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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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.
Take a glance at the diverse range of career experiences presented by last year's outstanding speakers:
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 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.
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.
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.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of our 2015-2016 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mechanical Engineering, 4th Year
Matt is a fourth year geological 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.
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.