Programme 2008


Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at The Ranchman’s Club, Calgary
710 – 13th Avenue S.W. Calgary, Alberta


Conference chair:
Ron Deyholos
, Partner, Energy Group, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

7:30   Registration (continental breakfast provided)  
8:00-8:30   Morning keynote address: Canada in the global context

    Hon. Mel Knight, Alberta Minister of Energy  
8:30-10:00   Session I: CEO Panel discussion: Canada ’s energy advantage
Canada possesses some of the world’s largest energy resources, its oil reserves trailing only those of Saudi Arabia . The country

will play an increasingly central role in global energy security. How does Canada intend to meet its future energy challenges

and what does being a global energy player mean for the country and its industry? High energy prices continue to drive rapid

growth, but with more stringent restrictions on carbon emissions on the horizon and local unease with the rapid pace of

development, how does the industry plan to meet the technological and regulatory challenges of the future?


Deryk King, Direct Energy
Steve Snyder, TransAlta Corporation
Dr. William Roach, UTS Energy Corporation

John Wright, Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.

Moderator: Esther Colwill, Senior Manager, Strategy & Operations

10:00-10:30   Networking break  
10:30-12:00   Panel II: The energy outlook
Even a US recession seems incapable of dampening the price of oil. Is $100+ a barrel here to stay and what is the implication for energy developments? With its new royalties regime, is Alberta still the best play in Western Canada? How will the oil sands and other Canadian energy resources globalize and what will governments do in response? How have labour, cost and environmental pressures impacted the evaluation of energy valuations?

    Shane Fildes, Executive Managing Director, Head of Energy Group, BMO Capital Markets
Dan Cristall, Executive Director, Head of North American Energy, Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd.
Dave Macpherson, Director, Americas, Norman Broadbent plc

Moderator: Craig Spurn, Co-Head, National Energy Practice, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

12:00-1:30   Lunch with address by Armand Laferrere, President AREVA Canada  
1:30-3:00   Panel III: Fitting in and standing out
A number of alternative energy projects are being driven by environmental and energy security concerns that have generated a market structure that that includes robust standard offers, supply contracts with local utilities and partnerships with rural communities. As the alternative energy industry matures, where will future growth occur and how will it interface with the fossil fuel economy?

    Robert Poore, Director of First Nations Partnerships, Plutonic Power Corp.
Chief Ken Brown, Klahoose First Nation, British Columbia
Anthony Ciccone, Canadian National Leader, Power Operations, Golder Associates
Chris Hodge, Director, North American Commercial Operations, NaturEner

Moderator: Geoffrey Cann, Partner and Leader of Deloitte’s Energy & Resources consulting practice, Deloitte

3:00- 3:05   Concluding remarks by Hon. Roy MacLaren, Chair , Canada Europe Roundtable for Business  
3:05-4:30   Networking reception hosted by the Government of Alberta