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Andrew Carter

Andy started working with Shell in 2008 as the Manager of Muskeg River Mine and transitioned into the Tailings Operations Manager role when the integration with JPM occurred in 2011. Most recently Andy has taken on the role of Manager of the Tailings and Water Portfolio for the site. Andy was born in Charlottetown, P.E.I, raised in London, Ontario and has a degree in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University. Andy started working in exploration when he was still in high school, and mining was a logical extension of that experience. When Andy first signed up he was a Shell employee but under the Albian entity. When Shell took over, their processes began to get implemented which were a lot more rigorous than how they did things in the past – this included how they execute work and how they plan maintenance – overall they’re a lot more robust in the way work is executed. Andy hopes to ensure that Shell has an robust tailings and water strategy that contributes to the overall success of the joint venture.

At home, Andy is married to the woman he met when he was a summer student working in Fort McMurray in the mid-1980’s. They have three great kids all pursuing their passion for the arts. Andy is an avid runner, mediocre but enthusiastic golfer and a baseball fanatic.



Suncor Energy

Peter MacConnachie

Peter is the Sr. Sustainability Manager 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 interacts with investors, academics and environmental groups on a variety of issues.

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 is on the Advisory Committee of the MRU Institute for Environmental Sustainability 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 road bike, run and play golf.  He is a proud father – both of his daughters are currently at Queen’s. 


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.



Andrew Fraser

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
  • the process lead for a major redesign of a condensate system

Currently, Andrew is a part of a projects group in Saint John assisting Irving Oil to maintain and optimize their refinery operations. 



Drew Ross

Drew Ross joined Scotia Waterous in April 2007 and is a Managing Director in the Calgary office. Mr. Ross is responsible for business development and project execution.

Prior to joining Scotia Waterous, Mr. Ross gained over 13 years of experience in energy investment banking focusing on capital markets and merger and acquisition transactions. He most recently spent 2 years at Genuity Capital Markets as the head of the Energy Group. Prior to that, he worked at Merrill Lynch for 5 years and RBC Capital Markets for 6 years, all located in Calgary. Prior to his career in investment banking, Mr. Ross worked as a Geophysicist at Chevron Canada Resources for 4 years.

Mr. Ross holds an Honours Bachelor of Engineering in Geophysics from Queen’s University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.


Parex Resources Inc.

Wayne Foo

Mr. Wayne Foo has over 30 years of experience in exploration and production of oil and gas, with the last 14 years in executive roles in companies ranging from start-up to senior independents producers. He is currently the President and CEO of Parex Resources Inc, a Canadian public company active in South America and the Caribbean. From 2003 to 2009 he was a founder and later President and CEO of Parex’ predecessor, Petro AndinaResources Inc. Petro Andina grew exclusively through the drill bit to operate 30,000 bopd in Argentina, where the company recognized, explored and developed a new heavy oil trend that comprised a significant extension to the Neuquén Basin.

Mr. Foo has served on the Boards of Directors of publicly traded, private and not-for profit organizations. He is currently a director of Pengrowth Energy Corporation where he is Chairman of the Reserves, Operations, Health, Safety and Environment Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology degree from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Science in Geology from Queen’s University. Mr. Foo is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.


Shale Petroleum Ltd.

Paul MacKay



Paul MacKay received a B.Sc.(honours, geological sciences) from Queen’s University in 1980 and a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary (1991). He initially worked for Amoco Canada then moved to Morrison Petroleums, Northstar Energy, and Devon Canada before beginning an international consulting practice. He is currently President of Shale Petroleum Ltd. a private oil company based in Calgary, Alberta. His expertise is in fracture systems, petroleum exploration and development in structurally complex reservoirs. He teaches field courses in Structural Geology/Geophysics in the Canadian Rockies and field seminars on Fractured Reservoirs in Wyoming. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Calgary and is the Past-President of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists. He is a member or the CSPG, CSEG, AAPG, and APEGA




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

Andrea Buzinski


Andrea graduated from Queen’s in 2007 with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering. After leaving Queen’s, Andrea joined Schlumberger Information Solutions where she was in charge of support, training and consulting on several production engineering software applications. In 2011, Andrea joined Devon Canada as a Production Engineer for a variety of oil and gas properties in the Peace River area. In October 2013, Andrea joined the Environment and Regulatory team at Devon. Her current role involves working with multidisciplinary teams for implementation of fresh water management plans and development of strategies for appropriate risk management and mitigation around the full life cycle of water usage. She also manages and tracks regulatory and environmental compliance projects related to water.

Andrea was born and raised in Calgary and when she is not working she enjoys traveling. She recently returned from a trip to Chile, Argentina and Brazil.

Cenovus Energy

Maliha Zaman

As a Reservoir Engineer, Maliha is responsible for the long term reservoir development of Cenovus Energy’s operational performance. She joined the company in 2008 and her business experience includes a variety of areas in reservoir optimization and surveillance, long-term reservoir development, reserves evaluations, completion optimization and communications.

Maliha published a paper at CURC 2011 conference (SPE: 149503) and was involved in developing the dilation start-up (patent pending) at Christina Lake. She earned a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering wit h apetroleum minor from the University of Calgary in 2008, and is currently finishing up a M. Eng. in reservoir engineering.

Maliha is a member of the APEGGA, CHOA, and SPE. She is also actively involved in volunteering in the community by organizing youth camps and mentoring. She enjoys travelling, hiking, and camping in her spare time and tries to visit one new place every year.

MEG Energy

Jamey Fitzgibbon

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.


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).

Queen's University

Lone Taylor

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.






































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