National Energy Roundtable conference

March 3 & 4, 2021
Virtual event

The sixth annual National Energy Roundtable conference will be held virtually and build on the outcomes from The Energy Roundtable’s 2020 virtual event series. The conference will examine Canadian energy in the context of two key themes: Competitiveness and Sustainability

According to recent polls, the state of the country’s economy is the biggest issue of the day for Canadians. When it comes to strategic direction, a majority of Canadians say that oil and gas need to be a part of Canada’s recovery and that supporting jobs in this area is necessary to kick start the economy.

This sentiment takes place against the backdrop of a global economy that is decarbonizing, including by deploying variations of Green Recovery in response to the Covid 19 pandemic in a number of countries, including Canada. So what does a low-carbon future look like for Canada and how will it affect the country’s energy sector and overall economic competitiveness?

In March 2021, the virtual National Energy Roundtable conference will gather a high-powered line-up of speakers from across Canada to share their insights on:

Competitiveness:

  • What will the energy company of the future look like?
  • Consolidation trends in oil and gas
  • Bringing capital into the energy sector

 Sustainability:

  • How does Canada hit net-zero emissions by 2050?
  • Energy system optimization
  • Best Practices for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)
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Speakers

Hari Suthan

Hari Suthan

Chief Strategic Growth & Policy Officer, Opus One Solutions
Annette Verschuren

Annette Verschuren

Chair & CEO, NRStor
Jonathan Wilkinson

Jonathan Wilkinson

Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Nicolle Butcher

Nicolle Butcher

Senior Vice President, Renewable Generation and Power Marketing, Ontario Power Generation
Jane McDonald

Jane McDonald

Executive Vice President, International Institute for Sustainable Development
Michael Crothers

Michael Crothers

President and Country Chair, Shell Canada
Geeta Sankappanavar

Geeta Sankappanavar

Co-Founder and President, Grafton Asset Management
Peter Tertzakian

Peter Tertzakian

Deputy Director, ARC Energy Research Institute
Scott Thon

Scott Thon

President & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada
Christine Milliken

Christine Milliken

Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Adam Waterous

Adam Waterous

Managing Partner and CEO, Waterous Energy Fund
Bruce Lourie

Bruce Lourie

President, The Ivey Foundation
David Knight Legg

David Knight Legg

Chair, ESG Working Group, Province of Alberta and CEO, Invest Alberta
Kevin Kerr

Kevin Kerr

Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Jane Kearns

Jane Kearns

Vice President, Growth Services, and Senior Advisor, Cleantech, MaRS Discovery District
Dominick Claudio

Dominick Claudio

Director of Sales, NuScale Power
Rafi Tahmazian

Rafi Tahmazian

Director and Senior Portfolio Manager, Canoe Financial
Alison Loat

Alison Loat

Managing Director, Sustainable Investing and Innovation, OPTrust
Brian Newmarch

Brian Newmarch

Vice President, Capital Markets & Stakeholder Engagement, Seven Generations Energy
David Chelich

David Chelich

Head of Business Development, Global Energy, TMX Group
Reinier Deurwaarder

Reinier Deurwaarder

Partner, KPMG in Canada
Shawn McCarthy

Shawn McCarthy

Senior Counsel, Sussex Strategy Group
Jason Langrish

Jason Langrish

President, The Energy Roundtable

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Programme

WHOVA – all times listed are EST

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3
COMPETITIVENESS
MC Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable
10:00 am Welcome
10:05 am What will the energy company of the future look like? Canadian oil and gas producers are accustomed to ups and downs, but the situation they face now is uncharted since just about every aspect of the business is under severe financial strain. Over the past 18 years it is estimated that the direct contributions Canada’s energy sector made to federal and provincial revenues is conservatively estimated at $360 billion — more than any other sector by far. But there is divide over what the country’s energy future should look like. Major players are placing large bets on new technologies and renewables instead of oil and gas, for which some forecast that demand may have already peaked. Norwegian consultancy Rystad Energy recently forecast that Alberta is set for a boom in large-scale renewable energy projects and, by 2025, will lead all provinces in wind and solar capacity. The panel will provide perspectives on energy development in Canada going forward and what the company of the future will look like.

  • Michael Crothers, President & Country Chair, Shell Canada
  • Geeta Sankappanavar, Co-Founder and President, Grafton Asset Management
  • Scott Thon, President & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada

Discussion led by: Christine Milliken, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

10:55 am Canadian energy competitiveness 

Part 1: Consolidation trends in oil & gas. If industry can consolidate and weather the current storm, Canada’s energy sector could recover in a big way – as a longer-term value play. Many Canadian oil producers have already reinvented themselves from growth-oriented explorers to dividend-payers. Large-cap companies are suited to survive and if smaller producers can consolidate they can weather the storm and profit down the road. Larger firms are also speeding up their own adaptations by focusing on power renewables as Canada mulls a national electrification strategy. How do companies and investors navigate this complex operating environment?

  • Adam Waterous, Managing Partner & CEO, Waterous Energy Fund

Interviewed by: Kevin Kerr, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

11:20 am Part 2: Bringing capital into the energy sector. Expenditures in Canada’s energy sector totalled $70 billion in 2019, 40% lower from a peak in 2014, with oil and gas extraction being the largest contributor. Significant investments are expected into the power generation and transmission, as the country seeks to decarbonize through electrification. For oil and gas, a pandemic induced drop in prices has sent institutional ownership in Canadian energy to a 5-year low. Energy now makes up 11 per cent of the TSX Composite index, down from the 20 per cent in 2018. Value investors may come into the sector as businesses seek to demonstrate the ability to generate enduring free cash flow streams and deliver burnished ESG credentials. The panel will examine ways in which to attract capital into the Canadian energy sector.

  • David Chelich, Head, Business Development, Global Energy, TMX Group
  • Annette Verschuren, Chair & CEO, NRStor; Chair, Sustainable Development Technology Canada
  • Rafi Tahmazian, Director and Senior Portfolio Manager, Canoe Financial

Interviewed by: Shawn McCarthy, Senior Counsel, Sussex Strategy Group

12:05 pm Networking session

The networking reception will include a short discussion with our subject matter experts on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology in Canada and its prospects for widespread application.

The reception will take place in ZOOM meeting format so that participants can ask questions of the panelists and chat with each other after the discussion.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 4
SUSTAINABILITY
9:45 am Remarks by the Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
10:00 am How does Canada hit net zero emissions by 2050? Over 60 countries, including Canada, have pledged to achieve net-zero emissions within the next thirty years. Now that the government will be legislating Canada’s commitment to achieve this goal by 2050 opinions vary on what the path forward should be, especially when it’s unrealistic to expect a transition to a 100 per cent knowledge economy when the bulk of Canada’s wealth has been — and continues to be — driven by resources. Energy transition is expected to take decades and will come with growing pains, especially for regions who rely on oil and gas. This interview will examine what net zero means for Canada and how we get there.

  • Peter Tertzakian, Deputy Director, ARC Energy Research Institute
  • Jane McDonald, Executive Vice President, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Session chair: Bruce Lourie, President, Ivey Foundation

10:40 am Energy system optimization. Electricity provides a tremendous potential competitive advantage in a world focused on carbon reduction. Canada has abundant capacity to create and distribute electricity, but remains a patchwork of systems improvised over time with disparate outcomes. The evolution of energy systems and integration of high tech solutions is creating rapidly growing markets for new products. Given this tension between legacy assets and disruptive technologies how do you ensure you the system at a whole provides value? The panel will examine what a holistic approach to electrification and energy system optimization looks like, including how we can best utilize existing assets and determine what is missing to ensure meaningful transformation in the Canadian energy sector.

  • Dominick Claudio, Director of Sales, NuScale Power
  • Nicolle Butcher, Senior Vice President, Renewable Generation and Power Marketing, Ontario Power Generation
  • Hari Suthan, Chief Strategic Growth Officer, Opus One Solutions

Discussion led by: Jane Kearns, Vice President, Growth Services, and Senior Advisor, Cleantech, MaRS Discovery District

11:25 am Best practices in Environment, Social and Governance (ESG). For many, the term “ESG” brings to mind environmental issues like climate change and resource scarcity. These form an important element of ESG but the term means much more. It covers social issues like a company’s labor practices, talent management, product safety and data security. It covers governance matters like board diversity, executive pay and business ethics. Investors are increasingly aligned through a desire to understand a company’s long-term value creation plan and receive credible, standardized information to support long-term risk assessments. But many corporates, even when they have a good story to tell and robust processes to manage ESG risk, are not giving investors the right information in the right format. The panel will provide straightforward steps that can bring the two sides together.

  • David Knight Legg, Chair, ESG Working group, Province of Alberta and CEO, Invest Alberta
  • Alison Loat, Managing Director, Sustainable Investing and Innovation, OPTrust
  • Brian Newmarch, Vice President, Capital Markets & Stakeholder Engagement, Seven Generations Energy

Discussion led by: Reinier Deurwaarder, Partner, Audit, KPMG in Canada

12:10 pm Close by Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable

Programme is subject to change

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