Speakers

2019 Conference Speakers

Ed Viesturs

Ed Viesturs is a professional mountaineer and has successfully reached the summits of all of the world’s fourteen 8000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen, an 18 year project he christened Endeavor 8000. His goal was completed on May 12, 2005 with his ascent of Annapurna one of the world’s most treacherous peaks. He is one of only a handful of climbers in history (and the only American) to accomplish this. That same year Viesturs was awarded National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year. Viesturs has also made seven successful ascents of 29,028’ Mt. Everest, three of these without supplemental oxygen.
Viesturs still guides in the mountains, works as a design consultant for outdoor equipment manufacturer Eddie Bauer/First Ascent and is a Rolex Ambassador.  Ed also serves as a spokesman and advocate for Big City Mountaineers (BCM), an organization that instills critical life skills in under-resourced youth through wilderness mentoring experiences that help keep kids in school, reduce violence and drug use. Viesturs resides in Ketchum Idaho with his wife Paula of 22 years, and their four children.

Chris Voss

Chris Voss is CEO of the Black Swan Group and author of the national best-seller "Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It," which was named one of the seven best books on negotiation. A 24-year veteran of the FBI, Chris retired as the lead international kidnapping negotiator. Drawing on his experience in high-stakes negotiations, his company specializes in solving business communication problems using hostage negotiation solutions. Their negotiation methodology focuses on discovering the “Black Swans,” small pieces of information that have a huge effect on an outcome. Chris and his team have helped companies secure and close better deals, save money, and solve internal communication problems.
Chris has been featured in TIME, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Inc., Fast Company, Fortune, The Washington Post, SUCCESS Magazine, Squawk Box, CNN, ABC News and more.

Chris Slubicki

Chris Slubicki is President, CEO & Director of Modern Resources Inc., a Calgary-based private oil and gas company. He has more than 35 years of experience in the business sector.

From 2009 to 2011, Chris was Chief Executive Officer of OPTI Canada, where he was brought into a distressed situation, stabilized the company and sold it to CNOOC for $2.1 billion in late 2011. Chris is the former Vice-Chairman of Scotia Waterous and was one of the four original founders of Waterous and Co., a private global oil and gas mergers and acquisitions firm, starting the firm in Calgary in 1989. Prior to selling the firm to Bank of Nova Scotia in 2005, the firm expanded to offices in five countries with a staff of 88 and completed hundreds of oil and gas transactions over its 17-year tenure. Chris has held operations management and engineering positions within the oil and gas industry at Placer CEGO Petroleum Ltd. and Chevron Canada Resources Ltd. Chris graduated with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of Calgary. He is a Professional Engineer in Alberta, and a member of APEGA. Chris is currently on the boards of Bonavista Energy Corporation and the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation. Chris served on the board of Alpine Canada Alpin for seven years, the last two as Chair. Chris coached young ski racers with the Fernie Alpine Ski Team for 14 years and served as President of the club for three years.

Vivian Krause

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Breakout Sessions


Moving the needle – what makes a good company great in the eyes of an investor?

As landmen, it is necessary to have a strong understanding of the financials that drive our business and ultimately influences the decisions that our company makes.  This breakout session will examine exactly what National looks at when evaluating companies and when determining how they relate relative to their peers.  Do certain metrics hold more weight and do these metrics change over time?  Is there one underlying metric that is the basis for every evaluation?  Where do you see investment decisions going in the future all these things and more will be discussed.

Presented By: Arun Chandrasekaran 


That’s Ap-PAUL-ing!

Paul Negenman has once again agreed to provide his expertise and insights towards a topic that is impacting the oil and gas industry – stay tuned as the date of the conference comes near but know that it is sure to not disappoint!

Presented By: Paul Negenman - Paul advises clients on the drafting and negotiating of agreements for the acquisition and divestiture (A&D) of oil and gas assets and the drafting and negotiating of joint venture, partnership and joint operating agreements pertaining to the energy industry.
Paul also assists clients in due diligence and title opinion preparation in A&D transactions and with respect to custom and complex freehold land matters and the legal consequences of asset retirement obligations (ARO). He provides advice relating to day to day disputes and issues with joint venture participants, royalty owners and fee simple owners of oil and gas properties and ARO disputes. In A&D, he helps clients understand and navigate the closing process and the preparation of closing documentation to ensure a successful transaction.
Paul's practice is focused exclusively on oil and gas matters. The significant concentration of Paul's oil and gas focused practice, allows him to provide his clients with timely, detailed and thoughtful assistance in energy matters.


Social License

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Canada Vs. US

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The Political Landscape of Canada

Duane will look to comment and provide insights to the relevant political events impacting Alberta and specifically the Oil & Gas Industry.  Please look for updates as we get closer to the Conference!

Presented By: Duane Bratt - Duane Bratt is a political science Professor and Chair in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University (Calgary, Alberta). He was educated at the Universities of Windsor (BA 1991, MA 1992) and Alberta (Ph.D 1996). He teaches in the area of international relations and Canadian public policy. His primary research interest is in the area of Canadian nuclear policy. Recent publications include: co-editor, Orange Chinook: Politics in the New Alberta (University of Calgary Press, 2019), co-editor, Readings in Canadian Foreign Policy: Classic Debates and New Ideas 3rd edition (Oxford University Press, 2015) and author of Canada, the Provinces, and the Global Nuclear Revival (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012). Current projects include the risk assessment of Canada’s nuclear waste site selection process. Duane is also a regular commentator on political events.


Collaborative Engagement - Learnings from the Horn River Basin Producers Group

In the mid 2000’s, the advent of horizontal drilling combined with multi-stage hydraulic fracturing unlocked new resource plays throughout North America. One of the earliest plays was the Horn River Basin, which encompasses approximately 1.1 million hectares of land north of Fort Nelson, BC.  Large, multi-national, intermediate and junior companies alike rushed in to lease as much land as they could and began drilling and fracking in an area that had never seen this scale of resource development.

Early on, a group of operators began to recognize the challenges this would pose, not only for themselves, but for neighbouring communities and Indigenous groups. In 2007 they formed the Horn River Basin Producers Group, with the objective of ensuring “rational” development of the basin, by cooperating on infrastructure such as pipelines, roads and facilities as well as water withdrawal, environmental studies and funding community initiatives. A major part of their success was the collaborative engagement that occurred not only between themselves, but with local stakeholders, government and Indigenous groups. Join Jason Gouw and Dione McGuinness to hear about their approach, including some of their successes and learnings, as they worked through the challenges of developing this resource play.

Presented By: Dione McGuinness - Dione joined BRITT Land & Engagement in 2017 as Manager, Engagement, with 30 years of experience in Oil & Gas, Stakeholder and Indigenous Engagement practices across Western Canada and the NWT. Her focus at BRITT is on collaborative and multi-stakeholder engagement processes, strategic engagement planning, communications, team training and crisis management. Prior to joining BRITT, Dione filled engagement lead roles for multifaceted, high-profile projects in the private O&G sector and at the Alberta Energy Regulator. Some of these projects include Conoco’s Central MacKenzie Valley Exploration program (the first and only program to receive permission from the NEB and Sahtu Land & Water Board to pursue development using horizontal hydraulic fracturing), and since 2010 has been the most involved engagement practitioner in the field of Hydraulic Fracturing in Calgary. Dione has worked in conjunction with land departments and understands the non-technical risks that can impact a project’s timing, costs, and success. A large part of Dione’s career has been focused in Indigenous Engagement work. In addition to engaging with communities on projects, she is often found conducting cultural awareness training, or as a speaker or moderator for various stakeholder and Indigenous conferences in Western Canada.

Presented By: Jason Gouw - Jason Gouw is a partner and serves as VP Land, Engagement and Environment at LandSolutions, which is a land acquisition, environment and stakeholder engagement firm based in Calgary, with offices across Canada and the NE USA.  Jason has 24 years of land, regulatory, and Indigenous/stakeholder engagement experience including extensive Indigenous negotiations and consultation experience. Jason is a leader with a strong understanding of regulations and stakeholder issues that impact the energy sector. Through his 24 years, most of which has been in-house, he has earned a reputation for being a highly skilled problem solver with collaborative conflict resolution abilities and is able to bring together numerous parties to reach consensus on difficult issues. Jason managed the BC EAO application for Quicksilver Resources Fortune Creek Gas plant resulting in a successful certificate. Jason also spent two years as the consultation manager during Quicksilver’s investigation of the feasibility of the Discovery LNG facility and pipeline project in Campbell, BC. More recently Jason managed stakeholder and Indigenous consultation for CNOOC/Nexen’s Aurora LNG facility and pipeline until it’s cancellation in September 2017. Jason has negotiated land, consultation and benefit agreements from hundreds to millions of dollars and led consultation and engagement on projects ranging from a single facility site to a proposed 28-billion-dollar shale to ship LNG project.

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