Global Summit 2017

The Alberta Energy Regulator is proud to host the 2017 Regulatory Excellence Global Summit as an opportunity for international delegations to gain insights into establishing a successful regulatory framework while navigating industry challenges. Delegates will get hands-on technical sessions to learn more about the global energy transition, stakeholder engagement and communications, and have opportunities for regulatory exchange.

 

Register for the Regulatory Excellence Global Summit is now closed. 

For questions and comments, please email NIR.Activities@aer.ca

 

Agenda

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Day 1 - November 21, 2017

7:30 – 8:30

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00

Welcome, AER Overview and Opening Keynote
The Honourable Margaret McQuaig-Boyd, Minister of Energy
Jim Ellis, President and CEO, Alberta Energy Regulator
Rick Brown, Executive Vice President, Corporate Services, (Master of Ceremonies)

10:00 – 10:30

Networking Break and Official Delegation Photo

10:30 – 12:00

Breakout Sessions (select one)

Session 1: Unconventional Resource Development 
Speakers: Mark Taylor, EVP, Operations; Scott Millar, Director, ABR

General overview of the unconventional resource development in Alberta, which touches on hydraulic fracturing, seismicity, water, and area-based regulation (ABR).
The overview of the ABR will focus on the pilot project in the MD of Greenview. The project produced a number of recommendations on how to shift water use in unconventional development toward alternate sources from high-quality non-saline (surface) water. The presentation will touch on some of the lessons learned throughout the pilot.

Session 2: Regulating Pipelines
Speakers: Steven Stalany, Manager, Industry Operations; and Russ Deacon, Acting Manager, Emergency Management

This session will cover three main topics:

  • Pipeline Safety and integrity – Overview of the pipeline regulatory instruments and key requirements as well as their operational implementation through the regulatory development process (authorization, compliance and enforcement, abandonment and reclamation).   In addition, presentation will highlight several of the pipeline regulatory initiatives implemented since the AER’s inception.
  • Industry Performance – Overview of some key performance metrics for pipelines, pipeline data transparency and highlight the external pipeline performance tool and its planned enhanced features.
  • Emergency Response – Overview of the AER’s Emergency Management Program including what happens when there is an incident and who all is involved.

Session 3: Addressing Climate Change
Speaker: Syed Ayub, Director, Climate Policy Assurance

The presentation introduces the Government of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan and explains the AER’s involvement with the Plan’s methane emissions reduction target. The presentation moves into the current sources of methane emissions and how the AER has developed its draft requirements to address these sources, including the regulatory design principles, stakeholder participation and focus areas for emissions reduction.  The presentation concludes with an overview of upcoming timelines and the regulatory metrics for success.

12:00 – 1:30

Lunch Keynote

Regulatory Excellence – the AER Journey
Speaker: Carol Crowfoot, EVP, Strategy and Regulatory

This keynote will set the stage of the AER’s journey to regulatory excellence – the process to define “regulatory excellence,” who was involved, and what the regulatory excellence framework is. Learn about the AER’s first steps to excellence (2013-2017) and where we are going on this journey (2018-2023).

1:30 – 2:30

Breakout Sessions (select one)

Session 1: Closure and Liability
Speaker: Robert Wadsworth, VP, Closure and Liability; David Hardie, Director, Closure Strategy

Legacy Matters: the challenge of liability Management in Alberta
This session will provide an overview of the current state of liability management in Alberta; the challenges of addressing insolvencies and the AER's work to consider multiple options and best practices related to legacy infrastructure.

Session 2: Building a World-Class Workforce
Speaker: Susan Cassidy, VP, People, Culture, and Learning

One of the pillars of Regulatory Excellence is stellar competence. The AER is on a journey to achieve these through a well-defined competency framework and a learning program that is focused on fulfilling technical and leadership competency gaps. This session will cover all of these topics and provide information on initiatives and programs the AER has to enable the recruitment and retention of a competent workforce.

Session 3: Managing Information and Data for Compliance, Competitiveness, and Transparency
Speaker: Terry Carswell, Director, Regulatory Submission Compliance

This presentation will outline the AER’s approach to managing information and data in a regulatory system. Topics covered will include:

  • Staffing levels and organizational functions;
  • Confidential data management;
  • Challenges facing the AER; and
  • Suggested best practices

2:30 – 3:00

Networking Break

3:00 – 4:00

Closing Plenary

Engagement Panel
Moderator: Jennifer Steber, EVP, Stakeholder and Government Engagement
Speakers: Kim Blanchette, VP, Public Affairs and National/International Relations; Jennifer Wells, Vice President, Alberta Stakeholder Engagement; Martin Foy, VP, Industry Operations; Filip Palasz, Director, Alberta Government Engagement

When the AER was created in 2013, it set out to establish new relationships with indigenous communities, stakeholders and the public. Representatives from Stakeholder and Government Engagement and Industry Relations will highlight the regulator's work in finding new ways to listen to feedback, build relationships that go beyond current applications, align our work with government policy and communicate in an open and transparent manner.

5:00 – 7:00

Welcome Reception at the Westin Calgary (320 4 Ave SW)


Day 2 – November 22, 2017

7:30 – 8:30

Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00

Opening Keynote

Pursuing Regulatory Excellence – the Alberta Energy Regulator and the International Centre of Regulatory Excellence
Speaker: Jim Ellis, President and CEO

This keynote will examine the key principals of Regulatory Excellence and how they are applied to various initiatives across the organization to transform our regulatory systems. This speech will also address how these key concepts are helping to shape our international outreach strategies through the Internal Centre of Regulatory Excellence.

9:00 – 9:45

Transformation through Technology: One Stop Demo
Speakers: Tara Mulrooney, Chief Technology Officer, Information Services; Shelley Youens, Director, Major Initiatives; and Paul Ferensowicz, Senior Advisor, Major Initiatives

IDA is underpinned by a technology platform called OneStop which provides regulatory agility and is based on service oriented architecture. It enables the risk based approach to regulatory decision making across the lifecycle, provides transparency to all stakeholders.  The OneStop design is based an award winning world class architecture model that includes a GIS component and a business rules engine. The presentation will cover the reference architecture being used within “Onestop” and will include demonstrations of several regulatory solutions.

9:45 – 10:15

Networking Break

10:15 – 11:00

Transformation through Collaborative Approaches
Speaker: Denise Parsons, Senior Advisor, Alberta Stakeholder Engagement

Transforming how the regulator approaches its work requires innovative new ways to engage impacted stakeholders. In this session, you'll hear more about the AER's work in building collaborative approaches to engagement that involve indigenous communities and stakeholders in a meaningful way.

11:00 – 12:15

Plenary

Transformation through Innovation (IDA)
Moderator: Patricia Johnston, EVP and General Counsel, Legal
Speakers: Tristan Goodman, Senior VP, Industry Operations; Tara Mulrooney, Chief Technology Officer, Information Services; Shelley Youens, Director, Major Initiatives; Paul Ferensowicz, Senior Advisor, Major Initiatives; and Steve Thomas, Director, Major Projects and Transformation

The regulatory component of the Integrated Decision Approach (IDA) is a new approach to how we regulate and make decisions on energy development across the lifecycle which is supported by a risk based approach, transparency and data information that is filed once.  IDA is the foundation for cumulative effects management and drives out both efficiency and effectiveness given our focus on competitiveness.  The whole concept is built on the premise of one application, one review and one decision.

12:15 – 1:15

Networking Lunch

1:15 – 3:30

ICORE Workshop

The International Centre of Regulatory Excellence (ICORE) vision; Achieving regulatory excellence for a just, prosperous, and sustainable world.
Speaker: Martin Krezalek, Chief of Operations and Administration and Innovation Lab Director, ICORE

Next generation global energy systems will demand regulators that are excellent. Faced with unprecedented pressures to perform exceptionally-well; new, emerging and mature regulators must unlock their performance potential of regulatory ingenuity and push the boundaries of innovation. Regulatory complacency threatens competitiveness and regulators must come together and take bold and courageous actions necessary to push the boundaries of regulatory innovation as leaders. This workshop will explore how the global regulatory community can build trusted, high-performance, and credible organizations that subscribe to the highest standards of excellence, create public social value and protect.

3:30 – 4:00

Closing remarks

 

Dinner on own


Day 3 - November 23, 2017

*Please note that on day 3, you will have the option to choose to go to the Core Research Centre (CRC) or have a one-on-one private meeting with the AER or ICORE staff to discuss your specific topics of interest.

8:00 – 8:30

Transportation to the CRC from the AER head offices (for option 1)

8:30 – 11:00

Option 1 – CRC Tour and Alberta Geological Survey (AGS) Presentation

Core Research Centre Tour
Speaker: Ray Kuntz, Director, Information Management

The tour of CRC consists of discussion on the need to manage information, physical and electronic.  A brief history on how the CRC was created, who our customers are, how it spurs innovation and competitiveness in industry.  This will be followed by a walking tour of the facility and explanation of how the CRC operations work.  The tour includes details on special features at CRC and a walk in the repository (one of if not the largest in the world).  This is followed by a question and answer session. Tours usually take 1.5 to 2 hours max.

Alberta Geological Survey Presentation
Speaker: Andrew Beaton, VP, Alberta Geological Survey

The Alberta Geological Survey (AGS) is a Branch of the Alberta Energy Regulator, responsible for describing the geology and resources of the Province. AGS generates and delivers geoscience information and knowledge in several key areas including surficial and subsurface mapping and modeling; resource evaluations of hydrocarbons, groundwater and minerals; and geological hazards. The AGS is in a somewhat unique position compared to other Geological Surveys being housed within a Regulator. This association is optimised to ensure geoscience activities are aligned to inform and support the regulatory process in addition to meeting the geoscience needs of the Government, industry and the public.

8:30 – 4:00

Option 2 – One-on-one private meetings at the AER head offices (3rd floor)

Note: each private meeting is one hour long. We will send a separate confirmation email with the specific time and location before the summit.

Meet our presenters

Day/Time

Session

Presenter

Bio

Nov. 21-22

All Day

Master of Ceremonies (MC) – Rick Brown

Rick Brown brings tremendous leadership experience to the Alberta Energy Regulator with more than 28 years as an Officer in the Canadian Forces, serving with Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians). Following his military career, Mr. Brown served for six years with Alberta Emergency Management with his final role as Executive Director for Alberta's emergency management organization.

Mr. Brown has also served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Environmental Management and Assistant Deputy Minister of Operations with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Management, prior to serving as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Corporate Services Division of the Alberta Department of Energy.

Mr. Brown’s career has provided him with experience in environmental regulatory oversight, emergency planning and business continuity, corporate planning, safety and loss control, specialized military disciplines and leadership.

Mr. Brown joined the AER as its first Executive Vice President, Corporate Services in July 2013. He holds responsibility for human resources, information management, information technology, administrative and workplace services, finance and internal audit.

Nov. 21
10:30 – 12:00

Unconventional Resource Development

Mark Taylor


Mark Taylor has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is Executive Vice President of the Operations Division at the Alberta Energy Regulator. Prior to his EVP role, Mr. Taylor was Senior Vice President of Climate Policy Assurance/Closure & Liability.

Mr. Taylor has extensive experience in Mechanical Engineering, and has worked in field and office roles for several companies, including  Amoco/BP, Alberta Energy Company (AEC)/Encana, Sinopec Daylight, and Mosaic Energy. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Taylor has led teams responsible for developing unconventional oil and gas assets in western Canada. These assets include the Horseshoe Canyon coalbed methane, Horn River shale, Montney gas, and Cardium oil.

Mr. Taylor graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with Mechanical Engineering. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources and has Chaired both the Stakeholder Engagement and Regulatory Committees. Mark has been engaged firsthand with stakeholders in developing strategies that allow for the appropriate and continued development of western Canada’s resource plays.

Nov. 21
10:30 – 12:00

Unconventional Resource Development

Scott Millar

Scott Millar is a Director of Area-based Regulation with the Alberta Energy Regulator. He is currently working to develop new approaches to developing regulatory rules for the energy sector that include collaborative engagement with stakeholders and integrated sub-surface and surface resource assessments. Previously, Mr. Millar worked to align Alberta’s regulatory system for upstream oil and gas, oil sands, and coal with the province’s Aboriginal consultation system. He was also a lead participant in the Government of Alberta’s Regulatory Enhancement Project, which involved the assessment of the existing regulatory environment in Alberta, development of recommendations for enhancing the system, creation of a single regulatory authority for energy resource activities (the AER), and the amalgamation of regulatory functions previously carried out by the Government of Alberta into the new organization.

Mr. Millar comes from a background of environmental science – specifically fisheries management – and spent about a decade and a half conducting fisheries field programs across western Canada, the Northwest Territories, and north-western United States. Since moving to the Government of Alberta in 2005, Mr. Millar has been involved with several federal-provincial-territorial initiatives and large scale renewal of Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy.

Nov. 21
10:30 – 12:00

Regulating Pipelines

Steven Stalany

Steven Stalany, B. Comm. P.Eng.
Manager Industry Performance Pipelines – Industry Operations

Steven Stalany is a Professional Engineer with eight years of experience at the Alberta Energy Regulator and its predecessor. He has worked in a range of branches including Authorizations, the Oil and Gas Sector, and is currently the Manager of Industry Performance in the Industry Operations Pipelines Group. Mr. Stalany held key roles on critical projects such as the Near Term Action Program Subsurface Orders, the Unconventional Regulator Framework, and the recent external pipeline performance report.

He has a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Calgary.

Nov. 21
10:30 – 12:00

Regulating Pipelines

Russ Deacon

Russ Deacon

Russ Deacon – Manager (acting) Emergency Management

Russ Deacon has had a lengthy career in both the public service and private industries. Having started with Alberta Fish and Wildlife as a Conservation Officer and Problem Wildlife Coordinator, he then moved into the Alberta Forest Service. Mr. Deacon’s time in the private sector was spent holding responsibility for ambient air monitoring related to the oil and gas industry.

Mr. Deacon is currently the acting Manager of the Emergency Management group at the Alberta Energy Regulator. Having been employed at the AER for 14 years, Mr. Deacon started as an Air Monitoring Coordinator and progressed into a Pipeline Field Inspector. He since took on the role of Emergency Response Coordinator, where he is responsible for the coordination of emergency response activities related to any energy related incident in Alberta.

A critical function of Mr. Deacon’s role is related to proactive activities which assist in the prevention and mitigation of incidents, through education and emergency response/planning exercises. He has extensive training related to incident command systems, hazardous material response, environmental spill response, plume dispersion modelling, pipeline construction, operations and maintenance, in addition to experience in all energy-related activities from initial licensing to reclamation/remediation.

Mr. Deacon graduated with a diploma in Environmental Science-Renewable Resource Management and has a Certificate in Conservation Law Enforcement.

Nov. 21
10:30 – 12:00

Addressing Climate Change

Syed Ayub

Syed Ayub spent a decade in Ottawa working with Natural Resources Canada on climate change-related files associated with the Canadian electricity, forestry, agriculture, biofuels, and upstream and downstream oil and gas sectors. His major accomplishment was the development of a national renewable fuels framework which supported the development of a robust domestic biofuels sector.

Mr. Ayub moved to Calgary and joined the Alberta Energy Regulator in 2013, and has worked on various enterprise-wide regulatory initiatives such as addressing odour and emissions issues in the Peace River area of Alberta. He took over the role of Director of AER’s Climate Policy Assurance team earlier this year and has been working on implementing a key part of the Government of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan.

Mr. Ayub has an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary and a BA (Honors) in Economics from Queens University.

Nov. 21
10:30 – 12:00

Addressing Climate Change

Christina Winarski

Christina Winarski is the Manager of the Slave Lake Field Centre, and has worked in various roles in government and industry, in addition to working in public and First Nation school systems while raising her daughters. She has held positions with the forest industry, national and provincial parks, and Alberta Environment. She earned her Master of Science degree in 2015 from Royal Roads University, where she focused her research on the barriers of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) in Alberta. 

As seasoned empty nesters, Ms. Winarski and her husband are enjoying living, working, and playing on the shores of Lesser Slave lake.

Nov. 21
12:00 – 1:30

Regulatory Excellence (keynote)

Carol Crowfoot


Carol Crowfoot has been monitoring energy markets since 1981 and has been with the Alberta Energy Regulatory since 2007. Ms. Crowfoot is the AER’s Executive Vice President of the Strategy and Regulatory Division, and also its Chief Economist. She is responsible for leading the organization to the successful execution of its strategy, ensuring organization standards are developed and followed when designing risked-based regulatory requirements and delivering energy information, independent analysis, and supply-and-demand forecasts for Alberta commodities to all stakeholders.

Ms. Crowfoot started her career at GLJ Petroleum Consultants. She was responsible for monitoring and understanding the fundamentals of supply, demand, and transportation issues in energy markets. She also provided commentary regarding market trends and participated in regulatory hearings and civil proceeding as an expert witness. In addition to her duties with GLJ Petroleum Consultants, in 2002 Ms. Crowfoot was named president of GLJ Energy Publications Inc., a firm specializing in market information and analysis of the North American natural gas industry.

Throughout her career, Ms. Crowfoot has been a frequent presenter to industry conferences including the Canadian Energy Research Institute Natural Gas Conference, numerous Canadian Institute conferences, the Economics Society of Calgary technical seminars, Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists Conference conventions, and Petroleum Society technical luncheons.

Nov. 21
1:30 – 2:30

Closure & Liability

Rob Wadsworth

In June 2017, Robert Wadsworth became Vice President of Closure and Liability Management at the Alberta Energy Regulator.

Mr. Wadsworth has more than 30 years’ experience in the public sector, and spent several years in the private Nuclear Power Generation Sector. The latter was at Bruce Power, the largest Nuclear power generator in the world, located on the shores of Lake Huron.

Mr. Wadsworth joined the AER in 2013 as the Vice President of Authorizations. Most noteworthy during this appointment was his leadership during the Winter Drilling Season of 2013 where he developed a Continuous Improvement capability at the AER and implemented timelines within the branch to ensure certainty for industry in a highly critical time. In 2015, he was charged with implementing a new business unit, “The Centre of Regulatory Excellence” later re-named the “Enterprise Learning Branch” to increase internal staff competencies and skill.

Mr. Wadsworth has a distinguished military career of over 28 years of service, last serving as a Colonel in Afghanistan. His career gave him the opportunity to lead large teams in command positions to include Base Commander and has significant overseas experience with the Canadian Armed Forces and the US military, including deployments to many conflict hotspots such as Cyprus, Angola, Mozambique, and Bosnia. He also consulted as NATO’s Civilian Security Advisor in Afghanistan for two years, and has four years’ overall experience with the Organization.

Mr. Wadsworth is a graduate of Royal Military College, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Military Arts and Science. In addition, he has obtained executive education from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, and Queens University School of Business.

Nov. 21
1:30 – 2:30

Closure & Liability

David Hardie

 

David Hardie is an environmental scientist by education and training. He began his career in the 1990’s working in several environmental engineering companies before transitioning to a predecessor of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).

 

Mr. Hardie is currently the Director Liability Strategy with the AER and is responsible for developing a near term, to very long term strategy that will ensure that the infrastructure associated with energy development such as wells, facilities, pipelines, coal mines and oil sands mines, and their associated sites, move through the lifecycle to reclamation once they are no longer used for resource development. As part of that work, Mr. Hardie has taken a leadership role in the global community to facilitate knowledge and information exchange with other regulators and organizations such as the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) and the European Union.

 

 

Nov. 21
1:30 – 2:30

Building a world-class workforce

Susan Cassidy

Susan Cassidy is currently the Vice President of People, Culture & Learning at the Alberta Energy Regulator. She leads a team of 55 and has been in this role for nine years.

Overall, Ms. Cassidy has 35 years’ experience working in human resources. For 30 of these years, she has led both human resource teams and human resources functions in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. She also taught introductory human resources, labour relations, and business negotiations as a sessional instructor within the Faculty of Management at the University of Calgary for 14 years.

In the past, Ms. Cassidy was a management representative on the Alberta Labour Relations Board and was the lead negotiator for management in a number of collective bargaining negotiations. In addition, she has been actively involved in her professional community and was the President of the Human Resources Association of Calgary. She has sat on a number of not-for-profit community boards and is currently a board director and Chair of the Human Resources Committee of the Calgary Counselling Centre.

Ms. Cassidy has a Bachelor of Commerce, and her MBA.

Nov. 21
1:30 – 2:30

Managing Information and Data

Terry Carswell

Terry Carswell joined the Alberta Energy Regulator in July 2007; she has been the Director of Regulatory Submission & Compliance within the Information Management Branch since November 2013.

Throughout her career, Ms. Carswell has played a key role in the successful leadership, design, and implementation of numerous process re-engineering, system implementation, and business integration projects. She is the recipient of four AER Awards of Excellence for contributions to: improving the integrity of well bottom hole data; ensuring business continuity; enabling transparency of hydraulic fracturing fluid composition data; and improving availability of well logging data.

Prior to joining the AER, Ms. Carswell spent 17 years in the private oil and gas energy sector. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta and a Master of Continuing Education degree from the University of Calgary.

Nov. 21
3:00 – 4:00

Engagement Panel

Moderator: Jennifer Steber


In August 2013, Jennifer Steber joined the Alberta Energy Regulator as the new Executive Vice President of Stakeholder and Government Engagement. Prior to joining the AER, Ms. Steber had been with the Government of Alberta for nearly 25 years holding a variety of senior positions, such as Chief Assistant Deputy Minister of Oil Sands and Energy Operations, and Assistant Deputy Minister of Resource Development.

In her role, Ms. Steber is responsible for creating and maintaining positive and cooperative relationships with all of the regulator’s stakeholders in an effort to provide fulsome full life cycle regulation of the energy industry for the benefit of all of Alberta’s citizens.

Ms. Steber’s career with the Alberta Government spanned across four ministries – Environment; Sustainable Resource Development; Tourism, Parks and Recreation; and Energy. Her extensive executive experience in leading strategic natural-resource-management and regulatory initiatives combined with strong negotiation expertise make her a critical addition to the AER’s leadership team.

Ms. Steber has a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon in Planning and Policy, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Manitoba. She’s also completed courses in leadership development, risk management, and the managing of public conflict. She actively participates on numerous boards and provides leadership on many federal, provincial, and cross-ministry initiatives.

Nov. 21
3:00 – 4:00

Engagement Panel

Kim Blanchette

Kim Blanchette

Kim Blanchette is Vice President of Public Affairs and National and International Relations at the Alberta Energy Regulator.

She has experience in communications and public affairs at the provincial, federal, and international level and has held positions with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice as well as the Nova Scotia Department of Energy.

Ms. Blanchette joined the Government of Canada in 2000, performing a variety of communications roles with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, including Ministerial support, regional office liaison, Director of Corporate Advocacy Communications, senior official speech coordination and multidepartment Pan-Atlantic and International events.

She has served as Consul (Political and Economic Relations and Public Affairs) at the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle from 2006-2008, representing Canada in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. She then moved to Veterans Affairs Canada as Acting Associate Director General of Communications where she worked the 90th Anniversary of the end of the First World War, the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, and new legislation for Allied Veterans.

Ms. Blanchette has also served as Regional Director, Issues Management and Communications (Atlantic Region) with the Canada Revenue Agency and as the Communications Manager for the Energy Resources Conservation Board, since 2011.

A past alumnus of the United States International Visiting Leaders Program, Ms. Blanchette was named one of the 50 Global Women in Energy in 2005 and has received awards for her work in media relations during the Swissair Flight 111 tragedy and for energy education in Nova Scotia.

Nov. 21
3:00 – 4:00

Engagement Panel – Indigenous Engagement

Jennifer Wells

Jennifer Wells is the Vice President of Alberta Stakeholder Engagement, Stakeholder and Government Relations.

Jennifer Wells leads a branch of the Alberta Energy Regulator that focuses on importance of interaction with stakeholders and indigenous communities. Stakeholder engagement has been a central theme throughout Ms. Well’s career of over three decades working in the public sector. Through her work in public education, advanced education, family justice services and now with the Alberta Energy Regulator, Ms. Wells has maintained an emphasis on community and indigenous engagement as well as dispute resolution.

Nov. 21
3:00 – 4:00

Engagement Panel – Industry Engagement

Martin Foy

Martin Foy is the Vice President of Environment & Operational Performance within the Operations Division of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). He and his teams across the province are responsible for Emergency Management, Compliance Assurance (education, prevention and enforcement), Compliance Program Design, Business Management, and response to incidents. The branch also undertakes front-line engagement activities related to its functional activities across many stakeholder groups both internal and external.

Mr. Foy has 27 years of regulatory experience in Alberta and British Columbia, leading teams looking for new and innovative ways to solve problems and to ensure compliance with environmental legislation. Mr. Foy’s extensive experience includes leadership roles with the British Columbia Forest Service, Alberta Environment, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, and Alberta Environment & Parks.

During his role with Alberta Environment & Parks  as Executive Director, South Saskatchewan Region, Mr. Foy led the 2013 Flood Response and Recovery efforts, and received an award for innovation from the Institute of Public Administration of Canada.

Nov. 21
3:00 – 4:00

Engagement Panel – Working with Government

Filip Palasz

 

Nov. 22
8:30 – 9:00

Pursuing Regulatory Excellence (keynote)

Jim Ellis


In June 2013, Jim Ellis became the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Energy Regulator.

Mr. Ellis has more than 30 years’ experience in the public sector, including seven years with the Government of Alberta. He was appointed Deputy Minister of Environment in 2008 and held that position until 2011 when he was named Deputy Minister of Energy.

As the Deputy Minister of Energy, Mr. Ellis led the development and implementation of the Oil Market Diversification Strategy, was the lead provincial official for the Canadian Energy Strategy where he oversaw implementation of the Regulatory Enhancement Project.

Mr. Ellis holds multiple board appointments and is the President of the International Centre of Regulatory Excellence (ICORE), a Canadian not-for-profit global centre of regulatory excellence for training, innovation and collaboration in extractive resources.

Prior to joining the Alberta Government, Mr. Ellis served 23 years as an officer in the Canadian Army, retiring as a Colonel in 2006. He commanded at various levels including in Germany with the British army, and commanded during the war in Bosnia in 1994 and 1997. His final overseas mission was as the Senior Commander for Canada’s mission to Afghanistan in 2004/05.

Mr. Ellis is a graduate of Carleton University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in law and political science.

Nov. 22
9:00 – 9:45

Transformation through Technology: One Stop Demo

Tara Mulrooney

 

Tara Mulrooney is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Alberta Energy Regulator. She is an innovative, results driven executive who is leading a digital transformation for the AER.

Ms. Mulrooney joined the AER in 2012, and was appointed to CTO in 2013 where she successfully implemented the transition of functions from the Alberta Government to the Regulator. Her teams have been recognized for digital leadership by IT World Canada, the Canadian Public Relations Society, Opentext Elite, and the iCMG global architectural awards.

Ms. Mulrooney was nominated as Canadian CTO of the Year in 2016 for public sector, and sits on various boards and advisory committees internationally.

Nov. 22
9:00 – 9:45

Transformation through Technology: One Stop Demo

Shelley Youens

Shelley Youens is a Director in the Alberta Energy Regulator’s Major Initiatives Group. She first joined the AER as an application coordinator in Fort McMurray in 2009.

Ms. Youens has been a pivotal player in the AER’s Integrated Decision Approach (IDA) – a project that is shifting how the Regulator reviews and decides on energy development projects.

Born in Maple Ridge, BC, Ms. Youens is an environmentalist at heart. She graduated from the University of Victoria.

Nov. 22
9:00 – 9:45

Transformation through Technology: One Stop Demo

Paul Ferensowicz

Paul Ferensowicz is the Branch Executive Lead within the Corporate Planning and Enterprise Planning Branch. He joined the original Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) in 1990 as a senior applications and hearing coordinator in the Pipeline Department.

Mr. Ferensowicz has a wide range of regulatory expertise and has taken on increasingly senior roles with the AER. A few of Paul’s accomplishments include receiving the Gold Medal of Merit from the Republic of Poland in 2015, the 2013 Alberta Energy Regulator Award of Excellence for the Business Continuity Program, and the Chairman’s Award for Regulatory Excellence in 2006.

He graduated with a Master’s of Arts in Political Science from the University of Calgary in 1987.

Nov. 22
10:15 – 11:00

Transformation through Collaborative Approaches

Denise Parsons

Denise Parsons has been a practitioner of community engagement since 2000. She joined the Alberta Energy Regulator in January 2017 and in her capacity as Senior Advisor, Community and Regulatory Engagement, advances regulatory development that is informed by the input of stakeholders and indigenous communities. Her most recent work is reflected in the AER’s publication, Voices of Understanding: Looking through the Window.

Prior to joining the AER, Ms. Parsons supported a variety of industry proponents in developing, implementing and evaluating community engagement plans associated with regulatory applications.

Following graduation from the University of Alberta, Ms. Parsons began her career in the field of policy development with the Government of Alberta where she held responsibilities associated with the first provincial First Nations consultation policy, land use planning and agreement negotiations.

Nov. 22
11:00 – 12:15

Transformation through Innovation (IDA) (plenary)

Moderator: Patricia Johnston


Patricia Johnston is the Executive Vice President of Legal, and is also General Counsel of the Alberta Energy Regulator. She leads a branch of 13 lawyers responsible for providing legal and business advice to all AER business branches and field offices.

Ms. Johnston is regularly consulted by the chairman and directors on corporate governance- related issues, including enterprise risk management, issues regarding the conduct of board meetings, annual financial statement review and disclosure, statutory and common law duties and liabilities of directors, and recruitment and appointment of directors. She was instrumental in helping to draft the Governance Charter and corporate governance-related materials and is the AER’s liaison with the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Secretariat as well as the Chair of the AER’s Ethics Committee. Additionally, she is responsible for authoring and presenting the training and orientation materials for newly appointed directors and hearing commissioners. Her branch is also responsible for drafting and approving all AER administered legislation and regulations.

Prior to joining the AER, Ms. Johnston spent three years in private practice before holding various leadership and general counsel positions at FirstEnergy Capital Corp., ATB Investor Services, the Alberta Securities Commission, and the Alberta Stock Exchange, in roles that included legal, managerial, and corporate functions. She’s also been involved in several industry and professional associations, most notably sitting on the Alberta Securities Commission Securities Advisory Committee, and chairing the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch) Securities Law Section.

Ms. Johnston is a published author, having authored two books, Alberta Securities Law Simplified (in its 6th edition), Ontario Securities Law Simplified (in its 3rd edition) and several publications about Canadian securities and law and corporate governance requirements, and corporate restructuring transactions. For several years, she also instructed courses in securities law and regulation through the Canadian Securities Institute, Bow Valley College, and SAIT.

Ms. Johnston holds an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1988. She has also completed a number of courses at the Canadian Securities Institute as well as being an institute-certified director (ICD.D) by the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Nov. 22
11:00 – 12:15

Transformation through Innovation

Tristan Goodman

Tristan Goodman is Senior Vice President of the Industry Operations Division at the Alberta Energy Regulator. He has 20 plus years’ experience in the public and private sectors, as well as academia, including leadership and technical roles within energy and the natural resources sectors.

Prior to beginning his current role, Mr. Goodman was the Senior vice President of Major Projects and Transformation at the AER.

Nov. 22
11:00 – 12:15

Transformation through Innovation

Paul Ferensowicz

Paul Ferensowicz is the Branch Executive Lead within the Corporate Planning and Enterprise Planning Branch. He joined the original Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) in 1990 as a senior applications and hearing coordinator in the Pipeline Department.

Mr. Ferensowicz has a wide range of regulatory expertise and has taken on increasingly senior roles with the AER. A few of Paul’s accomplishments include receiving the Gold Medal of Merit from the Republic of Poland in 2015, the 2013 Alberta Energy Regulator Award of Excellence for the Business Continuity Program, and the Chairman’s Award for Regulatory Excellence in 2006.

He graduated with a Master’s of Arts in Political Science from the University of Calgary in 1987.

Nov. 22
11:00 – 12:15

Transformation through Innovation

Tara Mulrooney

 

Tara Mulrooney is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Alberta Energy Regulator. She is an innovative, results driven executive who is leading a digital transformation for the AER.

Ms. Mulrooney joined the AER in 2012, and was appointed to CTO in 2013 where she successfully implemented the transition of functions from the Alberta Government to the Regulator. Her teams have been recognized for digital leadership by IT World Canada, the Canadian Public Relations Society, Opentext Elite, and the iCMG global architectural awards.

Ms. Mulrooney was nominated as Canadian CTO of the Year in 2016 for public sector, and sits on various boards and advisory committees internationally.

Nov. 22
11:00 – 12:15

Transformation through Innovation

Steve Thomas

Steve Thomas, Director, Major Projects & Transformation

Steve Thomas is a professional engineer with 15 years of regulatory experience related to various aspects of the oil and gas industry and is Director of New Business Capabilities in the Major Projects & Transformation Branch at the Alberta Energy Regulator, where he focusses on improving regulatory design and delivery processes.

Prior to working at the AER, Mr. Thomas worked as a consultant and in oilfield services. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Geological Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Manitoba.

Nov. 22
1:15 – 3:30  

ICORE Workshop

Martin Krezalek

 

Martin Krezalek is the Alberta Energy Regulator’s ICORE Development Project Lead, responsible for the development of the operating model of the International Centre of Regulatory Excellence (ICORE).

Mr. Krezalek has spent the majority of the last 15 years working with government policy makers, regulators, legislators and elected officials as a Chief of Staff and executive advisor at executive leadership tables.

Mr. Krezalek’s experiences as an on-the-ground regulatory practitioner help guide his work to build ICORE- a global leader with the vision and expertise to bring international regulators together to create solutions that define the future of energy regulation.

To help create an institution that will help regulatory authorities in Canada and around the world is an opportunity Mr. Krezalek holds with conviction.

A hydrogeologist and environmental resource manager, Mr. Krezalek is also a proud father, husband, entrepreneur and Euro-Canadian.

Nov. 23
8:30 – 11:00

CRC Tour and AGS Presentation

Ray Kuntz

Ray Kuntz, Director Standard Products and Material Services

Ray Kuntz has 35 years’ senior operations and people leadership experience covering a range of industries. As a director in the Information Management Branch, he is responsible for the operations of the world renowned Core Research Centre in Calgary and the Mineral Core Research Facility in Edmonton, providing access to one of the world’s great collections of geological core and drill cutting samples. Teams at these facilities also provide access to standard data products available through the AER products and services catalogue, used by industry and the public in the development of Alberta’s resources. 

Mr. Kuntz joined the AER in 2012 from the private sector, where he had provided senior leadership experience in the oil and gas downstream and service sectors along with the automotive and the entertainment industries.

A graduate of the University of Alberta, Mr. Kuntz has played an active community role in chairing community boards and not for profit agencies that enhance the quality of life in our community.

Nov. 23
8:30 – 11:00

CRC Tour and AGS Presentation

Andrew Beaton

Andrew Beaton, Vice President, Alberta Geological Survey

Andrew Beaton has over 30 years’ experience in the diverse fields of coal mining, geochemistry, and unconventional resources. Since 2015, he has been the Vice President of the Alberta Geological Survey, a Branch of the Strategy and Regulatory Division of the Alberta Energy Regulator. The survey consists of a team of scientific and technical experts responsible for describing the geology as well as the mineral, hydrocarbon and groundwater resources in the province, and provides geoscience information and advice to the Regulator, the Government of Alberta, and the public.

Mr. Beaton began his career working in the coal mines of Cape Breton as a geological assistant. This experience led to him working with the Geological Survey of Canada on a variety of geochemistry, coal and coalbed methane and petroleum source rock characterization projects across Canada.

Mr. Beaton joined the AER in 2000 to conduct provincial-scale coalbed methane potential assessments. He managed the Resource Assessment section of the Alberta Geological Survey, responsible for evaluating unconventional hydrocarbon as well as metallic and industrial mineral resources. Subsequently, he managed the Energy Resource Appraisal Group responsible for evaluating conventional plays and shale resources.

Summit

Alberta Energy Regulator
Address: 3rd Floor, 250 5th Street SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0R4
Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Getting here: Our building is located just west of Eau Claire market in Centennial Place.

C-train
From the C-train station, walk up 5th street, towards 2nd avenue.

  • If you are coming from the west, get off at 6th street SW station.
  • If you are coming from the east, get off at 4th street SW station.

Parking
Parking lots are available across the street, west and north-west of the building if needed.

*Please proceed to the registration desk on the 3rd floor upon arrival

Reception

The Westin Calgary
Address: 320 4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2S6
Hours: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Need a place to stay?

Please note rates listed below are examples of standard rates available for a standard room. Rates are subject to change, please confirm with the individual hotels.

1. Regency Suites Hotel– 0.1 km (from the AER office)
Cdn$124/night
http://regencycalgary.com/ 

 

2. Sheraton Suites Eau Claire – 0.3 km
Cdn$392/night
http://www.sheratonsuites.com/

 

3. The Westin Calgary – 0.45 km
Cdn$395/night
http://www.westincalgary.com/

4. International Hotel Calgary – 0.6 km
Cdn$197.66/night (monthly rate)
http://www.internationalhotel.ca/default-en.html

 

5. Delta Hotels by Marriott Calgary Downtown – 1.1 km
Cdn$299/night
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/