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SPE Canadian Energy Technology Conference and Exhibition
13–14 March 2024 | Calgary, Canada

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Wednesday, 13 March - Special Sessions

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Market Outlook: Exploring the Future of Our Energy Industry

10:00 - 11:30    Palomino E

Depending on where you are and who you talk to, you may get vastly different ideas about the future of the energy industry. Will hydrocarbons be phased out by 2030, or will they continue to play a major role in our energy supply through 2050 and beyond? In this session, we will explore the future of the energy industry, including:

  • Bull vs Bear – what lies ahead for the hydrocarbon industry
  • Different perspectives and a need for discussion – what are people saying about the energy industry in Western Canada vs Eastern Canada vs the rest of the world
  • What major concerns lie ahead? Services, staffing, supply chain, offtake/egress, permitting, social license, etc?
  • Opportunities for an integrated energy industry – how do opportunities like hydrogen and CCUS play into the typical E&P companies’ portfolio?


  • Gerry Ayling, Principal Advisory - Hatch
  • Jason Denney, President & CEO - Teine Energy
  • Steve Kehoe, Director | Energy Transition - BMO Capital Markets
  • Rob Logan, President/CEO - Greenfire Resources


  • Jeremy McCrea, Managing Director Equity Research - BMO Capital Markets

Panel - Geothermal Energy: Canada's Renewable Frontier

10:00 - 11:30    Palomino D

Discover the collaborative efforts driving geothermal energy forward in Canada as industry pioneers, financial experts, and advocacy leaders share their perspectives on overcoming challenges and unlocking opportunities for sustainable energy solutions. 


  • Philip Ball, GeoScience Officer - Natural Hydrogen Ventures
  • Thomas Homer-Dixon, Executive Director - Cascade Institute
  • Jeanine Vany, Executive Vice President Corporate Affairs - Eavor Technologies
  • Liliana Zuleta, Portfolio Analyst - Emissions Reduction Alberta 


  • Owen Henshaw, Innovation - Cenovus Energy

Panel - Women in Energy Transition

13:00 - 14:30    Palomino D

Women have been working in Canada’s energy industry for decades, leading emission reduction strategies, advocating for a just transition, and developing innovative technology. Yet, the energy sector is still one of the most gender inequitable industries in the country and globally. For there to be a just energy transition, the uneven societal impacts of climate change need to be addressed and Canada needs to prioritize systemic change and putting people first. The transformation of the energy sector requires a transformation of the energy workforce and the inclusion of diverse mindsets and skills. 

In this panel, we will discuss strategies for systemic change in Canada’s energy industry to address these gender inequities.


  • Maggie Hanna, Technology Steward - Energy Futures Lab
  • Natasha Kostenuk, Founder/CEO - Aryton
  • Grace Meikle, Director for Technology Impact - Emission Reduction Alberta


  • Katie Smith-Parent, Business Development Industry Diversification - YWE/Spartan Controls

Panel - Navigating the Energy Transition: Strategies to Bridge the Talent Gap

15:00 - 16:30    Palomino D

As the energy sector undergoes a critical transformation towards sustainability, the need for a skilled workforce becomes paramount. In this panel, experts will delve into innovative strategies to address talent shortages. From reimagining recruitment practices to fostering cross-industry collaboration, we’ll explore how to empower professionals who can drive the industry forward in an era of clean energy solutions.


  • Amberly Dooley, Director Policy - Pathways Alliance
  • Julie Hawco, STEM Moms Project 

  • Emmanuella Sea-Nduka, Technology Analyst - Emission Reduction Alberta


  • Debbie Burke, Strategic Connector & Integrator - Clean Resources Innovation Network

Thursday, 14 March - Special Sessions

Panel - Exploring Nuclear Energy

13:00 - 14:30    Palomino D

Nuclear energy provides a potential solution for decarbonization as part of the energy transition. Explore the opportunities and challenges associated with nuclear deployment.

Aurora Young will  kick off the discussion wih the presentation, 'Preliminary Technical Design Considerations in the Evaluation of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors in SAGD Applications', then the panelists will dive into discussions.  


  • Grace Meikle, Director for Technology Impact - Emission Reduction Alberta
  • Vanessa White, Executive Director Clean Technology - Alberta Innovates
  • Aurora Young, Advanced Nuclear Systems Specialist - Cenovus Energy


  • Ericka Rios, Hydrogen & CCUS Manager - Alberta Innovates

Panel - Bright Futures: Navigating Success in Fundraising and Operations for Energy Startups

13:00 - 14:30    Palomino F-H


  • Carolina Diaz-Goano, CTO - Innovative Numerix
  • Bruce Duong, Senior Manager, Clean Resources - Alberta Innovates
  • Chad Hayden, CEO - Galatea Technologies
  • Michael Hebert, Principal Venture Capital – NGIF Capital

  • Kevin Krausert, CEO & Co-Founder – Avatar Innovations


  • Arthur Voisishchuk, Asset Optimization & Performance Advisor - ENBRIDGE

SPE Canadian Energy Technology Conference and Exhibition

13 - 14 March 2024  |  BMO Centre at Stampede Park  |  Calgary, Alberta, Canada