Energy Business Forum, the 69th CEEA Business Conference

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Energy Business Forum, the 69th CEEA Business Conference

August 21, 2019

The Canadian Energy Executive Association (“CEEA”) would like to invite you to join us at the 69th CEEA Business Conference.


The Canadian Energy Executive Association Presents:
The 69th CEEA Business Conference
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff AB
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

There is an emergency in Canada and there is an urgent need for a New Canadian Deal

We have a Government in Ottawa who is openly unsupportive to oil and gas and the resource industry generally.  It’s urgent for Canada’s future that we are engaged and do our part to cause the change we want.


This year’s conference will tell the stories of:

  • Indigenous People and what it takes to make them part of a New Canadian Deal;
  • Why exporting Canada’s environmental advantage is the best thing Canada can do for the planet; and
  • What the New Canadian Deal needs to do to attract foreign investment.



Keynote Address:  Oil, Gas, and Natural Resources: A Canadian Manifesto

Lord Conrad Black is a financier and author and columnist in a large number of publications in Canada, the US, and the UK, including the National Post and National Review Online (New York). He is the author of biographies of Maurice Duplessis, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Richard M. Nixon, a strategic history of the United States (Flight of the Eagle), and Rise to Greatness, the History of Canada from the Vikings to the Present. His most recent book is a collection of his columns and essays titled Backward Glances, just published by Random House-McCLelland & Stewart. He was the publisher of the London (UK) Telegraph newspapers and Spectator from 1987 to 2004, and controlled many other newspapers including the Chicago Sun-Times, the Jerusalem Post and the National Post, which he founded. He is honorary chairman of Conrad Black Capital Corporation and has been a member of the British House of Lords as Lord Black of Crossharbour since 2001, and is a Knight of the Holy See.


Keynote Address: Getting Back on Track

Minister Sonya Savage was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Calgary-North West. A life-long Albertan, Savage has been a strong voice championing pipelines for years. Earning a Master of Laws in Environment and Energy, she practiced law for 13 years before taking a job as an advocate for the oil and gas industry.  After working 9 years at Enbridge, she accepted a role as the Sr. Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) in 2015.  She has handled the pipeline industry’s large policy files, including regulatory reform, Indigenous reconciliation, legal, environment and climate change. Sonya Savage was appointed as Alberta’s Energy Minister on April 30, 2019. Relying on her extensive background in the industry, and spending the last 12 years fighting for pipelines and the energy sector, Savage will continue her work to promote and develop Alberta’s oil and gas wealth and deliver on getting pipelines built.

Inaugural Canadian Energy Executive of the Year Award: Clayton Howard Riddell

CEEA is proud to present the 2019 Canadian Energy Executive of the Year Award and 69th Honorary Chair to the late Clayton (Clay) Howard Riddell.

This prestigious award will be presented to the family of Mr. Riddell during the 69th CEEA Energy Business Forum Dinner.

In memory of Clay, there will be a tribute recognizing all his contribution to the energy industry and our community. 


There is an emergency in Canada and there is an urgent need for a New Canadian Deal

Keynote Speaker: Sonya Savage, Alberta’s Energy Minister, MLA for Calgary North-West

Getting Back on Track

Panel 1: Why International Companies are Investing in Canadian Energy

  • Céline Gerson – President, Schlumberger Canada (Moderator)
  • Farhan Al-Farhan P. Eng., M.Eng. – President, Kufpec Canada Inc. [Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company]
  • Lesley Rigg, PhD – Dean and Professor, Faculty of Science, University of Calgary
  • Mark Fitzgerald – President & Chief Executive Officer, Petronas Energy Canada Ltd.


Panel 2: Exporting Canada’s Environmental Advantages                                                                                   

  • Gordon Pettigrew – Governor of Energy Innovation, CEEA (Moderator)
  • Joy Romero – VP Technology & Innovation- Canadian Natural Resources Limited & Chair of the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN)
  • Susannah Pierce – Director External Relations, LNG Canada
  • Mac Van Wielingen – Founder and Partner, Arc Financial



Keynote Speaker: Lord Conrad Black

Oil, Gas, and Natural Resources: A Canadian Manifesto

Panel 3: Challenges for Indigenous People to have Equity in Pipelines (Treaty rights, Indian Act, Cultural Capacity)

  • Stephen Buffalo – President & CEO, Indian Resource Council of Canada Panel (Moderator)
  • Chief Robert Louie – Westbank First Nation
  • Dave Tuccuro – Entrepreneur, President/CEO – Tuccaro Group of Companies
  • Chief Wallace Fox – Onion Lake First Nation


Round Table 1: Meeting the Challenges for Indigenous People to have Equity in Pipelines

  • Stephen Buffalo – President & CEO, Indian Resource Council of Canada (Moderator)


Round Table 2:  Advocating for Investment in Canada’s Environmental Advantages

  • Michael Binnion – President & CEO, Questerre Energy (Moderator)

CEEA Welcome Cocktails


Canadian Energy Executive of the Year Award: A Tribute to Clay Riddell

Tributes By:

  • Rafi Tahmazian – Senior Portfolio Manager, Canoe Financial
  • Chris Potter – Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Peters & Co. Limited

Conference Registration – $1,750
18-Hole Golf, Thursday August 22 – $200

CEEA has arranged a complimentary bus departing from Calgary in the morning on August 21, and returning in the evening following dinner.


Download the Speaker’s Biographies


August 21, 2019


The Fairmont Banff Springs
405 Spray Avenue
Banff, AB T1L 1J4 Canada
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