Opening Keynote Discussion
September 21, 2020
Mac Van Wielingen, founder and partner, ARC Financial and Timothy Egan, CEO of the Canadian Gas Association. The role of natural gas and the energy industry in a post-Covid world.
Environmental, Social and Governance Issues
September 21, 2020
As investors and the public become increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of fossil fuel production and consumption, it is becoming increasingly difficult for natural gas – the cleanest of the fossil fuels – to gain public acceptance. This session will explore the current dynamics of earning that acceptance, and driving a narrative that highlights the contribution of natural gas to climate goals and ending energy poverty.
Moderator: Bryan Cox, CEO, Canadian LNG Alliance.
Cody Battershill, founder, canadaaction.ca;
Susannah Pierce, director, external relations, LNG Canada;
Mike Cleland, senior fellow, Positive Energy;
Chris Severson-Baker, Alberta director, Pembina Institute.
Market Access Issues
September 28, 2020
There was a time when the gas business in western Canada was “easy”: explore for it, drill for it, produce it, and sell it to the US. Since the shale gale blew through North America, however, much has changed: western Canadian producers have discovered a vast new resource. New drilling and completion technologies allow them to produce this new resource. But infrastructure has been slow to respond to this new resource, and western Canada is now at the wrong end of a very long value chain, and its producers are forced to accept low prices to sell their gas into saturated North American markets. This session will discuss how to enhance access to new and emerging markets, both in North America and abroad. Moderator: Dale Lunan, Natural Gas World.
Tracy Robinson, EVP Canadian gas pipelines, TC Energy;
Dale Nally, associate minister, natural gas, Government of Alberta;
Hal Kvisle, Alberta Natural Gas Advisory Panel;
Dale Friesen, Sr VP, ATCO.
Shale Gas Running Room
September 30, 2020
The Montney, straddling the border between northeastern BC and northwestern Alberta, has established itself as one of the premier shale gas resources in North America, rivaling such great basins as the Permian and the Appalachian in the US. But western Canada has much more to offer, from emerging liquids-rich plays in the Duvernay to established and growing plays in the Deep Basin. This session will draw on some of Canada’s top shale gas developers to discuss just what the potential might be.
Moderator: Dulles Wang, research director, Wood Mackenzie.
Darren Gee, CEO, Peyto Exploration & Development;
Dan Allan, CEO, Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources;
Brad Hayes, president, Petrel Robertson;
Jeff Tonken, CEO, Birchcliff Energy.
October 5, 2020
Fugitive methane emissions are being targeted as a major contributor to climate change. Canada is a global leader in methane emission monitoring and mitigation, and is on pace to achieve a 45% reduction by 2025, meeting federal requirements. This session will discuss what is being done to minimize the emissions of methane, the gas industry’s most valuable commodity.
Moderator: Jackson Hegland, Executive Director of the Methane Emissions Leadership Alliance.
Larry Frederick, Senior Technical Advisor, Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada;
Wayne Hillier, Modern West Advisory;
Gerald Palanca, AER;
Mel Ydreos, Founder, EnergyVantage.
October 8, 2020
LNG Canada, Coastal GasLink and Woodfibre LNG have set a high bar for bringing Canada’s First Nations into their projects as valuable partners and overseers. But much remains to be done to bring true economic and social reconciliation to First Nations across Canada. Resource development offers a path to reconciliation; what does that path look like, where does it start and where does it end?
Moderator: Anne Harding, founder, Forum Community Relations.
Crystal Smith, chief councillor, Haisla Nation Council;
Alicia Dubois, CEO, Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation;
Deanna Burgart, founder, Indigenous Engineering Inclusion;
Stephen Buffalo, CEO, Indian Resource Council;
Clifford White, Board Member, First Nations LNG Alliance.
Tapping Emerging Markets
October 14, 2020
With traditional markets in the US dwindling, Canadian producers must tap new pockets of demand to find a home for their commodity: coal-to-gas power conversion, petrochemicals, CNG and LNG for transport and remote power fuel. At the same time, forces across North America are seeking to block natural gas from new residential and commercial point-demand markets. Without putting all their eggs in the LNG basket, how can Canada’s producers take advantage of new market opportunities?
Moderator: Richard Laszlo, CEO, Laszlo Energy Services.
Evan Bahry, executive director, IPPSA;
Bruce Winchester, executive director, CNGVA;
Blaire Lancaster, VP business development, Ferus Natural Gas Fuels;
Tonja Leach, executive director, QUEST Canada.
October 21, 2020
LNG Canada and Woodfibre LNG represent Canada’s vanguard on the international LNG stage, but more is yet to come. From ISO shipments out of Vancouver to world-scale projects on the drawing board in Quebec and Nova Scotia, Canada has the potential to play a leading role delivering the world’s cleanest LNG to global markets. What needs to be done to make sure that potential is reached?
Moderator: Cameron Gingrich, Managing Partner, Incorrys.
Allan Fogwill, CEO, Canadian Energy Research Institute;
Menzie McEachern, director mineral and petroleum resources, GNWT;
Alfred Sorensen, CEO, Pieridae Energy;
Doug Stout, FortisBC.
Federal Regulatory Structure
October 26, 2020
Over the past 50 years, Canada has developed a robust regulatory framework within which its abundant resource endowments could be reviewed, approved and monitored, away from meddlesome political and commercial interests. Recently, that framework has been shaken, and new regulatory constructs threaten the future of major energy developments and the ability of Canadian producers to reach international markets. Is Canada’s regulatory framework broken? And how can it be fixed?
Moderator: Sander Duncanson, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt.
Marla Orenstein, Canada West Foundation;
Chris Bloomer, CEO, Canadian Energy Pipelines Association;
Shannon Joseph, VP Government Relations, CAPP.
October 28, 2020
The Canadian Gas Association, through its Natural Gas Innovation Fund, is driving the search for new and cleaner ways to produce and consume natural gas. From micro-scale LNG to basement carbon capture, what’s out there and who’s making it happen?
Moderator: John Adams, director, Natural Gas Innovation Fund.
Jonathan Bryan, president, Patro Research;
Ian Gates, director, Global Research Initiative, University of Calgary;
Vanessa White, Alberta Innovates;
Scott Volk, Tourmaline Oil.