|Susannah Pierce (Co-Chair)
External Affairs Director
Susannah Pierce is Social Performance, External, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs Director LNG Canada – A joint venture of Shell, Mitsubishi, CNPC and Kogas. In this role, Susannah is responsible for integrating risk management across both the technical, non-technical, and commercial aspects of LNG Canada project. Prior to this position, Susannah served as Vice President, Value Chain Integration, Shell Canada. In this capacity, she was responsible for identifying and driving commercial opportunities along the value chain between Shell’s multiple businesses in Canada. Prior to this position, Susannah was Vice President, Communications, Upstream International based in The Hague. In this position, she oversaw a communications team of approximately 200 professionals in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Africa, Russia/CIS and Europe. Susannah was previously Head, GR in Canada for Shell and before joining Shell in 2009, was head of US Public Sector Affairs for TransCanada Pipelines based in Washington, DC and New York City.
|Karen Ogen (Co-Chair)
Wet’suwet’en First Nation
In her first term as the elected chief of Wet’suwet’en First Nation, Karen led the creation of a strong natural resource department, helped establish the Yinka Dene Economic Development Limited Partnership, and finalized negotiations with Huckleberry Mines to result in significant economic benefits for her community. Now in the second year of her second term, Karen is implementing a strategic plan to significantly raise the living standards in her community, especially in relation to the four pillars of housing; education and training; health and wellness; and language and culture. Karen has acted as an agent of change and encouraged Nation building by providing options for the Nation’s governance. She has ensured that accountability and transparency measures are in place, and that Elders and Hereditary Chiefs are included in the decision-making process. The revival of culture and traditions has also been a key focus for Karen while promoting awareness of Wet’suwet’en history in relation to the displacement of the community.
The Honourable John Rustad
Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, BC
He was re-elected to represent the riding of Nechako Lakes in 2013 and was appointed Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation on June 10, 2013. He previously served as Parliamentary Secretary for Forestry to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and as a member of the Environment and Land Use Committee, Legislative Review Committee, Treasury Board, Select Standing Committee on Education, Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Select Standing Committee on Health. Rustad was born and raised in Prince George and has lived all of his life in northern B.C. He grew up enjoying fishing and hunting. In 2009, he and his wife Kim moved to Cluculz Lake where they enjoy the peace and beauty of rural living.
Chief Executive Officer
Andy Calitz is the vice president of the LNG Canada project. Andy started his working career in the electricity business and joined Shell in 1996 where he has spent more than 25 years on various energy projects. Andy has worked in the Netherlands, London, Moscow, Beijing, Tokyo and Perth to name a few, where he held a variety of roles in business development, project management and commercial aspects of the Shell business. His LNG experience includes LNG shipping, and commercial and project director roles on the Sakhalin and Gorgon LNG projects. Andy was educated as an Electrical Engineer at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, with further qualifications in Commerce, Management and Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and Universities of Witwatersrand, South Africa and Insead.
BC Ministry of Natural Gas Development
Gregory (Greg) Kist
Pacific NorthWest LNG Ltd.
Greg is President, Pacific NorthWest LNG Ltd., a Vancouver-based subsidiary of PETRONAS, which is seeking to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Prince Rupert, B.C. Prior to this, he served as Vice President, Marketing, Corporate and Government Relations at Progress Energy Resources Corp. and also served as a member of the Executive Committee that initiated the PETRONAS/Progress LNG export joint venture in British Columbia in 2011. Prior to joining Progress Energy in June 2004, he was Manager, Investor Relations for EnCana Corporation and its predecessor company, Alberta Energy Company (AEC) since 1997. Greg joined AEC in 1991 and held various project and operational positions within AEC. He is a business administration graduate from MacEwen University (Edmonton, Alberta). Additionally he has completed executive programs in Investor Relations at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and Purchasing Management at the University of British Columbia. Greg is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Mount Royal University Foundation (Calgary, Alberta).
He has 30 years of oil and gas, midstream and pipeline project experience in the areas of corporate law, transactions and business development. Currently, Mr. Gateman is President of Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd., which is developing a multi-million dollar pipeline project that will transport natural gas from the Montney gas-producing region near Dawson Creek, BC to the recently-announced LNG Canada liquefied natural gas export facility near Kitimat, BC. Prior to this role, Mr. Gateman was Vice-President, Northern Development for TransCanada. In this role he was responsible for TransCanada’s involvement in the Mackenzie Gas Project and for the origination and advancement of new Canadian business development projects apart from TransCanada’s existing pipeline platforms. Mr. Gateman has held various senior level business development and legal positions within TransCanada, relating to midstream gas processing, gas storage and international pipeline asset management. He also has experience in regulatory, government relations and stakeholder consultation matters. Mr. Gateman holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) degree from the University of Calgary and a Law degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Partner, Aboriginal Resource Law
Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (Vancouver)
Merle Alexander is a partner in the Vancouver office and a member of the Business Law Group, practising Aboriginal resource law. Merle advises on the negotiation and implementation of impact-benefit agreements, socio-economic participation agreements, resource revenue-sharing arrangements and a variety of other interim agreements. The negotiations touch on a number of resource law areas, including oil and gas, forestry, mining, energy and pipeline projects. Merle works extensively structuring business ventures, limited partnerships and corporations. He also has significant experience negotiating government-to-government agreements, including self-government and comprehensive treaty claim agreements, representing clients in British Columbia, Yukon, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Merle is a member of the Kitasoo Xai’xais First Nation. He has a deep interest in assisting Aboriginal clients and in achieving a balance between economic development, respect for Aboriginal rights and environmental conservation for future generations. A professional and personal interest of Merle’s is the protection of Aboriginal intellectual property rights, particularly traditional knowledge. He has negotiated treaty chapters on cultural heritage resources, drafted traditional knowledge protocols and represented national Aboriginal organizations in various international forums. Consequently, Merle is knowledgeable on protective mechanisms of indigenous knowledge both domestically and internationally.
Lidstone & Company
Vice President, Business Development
Sean Crockett assumed the role of Vice President – Business Development, Civeo (formerly PTI Group Inc.), in June 2011. As a member of the Civeo Executive Management Team, Sean is responsible for overseeing project development and sales for Canadian open lodge properties and mobile fleet contract camps. Sean’s scope of responsibility also includes North America corporate functions for Marketing and Communications, Aboriginal Relations and Bids Management. Before joining Civeo, Sean worked extensively in business strategy and sales management roles across a variety of industries and markets. Key roles have included serving as the Province of Alberta’s Official Representative to Japan, acting to develop trade and investment opportunities between Japan and Alberta, and working as General Manager for an industrial chemical manufacturing company servicing the oil sands and oil and gas industries in Western Canada. Prior to this, Sean started and managed professional service companies with a focus on sales and marketing strategies. Sean holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta.
|Celeste A. Haldane
BC Treaty Commission
Celeste Haldane is a practicing lawyer and a Commissioner with the BC Treaty Commission elected by First Nation Summit delegates (March 2011-13 and March 2013-15). Previous to her election, she was the treaty manager and in house legal counsel with the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. Celeste holds a LL.M., in Constitutional Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (2013), a LL.B. (2004) and B.A. in Anthropology (2000), both granted from the University of British Columbia. She was recently appointed by the Provincial Government to serve on the University of British Columbia’s Board of Governors. Celeste is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association, currently serving on both the National Constitutional and Human Rights Law Section and on the National Women’s Lawyer Forum. For the past four years, she served as Chair of the Musqueam Land Code Committee and is now volunteering on the Musqueam Matrimonial Real Property Law special Council Working Group. Celeste is a member of the Sparrow family from Musqueam and she has Tsimshian roots through Metlakatla. She and her husband are raising three children together.
Partner, Advisory Services
Leader for LNG, Power and Utilities
KPMG in Canada
|John Alan Jack
HFN Executive Council
John Alan Jack is a Member of Council for the Huu-ay-aht First Nations and its appointed Director to the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District. He is currently in his second term of office. He holds the portfolios of Economic Development, and Law & Policy Development. In addition to being the HFN’s representative to the ACRD, he has been appointed as one of two representatives to the joint governing body of the LNG exploration project that the Huu-ay-aht First Nations has with Steelhead LNG. John believes that First Nations can play an active and prominent role in the responsible and sustainable economic development of British Columbia. Thus, he is a major supporter of integration and collaboration between First Nations, neighbouring communities and businesses on the notion that continued interdependence will foster that new relationship between the communities. He currently lives in his hometown of Parksville with his wife, Crystal.
District of Hudson’s Hope
She has been involved in community and energy issues at the local, regional and provincial level. On the electricity side, she has been a BC Hydro Director, a BC Energy Council member, and chair of BC Hydro’s Peace Williston Advisory Committee. On the natural gas side, she co-chaired the Northeast Energy & Mines Advisory Committee along with a member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers; was a founding member of the Northeast Oil & Gas Health Advisory Committee and president of a landowner group dealing with industrial development on private land. Ms Johansson was a Hudson’s Hope councilor for many years and presently serves as Mayor. She also chairs the Water Sustainability Committee of the Peace River Regional District. Ms Johansson received a Bachelor of Education from UBC and a Master of Science (Policy & Management) from the University of Oregon.
BC Construction Association
Manley McLachlan is the President of the BC Construction Association (BCCA), the largest construction organization in the province, which represents over 2000 non-union and union contractors active in industrial, commercial and institutional construction. BCCA members include general contractors, trade contractors and suppliers, large and small, from all regions of British Columbia. Prior to joining the BCCA in March 2004, Manley managed the Saskatchewan Construction Association (SCA) for nine years. His significant experience includes a focus on construction safety, aboriginal involvement within the industry, as well as education and training for the construction trades. Manley has always been a strong supporter of innovation within the industry and actively advocates for innovative human resource programming which connects job-ready workers to construction employers. Under Manley’s leadership, BCCA has successfully developed the Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP). This multi-targeted, multi-million dollar program has assisted over 6,000 people to placements in employment in the construction sector. In 2012, BCCA expanded the STEP program to support a wider range of British Columbians – to become the prime construction employment solution – and also formed the Foreign Skilled Workers BC program, increasing the scope of labour resources provided to the industry by the BCCA. Manley is an ex-officio director of the Council of Construction Associations and the Canadian Council for Innovation in Construction, and a member of Thompson Rivers University’s Degree Advisory Committee for the Bachelor of Technology in Trades and Technology Leadership degree program. He also serves as a committee representative for a number of Canadian Construction Association national committees including the BC Natural Gas Workforce Strategy Committee and the Human Resource and Research and Innovation Committee, and as Chairman of the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table.
Woodward & Company LLP
LNG and Strategic Initiatives
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
Laurel Nash is the Chief Negotiator of the Lands and Resources Branch within the British Columbia Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. She is the executive lead tasked with developing and implementing BC’s First Nation’s Engagement Strategy for Liquefied Natural Gas. Laurel has worked in the natural resource sector of the BC Provincial Government for over 20 years, including roles as the Director of Petroleum Lands and the Chief Gold Commissioner. She grew up in the Northwest Territories before coming to the province, where she earned a B.Sc in Geography from the University of Victoria. She currently lives in Victoria with her husband and two children.
Chief Operating Officer
BC Oil & Gas Commission
Ken Paulson is the Chief Operating Officer with the BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission) and prior to that was the Chief Engineer until October 2011 when he assumed his current position. Mr. Paulson has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas sector including more than 15 years in regulatory roles for Canada and the province of British Columbia. As a past chair of the ASME Pipeline Systems Division and a former Board member of the International Petroleum Technology Institute, Mr. Paulson is well connected with engineering communities within the oil and gas sector in North America and globally. He maintains an active involvement in the industry through ASME, SPE and other industry organizations.
Assistant Deputy Minister
Upstream Development Division
Ministry of Natural Gas Development
Inés Piccinino was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Upstream Development Division, Ministry of Natural Gas Development in September 2013. Ines joined the Ministry in 2003 where she worked at the Oil and Gas Division on royalties and infrastructure programs, industry competitiveness, service sector development strategies and, more recently, developing the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Strategy. Before joining the Provincial Government in 2003, Ines worked on a variety of energy, competitiveness, industrial development and environmental programs for the Federal government of Argentina and the City government of Buenos Aires, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank. Ines has a degree in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires.
Chief Administrative Officer
District of Kitimat
Ron is the Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Kitimat. Kitimat is experiencing an active economy fuelled by billions of dollars of announced investment. Ron’s challenge is to work collaboratively with industry, First Nations and government in order to encourage and support sustainable development in the area. Having worked 29 years in local government in Northern British Columbia, he has seen the ups and downs associated with resource communities and applies this experience to his job. The District is committed to ensuring that proper community planning remains the focus as it approaches the build out of these mega projects. Issues such as transportation, port development, social impacts and air shed emissions need to be collaboratively addressed if we are to be successful in developing industry along with a livable community.
President and CEO
Northern Lights College
Laurie Rancourt has served as the President and CEO of Northern Lights College (NLC) since February 2011. In addition to fulfilling its regional college mandate, NLC also provides leadership to the BC Centre of Training Excellence in Oil & Gas. Laurie joined NLC after holding several senior administrative positions – including Vice President Corporate Services, Vice-President Academic, and Registrar, over a 15 year career at College Boreal in Sudbury ON. Laurie has a Masters of Arts degree in Integrated Studies from Athabasca University; a Bachelor`s degree in Liberal Science from Laurentian University; a and a diploma in Medical Radiation Technology. She is currently working on her Doctor of Distance Education (EdD) at Athabasca University. She is an active community volunteer and holds positions on a number of boards and working groups nationally, provincially and regionally. These include membership on the Colleges and Institutes Canada Board of Directors and on the BC Campus Strategic Council.
Executive Director, Policy and Quality Assurance
BC Environmental Assessment Office
McLeod Lake Indian Band
This comprehensive and information intensive program will examine:
- Changing the game – the future for North American natural gas
- Managing Risks, Creating Value
- Effective management of cumulative impacts through stewardship initiatives
- Synchronizing government regulatory and fiscal processes – opportunities and challenges
- Opening the door to future markets
- Update on B.C. Oil and Gas Commission consultation process agreements regulation
- Managing construction costs through effective skills, employment and training programs
- First Nations business and employment participation
- Strategies to address GHG emission challenges
- Community infrastructure gaps and how to address them
- Mitigation of impacts
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
The program will be most beneficial to:
- Executives from LNG Companies including Engineering, Environment, Gas Exploration, Operations, and Planning business units
- First Nations and Aboriginal Groups
- Gas Distribution, Production, Service, Storage and Transmission Companies
- Geological and Engineering Consultants
- Government and Regulatory Officials
- Investors and Financial Officers
- Land Administrators & Area Regulators
- Lawyers and In-house Counsel
- Northern Community Relations Coordinators
- Northern JV Specialists
- Pipeline Construction and Specialist Companies
- Power Generators
|8:15||Coffee and Continental Breakfast|
Chair’s Opening Remarks
Effective Management of Cumulative Impacts through Environmental Stewardship Initiatives
Chief Karen Ogen
John Alan Jack
Hish-uk Tsa-wak, Uu-a-thluk and Iisaak: Huu-ay-aht values and modern governance combined:
|10:15||Networking Coffee Break|
Mitigating the Impacts
Celeste A. Haldane
|1:00 – 1:30||
Keynote Luncheon Address
The Honourable John Rustad
Community Impacts, Infrastructure Gaps and How to Address Them
Networking Refreshment Break will be announced
Chief Derek Orr
|4:00||Co-Chairs’ Closing Remarks and Conference Concludes|
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