Calgary 2024

Thursday, May 16th, Imperial Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Calgary

With less than 30 years left to meet net-zero targets, the impetus is greater than ever for Canada to tackle the energy trilemma of reliability, affordability and continue as a leader in sustainability. There are tremendous opportunities for Canadian businesses prepared for the disruption that energy transition is expected to bring.

And there are challenges. The transition will last for decades and consensus on what Canada’s energy future should look like has proven elusive. Adding to the complexity, there are many competing technologies in the race to net zero and the mix of energy types that will get us there, while becoming clearer, remains unsettled.

Canada is uniquely positioned to be a global leader in transforming energy systems and potentially, as a global supplier of choice for energy security. However, overhauling the country’s energy infrastructure represents an unprecedented technical challenge that will cost trillions of dollars and take years to complete.

At the 19th annual Calgary Energy Roundtable on Thursday, May 16th, a high-powered line-up of speakers shared their insights on these topics, including how they are affecting the competitiveness of the Canadian energy sector at home, and abroad. Topics included:

  • The energy outlook
  • Investor perspectives on Canadian energy
  • Energy infrastructure solutions
  • The politics of energy security and technologies
  • Future workforce needs
  • Energy and industrial competitiveness
  • First Nations ownership of resource projects

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Speakers

Adam Waterous

Adam Waterous

Managing Partner & CEO, Waterous Energy Fund
Hon. Lisa Raitt

Hon. Lisa Raitt

Vice Chair, Global Investment Banking, CIBC
Tim Gould

Tim Gould

Chief Energy Economist, International Energy Agency (Paris)
Jason Klein

Jason Klein

CEO, LNG Canada
Billie Fortier

Billie Fortier

Partner, MLT Aikins
Ed Rihn

Ed Rihn

President & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada
Greg Kwong

Greg Kwong

Regional Managing Director and Executive Vice President, CBRE
Dawn Farrell

Dawn Farrell

President & CEO, Trans Mountain Pipeline
Mike Belenkie

Mike Belenkie

President & CEO, Advantage Energy / Entropy
Erin Madro

Erin Madro

Principal, Evok Innovations
Geneviève Carr

Geneviève Carr

Executive Vice President, Transparency & Strategic Engagement, Canada Energy Regulator
Avik Dey

Avik Dey

President & CEO, Capital Power
Kevin Neveu

Kevin Neveu

President & CEO, Precision Drilling
Bryan Krause

Bryan Krause

Associate Partner, Oil & Gas, IBM
Waqar Syed

Waqar Syed

Managing Director, North American Energy Services and Head of U.S. Institutional Research, ATB Capital Markets
Dr. Lance Mortlock

Dr. Lance Mortlock

Managing Partner, Energy & Resources, EY
Christine Milliken

Christine Milliken

Partner, Blake, Cassel's & Grayson LLP
Evan Herbert

Evan Herbert

Partner, Blake, Cassel's & Grayson LLP
Michelle Chislett

Michelle Chislett

Executive Vice President, Onshore Renewables, Northland Power
Jeff Pearson

Jeff Pearson

President, Wolf Carbon
Mike Ireland

Mike Ireland

Vice President, Business Development, Michels Canada
Darlene Gates

Darlene Gates

incoming President & CEO, MEG Energy
Dan Balaban

Dan Balaban

Executive Chair & CEO, Greengate Power
Chief Billy Morin Nahtokitopi

Chief Billy Morin Nahtokitopi

Managing Director, Axxcelus Capital Advisory
Paul Poscente

Paul Poscente

CEO, Axxcelus Capital Advisory
Deborah Yedlin

Deborah Yedlin

President & CEO, Calgary Chamber of Commerce
Aniruddha Sharma

Aniruddha Sharma

CEO, Carbon Clean
Hannah Thibedeau

Hannah Thibedeau

Executive Communications Officer, Global Public Affairs; former National New Anchor, CBC
Dr. Bob Parney

Dr. Bob Parney

Global Lead, Industry applications in Quantum Computing for Oil and Gas, Energy, and Sustainability, IBM
Bill Whitelaw

Bill Whitelaw

Managing Director, Strategy and Sustainability, geoLOGIC systems
Dale Hansen

Dale Hansen

Dean, MacPhail School of Energy, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Berk Sumen

Berk Sumen

Managing Director, TSX and TSXV Company Services, TMX Group
Murray Elliott

Murray Elliott

President & CEO, Energy Safety Canada
Heather Exner-Pirot

Heather Exner-Pirot

Senior Fellow and Director of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment, MacDonald Laurier Institute
Craig Watt

Craig Watt

Vice President, Operations, Enserva
Kiel Depoe

Kiel Depoe

Managing Director, TD Securities
Jason Langrish

Jason Langrish

President, The Energy Roundtable

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Programme

Calgary Energy Roundtable Conference

Thursday, May 16th, Imperial Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Calgary, 700 Centre Street S

Conference MC Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable
 
7:20 am   Registration opens. Breakfast served.
8:00 am   Welcome remarks
8:05 am  

Virtual presentation: The energy outlook

  • Tim Gould, Chief Energy Economist, International Energy Agency
8:25 am Panel discussion: The Energy Outlook. Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry and drilling services sector has a favourable outlook for 2024. Oil prices are expected to remain strong, demand will be robust, export capacity will increase, and investment and drilling activity are set to grow. The key question for Canadian oil and gas producers lies beyond 2024, as some believe that production is expected to peak by 2030 and then steadily decline, not just in Canada, but also globally, until 2050. A range of initiatives, from LNG to petrochemicals to hydrogen, offer promise for energy demand. Energy security concerns will potentially increase the value of supplies in Canada. However, despite global demand, many new energy projects are a non-starters as governments pledge deep decarbonization, which will include a cap on emissions, which will limit future production. The panel will provide perspectives on oil and gas development in Canada going forward.

  • Jason Klein, CEO, LNG Canada
  • Darlene Gates, President & CEO, MEG Energy
  • Kevin Neveu, President & CEO, Precision Drilling

Discussion led by: Evan Herbert, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

9:05 am   Panel discussion: Investor perspectives on Canadian energy. Investors in Canadian energy have been on a rollercoaster ride over the past 5-10 years. With geopolitical disruption to energy markets, a renewed focus on energy security and a lack of investment in long term production, the Canadian energy sector has undergone a bull run, despite government pledges for deep decarbonization and barriers to industry expansion. With major energy infrastructure projects coming online and diversification into areas such as petrochemicals, hydrogen and renewables, can Canada still position itself as a global energy power? How does the fortunes of the Canadian energy sector impact the broader economy? The panel will provide investor perspectives on Canadian energy going forward.

  • Adam Waterous, Managing Partner & CEO, Waterous Energy Fund
  • Hon. Lisa Raitt, Vice Chair, Global Investment Banking, CIBC
  • Berk Sumen, Managing Director, TSX and TSXV Company Services, TMX Group
  • Greg Kwong, Regional Managing Director & Executive Vice President, CBRE

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

9:50 am   Networking break 
10:20 am   Fireside chat

  • Dawn Farrell, President & CEO, Trans Mountain Pipeline

Discussion led by: Dr. Lance Mortlock, Managing Partner, Energy & Resources, EY

10:45 am   Panel discussion: Energy infrastructure solutions. The energy transition is not just about sourcing clean energy, but investing in innovative infrastructure that will support a resilient and affordable low-carbon economy. The energy infrastructure sector is uniquely positioned to leverage sustainable opportunities that can lower carbon emissions for the sector, its customers and the broader economy. Utilizing technological innovations for carbon management, hydrogen and renewables and digital and AI, companies are exploring a multitude of options while keeping their eyes on returns on capital. The panel will discuss approaches to infrastructure investment that achieve decarbonization goals and trends for the sector.

  • Jeff Pearson, President, Wolf Carbon
  • Erin Madro, Principal, Evok Innovations
  • Aniruddha Sharma, CEO, Carbon Clean
  • Mike Ireland, Vice President, Business Development, Michels Canada

Session chair: Waqar Syed, Managing Director, North American Energy Services and Head of U.S. Institutional Research, ATB Capital Markets

11:30 am   De-risking and advancing CCUS

  • Michael Belenkie, President & CEO, Advantage Energy / Entropy

In conversation with: Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable

11:50 am   The role of AI in the energy sector

  • Dr. Bob Parney, Global Lead, Industry applications in Quantum Computing for Oil and Gas, Energy, and Sustainability, IBM

In conversation with: Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable

12:10 pm   Luncheon. Hosted by Afternoon session introduced by: Bryan Krause, Associate Partner, Oil & Gas, IBM
1:00 pm Energy and industrial competitiveness. Canada and its trading partners are locked in an intense competition to draw high value manufacturing and services to their jurisdictions. These global investors typically have a mandate to source their energy and electricity inputs from non-emitting sources. Panelists will examine to role of energy market design, government supports and infrastructure in creating a competitive, innovative ecosystem for major industrial consumers and investments.

  • Avik Dey, President & CEO, Capital Power
  • Ed Rihn, President & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada
  • Michelle Chislett, Executive Vice President, Onshore Renewables, Northland Power

Discussion led by: Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable

1:40 pm   Fireside chat: First Nations ownership of energy projects. Increasing Indigenous ownership of Canadian energy projects represents a significant step towards reconciliation and sustainable development. Partnerships between Indigenous communities and energy companies not only provide economic benefits, but also allow Indigenous groups to assert greater control over their traditional lands and resources. Panelists will discuss approaches to indigenous ownership of energy projects.

  • Chief Billy Morin Nahtokitopi, Managing Director, Axxcelus Capital Advisory
  • Keil Depoe, Managing Director, Investment Banking, TD Securities
  • Paul Poscente, CEO, Axxcelus Capital Advisory

Discussion led by: Billie Fortier, Partner, MLT Aikins

2:15 pm  

Break

2:30 pm   Panel discussion: Future workforce needs
This panel discussion will consider the shifting dynamics of Canada’s energy industry and how Alberta can continue to be a key player in Canada’s economy. Adapting to the dual challenge of satisfying rising demands for secure, affordable energy and honoring commitments to carbon reduction, the industry is undergoing significant transformation. The panel will discuss the substantial demand for skilled talent, with research indicating a projected net hiring of approximately 110,000 to 116,000 positions from 2022 to 2035. Panelists will provide their insights into navigating Canada’s energy industry toward sustainability and prosperity, from enhancing workforce capabilities to harnessing innovative solutions.

  • Murray Elliott, President and CEO, Energy Safety Canada
  • Dale Hansen, Dean, MacPhail School of Energy, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
  • Craig Watt, Vice President, Operations, Enserva

Discussion led by: Bill Whitelaw, Managing Director, Strategy and Sustainability, geoLOGIC systems

3:15 pm   Panel discussion: The politics of energy security and technologies                                                                               Energy security determines a nations productivity, impact’s its industrial capabilities, determines wealth and support’s social programs, and ultimately impacts food supply and price stability. The wealth of a nation is measured, and determined, by access to affordable and plentiful energy. The war in Ukraine has been a wake-up call to western nations regarding the potential impacts and consequences of not preparing for the geopolitics of energy security – an area where Canada can potentially play a leading role. Technologies such as energy storage, CCUS, hydrogen and SMRs have the potential to reshape energy ecosystems. These technologies are not only subject to the forces of commercial viability. They can be either advanced or held back depending on the political environment and which technologies are prioritized and how. This panel will examine both domestic and international implications of energy security, how we can develop realistic expectations about new technologies and their implementation, and Canada’s role in this new paradigm shift.

  • Dan Balaban, President and CEO, Greengate Power
  • Geneviève Carr, Executive Vice President, Transparency & Strategic Engagement, Canada Energy Regulator
  • Hannah Thibedeau, Executive Communications Officer, Global Public Affairs; former National New Anchor, CBC
  • Heather Exner-Pirot, Senior Fellow and Director of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment, MacDonald Laurier Institute

Discussion led by: Deborah Yedlin, President & CEO, Calgary Chamber of Commerce

4:00 pm Close by Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable
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