Event Speakers

John Desjarlais, P.Eng, MBA, PsGov, FEC, FGC (Hon)

OPENING REMARKS

Nehinaw (Cree)-Metis from Kaministikominahikoskak (Cumberland House), Saskatchewan, Canada

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John Desjarlais, P.Eng, MBA, PsGov, FEC, FGC (Hon) is  Nehinaw (Cree)-Metis from Kaministikominahikoskak (Cumberland House), Saskatchewan, Canada. John started his career in 2001 in the mining industry and worked in a variety of roles including radiation protection, environment, safety, maintenance, and reliability engineering management until moving onto executive leadership roles in economic development, construction, and management consulting. During this time, he also completed an undergrad in Mechanical Engineering, a Master’s in Business Administration and certification in lean, change management, professional communication and governance. Now John serves as the Executive Director of the Indigenous Resource Network, and manages his time through his role as partner and CIO with Kihew Consulting & Research. John proudly makes time for community and served as President of his engineering and geoscience regulator (APEGS) for the 2022-2023 year, including current immediate past president as well as council for many years.  John is passionate about good governance and has served as Director/Chair in areas of Regulatory, Industrial/Commercial Safety, Post-Secondary and Indigenous outreach/development/and engagement. This extensive executive, regulatory, volunteer, governance, and civil society service has led to several awards, recognition, and accomplishments over his career recognizing his civil service and servant leadership including in 2023; the Queens Platinum Jubilee Medal (Sk), and Executive Leadership Award (AISES), and Fellowships with national Engineering and Geoscience organizations in Canada.

Lisa Baiton

KEYNOTE

President & CEO, CAPP

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Lisa Baiton was appointed the 6th chief executive of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), the voice of Canada’s upstream oil and natural gas industry, effective May 2, 2022.

Over the course of her 33-year global career, previously Baiton served an eleven-year tenure on the Global Leadership Team of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPP Investments”), one of the ten largest retirement funds in the world. An expert in geopolitical, political and regulatory risks and market access, Baiton led CPP Investments’ global public affairs and advocacy activities across 50+ countries initially as Vice President, Government & Stakeholder Relations (2010-2012), and then as Managing Director & Head of Global Public Affairs (2013-2021).

Baiton was Vice President & Practice Lead, Government Relations for Environics Communications (2004-2010), a North American public affairs firm where she provided executive-level counsel to highly regulated large multinational corporate clients across a broad range of sectors of the economy. She also worked for one of Canada’s largest industry associations, the Canadian Bankers Association, and has held critical leadership roles in three Canadian governments (Saskatchewan, Federal, Ontario) with oversight for the development and implementation of cornerstone legislative and regulatory priorities.

Baiton has a solid understanding of the oil and gas industry, not only from her roles as an institutional investor and policy-maker, but as someone who was born and raised in Swift Current, Saskatchewan to parents who owned a small oilfield trucking, heavy equipment, and earthwork construction company.

Baiton holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan, an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University) and Schulich School of Business (York University), and has an Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D certification from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto).   

Fireside Chat

Theo Argitis

MODERATOR

Managing Director, Compass Rose Group

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Theo Argitis is managing director at Compass Rose Group, an Ottawa-based public affairs firm. Before joining Compass Rose in 2022, Theo spent almost two decades as a journalist on Parliament Hill — all with Bloomberg News, where he drew on in-depth engagement with senior government officials and political leaders of every stripe in coverage of major national events.

Born in Athens and raised in Montreal, Theo holds degrees in economics from McGill University and the University of Toronto.

Lisa Baiton

SPEAKER

President & CEO, CAPP

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Lisa Baiton was appointed the 6th chief executive of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), the voice of Canada’s upstream oil and natural gas industry, effective May 2, 2022.

Over the course of her 33-year global career, previously Baiton served an eleven-year tenure on the Global Leadership Team of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPP Investments”), one of the ten largest retirement funds in the world. An expert in geopolitical, political and regulatory risks and market access, Baiton led CPP Investments’ global public affairs and advocacy activities across 50+ countries initially as Vice President, Government & Stakeholder Relations (2010-2012), and then as Managing Director & Head of Global Public Affairs (2013-2021).

Baiton was Vice President & Practice Lead, Government Relations for Environics Communications (2004-2010), a North American public affairs firm where she provided executive-level counsel to highly regulated large multinational corporate clients across a broad range of sectors of the economy. She also worked for one of Canada’s largest industry associations, the Canadian Bankers Association, and has held critical leadership roles in three Canadian governments (Saskatchewan, Federal, Ontario) with oversight for the development and implementation of cornerstone legislative and regulatory priorities.

Baiton has a solid understanding of the oil and gas industry, not only from her roles as an institutional investor and policy-maker, but as someone who was born and raised in Swift Current, Saskatchewan to parents who owned a small oilfield trucking, heavy equipment, and earthwork construction company.

Baiton holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan, an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University) and Schulich School of Business (York University), and has an Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D certification from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto).