Calgary

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

Following a challenging two years, the energy outlook has improved. OPEC deals 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, is 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. Climate change regulations and coal phase outs are creating significant opportunities for natural gas and clean tech sectors. They are also introducing significant adjustment costs as producers, generators and end users decarbonize. This is taking place against the backdrop of ongoing domestic political division over resource development and a US Administration that is relaxing environmental regulations, potentially putting Canada’s oil and gas sectors at a competitive disadvantage.

Join two hundred and fifty industry leaders at the Calgary Energy Roundtable to find out what Canada’s energy future is going to look like. Topics will include:

  • The future for Canadian oil. As prices recover, what are the lesson of the past two years?
  • Are project outcomes and technology adoption where they should be?
  • The outlook for Canadian natural gas
  • What does $50 / tonne carbon mean for the energy sector?
  • 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 at Suite 3500, 855 – 2nd Street West, Bankers Hall East Tower in Calgary.

Speakers

Jason Langrish

Jason Langrish

President, The Energy Roundtable
Elizabeth Sanborn

Elizabeth Sanborn

Chief Operating Officer, IPA
David Hill

David Hill

Executive Vice President, Exploration & Business Development, Encana
Samer Salameh

Samer Salameh

Executive Chairman & CEO, Pacific Future Energy
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
Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson

President, Kinder Morgan Canada
Bill Marko

Bill Marko

Managing Partner, Jefferies LLP
Neil Camarta

Neil Camarta

President & CEO, Field Upgrading
Monica Rovers

Monica Rovers

Head of Business Development, Global Energy, TMX Group
Tracey Stoddard

Tracey Stoddard

Vice President, Development North America, ACCIONA Energy
Paul Fulton

Paul Fulton

President, Statoil Canada
Bo Xue

Bo Xue

Vice President, Commercial, Guangdong Dapeng LNG Company
Gordon Murray

Gordon Murray

Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Chris Vertanness

Chris Vertanness

Vice President, & Project Director, Fluor

Print programme

2017 Programme

Conference chair tbc
 

8:00 am

   

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

8:05 am   Panel 1: The future of Canadian oil 

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 and the oilsands in particular are ‘Canadianizing’ as several majors have decided that they no longer want to be owner / operator of these assets. Market access has also received a boost with approvals for the Transmountain and Keystone XL pipelines. 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.

   
  • Adam Waterous, Founder, Waterous Energy Fund LP
  • Paul Fulton*, President, Statoil Canada
  • Ian Anderson, President, Kinder Morgan Canada
  • Oil sands / Chinese investor perspective – speaker tbc

Chair: tbc

9:00 am   Samer Salameh*, Executive Chairman & CEO, Pacific Future Energy
 
9:30 am   Networking break
     
10:00 am   A discussion on the Canadian versus US strategic approach to developing energy resources with:
   
  • Bill Marko, Managing Director, Jefferies LLP (Houston)
  • David Hill, Executive Vice President, Exploration & Business Development, Encana
10:45 am   Panel 2: The outlook for Canadian natural gas

Canadian gas producers require new sources of demand for its 300-500 years worth of product. Exports to the US are in steep decline and Canadian natural gas can serve major markets in the east of the country but is competing against supplies from the eastern US. Significant LNG opportunities exist on both coasts of Canada and have received a boost with approvals and decisions on the Pacific North West and Woodfibre LNG projects. However, US LNG is growing and the battle for market share is taking place, most notably in East Asia where the Canadian advantage is a potentially lower cost of delivery and a ‘greener’ product. Panelists will discuss how Canada can realize its potential by developing a robust ecosystem for producing, using and exporting natural gas.

   
  • Byng Giraud, Country Manager, Woodfibre LNG
  • Pat Carlson*, Chief Executive Officer, Seven Generations Energy
  • Bo Xue, Vice President, Commercial, Guangdong Dapeng LNG Company

Chair: tbc

12:00 pm   Luncheon – speaker tbc
 

1:30 pm

 

Panel 3: 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.

 
  • Chris Vertanness, Vice President, Project Director, Fluor
  • Neil Camarta, President, Field Upgrading
  • Elizabeth Sanborn, Chief Operating Officer, Independant Project Analysis (IPA)

Chair: tbc

2:15 pm   Dawn Farrell*, President & CEO, TransAlta
 

2:45 pm

   

Panel 4: What does $50 / tonne carbon mean for the energy sector?

The Canadian federal government, provinces (save Saskatchewan) and territories have agreed to national carbon emissions targets that will establish a baseline price of $50 a tonne by 2022. 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. Alberta and Saskatchewan are being touted as a 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, various 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 instill confidence in investors that are skeptical about companies with a large carbon footprint? The session will explore the impact of a lower carbon environment on both traditional and clean tech energy and the strategies that can be deployed, including the latest innovations in energy management processes and technologies.

 
  • Tracey Stoddard, Vice President, Development North America, ACCIONA Energy
  • Gordon Murray, Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

Chair: tbc

 3:30 pm   Close by Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable
 

* Not yet confirmed

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Photos from the 2016 National Energy Roundtable