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Canadian Crude 2017


2017 Speakers
Marg McCuaig Boyd
The Honourable Margaret McCuaig-Boyd, Alberta Energy Minister

Minister McCuaig-Boyd represents one of the key oil and gas producing parts of the Alberta province, the northwest Alberta riding of Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley, and was appointed Minister of Energy in 2015.

Prior to her election, Minister McCuaig-Boyd served as part of the executive team at Grande Prairie Regional College, where she oversaw key aspects of the college’s trades program, helping to make sure Alberta’s skilled workforce remains the best in the country. She has also served as a teacher and administrator with the Peace River School Division for more than 20 years, all the while helping her husband to manage a successful cow/calf operation.

Minister McCuaig-Boyd graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor’s Degree in education, and holds a Master’s Degree in administration and leadership from San Diego State University.
Ian MacGregor
Ian MacGregor,
Chairman and CEO, NW Refining

Ian MacGregor is a transformative investor and entrepreneur, whose pursuit of technically complex opportunities has led to the founding, development and growth of a number of innovative Alberta-based energy businesses. Ian is the President, CEO and Chairman of North West Refining., a 50 per cent owner in the North West Redwater Partnership which is building the first new refinery in Canada since 1984. The North West Redwater Partnership is investing $8.5 billion into a bitumen refining complex in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. It is one of the largest construction projects in the works in Canada. The Sturgeon Refinery will be the world’s first to incorporate CO2 management with carbon capture and storage. This approach will allow the company to produce an ultra-low sulphur diesel with one of the lowest carbon footprints of any petroleum-based fuel.

A collector of machinery since childhood, Ian’s passion and curiosity led him to become the primary benefactor and curator of the Canadian Museum of Making. His hobbies and collections include Victorian engineering history and machinery, architectural blacksmithing, and forged African metal works.
Amrita Sen Energy Aspects
Amrita Sen,
Chief Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects

Amrita Sen is the founding Partner and Chief Oil Analyst at Energy Aspects. Amrita leads Energy Aspects’ analysis and forecasting of crude and products markets. Her specialism is in energy commodities, particularly oil and oil products. Amrita’s deep understanding of the complex relationships within the global energy sector, her wealth of industry contacts and 10 years of experience, allow for a unique perspective on market outlook. She holds an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University, a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick, and is pursuing a PhD in Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Research Associate at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, and was formerly Chief Oil Analyst for Barclays Capital. She is frequently featured in leading media outlets, including the Financial Times, BBC News, Reuters, Bloomberg, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, and Sky News, and at leading industry events as a speaker, and is regarded as a leading authority on oil markets.
Samer Salameh
Samer Salameh, Executive Chairman and CEO, Pacific Future Energy

Samer F. Salameh is the Chairman and CEO of Pacific Future Energy Corporation, which he co-founded in 2014. Pacific Future Energy proposes to build a 200,000 bpd bitumen-to-liquids refinery in northwestern BC.

Samer brings 27 years of corporate management experience as a senior executive for industrial groups in the U.S., Canada, and in Latin America. He was group CEO for Carlos Slim and later for Ricardo Salinas, two of Latin America’s leading businessmen. He led one of NASDAQ's largest IPOs and completed Latin America's largest greenfield fiber deployment.

A Fletcher School graduate with a master’s degree in international business and a bachelor of science degree in management and economics from Polytechnic University, Samer is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.

Shawn McCarthy
Shawn McCarthy, Global Energy Reporter, The Globe and Mail

Shawn McCarthy is the global energy reporter for The Globe and Mail, working in the paper’s Ottawa bureau for the Report on Business. In that role, Mr. McCarthy covers a broad variety of energy issues, including the oil and gas sector, climate change, nuclear industry, renewable energy and OPEC. Among other stories, he has covered the Liberal government’s climate policies and the Paris climate summit, the global slump in crude prices, and the rapidly changing dynamics in North American oil and gas production.
Prior to assuming the energy beat in 2006, Mr. McCarthy served as The Globe’s New York correspondent for three years, with responsibility for business, politics and human interest stories, including the aftermath of 9/11.

Mr. McCarthy served as the parliamentary bureau chief for The Globe and Mail from 2000 to 2003, and prior to that, wrote on finance and economic policy, including the previous Liberal government deficit battle in the 1990s. He was a business reporter for the Toronto Star and for The Canadian Press. A native of Philadelphia, Mr. McCarthy attended the University of Alberta as a foreign student and attained a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He also has a master’s degree in journalism from Carleton University.
Stephanie Sheldon Crude Oil Reporter Argus
Stephanie Sheldon, PhD, Senior Oil Analyst, LCM Commodities

Stephanie Sheldon, senior oil analyst at LCM Commodities, examines international oil balances, global physical and financial market trends, and holds a particular interest in seeing how more granular North American oil issues impact the broader market. In her role at LCMC, she helps to bridge the gap between the futures and physical market, drawing connections between the two to provide insight to clients. She recently obtained her PhD in economics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), after earning a bachelor’s degree in economics with honors from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. At UMKC, Sheldon was a research assistant, studying topics from monetary theory to methods of pricing and market stability. While researching pricing methods and institutions, she realized that physical oil market pricing as topic of academic study was underdeveloped. During her dissertation development on crude pricing, she joined Argus Media and learned how real world price discovery works in the US Gulf coast and midcontinent spot markets. While at Argus, Sheldon analyzed market implications of soaring US domestic light crude production and was an integral part in launching the Argus WTI Houston assessment in February 2015. Market research at LCMC and Argus Media combined with her rigorous theoretical foundations, provide Sheldon with a unique lens through which to decipher the connections between the physical and financial markets and evaluate their impact on prices and physical oil movements.
Allen Gilmer
Allen Gilmer, CEO, Drillinginfo

Prior to co-founding Drillinginfo in 1999, Allen was an independent oilman for 7 years, co-founding three profitable E&P companies. He began his oil patch career with Marathon Oil Corporation, as a geophysicist working in Research, Seismic Acquisitions, and South American exploration. Allen is active in all aspects of Drillinginfo’s new product development and is widely recognized for his industry leadership and vision. He holds several patents in the field of multi-component seismology. He received his BA in Geology from Rice University and his MS in Geology from University of Texas at El Paso.
Sandy Fielden
Sandy Fielden, Director, Oil and Products Research, Morningstar Commodities and Energy Inc.

Mr. Fielden is the Director of Research for the Commodities and Energy group at Morningstar. Mr. Fielden has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and holds the Energy Risk Professional designation from the Global Association of Risk Professionals. Fielden holds a bachelor’s degree in international history and politics from Leeds University and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in international business from Bradford University.
Terry	Doherty, Director Rail Strategy and Commercial Development of Genesis Energy L.P.
Terry Doherty, Director Rail Strategy and Commercial Development, Genesis Energy

Terry Doherty is a senior transportation professional with Genesis Energy having been involved in various aspects of transportation for over 45 years. Terry started his career with CN and worked with them for 37 years in Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Houston. His time with CN included Director of Petroleum and Chemical Marketing for Western Canada and the US, Director of Logistics and managed a team in CN’s operation control center. After leaving CN Terry held senior transportation positions with ExxonMobil and Genesee and Wyoming in Houston until his appointment in February 2013 to Genesis Energy as Director Rail Strategy and Commercial Development. Terry’s knowledge of the rail industry in Canada and the US is viewed as very critical to Genesis Energy’s overall terminal distribution strategy.
Terri Lee Oleniuk
Terri-Lee Oleniuk, Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Terri-Lee’s practice focuses on project-related issues concerning natural resource development with a specialization in regulatory, environmental and Aboriginal law issues. She acts for a variety of companies in environmental assessments and regulatory proceedings to obtain approvals for major developments in the oil and gas, pipeline, mining, hydro and wind sectors.

Terri-Lee has appeared before the National Energy Board, the Alberta Energy Regulator, the Alberta Utilities Commission, the Alberta Natural Resources Conservation Board, the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board, the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board and Federal-Provincial Joint Review Panels in respect of environmental assessment proceedings.
Brennan Higgins
Brennan Higgins, Managing Director - OTC Trading, Macquarie Bank Ltd

Brennan Higgins is a Managing Director in Macquarie Bank's Energy Markets Division and has 20 years of experience in North American energy markets. In his current role, he trades crude oil & other energy products with large E&P firms in the North American market. Prior to coming to Macquarie in 2008 Mr Higgins worked at Bank of Montreal, Sumitomo, Sempra Energy & Caterpillar Inc.
Bill Lywood
Bill Lywood, President, Crude Quality Inc.

Bill has been a long time contributor and Director with the Crude Oil Quality Association. He has co-chaired the Canadian crude technical committee and participates in a variety of other COQA initiatives. Bill Is most commonly associated with the crudemonitor.ca data system which he designed and manages on behalf of the Canadian producers. Prior experiences in the crude production and refining industries complement Bill's understanding of petroleum reserve quality and value. Bill is president of Crude Quality Inc., and holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Ed Koshka
Ed Koshka, Independent Consultant, former MEG Energy

Ed Koshka provides consulting services for clients in areas of business development, operations, upgrading, refining, transportation and marketing of conventional and oil sands crude. Mr. Koshka has 30 years of industry related experience and is currently working with several companies developing oil sands strategies related to transportation and marketing, and new oil sands technology innovations. Previously, Mr. Koshka worked at Calgary based companies MEG Energy, US Oil Sands, ET Energy and Ivanhoe Energy. In addition to working on crude marketing and transportation initiatives, Mr. Koshka worked to implement new oil sands technologies and develop business relationships with joint venture partners. He also worked for Synenco Energy where he was responsible for business development, crude marketing and strategic planning activities as part of the Northern Lights Partnership Mine development. Prior to joining Synenco, Mr. Koshka worked at Purvin & Gertz’s Calgary office; assisting clients in areas of crude oil market assessment, project economic analysis, heavy oil upgrading technology implementation and oil sands strategy development. Mr. Koshka’s industry experience began at Petro-Canada in areas of refining, operations and planning, crude oil marketing and corporate risk management. Mr. Koshka holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Calgary.
Cheryl Goodwin
Cheryl Goodwin, Manager Business Development, Empowered Logistics

Cheryl’s energy sector experience started in 1990 at Nova Gas Transmission working on meter station, pipeline, and compressor station construction projects. Eventually, she moved into a customer service role and was part of the initial team at NCL (Dynegy Canada) as a gas marketing representative. Dynegy provided a path into crude oil marketing and logistics. Cheryl worked in various oil marketing positions, including Tarragon O&G and Marathon Canada.

After a career sabbatical, she returned to the sector in 2013 as Director of Business Development and Services at Egistix Corporation, a commodity management and logistics software company. As an original member of the Crude on Rail Enterprises (CORE), Cheryl recently joined Empowered Rail Logistics, Manager of Business Development.

In her spare time, she engages in either post-secondary education programs or explores the globe with a camera in hand. Currently, she has ventured to 44 countries.  
Dinara Millington, Vice President, Research, CERI
Dinara Millington, Vice President Research, Canadian Energy Research Institute

Dinara Millington joined CERI in February 2004 and assumed her current role as Vice President, Research in April 2014. Dinara is responsible for managing the Institute's research agenda including leading the oil sands projects, assisting in the production of market research, economic analysis and economic modeling. Ms. Millington has participated in various projects involving oil sands, crude oil, natural gas, LNG, and renewable energy.

Dinara is also Editor-in-Chief of the Institute's Commodity Reports on crude oil and natural gas and provides economic commentary for CBC, Global TV, The Globe and Mail, the BNN and other local, national and international news outlets.

Dinara graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Calgary, specializing in Econometrics and Time-series Analysis. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with minor in Finance. Ms. Millington spent some time studying at Masarykov University in Brno, Czech Republic, as well as worked and lived abroad in Kazakhstan.
Jacob Dweck
Jacob Dweck, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Jacob (Jake) Dweck is a leading US energy lawyer and thought leader. For over 40 years, Jake has counseled the who’s who in the industry at the intersection of business and regulation. Jake’s recent successes include obtaining from the U.S. Department of Commerce the groundbreaking Enterprise classification—the first time the U.S. Government allowed the export of light crude oil—and the criteria for the re-export of Canadian crude oil. (Congress lifted the crude oil exports ban effective 2016.) Jake founded Sutherland’s LNG practice and the widely-read LNG Law Blog, http://www.lnglawblog.com, and formed or led the firm’s robust energy practices in creditors’ rights (starting with the Enron Bankruptcy), international trade and customs, and oil spill risk management and incident response. He has handled government enforcement cases and directed internal investigations on behalf of boards, audit committees and management. Jake has counseled energy clients before federal agencies, including the CFTC (implementation of Dodd-Frank) FERC, EPA, FTC, CBP (U.S. Customs). Jake is the recipient of various awards and recognitions, including in 2016 as an “Energy and Environmental Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal in for his achievements over the past 20 years in different areas of energy law; the Burton Award for Legal Achievement; and "Groundbreaking Lawyer" by Public Utilities Fortnightly. Jake has contributed to studies by Brookings, the Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy and others; presented at numerous conferences, including CERAWeek, EIA events, UT Gas & Power Institute, Texas Bar, Platts and Argus conferences; and is quoted frequently in the WSJ, Financial Times, Houston Chronicle, Bloomberg, Reuters, and other publications. Jake served on the Board of the Canadian American Business Council (2008-14).
Krista Nelson
Krista Nelson, Oil Markets and Research Analyst, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Krista Nelson has been with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) since 1986 (when it was the Canadian Petroleum Association). Krista has been with the Markets and Transportation group at CAPP since 1992 working initially on crude oil regulatory files and shifting to a market research role in the past several years.

As an oil markets and research analyst with the CAPP, Krista provides support to members and staff related to research, verification and reporting of industry-related data. She has developed a broad knowledge and understanding of oil and natural gas trends and analytics.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce natural gas and crude oil throughout Canada. CAPP’s member companies produce about 85 per cent of Canada’s natural gas and crude oil. CAPP's associate members provide a wide range of services that support the upstream crude oil and natural gas industry. Together CAPP's members and associate members are an important part of a national industry with revenues from crude oil and natural gas production of about $120 billion a year.
Ed Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus
Edward Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus

Senior Consultant, covering petrochemicals, refining, upstream and biotechnology for Argus Consulting Services. He has 39 years’ experience conducting market risk analysis, feasibility studies and project valuations working for Jacobs Consultancy and UOP. He has provided advisory services for some of the world’s most successful petroleum refining, energy production, chemicals, petrochemicals, logistics and biotechnology organizations, as well as for banks, sovereign wealth funds, government agencies and entrepreneurial firms.
Jeff Kralowetz Vice President Business Development Argus

Jeff Kralowetz, Vice President Business Development, Argus

Jeff leads Argus business development in crude oil and NGL markets in North America. He opened Argus’ office in Calgary in 2010, and oversaw the expansion of crude oil and NGL price indices in Canada through the beginning of 2013. Previously, Jeff served as Argus’ news editor for the Americas.

A graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, Jeff served 5 years as an aviation officer. He holds a master of arts degree from Baylor University.  



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