Programme Calgary 2011

2011 Calgary Energy Roundtable
Natural Gas: Canada’s New Energy Frontier?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at The Ranchmen’s Club 
Moderator Ashley Prime, Deputy Consul General (Toronto), British Foreign & Commonwealth Office
7:30 am Registration and continental breakfast


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8:00 am Address by Tim Wall, President, Apache Canada
The unconventional gas revolution and its global implications
8:30 am Session I: Is this the fuel of the future?
Despite current economic uncertainty, global demand for energy continues to grow. Countries are pursuing options to increase gas supply, including developing unconventional resources such as shale gas and coalbed methane, expanding pipelines for import, and developing new sources of conventional supply in remote regions, In North America, the US has been aggressively developing its sizeable shale gas deposits, reducing demand for Canadian exports. With its own plentiful supply, will price forecasts for gas limit Canadian expansion? Can applications be rolled out that will make this clean and low cost resource the fuel of the future?

Chair: Michael Laffin, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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9:30 am Networking break
10:00 am Address by Charles Ruigrok, Interim President & CEO, ENMAX
The potential for using natural gas for power generation in Alberta
10:30 pm Session II: Developing markets
Shale gas discoveries have been a game-changer in North America and natural gas production is now in over supply. With the US reducing its gas imports, Canadian producers require new sources of demand as they push forward with their own gas plays. Asian and Europe are high-value markets for export, but require significant investments in infrastructure to capitalize on the opportunities that they present.  Natural gas is a cost effective fuel for reducing greenhouse gases, and has potentially widespread application in transport and power generation. Panelists will discuss how to expand export, industrial and commercial demand.

Chair: Scott Bolton, National Energy Leader, PwC

12:00 pm Lunch with address by Hon. Ted Morton, Alberta Minister of Energy
Prospects for a gas-processing hub in western Canada based on the recently signed MOU with the three provinces of the New West Partnership.
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1:30 pm Address by Bob Joseph, President, National Aboriginal Energy and Power Association
The opportunities and challenges that natural and unconventional gas discoveries present for First Nations communities (provisional theme).
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2:00 pm Session III: Maintaining a license to operate
Increasing citizen concern with environmental issues surrounding the production of unconventional gas has led to a moratorium on production in parts of North America and Europe. Environmental performance and the social impacts associated with gas extraction are issues that are spurring stakeholder groups to challenge corporate planning decisions. Panelists will examine trends in external affairs that effective managers need to be aware of.

Chair: Roger Harris, Partner, Harris Palmer & Associates

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4:00 pm Close by Hon. Roy MacLaren, CERT Chairman