Jessica Holmes
Comedic Entertainer & Improviser

Jessica Holmes

Opening Breakfast Speaker - Monday, September 26 at 8:00am


Jessica Holmes, a favourite on CBC’s Royal Canadian Air Farce, has brought the house down opening for such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld and Leslie Nielsen. She is Canada's fastest rising comedy star and always leaves audiences in stitches with her interactive humour and vivacious energy. She recently performed in two televised comedy specials at Just for Laughs and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival.


Her one-hour comedy special, “Holmes Alone” won a 2001 Platinum Award at the Worldfest International Film Festival and was nominated for a Gemini Award. Her work on the Second City production “The Best of the Very Last” earned her a nomination for the prestigious Tim Sims Scholarship. Holmes is also known for her work on The Comedy Network and CTV’s hilarious, edgy, Carol Burnett-style sketch comedy, The Holmes Show.  She has appeared in such films as Welcome to Mooseport and Citizen Duane. Additionally, Holmes’ motivational comedy publication, I Love Your Laugh, was released in Canada and the US in Fall, 2010.


Holmes’s comedic high jinks and crazy antics, her knack for skewering celebrities such as Céline Dion and Britney Spears, along with her original creations, amuse even the most straight-faced audiences.  Her grace, bilingualism, and ability to react on the fly make her a natural choice for M.C.  Whether hosting or performing her hilarious characters, Holmes always leaves the audience in stitches.



Pierre Boivin

Daron K. Naffin

Mel Knight

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

Surface Regulations in Canada Panel Discussion- Monday September 26 at 10:00am


Sponsored by Standard Land


Panel Members:


Pierre Boivin:

Partner McCarthy Tétrault LLP


Pierre Boivin is a partner in the firm’s Business Law Group. His practice is broadly based, with a focus on the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity and related commercial matters, and the planning and negotiation of business transactions notably in the natural resources sector.


Prior to joining the firm, he acted for several years as general counsel of SOQUIP, a Québec crown corporation broadly involved in the oil and gas industry. He currently represents clients notably in the exploration, pipeline, storage and petrochemical sectors and is also involved in a major liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal project.


Mr. Boivin is a recent member of the CAPL as well as a member of the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources section of the Canadian Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, the Longitude Pipeline Association (Board Member), the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and he appears in the last edition of the Best Lawyers in Canada directory as a leading lawyer in the area of Energy Regulatory Law. He also acted as Managing Partner of the Québec City office for several years.


Daron K. Naffin:


Partner Bennett Jones LLP 


With a practice that is directed towards energy, environmental and regulatory law, municipal planning as well as expropriation and surface rights, Daron Naffin acts for oil and gas companies, municipalities, utilities and landowners.


Clients benefit from his experience with matters involving energy facilities applications, pooling, holding and down-spacing applications, common processor and common carrier designations, sidestreaming applications and electricity rates matters. He is also involved in environmental matters concerned with the Species at Risk Act, contaminated sites and Alberta power projects.


Daron appears before the Supreme Court of Canada, all levels of the Alberta courts, the Energy Resources Conservation Board, the Environmental Appeals Board, the Surface Rights Board, the Land Compensation Board, the Natural Resources Conservation Board, the BC Mediation/Arbitration Board and various municipal tribunals.


Prior to joining Bennett Jones, Daron developed his practice at a prominent regional law firm. He sat on the Nominations and Selections Committee for the Alberta Emerald Awards for Environmental Excellence and is a regular instructor at the Legal Education Society of Alberta’s Bar Admission Course.

Daron is a past president of the Alberta Expropriation Association, is a member of the International Right of Way Association (IRWA), a member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL) and sits on the Disciplinary Appeals tribunal for the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA).


Mel Knight

Alberta Minister of Sustainable Resource Development


Minister Knight is a true Northern Albertan, who was born, raised and built his career in the Peace Country.  A certified journeyman instrument mechanic by trade, he worked in the drilling and exploration field before starting his own energy sector service company, Knight Measurement and Control.


On top of his vast experience in the energy field, Minister Knight also worked in the agriculture industry after moving to a half-section farm near Valleyview, where he continues to live today with his wife, Diana.


Before making the jump to provincial politics, Minister Knight also served as representative of ward two of the Municipal District of Greenview, and he remains an active member of his community today.


Now in his third-term as MLA, he served as party whip and on numerous other government committees before he was sworn in as Minister of Energy in December 2006 and in 2010 was appointed Minister of Sustainable Resource Development.



Jim MacLean
Land Manager - Talisman, CAPL Instructor

Jim MacLean

Agreements for the Unconventional - Monday, September 26 at 10:00am


Sponsored by Talisman Energy Inc.


Jim MacLean has been Manager, Mineral Land Asset Management at Talisman Energy Inc. since late 2009. Between 2005 and late 2009, he maintained an active consulting practice (MacLean Resource Management Ltd.) specializing in training and mentoring, problem resolution and assisting clients with complex agreements. Previous to this, he was with Chevron Canada Resources.  He joined Chevron after obtaining a BA from St. Francis Xavier University and a Law degree from Dalhousie University. He worked on assignments in Frontier, conventional Western Canadian negotiations, Acquisitions and Divestitures, Planning and had been Manager, Land prior to his departure from Chevron in 2005.


He has worked directly on a number of industry standardization and work process improvement initiatives. He has also been the principal draftsman of a number of industry documents.  These include: (i) the 1990 CAPL Operating Procedure; (ii) the 1997 CAPL Farmout & Royalty Procedure; (iii) the 2000 CAPL Property Transfer Procedure; and (iv) the 2007 CAPL Operating Procedure.


His consulting practice saw him involved in negotiating and writing agreements relating to significant unconventional projects. These required different approaches to earning arrangements, as well as an integration of asset specific needs and some project based frontier/international principles with the enhanced approaches to contemporary issues set forth in the 2007 CAPL Operating Procedure. These experiences have caused him to conclude that the standard form CAPL documents do not offer the breadth or depth of coverage that is required over the longer term for an unconventional project of potential significance.


He is an instructor of CAPL courses on the CAPL Operating Procedure and the CAPL Farmout & Royalty Procedure, and is a regular speaker at oil and gas industry meetings and conferences.



Trevor Sloan

Trevor Sloan

Emerging Resource Plays - Monday, September 26 at 11:45am


Sponsored by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and ConocoPhillips Canada

Trevor graduated from the University of Calgary in 2000, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree (with distinction) in Applied Energy Economics. Trevor joined the Ross Smith Energy Group in July 2003 after three years as an Economist with the Canadian Energy Research Institute. His focus is the technical and economic analysis of unconventional resources (shales, tight oil, tight gas) and the companies involved in developing them.


Peter Mansbridge
Chief corresponspendent of CBC News

Peter Mansbridge

Keynote Lunch Speaker - Monday September 26 at 1:00pm


Sponsored by Cenovus


Peter Mansbridge is the chief correspondent of CBC News. He anchors CBC's flagship nightly news program, The National, and all CBC News specials. He is also host of CBC News Network's Mansbridge: One on One. Mansbridge began his career in 1968 in Churchill, Man., where he helped develop CBC Radio's news service to Northern Canada. In 1971, he moved to Winnipeg as a reporter for CBC Radio, and in 1972, joined CBC Television. He became The National's reporter in Saskatchewan in 1975, and, in 1976, was named one of the program's parliamentary correspondents in Ottawa. He became chief correspondent and anchor of The National in 1988.


In more than 40 years with CBC News, Mansbridge has provided comprehensive coverage of the most significant stories in Canada and around the world. In the past year, Mansbridge has been the only Canadian journalist to interview two of the major new international leaders in the world - U.S. President Barack Obama in 2009, and this year, British Prime Minister David Cameron.


During a decorated career, Mansbridge has received 12 Gemini Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. He has received eight honorary degrees from universities across the country, and he has also been recognized by leading universities in the United States and the United Kingdom. In 2008, Mansbridge was made an officer of the Order of Canada by Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean. In 2009, he was named Chancellor of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.  Also in 2009, he authored the national best-seller "Mansbridge One on One".


Peter Mansbridge was born in London, England in 1948 and now resides in Stratford, Ontario.


James 'Jim' P. Owen
Founder and CIO of the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership

James 'Jim' P. Owen

Cowboy Ethics - Wednesday, September 28 at 8:00am


Sponsored by Encana and geoLOGIC systems ltd.


Jim Owen is Founder and CIO* of the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership and author of the books Cowboy Ethics: What Wall Street Can Learn from the Code of the West and Cowboy Values: Recapturing What America Once Stood For. Jim’s Wall Street career spanned 40 years, including 15 years as a partner with NWQ Investment Management Company in Los Angeles. He is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA).


Profiled in the Wall Street Journal as a leading Wall Street “rainmaker,” Jim has also been a prolific speaker and author on investment topics. His book credits include The Prudent Investor (McGraw-Hill, 1990) and The Prudent Investor’s Guide to Hedge Funds (John Wiley & Sons, 2000). In 2004, dismayed by the rash of corporate scandals and growing societal discord, Jim launched a second career as a social entrepreneur focused on ways to strengthen the foundation of shared values in American society. Inspired by his lifelong interest in Western history and lore, Jim coined the phrase “cowboy ethics” and wrote his book distilling the Code of the West into “Ten Principles to Live By.” To date nearly 100,000 copies of the book have been sold. A summa cum laude graduate of Regis University, Jim is also a past President of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.


Tom MacInnis

Craig Lothian

Bruce Robertson

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

Capital Markets Panel Discussion- Wednesday, September 28th, 9:45am


Sponsored by National Bank Financial


Panel Members:


Tom MacInnis, Managing Director, Corporate & Investment Banking

National Bank Financial


As part of the leadership team of National Bank Financial’s energy investment banking team, Tom experience, expertise and relationships within the Canadian energy sector are focused towards delivering best in class market insights and transactional advice to NBF clientele. Tom’s transactional experience include leading over 300 transactions and over $26 billion of M&A, A&D, and equity financings. Prior to joining National Bank’s energy franchise, Tom was a founder and Managing Director of energy focused boutique Tristone Capital. Tom holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University.


E. Craig Lothian, B.A., LL.B.

President and Chief Executive Officer


Mr. Lothian is an active investor and successful entrepreneur. He is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Keystone Royalty Corp. (a land and royalty company), and a founder and Executive Chair of Villanova Oil Corp. In addition, he currently sits on the Boards of PetroBakken Energy Ltd. and Smart Completions Ltd. He was a founder and Executive Chair of Villanova Resources Inc., which was capitalized in January 2009 and sold in May 2010 to Legacy Oil + Gas Inc. for $115 Million. Mr. Lothian was also President and CEO of Villanova Energy Corp. until it was acquired by Crescent Point Energy Trust in January 2009 ($130.1 Million).


Mr. Lothian was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Flatland Exploration Ltd. until it was acquired by Bulldog Energy Inc. in 2002 ($4.75 Million); Chief Executive Officer of Keystone Energy Inc. prior to it being acquired by StarPoint Energy Ltd. in 2004 ($22.9 Million); CEO of Keystone Energy Corp. prior to it being acquired by Bulldog Resources Inc. and TriStar Oil & Gas Ltd. in January 2007 ($34.0 Million). Craig was also the Chairman of Bulldog Energy Inc. prior to its acquisition by Crescent Point Energy Trust in 2005 ($118 Million) and was also the Chairman of the Board of Bulldog Resources Inc., before it was acquired by TriStar Oil & Gas Ltd. ($200 Million) in January 2008.


Mr. Lothian obtained his Bachelor of Arts (1986) and LL.B. (1988) from the University of Saskatchewan and rose to partnership of a Regina law firm prior to entering the energy business. Mr. Lothian is also a founder and director of Lex Capital Corp., Lex Realty Holdings Inc., Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar Inc., and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. In addition, he is a Past President of The Assiniboia Club, a Past Board Member of The Hospitals of Regina Foundation, and one of the founding Directors of Enterprise Saskatchewan.


Bruce Robertson

Executive Vice President

Wild Stream Exploration Inc.


A graduate of the University of Calgary, Bruce was first employed in the land department with BP Canada in 1981 which subsequently became Talisman Energy.  Bruce enjoyed 14 years at Talisman in numerous positions in the land and exploration departments.  Upon his resignation from Talisman, Bruce joined a mid-sized producer as vice president.  For the next 2 years he was involved in numerous corporate transactions and financings.  In 1995, Bruce resigned with 2 other key executives to start the first of 5 start-up energy companies.


As co-founder of 5 start-ups, Bruce has been extremely involved in numerous corporate take overs, asset transactions and financings.  Bruce’s most recent company, Wild Stream Exploration Inc. is an active public company exploring in Southwest Saskatchewan.


Over the past 5 years Bruce has also been involved in a number of community charities, most notably Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Calgary.  He has been a mentor and active fundraiser for the organization over the past 5 years.






Allan Ingelson
Associate Professor, University of Calgary

Allan Ingelson

Shale Gas Regulations - Wednesday, September 28 at 11:30am


Sponsored by Quicksilver Resources Inc.


Allan Ingelson, Associate Professor, University of Calgary, was the most outstanding  Natural Resources Law and Policy LLM graduate in his class at the University of Denver. Professor Ingelson, a member of the Law Society of Alberta since 1991, has been the recipient of an international environmental law award and several teaching excellence awards. He teaches courses in natural resources law, oil and gas law, petroleum land management, energy regulation, renewable energy and environmental law, and has published articles in the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, Journal of World Energy Law and Business, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Journal, Global Business Development Law Journal, Canadian Petroleum Tax Journal, Alberta Law Review, Natural Resources Journal, Water Law Review, Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law,  Law Environment and Development Journal and the Energy Law Journal.


Dan Themig
President and co-founder of Packers Plus Energy Services

Dan Themig

Horizontal Multi-Stage Fracing – A Technical Overview - Wednesday, September 28th, 11:30am


Sponsored by Petrobakken


Dan Themig is President and co-founder of Packers Plus Energy Services headquartered in Calgary, Alberta Canada. He has served in various engineering and technical positions in the U.S. and Canada and has been involved in advanced horizontal and multilateral projects worldwide for over 30 years. He has a B.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Oklahoma State University. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of SPE.


In 2009, Dan and his two co-founders were awarded the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for both the Prairies Region and Canada and were also named Oilweek’s Supplier of the Year. Dan has also been named one of Business in Calgary’s 2010 Leaders of Tomorrow.


Jean Chrétien, P.C., C.C., O.M., Q.C., Ad. E.
Former Prime Minister of Canada

Jean Chrétien, P.C., C.C., O.M., Q.C., Ad. E.

Keynote Lunch Speaker - Wednesday, September 28 at 1:00pm


Sponsored by Heenan Blaikie


The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, P.C., C.C., O.M., Q.C., Ad. E., left the Office of Prime Minister of Canada on December 12, 2003. In January 2004, he joined Heenan Blaikie as counsel. He is primarily working in Ottawa but is also active in the Montreal office as well as other Heenan Blaikie offices.

Mr. Chrétien was elected Member of the House of Commons in 1963. During his career, he also served as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, President of the Treasury Board, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs, Secretary of State for External Affairs, and Minister in charge of Social Development.

Mr. Chrétien completed his law studies at Université Laval and was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1958. He is also a member of the Ontario Bar. He was awarded an honorary degree in law by Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo (1981), as well as honorary doctorates from Laurentian University in Sudbury and from University of Western Ontario in London (1982), from the Glendon College of York University in Toronto (1986), from the University of Alberta (1987) and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay (1988). Mr. Chrétien was also the recipient of honorary doctorates from Ottawa University (1994), Meiji University in Japan (1996), the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland (1999), the Michigan State University (1999), Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2000), Memorial University in St. John’s (2000), Université Catholique Pontificate Madre y Maestra in Santiago de los Caballeros in Dominican Republic (2003), Queen’s University in Kingston (2004), McMaster University in Hamilton (2005) and the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine (2007).