The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
October 2 - 4, 2016

This event is co-located with:

The Fairmont Banff Springs
October 2-4, 2016

Educational Program

Tracks & Sessions

Our compelling educational program is led by a steering committee of experienced industry professionals. The steering committee is subdivided and assigned to support specific conference tracks in line with their areas of expertise. Conference sessions will address the following areas;

  • Drilling and Completions
  • Productions Operations and Facilities
  • Supply Chain and Business Intelligence.

If you’re interested in joining the UpTech steering committee or speaking at the summit please email oliverthomas@quartzevents.com

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Keynote Presentations

Panel Discussion: Gaining Social License for a New Energy Project

SPEAKERS

Richard Jensen
Executive Vice President of Operations, Plains Midstream Canada

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Dan McFadyen
Program Director, Extractive Resource Governance Program, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

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Jim Donihee
Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

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Panel Discussion: Gaining Social License for a New Energy Project

In this panel discussion we will cover:

What "Social License" actually means and why it matters

Share different perspectives from industry experts

Where we see social license going and how will it evolve

The role of Govt. provincial and national in the process

Breaking The Decision Barrier: The Convergence of Business Process, Data Visualization, & Machine Learning

SPEAKERS

Troy Heibein
Vice President of Strategy, Raven Bay

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Breaking The Decision Barrier: The Convergence of Business Process, Data Visualization, & Machine Learning

An unrelenting increase in the complexity of our organizations, business models, and supply chains combined with unprecedented volumes of data being made available has caused a sort of "paralysis by analysis" in modern companies.

Whether a poor decision is made based on faulty information, or even if the right decision is made after much delay, the cost implications can be immense. This session will cover the holistic approaches required to break this decision making barrier, including:

 

  • How operating models & business processes can be tweaked to expedite decision making;
  • How Data Management & Visualization can improve the reliability of your information while making it available in a format easily consumable by all decision makers; and
  • How recent advancements in Machine Learning provide the ability for both tactical and strategic decisions to be made automatically, reducing decision fatigue and placing focus on areas where a "human touch" is required.

Breakout Presentations

Management Systems for Successful Project Execution

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Roberto Rodriguez
CEO - Business and Project Management Consultant, The Flying Kite Incorporated

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Management Systems for Successful Project Execution

Oil & Gas Operators and EPC firms struggle at executing capital projects. Meeting targets has become almost like wishful thinking. Are systems helping? Why not? What is missing? Has substandard execution become the new norm? There is hope, but it will take discipline and commitment plus a new approach to Project Management....  
 
Key Takeaways

  • Work Process Approach is truly possible in project execution. What does it take?
  • Before designing a system for effective project execution, we need to understand the causes of failure (common reasons for underperforming)
  • Are we focusing and controlling the right variables? What should we be controlling instead?
  • The new scope triangle. Every so often a new theory breaks in to improve on previous ones.
  • A quantum leap in the right direction. System + Culture Shift + Discipline + Commitment = Consistently Achieved “Successful Project Execution”
Creating a Lean Management System to Reduce Costs and Engage your Workforce

SPEAKERS

Rick Timlick
Associate, Haskayne Executive Education

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Creating a Lean Management System to Reduce Costs and Engage your Workforce

This presentation defines how lean can be the most effective management system in today’s economic uncertainty. Most lean initiatives cannot be sustained with the stroke of a pen, a leadership mandate, changing a system, a training program or restructuring.  The real gains to be had come from ensuring that it becomes everybody's job to find opportunities for improvement rather than the domain of a specialized few. This, we feel, is at the problem at heart of most organizations struggling to implement and sustain a culture of continuous improvement. We will explore the problems with the way most organizations implement continuous improvement and present a more effective model.

Key Takeaways

  • Why the management paradigm of today is becoming obsolete in dealing the current speed of change in our industry. Driving results in a world of ever-increasing change requires a new kind of leadership.
  • Importance and Urgency are both critical issues to an organization but often urgency trumps. Knowing how to keep focus on importance will be a competitive differentiator.
  • Learn the three paradigms supported by four disciplines that will enable your organization to consistently reduce waste and increase value.
  • How to effectively increase employee involvement (unleash the power of your workforce) instead of regulating lean to a set few of practitioners.
Climate Policy and the Implications for the Alberta Oil Industry

SPEAKERS

Hossein Safaei
Associate Director Crude Oil Markets, IHS

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Climate Policy and the Implications for the Alberta Oil Industry

Lower oil prices and how long they may persist have captured the public attention.  But questions abound about the implications of advancing carbon policy in Alberta and Canada as well.  This session will explore the implications of some of the climate policies on the industry.

Blue Spark WASP® (Wireline Applied Stimulation Pulsing)

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Todd Parker
CEO, Blue Spark Energy

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Blue Spark WASP® (Wireline Applied Stimulation Pulsing)

Blue Spark WASP® (Wireline Applied Stimulation Pulsing) is a low risk, low cost method of improving wellbore connectivity and restoring well production. WASP® works by converting low power electrical energy into high power hydraulic pressure pulses. Repeated pulsing clears obstructions in the near wellbore area and creates new flow paths, resulting in improved flow quickly, safely and efficiently.

An Industry-Leading Approach to Managing For Wildlife and Biodiversity in the Oil Sands: Creating Value for Your Project and Company

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Amit Saxena
Senior Technical Leader – Wildlife, Biodiversity & Land Stewardship, Devon Canada

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An Industry-Leading Approach to Managing For Wildlife and Biodiversity in the Oil Sands: Creating Value for Your Project and Company

Devon Canada Corp.’s In Situ Wildlife Research and Monitoring Program is an industry-leading approach to monitoring, minimizing and mitigating oil sands project effects on wildlife, biodiversity and land.  The application of innovative tools and a beyond-compliance approach creates true value to Devon at multiple levels within the company.

Key takeaways include:

  • Accrual of the most robust and longest tenured wildlife monitoring dataset in the oil sands region
  • Assessment of truly cumulative impacts of in situ oil sands development on wildlife over the span of multiple years and incremental project development  
  • Use of innovative and state-of-the art tools and technology to meet monitoring and research objectives
  • Novel application of wildlife monitoring data to project environmental assessments
  • Use of science and wildlife monitoring data to influence many aspects of project build-out, construction and operations

 

Understanding and Mitigating the Risks Associated With the Utilization of Produced Water In SAGD Drum Boilers

SPEAKERS

Malcolm MacKenzie
Manager, Engineering Technology, Babcock & Wilcox PGG Canada

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Understanding and Mitigating the Risks Associated With the Utilization of Produced Water In SAGD Drum Boilers

The proportion of SAGD plant designs which incorporate Drum Boilers is increasing. It is recognized that produced water for these plants will at times not be compliant with industry recommendations and guidelines. This presents unique, and at times unquantified, risks to SAGD operators which cannot be dealt with by standard equipment designs and operating procedures.

Recent fundamental testing has been completed that will be of value in the quantification of risk. Major findings will be presented. Based on this investigation both proprietary, novel boiler designs and operational methods are in development.  These initiatives as well as their practical benefit to SAGD operators will be reviewed.

The Wrongs, the Rights, and the Whys of Documentation and Data Management

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The Wrongs, the Rights, and the Whys of Documentation and Data Management

In the presentation the evolution of documentation management and the solutions to business’ most archaic element will be discussed.

  • What the multiple different impacts of poor documentation and data management are
  • What elements are needed to realize the full potential of this profession
  • The components of an initiative that will lead to successful implementation
Competing Interests - how technology can bridge the gap between SCMP and sales of excess material

SPEAKERS

Stewart Worth
President, Bolongo

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Competing Interests - how technology can bridge the gap between SCMP and sales of excess material

A new technology developed in Calgary is helping SCM professionals understand the real market value of excess materials in the market. This session will outline the current issue in the market and how efficiencies can be made on both sides of the deal.

  • Industry statistics surrounding the management of excess material
  • Address the fundamental fact that SCMP want to get material at the lowest price, while sales are driven to achieve the highest price
  • Understanding what is “fair market value” for excess material
  • How technology (online marketplace) can better understand both sides and help to overcome future challenges in selling and purchasing
The New Leadership Frontier: Small Steps to Real Growth

SPEAKERS

Patrick James Duffy
President, Big Futures Inc.

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The New Leadership Frontier: Small Steps to Real Growth

This presentation serves to re-define ‘real growth’ as the functional and core relationship between strategic planning and operational performance, and the development of people and the sustainability of a healthy organizational culture. It will explore the nexus of this core relationship and the key benefits to organizations and their stakeholders when  a successful balance of both is achieved. This balance becomes essential when there is an increase of disruption to the general market, the business, and/or social-economic conditions. Core concepts and the review of a new suite of innovative tools will be incorporated into the presentation.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Discussion of the evolving demands on today’s organizational leaders to cultivate clarity, confidence and certainty within their teams and organizations.
  2. Review of an interactive model and scorecard identifying excellence in the nexus between corporate planning/organizational development and talent management/healthy culture.
  3. Introduction to a new profiling technology that is effective in identifying a deeper and more consistent pattern of individual motivation and team chemistry called PRINT®.
“Leveraging Progressive Aboriginal Relations – Creating Opportunities”

SPEAKERS

Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is
President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)

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“Leveraging Progressive Aboriginal Relations – Creating Opportunities”

There has never been a greater time in history to invest in re-building business relationships with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples.  The time is now to break new ground in creating real and sustained economic outcomes for all Canadians through mutually beneficial business relationships with Indigenous people.

 

There is an emerging Aboriginal economic powerhouse growing at 5.7% per year that can be leveraged to add strength and certainty to the energy sector. Mr. Gladu’s presentation will build understanding and offer both practical and pragmatic tools and approaches, while emphasizing the importance of improved relationships with diverse, Aboriginal communities, leadership, and peoples across the country.

  • The new reality of Aboriginal business in Canada;
  • Reconciling difference and building trust; and
  • Leveraging CCAB’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Program to advance your company’s performance in the areas of:
    • Employment
    • Engagement and Investment
    • Leadership
    • Procurement
Employing cost forecasting techniques and software to better support your business goals and manage capital more efficiently.

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Marsha Vigil
Account Manager, Energy Navigator

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Employing cost forecasting techniques and software to better support your business goals and manage capital more efficiently.

In our current economic climate, there is no better time to evaluate end-to-end business processes and implement new technologies to help you work smarter, not harder. This presentation will discuss some vital, but often overlooked, processes and software options that upstream and midstream companies could employ in order to:  

  • eliminate waste, promote efficiencies, and enhance productivity;
  • improve cost forecasting, streamline spending approvals, and more closely manage capital and operating costs.
Fact or Fiction? Technology will be a crucial part of Canada’s energy future.

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Joe Kuhach
CEO, Nsolv corporation

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Hilary McMeekin
National Sector Leader, Energy, Edelman

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Fact or Fiction? Technology will be a crucial part of Canada’s energy future.

As media evolves it is transforming how people communicate with one another.  Today, every audience is interconnected and empowered. This requires a new way forward for all organizations.  In the sharing era we can’t force transactions, we have to build relationships.  Enterprises can’t demand to be heard; they must earn engagement and trust.  Whether you are trying to develop projects, commercialize technology or simply move your business forward, you need to earn trust, attention and relevance. In this session, a communications expert and heavy oil technology CEO will explore: 

  • Why building trusting relationships, and a ground swell of support, are good investments.
  • Latest data on how to build trusting relationships.
  • Lead a discussion on how technology can transform this industry’s reputation.
Maximizing Asset Value: Key Components of a Master Water Management Strategy in the Evolving WCSB Regulatory Framework

SPEAKERS

Jamie Wills
President, Principal Hydrogeologist, Waterline Resources Inc.

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Maximizing Asset Value: Key Components of a Master Water Management Strategy in the Evolving WCSB Regulatory Framework

Despite ongoing research into alternative extraction technologies the majority of O&G production in western Canada will continue to be water-assisted for the foreseeable future. Thus, the phrase "no water, no project" will prevail for some time. Crucial to maximizing asset value is to ensure that water security remains a standing boardroom agenda item. The presentation will provide insight into the following key items:

  • A review of the water regulatory framework in western Canada
  • The implications of draft and emerging water regulatory policies
  • A pragmatic approach to developing a master water management strategy to provide water security and ROI on your assets
Climate, water availability, and the success of Western Canada’s energy development

SPEAKERS

Jon Fennell, M.Sc., Ph.D., P.Geol.
Vice President of Advisory Services and Water Security, InSolutions

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Climate, water availability, and the success of Western Canada’s energy development

Water is essential to Canada’s economic success.  In particular, development of our vast oil and gas reserves is heavily dependent on access to readily-available supplies of water to conduct the necessary exploration and development activities to keep us in the global game. Although our hydrocarbon reserves are envyed by many, the decline in conventional reserves has forced industry to chase more difficult plays to fill the gap in demand.  Therefore, development of our shale gas, tight oil, and bitumen deposits cannot be realized without a sufficient and secure supply of water.  Many of the companies striving to access these unconventional resources are now coming to the realization that water is the limiting factor, and that access to it will dictate the outcome of their success. 

Many would think that as a country with 0.5% of the world’s population and 20% of the world’s fresh water we should have nothing to worry about.  From an “average pot of view this may be the case.  But water isn’t always where we want it, when we want it.  One of the major influencers on water availability is our climate, which plays a key role in achieving our desired goals of continued economic development, protection of the environment, and the associated benefits to society.  Given the constraint around quantity and quality of water, understanding, appreciating, and being able to adapt to (and manage through) extremes will be key for the future of unconventional oil and gas development in Canada. 

This presentation will explore some of the key factors affecting water availability and reliability in Western Canada, and identify some of the approaches and measures that can be employed to ensure future success of Canada’s energy sector.

A Roadmap to Operational Excellence and Case Study

A Roadmap to Operational Excellence and Case Study

In today’s economic environment, cost reduction, efficiency, and high performing teams are critical in the energy industry.  From execution of capital projects to daily management of your operations much can be learned from other industries and the best practices they use to constantly streamline their operations, reduce cost, waste, operational risk and ensure a high performing sustainable business.

DuPont Sustainable operations works with companies around the globe to improve performance.

We will explore the critical elements required for a strong operation excellence culture, as how proven methodologies such as rapid analysis can identify and implement operational improvements to dramatically improve business performance for an energy company.  Improve capital efficiency, maintenance and reliability, energy efficiency, turnaround, throughput, employee capability and culture.

 

Key Takeaways

  • You can identify significant improvements within weeks and obtain dramatic results within 6-9 months.
  • You can create a culture of improvement that can be sustained.
  • Implementing these learnings now will accelerate your growth with the rebound in commodity prices.
How to keep profits up in the changing economy with climate change

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Charles Iggulden
President and CEO, Infinity Energy

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How to keep profits up in the changing economy with climate change

This includes preparing for Carbon levy and climate change legislation

  • How is the current price volatility different from prior ones?
    Can Canadian and North American oil and gas companies remain competitive
  • What is the best utilization of investment to generate highest profits?
  • how Alberta must become
    "carbon-competitive with respect to energy"
  • creating the new GREENX2 economy
Innovation (Why Innovate and How to Apply Innovation)

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Dr. Bob Schulz
Professor Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

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Innovation (Why Innovate and How to Apply Innovation)

This practical session starts with identification and motivations for possible corporate innovation strategies ranging from “not-at-all” to incremental improvements to magnitude changes.

  • Megatrends, threats and opportunities, and emerging UpTech/MidTech success stories are presented, as well as tangible take-home implantation actions.  
  • Companies serious about innovation will likely appreciate information provided with regard to new business innovation programs in Alberta.
  • Ample time is provided for questions, answers, and sharing of good ideas.
Power Innovations Drive Game-Changing Cost Reductions in Upstream and Midstream Operations

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Mark Glaze
Business Development Manager, Aggreko

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Power Innovations Drive Game-Changing Cost Reductions in Upstream and Midstream Operations

  • Analyzing how operations with intermittent requirements are evolving with intermittent power sources such as Power Automation.
    • Power automation for Compressor Station applications
    • Power automation for Rod Pump applications
  • Discuss applications with wildly varying load requirements and the effects Power on Demand systems are having on efficiencies and cost reductions.
    • Power on Demand for Booster Pump applications
  • Patented Fuel Blending technology and Heat Recovery systems are lowering LOE’s and driving production volume increases.
    • Analyzing a real life case study for Fuel Blending systems
    • Reviewing effects of Heat Recovery Systems in the field

 

Leveraging Critical or Complex Suppliers in your Supply Chain

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Chris Gall
Global Supply Chain and Manufacturing, Calfrac Well Services Ltd.

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Leveraging Critical or Complex Suppliers in your Supply Chain

This presentation will discuss the selection of critical or complex suppliers in supporting operational challenges, streamlining inefficiencies, strategic alignment, and operating in safe and social responsible matter. This can be achieved through the following approaches:

  • Alignment with business goals and deliverables
  • Established evaluation criteria and weightings
  • Cross Functional team model
  • Long term viability
  • Continuous improvement with KPI modelling
Operational Excellence – How to leverage your partners to lower your long-term production costs

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Brian Seppala
Vice-President, Western Operations, Superior Propane

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Operational Excellence – How to leverage your partners to lower your long-term production costs

  • Do your partners share your vision in reducing costs?
  • How do you use continuous improvement to identify cost reductions on both sides?
  • How do your partners provide greater value at a lower cost?