Calgary

The fourteenth annual Calgary Energy Roundtable will took place on Wednesday, October 11th at the Hyatt Regency.

Dramatic changes in global energy markets continue to have implications for Canada. After some challenging years, the outlook remains uncertain. Oil is hovering around $50 and despite an assault on costs, only the most efficient projects are economic. Climate change regulations and coal power phase outs are creating opportunities in the natural gas and clean tech sectors. They are also introducing significant adjustment costs as energy producers, generators and end users decarbonise. This is all taking place against the backdrop of division over resource development, which is slowing the development of critical energy infrastructure, and a US Administration that is relaxing regulations, putting Canada at a disadvantage in a highly competitive international environment.

Two hundred and fifty industry leaders gathered at the Calgary Energy Roundtable and find out what Canada’s energy future will look like. Topics included:

  • The future for Canadian oil and lessons from the past two years
  • The outlook for Canadian natural gas
  • Are project outcomes and technology adoption where they should be?
  • What do federal and provincial climate change plans mean for the energy sector?
  • The Canadian versus US strategic approach to developing energy resources
  • An innovative approach to First Nations participation in resource projects

A networking reception for delegates was hosted at the offices of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP on the eve of the conference (Tuesday, October 10th). The Honourable Margaret McCuaig-Boyd, Alberta Minister of Energy, delivered remarks at the event.

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Speakers

Jason Langrish

Jason Langrish

President, The Energy Roundtable
Elizabeth Sanborn

Elizabeth Sanborn

Chief Operating Officer, IPA
David Hill

David Hill

Executive Vice President, Exploration & Business Development, Encana
Monica Rovers

Monica Rovers

Head of Business Development, Global Energy, TMX Group
Andy Calitz

Andy Calitz

Chief Executive Officer, LNG Canada
Hon. Margaret McCuaig-Boyd

Hon. Margaret McCuaig-Boyd

Alberta Minister of Energy
Adam Waterous

Adam Waterous

Founder, Waterous Energy Fund LP
Steve Reynish

Steve Reynish

Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, Suncor
Dawn Farrell

Dawn Farrell

President & CEO, TransAlta
Carol-Ann Brown

Carol-Ann Brown

Senior Director, The Delphi Group
Bill Marko

Bill Marko

Managing Partner, Jefferies LLP
Neil Camarta

Neil Camarta

President & CEO, Western Hydrogen
Joy Romero

Joy Romero

Vice President, Technology and Innovation, Canadian Natural Resources Limited
Kathryn Chisholm

Kathryn Chisholm

Senior Vice President, Legal and External Relations, Capital Power
Mary Hemmingsen

Mary Hemmingsen

KPMG Alumni and Previous KPMG Global Head of LNG
Mungo Hardwicke-Brown

Mungo Hardwicke-Brown

Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Dr. Tim Workman

Dr. Tim Workman

Program Director, Watson, IBM Natural Resources Solution Centre, Calgary
Caroline Saunders

Caroline Saunders

British Consul General, Calgary
Brian Tuffs

Brian Tuffs

Chief Executive Officer, Sinopec Canada
Chris Vertanness

Chris Vertanness

Vice President, & Project Director, Fluor
James Ross

James Ross

Chief Executive Officer, Expander Energy
Paula McGarrigle

Paula McGarrigle

Managing Director, SOLAS Energy Consulting
David Tulk

David Tulk

Partner, Gas Processing Management Inc.
Audrey Mascarenhas

Audrey Mascarenhas

President & CEO, Questor Technology
Dennis Lawrence

Dennis Lawrence

Vice President, Production, Progress Energy Canada
Tom Maclean

Tom Maclean

Vice President, Business Development, Canadian Union of Skilled Workers
Chief Elsie Jack

Chief Elsie Jack

Carry the Kettle Nakoda Nation
David Fabbro

David Fabbro

President, Nakoda Industrial

Print programme

2017 Program

Conference chair Caroline Saunders, British Consult General, Calgary
 

8:00 am

   

Welcome by Monica Rovers, Head of Business Development, Global Energy, TMX Group

8:15 am   Panel 1: The future for Canadian oil 

A recovery in energy prices and drop in costs are offering relief to Canadian producers who have struggled over the past few years. During this time, a wave of M&A activity was predicted, but failed to materialize and some major players departed the oil sands. Companies retrenched and aggressively cut costs. Yet OPEC’s price war to drive out North American producers has in fact made many far tougher competitors through efficiency gains and a transition to long life, low decline assets. M&A activity picked up and the oil sands have ‘Canadianized’, as several of the majors decide they no longer wish to be owner / operators of these assets. Market access has seen mixed results, with approvals for the Trans Mountain and Keystone XL pipelines and the recent cancellation of the Energy East project. Canadian shale basins are drawing in significant investment – to the extent that some have dubbed them the new oil sands. Large operators and Nimble upstarts alike are actively advancing new technologies. Coming out of one of the worst slumps in modern history, what lessons can we draw from the past two years? The panel will examine the future for Canadian oil and offer perspectives on how companies can best position themselves.

   
  • Adam Waterous, Founder, Waterous Energy Fund LP
  • Steve Reynish, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, Suncor
  • Neil Camarta, President, Western Hydrogen; Director, Field Upgrading

Chair: Mungo Hardwicke-Brown, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

9:00 am   Discussion: The Canadian versus US strategic approach to developing energy resources.
 
  • Bill Marko, Managing Director, Jefferies LLP (Houston)
  • David Hill, Executive Vice President, Exploration & Business Development, Encana
9:45 am   Networking break
     
10:15 am   Panel 2: The outlook for Canadian natural gas

Canadian gas producers require new sources of demand for its 300-500 years worth of product. Exports to the US continue to drop, and while Canadian natural gas can serve major markets in the east of the country, it is competing against supplies from the eastern US. Significant LNG opportunities exist, including on both coasts of Canada. However, US LNG is dramatically outpacing Canada, including in the battle for market share in East Asia where the Canadian advantage is a potentially lower cost of delivery and a ‘greener’ product. Panelists will discuss how Canada can realize its potential by developing a robust ecosystem for producing, using and exporting natural gas.

   

Chair: Mary Hemmingsen, KPMG Alumni and Previous KPMG Global Head of LNG

11:15 am   Discussion: An innovative approach to First Nations participation in resource projects
   
  • Chief Elsie Jack, Carry the Kettle Nakoda Nation
  • David Fabbro, President, Nakoda Industrial Ltd.
  • Tom Maclean, Vice President, Business Development, Canadian Union of Skilled Workers

Led by: Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable

12:00 pm   Luncheon with address by Dawn Farrell, President & CEO, TransAlta
 

1:30 pm

 

Panel 3: Are project outcomes and technology adoption where they should be?

Energy producers have contained costs and focused on the most profitable ventures. In order to remain reliable suppliers of energy, Canadian oil and gas companies need to be at the forefront of change with progressive thinking and the integration of serial innovation and sustainability at the core of their strategies. Canada’s oil and gas industry must navigate this transition by leveraging its expertise and highly skilled workforce, accelerating technological innovation, speeding up commercialization, restructuring systems and operations for sustained productivity, and innovating pro-actively across the board. The panel will discuss how the industry can reinvent itself and emerge as a global energy leader in the new low-carbon economy.

 
  • Chris Vertanness, Vice President, Project Director, Fluor
  • James Ross, Chief Executive Officer, Expander Energy Inc.
  • Elizabeth Sanborn, Chief Operating Officer, Independant Project Analysis (IPA)
  • Audrey Mascarenhas, President & CEO, Questor Technologies

Chair: Dr. Tim Workman, Program Director, Watson, IBM Natural Resources Solution Centre, Calgary

 
2:30 pm   Panel 4: What do federal and provincial climate change plans mean for the energy sector?

The Canadian federal government’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change will establish a baseline carbon price of $50 a tonne by 2022. A phase-out of coal by 2030 is a key component of the Alberta government’s ambitious climate change plan, which also includes a broad based carbon levy and an emissions cap on oil sands production. Alberta and Saskatchewan are the Canadian frontier for the renewable energy industry – up to 7000 MW of new supply over the next 15 years. Carbon pricing is set to become a potentially divisive election issue in Alberta. As Donald Trump intends to reverse Obama’s climate change legacy, will the Canadian oil and gas sector be at a competitive disadvantage or will Canada’s carbon regime instill confidence in investors that are sceptical about companies with a large carbon footprint? The session will explore the impact of a lower carbon environment on both traditional and clean tech energy and the strategies that can be deployed, including the latest innovations in energy management processes and technologies.

 

Chair: Caroline Saunders, British Consul General, Calgary

 3:30 pm   Close
 

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Photos from the 2016 National Energy Roundtable