Mar 292003

RELATED:   2003-04-03   Great Sand Hills (o&g): Sask Party Role. Political Contributions.


From earlier email you will recall the coming Energy Conference, April 2nd in Regina.


Many of the names are the same as in the GSH (Great Sand Hills) debacle:  Clayton Woitas, Profico Energy was at the press conference (last summer) with Ron Clark (President SaskEnergy) that announced the questionable “new” gas reserves at Shackleton adjacent to the GSH,  Burlington Resources,  Minister of Industry & Resource Developmt (now Cline instead of Lautermilch), Husky Energy (the newspapers had said that the o&g companies would be making an announcement on the same day as SaskEnergy.  They did not,  Husky was one of the 3 companies;  Nexen is right in there and so on.


It would be good to have citizen watchdogs to oversee the schmoozing that will go on at the pitchfork fondue, casino and comedien.  But the price tag is $850.00 so I, for one, won’t be going!

Perhaps there will be media people in attendance.  I wonder if they’d notice someone who just sat in to listen?!

For new people:  see the newspaper article (Winnipeg Free Press, Gillian Steward) that gives an idea of the relationship between the petroleum industry and the politicians.


First, the information on the Energy Conference:    (link no longer valid)


Wednesday, April 2nd and Thursday, April 3rd, 2003 Delta Trade and Convention Centre


Wednesday, April 2nd, 2003


Morning: Explore Saskatchewan


7:00 – 8:30 Registration


8:30 – 8:40 Chairman’s Opening Welcome


James Baker, J.P. Baker Management Inc., Conference Chair 8:45 – 9:00 Opening Remarks


The Honourable Eric Cline, Minister of Saskatchewan Industry and Resources

9:00 – 9:15 Review of Saskatchewan Energy Sector


James Baker, J.P. Baker Management Inc., Conference Chair


A summary of production and activity statistics, to answer the question of why energy is driving our economy. 9:15 – 10:30 Oil Sector Review


Husky Energy, David Long, General Manager, Heavy Oil


EnCana Corporation, TBA


Provident Energy Trust, Randy Findlay, President


KERN Partners, Pentti Karkkainen, Principal Partner


With many substantial, active oil companies in Saskatchewan, it is important to examine why they are doing business in the province. This presentation will look at exactly that, taking a close look at their activities and impacts. 10:30 – 10:50 Nutrition Break


10:50 – 12:00 Natural Gas Review


Profico Energy Management Ltd., Clayton Woitas, President


Apache Canada Ltd., Floyd Price, President


Burlington Resources, Brian Moreland, VP South Business Unit


Government of the Northwest Territories, Robert Marshall, Senior Pipeline Advisor


Presentations by leaders in the Natural Gas industry will examine current activities, where the industry is headed, and why these leaders are choosing to stay and do business in Saskatchewan. Current partners will discuss the investor perspective. 12:00 – 1:30 Lunch Speaker


The Honourable Lorne Calvert Premier of Saskatchewan Introduced by Hal Kvisle, President & CEO, TransCanada Pipelines Afternoon: Our Technology


1:30 – 3:00 Explore our Technology


Moderator: David Barnard, President University of Regina


Green House Gas Technology Centre, Malcolm Wilson, Director Energy and Environment


Saskatchewan Research Council, Dr. Laurier Schramm, President & CEO


Petroleum Technology Research Centre, Frank Proto, Chairman


Natural Resources Canada, Bruce Stewart, Director of CANMET


A look at Saskatchewan’s emerging oil and gas research centres and how they can assist the industry. 3:00 – 3:20 Bus transportation to Regina Research Park


3:45 Tour the Green House Gas Emissions Technology Centre and the Petroleum Technology Research Centre


5:00 Pitch Fork Fondue BBQ


The Terrace, 10 Research Drive, Regina Research Park 9:00 Casino Regina/Show Lounge, featuring Comedian Brent Butt



Thursday, April 3rd, 2003 Morning: Future Energy


8:30 – 10:00 Alternative Energy


Moderator: Paul Martin, Paul Martin Communications


Wind: Enbridge, Chuck Szmurlo, VP Planning and Business Development


Micro Turbines: SaskEnergy, Dean Reeve, Executive VP


Ethanol: Saskatchewan Agrivision, Lionel La Belle


Nuclear: Cameco Corporation, Jamie McIntyre, Director Sustainable Development and Corporate Relations


Luscar Ltd., Bob Bell, Vice President, Marketing


How companies are pursuing alternative energy opportunities in Saskatchewan in a post-Kyoto world. 10:00 – 10:20 Nutrition Break


10:20 – 12:00 Heavy Oil: Production and Upgrading


Moderator: Rich Kerr, Chief of Engineering, Global Operations, Nexen Canada Ltd.


Nexen Canada Ltd., Rich Kerr, Chief of Engineering, Global Operations


Colt Engineering, Steve Kresnyak, Director


Niven Fischer, Alf Fischer, Principal


Airborne Pollution Control, Murray Mortson, COO


Petrovera Resources, Domenic Torriero, VP Geology & Geophysics


A close look at heavy oil production, and presentations on emerging upgrading technologies and their impact on heavy oil production in the province. 12:00 – 1:30 Lunch Presentation by Canadian Light Source Inc., featuring the Synchrotron Project at the University of Saskatchewan.


Rob Slinger, Director, Business Development, will explore the potential of the $175 million Synchrotron for applied energy research. Afternoon:

Stakerholders, Working Together


1:30 – 3:30 Stakeholders: Working Together


Moderator: Frank Proto, Chairman, Petroleum Technology Research Centre


SaskPower, John Wright, President & CEO


Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), Ken Engel, Executive Director and David Schnell, Reeve RM Browning


Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), David Pryce, VP Western Canadian Operations


Small Explorers & Producers Association of Canada (SEPAC), George Fink, President, Bonterra Energy


Wrap-up, Q&A: James Baker


Each of these industry organizations will make presentations relative to their business in Saskatchewan. As a group, they will engage delegates in discussion including an open Q&A session giving you the opportunity to share your insights and hear other opinions.


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