Arctic Oil & Gas Symposium – Conference Agenda

Day 1: Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2016

Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
Opening Remarks from Conference Chair
  • Doug Matthews
    Energy Analyst/Writer
    Matthews Energy Consulting


Opening Keynote Addresses
  • Stephen Van Dine
    Assistant Deputy Minister
    Indigenous and Northern Affairs

Update from the Ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

Update from Government of Yukon
  • The Honourable Scott Kent
    Minister of Energy, Mines & Resources, Minister of Highways & Public Works, MLA Riverdale
    Government of Yukon
Update from Government of the Northwest Territories
  • The Honourable Robert (Bob) R. McLeod
    Government of the Northwest Territories
Arctic Opportunities – A U.S. Perspective
  • Mead Treadwell
    President, Former Lieutenant Governor, State of Alaska, Former Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission
    Pt Capital
  • An in-depth look at U.S. policy on Arctic development
  • The view from Alaska – what key projects are moving forward?
  • Exploring Arctic investment opportunities
  • Overcoming perceptions of high costs and regulatory risk
Networking Refreshment Break
Market Outlook: Staying Ahead in an Era of Lower Oil Prices – An Economic and Geopolitical Analysis of Potential Industry Activity in the Long Term
  • An in-depth look at key international players in the Arctic
  • Forecasting oil and gas supply and demand trends for North America and beyond – how will they shape Arctic opportunities?
  • Capitalizing on opportunities in Canada’s North – what projects are underway and what is on the horizon?
  • Exploring potential investment growth areas, including Asia’s interest in the North
Exploration Update from C-NLOPB: Activities and Opportunity
  • Craig Rowe
    Director of Exploration and Information Resources
    Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB)
  • An overview of the scheduled land tenure system for offshore exploration in the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area.
  • Current activities and opportunities
Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
Panel: Navigating the Regulatory Framework – Taking Necessary Steps for Oil & Gas Development
  • Pauline de Jong
    Senior Advisor, Legislation and Policy, Office of the Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations
    Government of the Northwest Territories
  • Ron Sumanik
    Director, Oil & Gas Resources
    Government of Yukon
  • Identifying points of contact and understanding approximate timelines typically experienced in each phase of the process
  • How to increase transparency in regulatory processes
  • What to expect in the future – insight into regulatory changes


Opening Remarks: Thought-Leaders' Perspectives on Arctic Oil and Gas Development
  • John Hogg, P.Geo.
    Skybattle Resources Ltd.
  • Menzie McEachern
    Director, Petroleum Resources
    Government of the Northwest Territories
  • Aaron Miller
    Northern Canada Manager
    Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
  • Richard Wyman
    Northern Cross Yukon Ltd.
  • Looking at how various Arctic communities view oil and gas development
  • Exploring positive examples of relationship-building and engagement between industry, local communities and businesses
  • Examples of policies and regulatory frameworks that have led to successful outcomes
Networking Refreshment Break
Roundtable Discussions: Building Consensus and Working Collaboratively to Achieve Results

Led by representatives from industry, government and First Nations, these interactive roundtable discussions are designed to educate and build consensus around sustainable project development in Canada’s North.

Key Themes to be Explored Include:

  • Creating transparency in the regulatory framework – how can the process be enhanced?
  • Understanding local sentiments around Arctic development and finding ways to address key areas of concern
  • Stakeholder engagement and social licence issues facing industry
  • Community engagement and project awareness initiatives – what are the most effective approaches?
  • Exploring the potential socio-economic benefits stemming from specific projects

Collaborative approaches hold the potential for heightened support for a project, better certainty around timelines and costs, and an effective regulatory review process. Gain insights from the experiences of roundtable discussion leaders that can be integrated into an actionable plan for your organization.

Closing Remarks from Conference Chair and Conference Adjourns

Day 2: Thursday, Mar. 17, 2016

Refreshments are Served
Opening Remarks from Conference Chair


Infrastructure Support Activities – Examining the Most Pressing Needs Required to Move Resource Development Forward
  • Trevor McLeod
    Director of the Centre for Natural Resources Policy
    Canada West Foundation
  • Matt Vickers
    G7G Railway Corporation
  • Ensuring sufficient infrastructure capacity for the development of resources – project updates and next steps
  • Progress report on transportation – an overview of current and future projects
  • An in-depth look at pipeline infrastructure, including:
    • Exploring some of the current challenges recently experienced with getting pipelines approved
    • How do current delayed projects impact the progress of development in the North?
Leveraging the Northern Advantage – Update from Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
  • Matthew Spence
    Director General, Northern Projects Management Office
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
  • Current initiatives at the Northern Project Management Office (NPMO)
  • An overview of strategic investments in the North as well as economic development initiatives
  • Advancing relationship building – government cooperation and coordination initiatives
Networking Refreshment Break
Geological Framework – Mapping Unconventional Resource Potential in the Northwest Territories
  • Brad Hayes
    Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd.
  • Assessing resource potential in Canada’s North – current initiatives and geological findings
  • Examining how a proper mapping of the area can create new opportunities and attract investment
Innovation in a Challenging Price Market – Using Technology to Manage Costs in Oil & Gas Production
  • Key trends and significant breakthroughs in oil and gas technology
  • Exploring cost-efficient processes that make a difference in projects moving forward
  • Ways that the oil and gas sector is leveraging renewable energy technologies
Closing Remarks from Conference Chair and Conference Concludes

Lunch Will be Served to Delegates Attending the Afternoon Workshop

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