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Philip Gray

Philip Gray graduated from the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s University in 2011. Upon completion, Phil began working for Shell Canada based in Calgary, Alberta. As a member of the company’s New Graduate Program, Phil has rotated through three roles in the organization in almost as many years. He has worked in long-range and short-range mine planning, and is currently a Mine Operations Team Leader at Shell’s Muskeg River Mine.

Michele Harradence

Michele is the General Manager of Shell’s Sarnia Manufacturing Complex, a 75,000 barrel per day refinery and petrochemical facility located just south of Sarnia, Ontario.

She has worked for Shell in Canada since 1998 holding a number of increasingly responsible roles and has sat on several business leadership teams in Shell including Shell’s Heavy Oil Leadership Team, Upstream Americas Contracting and Procurement Leadership Team and North American Retail Leadership Team.

Michele obtained her degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and her law degree from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. 

In 2012 Michele chaired the Nunavut Study Group of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.  

Michele is married and has 2 children.  They Harradence family enjoys dividing their summer holidays between Grand-Barachois, New Brunswick and Waskesiu Lake, Saskatchewan.

Rob Lyon

Rob Lyon is a HR Professional with Shell Canada. Most recently he has been involved in Commercial Graduate Recruitment and Talent Management. Prior to this role, Rob acted as a HR Advisor in Shell Canada’s Manufacturing and Exploration Businesses. In addition, he sits on the chair committee for Shell Canada’s LGBT employee network.
Suncor Energy

Peter MacConnachie

Peter is the Sr. Sustainability Issues Management Specialist at Suncor Energy.  He has worked in technical, marketing and business development roles over his career.  He has worked extensively in the fields of alternate fuels and the assessment of emerging energy technologies.  In his current position, Peter’s role is to “look over the horizon” to identify future issues for Suncor and the oil sands industry. 

He is one of the co-authors of Suncor’s oil sands blog which addresses issues relevant to oil sands in a larger energy context   osqar.suncor.com

Peter has a B.Sc. in Chemistry from U. of Victoria, an M.Sc. in Chemistry from Queen’s and an MBA from U. of Alberta.

Peter on the Advisory Panel of ISEEESA and he serves as Suncor’s representative on the Boreal Leadership Council and is on the Network for Business Sustainability Leadership Council.  In his spare time, Peter loves to bike, run and play golf.  He is also an avid supporter of his daughters’ activities (rock climbing, hockey, lacrosse and music) despite the fact that he is not proficient in any of these activities.

Matt Fallen


Matt grew up in Thunder Bay before attending Queen’s.  In 2003, Matt graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He continued his time at Queen’s and earned a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2005.  Matt’s Master’s project involved looking at a new method to test hockey helmets for concussion protection.  He was also heavily involved in the Queen’s SAE Baja team both in his undergrad and grad studies.

After leaving Queen’s, Matt moved to Calgary to start working as an Engineer with Compact Compression.  In 2007, Matt joined Tesco Corporation as a R&D Design Engineer focusing on the design of innovative drilling and tubular handling equipment.  In 2012, Matt joined Devon Canada as a Development Engineer in the Thermal Heavy Oil Technology Development Group.  In this position he was responsible for evaluating various technologies which can be applied at Devon’s In-Situ Oil Sands assets.  Currently, Matt is the Leader of the Pads & Subsurface group within Devon’s Thermal Heavy Oil Technology Group.  Matt oversees a team of Development Engineers that are focused on subsurface technologies to increase bitumen production, increase reserve recovery and new extraction methods.

Matt is a Professional Engineer and member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Outside of work Matt enjoys snowboarding, slow pitch, and pub trivia.

Richard Wong


Richard Wong is a Development Engineer in Encana Corporation’s Regulatory and Government Relations Team. His role is to provide advocacy support on policy and regulatory initiatives to ensure ongoing competitiveness of Encana's business units, and to maintain relationships with governments, regulators, industry associations and other stakeholders to help support Encana's business interests. In his role, Richard must leverage his knowledge of both regulatory change management and oil and gas engineering to provide regulatory support to Encana staff, and to develop technical and economic analyses that underpin advocacy positions on priority policy and regulatory files.

Richard recently completed a 1.5 year secondment assignment with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), where he provided support to the CAPP Operations group and interfaced with various government and regulatory agencies to coordinate industry input on major regulatory reform initiatives, and to provide direction on regulatory changes.

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).

A native of Calgary, Richard grew up hiking on weekend trips to the Rocky Mountains, an experience that has inspired his interest in geology and petroleum engineering. An avid reader, Richard also enjoys running and spending time with family and friends in his free time.


Imperial Oil

Cindy Christopher

Cindy Christopher, a native of Saskatchewan, graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering in 1978 and is currently the Manager of Environmental Policy and Planning at Imperial Oil. 
Cindy joined Imperial Oil 35 years ago and has worked in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility.  Her early career at Imperial included management roles at the Sarnia, Ontario and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia refineries and in the Toronto office.  Through the Executive Interchange Program, Cindy also worked for the Federal government in Ottawa.  Following this, Cindy was appointed the Manager of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs working in both the Calgary and Toronto offices and later became the Manager of  Safety, Health & Environment Manager located at the head office in Calgary. She has been in the role of Manager of Environmental Policy and Planning for the last three years.
After living in Ontario for many years, Cindy calls Alberta home.  She has a 14-year old daughter and enjoys her horse, dogs and cat.



Ibrahim Al-Khudairy

Ibrahim is a Key Account Sales Coordinator at Tenaris, a leading global manufacturer and supplier of steel pipe products and related services for the world’s energy industry and for other industrial applications.

Ibrahim graduated in Mechanical Engineering and Management from McMaster University in 2008 and followed up his education with an MBA from the Queen’s School of Business, graduating with the Full-time class of 2012. Upon graduating as an Engineer, his first work appointment was as Project Engineering EIT in the Mining and Metallurgy division of a major EPC company where he was responsible for communicating technical matters between the project management team and the technical disciplines. After gaining experience in this field and in the interest of seeking greater opportunities, he accepted the role of Mechanical Coordinator for a major construction project in Madagascar. This role had him focused on troubleshooting mechanical and structural issues as well as managing the design and construction of a critical facility at the Plant Site.

Following this experience, Ibrahim pursued his MBA. Upon graduating, still high from his experiences in Madagascar, he sought to move out of Toronto and thought Calgary would be a good option to live, work, and play in. He accepted his current position at Tenaris and has worked in Calgary since August 2012. His tasks include seeking business opportunities for adding value to the client, sourcing and using market intelligence, forecasting demand, supervising quotations to the customer, and developing relationships.

Ibrahim has been a registered member of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association since 2012. He holds a Private Pilot’s License for single engine propeller aircraft and is a member of the Canadian Sport Parachute Association. When it’s too cold to be jumping out of planes, Ibrahim frequents the ski hills of Alberta and BC.

Danelle Lepage

Danelle is a Sales Manager for Long Term Agreements at Tenaris, a leading global manufacturer and supplier of steel pipe products and related services for the world’s energy industry and for other industrial applications. 

She began her career in the engineering acoustical consulting industry working for Valcoustics Canada in Richmond Hill, Ontario, in 1999 and joined the Tenaris team in 2001.  Her start with Tenaris was at its tubular manufacturing facility in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in the Industrial and Economic Planning areas where she gained a technical understanding of Tenaris’ seamless products and processes and started developing her managerial career.  In 2007, Danelle took on a new challenge as the Manager of Recruitment, Development and Tenaris University for Tenaris Canada, and re-located to the Calgary office in 2008.  She worked in this role for 4 years before venturing her career to the commercial side of the business in Marketing to learn about Canada’s dynamic energy industry, and prepare for her current role in sales. 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.   She has also been leading the steering committee for the company’s strategic gender diversity initiatives across Canada for the past year.

Danelle has been a registered professional engineer in Alberta since 2010, and prior to that, in Ontario since 2006.

Aux Sable

William McAdam

W.J. (Bill) McAdam joined Aux Sable Liquid Products Inc. as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer in January 2000. He was named as President and CEO of Aux Sable (Aux Sable Liquid Products Inc. and Aux Sable Canada Ltd.) in April 2001 and led the formation and development of Aux Sable over the 2000 to 2013 timeframe out of the company’s headquarters in Chicago. After a planned succession over 2013, Bill elected to retire effective December 31, 2013. He currently serves as a director of Canexus Corporation.
Prior to joining Aux Sable, Bill held progressively responsible positions with Imperial Oil from 1974 to 1994 in a wide range of assignments in the company’s operating and corporate departments, including Exxon Chemical’s worldwide headquarters in New York and Imperial Oil’s corporate headquarters in Toronto.
Bill began his association with Aux Sable as an independent consultant working on several initiatives, including the Alliance/Aux Sable project during its development phase from 1995 to 1998. From 1998 to 1999, he was President of Mapco Canada Energy Inc. and then returned to Aux Sable in January, 2000 to lead the new company.

Bill graduated from Queens University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and earned his Masters of Business Administration degree from McMaster University in 1980 while working for Esso Chemical in Toronto.

He and wife, Stephanie, (also a Queen’s grad) will continue to live in Naperville, IL outside of Chicago and spend time in Scottsdale during the winter where he will focus on getting back into “shape” in his areas of interest….golf, tennis, running/biking and duplicate bridge! Bill and Stephanie are very much looking forward to their 40th Queen’s reunion this fall.


Chris Rousch

Chris Rousch is the Vice President, Midstream for Veresen, one of Canada's leading Energy Infrastructure companies. Chris is responsible for Veresen's independent Midstream Business Unit,with key assets consisting of the Hythe and Steeprock Gas Processing Facilities and associated pipeline gathering systems, purchased from Encana in January 2012 for $920 Million. These assets are located in the Cutbank Ridge region of Alberta and British Columbia processing gas and natural gas liquids produced from the prolific Montney, Cadomin and other geological formations.

Chris joined Veresen in April 2012, after spending nearly 10 years at Provident Energy, where he was most recently Director, Engineering and Projects. Provident Energy was purchased by Pembina Pipeline Corporation in 2012 for $3.7Billion.

Chris received his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Queen's University, as well as dual MBA degrees from Queen's University and Cornell University. Chris is registered as a Professional Engineer in Alberta and British Columbia. Chris is also a Certified Management Accountant. Chris and his family live in Calgary, Alberta.

Gran Tierra Energy Inc.

Shane O'Leary


Shane O’Leary graduated from Queen’s Applied Science (Chemical) in 1977 and from Western’s Ivey Business School with an MBA in 1983. Shane was recruited out of Queen’s by Schlumberger and began his career in the oil and gas industry working in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Shane has worked in the oil and gas business for over 35 years including a long career with Amoco/BP where he worked projects in Canada, Alaska, West Africa, North Africa, the Middle-East, the Caspian, the Far East and Europe.  Since returning to Canada in 2002, Shane served as the VP Brazil Business Unit for EnCana where he led the Brazil team in the appraisal and evaluation of EnCana’s offshore reserves. He was President and CEOof First Calgary Petroleum Ltd leading a $2 billion gas development in Algeria untilthe sale of the company in September 2008. Most recently Shane has been the Chief Operating Officer of Gran Tierra Energy– an exploration and production company focused in Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Argentina.



Matrix Solutions

Rob Sturgess

Rob Sturgess is an Ontario raised, Science 88 Mech Eng, that found his way out to Calgary – and never left. For over 20 years Rob has been playing and working throughout Western Canada, primarily on the environmental side of the oil and gas industry.

Recruited straight from Queen’s into an upstream oil and gas exploration company, Rob understands industry’s side of the equation. The last 20 years working as an environmental consultant has rounded out Rob’s work experience and environmental perspective. Rob has had the chance to work on projects including oil sands development, polyethylene manufacturing, water treatment, sour gas processing, electrical cogeneration, coal fire electrical generation, coal gasification and CO2sequestration. Rob’s experience included working for a large international consulting firm, being a founding partner in his own consulting firm and is currently VicePresident of Matrix Solutions, a600+person privately held environmental company. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Rob works closely with clients in the design and environmental assessment of projects and actively mentors staff through their professional development.

Rob’s true project management, logistical coordination, and financial management skills can be seen regularly at ski hills throughout the region as he is a dedicated Ski Dad to three kids with a passion for deep powder and double black diamonds!


Katrina Stewart

Katrina Stewart is a proud Sci’12 (CHEM ENG) who found her way back to Calgary after growing up on the east coast. Her time at Queen’s was centered on developing a strong technical knowledge skill set balanced with broad experiences gained through the Tea Room, Engineers without Borders,  International exchange, Queen’s synchronized swimming, Science Quest and SciFormal committee.

For the past year and a half she’s been carving out a spot for herself in the Albertan environmental industry, gaining exposure to the scale and level of interdisciplinary involvement required to advance projects.  Her professional experience ranges from geological overburden delineation work on mine sites to pre‑development regulatory environmental applications. Katrina takes part in a wide variety of field work assisting with vegetation and soil surveys as well as spill response. She is currently working in the Air Quality department at Matrix Solutions, contributing to air quality dispersion modelling and assessments.

Crescent Point Energy

Jane Allen

New Wave Explortation

Andy Williamson

Andy Williamson graduated from Queen’s University in 1985 with a degree in Geological
Engineering, majoring in Geophysics. During a career of over 28 years in the oil and gas industry
he has gained expertise in a wide variety of applied geophysics in the exploration and production
of hydrocarbons both domestically and internationally. He recently formed his own geophysical
consulting company New Wave Exploration Inc. and is working on domestic and international
projects for a variety of clients.

Andy began his career in Calgary working for Western Geophysical and made his first foray into
the international arena in 1992 when he was posted to Bogota, Colombia and later Buenos Aires,
Argentina. Back in Canada in 1995, he began working for Alberta Energy Company (which
became Encana), where he explored and developed oil fields in Southern Alberta and later in the
Oriente Basin of Ecuador. He left EnCana in 2007 to pursue opportunities in the junior oil and
gas sector as Manager of Geophysics for Galleon Energy, and Chief Geophysicist for Africa Oil.
Outside of geophysics and oil and gas, Andy is a Director of Social Venture Partners
International, a worldwide charitable donor network. He is a professional musician (drummer,
singer) and enjoys many sports and travel with his wife Krystyna (ArtSci ’86) and daughters
Maryna (Sci ’14) and Evalina (ConEd’17). Andy and Krystyna are pleased to be members of the
Grant Hall Societ


Mike Rose

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

Mike was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1957, and grew up in Streetsville, Ontario. Mike graduated from Queen’s in 1979 with an honours B.Sc in Geology.
Mike worked as a geologist with Shell Canada in roles of increasing responsibility in Exploration and Production from 1979 until 1993. His last job at Shell Canada was Manager of Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Research.

He 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 most prolific explorers in the 1990’s. The company was sold to Anadarko Petroleum for an enterprise value of $1.6 billion in March 2001 following a hostile bid by Hunt Oil at Christmas of 2000.

In July of 2001, Mike founded Duvernay Oil Corp. As President and C.E.O., 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 premier Exploration and Production companies during the 2000’s 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 of 2008 for an enterprise value of $5.9 billion.

Mike founded Tourmaline Oil Corp. in September of 2008, initially a private oil and gas company. Tourmaline went public in November 2010 and has a current market capitalization in excess of $8.5 billion and production of 110,000 boepd. Mike is President and C.E.O. of Tourmaline.
Mike is married and has three sons.

ITG Investment Research

Ian Nieboer

Ian is an Energy Analyst with ITG Investment Research where he covers international conventional and unconventional plays. Based in Calgary, ITG’s Energy Research team provides independent research and expertise to institutional investors and corporate clients from around the world.

Upon graduation, Ian joined Canadian Natural Resources Limited as a Field Engineer based in Drumheller and Brooks, Alberta. He subsequently went on to Exploitation Engineering roles focused on assets in Northeast British Columbia, Western Alberta, and Western Saskatchewan.

Ian received a double major in Engineering Physics and Applied Economics from Queen’s University in 2006 and obtained his MBA in 2012 from IESE Business School.He is a Professional Engineer registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).


































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