Oil & Gas Speakers Series

Queen's University

February 2nd-3rd 2018


On February 2nd and 3rd, the tenth 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!

Speakers & Program

The Oil & Gas Speaker Series brings out extremely high quality speakers, many returning for several years and bringing decades of experience in exploration & production, finance, regulatory, consulting and more. As well, many companies choose to send their human resources teams who will be available for networking.

Take a glance at the diverse range of career experiences presented by this year's outstanding speakers:


Chris Slubicki

President and Chief Executive Officer, Modern Resources

From 2009 to 2011, Chris was Chief Executive Officer of OPTI Canada, where he was brought into a distressed situation, stabilized the company and sold it to CNOOC for $2.1 billion in late 2011. Chris is the former Vice-Chairman of Scotia Waterous and was one of the four original founders of Waterous and Co., a private global oil and gas mergers and acquisitions firm, starting the firm in Calgary in 1989. Prior to selling the firm to Bank of Nova Scotia in 2005, the firm expanded to offices in five countries with a staff of 88 and completed hundreds of oil and gas transactions over its 17-year tenure. Chris has held operations management and engineering positions within the oil and gas industry at Placer CEGO Petroleum Ltd. and Chevron Canada Resources Ltd. Chris graduated with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of Calgary. He is a Professional Engineer in Alberta, and a member of APEGA. Chris is currently on the boards of Bonavista Energy Corporation and the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation. Chris served on the board of Alpine Canada Alpin for seven years, the last two as Chair. Chris coached young ski racers with the Fernie Alpine Ski Team for 14 years, and served as President of the club for three years.


Michael Rose

President and Chief Executive Officer, Tourmaline Oil Corp.

Michael Rose has more than 39 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. He began his career at Shell Canada in 1979, where he was employed for 14 years in various exploration and production positions and was Manager of Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Research at the time he departed to found Berkley Petroleum Corp. in 1993. As President and CEO of Berkley Petroleum Corp., he grew the Company from a microcap to an Intermediate Exploration and Production company with production of 42,000 boepd. Berkley, one of Canada’s premier explorers in the 1990’s, was sold to Anadarko Petroleum for an enterprise value of $1.6 billion in March 2001. In July 2001, Mr. Rose founded Duvernay Oil Corp. As President and CEO, he and his team grew the company from a private microcap to a public Intermediate Exploration and Production company with production of 27,000 boepd by 2008. Duvernay was one of Canada’s most active and successful Exploration and Production companies during the 2000s and was one of the pioneers in the emerging Alberta Deep Basin and British Columbia Montney plays. The Company was sold to Shell Canada in August 2008 for an enterprise value of $5.9 billion. Mr. Rose founded Tourmaline Oil Corp. in September 2008, a private oil and gas company focused on long-term growth through an aggressive exploration, development, production and acquisition program in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. Mr. Rose is President, CEO and Chairman of Tourmaline. Mr. Rose is on the Advisory Board of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. He is involved in a wide range of volunteer and philanthropic pursuits with this wife Sue in the areas of youth education, health and sports. Mike and Sue have been long time supporters of Queen’s University including the Berkley Petroleum Scholarship, the Integrated Learning Centre, the Duvernay Fitness Centre and the Queen’s Geology Field School Fund; as well as co-founders of MEERL and major donors to the Queen’s Innovation Commons.


Kate Easton

Independent Technology Consultant

Kate Easton, P.Eng. has more than 20 years of energy industry leadership experience in business strategy, technology development, joint ventures, engineering and operations. At ConocoPhillips she managed oil sands technology development, finding innovative ways to reduce costs, increase reservoir recovery, and improve environmental performance. Ms. Easton managed ConocoPhillips’ participation in COSIA (Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance). She led COSIA sponsorship of the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE and the development of the Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre. As Vice President of ConocoPhillips Algeria Ltd she managed multi-party international joint ventures, negotiated business agreements, and led the transition of the business to a new owner after selling the Algeria subsidiary. Ms. Easton’s corporate experience also includes engineering roles at EnCana, Union Carbide, and Syncrude. She evaluated oil sands upgrading technology, reduced fresh water use at SAGD facilities, and reduced emissions through optimization of facilities. She is on the boards of Downstage Performance Society and Calgary Yacht Club. Kate has a B.Sc in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).


Morgan Kwan

Research Associate E.I.T., RS Energy Group

Morgan joined RSEG in May 2016 and brought four years of experience from working at Encana in drilling and completions, development and reservoir engineering roles. Morgan graduated from Western University with a degree in chemical engineering and is an EIT registered with APEGA. Morgan deepens RSEG’s engineering team and contributes to play characterization, company valuations and financial modeling. Part of RSEG’s Canadian Plays team, Morgan’s area of focus is the Montney and has led or contributed to multiple high profile RSEG research publications including the “What Causes Well Failure In The Montney”.


Ian Nieboer

Senior Vice President - Energy Research, RSEG

Ian is a publishing analyst and Director 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.


Sandy Thompson

Managing Principal, SLR Consulting

Sandy Thompson holds an Honours B.Sc. in Biology from Queen’s University and a B.Ed from the University of Windsor. Following a few years of teaching science to grade 7 and 8s in Toronto, she launched into a career as an environmental consultant in Chicago focusing on quantifying historical, current, and future environmental liabilities for private equity deals. Sandy has more than 16 years of experience working on multi-national deals, including deals worth over $5B. Sandy has experience working in Canada, the US, South America, the EU, and Asia in sectors including manufacturing, healthcare, power, infrastructure, chemicals, petrochemicals, and mining. Since returning to Canada six years ago, her work has increasingly been in the natural resource, power and infrastructure sectors. Sandy works with her clients to prepare Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) policies, strategies and to include ESG into due diligence assessments. Inclusion of sustainability/ climate change risk into forward looking planning and budgeting is a must at this stage to fully understand the risks of any business.


Chris Seasons

Vice-Chairman and Director, ARC Financial

Chris is a professional engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas business in Canada and internationally. He is currently Vice Chairman and Director of ARC Financial Corp., Canada's largest energy-focused private equity manager. Prior to ARC, Chris led Devon Energy’s business in Canada for more than a decade. He currently sits on a number of private oil and gas boards and several not-for-profit entities. As well, he is former chairman of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Chris received a B.Sc in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University.


Kevin Neveu

President & Chief Executive Officer, Precision Drilling

Kevin A. Neveu is President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Precision Drilling Corporation and has held these positions since joining the company in 2007. Mr. Neveu has 35 years of experience in the oilfield services sector holding technical, marketing, management and senior leadership positions over his career. Previously, Mr. Neveu was President of the Rig Solutions Group of National Oilwell Varco in Houston and held senior management positions with it and its predecessor companies in London, Moscow, Houston, Edmonton and Calgary. Mr. Neveu currently serves as a Director Finning International and is a former board member of Bonanza Creek Energy and Rig Net. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, and an Advisor for the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy. Kevin is a past director and past member of the Executive Committee for the International Association of Drilling Contractors. Mr. Neveu holds a Bachelor of Science degree and is a graduate of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta and is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Alberta. He has also completed the Harvard Advanced Management Program in Boston, Massachusetts.


Susannah Pierce

External Relations Director & Shell Representative, LNG Canada

Susannah Pierce is External Relations Director of LNG Canada – A joint venture of Shell, Mitsubishi, PetroChina and Kogas. In this role, Susannah she has been responsible for the Environment, Regulatory, First Nations, Community Consultation, Social Performance, Communications and Government Relations aspects of the project. Prior to this position, Susannah served as Vice President, Value Chain Integration, Shell Canada. In this capacity, she was responsible for identifying and driving commercial opportunities along the value chain between Shell’s multiple businesses in Canada. Prior to this position, Susannah was Vice President, Communications, Upstream International based in The Hague. In this position, she oversaw a communications and government relations team of approximately 200 professionals in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Africa, Russia/CIS and Europe. Susannah was previously Head, Government Relations for Shell Canada and before joining Shell in 2009, was Director, Government Affairs for TransCanada Pipelines based in Washington, DC and New York City. Susannah lives in Vancouver and has two children, Robert and Gabriela – ages 12 and 10 respectively.


Victoria Clark

Evaluation Engineer (EIT), McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd.

Victoria holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. Victoria was an organizer of the Queen’s Oil & Gas Speakers Series for two years while attending Queen’s. Ms. Clark joined McDaniel & Associates in June 2017 as an Evaluation Engineer-In-Training. Victoria is also an Engineer-In-Training member with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). In her role with McDaniel & Associates she combines reservoir and geological principles, data analytics, and economic analyses to perform evaluations of oil and gas reserves, while also contributing to a number of merger and acquisition advisory projects.


Jared Wynveen

Vice President, McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd.

Jared Wynveen McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd. Jared. Wynveen graduated with a Mechanical Engineering (BSc.) degree from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. He joined McDaniel & Associates in 2006 and is now a Vice President and a Professional Engineer registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). Mr. Wynveen has been responsible for evaluating numerous conventional and unconventional oil and gas companies in Canada. In particular, Mr. Wynveen has significant experience evaluating unconventional tight gas and oil reservoirs in Western Canada including the Montney, Spirit River (Wilrich) and Duvernay formations as well as extensive oil sands evaluation experience both within Canada and internationally. Mr. Wynveen has extensive experience providing buy side economic and technical analysis to private equity firms, pension funds and foreign investors interested in acquisition or funding of Canadian resource developments. In this capacity, Mr. Wynveen works directly with the business development team from the potential acquirer and provides insight into the unique technical and economic attributes of Canadian resource development. Mr. Wynveen is also very involved in oil and gas education and training and commonly presents at educational forums and financial conferences. In the last year he has participated as a Co-Chair and presenter at the SPE Montney Workshop, a committee member and presenter at the SPE Production Forecasting Workshop, presenter at the TD Securities Energy Conference and acted as a committee member at the Canadian Heavy Oil Association Fall Business Conference and the “Slugging it Out Conference”.


Cam Boulton

Vice-President, McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd.

Cam Boulton graduated with a Chemical Engineering (BSc.) degree from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. He joined McDaniel & Associates in 2006 and is now a Vice President and a Professional Engineer registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). Mr. Boulton leads the international division of McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd., and has experience in many oil and gas basins around the world in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs, both onshore and offshore. In addition to his experience with discovered oil and gas reservoirs, Mr. Boulton also has considerable experience with the assessment of exploration prospects and portfolios using deterministic and probabilistic methods and risk analysis. Mr. Boulton has extensive experience providing technical and financial advisory services to financial institutions and all ranges of oil and gas companies from juniors to multi-national conglomerates who are interested in properties outside North America. In the past five years, Mr. Boulton has led buy-side advisory projects in nearly 20 different countries. Mr. Boulton has presented on reserves and resources definitions, specific plays in South America and emerging oil and gas areas such as Mexico at a number of conferences in Calgary, Canada and London, United Kingdom.

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: Pipelines at a Glance

This case will be an overview of some challenges that the pipeline industry faces. Students in groups of 4-5 will be employees in different departments of a fictional pipeline company, including route selection projects, pipeline integrity, and storage. The case will provide a general overview of the industry, focusing on ethical issues, safety, and business strategy to meet consumer needs. Ultimately this case will introduce students to the midstream transportation industry. The case will be judged on student’s route selection and rationale, success at identifying safety concerns and mitigating while staying within budget, and financial analysis of natural gas storage.

Case 2: Oil Production in the Real World

This case will focus on the important decisions and challenging problems that oil and gas companies face day-to-day when drilling new wells. Students in groups of 4-5 will work under an oil company to drill a new SAGD well pair and carry out the start-up process. From selecting an optimal drilling location to sizing the well pump, students will be required to make critical decisions that will result in maximized oil production while minimizing costs. Students must analyze the necessary documents, interpret data and implement economic and feasibility analyses to ensure production is optimized and budgets are met. Ultimately, students will gain applicable experience in troubleshooting common production issues faced in the industry through quick-thinking and well-calculate decisions based upon technical and financial analysis.


We gratefully acknowledge the support of our 2017-2018 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

Silver Sponsor - Modern Resources

Bronze Sponsor - Precision Drilling, Tourmaline Oil Corp

Friends of the Oil & Gas Speakers Series - Barclays, SLR Consulting, McDaniel & Associates Consulting Ltd, BMO Financial Group, ARC Financial

Organizing Committee

We look forward to seeing you in January!

Team Member

Santi Spencer

Conference Co-Chair

Chemical Engineering, 4th Year

Santi is a fourth year Chemical Engineering student, passionate about finance, and commodities markets. 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 especially in the Oil & Gas Industry, and outside of OGSS he is a Senior 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, and art history.

Team Member

Sean Monteiro

Conference Co-Chair

Mechanical Engineering, 3rd Year

Hailing from Calgary, Sean is a 3rd year mechanical engineering student who grew up in Saudi Arabia. Living in the compounds of Saudi Aramco, Sean’s innate curiosity shaped his passion for the industry he was surrounded by. Since returning to Canada he has focused on both the technical and financial aspects of the industry as he is a senior analyst for the energy desk of Queen’s Energy and Commodities Association (QECA) and director of metals and mining for QECA. A member of the Queen’s Rugby Team, Sean’s interests also include traveling and entrepreneurship.

Team Member

Alexandra Hollister

Conference Co-Chair

Chemical Engineering, 5th Year

Alexandra is a fifth-yeah Chemical Process Engineering student. She was on internship at Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell in Vancouver, focusing on fuel cell component analytics and business process management. Alexandra was the 2017 OGSS Logistics Coordinator, and is excited to be co-chair for the committee for the 2018 conference. Alexandra is passionate about the industry and what is has to offer to the Canadian and Global economy, and hopes to pursue a career in Oil and Gas upon graduation.

Team Member

Siri Lake

Speaker Coordinator

Chemical Engineering, 4th Year

Siri is in her fourth year of Chemical Engineering. For the past three years, Siri has worked in the oil and gas industry and is fascinated by what it has to offer given its importance to 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. Siri likes to spend her free time in the mountains where she is an active skier and biker.

Team Member

Jeremy Rose

Speaker Coordinator

Chemical Engineering, 4th Year

Jeremy is a final year chemical engineering student with a keen interest in the oil and gas industry. Hailing from Calgary, Jeremy has had a great deal of exposure to the different aspects that the industry has to offer. He has been a member of the Queens Varsity Golf team for the past three seasons, placing third in Canada last year. Jeremy is looking forward to entering the oil and gas industry upon graduation this spring.

Team Member

Rachel Watts

Co-Logistics Coordinator

Mining Engineering, 4th Year

Rachel is in her final year of Mining Engineering after returning from a 16-month internship in Calgary at Shell and CNRL. She worked within the Mine Development and Tailings Engineering teams to support the Athabasca oil sands mining projects. Rachel has a passion for sustainable mining and tailings treatment and looks forward to future innovations in the oil and gas industry. In her free time, Rachel enjoys hiking and yoga.

Team Member

Sarah Li

Co-Logistics Coordinator

Chemical Engineering, 3rd Year

Sarah is a third year chemical engineering student from Calgary. The strong presence of the industry has shaped her interest in Oil and Gas. She recently finished a summer student position at Albian Sands in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Her exposure to the on-site environment of oil extraction allowed her to deepen her understanding of the industry. In addition to her degree in engineering she is also pursuing a Certificate in Business. Her interests include hiking, travelling, and fencing.

Team Member

Chantal Chow

Marketing Coordinator

Chemical Engineering, 4th Year

Chantal is a fourth year Chemical Process Engineering student. Born in Calgary, Chantal’s interest in the Oil and Gas sector was encouraged by her family. She works for the Queen’s Faculty of Engineering developing first year courses and improving student experience. Chantal hopes to expand her knowledge about the energy industry and the future possibilities that can be developed in Oil and Gas. As Director of Community Outreach of the Queen’s Yoga Club, Chantal is passionate about facilitating positive impact in the Kingston area. Raised in the Canadian Rockies, she and her two older sisters are avid hikers and scramblers. 

Team Member

Tess O'Hara

Marketing Coordinator

Applied Math and Mechanical Engineering, 3rd Year

Tess is a third year Applied Math and Mechanical Engineering Student with a keen interest in the energy industry. Working as a summer student for Tundra Energy Marketing, Tess looks forward to combining her analytical math skills with practical mechanical engineering applications to create unique and diverse solutions prioritizing sustainability of the Oil and Gas industry. Outside of her academics Tess enjoys golfing, skiing, and socializing.

Team Member

Rigers Rukaj

Marketing Coordinator & Senior Advisor

Chemical Engineering, 4th Year

Rigers grew up moving every two years across Europe and North America. He has been highly involved during his time at Queen's, having served as the Operations Manager of a zero consumer waste cafe, chaired the board of The Campus Bookstore and co-founded a mining technology startup to automate geo-technical processes. Rigers is excited about the opportunity for innovation and sustainable development presented by the Canadian oil and gas industry. In his down time, Rigers enjoys rock climbing and travelling.

Team Member

Katelyn Cooper

Case Coordinator

Chemical Engineering, 4th Year

Katelyn is in her final year of chemical engineering. She spent her last two summers working in the heavy oil and gas business unit at Husky Energy, located in Calgary. While working at Husky, she gained significant experience in reservoir engineering and thermal operations and looks forward to furthering her knowledge and understanding of the industry. After attending the 2017 OGSS, she was excited to be a part of the executive committee where she will help develop intriguing case studies for the 2018 conference. Outside of the committee, Katelyn’s interests include traveling and outdoor activities.

Team Member

John Dick

Case Coordinator

Mechanical Engineering, 4th Year

John is a fourth year mechanical engineering student. Born in Calgary, John also spent two years abroad attending school in Barcelona, Spain. Outside of OGSS, John was a Prototype Engineer for Queen’s Hyperloop Design Team, where he is currently the Director of Design. He most recently worked as a research and development engineering student at NCS Multistage, a leading technology and services company specializing in multistage, hydraulic fracturing completions. John hopes to continue to develop his knowledge of the energy industry and strengthen his inter- disciplinary involvement through the conference.

Team Member

Claire Wilson

Case Coordinator

Chemical Engineering, 4th Year

Claire is a fourth year Process Engineering student at Queen’s University. She recently completed a 16 month internship at TransCanada Pipelines where she worked in the Pipeline Integrity department, managing threats to natural gas pipelines. Claire looks forward to seeing how the oil and gas industry adapts in the coming years. She's very interested in sustainable development and is actively involved in Engineers Without Borders. In her free time, Claire likes team sports, hiking, and board games.

Team Member

Reid Anderson

Case Coordinator

Commerce, 3rd Year

Reid is a third-year Commerce student, specializing in accounting and is working at MNP’s Toronto office this coming summer. Reid grew up in Medicine Hat, Alberta where his passion in energy began. Since moving from coast to coast inside Canada, he has focused on learning about the state of the Canadian oil and gas industry and opportunities for sustainable development. Outside of OGSS, Reid is the Co-chair of Queens Energy and Commodities Association. Reid hopes to develop his knowledge of oil and gas from an accounting perspective at MNP in the coming years.