Calgary 2022

The 17th annual Calgary Energy Roundtable conference gathered 350 delegates from across the country on Wednesday, May 25th at the Hyatt Regency for discussions on: Technology, Innovation and Transition.

Coming out of last year’s UN climate meeting in Glasgow, Canadian climate change policy will seek to cap oil and gas emissions and fast track the electrification of the economy. However, energy transition will last for decades and traditional energy demand has returned to pre-pandemic levels. The many competing technologies in the race to net zero, and the mix of energy types that will get us there. remains unclear.

Climate change conscious Investors have become more vocal against energy sector spending, which has led to a dramatic reduction in investment in oil and gas production. With the crisis in Ukraine and sanctions on Russian energy exports, the world faces a supply crunch and the West, in particular, has received a wake-up call for energy security.

Soaring energy prices also means that Canadian producers awash in free cash flow and looking to deploy this capital, whether it be to consolidate, return it to shareholders or invest in new technologies, including those that reduce carbon emissions.

At the Calgary Energy Roundtable, a high-powered line-up of speakers shared their insights on these developments and how they are affecting the evolution of the Canadian energy sector and its role in the country’s, and the world’s, energy future.

Topics included:

•     The Energy Outlook
•     The Role for Canadian Energy Domestically and Abroad
•     Getting to Net Zero: Implications for Canadian energy
•     Technical Readiness
•     Decarbonizing the grid and electrifying industry
•     Fossil Energy Transition

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Confirmed Speakers

Dan Balaban

Dan Balaban

President & CEO, Greengate Power Corporation
Kirsten Marcia

Kirsten Marcia

President & CEO, DEEP Earth Energy Production
Joe Dion

Joe Dion

Chairman & CEO, Frog Lake Energy Corporation
Jason Kenney

Jason Kenney

Premier of Alberta
Kerry O'Reilly Wilks

Kerry O'Reilly Wilks

Executive Vice President of Legal, Commercial and External Affairs, TransAlta Corporation
Pat Carlson

Pat Carlson

Founder & CEO, Kiwetinohk Energy Corporation
Kevin Neveu

Kevin Neveu

President & CEO, Precision Drilling
Susannah Pierce

Susannah Pierce

President & Country Chair, Shell Canada
Balaji Krishnamurthy

Balaji Krishnamurthy

President, Chevron Canada
Arne Wohlschlegel

Arne Wohlschlegel

Managing Director, Siemens Energy Canada Limited
Terri-Lee Oleniuk

Terri-Lee Oleniuk

Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Scott Rasmussen

Scott Rasmussen

Director of Sales, NuScale Energy
Waqar Syed

Waqar Syed

Managing Director, Energy Technology & Services, Head of Research, ATB Capital Markets
Dave Euser

Dave Euser

General Manager, New Reactors and New Markets, SNC Lavalin
Alex Letko

Alex Letko

Partner & Portfolio Manager, Letko Brosseau
David Chelich

David Chelich

Sector Head, Global Energy and Diversified Industries, TMX Group
Sonya Savage

Sonya Savage

Minister of Energy, Government of Alberta
Dan Wicklum

Dan Wicklum

CEO, Transition Accelerator / Co-Chair, Federal Net Zero Advisory Committee (Canada)
Tristan Goodman

Tristan Goodman

President & CEO, Explorers & Producers Association of Canada
Laura Kilcrease

Laura Kilcrease

Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates
Scott Thon

Scott Thon

President, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Kerry Black

Kerry Black

Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair, Center for Environmental Engineering Research and Education, University of Calgary
Tom Clark

Tom Clark

Chair, Global Public Affairs
Mary Hemmingson

Mary Hemmingson

Chief Financial Officer, Kanata Clean Power
Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas

Vice President, Carbon Capture, Kiewit
Dale Friesen

Dale Friesen

Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Government Affairs Officer, ATCO Group
Keith Byblow

Keith Byblow

Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Bonnie Hiltz

Bonnie Hiltz

Vice President & Energy Group Practice Lead, Sussex Strategy
David Hughes

David Hughes

Vice President, Investor Relations, Imperial Oil
Simon Bregazzi

Simon Bregazzi

CEO & Co-Founder, CarbonAlpha
Jason Langrish

Jason Langrish

President, The Energy Roundtable

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Program

Calgary Energy Roundtable Conference

Wednesday, May 25th, Imperial Ballroom, Calgary Hyatt Regency, 700 Centre Street South

Conference MC Tom Clark, Chair, Global Public Affairs
 
7:20 am   Registration opens. Breakfast served
 
8:00 am   Opening remarks by the Hon. Sonya Savage, Minister of Energy, Government of Alberta
8:05 am Video address: The Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources (from the G7 Energy & Climate Ministerial in Germany)
 
8:15 am   The case for being long on Canada energy:

  • Alex Letko, Partner & Portfolio Manager, Letko Brosseau
8:40 am   The Energy Outlook: The key question for oil and gas producers now that the world’s demand for fossil energy has come back is how long it will stay there? In the short term, the picture looks rosy. The oil sector is consolidating and has weathered the Covid storm and many Canadian oil producers have reinvented themselves from growth-oriented explorers to dividend-payers. Natural gas markets are stronger than they have been in years, and a range of initiatives, from petrochemicals to hydrogen offer promise for energy demand. Stuttering US shale production and under investment in supplies elsewhere will potentially increase the value of supplies in western, open countries like Canada. Despite skyrocketing prices for oil and gas, new energy projects are typically non-starters, as governments pledge deep decarbonization and investors sour on fossil fuels. The panel will examine how the Canadian energy sector has remained competitive in these volatile times and will provide perspectives on oil and gas development in Canada going forward.

  • Kevin Neveu, President & CEO, Precision Drilling
  • Waqar Syed, Managing Director, Energy Technology & Services, Head of Research, ATB Capital Markets
  • Tristan Goodman, President & CEO, Explorers & Producers Association of Canada
  • David Hughes, Vice President, Investor Relations, Imperial Oil

Session chair: Keith Byblow, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Grayson LLP

9:25 am   First Nations ownership of Canadian resource projects:

  • Joe Dion, Chairman & CEO, Frog Lake Energy Corporation 
9:50 am   Networking break
 
10:20 am   Getting to Zero: Implications for Canadian Energy: Energy transition will take decades and Canada must figure out what achieving net zero practically means for the country and its energy industry. We do know that hitting net zero requires making big reductions in our emissions through shifting away from burning fossil fuels and replacing them with lower-carbon alternatives and by using new technologies that capture, store, and utilize carbon. The panel will examine the details of what net zero means for Canada and how we plan to get there.

  • Dan Balaban, CEO & Executive Chair, Greengage Power Corporation
  • Kirsten Marcia, President & CEO, DEEP Earth Energy Production
  • Scott Thon, President, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
  • Dan Wicklum, CEO, Transition Accelerator; Co-Chair, Federal Net Zero Advisory Body

Session chair: Kerry Black, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair, Centre for Environmental Engineering research and Education, University of Calgary

11:05 am Fireside chat on Fossil Energy Transition:

  • Pat Carlson, Chief Executive Officer, Kiwetinohk Energy
  • David Chelich, Sector Head, Global Energy and Diversified Industries, TMX Group

Discussion led by: Laura Kilcrease, Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates

11:35 am   Technical Readiness: Energy companies are facing an unprecedented convergence of technological, social, and regulatory forces. Area such as artificial intelligence, data and automation are reshaping standard business architectures. Technologies such as energy storage, CCUS, hydrogen and SMRs have the potential to reshape energy ecosystems. When energy technology is covered in the media, we are told about the problems with existing alternative technologies and the amazing potential of the new technology. And if this new and perfect solution is coming up, why would we bother persevering with today’s non-perfect solutions? But we rarely hear about how much risk there is that it won’t work as expected, or how long it might take until it becomes available to use. This is important because we don’t have time to wait for the future’s perfect technologies, as we need action now. The panel will discuss how we can develop more realistic expectations about new technologies and their implementation.

  • Arne Wohlschlegel, Managing Director and Vice President, Generation, Siemens Energy Canada
  • Matthew Thomas, Vice President, Carbon Capture, Kiewit
  • Scott Rasmussen, Director of Sales, NuScale
  • Simon Bregazzi, CEO & Co-Founder, Carbon Alpha Corporation

Session chair: Mary Hemmingson, Chief Financial Officer, Kanata Clean Power

12:15 pm   Keynote address (1:00 pm): 

  • Hon. Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta
1:30 pm   Fireside chat:

  • Susannah Pierce, President & Country Chair, Shell Canada
  • Balaji Krishnamurthy, President, Chevron Canada
2:05 pm   Decarbonizing the grid and electrifying industry. Electricity provides a tremendous potential competitive advantage in a world focused on carbon reduction, including in the resource sector. The federal government has announced specific net zero targets for the sector by 2035. The integration of high-tech solutions is creating rapidly growing markets for new products. Given this tension between legacy assets and disruptive technologies we must ensure that the system as a whole provides value and achieves decarbonization in a cost-effective manner. Panelists will discuss how Alberta’s electricity sector is reducing emissions, how electricity companies are helping industrial customers reduce their emissions and how the system as a whole needs to work together to achieve net zero targets by 2035.

  • Kerry O’Reilly Wilks, Executive Vice President, Legal, Commercial and External Affairs, TransAlta Corporation
  • Dale Friesen, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Chief Government Affairs Officer, ATCO Group
  • Bonnie Hiltz, Vice President & Energy Practice Group Lead, Sussex Strategy
  • Dave Euser, General Manager, New Reactors and New Markets, Candu Energy, SNC Lavalin

Session chair: Terri-Lee Oleniuk, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

3:00 pm

3:15 pm

Close by Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable

Networking reception in the Imperial Ballroom foyer

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