Panelists and Keynote Speakers
The Transform: Energy Summit brings a full roster of energy sector innovators to the main stage for a day of captivating conversations and thought-provoking content. Meet our speakers below:
Canada has set ambitious emissions reductions targets – and our energy sector is paving the way for us to get there. With initiatives like Pathways to Net Zero, investments in carbon capture and storage, and doubling-down on renewables, hear how Alberta is transforming the sector and where we’re headed next.
Dan is the Executive Chair and CEO of Greengate, a leading Canadian renewable energy company. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Dan is an award-winning entrepreneur with a proven track record of successful business ventures. To date, Greengate has developed over one GW of operating or in-construction renewable energy projects, representing nearly $2 billion of investment and generating enough sustainable energy to power more than 400,000 homes.
Sherri Evers is the Vice-President of Commercial and Corporate Development at Imperial. Ms. Evers has worked for Imperial for over 22 years in a range of positions within the downstream, beginning in 1998 in the Edmonton marketing office. Within the downstream, Ms. Evers held various assignments, including sales, logistics, pricing and analysis within refining and supply.
Candice is the Executive Director for Regulatory Affairs and External Relations at Enhance Energy, an Alberta-based carbon management company with extensive experience in the planning and implementation of large-scale carbon capture and utilization projects (CCS) that permanently sequester CO2 emissions. She has over 15 years of experience in technology development and innovation in energy systems.
Deborah Yedlin is the President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. With a background that includes experience on Wall Street and Bay Street, and more than two decades as a business columnist for various media outlets, commenting on the nexus of business and politics since 1996. Since moving to Calgary in 1992, Yedlin has been very active in the Calgary community - as a board member on a number of not for profit organizations and including serving as the co-chair of the 2016 United Way Campaign. Yedlin is currently serving as the 14th Chancellor of the University of Calgary and is one of three co-chairs of the $250 million Calgary Cancer Centre fundraising campaign.
Energy security has risen to the top of the global agenda (again). The Russian invasion of Ukraine has shocked nations to examine their energy mix and the stability of their sources of supply. Meanwhile concerns are also being voiced about the adequacy of upstream investment needed to meet oil and gas demand over the longer-term. Both have significant implications for energy prices, geopolitical stability, and the pace of the energy transition.
Kevin Birn is the Vice President of Energy & Natural Resources, IHS Markit, and is based in Calgary. He is responsible for GHG emission estimation and coordination at IHS Markit and heads a small team of GHG experts tasked with assisting and ensuring consistency in GHG estimation efforts across Energy & Natural Resources. Kevin is also an established thought leader on the Canadian oil market and serves as the Chief Analyst for the Canadian Oil Market with IHS Markit. Currently Kevin is a member of the Government of Alberta ESG working group, a fellow at the Canadian Global Affair Institute and holds an undergraduate degree in business and a graduate degree in economics from the University of Alberta.
When it comes to energy, we're all-hands-on-deck to drive down emissions. With the ability to provide energy without carbon and seamlessly work within existing infrastructure, hydrogen presents an exciting opportunity for ATCO, Alberta and the world.
Nancy Southern is Chair and CEO of ATCO Ltd., and Chair and CEO of Canadian Utilities Limited, an ATCO company. Reporting to the Boards of Directors, she is responsible for the leadership, strategic direction, and operations of both companies. She also serves as Executive Vice President of Spruce Meadows Ltd. and is a founding Director of AKITA Drilling Ltd., a Director of Sentgraf Enterprises Limited, an Honorary Director of BMO Financial Group, and serves on the Rideau Hall Foundation Board of Directors.
Alberta has figured out how to be a leader in responsible and sustainable energy -- but we haven't yet mastered how to tell our story. We need to champion our successes, attract and retain young talent, and continue to invest in technology. This panel will focus on shifting the narrative about the industry and highlighting opportunities for the next generation.
Heather Campbell is the Executive Director, Clean Technology with Alberta Innovates. She has had a diverse twenty-five year energy career in a full range of energy industries and holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree in Biochemical and Chemical Engineering from Western University in addition to a Master of Laws in Energy Law and Policy from the University of Dundee. She is a licensed Professional Engineer practicing in Alberta, Canada.
Entrepreneur. Dreamer. Scientist. Kevin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Avatar Innovations and has spent 20 years on the front lines of the energy transition in numerous executive leadership roles across the industry. Kevin’s leadership has led to the creation, financing and execution of the first fully computerized drilling rig in Canada, the first long-reach horizontal well in the Canadian arctic, numerous joint ventures with Indigenous peoples fostering Economic Reconciliation in remote communities and the creation of the Calgary Energy Transition Center.
Steve MacDonald is CEO of Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA), an Alberta-based, board-governed not-for-profit corporation with a mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and grow Alberta’s economy by accelerating the development and adoption of innovation technology solutions. To date ERA has invested $821 million in 221 technology projects worth over $6.6 billion.
Ana Villarreal-Escudero has been working in Canada’s energy industry for the last seven years lending her expertise in mechanical design to champion sustainable low-emission facilities. Her career has spanned areas of facility integrity and reliability, commissioning and capital expansion in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Most recently, Ana has led the development of emissions reduction strategies in the Canada Gas business unit at TC Energy with a focus of methane reduction and management.
Christy oversees all of Parkland Corporation’s legal, regulatory, and compliance matters with responsibilities spanning Canada, the United States, and 23 countries across Central and South America. She leads Government, Indigenous, and External affairs enterprise-wide and was appointed Parkland’s first-ever Chief Sustainability Officer in 2020.
Good social and governance practices are now a competitive advantage, especially when it comes to talent and investment attraction. We look at what the industry is doing and where its headed, delivering value to investors, suppliers, employees and community.
Leo was appointed as Vice President at Enbridge Pipelines effective January 2022 and will assume accountability for Enbridge LP’s Indigenous Economic Partnerships in Canada and the US. This work will focus LP’s efforts to find further alignment with our Tribes and Nations and fits naturally with the Line 5 Tunnel and Re-Route projects. Leo will work closely with Enbridge LP Operations, Business Development and our partners in PACS, Legal, Finance and Lands and ROW to develop, explore and execute on economic partnerships.
Steve Saddleback is a member of the Samson Cree Nation located in Maskwacis, AB; A signatory to Treaty Number Six. He is the Director of the National Energy Business Centre of Excellence (NEBCE) at the Indian Resource Council of Canada (IRC). Steve has worked for National and International Organizations in Finance, Real Estate Investment, Banking, Economic Development, Fiscal Relations, and was a Partner of an Oil and Gas lease construction company in Northeastern British Columbia.
Jill is a partner in Risk Assurance Services at PwC Canada, based in Calgary, Alberta. She specializes in risk management and internal audit effectiveness and has over 20 years of experience serving companies across Canada and the United States. In this role, Jill leads a national team of subject matter experts committed to planning for, and solving the complex challenges Canadian Energy leaders face with a key focus on risks and opportunities around both energy transition and the ESG agenda.
Katie leads Business Development for Industry Diversification for Spartan Controls, an industrial technology company with process automation, valve, measurement, control and digital solutions in Western Canada. In addition, Katie is the Executive Director of Young Women in Energy (YWE), a non-profit Alberta organization of more than 4,500 members that provides voice, presence, development, and leadership of women working in the energy industry.
Our natural gas resource presents significant opportunities for our economy and for emissions reductions globally, but we need to be able to compete as other jurisdictions like Australia and the United States race to harness the opportunity.
Mark was appointed President and CEO in November 2016. Previously, he held the role of Senior Vice President, Production and Development. He has more than 29 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, and has held senior executive roles in production, development, operations, strategy and corporate development. His background includes time with large, integrated producers across North America as well as the junior oil and gas sector in western Canada.
Technology is the driving force behind our emissions reductions. Whether finding ways to bury carbon under our feet, or eliminate it altogether, hear about how technology is changing the future of the industry – and how it’s driving investment decisions.
Rahul is a Principal in the Sustainable Energies team at CPP Investments, where he focuses on global venture and growth opportunities. Prior to joining CPP Investments, Rahul led Constellation Technology Ventures’ investing activities in the power and technology sectors. Before that, Rahul focused on power asset investing as part of the Commodities and Special Situations Groups at Goldman Sachs. He began his career as an analyst in Exelon Corporation’s power marketing group.
Chelsea Donelon is a Senior Advisor, Climate Policy and Technology on the Alberta team at TransAlta, where she works on the long-term decarbonization and asset strategy including leading the development of TransAlta’s WaterCharger Project. Previously, Chelsea worked for the CEO on carbon and net-zero policy. Before that, she was a Senior Policy Analyst in the Electricity and Sustainable Energy Division of the Government of Alberta, where she worked on the Coal Transition Team, the Renewable Electricity Program and the Infrastructure Solar Procurement, among others.
Jil MacDonald is the Vice President Business Development, North American Lead and Managing Director Calgary for AltaML, one of Canada’s largest applied data science teams, and oversees the large talent accelerator in the Applied AI Lab. Jil is dedicated to building and transforming teams to maximize operational impact and to embrace change. She leverages 15+ years of continuous process improvement experience to enhance efficiency and deliver sustainable capital reductions. Jil’s experience includes leading large digital, operational, and technical teams within her former Vice President roles within the Alberta Energy Regulator, and Management at Ernst & Young.
Rob is a Managing Director of BluMaple Capital Partners. BluMaple is focused on investing in industrial based low-carbon innovators by leveraging its owner/operator backgrounds to profitably grow Canadian companies with market ready and impactful solutions. With over 25 years of experience in Canada and abroad, Rob has successfully managed growth and complexity in a range of senior leadership roles in finance, strategy, and corporate development within the environmental services, energy and telecommunication sectors.
Technology is shaking up the energy industry. This unique session will showcase several early-stage companies focused on innovation and developing new technologies to solve the industries largest challenges.
Natalie Giglio is a Senior Business Development Associate at Carbon Upcycling Technologies, a Calgary-based carbon utilization company and winner of the XFactor Award in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. In her role, she manages the Sample Testing Program and supports partners throughout the sales pipeline. In 2020, Natalie graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce. During her time in university, she captained the Haskayne School of Business' JDC West case competition team, and competed in business strategy and ethics case competitions in Canada, US and Budapest, Hungary.
Quinn is the CEO of Rogue7 and brings over 20 years of experience in technology development, finance, international business, stakeholder engagement, government and the energy industry to Rogue7. In a varied career with the Government of Alberta, Quinn led both regulatory and operational improvements of Alberta’s electricity metering and billing to leading the development of data driven international marketing strategies and performance management of Alberta’s international offices. Through client engagement Quinn conceptualized Oil Intuition for the liquid pipeline industry.
James Inglis is the CEO and Founder of MissionNet, a Calgary-based communications company with a vision to build North America’s largest emissions, maintenance and environmental monitoring network using existing Energy infrastructure. James holds degrees in both Neuroscience and Software Engineering and has built a career in the Energy Industry in areas including SCADA, real-time analytics and most recently, the development of the Canadian Low Carbon Fuel Strategy at TC Energy.
Dr. Adam Karcz is CEO and co-founder of cleantech start-up, Carbon Cantonne, which provides a net-negative carbon capture solution through a self-sustaining process to sequester the captured carbon as a highly durable, solid product. He is also a researcher at the University of Calgary, where his company spun out from and where he applies his expertise in materials R&D, characterization, and computational chemistry to catalytic processes. Adam is former CEO of GasTech Solutions in Denmark, reaching the finals of the 2019 Venture Cup competition.
GeoConnect is a female founded business that provides clients with geo-exchange energy to heat and cool buildings by extracting heat from the ground beneath your home and circulating it inside the building. This energy source is more than 280 per cent efficient than using fossil fuels and if designed and installed correctly, it can have a lifespan of 50 or more years. Ashlee and her team produced the creative solution to provide a one stop service from design, installation, maintenance and to finally provide financing with little to no upfront cost to the user.