Arctic Oil & Gas Symposium – Conference Agenda

Day 1: Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2015

8:00
Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
9:00
Opening Remarks and Speedy Introductions by Co-Chair
  • Floyd Roland
    Mayor
    Town of Inuvik
9:15
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.

9:45
Identifying the Critical Elements That Must Be Aligned To Move Production Forward In the Canadian Arctic
  • Allan Chatenay
    President
    Explor
  • Kathryn Fiess
    Manager, Petroleum Geosciences
    Government of Northwest Territories
  • Larry Persily
    Federal Coordinator
    Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects
  • Evaluating the estimated oil & gas potential in the Canadian Arctic
  • Examining the impact of increased global shale production, decreased oil consumption and pending US oil independence on the development of Northern resources
  • Assessing the current state of Alaskan LNG and the impact on Canadian arctic resources
  • Exploring the cost of Arctic resource development
    • At what price do projects become economical?
10:45
Networking Refreshment Break
11:05
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
11:55
Weighing the Pros & Cons of Eastern Arctic Potential: A Focus on Baffin Bay
  • Exploring the current and future plans for the region
  • Understanding the issues that are being disputed and potential strategies for bridging the gap
  • Demystifying the seismic process
    • What is it all about?
    • What are the best practices?
    • What does the National Statement of Practice state?
  • What can Canada’s Eastern Arctic learn from activity that has taken place in the West?
  • Examining the components of the Baffin Bay strategic environmental assessment and ensuring it address the issues of import to local communities
12:40
Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
1:55
Keynote Address
  • Honourable Robert (Bob) R. McLeod
    Premier of the Northwest Territories

2:20
Keynote Address
  • Ole Anders Lindseth
    Director General,Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
    Government of Norway
3:00
Networking Refreshment Break
3:20
Offshore Development in the Beaufort: Preparing to Capitalize from Activity to Come
  • Doug Matthews
    Energy Analyst/Writer
    Matthews Energy Consulting
  • Exploring the Yukon’s role in oil and gas development in the Beaufort
  • Examining key initiatives and respective monitoring strategies in the Beaufort region
    • Where do things stand?
    • How is the Yukon involved?
    • What are the critical challenges?
    • When can we expect activity to commence?
  • Understanding the Inuvialuit’s role in Beaufort development postdevolution
    • Exploring the unique components of the deal that covers the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR)
    • Pinpointing areas of concern
    • Identifying opportunities and expected timelines
  • Discussing strategies for intergovernmental collaboration and achieving mutually beneficial outcomes
3:55
Examining the Impact of the Forthcoming Equivalency Argument Decision on Arctic Development
  • Louie Porta
    Science and Policy Analyst
    Oceans North Canada
  • 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
4:40
Day One Wrap Up & ClosingRemarks by Co-Chair
4:50
Cocktail Reception Begins

COCKTAIL RECEPTION

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

8:30
Refreshments are Served
9:00
Opening Remarks from Co-Chair
9:10
Keynote Address – Examining the Opportunities of Offshore Initiatives in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Scott Tessier
    Chair & CEO
    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.

9:55
Devolution of Nunavut: Understanding the Importance and Impact on Future Resource Development
  • Cathy Towtongie
    President
    Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
  • Assessing the readiness of Nunavut to undergo devolution
  • Exploring the devolution process and anticipated timelines
  • Understand who is involved in the process and respective roles
  • Examining anticipated impacts on industry, local communities and Aboriginal rights
  • What lessons can Nunavut learn from similar regions that have successfully devolved?
10:40
Networking Refreshment Break
11:00
Arctic Infrastructure: Assessing the Respective Needs of Industry, Government & First Nations
  • Floyd Roland
    Mayor
    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
12:00
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.

12:30
Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
1:45
Advancing Relationship Building & Embedding Social License into Oil & Gas Projects
  • Mitch Bloom
    Vice President
    CanNor
  • 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?
2:30
Getting Real About Hydraulic Fracturing in the North: Separating Fact from Fiction
  • Patrick Horner
    Vice President, Engineering
    Aqua-Pure Ventures
  • Aaron Miller
    Manager, 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?
3:15
Networking Refreshment Break
3:30
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
4:00
Arctic Shipping: Opportunities, Concerns and Logistics
  • Chris Hill
    President
    Canatec Associates International Ltd.
  • Wim Jolles
    Manager, European Operations
    Canatec Associates International Ltd.
  • Peter Pamel
    Partner
    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?
5:00
Day Two Wrap Up, Closing Remarks by Co-Chair & Prize Draw

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