Michele Robitaille is Managing Director, Canadian Equity for Guardian Capital LP. Ms Robitaille joined GCLP in 2003 as a Portfolio Manager within the Canadian equity team. Prior to joining Guardian, she worked as an Equity Research Analyst for Scotia Capital Inc. and National Bank Financial. She also worked at Price Waterhouse LP in both the Audit and Business Services and Financial Advisory Services groups. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of British Columbia.
Guardian Capital LP offers investment management expertise in balanced, domestic and global equity, fixed-income, and real estate portfolios. It executes investment strategies on behalf of pension plans, insurers, foundations, endowments, family offices, and mutual funds worldwide.
Neville Jugnauth is a Partner at Torys LLP. He practises corporate and securities law with a focus on private equity, corporate finance and M&A transactions. He has practised both in Canada and the United States and has significant experience advising with respect to private equity investments, public offerings, M&A and joint venture transactions in the upstream and midstream sectors of Canada’s oil and gas industry. Mr Jugnauth also regularly advises clients with respect to securities law and stock exchange compliance issues, and corporate governance matters.
Torys LLP was founded in 1941 and is a respected international business law firm with a reputation for quality, innovation and teamwork. The firm has participated in some of its clients’ largest and most complex transactions. It has offices in Toronto, New York, Calgary, Montreal, and Halifax.
Michael Christopher is CIO for ARM Energy. Prior to joining ARM, Mr Christopher spent nearly 13 years at ArcLight Capital Partners, an energy-focused private equity firm, where he originated and structured transactions in the midstream, power, and upstream sectors. Mr Christopher began his career in Citigroup’s Global Energy and Power Group, where he provided M&A and capital markets advice to public and private energy companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia.
ARM Energy takes a dynamic approach to risk management by implementing strategies that not only provide protection, but also the ability to adjust and enhance hedge positions by taking advantage of market vacillations. ARM Energy has been helping oil and gas producers make hedging decisions since 2004.
“Directly relevant to addressing the challenges facing the industry today; candid, fast-paced and action oriented; and with many of the right people in the room – the Milestone GRP ‘Industry Roadmap’ event was time well invested.”Barry Munro
“Great event. Meaningful discussions on some of the most important issues facing the industry today.”Tim McMillan
“Milestone GRP's Western Canada Oil & Gas Industry Roadmap conference was one of the best I've been to. It really was first rate. The panel format encouraged a broad discussion of differing views, the speakers were clearly experts in their field and the topics were highly relevant to the challenges we are facing in the western Canada oil and gas industry today. Thank you for coming to Calgary!”Alicia K. Quesnel
“I thought the sessions were very informative and well organized. It was an impressive audience. Congratulations on a successful event.”John Soini
“Congratulations to Milestone GRP on a successful inaugural event. The quality of the speakers and the depth of discussion on key industry issues was first rate.”James Cleland
“Thanks to Milestone GRP and Florent, you are excellent hosts and created a great environment for discussion and debate; navigating challenges with great verve.Tony Balasubramanian
“I have been hearing nothing but positive comments post-event. Well done!”Dr. Harrie Vredenburg
“The event was top notch. Finally, a candid conversation about the headwinds that Western Canada faces not only due to lower global commodity prices, but also due to our own internal relationships with other provinces and First Nations. It was a testament that environmental issues are at the forefront of how the energy industry has to manage itself on a go-forward basis.”Stephanie Barker
“This was a great conference—knowledgeable speakers sharing thoughtful and fresh insight on the challenges and opportunities facing the energy industry and its key stakeholders. The event was well attended and well executed.”Georgia Gerontas
“Great event! We need to have a lot of what was said being discussed across Canada. I have never felt the entire country more divided. We need corporate and political solutions, and quickly. More weight to the political.”Warren Brow
“A wonderful conference and highly successful. Great work!”Alan Ross
“You did a terrific job with the Investors Guide and the conference was one of the best I have ever attended. Congratulations!”Larry Kaida
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