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2010 Conference - Speakers and Conference Program

 

2010 conference statistics:97 attendees / registrants had 53 respondents to the survey that said:

92% of the students said they learned about new opportunities.

94% of the students said they would come back next year. 100% of the students said they had fun and would recommend it to friends.

74% of the students said their overall impression of the O&G industry improved (100% said their opinion stayed the same, or improved).

 

Speakers

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Nicolas Bullrich

Nicolas began his career with Tenaris in 1993 in Siderca (Argentina) and worked in the areas of Marketing and Sales. He has had experiences in Houston and Mexico working as an Expatriate. In 2004, Nicolas took on a Supply Chain Manager role in Tenaris Canada, which led him to the Supply Chain Director Role until 2009. In April of 2009, he became the Commercial Director for Tenaris Canada and continues to hold this role today. Nicolas has an Industrial Engineering degree from the Instituto Technological de Buenos Aires and a Masters Degree in Management Science from Stanford University.

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Andrea Buzinski

As a native Calgarian, Andrea left her comfortable home life to embark on a university adventure in Kingston Ontario. During her University career at Queen's, Andrea was a member of the Queen's Varsity Figure Skating Team, an employee of Queen's Tea Room as well she held several positions on the Engineering as well as Chemical Engineering Society Clubs. After surviving chemical engineering (including CHEE 470) and graduating in May 2007, Andrea was ready to put all her lessons learned in school to use.


Andrea joined Schlumberger Information Solutions in September 2007. Schlumberger is a leading global oilfield services provider working to develop and provide products, services and solutions that optimize customer performance. Schlumberger Information Solutions (SIS) is the software division of Schlumberger helping companies accelerate reserves replacement and maximize production with industry-leading exploration and production software. Andrea is in charge of support, training and consulting on production engineering software applications. She has spent time in Houston, Abingdon and Kuala Lumpur for training (learning never ends!), but in Calgary her days are filled with problem solving, technical research and client training. She enjoys the opportunity for travel and has made friends with peers all over the world.


When Andrea is not working she enjoys an active life of hiking, running, swimming and biking.

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Alexandra Campbell

Born in southern Ontario, Alex followed a long line of family members to Queen's. She completed her Geological Engineering degree with an Applied Geophysics option in the spring of 2006. During her time at Queen's, Alex enjoyed working as a project manager for first year engineering design projects and participating in the Geological Engineering Society, aka Miller Club.
After several great years hanging out in Kingston, including one summer spent working for the university, she decided it was time to start thinking about life after school. Alex spent several summers in Calgary on work placements with both Shell Canada and EnCana before making the permanent move west in 2007. Alex has been employed as a geophysicist with EnCana for three years and has had the opportunity to work in exploration, development and seismic field acquisition. Her favourite parts of both her time at Queen's and the early years of her career have been the field trips she has been able to attend.
When not at work, you'll find Alex enjoying the mountains that born and bred Calgarians take for granted or travelling the world.

John Courtright

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David M. Fitzpatrick

President, Kivacorp Petroleum Ltd. Calgary, Alberta

Prior to running his private consulting company, Kivacorp, Dave Fitzpatrick co-founded Shiningbank Energy Ltd. in 1996 and until the sale of the firm in mid 2007, he remained the President, CEO and a director of the publicly-listed oil and gas trust. Mr. Fitzpatrick was employed in various senior management positions at Serenpet Inc., including Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice-President, Corporate Development and Gas Marketing, from 1990 until July 31, 1996. Prior to joining Serenpet Inc., Mr. Fitzpatrick held engineering and supervisory positions with Canadian Hunter Exploration Ltd. and Amoco Canada Petroleum Co. Ltd. Mr. Fitzpatrick graduated from Queen’s University in 1981 with a degree in Geological Engineering and received an Executive Management Program certificate from Queen’s University in 1994. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a Chartered Director. Mr. Fitzpatrick is a Director of Enerchem Int'l and the Chairman of Twin Butte Energy. Mr. Fitzpatrick is a past Director of Theatre Calgary and a past Governor of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. He resides in Calgary, AB with his wife and he has 2 daughters in university.

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Fred Godbille

Fred graduated from French Engineering school in Chemical Technologies (Ecole National Superieure de Chimie de Montpellier) in 1998. At the same time he received a MScE - Chem Eng from the University of New Brunswick where he was an exchange student (last year in France and Masters in Canada where combined). He continued on with a PhD in Chem Eng still at UNB from 98 to 02. His PhD was an industrial project on wood-polymer products for a Canadian company. Fred gained quite a bit of experience in communications with plant and management people as opposed to purely academia during these 3.5 years.

Fred started working for DuPont in Feb 2002 and his work assignments where in process modeling for process development and optimization (did some work with Kim McAuley on Nylon polymerization). Fred became a Six Sigma Black Belt last year and a Master Black Belt this year and has been involved with 3 TEAM projects over the last 3 years.

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Gary Kline

President, GRK Energy Consulting Inc.

Gary Kline is President of GRK Energy Consulting, which he established in 1998. Providing consulting services in the areas of energy marketing, business development, strategic planning, regulatory and risk management. Activities have included marketing entitiy, power plant and midstream asset acquisitions, oil blending facility development, risk strategies and northern pipeline applications

Gary has over 25 years of experience in the energy industry. From 2003 to 2009 he was Senior Vice President of Commercial Development and Risk Management and a member of the Senior Leadership Team with Proident Energy Trust. Where he had executive responsibility for Provident's integrated risk management program and for the management and coordination of commercial development initiatives including oil and gas marketing and commodity price risk management.

Prior to 2003, Gary held a number of senior management positions focused on marketing and business development. Gary was a Managing Director for Reliant Energy Canada from 1998 to 2002 and a Vice President at U.S. Generating Canada from 1996 to 1998. Before that, Gary filled various management positions at the A&S/ANG group of companies, including the CanStates Gas Marketing from 1986 to 1996. Gary began his career in the energy industry as an analyst at TransCanada Pipelines in 1982

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Gary received his bachelor of arts in economics with a business minor from the University of Calgary. Gary later received his Certificate in International Business from the University of Hawaii and also received his Canadian Securities Certificate. Gary serves on the Hull Child and Family Services Resource Development Committee. Gary and his family reside in Calgary, Alberta

Mark Knight

Mark graduated from Queen's University in 2008 with an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering (Environmental Option). He is currently working for Suncor Energy at the Petro-Canada Lubricants Plant in Mississauga, Ontario. As part of the Engineering Technical Services group, he is responsible for the safe and reliable operation of various process units. Prior to this role, he has worked in the Logistics department at the Lubricants Plant and has also taken part in the Queen's Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP) where he worked in both the process design and engineering technical contact groups the Imperial Oil Sarnia Refinery.

Mark is also currently working part time on a Masters degree in Environmental Applied Science and Management at Ryerson University where his focus is on wastewater treatment and environmental management. While gaining experience through work and school to credit towards the licensing requirements of both the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and the Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board (CECAB), he is also an active member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO).

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Michael Koichopolos

Micahel Koichopolos graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Commerce and is now a Business Analyst with A.T. Kearney's Toronto office.

Michael was heavily involved in student government during his time at Queen's, including serving as President of the Main Campus Resident' Council, Speaker of the AMS Assembly, and as a member of several student Boards of Directors. His involvement in management consulting began through his work on campus with Queen's Business Consulting, the TEAM program within the faculty of Applied Science, and pro-bono work with not-for-profits abroad.

At A.T. Kearney, Michael has worked on a variety of consulting engagements, including work in the consumer packaged goods and government sectors. His projects have focused on optimizing the marketing and manufacturing functions of organizations, as well as sustainable procurement.

Michael can be contacted at michael.koichopolos@atkearney.com

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Eric LeDain

Vice President, Regulatory, Environment, Marketing
Eric G. Le Dain, P. Eng., MBA

Mr. Le Dain joined Enerplus Resources Fund as Vice President of Marketing in September of 2006, and added Regulatory Compliance and Environment to his responsibilities in 2008. Mr. Le Dain has worked in the energy sector for 25 years, covering engineering, operations, business development, marketing and risk management.

Prior to joining Enerplus, Mr. Le Dain worked at UBS Commodities Canada Ltd., most recently as Executive Director responsible for physical and financial asset business development related to natural gas, power, and crude oil. Prior to UBS, Mr. Le Dain worked with Enron Canada Corp. in energy marketing and power plant development. Mr. Le Dain worked for nine years at Shell Canada Limited in operations engineering, oil sands development, natural gas marketing, and organizational redesign, and he began his career at Husky Oil Operations Ltd. as a project engineer with the Bi-Provincial Upgrader project.

Mr. Le Dain holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Mechanical Engineering) degree from Queen's University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Calgary.

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Danelle LePage

Originally from the small community of Kapuskasing in Northern Ontario, Danelle graduated from Queen's University in Engineering Mathematics (Apple Math!), Applied Mechanics option, in 1999. She began her career in the engineering acoustical consulting industry working for Valcoustics Canada in Richmond Hill, Ontario. In 2001, Danelle returned to Northern Ontario, in Sault Ste. Marie, to join Tenaris, a leading supplier of tubes and related services for the world's energy industry that was just starting operations in Canada at that moment.

Danelle has grown her career at Tenaris for the last 9 years in various roles in the areas of Economic Planning, Management Control, Industrial Planning and Human Resources. Since 2006, Danelle has been the Manager of Recruitment, Development and Tenaris University for Tenaris operations across Canada, and is now based in Calgary. Working with Tenaris, she has had the opportunity to travel to several international locations for training, conventions and workshops, including Argentina, Italy, USA and Mexico (in Feb-10).

Danelle has been a registered professional engineer in Ontario since 2006, and has recently applied to register as P. Eng. in Alberta. She is also an associate member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta since this year.

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Laura Margetts

SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER, LEHDER ENVIRONMENTAL, SARNIA, ONTARIO

Laura Margetts was born in Sarnia, Ontario in 1961, and she graduated from Queen's University with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1983.

Upon graduation, Laura was hired as an engineer with Syncrude Canada in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

In 1987, Laura moved to Calgary and worked for the City of Calgary and then for Petro Canada in the area of Industrial Hygiene. In 1995, after a 5 year stint as a stay-at-home Mum, Laura joined Tecsar Engineering as a Process Design Engineer. This work let to a job with NOVA Chemicals as a plant engineer and then into the NOVA environmental group.

Laura currently works for LEHDER Environmental in the Air Quality Group where she conducts dispersion modeling and emission calculations for various industrial clients in support of Certificate of Approval applications. Laura has been married to her husband Kerry for 23 years, and they have two teenaged children. Their son, Colin is currently in first year engineering at Queen's.

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Kerry Margetts

Kerry Margetts graduated from Queen's University with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1983. Upon graduation, Mr. Margetts was hired as a plant engineer with Syncrude Canada in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

In 1987, Mr. Margetts joined Shell Canada as a process engineer based in Calgary. Two year later he took on the role of project engineer at Shell's Scotford Complex in Edmonton. Mr. Margetts relocated to Sarnia, Ontario in 1991, where he was the Health and Safety Manager for the Shell Refinery and Chemical plant. The following year, he moved to Toronto as Ontario Distribution Manager, overseeing Ontario Marketing terminals as well as the movement of all Shell products including lubricants.

Mr. Margetts returned to Shell's Sarnia Manufacturing Centre as Health, Safety and Environment Manager and then moved on to become the site Operations Manager.

In June 2008, Mr. Margetts was appointed to his current position of General Manager of Shell, Sarnia.

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Thomas McCarthy

Thomas McCarthy graduated from Queen's University in the spring of 2006 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His career in the Oilpatch started immediately following graduation. He was signed to Trident Exploration Corp. , a mid-sized private company based in Calgary that specializes in exploration and development of Coalbed Methane, a form of unconventional natural gas. There, he held a project management and reservoir engineering role for two years until he began working as a reservoir engineer for a small petroleum engineering consulting firm. There, he provided technical and economic evaluations for clients that held assets in the prolific Montney natural gas play in Northeastern BC, as well as the new Utica shale gas developments in Quebec and New York.

In October of 2008, Thomas began working as an exploitation engineer with Anderson Energy Inc. , a public junior oil and gas company that specializes primarily in the development of natural gas plays within Alberta.

The typical Exploitation Engineer has a hand in most major decisions over the life cycle of a well, starting from early geological studies and land acquisition, to drilling, completion, and infrastructure development, all the way through to production engineering and petroleum marketing. It is a fairly interactive field of engineering as there is constant ongoing dialogue between departments and companies. Negotiating contract terms and project costs with partners and discussing compliance with the Energy Resources Conservation Board of Alberta (ERCB) is fairly commonplace.

Thomas was born and raised in Calgary, and spends the cold snowy winters on his skis wherever there is fresh powder and a blue sky.

Tricia Orlando

Tricia Orlando entered Tenaris in 2006 in the Human Resource Department.

Tricia has held the position of HR Development Analyst for Canada and for the past two years has held the position on Recruitment Analyst which has allowed her focusing specifically on Recruitment for salaried personnel for Canada. Tricia graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario with her Bachelor of Arts Political Science degree.

She also completed a Post Graduate certificate in Human Resource Management from the School of Business at Humber College in Toronto, ON.

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Chris Perry

Christopher Perry graduated from Queen's University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2006. Post graduation he got a job working as a Reservoir Engineer at Trident Exploration Corp., a midsize private exploration company specializing in the production of Coalbed Methane (CBM). Chris learned the industry at Trident, and specialized in pressure transient analysis (PTA) of well flow tests. This involves analyzing well flow and buildup pressure data in order to get an idea as to reservoir characteristics such as permeability, flow capacity etc. He worked there for 9 months, but left to become an Exploitation Engineer at Zargon Oil & Gas, the position he currently holds.

Exploitation Engineers are "hybrid" engineers who work in all aspects of the Oil & Gas industry, but specialize in none. It involves combining geology, reservoir, production, and economic elements into key decisions over the course of a given project. It involves constant communication with all of the departments within a company, including Land, Geology and Geophysics (G&G), Production Engineering and Accounting.

Chris currently works primarily in Zargon's Alberta Plains North properties, which include mainly shallow gas exploration and exploitation, and oil exploitation. However he has also worked in Heavy oil Exploitation in southern Alberta and oil exploration and exploitation in Saskatchewan.

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Brian Pritchard

Brian Pritchard is the Oil Sands Reliability and Maintenance Manager for Shell Canada Energy. After graduating with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Queen's University in 1980, Brian joined Shell Canada where he has held a number of positions in Engineering, Operations Management and Maintenance Management in Canada and the USA. Brian is currently leading the implementation of a suite of Shell's Global Best Practices in Process Safety, Maintenance and Reliability at the Scotford Upgrader and Albian Sands Energy sites.

Mike Rose

President & C.E.O.
Tourmaline Oil Corp.

Mike graduated from Queen's in 1979 with honors B.Sc in Geology. Born in Montreal, Quebec in 1957, Mike grew up in Streetsville, Ontario.

Mike worked as a geologist with Shell Canada in roles of increasing responsibility from 1979 until 1993. His last job at Shell Canada was Manager of Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Research.

Mike founded Berkley Petroleum Corp in May 1993. As President and C.E.O., he grew the company from a microcap to an Intermediate Exploration and Production company with production of 35,000 boepd and over a TCF of reserves. Berkley was one of Canada's premier explorers in the 1990's. The company was sold to Anadarko Petroleum for an enterprise value of $1.6 billion in March 2001.

In July of 2001, Mike founded Duvernay Oil Corp. As President and C.E.O., he 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 premier Exploration and Production companies during the 2000's. The company was sold to Shell Canada in August of 2008 for an enterprise value of $5.9 billion.

Mike founded Tourmaline Oil Corp. in September of 2008, a private oil and gas company that has a private market capitalization of $1.7 billion. Mike is President and C.E.O. of Tourmaline.

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Chris Rousch

Chris Rousch is the Manager of Engineering for Provident Energy Trust. He is responsible for the management of Technical Services, and Capital Projects within Provident's Midstream Business Unit.

Chris Joined Provident in 2003, after he started his career at Williams Energy (Canada) Inc, in 2002. He has worked in many areas of the Midstream business including projects in the extraction, pipeline, fractionation and terminalling businesses, both at Williams and Provident. Chris was Project Engineer at Provident from 2003-2005, and has held the title of Manager, Engineering and Construction since 2006.

Chris received his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Queen's University in 2002. Chris has completed the requirements of study, and will receive dual MBA degrees from Queen's University and Cornell University in May 2010. Chris was the 2009 recipient of the William Kurtz Scholarship from the Propane Gas Association of Canada.

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Kathy Scales

Kathy Scales has been with Suncor Energy (previously Petro-Canada) since graduating with a B.Sc. in Geology from Queen's University in 1978. Kathy has held a diverse array of positions with increasing responsibility during this time, from exploration and exploitation geology in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin, including the heavy oil sands of northeastern Alberta, to evaluation of the Hibernia field and senior analyst in the Acquisitions and Divestitures group through to playing a key role in the company's climate change strategy development. Kathy has been an active member of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, including being elected as President of the Society in 1999.

In 2000, Kathy joined Petro-Canada's Environment, Safety & Social Responsibility (ES&SR) group to manage the company's climate change portfolio. In this position, she was responsible for the monitoring and reporting of all greenhouse gas emissions, as well as development of programs to ensure energy efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas reductions. Both Petro-Canada and Suncor were active members in the Voluntary Challenge & Registry (VCR) during the ‘90's and through to 2003. In 2003 Kathy was appointed ES&SR Team Lead for the Oil Sands Business Unit where she was successful in delivering environmental assessments, proactively dealing with stakeholders in the Fort McMurray region, and stewarding regulatory impacts. In late 2005 Kathy returned to the Environment Services corporate group to manage corporate governance over all of Petro-Canada's Air Emissions activities, including development of Petro-Canada's climate change strategies. Kathy was instrumental in producing Petro-Canada's Sustainability report, as well as the Company's submission to the Carbon Disclosure Project. With the merger of Suncor and Petro-Canada in mid-2009, Kathy's position changed once again where her focus is now on developing and sustaining the company's Energy and Climate Change Policy, from within the Suncor Energy Sustainability Group. This group is charged with providing leadership to ensure that Suncor supplies energy in a manner that meets the environmental, economic and social expectations of stakeholders.

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Dan Sparkes

As a student and engineer, Dan has worked a variety of jobs in the upstream oil and gas industry including drilling, completions, and production engineering in field and office settings in western Canada, Brazil, and southern Ontario (yes, Ontario does have an upstream oil and gas industry).

From drilling a new basin wildcat exploration well to squeezing the last puff of gas from a mature field, Dan has had diverse exposure to the exploration and production (E&P) industry and still cannot get enough as there are so many interesting things to do. The application on a large scale of high technology to challenges presented by the natural world is what Dan finds so exciting about E&P.

Dan's current assignment is Subsurface (petroleum engineering and geosciences) Manager for coalbed methane (CBM) at BP Canada. Dan has a petroleum engineering degree from the University of Alberta (2001) and is a professional engineer licensed in Alberta.

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Bill Swett

Bill is a lubricant products technical advisor with Imperial Oil in Calgary and is in his 28th year with the company. He has spent most of his career in the lubricants business and is currently responsible for ensuring that Imperial Oil's passenger car and commercial vehicle lubricants continue to meet customer needs and changing industry requirements. Bill came to Queen's from Halifax and graduated in 1978 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Prior to graduation Bill gained some oil industry experience on-campus when the class of Science '78 built and erected an oil derrick between Ontario Hall and Douglas Library on April 1, 1978. After graduation Bill joined Schlumberger which took him to France, Algeria, and Nigeria.

His first assignments in the lubricants business were in Edmonton, then London, Ontario, in industrial sales and technical services positions serving customers in industries such as mining, pulp and paper, power generation, road transport, natural gas compression, automotive manufacturing, chemicals production and marine shipping. He then moved to Toronto where he had assignments that included managing the marketing of industrial lubricants, industrial fuels and lubricants sales manager for Ontario then lubricants pricing and contracting manager. He also had an operations assignment as external supply manager where he was responsible for purchased lubricant additives and base stocks, external packaging services and managing new product commercialization.

Bill is a professional engineer registered in Alberta and an avid supporter of Queen's. His first trip back for Homecoming weekend after graduating was in 1984 and he had so much fun he's been back to meet up with three Queen's friends every year except one since then. Bill's daughter Joanna was born on the Friday before Homecoming weekend 1991!

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Danielle Turney

Danielle graduated from Queen's University in May of 2007 with an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Option. While at Queen's she was the Art Director of the 2007 Science Formal, and also spent a summer working with Dave Mody recruiting projects and developing material for the TEAM program. Following graduation, she spent a year exploring career options, and decided to pursue a job in the engineering field.

Danielle joined Enbridge Gas Distribution in May of 2008. Enbridge Gas Distribution is Canada's largest gas distribution company that serves customers in Ontario, Quebec, and New York State. Danielle is a part of the company's Engineering Professional Development Program, where she is rotated through various departments in the organization. She is currently a Project Leader in the System Quality and Risk Management group and is working toward her Professional Engineer licence.

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Anne Valentine

Anne Valentine (formerly Anne Richardson) graduated from Chemical Engineering at Queen's in 1977. She joined Esso Resources in Calgary as a reservoir engineer working on Cold Lake heavy oil operations. For the next 11 years she working on Cold Lake in various capacities, including 2 years as field engineer in Cold Lake. In 1988 a move to Fort McMurray, Alberta, triggered a career change as she began teaching computer courses for Keyano College, both continuing education and industry courses. She set up and coordinated the training for Syncrude's Employee Computer Purchase Plan before moving back to Calgary in 1990.


This was the beginning of a 20 year career span in petroleum software related training. She worked on contract for Landmark Graphics providing training and consulting worldwide in a software application for well and reservoir surveillance. In 2001 she joined Schlumberger in a similar role. She is currently responsible for internal training of production engineers globally within Schlumberger Information Solutions, the software segment of Schlumberger.


When Anne is not traveling, she currently divides her time between Calgary and her cabin in the Shuswap region of British Columbia. She enjoys drinking wine with friends, golfing, gardening, home renovations, and spending time with her 2 adult children and 3 dogs.

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Neal Walters

Neal Walters is a partner in A.T. Kearney's energy practice and has over twenty years of combined industry and consulting experience.

While with A.T. Kearney, Neal has led several consulting engagements in the oil & gas industry, focusing on strategy and performance improvement in manufacturing, supply chain, capital project management and procurement.

Prior to joining A.T. Kearney, Neal worked in the downstream division of Imperial Oil (ExxonMobil) for more than ten years in engineering, project management, supply chain management and strategic planning roles.

Neal has a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

Neal is based in Toronto and can be contacted at neal.walters@atkearney.com

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Deborah Yedlin

Queen's School of Business Article (link)

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Christine Yorke

Christine received her degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University in 1992. She has worked for Suncor Energy (formerly Petro-Canada) since graduation. Christine spent the first seven years providing engineering support to plant operations, culminating in the opportunity to train the personnel and start up a new production train. To broaden her understanding of the business, she worked in Business Integration and in the Supply groups until 2006. Her experience in those areas provided insights into how the oil and gas industry leverages technology and engineering skill to convert crude oil into cash.

Christine returned to her roots in 2006 to lead the Engineering Technical Services group at the Lubricants Centre. After two and half very busy years, she became the Process Safety Management lead for the site. In this role she works with Engineering, Operations and Maintenance personnel to prevent incidents that could have a significant impact on personnel, the environment or plant profitability.

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Mirko Zatka
Shell - Senior Staff Thermal Engineer - EPW - Unconventional Oil

Mirko graduated from Queen's University in 1984, after completing an undergraduate degree in Engineering Chemistry and a Master's degree in Metallurgical Engineering. Now in his 26th year with Shell Canada, he is a Senior Thermal Production Specialist looking after the Orion SAGD project, as well as a number of new technology development projects.

His previous assignments with Shell include thermal well design and surveillance on a number of Peace River projects, a stint in Technology Transfer assisting with patents and technology licensing, and a 3-year secondment to Aera Energy LLC in southern California to work on a light oil thermal recovery demonstration project.

Mirko is a registered professional engineer in the province of Alberta, and currently serves on the Drilling & Production standing committee of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association.

 

 

Conference Program

Date

Time

Event

Speaker

Location

Friday
17:00 to 18:00
Registration
Goodes Hall - Lobby
18:00 to 19:00
Reception
Goodes Hall - Lobby
19:00
Introductory
Deborah Yedlin
Goodes Hall - Lobby
20:00
Networking
Clark Hall Pub
Saturday
7:45 - 8:30
Breakfast
Ban Righ - Main Dining Room
8:30
Oil and Gas Exploration
Mike Rose
Ban Righ
9:00
Exploration
Alexandra Campbell
Ban Righ
9:30
Special Topics - Coal Bed Methane
Dan Sparkes
Ban Righ
10:00
Break and Networking
Ban Righ
10:30
Exploitation, Drilling, Completions
Tom McCarthy and Chris Perry
Ban Righ
11:00
Actually, Everything Comes Down to Efficiently Managing Risk
Eric LeDain
Ban Righ
11:30
Lunch
Ban Righ
12:00
Oil Sands Mining and Oil Shale
Mirko Zatka
Ban Righ
12:30
Midstream and Gas Processing
Chris Rousch
Ban Righ
13:00
Refinery Operation - Oil Processing 1
Brian Pritchard
Ban Righ
13:30
Refinery Operation - Oil Processing 2
Kerry Margetts
Ban Righ
14:00
Break and Networking
Ban Righ
14:30
Oil and Gas Trading
Gary Kline
Ban Righ
15:00
Reliability
Durga Murti
Ban Righ
15:30
Environmental Consulting
Laura Margetts
Ban Righ
16:00
Engineering Procurement and Construction
Peter Johnson
Ban Righ
16:30
Marketing / Technical Support
Bill Swett
Ban Righ
18:00 - 18:30
Reception
Wallace Hall
18:30
Dinner
Wallace Hall
20:00
Networking
Grizzly Grill
Sunday
7:45 - 8:30
Breakfast
Ban Righ
8:30
Water Flooding
Anne Valentine and Andrea Buzinski
Ban Righ
9:00
Lubricants
Mark Knight
Ban Righ
9:30
Break and Networking
10:00
O&G Business Consulting
Neal Walters
Ban Righ
10:30
Climate Change
Kathy Scales
Ban Righ
11:00
Piping Manufacturing
Danelle LePage
Ban Righ
11:30
O&G Research
David Berg
Ban Righ
12:00
Safety Engineering
Christine Yorke
Ban Righ
12:30
How Companies Rate Resumes and Interviews
Patti Webber
Ban Righ
13:00
Concluding Remarks
Ban Righ

 

 

 
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