Paul Negenman Presentation
Richard Grant Presentation
Miles Hughes Presentation

Miles Hughes P. Eng.


Senior Petroleum Engineer and Associate
Speaking on the Comparison of the Business Models for Onshore Unconventional Exploration and Offshore Conventional Exploration.

Miles has been a Sproule professional since 2014. He has over 4 years’ experience in Corporate Planning, predomi-nantly at a large Canadian multi-national and 8 years’ ex-perience as an exploitation and production engineer. He also has 1.5 years’ experience in New Ventures/Special Projects in Canada and the United States. Miles speaks conversational French.

Vivian Krause

The Financial Post

Speaking on Getting to Overseas Markets: Insights for the Canadian Oil & Gas Industry from the Campaign Against It.

Vivian Krause is a contributor to The Financial Post where she has written a series of articles about the funding of environmental activism. Her research has caught the attention of the highest levels of government and prompted a CRA audit of environmental charities. Vivian exposes the agenda and the money behind anti-pipeline activism, and provides key insights about what the oil and gas industry can do differently to create a breakthrough in the gridlock that is keeping Canadian energy out of overseas markets. On Twitter, she’s @FairQuestions

Harold “Skip” York

Wood Mackenzie

Vice President – Integrated Energy
Will be Providing Insight to the Ever Changing Global Commodities Demand Dynamic.

Skip York is the Vice President of Integrated Energy in Wood Mackenzie’s Americas Research Team. Since 2012 he has been responsible for cross-segment integration of Wood Mackenzie’s petroleum market views and highlighting issues along the value chain. Skip spends most of his time with senior executives, corporate boards, and governments as a thought partner of how industry dynamics might impact their organizations or change their strategy. He is a frequent guest on news networks, such as, Bloomberg and CNBC and contributes a blog on www.Forbes.com. He can be followed on Twitter: @SkipYorkEnergy.

With over 20 years of worldwide experience across the energy value chain, he has deep expertise in strategic implications and commercial optimization of petroleum market economics and price-setting mechanisms.

Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie in 2009, Skip worked for ExxonMobil in a variety of strategic planning assignments including a role as the global expert on joint venture best practices and a member of the Exxon – Mobil post-merger integration team. He also consulted for clients at McKinsey & Company and Charles River Associates.

Skip holds a PhD Economics from the University of Virginia, as well as a Masters of Science and Bachelor of Science also in Economics from the University of Wyoming.


Paul Negenman

Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP

Speaking on A&D – Contractual Issues and Process. Legal Ramifications of the Main Documents Used in the A&D Process.

Paul is a Calgary born oil and gas lawyer who advises clients on drafting and negotiating A&D agreements, joint venture, partnership and joint operating agreements, together with title due diligence and title opinion preparation and day to day operational issues. Prior to joining Lawson Lundell, Paul was a founding partner of Enerlaw LLP. Previous to that, Paul was with Thackray Burgess (now McMillan LLP) and Blain & Company. Paul is old and tired, but he occasionally thinks of interesting topics to share with industry.

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Richard J. C. Grant

Partner, Global Head – Oil & Gas, Co-Lead – Africa Desk

Speaking on Aboriginal Consultation and Economic Participation Agreements: How to get to “Yes” in a Post Tsilhquot’in World.

Richard Grant, Partner, Gowling WLG, is Global Head of Oil & Gas practising out of the Calgary office. He also serves as vice-chair of the Energy, Infrastructure and Mining Group and is co-leader for the Africa Region. Richard is a P. Land and has been an active member of the CAPL since 1982 serving on numerous committees including several joint AAPL/CAPL initiatives.

He assists clients in the energy and natural resources industries on matters including transactions, finance, ownership rights, acquisition, access, divestiture (asset and corporate), due diligence, joint ventures, participation arrangements, partnerships, international production sharing contracts, concessions and other host government negotiations.

Richard’s energy, natural resources and business experience has encompassed significant work in all areas of Canada, as well as internationally in Africa, South America, Asia and Russia. Aside from Richard’s private practice experience at large international law firms, he has gained extensive in-house legal, land, business and senior management experience with several major multinational energy companies.

In addition, Richard has represented foreign companies and funds on new investments into Canada as well as companies doing business internationally. Richard has extensive experience with First Nation matters, aboriginal and community relations, corporate social responsibility programs and foreign government capacity building (including local content requirements).

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Dennis O’Keefe

Mayor of St. John’s

Dennis O’Keefe was born and raised in St. John’s.  He attended St. Bonaventure’s College and graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1967 with a B.A. (History) and a B.Ed. Following post-graduate studies at Memorial he received a Master’s Degree (History) in 1978.

Dennis had a 30-year career as an educator.  He was a teacher/Department Head at Brother Rice High School, St. Patrick’s Hall and Beaconsfield High School in St. John’s.  He is a consumer activist having established the Consumer Group for Fair Gas Prices and Consumer Power.

His political career began in 1997 when he was elected as Councillor-at-large.  In 2005 he was elected Deputy-Mayor which position he held for three years before resigning to run in a by-election for the position of Mayor. Dennis won the by-election and was sworn in as Mayor of the City of St. John’s on June 9, 2008.  On September 29, 2009, he was re-elected as Mayor of St. John’s for a 4-year term.  On September 24, 2013 he was again re-elected as Mayor of St. John’s for another 4-year term. He is active in the development of the Cruise Ship Industry in this Province. Currently he is Chair of the Cruise St. John’s Committee and Chair of the Cruise Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.

He is married to the former Grace Lahey and they have two children: Carolyn, son-in-law – Tim; and Denise, son-in-law – Greg; and four grandchildren, Kate, Colin, Matthew and Benjamin.

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Brad Gushue

Olympic Gold Medalist for Canada

Brad Gushue has the following achievements: Olympic Gold Medalist, 2006, The National, 2010, 2015,
World Junior Champion, 1998, 2001 Canadian Junior Champion, 2001, NL Provincial Junior
Champion, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, NL Men’s Champion, 2003, 2004, 2005,
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, The Masters, 2014, The Canadian Open,
2014, Elite 10, 2016, Player’s Championship, 2016, Roger’s Cup Champions, 2015-2016
Order of Newfoundland / Labrador 2006, Honorary Doctorate, Memorial University in 2006.

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David Ralph

Statoil Canada

Speaking on Exploration and Production Operations, Offshore Newfoundland

David Ralph, Operations Manager for Statoil Canada, is responsible for ensuring safe,
compliant, and efficient deliveries and behaviors associated with all Statoil’s activities offshore
Newfoundland. A graduate of Memorial University Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science,
Mr. Ralph has two decades of offshore drilling, production and operations experience, focused
primarily offshore Newfoundland.

In his role, Mr. Ralph also serves as the location manager for the Petroleum Technology and
Facilities Engineering functions with Statoil offshore Newfoundland, along with responsibility for
Statoil’s R&D activities in the province.

Previously, Mr. Ralph was Statoil Canada’s Asset Manager for the Offshore Upstream Business
Area, responsible for stewardship of the company’s interests in partner-operated producing
fields and future field developments. Before joining Statoil in 2008, Mr. Ralph worked with Petro-
Canada in Newfoundland in various offshore supervisory and onshore engineering functions
within the drilling engineering, production engineering and safety systems disciplines.

Mr. Ralph is a registered professional engineer with Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Newfoundland and Labrador (PEG-NL), and lives in St. John’s with his wife and daughter.

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