Keynote Speakers

Jeremy Gutsche

(Tuesday September 19 Breakfast Keynote Speaker)(1 Re-certification Credit)

Jeremy Gutsche is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning innovation expert, one of the most requested keynote speakers on the planet, and the founder of TrendHunter.com, the world’s #1 most popular trend website, attracting over 2 BILLION views from 150,000,000 total visitors… Continue Reading

Michael Tran

(Tuesday September 19 Lunch Keynote Speaker)(1 Re-certification Credit)

Michael Tran is a Director of Energy Strategy at RBC Capital Markets based in New York. He is responsible for views pertaining to global energy markets including macro supply and demand fundamentals. He was formerly in a similar capacity at CIBC World Markets where he was part of a team that was previously voted most accurate forecaster of WTI oil prices by Bloomberg. Prior to that, he worked on the energy sales and trading desk at CIBC in Calgary and UBS in London. He has also held various roles at BP and has experience in energy investment banking.

Mr. Tran’s energy views are frequently quoted in media outlets like the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Business Insider, Bloomberg and Reuters. He also routinely appears on television networks like BNN and Bloomberg. Mr. Tran is a frequent advisor to the Alberta government on energy policy and budgeting. He is also a former co-chair of the Commodities committee for New York Energy Week. He graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Economics.

Kerry Fraser

(Wednesday September 20 Breakfast Keynote Speaker)(1 Re-certification Credit)

For over 30 years Kerry Fraser called the shots as the best referee in the NHL.
The all-time leader of games officiated by a Referee in the National Hockey League, Kerry refereed 261 Stanley Cup Playoff Games, including 12 Stanley Cup Finals. He officiated the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, two All-Star Games and the 2010 NHL Winter Classic….Continue reading

Stephen Harper

(Wednesday September 20 Lunch Keynote Speaker)(1 Re-certification Credit)

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper served as Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister from 2006 to 2015, the longest-serving Conservative Leader to hold this office since Canada’s founding Prime Minister in 1891. Prime Minister Harper created the modern Conservative Party of Canada and won three successive national elections, in 2006, 2008, and 2011. A strong advocate for free trade and open markets, Prime Minister Harper led a government that focused on pragmatic, growth-oriented economic policies and results-driven social policy. Under his leadership, Canada reduced federal taxes to their lowest level in 50 years, created 1.3 million new jobs, balanced the budget while making critical investments in health care and infrastructure, attracted new investment and fostered innovation..Continue Reading


Breakout Sessions

ARO and JV Partners – When the Party’s Over
Presented by: Paul Negenman and William Laurin

(Tuesday September 19 9:45am – 11:45am)(2 Re-certification Credits)

William Laurin and Paul Negenman will explore the topic of Asset Retirement Obligations (ARO) from cradle to grave, with emphasis on the (rather limited) ability of licensees and operators to recover ARO expenses from co-owners.

Presenter – Paul Negenman:
Paul advises clients on drafting and negotiating agreements for the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas assets (A&D), drafting and negotiating joint venture, partnership and joint operating agreements for the operation of oil and gas assets and due diligence and title opinion preparation in relation to A&D. Paul’s practice is focused exclusively on oil and gas matters. The significant concentration of Paul’s oil and gas focused practice, allows him to provide his clients with timely, detailed and thoughtful assistance in energy matters.
He also provides advice relating to day to day disputes and issues with joint venture participants and royalty owners of oil and gas properties, due diligence and preparation of closing documentation in relation to A&D, and historical title review and drilling opinion preparation relating to freehold lands.
Prior to joining Lawson Lundell, Paul was a founding partner of EnerLAW LLP in 2006, a Calgary-based law firm focusing primarily on the energy industry. Previous to that, Paul was with Thackray Burgess (now McMillan LLP).

Presenter – William Laurin:
Senior energy and natural resource professional with three decades of industry, private legal practice and general counsel experience focused on: complex oil, gas and coal transactions and joint ventures; regulatory compliance and environmental liability management; fee mineral leasing and royalty projects; and natural resource and service partnerships with indigenous communities.

What Will Be Unconventional Next?
Presented by: Panel Members – Mark Lenko, Robert Flowerday, 2 more TBD

(Tuesday September 19 9:45am – 11:45am)(2 Re-certification Credits)

A panel of industries finest will provide insight as to what reservoirs we can expect to be targeted next using existing techniques and discuss emerging technologies to unlock new potential.

Presenter – Mark Lenko:
Mr. Mark Lenko is a Professional Engineer with over 25 years varied engineering, operational and executive experience in the Canadian energy industry. Mr. Lenko is the Managing Director and Engineering Director at Canadian Discovery Ltd. At CDL his responsibilities include management of the Intelligence Division and its publications and products, overall direction of engineering and analytics projects and co-supervision of Strategic Services consulting. He began his career with Amoco Canada. He has worked as an executive or manager at ENCO Gas, Manhattan Resources, Rising Tide Oil and Gas and Paramount Energy Trust. He holds a B.Sc. (Petroleum Engineering) from the University of Alberta, a B.A. (Economics) and an M.Ec. (Economics) from the University of Calgary. He is a member of APEGA and SPE.

Indigenous Relations: Historical, Legal and its Current State
Presented by: Greg Brady, John Olynyk and Bee Schadeck

(Tuesday September 19 9:45am – 11:45am)(2 Re-certification Credits)

This session will cover the history of indigenous people, treaties, residential school, UNDRIP and more, followed by a review of the legal framework, key court cases, current trends and a look forward, concluded with an overview of consultation, trends, and considerations moving forward followed by a question, answer and discussion with the presenters.

Presenter – Greg Brady:
Greg is responsible for managing and facilitating Devon’s policies and relationships with Aboriginal communities across Devon’s Canadian operations. Over the span of his 25 + -year career with Devon and it predecessor companies, Greg has held leadership positions encompassing a wide range of oil and gas functions. Greg has focused half of his career on working with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal governments, organizations, and communities, across multiple local, regional, provincial and federal jurisdictions. He was given the name “Wapis”kaw ayapit” and made “honorary Chief” of the Kehewin Cree Nation for his work related to business development and community support. Greg recently completed a secondment position as Manager, Aboriginal Relations for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) where he received the president’s award for his contribution to the association.

Presenter – John Olynyk:
John is a member of the firm’s Aboriginal, Environmental, and Project Development practice groups. His practice includes advising private sector and government clients throughout Canada on Aboriginal, environmental, regulatory and natural resources matters. John advises oil sands developers, conventional oil and gas companies, railways, mining companies, utilities and other resource developers on environmental regulatory matters and on Aboriginal law matters, including Aboriginal consultation issues and negotiation of cooperation protocols and impact benefit agreements related to natural resource project development.

Presenter – Bee Calliou Schadeck:
Bee Calliou Schadeck was born on September 12, 1946, near Lake Wabamun in central Alberta. Her mother’s first language was Cree and her father has Iroquois roots. She is a member of the Michel Cree Nation, Treaty #6, Alberta.
Bee received a diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1966. Since then she has worked over 30 years in the corporate world, the last 22 years in Aboriginal Relations, most recently with Devon Canada.
Bee has had the opportunity to act as a speaker and facilitator at conferences, universities and various schools and school boards. Industry clients include Enbridge, ConocoPhillips, Tervita, Progress, MEG, Fortis, Black Diamond and Alberta Energy Regulator. International highlights include participating at a Worldwide Diversity Conference delegation, Chicago 1995, presenting at the 8th International Conference on Thinking through the University of Alberta, July 1999 and more recently at the national conference of the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers, Montreal 2016.
Her consulting company Center of the Sky Inc. educates and advises on Aboriginal history and current events, supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action.

Does Your Team Have What It Takes? Newco Then vs. Now
Presented by: Paul Colborne, Private Equity Panelist TBA, Investment Banking Panelist TBA

(Tuesday September 19 2:00pm – 4:00pm)(2 Re-certification Credits)

Industry experts in initially capitalizing and managing successful oil and gas companies from both the executive management side and the financial markets side, will come together in this riveting panel discussion. Together, they will explore the nuances both sides face when looking at starting up an oil and gas company, along with how the landscape has changed from a few years ago and what it takes to make it in today’s marketplace.

Presenter – Paul Colborne:
President and CEO of Surge Energy Inc. He is also the President of StarValley Oil and Gas Ltd., a private, Calgary-based oil and gas company founded in November 2005. Mr. Colborne currently serves on the Board of Directors of Rising Star Resources Ltd. and Red River Oil Inc., two private oil and gas companies. In 1993, after nine years practicing securities, banking and oil and gas law, Mr. Colborne directed his focus to the oil and gas industry and founded an oil and gas company called, Startech Energy Ltd., a publicly traded company, which grew to a 15,000 boe/d. Eight years later in 2001, Startech was acquired by ARC Energy Trust for more than C$500 million. From September 2003 to January 2005, Mr. Colborne was the President and CEO of StarPoint Energy Trust, a 36,000 boe/d publicly traded energy trust. From 1996 to May of 2013, Mr. Colborne was on the Board of Crescent Point Energy, a 165,000 boe/d, publicly traded, dividend paying oil and gas company. Until its sale in July of 2009, Mr. Colborne served as Chairman of TriStar Oil & Gas Ltd. He was also a Director for Westfire Energy Ltd., Twin Butte Energy Ltd., Cequence Energy, and Chairman of Seaview Energy Ltd. until its sale in December of 2009, he also served as a Director of Breaker Energy. Mr. Colborne was also Chairman and a Director of Mission Oil and Gas Inc. until its sale in February 2007. In May of 2014, Paul stepped down from the Board of Legacy Oil + Gas. In June of 2014, Paul completed his term as Chairman of a private company called New Star Energy, and stepped down as a Director.

Recent Developments In Surface Rights & Regulatory Matters
Presented by: Blake WIlliams, Lars Olthafer, Rob Telford, Keith Wilson, Daryl Bennett, Daron Naffin & Michael Niven

(Tuesday September 19 2:00pm – 4:00pm)(2 Re-certification Credits)

This panel discussion shall be led by some of the industry’s leading experts to explore some of the hottest and current Surface Rights and Regulatory issues here in Western Canada.

Presenter – Blake Williams:
Blake advises energy companies on regulatory, environmental and Aboriginal matters. He has regulatory, environmental and Aboriginal experience in relation to provincially and federally regulated energy developments throughout Canada including pipelines, oil sands operations, renewable energy projects, LNG facilities, storage facilities, rail facilities, power plants and utility infrastructure. Blake has represented clients in proceedings and matters before the Alberta Energy Regulator (formerly, the Energy Resources Conservation Board), Alberta Utilities Commission, Alberta Environmental Appeals Board, Alberta Surface Rights Board, Alberta’s Métis Settlements Appeal Tribunal and the National Energy Board. He has further significant experience advising clients on matters related to various additional regulatory agencies, including the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission and the British Columbia Surface Rights Board. In addition, Blake has represented clients before the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and the Alberta Court of Appeal. Blake also regularly advises clients concerning spills, contaminated sites, and chemical and other regulatory compliance issues.

Presenter – Lars Olthafer:
Lars advises and represents upstream oil and gas producers, pipeline companies, and electrical generation and transmission companies on regulatory and environmental compliance and approval processes, public and aboriginal consultation, and land rights acquisition and compensation, in the context of both provincially and federally regulated projects, including northern and offshore developments. Lars regularly appears before energy boards and other regulating bodies in Alberta and B.C., as well as the National Energy Board and the National Energy Board Act Pipeline Arbitration Committee. He has also appeared before the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Alberta Court of Appeal, and the Federal Court of Canada.
Lars has worked as an engineer with a major Canadian pipeline company and has completed terms with the Canada Oil and Gas Lands Administration and with a major oil and gas company in relation to frontier exploration, reservoir exploitation, oil sands development, research and development, and natural gas new ventures.

Presenter – Rob Telford:
Mr Telford graduated from the University of Alberta in 1985, became licensed realtor and Land Agent in 1988, and a member of the Institute Appraisal Institute in 1989. During this time, his main area of practice has been Agricultural, Commercial, Oil and Gas properties, and Land and Appraisal Litigation support, as both an Appraiser and a Landman.
He has been qualified as an expert in Land, First Nations Traditional Loss, Appraisal, Planning and numerous Compensation matters in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, The Energy Resources Conservation Board, Albert Energy Regulator, Alberta Utilities Commission, The National Resources Conservation Board, Metis Settlement Appeal Tribunal, The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, The Alberta Land Compensation Board, Surface Rights Boards of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Geographic Areas included the Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, and the States of North Dakota, Colorado, Idaho and Montana.
He has been actively involved with many associations, institutions, educational institutions and government boards including the Alberta Association of the Appraisal Institute, Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (Serving as President in 2008), American Association of Professional Landmen (Director 2008-2010), International Right-of-Way Association, University of Alberta, Olds College, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Mount Royal University, Municipal Government Board and the Real Estate Council of Alberta (Serving as Chair in 2012). He is currently the President of McNally Land Services Ltd.

Presenter – Keith Wilson:
Keith Wilson is a St. Albert-based lawyer who specializes in representing clients on legal matters regarding property rights, land use, environmental and oil and gas law. In over 20 years of private practice, Keith has represented clients in a wide range of cases including appearances before the Alberta Court of Appeal, Court of Queen’s Bench, Alberta Surface Rights Board, the Alberta Energy Regulator, Alberta Utilities Commission, Environmental Appeals Board, Natural Resources Conservation Board, and municipal boards among others. In addition to working with individual and corporate clients, Keith is a frequent speaker at legal and industry conferences and often interviewed by the news media on highprofile cases. In 2011, his efforts were recognized by the Alberta Venture Magazine which named him as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people. Keith is also an early adopter of new technology including law office automation and is the founder of SmartDrones which makes innovative aerial evidence acquisition technology available to lawyers. As a lawyer and advocate for the people of Alberta, Keith has interacted with many resource industry sectors and has seen how these sectors have impacted people on the land. Keith will share his thoughts about these resource uses, their impacts and suggest key considerations for industries, people on the land and governments.

Presenter – Daron Naffin:
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 all aspects of energy facility applications. He is also involved in environmental matters concerned with contaminated sites and Alberta power projects. Daron appears before the Supreme Court of Canada, all levels of the Alberta courts, the Alberta Energy Regulator (formerly, the Energy Resources Conservation Board), the Environmental Appeals Board, the Surface Rights Board, the Land Compensation Board, the Natural Resources Conservation Board, the BC Surface Rights Board, the National Energy Board and various municipal and expropriation 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 Hearing Panel Roster for the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) Daron’s experience includes appearances before the Alberta Alberta Energy Regulator, the Surface Rights Board, the Natural Resources Conservation Board, the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board, Alberta Environment, municipal boards, all levels of Alberta courts and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Presented by: TBD

(Tuesday September 19 2:00pm – 4:00pm)(2 Re-certification Credits)

Activism vs. Industry
Presented by:Panel Members – Brett Marklund, John Larsen, Grant Critchley and Moderator Bill McAuley

(Wednesday September 20 9:45am – 11:45am)(2 Re-certification Credits)

This panel discussion will be put on by leading experts regarding industry’s response to activist campaigns, as well as the impact of activism on our industry. Together they will discuss ways to prepare and implement strategies to deal with various activist movements your company might face in its operations.

Presenter – Brett Marklund:
Brett Marklund is the Security Advisor for the Canadian Business Unit of Chevron. Brett joined the Calgary Police Service as a sworn member in 1980 and served in a variety of operational, investigative and administrative positions of the course of his 30-year career. In addition to patrol duties he spent several years as a dog handler, was a trained executive protection operator, a hostage negotiator and a certified level 2 Tactical Incident and Emergency Management commander. Brett retired in 2010 to accept the ‘Security and Emergency Management Coordinator’ position at the Southern Alberta
Institute of Technology (SAIT). What was supposed to be his “retirement job” proved to be too much “retirement” and not enough “job”. This led Brett to the oil and gas industry, first as the Canadian Security Manager for Apache Canada followed by similar roles with the Kitimat LNG and Pacific Trail Pipeline projects and to his current position with Chevron.

Presenter – John Larsen:
John Larsen is General Manager of the Calgary Office and Executive Vice-President & National Practice Lead (Crisis & Reputation Risk) for Edelman Canada. With more than 25 years of expertise, John has held leadership positions at PR agencies, within government, and in the corporate sector. He was the founder of Corpen Group Inc., Canada’s largest independent critical communications firm. John has managed political campaigns, taught at four Canadian colleges and universities and has also served 31 years as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. He holds a master’s in communications, is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command & Staff College, and has completed executive education in leadership at Harvard University. He is a recipient of the International Association of Business Communications (IABC) ‘Master Communicator’ Award – the highest honour in the public relations industry – and in 2014 he was designated as a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).

Presenter – Grant Critchley:
Welund North America Ltd.

Presenter – Bill McAuley:
Bill McAuley, MMM, CD, B.Sc., MSS is the Manager of the Alberta Security and Strategic Intelligence Support Team (ASSIST). Combined with strong multidisciplinary academic credentials, Bill has 22+ years of experience in military and government roles. Bill has extensive operational experience leading intelligence collection activities in Afghanistan and executing physical protection projects in Bosnia Herzegovina. Invested as a Member of the Order of Military Merit (MMM) in 2010, Bill has also received multiple military commendations for his contributions to Canadian intelligence operations overseas. As a senior inspector with Natural Resources Canada from 2005-2013, Bill was responsible for the management of federal explosives safety and national security programs throughout western Canada. In addition to his currently responsibilities with ASSIST, Bill is in the final stage of completing a PhD in Strategic Studies.

Joint Venture Partner Insolvency – Risks and Opportunities
Presented by: Tim Richardson

(Wednesday September 20 9:45am – 11:45am)(2 Re-certification Credits)

This session will arm Landmen with the required knowledge base to understand the various structures of insolvency and/or restructuring their “at-risk” joint venture partners could take, along with an understanding of the associated proceedings, how to protect their own company before, during and after the proceedings and how to effectively harvest opportunities from insolvency situations.

Presenter – Tim Richardson:
Tim Richardson has over 17 years’ of legal and commercial experience in the energy sector, including significant time spent in senior legal roles in industry, most recently as Nexen’s Sr. Counsel for Canadian Oil and Gas where he worked closely with the Land and JV groups. His practice focuses on complex commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, purchases and sales of businesses and operating assets and forward commodity purchase, processing and transportation commitments. He has also handled or managed complex litigation and arbitration of a broad range of oil and gas, energy marketing, construction transaction and energy service issues. Mr. Richardson has acted as counsel to various oil and gas and resources companies in the acquisition, development, operation and sale of assets, projects and businesses and has negotiated numerous agreements for the construction and operation of gas plants, ammonia and urea plants, pipelines and other infrastructure in Canada and the United States.
In the energy marketing, transportation and trading area, Mr. Richardson has negotiated the full range of shipper agreements, PEAs, product agreements, industry standard trading contracts, procurement contracts, RFP processes, purchases and sales of forward trading books, processing agreements, operating agreements and related documentation.

Bridging the Gap – China and Canada
Presented by: James Pasieka

(Wednesday September 20 9:45am – 11:45am)(2 Re-certification Credits)

This session will center around foreign investment into Canada, specifically from China. Using insight from his considerable past dealings with the Chinese, Mr. Pasieka will discuss elements in structuring a Chinese inbound deal, including the potential risks, challenges and opportunities that both sides could expect to encounter. Mr Pasieka will offer several practical ideas in putting together and closing these kinds of deals.

Presenter – James Pasieka
James Pasieka is a partner at McCarthy Tetrault in their Business Law Group in Calgary. His practice is focused on corporate and commercial law, in all segments of the energy sector and corporate finance, including early-stage and venture capital financing and mergers and acquisitions.
James has previously been featured in “The Dealmakers” edition of Alberta Venture magazine as one of the top seven M&A lawyers in Canada’s Oil and Gas Sector. In 2014, the publication also recognized him as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People. He was the only practicing lawyer named in the group of Alberta’s 50 most influential people.
James has provided legal advice on all facets of the energy business, having negotiated and closed transactions on six continents. James is recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in the area of corporate mid-market and in Best Lawyers in Canada as one of Canada’s leading natural resources lawyers.
Previously, James was a business executive and general counsel with several large oil and gas companies. He also taught law in Calgary and international petroleum law in China. He received his BA (with distinction) and his LLB from the University of Manitoba. He is a member of the bars of Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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