President and CEO, TransAlta Corporation
Dawn Farrell became President and CEO of TransAlta Corporation on January 2, 2012. Mrs. Farrell has over 29 years of experience in the electric energy industry, holding roles at TransAlta and BC Hydro. Mrs. Farrell sits on the board of directors of The Conference Board of Canada, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and the Calgary Stampede. Her past boards include the Mount Royal College Board of Governors, Fording Coal Income Fund, New Relationship Trust Fund, Mount Royal College Foundation and Vision Quest Windelectric. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Finance and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Calgary (Calgary, AB). Mrs. Farrell has also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA).
Jenkins has served as a Director of OpenText since 1994 and as its Chairman since 1998. In addition to his OpenText responsibilities, Mr. Jenkins is Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and the Chair of the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN). He is also an appointed member of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).
He is the past appointed chair of the Government of Canada's Defence Procurement Panel, the Chair of the Research and Development Review Panel, past appointed member of the Government of Canada's Competition Policy Review Panel, and past appointed member of the Province of Ontario's Ontario Commercialization Network Review Committee (OCN). Mr. Jenkins is also a member of the board of Thomson Reuters, a director of the C.D. Howe Institute, and a director of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).
Jenkins received an M.B.A. from Schulich School of Business at York University, an M.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto and a B.Eng. & Mgt. from McMaster University.
President & CEO, Imaginea Energy
Imaginea Energy stands for Imagine A new way of doing business, a new way that involves lots of “AND.”
As the President & CEO, Suzanne West is dedicated to generating sustainable profits that can do good in the world AND providing meaning and purpose to people so that we make a greater positive difference in the world AND doing it in a way that works with Mother Nature as a partner to provide better sustainability of this beautiful planet we inhabit.
West is the former President of Black Shire Energy, Inc. and Auriga Energy, Inc., Chariot Energy, Inc., and Touchstone Petroleum, Inc.
CEO, Spira Data Corp
Kevin’s history with Spira dates back to its inception. Prior to joining Spira as CEO, he was active with Spira promoting sales, maintaining customer relationships and providing insights into product direction, company structure and operations. As one of the founding partners of Focus Business Solutions (FBS), Kevin contributed to early development of Spira while the company was spun off from FBS. FBS was a technical services and development company that Kevin and his partners founded and grew over 9 years to three locations and 40 employees, and was sold in 2005.
Kevin worked as a Director at Quorum Business Solutions Canada providing operational and financial solutions to the oil and gas sector for 7 years. He was responsible for managing day-to-day operations, developing market strategies and directing sales for enterprise level software solutions.
Kevin holds a professional designation as a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and a bachelor degree in Management from the University of Lethbridge.
President, Cap-Op Energy
Adam Winter has built technology-based companies for the last 14 years in San Francisco, California with a focus at the intersection of Energy Efficiency and Information Technology. His previous company, Recurve, powered the residential energy efficiency market by delivering the most advanced in-home energy modelling, reporting and estimating software tools to help contractors and utility companies profit while saving homeowners money. In 2010 it ranked as the 24th Top Energy Company by Inc Magazine and 3rd Most Innovative Energy Company by Fast Company. In 2011 it was a GoingGreen Global 200 top private company for innovation and transforming big industry.
At Cap-Op Energy he is working to enhance the oil and gas industry’s profitability and sustainability by making energy efficiency a valuable resource.
Energy Efficiency Engineer, Cenovus Energy Inc.
Milos has been working on various roles in the upstream oil and gas industry for over 10 years, focusing on Energy Efficiency and emission reductions, with the primary focus being vent reduction, engine and burner technology. Milos has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary.
VP Manufacturing, Snubco
Troy Leblanc has been in the Pressure Control and Oil industry for 17 years with experience in H2S Snubbing operations, fishing operations, dual strings, onshore/offshore, freeze and hot tap operations. A level 2 Snubbing Supervisor & Accessor (Petroleum Competency Program) with 15 years experience as a Field Supervisor throughout Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, as well as internationally, he also has extensive experience in marketing and new business development.
VP Human Resources, ENTREC Corporation
Lisa Locher is the Vice President Human Resources for ENTREC Corporation which is a leading provider of specialized crane and heavy haul services to many industries throughout Western Canada and the USA. Lisa joined ENTREC just over three years ago. At that time ENTREC had just over 75 employee in two locations. Since then the company has expanded to 14 locations and approximately 725 employees. Lisa has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources and Payroll; previously working for both locally based and multinational public companies, leading Human Resource teams through all stages of development, including growth and acquisitions, ownership changes, and downsizing. Attained Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation from the Human Resources Institute of Alberta in 2009 after having attained certification through the Canadian Payroll Association in 2005.
President, Serious Labs
Ken leverages his strong start up and business building experience to develop operational readiness, identify and develop leaders, and execute on the potential of the Serious Labs opportunity and its team. Serious Labs is focused on developing engaging, competency based training for heavy industry using simulations, games and online content. After being involved starting, growing and selling a technology startup to a public company, Ken went back to school and completed his MBA at the University of Calgary with a focus on new venture financing and entrepreneurship. From that foundation, Ken was part of two start-ups raising the initial seed money and growing and building out each business. Ken holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a Management Information Systems Minor and an MBA from the University of Calgary.
Managing Director, CMC Research Institutes, Inc.
For nearly three decades, Richard Adamson has been dedicated to facilitating the commercialization of innovative technologies. Prior to his appointment with CMC, Mr. Adamson played a pivotal role with the Southern Research Institute’s Environment and Energy team, resulting in the Carbon to Liquids (C2L) Development Centre in Durham, North Carolina. He has founded or worked with small and large technology companies in Alberta ranging from lab, environmental remote sensing, and industrial process control instruments through to small-scale combined heat and power systems for which he holds a patent, pioneering a distributed micro-utility business model.
President & COO, Tucker Energy Services
Mr. Jellett has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and has held various operations and executive positions. Mr. Jellett secured a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1978. From 1979 to 1993 Mr. Jellett worked with Schlumberger in operation and management positions both in Canada and the United States. In 1994 Mr. Jellett ran his own consulting company providing expert petrophysical support to E&P companies. In 1994 Mr. Jellett joined Tucker Wireline as manager looking after the Canadian Operations. He has been extensively involved in the development of Tucker Wireline and as director of their R&D center in Tulsa. In 2007 Mr. Jellett assumed the role as President with Tucker Wireline. In 2010 the company name was changed to Tucker Energy Services to support the expansion of services in the North America market.
Ian D. Gates
Head of Chemical Engineering, University of Calgary
Ian D. Gates is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. He worked for seven years in industry prior to joining the university and has since been a consultant for many small and large energy companies both in Canada and internationally.
His primary research interests are in 1. thermal and thermal-solvent methods (SAGD, CSS, ES-SAGD, and SA-CSS) and optimization of these technologies for in situ heavy oil and bitumen recovery, energetics and efficiency, emissions, and water use, 2. well-wormhole models for cold production with sand and recovery from thin heavy oil reservoirs, 3. application of smartwell technologies for adaptive production of heavy oil fields, and 4. in-reservoir reaction engineering (in situ combustion and in situ gasification of oil sands, H2S generation in SAGD and CSS).
Dr. Gates holds a B.Sc. from the University of Calgary, an M.A.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, all in chemical engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Alberta.
Managing Partner, McRock Capital
McRock Capital is a venture capital fund focused exclusively on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Whitney co-founded McRock Capital after investing in high growth start-ups targeting industrial markets for the past 15 years. She and her co-founder have built a firm that prides itself on showing a lot of personality through their McRock Talk and Journey Video series. Whitney currently serves on the board of the Canadian Venture Capital Association and has had a number of impressive wins over the course of her career. She was one of the key investors behind RuggedCom, which was acquired by Siemens, for almost half a billion dollars. Whitney was also an investor in the Pressure Pipe Inspection Company and SpectraSensors, which were sold to Pure Technologies and Endress + Hauser, respectively. Whitney is based in Toronto, is originally from Alberta and has worked in London, Zurich and San Francisco.
Leader Customer Innovation Centre, General Electric
Gandeephan leads GE’s Customer Innovation Center in Calgary Alberta. The center is focused on solving industry level challenges related to the use of water in oil and gas applications, converting natural gas into reliable, remote power, and Oil Field Analytics. Gandeephan leads a team of domain experts charged with packaging technology driven solutions in the key focus areas. The Customer Innovation Center is part of the larger GE innovation ecosystem which includes other GE Global Research & Technology centers around the world.
Gandeephan holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from The University of Waterloo. He is a Professional Engineer with 15 years of experience in Manufacturing, Innovation and Product Launches. A returning Canadian, Gandeephan comes to GE from Avery Dennison, Mentor in Ohio where as Director, Global Innovation he launched 19 new products in 2 years.
President, Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada
Dr. Soheil Asgarpour, is currently President of the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC), a position he has held since April 2007. He has held executive positions in technical, business, and operations spanning over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas sector. Asgarpour graduated from Rice University with a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering Asgarpour’s commitment to the future of the oil and gas industry has been exemplified through the numerous awards he has received over the course of his career, of which recognize his superior technical and business leadership, commitment to advancing innovative technology development, and his passion for promoting and developing Canada’s hydrocarbon energy industry.
Asgarpour is the past president of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum (CIM), and has served the Petroleum Society of CIM as Chairman, the Petroleum Recovery Institute as First Vice-Chairman, Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC), the Canadian Institute for Photonic Innovations, and the Canadian Photonic Industry Consortium as a Director.
Innovation Manager, Laricina Energy
Heather Herring is a chemical engineering with a MBA. Her experience spans oil and gas, real estate development and academia. During the 9 years she worked at the University of Calgary she wrote over $30MM of successful research proposals, coordinated the fourth year mechanical design course and was on the project management team for an engineering research building.
In 2009, she joined Total E&P Canada where she became Research and Technology Manager leading a team looking to reduce the environmental impact of oil sands development. She was one of the senior oil sand executives who worked on the formation of COSIA (Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance).
She joined Laricina Energy as Innovation Manager in 2013 where she has focused the technology development on areas of crucial importance to the development of Laricina’s assets and implementing processes for accelerating innovation. She believes strongly that innovation is the responsibility of everyone.
Vice President, Investments EnerTech Capital
Eric is based in Calgary and is responsible for leading EnerTech Capital’s activities and building relationships within the province and globally. Eric previously worked as Director, Business Development with Suncor Energy and has had an extensive energy career including a series of senior positions with Petro-Canada and holds domain experience in Oil and Gas, Renewables and GHG mitigating technologies. Eric has built relationships with numerous large corporations and maintains a substantial international network within the energy space. As a fluent English, French and German speaker, his experience and network builds on EnerTech’s focus to develop companies into international leaders.
Eric received an International MBA from the University of Ottawa, as well as a BBA in Finance from Bishop’s University. He also completed the Global Energy and Sustainable (GEMS) program at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business.
President Innovate Calgary
Peter Garrett is currently President and CEO of Innovate Calgary, a technology company business incubator which also manages technology transfer for the University of Calgary. Innovate Calgary works closely with entrepreneurs, inventors and investors to build early stage technology companies. Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Peter has held numerous executive and technology development leadership positions in the private sector, and has been active as an investor, consultant and board member with many technology companies. Peter was at the heart of the digital and wireless communications revolution, spending 21 years at Nortel where he was Vice President of Wireless R&D. Subsequently, he was CEO of Global Thermoelectric, an alternative energy/fuel cell company. Peter is an Electrical Engineer, but has broad technology interests in many technology sectors.
He is past chair of Calgary Technologies Inc. (CTI), the University of Calgary Engineering External Research Advisory board and the UofC Project Management Advisory board. He also served on the Alberta Science and Research Advisory board (ASRA), where he was chair of the technology commercialization task force and co-chair of the access to capital task force.
CTO, Zedi Inc.
James is Chief Technology Officer of Zedi Inc, a services company that integrates M2M-enabled instrumentation in the upstream gathering system with cloud-based software applications. Zedi’s integrated suite of solutions empowers Oil & Gas producers in Western Canada and 25 other countries to improve production operations. In his role as CTO, James oversees technical development for the company’s market-facing solutions as well as internal IS/IT infrastructure.
Prior to joining Zedi in 2007, James spent a total of 17 years in the telecommunications and IT industries in both Canada and Europe. James is also Chair of TR Tech, an industry-driven ICT technology commercialization company based in Western Canada.
A native Albertan, he has BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, all from the University of Alberta. He is active as a coach and leader in the youth sporting community, and he makes his home with his wife and twin daughters in Edmonton.
Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, TELUS
Mark joined TELUS in 1997 and has held a variety of roles including Vice President of Enterprise Solutions supporting team members throughout Alberta that collaborate with our largest customers in government, healthcare, oil and gas and finance to deliver the right solutions for their complex technology needs.
In 2011, Mark was the recipient of the Chloe Award, recognizing his efforts and support of diversity at TELUS. Mark was also the Enterprise nominee for Mentor of the Year, recognizing his inspiring leadership and dedication to developing our future leaders.
Mark is an active participant in the community and is currently Vice Chair of the TELUS Edmonton Community Board. He is also past Board member of the Alberta Taekwondo Association. In addition, Mark is a certified Olympic Taekwondo Master instructor and International referee.
Mark lives in St. Albert, Alberta with his wife Susan and their three daughters.
Manager Business Services, Enerplus
Steve Reece brings over 18 years of technology experience within the upstream oil and gas industry having worked for both suppliers and a producer. Currently Steve is the Manager of Business Services at Enerplus Corporation, a mid-sized North American exploration & production company. In this capacity Steve manages the department responsible for virtually all business facing activities that Information Services conducts across both Canada and the USA, from implementing and supporting a portfolio of 250+ geotechnical and engineering applications to business process improvement activities and stewarding all projects conducted on behalf of the various business departments. In addition Steve’s department is responsible for custom application development, data warehousing, data integration, electronic content management, and geospatial information management.
Prior to Enerplus Steve was the Vice President, Project Services at Decision Dynamics Technology Ltd., a publically traded Oil & Gas software and services company that designed, built, and implemented Well Life Cycle Management solutions for some of the largest E&P companies in both Canada and the USA.
Director Solutions Engineering, eSentire Inc.
Sean Blenkhorn is the Director, Solutions Engineering with eSentire; a leading provider of Managed Security Services to more than 450 firms globally in financial, legal, energy, and life sciences industries – protecting more than $2 trillion in Assets. In this role, Sean is responsible for working with customers to understand their needs, help to map our solution to their existing security program(s), and to help ensure customer success in the adoption of our technology. Previously Sean has spent more than 15 years in Information Technology including over 10 years focused on (information) Security and Compliance. Prior to joining eSentire, Sean spent 7 years working with Symantec as well as two Symantec National Partners, consulting with clients in the Fortune 50, 100, and 500 on information security and compliance. Sean graduated from Georgian College with his degree in Software Engineering.
Co-founder and Principal, Tessellate
Prior to Tessellate, Dale was the founder and President of Harnessing Ideas Inc. a management consulting firm that focused on energy sector innovation. Dale has spent time in the private sector with ConocoPhillips Canada where he worked on innovation program design, climate and environment issues. Dale also has experience in the public sector where he provided strategic advice on energy, climate and nuclear safety policy.
Managing Director, CCEMC
Kirk Andries is the Managing Director of the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation. He was instrumental in the development of the Corporation’s business model and its endorsement by the Government of Alberta.
In his capacity as Managing Director, Kirk is responsible for the operational management of the CCEMC and reports to the Board of Directors. He provides leadership to a virtual organization comprised of a group of independent service providers (legal, communications, financial and business systems management and project adjudication) to deliver high quality services to meet the business requirements of the Board.
Mr. Andries has worked on both domestic and international policy issues from a public sector perspective. He was a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. representing Canadian interests in international resource management policy and programs. Kirk was also the Executive Assistant to the Minister of Forestry, Lands and Wildlife in Alberta, and a senior advisor to the department’s Executive Committee.