Speaker Biographies

Jackie Forrest

P.Eng, MBA – Vice President, Energy Research Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 8:00 am - Plenary Breakfast: Keeping Canadian Oil and Gas Competitive Keynote Address
Jackie Forrest is Vice President of Energy Research at ARC Financial Corp., Canada’s largest energy-focused private equity manager.  At ARC, Jackie is responsible for actively monitoring emerging strategic trends related to Canadian oil and gas. 

With 20 years of experience in the energy industry, she is a sought after speaker and is frequently quoted in the press.  She has written numerous blogs and columns on energy issues. She published a paper that outlines the ARC method for analyzing climate change risks when investing in crude oil, titled “Crude Oil Investing in a Carbon Constrained World”. Prior to joining ARC, she was the leader of North American crude oil research for IHS CERA. 

Among her many roles, Jackie has been an active facilitator in the debate surrounding Canada’s future oil sands development, and has published more than 15 public papers on topics critical to oil sands development, including five papers on life cycle GHG emission from crude oil. Jackie attended the University of Calgary where she received an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering.  She also has an MBA from Queens University.  

You can follow her on Twitter @JackieForrest and at www.arcenergyideas.com.


Eric Tetrault

President, Quebec Manufacturers and Exporters Tuesday, April 12th at 12:00pm - Lunch: Transportation in a Competitive Market Panel
Eric Tetrault is President of Quebec Manufacturers and Exporters since September 2014.

He was previously Head of Public and Government affairs at ArcelorMittal Canada. Eric has served as a political advisor for many years in Ottawa and Quebec City, where his last position was with former Quebec Premier Jean Charest.

He sits on many industry boards and supports many charity works.

Ian Whitcomb

President, Irving Oil Tuesday, April 12th at 12:00pm - Lunch: Transportation in a Competitive Market Panel
Ian Whitcomb is President of Irving Oil, a refining, transportation and marketing company with operations in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and New England.  In addition to operating more than 900 retail sites, Irving Oil owns and operates Canada’s largest oil refinery located in Saint John, New Brunswick, significant shipping assets, and is a joint venture partner with TransCanada Pipelines in the Canaport Energy East Marine Terminal at the eastern terminus of the anticipated Energy East Pipelines.

As president of Irving Oil, Ian is responsible for the company’s performance as well as its short and longer term planning.  Prior to joining Irving Oil Ian was a senior partner with Deloitte Canada where he and his team brought a wide range of Deloitte’s services to energy clients.  Ian has an undergraduate degree in business from Dalhousie University and is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Professional Accountant.

The Honourable Bill Boyd

Minster of Energy and Resouces, Economy, Global Transportation Hub Authority and SK. Power Corporation Tuesday, April 12th at 12:00pm - Lunch: Transportation in a Competitive Market Panel
Bill Boyd is one of the founding members of the Saskatchewan Party and has been involved on the Saskatchewan political scene for nearly two decades.

Mr. Boyd was the MLA for the Kindersley constituency from 1991 until he stepped down in 2002. Originally elected in 1991 as a Progressive Conservative MLA, Mr. Boyd became the leader of that party in 1994. He was re-elected in 1995. In 1997, he and three of his colleagues joined with four Liberal MLAs and founded the Saskatchewan Party. When Bill was re-elected in 1999, he was one of 26 MLAs elected under the Saskatchewan Party banner. He was once again elected in the Kindersley constituency in the 2007 provincial election and was re-elected in 2011 and 2016.

Bill and his wife Lynn operate a pedigreed seed feed farm near Eston. They have two children in their twenties.

Norman F. Rinne

Sr. Director, Business Development Kinder Morgan Canada Tuesday, April 12th at 12:00pm - Lunch: Transportation in a Competitive Market Panel
Norm Rinne is the Sr. Director of Business Development with Kinder Morgan Canada in Calgary Alberta.

Norm leads all early project development and commercial opportunities for existing and new business in Western Canada. Norm began developing the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline to Canada’s West Coast a decade ago. The expansion would see almost a tripling of the current capacity from 300,000 bpd to 890,000 bpd, offering Canadian producers valuable diversification and access to markets in the Pacific Rim.

Norm has been with Kinder Morgan and its predecessor companies since 1990. Prior to that he worked with Gulf Canada Resources in Calgary when oil was discovered in Beaufort Sea in the 1980’s and practiced as a geotechnical engineering consultant in Vancouver.

Norm holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and a Masters Degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Barry Munro

President – Ernst & Young Orenda Corporate Finance Inc. - Canada Tuesday, April 12th at 12:00pm - Lunch: Transportation in a Competitive Market Panel - Moderator
Barry leads Ernst & Young’s Oil and Gas industry initiatives in Canada and is the Canadian Leader of Ernst & Young Orenda Corporate Finance. He previously served as the Managing Partner for Ernst & Young’s Calgary office from 2005 to 2012. 

He specializes in all facets of corporate finance, including advising on strategy, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, valuations and financings. Barry’s experience includes leading multidisciplinary teams of tax, legal, due diligence and accounting professionals.

He has extensive specific transactions experience working in the energy industry and working with entrepreneurial organizations within Canada and operating globally, having served as a M&A advisor on more than 150 divestiture and acquisition mandates. This includes working with numerous global and state-owned organizations making investments into Canada’s oil & gas business from China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, India, USA and Europe. He also has extensive experience on mandates for Board of Directors relating to assessing ‘strategic alternatives’ ranging from assessing and accessing financing options to initiating, evaluating and advising on transactions intended to maximize value for the shareholders. 

Barry sits on the Board and chairs the Audit and Finance Committee of the Calgary Stampede Foundation, is a member of the Calgary Stampede Corporate Relations Committee and serves on the Major Donor Cabinet of the United Way of Calgary. 

Barry holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree; is a Chartered Accountant; and holds broker/dealer securities registrations in both Canada and the US. He has completed EY sponsored executive education programs at the Harvard School of Business and at Insead in Singapore. He is also a member of ACG and an associate member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Jean-François Perrault

Senior Vice-President & Chief Economist Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 8:00 am – Plenary Breakfast: Financial Outlook Keynote Address
Jean-François Perrault joined Scotiabank on December 31, 2015 as Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Jean-François held prominent roles with the federal government, the Bank of Canada, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. In his new role he will be responsible for providing Scotiabank's senior executives, partners and customers with economic perspectives, insights and forecasts. Jean-François’ educational background includes Master's and Bachelor's Degrees in Economics from the University of Ottawa.

Mayka Kennedy

Executive Vice President, Chief Engineer, BC Oil and Gas Commission Wednesday April 13 at 12:00pm - Lunch: LNG in a Competitive Market Panel
Mayka Kennedy is the Chief Engineer at the BC Oil and Gas Commission and leads numerous technical divisions related to pipelines, facilities, drilling and production and reservoir engineering, as well as field engineering, technical investigations, asset retirement and reconciliation.

A professional engineer with over 16 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, Mayka is dedicated to enhancing organizational leadership, developing regulatory and strategic planning and ensuring safe, sound decisions are made regarding oil and gas operations. She is committed to sharing knowledge and experience at numerous levels, from international technical conferences to women in leadership events to intergovernmental and community consultations.

She graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in chemical engineering, and since then her career has taken her from Alberta to Texas, Oklahoma to Western Siberia, and most recently, British Columbia. She currently resides in Kelowna where she raises two daughters.

Michael Culbert

President and CEO, Progress Energy Canada Ltd. Wednesday April 13 at 12:00pm - Lunch: LNG in a Competitive Market Panel
Michael is President and Chief Executive Officer of Progress Energy Canada Ltd. He has provided leadership at Progress Energy since its recapitalization in 2001. Additionally, Michael is President of Pacific NorthWest LNG Ltd., a Vancouver-based subsidiary of PETRONAS, which is seeking to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Port Edward, British Columbia.

Michael has more than 30 years of diverse experience in the oil and gas industry, holding managerial and executive positions with a number of Calgary-based energy companies including Encal Energy and Home Oil.

Michael is a member of the Board of Directors for both Progress Energy and Pacific NorthWest LNG, as well as a member the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ Board of Governors.

Chief Karen Ogen

Chief, Wet'suwet'en First Nation Wednesday April 13 at 12:00pm - Lunch: LNG in a Competitive Market Panel
Karen is of Wet’suwet’en ancestry and belongs to the Git’dim’den clan house of Spo’x. She comes from the Wet’suwet’en community outside of Burns Lake, BC. Her background is predominantly in the social work field as a frontline worker, Life Skills Coach, Program Director. She has 25 years of experience in the social work field. She has taught at UNBC as an Instructor for the Social Work & First Nations course at the Terrace, Ft. St. John and Prince George campus. She has a masters degree in social work. She is passionate about doing community development within her community.

During her first three years as the elected chief of Wet’suwet’en First Nation (WFN), Karen led the creation of a strong Natural Resource department to ensure full respect for WFN aboriginal rights and title, high environmental standards and full and proper consultation, accommodation and economic benefits. The WFN council led by Chief Ogen was instrumental in creating the Yinka Dene Limited Partnership, an economic development arm of WFN, that is promoting self sufficiency through joint ventures and partnerships with various businesses that create long term sustainable employment, business opportunities and economic benefits for her nation.

A recent example is the finalization of negotiations with Huckleberry Mines resulting in significant economic benefits, well paid jobs for 5 WFN members, and the negotiation of major contracts with YLP.

Karen was recently re-elected for a second 3 year term and is implementing a 3 year strategic plan that involves the governance, legal, business, natural resource and political aspects of Wet’suwet’en First Nation. The goal is for WFN to become a self sufficient nation so that WFN is able to look after its own affairs and significantly raise living standards especially in relation to the four pillars of housing, education and training, health and wellness and language and culture.

Michael Samson

Minister, Nova Scotia, Department of Energy Wednesday April 13 at 12:00pm - Lunch: LNG in a Competitive Market Panel
The Honourable Michel Samson was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as MLA for Richmond in 1998 and was re-elected in 1999, 2003, 2006 and 2009. He was again elected as MLA for Cape Breton-Richmond in 2013.

Michel was Interim Leader of the Liberal Party from June 20, 2006 to April 28, 2007 and has served as Minister of Communications Nova Scotia, Minister of the Environment and the Minister responsible for the Youth Secretariat Act. From 2012 to 2013 he was also the Opposition House Leader.

He is currently the Government House Leader, a lawyer and a member of the Assembly Matters Committee. He is also a member of the House of Assembly Management Commission.

Gillian McCormack

Vice President, Business and Trade Development, Calgary Economic Development Wednesday April 13 at 12:00pm - Lunch: LNG in a Competitive Market Panel - Moderator

Gillian McCormack joined Calgary Economic Development as Vice President, Business & Trade Development in March 2014.  Gillian’s team at Calgary Economic Development is responsible for driving economic growth and purposeful diversification within Calgary through a regional and global focus.  Having a broad background in business development and client engagement from a global perspective, Gillian brings to her team a strong sense of discipline, collaboration and experience.

Prior to joining Calgary Economic Development, Gillian was the Regional Vice President for Western Canada with American Express Global Business Travel.  In nine years with AMEX, Gillian held roles with AMEX Global Corporate Travel and AMEX Bank of Canada, and received various awards recognizing her for her contributions.  Gillian was also recognized in her industry holding the Canadian Regional Chair position for the Association of Corporate Travel Executives.

Originally from the UK, Gillian but has spent most of her career in Calgary, allowing her to passionately support and promote the city she calls home.

Gillian is a graduate of Economics from the University of Alberta and has experience working in economic development, corporate travel, banking and hospitality.  Outside of work, Gillian makes the most of her Rocky Mountain backyard and enjoys skiing, golfing, hiking and spending time with her husband and three daughters. 

Yadullah Hussain

Energy Editor, National Post Wednesday April 13 at 12:00pm - Lunch: LNG in a Competitive Market Panel - Moderator
As National Post's energy editor, Yadullah Hussain has tracked the boom and bust cycles of the global oil and gas industry over the past five years. Before joining the paper, Yadullah worked as an editor and reporter in Karachi, London and Dubai, writing extensively on macroeconomics, financial markets and the energy sector.