On January 22nd and 23rd, the eighth annual Oil & Gas Speaker Series Conference will be held on Queen's University campus. This two day conference hosts speakers, recruiters and Queen's alumni from across the world, sharing their experience, insight and knowledge of the oil & gas industry.
We bring you representatives from the technical, financial, environmental and regulatory fields of the industry and we are looking for a broad variety of delegates from all aspects of commerce, engineering and science.
Delegates are granted:
* An overview of the industry from exploration through consumption
* Networking opportunities and a personal perspective on the challenges and successes of the industry
* The chance to broaden their understanding and perspective of the industry
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Last year's conference from the perspective of delegates.
Of all survey respondents:
said they learned about new opportunities in the industry.
said their opinion of the industry stayed the same or improved.
said it was fun!
The Oil & Gas Speaker Series brings out extremely high quality speakers, many returning for several years. As well, many companies choose to send their human resources teams who will be available for networking.
Below you may find speakers and the program from last year's conference:2015 Conference Program
Senior VP Resource Management, MEG Energy
Jamey is the Senior Vice President –Christina Lake and Special Projects at MEG Energy. Jamey started with MEG in 2010 as the Vice President, Special Projects and was promoted to his current role in 2011. Prior to joining MEG, he served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Oilsands Quest Inc., Vice President, Resource Development for OPTI Canada Inc. and Vice President at TD Securities. Jamey has an additional 14 years of experience in the oil sands and heavy oil industry with Esso Resources, Elan Energy and Ranger Oil. Jamey holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering) from Queen’s University, the designation of Professional Engineer and an MBA from the University of Calgary.
Senior Advisor & Director, ARC Financial
Chris provides leadership support for the ARC executive team in the areas of strategy and risk management, as well as investment decision-making. He brings over 30 years of operating experience covering all facets of the Canadian upstream oil and gas industry. Chris is a member of ARC’s Investment and Strategy committees. He currently represents ARC on the board of Longshore Resources Ltd.
Prior to joining ARC in February 2015, Chris was President of Devon Canada Corp., a 200,000 bbl/d company with diverse assets in the WCSB for 10 years. His experience also includes working for a large multi-national, both domestically and internationally, and a junior Calgary based exploration and acquisition company.He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering (1982) from Queen’s University and is a professional engineer registered in Alberta.He was a former Chairman of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and a member of the Oilsands CEO Council, as well as chairing numerous other committees.He is a current director and past Chair of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, and a former director of the United Way of Calgary and Area and former Co-Chair of the Calgary United Way campaign.
Consultant, ARC Resources
David Sask holds a B.Sc. in chemical engineering from Queen’s University and has over 35 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry. Mr. Sask started his career with Schlumberger on the service side of the industry but has also worked for several producing companies. More recently he worked as a Production Engineering Advisor for Encana Corporation for over 10 years, leading the production optimization of horizontal tight gas and oil wells. This included developing artificial lift strategies and technology for those wells. He currently consults on artificial lift projects for ARC Resources in Calgary.
Mr. Sask was actively involved in research projects both internally and externally to Encana. This included being a member of the steering committee for the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada Gas Well Pump Consortium and currently for the Tulsa University Horizontal Well Artificial Lift Project. He has taught the Horizontal Well Course at the Artificial Lift R&D Council (ALRDC) Gas Well Workshop since the course was inaugurated in 2012. In 2014 he was awarded the SPE Canadian Regional Award for production and operations.
Mr. Sask also ventured into the entrepreneurial world by starting a technology company that developeda down hole measurement and control system for well evaluation and stimulation. He also has extensive experience in the development of completion, well testing and subsea technology including 10 patents in those areas. Mr. Sask has published numerous industry technical papers during his career.
Solution Design & Modeling Manager, Schlumberger
Andreas Cordsen graduated with an MSc (Geology) from Queen’s University in 1976. He has over thirty years of global industry experience and has become a specialist in applying innovative 3D seismic survey design and interpretation approaches to solving exploration and development problems for oil and gas companies around the world. In that capacity, he has played a key role in the discovery of several significant oil and gas pools over many years. While being President and CEO of Geophysical Exploration & Development Corporation (GEDCO), a provider of geophysical software solutions like OMNI 3D (for 3D design) and VISTA (for seismic data processing), he built this company up to the sale to Schlumberger Canada Limited in 2012. Mr. Cordsen is now the Manager for Solution Design & Modeling at Schlumberger. He is a member of SEG, CSEG, EAGE, and APEGGA.
Executive Director, Queen's University (Earth and Energy Resources Leadership)
Ione Taylor began her career in the petroleum industry, working as an operations geologist on drilling wells in the Gulf of Mexico. She spent 15 years in the petroleum industry focused on domestic and international hydrocarbon exploration, holding multiple scientific and technical positions at Amoco Production Company and British Petroleum. Ione eventually moved into senior leadership positions including R&D Director of Worldwide Technology Applications, Vice President of Overseas Exploration, and Upstream Technology Group Lead for Worldwide Reservoir Description. She subsequently entered US Federal government service with the US Geological Survey (USGS) in Department of the Interior, with positions focused on energy and mineral resource security for the Nation, interdisciplinary environmental science, and application of satellite remote sensing for earth observation. Most recently, as USGS Associate Director for Energy and Minerals, and Environmental Health, Ione served as the Senior Federal Executive responsible for oversight of geological research and assessment programs for energy and mineral resources and economics to inform natural resource management.In 2014, Ione joined Queen’s University as Executive Director, Earth and Energy Resources Leadership. She is responsible for developing a graduate level professional program that integrates geosciences, engineering, economics, legal, societal, and policy concepts into a curriculum to develop the next generation of enterprise leaders for the natural resource sector. Ione holds a BS degree in Chemistry and MS and PhD degrees in Geology; is a graduate of Thunderbird School of Global Management, and holds an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Executive VP Operations, Alberta Energy Regulator
Kirk Bailey joined the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) Executive Leadership Team in 2013 as the executive vice president of operations. Before joining the AER, he was president of Kushog Consulting and senior independent advisor for Deloitte and Brion Energy. Kirk is a former member of Suncor Energy's executive team, where he held a variety of senior executive leadership positions in refining and upstream resource development. He led the creation of Suncor's Oil Sands Ventures business unit responsible for Suncor's interest in $20 billion of oil sands joint venture projects. Kirk is also a former board member of Syncrude Canada.
As executive vice president of Suncor's Oil Sands business unit, Kirk led changes that established new records for safety and environmental performance while simultaneously achieving best-ever production performance. Kirk's career included a number of assignments in Suncor's downstream business, including vice president of the Suncor Sarnia Refinery. An active contributor to industry associations and community organizations, Kirk was chair of the Oil Sands Safety Association board of directors and a member of the Alberta Chamber of Resources board of directors and executive committee. Kirk is also past chair of the Family Counselling Centre in Sarnia and a parent volunteer with the Fort McMurray Competitive Ski Society and Mount Allen Ski Team. Kirk is a volunteer fundraiser for the Calgary Health Trust. Kirk is a graduate of McMaster University's chemical engineeringprogram (B.Eng. '87, M.Eng. '91).
Process Engineer, Fluor
Andrew Fraser graduated from Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University in 2012 and is currently pursuing a part time Masters of Chemical / Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary. While at Queen’s, Andrew complimented his academic studies with a variety of extracurricular activities such as the Tea Room, Engineering and Applied Science Open Houses and Queen’s Musical Theatre. Since graduating, Andrew has been working as a Process Engineer with Fluor in the areas of unconventional oil and refining including projects such as: a high level study to identify pinch points in a mine’s utility system, a study on the potential installation of a steam turbine and capital sustainability projects at a local refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick Currently, Andrew is a part of a projects team designing a propane dehydrogenation plant which will be situated north of Edmonton.
Water & Air Solutions Engineer, Suncor Energy
Mark Knight works at Suncor Energy in the Sustainability department. As part of the Environmental Excellence and Climate Change group, he is responsible for providing insight to environmental opportunities & risks, developing short term strategies and implementing long term solutions in order to improve the sustainability of Suncor's Downstream operations. Mark has published and presented papers at a number of conferences on various environmental and sustainability topics including industrial water treatment, refinery operations, the water-energy nexus, the triple bottom line and refinery wastewater treatment. Mark has a Bachelor's of Science in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Option with a Professional Internship from Queen's University. He also has a Master's in Environmental Applied Science and Management from Ryerson University. Mark is also registered as a Professional Engineer in Ontario, is the industrial wastewater representative on the Wastewater Treatment & Technology (WWT&T) Committee for the Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO), and is a member of the International Water Association (IWA).
Business Management & Energy Industry Consultant
Tom Sawyer is a business management and energy industry consultant. He has over 27 years’ experience in oil and gas technical services and specialty chemicals. His background includes over 11 years with Greene's Energy Group of Houston, Texas where held several executive management positions including Vice President of Pipeline, Chemical and Water Treatment Services, VP International Business, VP Marketing and Sales, and VP Pipeline Services. Prior to joining Greene’s, Mr. Sawyer was the Chief Executive Officer of Baseline Technologies (now Baker Hughes), a pipeline integrity management, consulting, and software company, based in Calgary, Edmonton and Houston. Before leading Baseline, he was the Vice President of Sales for General Electric's Pipeline Solutions group providing pipeline In-Line-Inspection (ILI) and integrity management services. Mr. Sawyer also worked four years with BJ Services (now Baker Hughes) as the global manager of marketing and sales for Pipeline Inspection Services based in Calgary, Alberta. . Before joining BJ in 1994 he spent six years with TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. where he held various technical marketing positions in their specialty chemicals division (Cancarb Ltd.), which served a very broad range of industries throughout the world (over 30 countries). With experience in executive and general management, engineering, technical sales, and marketing, he offers a broad range of industrial knowledge combined with international business development and leadership. In the past he has been active in pipeline integrity management, including the provision of expert testimony at the National Transportation Safety Board’s Pipeline Safety Hearings in Washington, D.C. He has authored, co-authored and presented trade journal articles, and conference papers and has conducted pipeline technical training seminars and tutorials for organizations such as NACE, ASME, and SGA. Mr. Sawyer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada (1988). He has been a registered professional engineer (Alberta, Canada, 1994-2003), and is a member of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers), and the ACS (American Chemical Society).
Senior Vice President, RS Energy Group
Ian joined RSEG in 2012 and specializes in the research and analysis of offshore and international plays (both conventional and unconventional) and the companies pursuing those opportunities. Prior to joining RSEG, he spent four years at Canadian Natural Resources in a variety of field, reservoir, and development engineering roles. Ian holds degrees in Engineering Physics and Applied Economics from Queen’s University and an MBA from IESE Business School.
Assistant Vice President, RS Energy Group
Dane joined RSEG in 2014. His previous work experience includes positions at GLJ Petroleum Consultants and Encana Corporation. Dane deepens RSEG’s group of technical and financial specialists by contributing to company valuations and play modeling. Dane graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in geological engineering and has passed Level I of the CFA Program.
Project Manager, ConocoPhillips
Marie Mislan graduated in 1978 from Queen’s University with a degree in Engineering Chemistry and in 2001 from University of Calgary with an Executive MBA. Marie is first generation Canadian and was the first in her family to obtain a formal education. Marie has worked for a number of different companies, and has spent the last 14 years at ConocoPhillips. She started her career as a process design engineer, followed by a plant engineer at a gas plant and then at a refinery. She became a supervisor in 1990 and since then has held various technical and commercial Manager roles. Most of her career has been spent as a Project Manager, responsible for the design, procurement and construction of oil and gas facilities. Marie and her engineering husband have three adult children, who are all engineers! She has four beautiful and rambunctious grandchildren that keep her young at heart. Marie believes strongly in sustainable development and has achieved this in her projects by balancing five factors: safety, technical excellence, economic feasibility, environmental impact and community input.
Maintenance Manager, Shell
Teresa Waddington graduated in 2004 from Queen’s University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. She immediately began working at Shell, where she has held positions in Operations, Project Engineering, Commercial negotiations, and Front End Development. Most recently, she has stepped into a leadership role as the Maintenance Manager for the Froth Unit at Shell’s Oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray. Teresa has three fun kids, and an incredible husband who has been a constant source of support and strength as both have built their careers, families, and themselves. Teresa aspires to promote ethical energy availability and environmental advocacy through her career.
Delegates will be working together in interdisciplinary teams to complete a stimulating and exciting case pertaining to real life oil and gas challenges faced by professionals in the industry. This year we have put together a dual case competition. Delegates will select their preference in the application process.
This case involves making an acquisition decision between two assets. Your analysis will require an ethical, political, and environmental evaluation and involve basic financial analysis. This case requires minimal financial knowledge and is heavily focused on the qualitative analysis and how you present the results.
This case involves making an investment and development decision. You will be provided with a handful of technical documents as well as an easy to use financial model to conduct a quantitative analysis of the best project for your company. It will also involve providing a recommendation on the best course of financing given the project and company’s specifications. This case is more technically intensive but does not require a background in finance or oil and gas knowledge.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of our sponsors. We seek to engage delegates in engineering, commerce and science with our corporate partners and have a variety of conference events to pair with your sponsorship. Please contact a speaker coordinator to discuss available sponsorship opportunities.
Gold Sponsors - Shell and MEG Energy
Silver Sponsors - Suncor Energy and Devon Energy
Bronze Sponsor - Schlumberger
We look forward to seeing you in January!
Chemical Engineering, 5th Year
Seymour spent his last three summers at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) where he worked as a Facilities Engineering Student and a field/plant operating summer student on polymer flood EOR and heavy oil assets. Prior, he completed two summers with Saudi Aramco working on an NGL recovery project. Seymour hopes to develop his technical and financial Oil and Gas industry knowledge as an executive member of the committee and through chairing Queen’s Energy and Commodities Association.Seymour’s interests include volleyball, squash, tennis, and travelling.
Mechanical Engineering, 3rd Year
Mike spent his last two summers as a field operating summer student for CNRL, where he worked with natural gas and heavy oil assets in Hinton and Bonnyville, Alberta. He hopes to build on his industry experience this upcoming summer, and expand his skills as a member of the OGSS executive. Mike continually develops his understanding of oil and gas finance as an analyst on the Queens Energy and Commodities Association. Mike’s other interests include rugby, football, and hockey.
Advisor & Speaker Coordinator
Chemical Engineering, 4th Year
Theo grew up in Bedford, Nova Scotia, far from the Canadian oil patches. He enrolled in chemical engineering to pursue his passion for green energy and sustainable development. Theo hopes to apply his skills to improve the Canadian industry and make it an international leader in clean energy production. Theo worked in several project management roles over the past few summers, including managing his own business. Outside of the OGSS executive, Theo captained the Queen's Men's Squash team, DJ's at Clark Hall Pub, and enjoys frolicking with his 6 housemates.
Chemical Engineering, 3rd Year
Victoria spent the past summer modelling novel bitumen recovery techniques with an extra-heavy oil research team for Shell Canada. She plans to build on her petroleum engineering experience this coming summer, and to continue in the energy industry upon her 2017 graduation. Victoria loves to travel and has previously lived in Brunei, Syria, the US and Oman prior to moving to Calgary.
Chemical Engineering, 4th Year
Laura has worked in a variety of fields related to the oil and gas industry from environmental consulting to catalysts used in post-production activities. She has a keen interest in developing and applying her knowledge on the industry to the success of the conference and in her future career.
Chemical Engineering, 4th Year
Last winter, Natalie participated in a five-month exchange program to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she got to experience living in a new country and travel all through Europe. Upon returning to Canada in May, Natalie spent her summer working at Bereskin & Parr LLP, a well-established intellectual property law firm in Toronto. Natalie hopes to expand her knowledge on the Oil & Gas industry this year as a member of the executive committee.
Commerce, 4th Year
Nick spent the last summer in the M&A Transaction Services group at Deloitte in Toronto and will be returning upon graduation. While there he conducted due diligence for M&A deals across a variety of industries and completed a research report covering the global rail industry. Outside of OGSS, Nick is the Co-Chair of the Queen's Energy and Commodities Association and recently completed a semester abroad at the University of Western Australia.
Mechanical Engineering, 3rd Year
Lydia has worked at Murphy Oil Corporation and Shell Canada in both reservoir and completions engineering for natural gas and heavy oil in Alberta. Her personal passions include travelling and outdoor activities and she hopes to be involved in the Oil and Gas industry after graduation.
Geological Sciences, 4th Year
Hannah has worked two summer terms for Murphy Oil Corporation in both heavy oil and natural gas. While working for Murphy Oil Hannah has mapped and evaluated prospective target zones for the G&G teams. She hopes to continue expanding her knowledge on the industry and eventually pursue a career in the Oil and Gas industry upon graduation.
Chemical Engineering, 4th Year
Jack spent his childhood growing up in the oil haven that is Saudi Arabia. Since moving back to Canada, Jack has spent his summers in various director positions at a Summer Camp for kids in Muskoka. Jack hopes to expand his knowledge on the industry, specifically with regards to sustainable development, through his work with the committee. Outside of the OGSS executive, Jack bartends at Clark Hall Pub on campus.
Commerce, 4th Year
Shakeeb grew up in Oakville, Ontario where he attended Abbey Park High School and served as Student Government President and Valedictorian of his graduating class. Outside of OGSS, Shakeeb is an advisor to the Queen’s Energy and Commodities Association. He has worked in M&A on Lundin Mining’s corporate development team. Shakeeb is planning on completing an accelerated degree in statistics following commerce and completed a semester abroad at KEDGE University in Bordeaux, France.
Chemical Engineering, 3rd Year
Rigers grew up moving every two years across Europe and North America. He holds similarly diverse interests and is excited about opportunities for sustainable development in the Canadian oil and gas industry. He is currently involved in student government, a green design team and as a cheerleader with the Queen’s Bands. Previously, he has worked as a sales associate and a campus safe-walk service staff while currently he is a barista at a student managed zero-waste coffee shop.