Arctic Oil & Gas Symposium – Conference Agenda

Day 1: Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2015

Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
Opening Remarks and Speedy Introductions by Co-Chair
  • Floyd Roland
    Town of Inuvik
Keynote Address – The NEB's Full-Life Cycle Regulatory Process for the Arctic
  • Peter Watson
    Chair & CEO
    National Energy Board (NEB)

This keynote address will highlight the full-life cycle of the NEB’s Arctic oil & gas regulatory process – from the application review to the abandonment of activities.

Identifying the Critical Elements That Must Be Aligned To Move Production Forward In the Canadian Arctic
  • Allan Chatenay
  • Kathryn Fiess
    Manager, Petroleum Geosciences
    Government of Northwest Territories
  • Evaluating the estimated oil & gas potential in the Canadian Arctic
  • Examining current activity levels in exploration, development and production in the Canadian Arctic
  • Reviewing the elements that encourage activity and those that act as barriers to oil and gas exploration and development
  • Exploring opportunities and threats to future activity, both locally and globally
Networking Refreshment Break
Devolution of the Northwest Territories – One Year Assessment
  • President

    Gwich’in Tribal Council
  • Deborah Archibald
    Assistant Deputy Minister – Mineral and Petroleum Resources
    Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment

    Government of the Northwest Territories
  • Zabey Nevitt
    Executive Director
    Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board
  • Evaluating the progress of pertinent departments and identifying growing pains
    • What has changed? What hasn’t?
    • Are things on track for long-term success?
    • Where is there room for improvement?
    • Are there lessons to be learned from other regions that have undergone devolution?
  • Understanding the current and anticipated impacts of devolution on communities and industry
  • Looking ahead: Determining next steps for the continued transition of power and outlining expected benefits
Advancing Relationship Building & Embedding Social License into Oil & Gas Projects
  • Mitch Bloom
    Vice President
  • Paul Dixon
    Executive Director
    Sahtu Land & Water Board
  • Stewart Muir
    Executive Director
    Resource Works Society
  • How are First Nations communities preparing to take advantage of Northern resource exploration and development?
    • How do Northern communities position themselves to maximize benefits from non-traditional plays
  • What are the real benefits communities stand to achieve through land claims?
  • Discovering positive examples of industry partnerships and engagement with Northern communities
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of government cooperation and coordination initiatives
    • What has worked?
    • Where is there room for improvement?
Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
Keynote Address – The Role of the Arctic Business Leadership Council and Ensuring Sustainable Arctic Development
  • Paul Holthus
    Founding CEO & President
    World Ocean Council

The World Ocean Council (WCO) brings together companies from various sectors to develop industry leadership and collaboration in ocean sustainability, science and stewardship. This keynote address will provide insight into the WOC-driven Arctic Business Leadership Council, a multi-industry working group focusing on sustainable Arctic development.

Keynote Address
  • Ole Anders Lindseth
    Director General,Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
    Government of Norway
Networking Refreshment Break
Keynote Address
  • Honourable David Ramsay
    Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment
    Government of the Northwest Territories
Examining the Impact of the Forthcoming Equivalency Argument Decision on Arctic Development
  • Bill Scott
    General Manager, Chevron Arctic Centre
    Chevron Canada
  • Examining the role and effectiveness of a same season relief well (SSRW) as a traditional safeguard
  • Understanding the SSRW policy and exploring alternative methods of assuring adequate environmental protection
  • Defining the equivalency argument and interpreting the impact of a favorable decision on Arctic development
    • Exploring the criteria and processes being used by the NEB to assess the argument, both internally and publicly
Day One Wrap Up & Closing
Remarks by Co-Chair

Cocktail Reception Begins


March 10th | 4:50 – 6:30 p.m.

At the conclusion of Day 1, we invite you to join government representatives, key speakers, sponsors and industry colleagues in a relaxed social setting. Debate the issues raised during the day’s sessions while enjoying drinks and canapes.

Day 2: Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2015

Refreshments are Served
Opening Remarks from Co-Chair
  • Allan Chatenay
Keynote Address – Examining the Opportunities of Offshore Initiatives in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Jeff O’Keefe
    Director of Resource Management & Chief Conservation Officer
    Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB)

Cumulative oil production for the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area has already surpassed 1.5 billion barrels, with a new project, Hebron, expected to commence production in 2017. This keynote presentation will provide insight into the new opportunities and challenges associated with deep water offshore initiatives.

Offshore Exploration Off the Coast of Northern Labrador: Perspectives from the Nunatsiavut Government
  • Harry Borlase
    Director, Non-Renewable Resources
    Nunatsiavut Government
Networking Refreshment Break
Arctic Infrastructure: Assessing the Respective Needs of Industry, Government & First Nations
  • Floyd Roland
    Town of Inuvik
  • Understanding the pressing infrastructure needs required to move Arctic development forward
  • Progress report on Arctic highway development and the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link (MVFL) project
  • Examining infrastructure project financing issues and opportunities for the Arctic
  • Identifying key areas of concern for First Nations during an infrastructure expansion
Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
Getting Real About Hydraulic Fracturing in the North: Separating Fact from Fiction
  • Patrick Horner
    Vice President, Engineering
    Aqua-Pure Ventures
  • Aaron Miller
    Manager of Well Closure & Northern Canada
    Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
  • Exploring and understanding the processes involved in unconventional resource development
    • Hydraulic fracturing & multistage horizontal drilling
    • Water & waste management
  • Examining local sentiments about unconventional Arctic resource development and identifying key areas of concern
  • Reviewing the NWT’s hydraulic fracturing regulations and assessing the level of consultation with First Nations
  • Understanding the potential socio-economic benefits of unconventional development in the North
    • Do the benefits outweigh the risks?
Networking Refreshment Break
What Russian Sanctions Mean for North America & How They Impact the Relevance of Northern Oil & Gas Projects
  • Dr. Robert Huebert
    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science & Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Military and Strategic Studies
    University of Calgary
  • Exploring imposed sanctions on products, imports and entities
  • Assessing how the sanctions will impact oil & gas development in the North
  • Examining the impact on Canadian companies operating in Russia
  • Understanding Russia’s geopolitical rationale for proceeding regardless of sanctions and what it means for Canada in the long-term
Arctic Shipping: Opportunities, Concerns and Logistics
  • Chris Hill
    Canatec Associates International Ltd.
  • Wim Jolles
    Manager, European Operations
    Canatec Associates International Ltd.
  • Peter G. Pamel
    Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Assessing the feasibility and economics of shipping stranded Alberta bitumen to foreign markets via the Arctic Energy Gateway
    • What are the possible marine transport routes?
    • What are the ice conditions of each route?
    • What types of vessels and icebreaker assistance would be required?
    • How much bitumen storage would be needed to offset severe ice conditions?
  • Understanding the potential environmental impacts and benefits to local communities
    • The importance of early consultation
    • What types of new opportunities can communities expect?
  • Examining some of the critical challenges associated with transporting oil & gas through Canadian and US Arctic waters
    • What are the pressing infrastructure needs?
    • Where will financing come from?
    • When can we expect accurate and up-to-date navigation maps?
    • What are the safety requirements?
    • Are there realities that favour Arctic navigation in Russian waters?
Day Two Wrap Up, Closing Remarks by Co-Chair & Prize Draw

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