8:05 am – 8:45 am : Energy Policy in Alberta

Doug Schweitzer,
United Conservative Party, Calgary-Elbow

As the UCP Candidate for Calgary-Elbow, Doug is committed to restoring Alberta's competitive advantage for the families, business leaders, and hard-working residents of this constituency. 

Doug is a committed husband, father of two young girls and a long-serving community volunteer. He has fundraised for military families and served as Vice Chair of the Calgary Drug Treatment Court. He is passionate about the Alberta that he grew up in -- an Alberta in which, no matter where you came from, if you worked hard, you could succeed.  

As a restructuring and bankruptcy lawyer, Doug has seen first-hand the staggering impacts of a loss of competitiveness and pipeline gridlock on Alberta's businesses. With determination and optimism, Doug is committed to getting to work on Day 1 of a United Conservative Government.


8:45 am – 9:30 am: North American NGL/Gas Supply and Transportation

Cameron Gingrich,
Director, Gas Services, Solomon Associates

Cameron Gingrich has almost 20 years of natural gas experience. He is responsible for analytical support and in-depth customized data analysis, trending, and modelling. His work on the Strategic Energy Advisory (SEA) Retainer Service, multi-client studies, and custom consulting projects focuses on analysis of pipeline tolls, gas supply/storage load duration modelling, gas demand outlooks, and gas price modelling. Mr. Gingrich was the lead analyst providing evidence for 17 Canadian NEB LNG Export applications and testified as an expert witness before the NEB with regards to the KM LNG project. He has also lead Long-term Fixed Price and Evolution of Dawn multi-client studies and has authored papers on Summer Gas Storage Analysis, Canadian Gas Exports to 2025, Natural Gas Price Forecast to 2045, and LNG Outlook to 2035. Mr. Gingrich has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Calgary, with a focus on strategic energy and financial markets.





9:35 am – 10:15 am: Digitization Strategies Coming to the Oil & Gas Industry.

Biju George,
Senior Director Energy, Utilities, Mining, Industrial Products PwC Canada

Biju George has over 16 years of experience in process improvement, building operating models and providing technology enablement advice for multiple industries in North America and the Middle East.

Currently a Senior Director in PwC’s Energy, Utilities, Mining and Industrial Products practice supporting executives of these industries as they address challenges via capability driven strategies and digital based organizational transformations.

A trained Electronics Engineer, he started his career as a business analyst, understanding and implementing Enterprise Resource Planning systems for multiple manufacturing, retail and project environments. This gave Biju the drive to pursue management consulting as a career hoping to develop on his core values of building meaningful relationships, solving important problems and commitment to excellence. For over 10 years since then, Biju has worked with some of the largest professional services companies advising clients on their Operational Excellence, Performance Improvement, Enterprise Performance Management, Supply Chain Management and Technology (ERP, CRM, ECM, SCM, BI, Analytics) initiatives.

Most recently, Biju has been working to provide insight into how organizations can navigate through a myriad of management systems while balancing their performance, risk management and compliance requirements to operate effectively. While the industry of focus has been Energy, I have worked across Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Financial Services, Retail & Wholesale and Public sectors. 

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Climate Policy in Alberta

Mark Taylor,
Executive Vice President, Operations
Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)

Mark Taylor has 30 years of experience i nthe oil and gas industry and is Executive Vice President of the Operations Division at the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).  Prior to this Mr. Taylor was Senior Vice President of Climate Policy Assurance/Closure & Liability.

Mr. Taylor graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in Mechanical Engineering and has worked in field and office roles for various companies throughout his career.  Those companies include Aoco/BP,  Alberta Energy Company (AEC), Encana, Sinopec Daylight, and Mosaic Energy.  Over the past 20 years, Mr. Taylor has led teams responsible for developing unconventional oil and gas assets in western Canada.  These assets inlcude the Horseshoe Canyon coalbed methane, Horn River shale, Montney gas, and Cardium oil.

Mr. Taylor has served on the board of directors for the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources and as the chair of both the stakeholder engagement committee and the regulatory committee with this organization.  Mark has been engaged firsthand with stakeholders in developing strategies that allow for the appropriate and continued development of western Canada's resource plays.


11:05 am – 11:45 am: Ridley Island Propane Terminal

Jamie Fisher,
Director Energy Exports, Altagas

Jamie is currently working as a part of the project team developing the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal.  His responsibilities for the project include making the arrangements for supply, rail transportation, offtake, and licensing necessary to export LPG from Canada to Asia.  Jamie has extensive experience in the development of wholesale and retail markets for natural gas and NGLs, and has structured a broad range of long-term marketing, sale, and asset management transactions at locations across Canada.  Companies he has held commercial roles with include Duke Energy, TransCanada Pipelines, and Merrill Lynch.

Jamie started in the energy industry as an engineer, and has a strong background in mechanical engineering, gas processing, and plant construction.  He has a B.Sc. from the University of Calgary, and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. 




11:45 pm – 12:45 pm: 

Dennis McConaghy,
Author, former Senior Executive TransCanada Pipelines

Dennis McConaghy is a Canadian energy executive with nearly forty years of industry experience in infrastructure development. He has engaged in the evolution of Canadian energy and climate policy over thirty years, from the National Energy Program of 1980 to the Paris Climate Conference of 2015. As one of the senior executives of TransCanada Pipelines, he was directly involved in conceiving and executing the Keystone XL pipeline project. He is also a visiting fellow at Western University’s Ivey Business School and Author of the book- Dysfunction: Canada After Keystone XL. He lives in Calgary. The Topic of his presentation -  “Pipelines, Carbon, the Price of Oil and Alberta's Future”.

 Book- Dysfunction: Canada After Keystone XL - An investigation of the history of the most controversial North American energy infrastructure project.



12:45 pm – 1:25 pm: 

Kody Carroll,
President, Integrity Audit and Accounting Ltd.

As President of Integrity Audit and Accounting Ltd., Kody has been specializing in joint venture accounting and joint venture audit for both upstream and midstream oil and gas companies for over 20 years. He has performed and managed a number of audits at a multitude of companies across the industry. In addition, he has been involved in training on PASC model agreements, equalizations, joint venture accounting, and joint venture audit.

Kody has a MBA from the University of Calgary specializing in Global Energy Management and Sustainability, and is an accredited (CFE) Certified Fraud Examiner with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

 Fraud in the Energy Industry - Past, Present and Future 

A brief review of how fraud has affected and continues to affect the oil and gas industry in difficult times, and what we can do about it. From an evaluation of some anti-fraud techniques that can be employed today to a look into the future of fraud in a blockchain world, this presentation is aimed at safeguarding company integrity and assets.

1:30 pm – 2:05 pm: Drone Surveying and Mapping Services

Rachel Kohlman,
Meridian Surveys

Rachel Kohlman, SLS, P.Surv is a Saskatchewan Land Surveyor who has worked in all aspects of the survey industry for 14 years. She attended the NAIT Geomatics program as well as the program at BCIT where all aspects of Geomatics were studied including Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. She has been working with Meridian Surveys since 2005 and started up their UAV Program in early 2014.






2:20 pm – 3:00 pm: Current Challenges in Oil and Gas Mergers & Acquisitions

Duncan McPherson, Partner & Vivek Warrier, Partner  & Luke Morrison, Associate
Bennett Jones, LLP

Duncan McPherson practices corporate commercial law focused on five areas: oil & gas; power & renewables; climate change & emissions trading; aboriginal law; and water. Duncan is a partner in the corporate department at Bennett Jones.
Vivek Warrier practices primarily in the areas of infrastructure project development and private mergers and acquisitions in the energy industry. His practice encompasses the entire petroleum and natural gas value chain, from upstream exploration and production, to midstream transportation and processing solutions and the marketing of energy products. Vivek is a partner and leads the Oil and Gas Practice Group at Bennett Jones.
Luke Morrison acts for energy companies on a broad range of commercial transactions, both in Canada and internationally. He regularly represents clients in the negotiation and drafting of energy contracts relating to the development of oil & gas and renewable/alternative resources, including joint venture, construction, operations, marketing/midstream and other types of project agreements. Luke also assists clients in the acquisition and divestiture of energy-related projects and assets, including the negotiation of purchase and sale agreements and conducting corporate, title, and environmental due diligence.  Luke is a senior associate in the corporate department at Bennett Jones.


Current Challenges in Oil and Gas Mergers & Acquisitions

Assessment/overview of market trends in late 2016 and 2017 M&A activity

  • Notable Transactions – upstream and midstream
  • Major trends (i.e. transaction types)
  • Expectations going forward

Recap of recent case law and regulatory developments/responses which have impacted Oil and Gas M&A

  • Redwater
  • AER Bulletins
  • Lexin and other AB Court Decisions
  • Redwater appeal and further AER responses (i.e. mid 2017 to present)

Overview of emerging deal point/commonly-negotiated deal terms in current environment

  • Reps and Warranties
  • Closing Conditions
  • Liability and Indemnities

LMR Rating-Specific Clauses and Post-Closing Transfer Risk

3:00 pm – 3:40 pm: Building Resilience through Interactive Media.

Diane Porter,
Director Absolute Infinity Inc.

With over 15 years of experience in training and consulting, Diane is committed to helping people leverage their strengths to build effective organizations. Her personal approach to working with people involves inspiring them to achieve success. As a successful training professional and keynote speaker she has worked with a variety of organizations throughout Canada and the USA and has written courses for post-secondary institutes focusing on numerous professional development skills. She completed the game designer program at the California Arts Institute and has several certificates in game and social media related disciplines. Her most recent comic book and card game reflect her passion for blending learning and play. She is currently conducting research with grant sponsorship in the area of video games and emotional intelligence.

Building Resilience through Interactive Media.

As organizations struggle to meet the demands of an ever changing and diverse workplace, the need to engage and energize a tired and stressed workforce becomes more important than ever. The link between positive psychology, games and play and the impact on productivity and employee engagement is an important part of developing the teams of tomorrow. If you want a company culture that celebrates diverse and resilient teams then it’s time to hang out less at the water cooler and more in the games room at your workplace.

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