The fourteenth annual Calgary Energy Roundtable will take place on Wednesday, October 11th at the Hyatt Regency.

The energy outlook is improving. A recent OPEC deal to reduce production and raise prices follows federal approvals of the Pacific Northwest LNG and the Trans Mountain Pipeline projects in late 2016. Keystone XL, written off by some for dead, may now be back in play with the election of Donald Trump to the US Presidency. All this is potentially good news for a country seeking to transform itself from locked-in continental producer to a global supplier of oil and gas in a competitive international environment.

Yet no one is in a mood to celebrate just yet. Oil prices are hovering above $50 and despite an effective assault on costs only the most efficient projects are economic. While climate change regulations and coal phase outs are creating significant opportunities for renewable energy, they are also introducing significant adjustment costs as producers, generators and end users decarbonize. This is taking place against the backdrop of a US Administration that is planning to relax carbon regulations and spur activity in its oil and gas sector, potentially putting Canada at a competitive disadvantage.

Join two hundred and fifty industry leaders at the Calgary Energy Roundtable and find out if 2017 is the year that the energy sector strikes back. Topics will include:

  • The future for Canadian oil. As prices recover, what are the lesson of the past two years?
  • Are capital project outcomes and technology adoption where they should be?
  • The outlook for Canadian LNG in 2017
  • The Prairies – Canada’s new carbon frontier
  • The impact of the Trump presidency for Canadian competitiveness and North American energy independence

A networking reception for delegates will take place on the eve of the conference.


Jason Langrish

Jason Langrish

President, The Energy Roundtable
Elizabeth Sanborn

Elizabeth Sanborn

Chief Operating Officer, IPA
Byng Giraud

Byng Giraud

Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Country Manager, Woodfibre LNG
Hon. Margaret McCuaig-Boyd

Hon. Margaret McCuaig-Boyd

Alberta Minister of Energy
Adam Waterous

Adam Waterous

Founder, Waterous Energy Fund LP
Dawn Farrell

Dawn Farrell

President & CEO, TransAlta
Gordon Murray

Gordon Murray

Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Mungo Hardwicke-Brown

Mungo Hardwicke-Brown

Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Monica Rovers

Monica Rovers

Head of Business Development, Global Energy, TMX Group
Paul Fulton

Paul Fulton

President, Statoil Canada

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2017 Programme

Conference chair tbc

8:00 am


Welcome by Monica Rovers, Head of Business Development, Global Energy, TMX Group

8:05 am  

Address by Margaret McCuaig-Boyd*, Alberta Minister of Energy

8:35 am   Panel 1: The future of Canadian oil 

Optimism is creeping back into the oil patch. A recovery in energy prices and drop in costs are offering relief to Canadian producers who have struggled over the past few years. During this time a wave of M&A activity was predicted, but failed to materialize and some major players such as Statoil and Koch industries vacated the playing field. Companies retrenched and aggressively cut costs. Yet OPEC’s price war to drive out North American producers has in fact made many far tougher competitors through efficiency gains and a transition to long life, low decline assets. M&A activity is now picking up. Coming out of one of the worst slumps in modern history, what lessons can we draw from the past two years? The panel will examine the future of Canadian oil and offer perspectives on how companies can best position themselves to thrive in a volatile and competitive environment.

  • Adam Waterous, Founder, Waterous Energy Fund LP
  • Paul Fulton, President, Statoil Canada
  • Cory Beiber*, Chief Financial Officer, Canadian Natural Resources Limited
  • Harbir Chhina*, Executive Vice President, Oilsands, Cenovus Energy

Chair: tbc

9:45 am   Networking break
10:15 am   Steve Williams*, President & CEO, Suncor Energy
10:45 am   Panel 2: Are project outcomes and technology adoption where they should be?

Energy producers have contained costs and focused on the most profitable ventures. In order to remain reliable suppliers of energy, Canadian oil and gas companies need to be at the forefront of change with progressive thinking and the integration of serial innovation and sustainability at the core of their strategies. Canada’s oil and gas industry must navigate this transition by leveraging its expertise and highly skilled workforce, accelerating technological innovation, speeding up commercialization, restructuring systems and operations for sustained productivity, and innovating pro-actively across the board. The panel will discuss how the industry can reinvent itself and emerge as a global energy leader in the new low-carbon economy.

  • Jim Brittain, President, Fluor Americas 
  • Neil Camarta, President, Field Upgrading
  • Elizabeth Sanborn, Chief Operating Officer, Independant Project Analysis (IPA)

Chair: tbc

12:00 pm   Lunch with speaker tbc

1:15 pm


Dawn Farrell, President & CEO, TransAlta (tentative)

1:45 pm   Panel 3: The outlook for Canadian LNG in 2017

The mood for Canadian LNG brightened in 2016 with the federal approval of the Pacific North West LNG project and decision to proceed with Woodfibre LNG. With record levels of production in the US, Canadian gas producers require new sources of demand for its 300-500 years worth of product. Five US LNG projects are expected to be in operation by 2020 and the EIA predicts that the US will be a net energy exporter by 2026. The battle for market share is taking place in East Asia and the Canadian advantage is a potentially lower cost of delivery. To realize this and avoid the mistakes of other LNG shippers, Canada must develop a streamlined ecosystem for producing and exporting natural gas through improved regulatory processes, industry consolidation and in building out infrastructure. Panelists will discuss Canada’s position in global LNG and debate if 2017 is the year that a major Canadian LNG project finally moves forward.

  • Byng Giraud, Country Manager, Woodfibre LNG
  • Bo Xue, Vice President, Commercial, Guangdong Dapeng LNG Company

Chair: tbc

2:45 pm   Panel 4: The Prairies – Canada’s new carbon frontier

A phase-out of coal by 2030 is a key component of the Alberta government’s ambitious climate change plan, which also includes a broad-based carbon tax and cap on oil sands emissions. Following last year’s UN climate change meeting in Paris, the Canadian federal government, provinces (save Saskatchewan) and territories have agreed to national carbon emissions targets. Alberta and Saskatchewan are being touted as the new frontier for the renewable energy industry – up to 7000 MW of new supply over the next 15 years in an attempt to cut emissions and met growing energy demand. However, Alberta and Canada’s carbon-pricing schemes have received mixed reviews from the oil and gas sector. As Donald Trump intends to reverse Obama’s climate change legacy, will the Canadian oil and gas sector be at a competitive disadvantage or will Canada’s carbon regime instil confidence in investors that are skeptical about companies with a large carbon footprint? The session will explore how industry can pursue a strategy that features the latest innovations in energy management processes and technologies and ensures the country meets its carbon reduction commitments and prospers as a result.

  • speakers to be confirmed

Chair: tbc

 3:45 pm   Close by Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable

* Not yet confirmed

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Photos from the 2016 National Energy Roundtable