Oil & Gas Speakers Series

Queen's University

January 27-28th


About

On January 27th and 28th, the ninth 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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Statistics

Last year's conference from the perspective of delegates.
Of all survey respondents:

87%

said they learned about new opportunities in the industry.

100%

said their opinion of the industry stayed the same or improved.

98%

said it was fun!

Speakers & Program

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.

We are pleased to announce the deep and diverse range of career experiences presented by this year's outstanding speakers:

2017 Conference Program
Speaker

Tim Thompson

Principal of Upstream Energy, Oliver Wyman

Tim Thompson leads Oliver Wyman’s Upstream Energy Practice in Calgary. With over 28 years combined industry and consulting experience, he has assisted developing various elements of the strategic agenda for clients spanning the entire energy value chain. His primary focus is North American Upstream producers. Tim is one of the firms leaders in developing Intellectual Capital and has co-led and/or directly led a number of recent articles and initiatives on behalf of the firm; Oil & Gas – What does the Future Hold ?, Shale 2.0, Furthering Productivity – Canadian Heavy operators, The Necessity for Changing the Nature of Operator Supplier relationship in Oil & Gas, Energy Recalibrated – Three Ways to Survive in the New Normal, et al Prior to Management Consulting, Tim has had an 11 year Midstream career, with functional focus on Engineering, Planning, Regulatory and ultimately P&L responsibility related to delivering Major Projects. More recently, Tim was the CEO of a wildcat upstream exploration firm seeking to develop Canada’s geothermal energy resources. Tim holds an MBA in Business Administration (Operations Specialty) from Queens University – Kingston (Summa Cum Laude), an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Dalhousie University , Halifax (Summa Cum Laude), and also an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics, from Queens University – Kingston.

Speaker

Chris Rousch

Head Of Commercial Development and Operations, Veresen Midstream

Chris began his career at Williams Energy and later at Provident Energy in Redwater and Calgary, Alberta. Chris had progressively more senior technical roles at Provident until the company was acquired by Pembina Pipeline. Chris began at Veresen in 2012 as Vice President, Midstream, and later Vice President Business Development. In 2015, Chris moved to Veresen Midstream, a private energy infrastructure company jointly owned by Veresen and KKR, one of the world’s largest private equity companies. Chris currently holds the title of Head of Commercial Development and Operations. Chris received a degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen's in 2002, and holds MBA's from Queen's University as well as Cornell University. Chris is a registered Professional Engineer as well as a Certified Public Accountant.

Speaker

Nicholas Volkmer

Energy Research, RSEG

Nick joined RSEG in 2015 after graduating from Queen’s University with a degree in Engineering Chemistry. Nick deepens RSEG’s engineering team and contributes to play characterization, company valuations and financial modeling. He focuses on the Gulf Coast region, including the Eagle Ford and Haynesville shales, and has led or contributed to multiple high profile RSEG research publications including the “Type Curve Compendium II”, “PDP – A Baker’s Dozen” and “Eagle Ford: The Bird is the Word”. Having originated in Ottawa, he moved to Calgary after graduation to join the RSEG team. Nick served on the OGSS committee in his 4th year at Queen’s and is a Level II Candidate in the CFA program has recently passed Level I of the CFA program.

Speaker

Kieran Courtright

Analyst, BMO Capital Markets

Kieran joined BMO Capital Markets in 2013 with the A&D Group and has been involved in several M&A and capital market mandates, including the sale of Devon’s Canadian Conventional assets to Canadian Natural, Surge’s acquisition of Longview Oil and Gas, Crescent Point’s acquisition of CanEra Energy, and Journey’s IPO among others. Prior to joining BMO Capital Markets Kieran worked for Talisman Energy in their North American Conventional Group as a Geological Engineering Intern. After completing his Bachelor of Engineering Science degree in Geological Engineering from Queen’s University, Kieran joined the Investment Banking Group at BMO.

Speaker

Ian Nieboer

Senior Vice President - Energy Research, RSEG

Ian is a publishing analyst and Senior Vice President with RS Energy Group (RSEG), a global investment research and advisory firm, where he helps investors and asset owners understand the energy market and make better capital allocation decisions. He specializes in asset characterization and financial modeling, with a focus on offshore and international plays (both conventional and unconventional) and the companies pursuing those opportunities. In addition to publishing frequent research notes, Ian delivers conference presentations, television interviews and advisory mandates for corporate and institutional clients. Prior to joining RSEG Ian progressed through a variety of field and development engineering roles at Canadian Natural Resources Limited where his responsibilities included developing and executing drilling programs across multiple plays in Western Canada, evaluating acquisition opportunities, estimating reserves, designing completions, and optimizing production. Ian is a CFA charterholder and a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Alberta. He holds Bachelor degrees in Engineering Physics and Applied Economics from Queen’s University, and an MBA from IESE Business School.

Speaker

John Bayko

Vice President Communications, CAODC

John Bayko is Vice President, Communications for the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors. He began his career in oil and gas in 2006 as a communications specialist in the drilling and well servicing sector. The democratization of communications technologies continues to stimulate change and growth across all industries. John works with organizations to align core business objectives with cost effective communications solutions that help create value. Originally from Edmonton, John has a BPE (1994) and MACT (2013) from the University of Alberta, and an Applied Communications Diploma (ACP 2006) from Camosun College in Victoria, BC.

Speaker

Kamil Sheikh

Production Unit Manager, Shell

Kamil Sheikh recently joined the Operations team at the Shell Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) as a Production Unit Manager. Prior to Shell, Kamil has held engineering and strategic positions in pulp & paper, power, refining, and oil sands industries. Kamil holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and is a Professional Engineer. He is a recent graduate of Harvard Business School having completed the General Management Program with a focus on the application of innovation, leadership, and transformation. Kamil has over 12 years of geographic industry experience and has managed assets across the integrated value chain; upstream, downstream, and oil movements. As a Production Unit Manager for AOSP his work is governed by two key accountabilities; deliver results today and build capability for tomorrow. He is able to communicate his personal leadership purpose, as it pertains to the oil industry within Canada in a way that connects to the values of Shell and Canadians. This compelling purpose of developing this tremendous resource, in a responsible way, and a way that benefits society is evident.

Speaker

David Boone

Chairman of the Board, WesternZagros Resources

David Boone has 40 years of technical and executive experience in the Canadian and international oil and gas industry. The first two decades of his career were spent in a variety of technical, project management, operations management and executive roles with Imperial Oil in western Canada, the Arctic and on loan to ExxonMobil working internationally. Mr. Boone holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University. As well he is a graduate of the executive MBA program at the Darden Business School, University of Virginia, and the International Managers Program at IMD in Switzerland. Mr. Boone currently serves as chairman of the board of WesternZagros Resources, an international E&P company active in Iraqi Kurdistan. He is a director of Tundra Oil & Gas, CSV Midstream Solutions, an international NGO known as The Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology and Zorzal Vineyards. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta and past Chairman of the Canadian Association of the World Petroleum Council.

Speaker

Richard Wong

Manager of Operations, CAPP

Richard Wong is the Manager of Operations for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). His role is to lead major regulatory initiatives and advocacy across western Canada to support competitiveness and enable responsible growth of Canada’s upstream oil and natural gas industry. In his role, Richard must leverage his engineering background and his relationships with CAPP member companies, governments, regulators, and other stakeholders to achieve favorable policy and regulatory outcomes that balance social, environmental and economic considerations. Prior to assuming this position, Richard was a Senior Development Engineer in Encana Corporation’s Government Relations Canada Team. Richard has also held a number of technical engineering positions at Encana including roles in completions engineering, reservoir engineering and business development. Richard earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University in 2009. He is a Professional Engineer and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).



Speaker

Jamey Fitzgibbon

Consultant

Jamey graduated from Queen’s in 1986, with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Calgary in 2000. Jamey has worked most of his career in oil and gas, starting at Esso Resources, Elan Energy and Ranger Oil. Jamey was a Vice President in investment banking at TD Securities, focused on energy financing and then went on to be VP at OPTI Canada, President and COO at Oilsands Quest and most recently Senior VP at MEG Energy. Jamey holds a Professional Engineer designation in Alberta and recently completed the Directors Education Program.

Speaker

Wayne K. Foo

Chief Executive Officer, Parex Resources

Mr. Wayne Foo has over 30 years of experience in exploration and production of oil and gas, with the last 20 years in executive roles in companies ranging from start-up to senior independents producers. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Parex Resources Inc, a Canadian public company active in Colombia. From 2003 to 2009 he was a founder and later President and CEO of Parex’ predecessor, Petro Andina Resources Inc. Petro Andina grew exclusively through the drill bit to operate 30,000 bopd in Argentina, where the company recognized, explored and developed a new heavy oil trend that comprised a significant extension to the Neuquén Basin. Mr. Foo has served on the Boards of Directors of publicly traded, private and not-for profit organizations. He is currently a director of Pengrowth Energy Corporation where he is Chairman of the Reserves, Operations, Health, Safety and Environment Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology degree from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Science in Geology from Queen’s University. Mr. Foo is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists. In 2014 Mr. Foo was the recipient of the Stanley Slipper Gold Medal from the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists which is presented annually for outstanding contributions to oil and gas exploration in Canada, and in 2003 he received the President’s Award for outstanding contributions to the Society.

Case Study

Delegates will be working together in interdisciplinary teams to complete a stimulating and exciting case pertaining to practical 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.

Case 1: Oil and Gas at a Glance

This case will be an interactive board game where students in groups of 4-5 will develop and implement short and long-term strategy for a fictional oil & gas company. The case will provide a general overview of the industry while giving students hands on experience in making decisions based upon geological data, stakeholder values as well as company finances. Students will be able to experience a variety of disciplines within the industry from exploration to transportation to processing. The case will be judged on the students financial and land development strategy and stakeholder relations.

Case 2: Oil and Gas in the Real World

This case will focus on the challenging problems that drilling teams face day-to-day. Students in groups of 4-5 will work under a contracting company that specializes in drilling issues to look at a stuck pipe incident. Students must review drilling procedure and assess what their client believes is the primary issue. Students must then analyze the necessary documents, balance stakeholder relations while implementing economic and feasibility analyses to ensure that their client’s wishes are best represented. Ultimately, students will gain applicable experience in troubleshooting drilling issues through quick-thinking and well-calculate decisions based upon technical and financial analysis and stakeholder considerations.

Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our 2016-2017 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 Sponsor - Shell

Friends of the Oil & Gas Speakers Series - MEG Energy, CAODC and Suncor Energy

Organizing Committee

We look forward to seeing you in January!

Team Member

Santi Spencer

Conference Co-Chair

Chemical Engineering, 3rd Year

Santi is a third year Chemical Engineering student with a sincere passion for finance, and asset management. He has won both the Queen’s Commerce Trading Competition, and the McGill Intercollegiate Investment Competition. He uses his spare time to further develop his knowledge of capital markets, valuation techniques, and financial analysis. Santi is specifically interested in the Oil & Gas Industry, and outside of OGSS he is an Energy portfolio analyst for the Queen’s Energy & Commodities Association. Santi is driven to pursue a career where he can combine his love for finance and O&G. His personal interests include: soccer, entrepreneurship, securities analysis, and art history.

Team Member

Mike McGowan

Conference Co-Chair

Mechanical Engineering, 4th Year

Mike spent his last three summers as a plant and field operating summer student for CNRL, where he worked with natural gas and heavy oil assets in Hinton, Bonnyville, and Athabasca, Alberta. He has recently accepted a full time position as an engineer in training with CNRL’s asset integrity team, beginning in September, 2017. Mike continually develops his understanding of oil and gas finance and leadership as the engineering co-chair on the Queens Energy and Commodities Association. Mike’s other interests include rugby, football, and hockey.

Team Member

Victoria Clark

Speaker Coordinator

Chemical Engineering, 4th Year

Victoria is a final year Chemical Engineering student who spent the past two summers completing internships in both Heavy Oil Recovery and Tight Gas Unconventionals Reservoir Engineering at Shell. She grew up living in Brunei, Syria, the US, Oman, and Calgary, and loves to travel, recently being nominated to represent Canada at the 2016 Japan-Canada Academic Consortium on Energy and Efficiency in Tokyo. Outside of 4th year projects and the Oil & Gas Speakers Series, Victoria enjoys training with the Queen’s Triathlon Team.

Team Member

Quinn Peplinski

Speaker Coordinator

Geological Sciences, 4th Year

Quinn is in his fourth year in the Queen’s Geology program. This past summer, he worked for Corinthian Oil Corp. as a geoscience intern and he has previously worked for Veresen Midstream and Zargon. This year, Quinn is focused on completing his thesis on the characterization of the Duvernay formation in the East Shale Basin. Outside of his academics, Quinn is a teaching assistant, plays hockey, is an avid golfer, and loves the Calgary Flames. Following his time at Queen’s he hopes to further his education and he will be writing the Law School Admission Test this June.

Team Member

Siri Lake

Co-Logistics Coordinator

Chemical Engineering, 3rd Year

Siri has worked for the past two years in the oil and gas industry and is fascinated by what it has to offer given its importance for Canada and the world. Working at Modern Resources and Gibson Energy, she has gained exposure to engineering, drilling and completions and marketing, while in the head office and the field. Siri looks forward to learning about the energy industry and all of its applications.

Team Member

Alexandra Hollister

Co-Logistics Coordinator

Chemical Engineering, 4th Year

Alexandra grew up in a small town outside of Cornwall, Ontario and transferred into Chemical Engineering after first year. Alexandra completed her first summer internship working for INVISTA in fibre manufacturing, and her second researching and developing By-Laws for local townships. After attending the 2016 OGSS, she decided she wanted to pursue a career in Oil and Gas and apply her skills to various aspects of the industry.

Team Member

Lydia Brant

Case Coordinator

Mechanical Engineering, 4th Year

Lydia is a fourth year mechanical engineering student who was born in Calgary and has worked three summers in the oil and gas industry. She has worked for Murphy Oil Corp. and Shell Canada in reservoir, completions and drilling positions with both heavy oil and natural gas. Lydia is a returning case coordinator for OGSS and she is looking forward to developing exciting and challenging case studies. Outside of the committee her passions include travelling and outdoor activities.

Team Member

Liam Carlson

Case Coordinator

Chemical Engineering, 4th Year

Liam grew up in Saudi Arabia where his passion in energy began. Since moving to Canada, he has focused on learning about the state of the Canadian oil and gas industry and opportunities for sustainable development. Liam hopes to develop his technical and financial knowledge as a member of the committee and through his position as Energy Director of Queen’s Energy and Commodities Association. Liam’s interests include rugby, baseball, and hockey.

Team Member

Nicole Brisson

Case Coordinator

Geological Engineering, 4th Year

Nicole is returning from a 16 month internship working in the oil and gas industry in Calgary, AB, where she worked as a development engineer and project manager. Nicole is always looking to take on new challenges, and hopes to develop her industry knowledge by helping to develop comprehensive case studies as an executive member for the OGSS conference. Nicole hopes to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry upon graduation.

Team Member

Calvin Tam

Case Coordinator

Chemical Engineering, 3rd Year

Calvin grew up in Calgary, Alberta where he attended Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School participating in debate, model united nations and rugby. He has worked as a summer student with DIRTT Environmental Solutions, a well-established interior construction firm with a focus on environmental sustainability. Outside of OGSS, Calvin has been a Metals & Mining analyst and is currently an Energy analyst on the Queen’s Energy & Commodities Association. He hopes to continue developing his knowledge of the Oil & Gas industry through case development and plans to pursue a career in the industry upon graduation.

Team Member

Matthew Krystofiak

Marketing Coordinator

Mechanical Engineering, 4th Year

Matt is a fourth year mechanical engineering student, born and raised in Calgary. He has experience in the industry, working as a summer student for Centrica Energy at a sour gas processing plant. In 2016 Matt completed a study abroad at the University of Edinburgh, and was able to visit 11 countries over the semester. Upon graduation, Matt hopes to return to Calgary to work within the oil and gas sector. His personal interests include hockey, baseball and travelling.

Team Member

Rigers Rukaj

Marketing Coordinator

Chemical Engineering, 4th Year

Rigers grew up moving every two years across Europe and North America. This past summer he co-founded a mining technology startup employing 3D computer vision to detect rock stability and enhance safety related ground control decisions. Rigers is excited about the opportunities for innovation and sustainable development presented by the Canadian oil and gas industry. He is currently the Operations Manager of a zero consumer waste, student run coffeeshop at Queen’s University.