Hydrocarbon Transport 2018
Best Practices for Efficiently Bringing Your Product to Market
April 10 - 11, 2018 · Calgary, Alberta
Confirmed Experts for 2018 Include:
Simon Foxcroft, Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
Simon Foxcroft has a commercial practice focused primarily on occupational health and safety law, construction law and mining law. Simon is intimately familiar with all aspects of a mining business including: the negotiation and preparation of international and domestic purchase and sale agreements; the loading, storage, railing and shipping of commodities; the day to day operations of a working mine; and the negotiation and preparation of equipment supply and purchase agreements. Simon has extensive involvement in mine expansions and reserve development including the negotiated resolution of competing mineral and resource stake holders. He acts for clients in relation to the leasing of rail cars and has been extensively involved in the legal and regulatory issues arising from the railing of crude oil and coal.
Simon regularly advises clients on construction related matters and has been involved in a wide variety of construction projects including: gas plants; pipelines; power generation facilities; underground gas storage facilities; tank farms; food production plants; transloading facilities; light rail lines; coal mine infrastructure; an activated carbon plant; and the extensive construction and upgrading of various electrical distribution and transmission facilities.
Derek Fraser, Director, Client Services, Petroleum Division, Maxxam Analytics International
Derek Fraser's experience covers both petroleum and environmental laboratory analysis, which includes sampling and analysis of crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids along with soil and water contamination. He has over 15 years' experience in the laboratory services industry. Currently, Derek is the Director of Industry Services for the Canadian Crude Oil Quality Technical Association and on the advisory board for the Crude Oil Quality Association in the United States. His contributions include presented technical whitepapers on Crude Oil Quality and Crude Oil Sampling at the Canadian School of Hydrocarbon Measurement (CsHm) from 2011 to 2014. He has participated in the Industry Measurement Group subcommittee for AER Directive 017 Section 8 on Gas and Liquid Sampling and Analysis; AER Directive 039 – Revised Program to Reduce Benzene Emissions subcommittee.
Gerry Goobie, Principal, Gas Processing Management Inc.
Gerry Goobie provides consulting services to clients in the natural gas, crude oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas processing businesses throughout North America. Gerry has worked in the petroleum industry for 35 years with over 27 years in the natural gas, NGL and crude oil businesses. His experience includes commercial operations, project management, strategic planning, acquisitions and divestments, regulatory matters and general management as well as process deign and reservoir engineering. Prior to joining GPMi, Gerry was a Managing Consultant in the Calgary office of Purvin & Gertz Inc. an internationally renowned, independent oil and gas consultancy. Prior to joining Purvin & Gertz, Gerry worked in various commercial and operational roles for ATCO Midstream Ltd., TransCanada Pipelines Ltd., Murphy Oil, Alberta Natural Gas Ltd, Esso Resources Canada and Texaco Canada Resources.
Charlie Green, Senior Vice-President, Energy National Centre of Excellence, Aon Risk Solutions
Charlie Green is responsible for arranging casualty/pollution insurance for major oil and gas clients. He has been working as an insurance broker since 1982 starting in the London/Lloyd's insurance market, gaining experience in claims, treaty reinsurance, professional indemnity/E&O and construction in addition to casualty insurance across multiple industry sectors. He moved to Calgary in May 2011, bringing his London insurer connections to the Aon team for upstream energy and mid-stream oil and gas operations and since then has expanded his network of insurance connections with the key Canadian insurers. In this role he has been at the forefront of recent developments in rail and pipeline transportation of hydrocarbons in relation to insurance risk.
Russ Kimmitt, Vice-President, Commercial Midstream, Encana
Russ Kimmitt is accountable for the negotiation and management of the midstream services arrangements and relationships that Encana maintains with midstream service suppliers in both the U.S. and Canada. Russ has over 20 years of experience in midstream roles within the oil and gas industry.
Russ started his career in 1997 with Amoco Canada as a site engineer at the West Pembina Gas Plant near Lodgepole, Alberta. In January of 1999, Russ moved to Denver, Colorado and took a position with an engineering, procurement and construction management firm where he was a senior process engineer and project manager for a variety of capital projects focused mainly on oil and gas processing facilities in North America. Russ started his employment with Encana in May of 2004 and has held several functional and leadership roles over the years.
Henry Ridders, TDG Regulatory and Logistics Advisor, Keyera
Henry Ridders is a Certified Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) since 2014, an active participating member of the Canadian Society Safety Engineering (CSSE) since 2007, as well as actively working as a Safety Professional for 30 yrs. in various roles from Specialist to Manager in both the Transportation and Oil & Gas industry, Henry is committed to making industry workplaces safer so that everyone goes home safely each day.
Henry has received numerous company and industry awards for his work, including: the 2006 Alberta Motor Transport Assoc. (AMTA), Alberta Transportation Safety Person of the Year, the Canadian Assoc. of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) 2015 & 2017 Committee Award for work done chairing the CAPP TDG Steering Committee and for representation of the upstream Oil & Gas industry with Transport Canada & industry leadership work on 2 out of the 3 Lac Megantic Recommendation working groups between 2013 2015.
Allan Roach, SVP, Business Development, Watco Companies LLC
Allan Roach began his transportation career as a logistics manager with the U.S. Civil Service where he was responsible for air, rail, and truck shipments at Ft. Leonard Wood Mo. He then joined the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad where over the next 20 years he held numerous positions including Switchman, Brakeman, Locomotive Engineer, Trainmaster, Field Sales, Corporate Sales, Market Manager, Network Development and Director of Shortline Development.
Patrick Smyth, Vice-President, Performance, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA)
Patrick Smyth and his team work with industry partners to enhance industry performance and reputation. Prior to joining CEPA in September 2014, Patrick spent seven years in an executive leadership role with Canada's National Energy Board and eight years in various roles with the province of British Columbia where he split his time between the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the BC Oil and Gas Commission. He is a passionate safety professional holding designation as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and a deep interest in advancing safety culture within the Canadian pipeline industry.
Slade Thornhill, Director, Development and Infrastructure, Painted Pony Energy Ltd.
With a BSc in Chemical Engineering from U of C and over 24 years in field operations, development, midstream and reservoir engineering, Slade has a combination of both technical knowledge and leadership experience. Prior to joining Painted Pony, he spent 10 years at Talisman Energy during a time of significant activity in their North American operations division. Since joining Painted Pony in 2011, he has been instrumental in helping to shape and execute the growth plan for Painted Pony while ensuring safe, efficient production operations.
David Yager, Principal, Yager Management Ltd.
David Yager is an oil service entrepreneur currently working as an executive finance and management consultant through Yager Management Ltd. Since 1970 he has worked in multiple oil service sector segments and was a founder or co-founder of three successful TSX-listed companies. From 2012 to 2016 he served as National Leader Oilfield Services MNP LLP. He is Chairman of Board of Hyduke Energy Services (TSX). As Chairman of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada in 2009/2010 he conceived and helped complete a groundbreaking study on the size and breath of Canada's oil service industry.
David Yager has been active in business journalism and energy policy analysis since 1979. He has authored numerous energy policy position papers and currently writes a monthly analysis on various aspects of the upstream oil and gas industry for on-line publication EnergyNow.ca. A regular commentator about the industry in newspapers, magazines, TV and radio, also does presentations to business, trade associations and industry conference on Canada's upstream oil and gas industry.
John Zahary, CEO, Altex Energy
John Zahary is a Professional Engineer with extensive senior management experience. His experience includes upstream oil and gas companies involved in heavy oil, oilsands, light and medium oil and natural gas production as well as companies with downstream, refining, marketing and midstream assets.
He has worked in technical, financial and corporate leadership roles including serving as President & CEO of Viking Energy, Harvest Energy, Petrovera Resources and Sunshine Oilsands. Corporate experience includes publicly traded companies listed in Canada, USA and Hong Kong as well as private companies and international companies with an interest in the Canadian oil and gas upstream industry, infrastructure development and purchasing commodities for export to markets with growing demand like Asia.
Jarrett Zielinski, President and CEO, Torq Energy Logistics Ltd.
Jarrett Zielinski has spent much of his career in private equity and corporate finance. A graduate of the accredited Whele School of Business at Canisius College, Jarrett has applied his economics and finance background in more than a billion dollars of asset and equity transactions. Torq Capital Partner's holdings are focused on the oil and gas midstream liquids supply chain and service. Torq Transloading, an independent fee for service transload operator, operates six crude-to-rail transload facilities across Alberta and Saskatchewan shipping 40,000 barrels of western Canadian crude per day to premium crude markets. Torq is currently developing integrated assets both upstream and downstream with rail, pipe and marine access.
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