4th Annual Energy Summit7:30am-5:00pm | The Fairmont Palliser Hotel - 133 9th Avenue Southwest, Calgary
The Economic Club, is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Energy Summit in Calgary, Alberta sponsored by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), Cenovus Energy and BNP Paribas. This Summit brings together policy makers, industry leaders and senior government officials from across North America for an in-depth look into Canada’s energy future with a focus on the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. The full day agenda will feature an extensive list of panelists, including several federal and provincial minister’s and CEO’s who all have comprehensive knowledge about a range of topics and issues relating to energy policy.
-U.S./ Canada Relations
-Addressing climate change concerns
-2015/2016 Regulatory Outlook
-Future of the Canadian Oil Sands
-Efficiency and Innovation
Individual seat: $125 + GST
Table (seats 10): $1200 +GST
Individual seat: $150 +GST
Table (seats 10): $1500 +GST
The Economic Club of Canada presents:
The 4th Annual Canada Energy Summit
Date: Friday, November 13th2015
Location – The Fairmont Palliser
Main event: Crystal Ballroom
7:30am Breakfast served as guests take their seats
7:55am Introductory remarks by Natasha Hope Morano, VP of The EC
8:00am Opening remarks by Mayor of The City of Calgary, His Worship Naheed Nenshi
Time: 8:15am -9:00am
Topic: Canada/US Relations: How the North American Political Landscape will Impact Canada’s Energy Future
Speaker: Former USA Ambassador to Canada- David Wilkins
Moderator: Claudia Cattaneo, Western Business Columnist, National Post
Topic: Addressing climate change concerns: How oil can remain part of a clean energy future
Speaker: Al Reid, Executive Vice-President Environment, Corporate Affairs & Legal, Cenovus Energy
Moderator: Mary Moran, President & CEO of Calgary Economic Development
Topic: Aboriginal Engagement
Wab Kinew, Board Member of Canadians For a New Partnership, Associate Vice-President for Indigenous Relations at The University of Winnipeg
David A. Bennett, Director, Communications and External Relations, FortisBC
Moderator: Brian Lee Crowley, Managing Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute
Topic: 2015/16 Regulatory Outlook Fireside chat
Speaker: Peter Watson – Chair & CEO of National Energy Board
Moderator: Hon. Monte Solberg, P.C., Principal, New West Public Affairs
11:45-12:00 Short Break
Topic: Future of the oil sands
Opening Remarks: Bill Morris, President & Senior Managing Director, Canada at Accenture
Jamil Jivani, Co-Chair, Future of Canada’s Oil Sands (FoCOS)
Moderator: Lauren Rooney, Strategy Consultant, Accenture
12:40-1:10 p.m. Lunch is served
Topic: Efficiency and Innovation
Marie-Hélène Labrie, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Communications, Enerkem
Soheil Asgarpour, President, Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada –PTAC
Tim Egan, President and CEO, CGA
Moderator: Leah Lawrence, President and CEO, SDTC
Time: 2:25pm- 3:10pm
Topic: Market Access
Ian Anderson, President, Kinder Morgan Canada
John Lowe, Executive Vice President, AltaGas Ltd.
Tim McMillan, President, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
Moderator: Todd Hirsch, Chief Economist, ATB Financial
Speaker: The Honourable Margaret McCuaig-Boyd, Minister of Energy, Government of Alberta
3:50-3:55 Closing Remarks
4:00-5:00 Closing Reception – Cocktails & Networking
Aaron M. Engen
Managing Director and Co-Head
Power & Energy Infrastructure Group Investment & Corporate Banking
Aaron is a Managing Director and Co‐Head of the Power & Energy Infrastructure Group at BMO Capital Markets. He joined the firm in 1999 and has extensive experience advising clients on merger and acquisition opportunities involving both corporate and asset transactions. He has worked with clients on many debt, preferred share and equity financings (including initial public offerings). Aaron has also prepared evidence and appeared as an expert witness on behalf of regulated utilities before several Canadian regulators in connection with cost of capital, capital structure and other regulatory matters.
Prior to joining BMO Capital Markets, Aaron was a partner at a major Canadian law firm, McCarthy Tétrault, where he practiced corporate and securities law, principally in the power and utilities sector. Aaron has an MBA and an LLB from the University of Alberta and a BA from the University of Lethbridge.
Executive Vice-President, Environment, Corporate Affairs & Legal
As Executive Vice-President, Environment, Corporate Affairs & Legal, Al is accountable for the company’s environment strategy and performance, as well as regulatory applications and compliance. He’s also accountable for ensuring Cenovus builds strong relationships and communicates effectively with stakeholders including investors, government, media, the public, employees and the communities where the company operates, including Aboriginal communities.
In December, Al will take on the additional accountability of Cenovus’s legal and corporate secretarial matters.
Prior to Al’s current role, he was Senior Vice-President of the company’s Christina Lake and Narrows Lake assets, where he was responsible for the overall development and operation of the two projects in northern Alberta. With more than 25 years in the oil and gas industry, Al has had a variety of roles including extensive regulatory, stakeholder and environmental experience.
Al worked as a regulatory lawyer where he was active in matters before the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, the National Energy Board and the Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board. He joined Cenovus's predecessor company in 1999, and became Vice-President of Regulatory Services in 2003.
Al has a Bachelor of Physical Education, a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Calgary. He’s also earning an executive MBA, with a focus on global energy, from the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. Al is a member of both the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association.
Senior Managing Director and Canada President
Bill Morris leads Accenture in Canada. He was appointed to this role effective June 1, 2014 and is based in Toronto.
Previously, from 2011 to 2014, Bill led Accenture’s North America Resources operating unit. In this role, he was responsible for clients in the oil and gas, power, chemicals and natural resources industries. Bill managed the expansion of Accenture’s Digital business within the Resources industry group, launching offerings such as engineering data management, digital energy consumer, upstream production operations with SAP, intelligent pipelines with GE, and smart grid analytics with C3.
In his 30-year career at Accenture, Bill has served in many roles and was previously President of Accenture in Canada from 2003 until 2011, building a strong footprint for the company across all industry groups in Canada. During this time, Accenture also established its Skills to Succeed program, which included teaming with 40 Canadian charities. Since 2011, Accenture has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, since 2013.
Bill’s other roles have included building and operating Accenture’s Energy Consumer business, a global customer care operation based in Vancouver and Manila. He also led Sales for the Resources operating group globally. Bill has served many of Canada’s leading companies in all major industries.
Bill is on the global board of directors of Enablis, a Canadian-based organization co-founded by Accenture and Telesystem that assists entrepreneurs in developing countries. Bill is also Vice-Chair of Jack.org, a new national initiative focused on youth mental health awareness. Bill is member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and past vice-chair of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada.
Bill has been with Accenture for over 30 years. He graduated in 1982 from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours).
Brian Lee Crowley
Brian Lee Crowley has headed up the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) in Ottawa since its inception in March of 2010, coming to the role after a long and distinguished record in the think tank world. He was the founder of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) in Halifax, one of the country’s leading regional think tanks.
From 2006-08 Crowley was the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist with the federal Department of Finance. He has also headed the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), and has taught politics, economics and philosophy at various universities in Canada and Europe.
With Dr. Ken Coates of the University of Saskatchewan, Crowley is the co-director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s project titled “Aboriginal People and the Natural Resource Economy in Canada: A Strategy for National Reconciliation and Prosperity”.
Crowley is a frequent commentator on political and economic issues in print and broadcast media. His articles appear in The Globe and Mail, the National Post and numerous regional and local newspapers. He holds degrees from McGill and the London School of Economics, including a doctorate in political economy from the latter.
Western Business Columnist
Claudia Cattaneo is the Western Business Columnist at the National Post, where she covers business and policy issues shaping enterprise across the West. She is a regular commentator on energy issues for national and regional TV and radio programs. Claudia previously served as the Financial Post’s Calgary Bureau Chief, specializing in energy coverage, and worked as a writer/correspondent at the Calgary Herald, the Montreal Gazette and the Toronto Star. Claudia started her journalism career in Italy, where she was born and raised and studied classics. After moving to Canada, she earned an undergraduate degree in journalism from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto and was editor of the journalism school's newspaper, The Ryersonian. She earned a Master of Science (Political Science) degree from the Universite de Montreal, which she did in French, and has taken the Canadian Securities Course. Claudia is a member of the board of director of Calgary Opera and is a past director of Hospice Calgary. She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum and is an advisor on trade and investment at the Canada West Foundation.
David A. Bennett, Director
Communications and External Relations
David A. Bennett is Director, Communications and External Relations for FortisBC. He is responsible for all corporate and customer communications, government, municipal and aboriginal relations. David has been involved in the oil and gas industry for over 20 years, holding positions with Shell Canada, Westcoast Energy, Centra Gas BC and most recently, FortisBC. During that time, his roles have included work in marketing and customer service, business development, strategic planning, managing energy product and service development activities, product management for natural gas product lines and energy efficiency and conservation programs, communications, risk management and gas supply. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Victoria with a double major in economics and computer science.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada
Ambassador David H. Wilkins is Special Advisor to Global Public Affairs
and a Partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP where he chairs the
Public Policy and International Law practice group, which focuses primarily on
representing businesses on both sides of the US-Canadian border and offers
experience on a wide range of strategic bilateral issues.
Mr. Wilkins was nominated by President George W. Bush to become the
United States Ambassador to Canada. He began his service on June 29, 2005 and served until January 20, 2009.
During his tenure, Ambassador Wilkins helped to resolve some of the
highest profile issues between Canada and the United States, including the
decades-old softwood lumber trade dispute. He is known on both sides of the
border as an honest broker who worked for solutions on the toughest issues –
energy, national security, the environment, trade and travel – impacting
millions of citizens in both countries.
Most recently, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley tapped Ambassador
Wilkins to serve as chairman of her transition team as she worked to form her
Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Canada, Mr. Wilkins practiced
law for 34 years in Greenville, South Carolina, and developed extensive
experience in civil litigation and appellate practice.
Mr. Wilkins was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives
in 1980 and served there for 25 years. He served six years as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and two years as Speaker Pro Tem before being elected Speaker, a post he held for 11 years. He was the first Republican elected speaker of any legislative body in the South since the 1880s and retired as one of the longest-serving speakers in the country. In 2001, he served as President of the National Speakers‘ Association.
Mr. Wilkins served as State Chairman of the Bush-Cheney ‘04 campaign and
as Co-Chair of the campaign in 2000. He was appointed by the President to the Board of Visitors of the United States Academy at West Point in 2002 and served for three years. He currently serves as Chairman of the Clemson University Board of Trustees, as well as on the boards of directors for AbitibiBowater, Porter Airlines, the Royal Bank of Canada and the Greenville Area Development Corporation.
Ian D. Anderson
Kinder Morgan Canada
Ian Anderson has served as President of Kinder Morgan Canada since December 2005. In this role, he provides executive leadership to Kinder Morgan’s Canadian operations, growth pursuits and social responsibility initiatives. For Mr. Anderson, this means “articulating a clear vision for the company” and all projects, “diving fully into the details” and “building and growing the personal relationships” he believes are vitally important — both in business and life.
Before joining Kinder Morgan, Mr. Anderson held senior executive positions in finance, regulatory affairs, administration and business development at companies including Terasen, Centra Gas and Westcoast Energy.
Mr. Anderson has helped shape Canadian utility and pipeline regulatory policy for decades, and has been an active advocate for meaningful and productive engagement and prosperity sharing between the energy industry and Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
Mr. Anderson is a board member of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA). In this capacity, and in his previous role as Board Chair, he has worked tirelessly to broaden the voice of the pipeline industry in Canada, and to ensure the voices of all providers — small and large — are being heard. He is also a member of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) and was recently appointed to the Board of Governors of the Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC).
Mr. Anderson is a Certified Management Accountant and a graduate of the University of Michigan Executive Program.
Originally from Winnipeg, today Mr. Anderson and his family call Calgary home.
Executive Vice President
John Lowe was appointed President of AltaGas Utility Group Inc. in October, 2011 with oversight of the company’s utility operations. He later took responsibility at AltaGas Ltd. for corporate development, including acquisitions of the Blythe power plant, Petrogas and the Douglas Channel LNG project. Currently, John is Executive Vice President of AltaGas Ltd. His duties include strategy, regulatory affairs, government relations and First Nations, law and internal audit across the organization. He has over 25 years of experience in the energy industry as counsel and in business. Mr. Lowe was a partner with Bennett Jones LLP until 2005 and Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP until 2011.
Lauren Rooney is a Business Strategy Consultant at Accenture, based out of the Calgary office. She works with clients in the energy, manufacturing, not-for-profit, and insurance sectors. Her project experience involves operating model design, strategy development, organizational effectiveness, environmental auditing, and process excellence. In addition to her client work she co-leads the Accenture Calgary Women’s Employee Resource Group, managing the programming and development of women’s initiatives for the local practice.
Prior to joining Accenture Lauren worked as a Business Development Analyst at Kinder Morgan Canada and in Corporate Sustainable Development at Suncor Energy. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business, where she focused her studies on energy management and sustainability.
Lauren is passionate about energy and sustainability; she is an Advisory Board Member and former president (2010-2012) of Fuse Collective (formally the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy Students’ Association). She was also part of the Planning Committee for the 4th World Petroleum Council Youth Forum, bringing together 1,600 delegates from 65 different countries to engage in a cross-generational dialogue around the future of energy.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)
Leah Lawrence has held a wide range of senior leadership positions in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Most recently, she was the president of Clean Energy Capitalists Inc. and she is the past chair of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.
Leah’s deep experience in sustainable technology development in the oil and gas and electricity industries has been recognized by both industry and government through various board and fellowship appointments including CO2 Solutions Inc., the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Engineers Canada, the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and Alberta Economic Development.
Leah has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Systems Engineering from the University of Regina and a Master of Economics from the University of Calgary.
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Communications
Marie-Hélène Labrie joined Enerkem in May 2008. Prior to that, she worked in communications, business strategy, and market analysis as Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning at CAE, and as a consultant for numerous organizations, such as Oliver Wyman Delta Organization & Leadership and Desjardins Financial Security.
She is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Écotech Québec, a cleantech cluster, and she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Renewable Industries Canada, the Conseil des entreprises en technologies environnementales du Québec. She represents the company at the Advanced Biofuels Business Council in Washington and is actively involved in public policy advocacy in Europe.
Ms. Labrie began her career at the Government of Canada, in the Department of National Defense, and pursued it at Industry Canada and the Privy Council Office.
Marie-Hélène Labrie holds a Masters in International Business and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Université Laval in Québec.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Calgary Economic Development
Mary joined Calgary Economic Development in 2010 as Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Research and has extensive leadership experience working across a number of sectors for both national and multi-national companies including TELUS, Delta Hotels, Canadian Airlines and WARDAIR. Mary has led teams in the development of strategy, marketing, stakeholder relations and fund development.
During her time at Calgary Economic Development, Mary steered the update to the 10-year Economic strategy for Calgary: Building on our Energy; grew the Action Calgary corporate partnership program; led the flood recovery YYCisOPEN campaign; and, created the Calgary. Be Part of the Energy promotional brand.
Mary holds an MBA from Royal Roads University and is an active community member. She is currently a Director on several non-profit boards including Sport Calgary, Calgary Sport Tourism Authority, Calgary Police Foundation and YouthLink. She is also a past President of Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta. She is a competitive figure skater and an avid skier and runner.
Chair and CEO
National Energy Board of Canada
Mr. Watson was designated as the Chair and CEO of the National Energy Board of Canada on June 13, 2014. His term is for a period of seven years, on a full-time basis.
• Deputy Minister, Executive Council, Government of Alberta. 2011-2014.
• Deputy Minister, Alberta Energy, Government of Alberta. 2008-2011.
• President, Clean Air Strategic Alliance, a multi-stakeholder alliance composed of representatives selected by industry, government and non-government organizations, to provide strategies to assess and improve air quality for Albertans, using a collaborative consensus process, 2005-2011.
• President, Alberta Water Council, a multi-stakeholder partnership with 24 Members from governments, industry, and non-government organizations. Its primary task is to monitor and steward implementation of the Alberta’s Water for Life strategy and to champion achievement of the strategy’s three goals, namely, a safe, secure drinking water supply, healthy aquatic ecosystems and reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy, 2005-2008.
• Deputy Minister, Alberta Environment, Government of Alberta. 2005-2008.
• Assistant Deputy Minister, Environmental Assurance Division, Alberta Environment, Government of Alberta. 2002-2005.
Professional Affiliations, Degrees and Distinctions:
• Member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.
• Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering
• Completed Directors Education Program through the Institute of Corporate Directors.
• Named Alberta’s Resource Person of the Year, 2011.
• B.Sc. Civil Engineering.
Soheil Asgarpour, Ph.D., FCAE, , FCIM, P.Eng.
Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada
Dr. Asgarpour has over 30 years of diversified technical, business, and operations experience in the oil and gas industry marked by providing strong leadership as:
• President of Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC)
• President of Innovative Oil & Gas Inc. and business leader of Oil Sands Development for Alberta Department of Energy.
• Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Canadian 88 Energy Corp.
• Director of Corporate Strategic Planning for Gulf Canada Resources Limited (“Gulf”)
• Director of Exploitation for Gulf
• Chief Engineer of Gulf
Dr. Asgarpour graduated from Rice University with a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering and completed the Executive Management Program at Western Business School, the University of Western Ontario, and the Leadership Program at Yale School of Management, Yale University.
Dr. Asgarpour has had published over 40 articles with reputable Canadian and U.S. technology and business journals in the areas of reservoir engineering, production engineering, enhanced oil recovery, horizontal drilling technology, risk analysis, reserves estimation, economic evaluation, statistical analyses, heat transfer and solar energy and co-authored the first Petroleum Society Monograph - “Determination of Oil and Gas Reserves”.
Dr. Asgarpour’s commitment to the future of oil and gas industry is demonstrated by the many prestigious awards he has received over the course of his career, recognizing his excellent technical and business leadership, commitment to advancing new technology, and excellence in promoting and developing Canada’s resource industry.
Dr. Asgarpour is the past president of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum (CIM). He has served the Petroleum Society as Chairman, Petroleum Recovery Institute as First Vice Chairman, and Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) and Canadian Institute for Photonic Innovations as a director.
The Honourable Margaret McCuaig-Boyd
Minister of Energy
Government of Alberta
Marg McCuaig-Boyd represents the northern Alberta riding of Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley. A long-time resident of the Peace Country, she was appointed Minister of Energy by Premier Notley in May 2015.
Before being elected to public office, Marg was a teacher and administrator with the Peace River School Division for more than 20 years. She left public
education to take an executive position as vice president at the Fairview Campus
of Grande Prairie Regional College. Marg left the college in June 2013 to start a consulting company to support small- and medium-sized businesses.
Marg graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor’s Degree in
education, and holds a Master’s Degree in administration and leadership from
San Diego State University.
Marg and her husband, Dan, live on a farm in the Fairview area. They have two adult children, Jocelyn and Tyson
The Honourable Monte Solberg, P.C
New West Public Affairs
As Member of Parliament (Medicine Hat) from 1993-2008, Monte served under Prime Minister Stephen Harper as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and as Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.
As a Minister, he focused his efforts on helping Canadians become more self-reliant. As Immigration Minister, he worked to help newcomers learn new skills, land jobs, and learn the values that have made Canada the great nation it is. As Human Resources Minister, he worked to help students, persons with disabilities, aboriginal people, and older workers, acquire the new skills that lead to good jobs. He oversaw efforts to bring about major reforms in Employment Insurance, Post-Secondary Education Funding, and Aboriginal Housing.
While in Opposition, Monte served as his party's Chief Critic for Finance, Human Resources Development, National Revenue, and Foreign Affairs.
Over several years, Monte was selected by Parliament Hill staffers as one of the top three communicators in Parliament. He was also consistently recognized as one of the top three most humorous MPs. In the 2008 survey, he was chosen as the Minister most desirable to work for. Monte retired from office in September 2008.
Monte continues to speak on public policy issues across Canada and internationally. He also serves as a Governor with the International Development Research Centre. In the past four years, Monte has acted as a senior advisor and worked as an independent consultant, providing counsel to some of Canada's largest organizations.
Raised in Drumheller, Alberta and Rosetown, Saskatchewan, Monte was the General Manager of CHUM Radio Alberta prior to political life.
Timothy M. Egan
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Gas Association
Timothy M. Egan became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Gas Association in September 2010.
Prior to his appointment he was President of High Park Group (HPG), a public affairs consulting firm.
Mr. Egan serves as Canada’s representative at the International Gas Union, sitting on the Executive Committee and as the Regional Coordinator for North America.
Mr. Egan is a publisher of the Energy Regulation Quarterly, and editor of the magazine Energy.
He has an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Ottawa, and common and civil law degrees from McGill University. He was call to the Ontario bar in 1995.
He is married to Patricia (nee Armstrong) and they have five daughters.
Todd received a BA Honours in Economics from the University of Alberta and an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary. Since 1993 he has held a series of economist positions at the Canada West Foundation, the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Bank of Canada. He joined ATB Financial in May 2007 as Chief Economist.
He is a regular business columnist for the Globe and Mail, and provides economic commentary for CBC, CTV, and other news media outlets.
He’s been recognized as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture magazine, and was recently honoured by the federal government with the Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2014 he was appointed to the Alberta Economic Development Authority, and to the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary.
In February 2012, Todd released his first book, The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline.