Arctic Oil & Gas Symposium – Conference Agenda

Day 1: Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014

Registration Opens and Coffee Served
Opening Remarks from Co-Chair
  • Doug Matthews
    Energy Analyst/Writer
    Matthews Energy Consulting
Keynote Address: National Energy Board on the Latest Developments in Northern Oil & Gas Regulation
  • Gaetan Caron
    National Energy Board
  • Examining the NEB’s role in Northern development
    • Exploring the impact of devolution
  • Exploring current and upcoming onshore and offshore activity
  • Outlining and understanding the latest Filing Requirements

Q&A Period to follow

Networking Coffee Break
Devolution of the Northwest Territories: Examining the Impacts for Industry and Communities
  • Deborah Archibald
    Assistant Deputy Minister
    Devolution Implementation
    Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment

    Government of the Northwest Territories
  • Shaleen Woodward
    Assistant Deputy Minister Devolution Implementation Planning Department of the Executive
    Government of the Northwest Territories
  • Understanding how devolution will impact the Northern regulatory framework
    • Who will be responsible for permitting?
    • Who will be responsible for environmental assessments?
    • What has been done to ensure a smooth transition?
    • Examining the organizational design landscape
  • What are the implications for projects currently in progress?
  • How will devolution change things for people of the NWT?
  • What can be learned from the Yukon’s experience with devolution?

Q&A Period to follow

Community EngagementInsights for Working North of 60°
  • Chief James Allen
    Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
  • Terry Audla
    Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
  • Merven Gruben
    Vice President
    E. Gruben’s Transport
  • Gregor Harold McGregor
    Town of Norman Wells
  • Floyd Roland
    Town of Inuvik
  • Realizing local sentiments around Arctic development and identifying key areas of concern
  • Examining the expectations around environmental stewardship and sustainable development
  • Identifying best practices for community engagement and project awareness initiatives
  • Discussing proven strategies for effective relationship management
  • Exploring the potential socioeconomic benefits of specific projects

Q&A Period to follow

Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
Producers Panel: Project Plans, Updates and Lessons Learned – Focus on the Central Mackenzie Valley & the Beaufort
  • Ken Hansen
    Project Manager – Slater River, NWT
    Husky Oil Operations Limited
  • Eric Hanson
    Supervisor Central Mackenzie Valley Exploration Canada
  • John Hogg
    Vice President, Exploration and Operations
    MGM Energy Corp.
  • Evaluating the success of recent operations and plans for the future
  • Exploring infrastructure requirements and other operational challenges
  • Assessing realistic timelines of commercial production and anticipated production levels
  • Appraising community engagement and strategies for overcoming public concerns

Q&A Period to follow

An Operator's Perspective on Oil & Gas Development in the Yukon
  • Richard Wyman
    Northern Cross Yukon
  • Examining the opportunities for oil & gas development in the Yukon
    • focus on the Eagle Plains Basin especially
  • Understanding some of the anticipated operational challenges of oil & gas development
  • Evaluating the results of the 2012/2013 drilling season
    • Acquiring 3D seismic and determining next steps
  • Exploring the status of the Dempster Highway
    • What are the near term plans?

Q&A Period to follow

Networking Coffee Break
Examining the Same Season Relief Well Policy and Defining the Equivalency Argument
  • Vic Gillman
    Fisheries Joint Management Committee
  • Marilyn Heiman
    U.S. Arctic, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Louie Porta
    Science and Policy Advisor
    Oceans North Canada
  • Bill Scott
    General Manager
    Chevron Arctic Center at Chevron Canada Resources
  • Understanding what a same season relief well actually does and how it became a traditional safeguard
  • Demystifying the policy and exploring alternative methods for meeting the same level of environmental protection
  • Examining and understanding the intricacies of Imperial’s proposed equivalency argument
  • Assessing the impact of the decision on future Arctic development in Canada and other neighboring jurisdictions

Q&A Period to follow

Exploring CAPP's Framework for Northern Development
  • Aaron Miller
    Manager, Northern Canada
    Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
  • Examining and understanding CAPP’s approach to development in the North
  • Exploring the biggest opportunities and challenges of Northern development
  • Looking ahead: Determining the next steps for industry advancement in Canada’s Arctic

Q&A Period to follow

Closing Remarks by Conference Co-Chair and Cocktail Reception Begins
Cocktail Reception

Day 2: Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014

Coffee Served
Opening Remarks from Co-Chair
Keynote Address: Sustainable Oil Gas Development in the Arctic – The Norwegian Experience
  • Ole Anders Lindseth
    Director General Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
    Government of Norway

Q&A Period to follow

The GNWT's 600 Million Dollar Transportation Infrastructure Proposal
  • Jayleen Robertson
    Director of Policy & Planning & Environment Department of Transportation
    Government of the Northwest Territories
  • Examining and understanding the elements of Corridors for Canada III: Building for Prosperity
    • What are some of the pressing infrastructure needs and economic development opportunities in the NWT?
  • Progress report on the development of the Mackenzie Valley Highway from Wrigley to Tuktoyaktuk

Q&A Period to follow

Networking Refreshment Break
Addressing Community Concerns about Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Kevin Heffernan
    Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources
  • What are the specific processes that shape public opinion on hydraulic fracturing?
  • Exploring how industry is responding to public concerns
  • Examining innovative responses and how they are working
  • Assessing how increased public scrutiny may impact the industry in the Canadian Arctic

Q&A Period to follow

Examining Newfoundland's Dedicated Approach to Arctic Development
  • Glenn Janes
    Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Details on research & development funding for new technologies
  • Showcasing the governmentsupported industry cluster building strategies
  • Exploring Newfoundland’s rationale for integrating strategic environmental assessments into the rights issuance process

Q&A Period to follow

Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
Weighing the Benefits and Risks of Commercializing Canada's Northwest Passage
  • John Higginbotham
    Senior Distinguished Fellow
    Carleton University
    Head of Arctic Program

    Center for International Governance Innovation
  • Peter Pamel
    Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Dr. Scott Tiffin
    VP New Product & Business Development
    Canatec Associates International Ltd.
  • Examining and understanding Canadian safety, security and insurance requirements for shipping via the Northern Passage
  • Exploring ice surveillance and management technology and techniques
  • What opportunities does the opening up of the Northern Passage create for Arctic oil & gas development?
  • Exploring some of the anticipated benefits to the communities
  • Assessing recent activity and putting things into perspective
  • What lessons can we learn from Russia?

Q&A Period to follow

Strategic Considerations for Deep Water Drilling in the Arctic
  • Amy Chasanov
    Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Understanding and navigating the regulatory regime for deep water drilling
  • Examining the latest solutions for decreasing fluid toxicity and disposing of waste
  • Addressing the concerns surrounding deep water drilling and marine life preservation
  • Exploring advancements in floating drill rig technology
  • Determining best practices for containing blowouts and optimizing spill responses in deep water environments

Q&A Period to follow

Networking Refreshment Break
Is LNG the Answer?
  • David Mahon
    Project Manager, Inuvik LNG
    NT Energy Corporation
  • Larry Persily
    Federal Coordinator
    Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects, Washington, D.C.
  • Paul Ziff
    Executive Vice President
    Ziff Energy – A Division of Solomon Associates

Will we Witness the Reincarnation of the Mackenzie Pipeline as an LNG Project?

  • Examining the economic benefits and logistical challenges of transforming the Mackenzie pipeline into an LNG venture
  • Discussing pipeline routes to optimize a Mackenzie LNG initiative – West or North?
    • How would the proposed project compete with LNG projects in Alaska and Canada’s West Coast?

Is Small-Scale LN G the Solution to the North’s Natural Gas Crisis?

  • Exploring recent gas crises in the North and small-scale LNG as a potential solution
  • Understanding and mitigating the inherent challenges of a trucked LNG project

Q&A Period to follow

Closing Remarks by Conference Co-Chair and Prize Draw

Sponsor & Partners

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