A Practical Made-In-Alberta Solution To The Crude Transportation Challenge

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Date:  Tuesday, March 19th 2019 Location: The Bow Auditorium  Level 54 - 500 Centre St SE, Calgary Time: 11:30 a.m.(Registration), 12:00 p.m.– 1:30 p.m. (Luncheon)


James Auld, Senior Manager of CN Petroleum & Chemicals Marketing Jeff Paquin, Founder and CEO of Wapahki Energy Ltd Randy Green, Senior VP, Asset Management at Sproule Ross Chow, Managing Director of InnoTech Alberta Inc

Cost:  $15 Early Bird Tickets (Ends Feb 22nd), $20 Regular Priced Tickets


Safe, cost-effective, scalable, and reliable infrastructure for transportation of petroleum is fundamental to the recovery and continued success of the petroleum industry in Canada. While the debates about pipeline expansions continue in the public forum, a practical, made-in-Alberta solution is emerging to complement existing infrastructures, in addressing the crude transportation challenge: introducing Canapux, a joint-collaboration between Canadian National Railways and Innotech Alberta (formerly, the Alberta Research Council), turning crude oil to solid pellets. This special extended luncheon brings together a panel of experts (each representing a different facet of the Canapux development) with the aims of giving the audience a full picture overview of the Canapux project.

The luncheon will cover:

• The crude by rail background, the innovation and how Canapux differentiates from conventional crude by rail transportation, [CN – James Auld]

• The polymerization/reversal processes and refinery suitability, [InnoTech Alberta-Ross Chow]

• Update of the Canapux manufacturing pilot project. [Wapahki – Jeff Paquin]

• The economics of Canapux project with an outlook on the short/long term impact on crude supply and demand [Sproule – Randy Green]

Speaker Bios:

James Auld, Senior Manager of CN Petroleum & Chemicals Marketing. James works on CN’s strategic initiatives for developing business in Western Canada. This work lead to Mr. Auld identifying, developing and leading all aspects of CN’s CanaPux project. This innovative effort has resulted in the development of a process to solidify heavy crude oil for rail transportation and return it back to a liquid at destination. In 2018, Mr. Auld joined CN’s Petroleum and Chemicals Marketing team to further advance the CanaPux project. Mr. Auld is based out of CN’s Calgary Logistics Park.

Jeff Paquin, Founder and CEO of Wapahki Energy Ltd. Wapahki is an oil and gas midstream company which is owned by the Heart Lake First Nation in NE Alberta. The company was formed as a way for the Heart Lake First Nation to more fully participate in the economic activity being generated from its traditional lands. Previous to Wâpahki, Jeff was a BC lawyer specializing in providing legal and business development advice to various Aboriginal clients in the BC central interior. He founded Western Biomass Power Corp, which included the development of a joint venture with six First Nation communities for a proposed $200 million bio-energy facility with BC Hydro, and has worked for TransCanada Pipelines in Aboriginal Relations.

Randy Green, Senior VP of Asset Management at Sproule. Randy was the managing principal of Niven Fischer Energy Services Inc. prior to its acquisition by Sproule. Niven Fischer specializes in oil and gas asset management, due diligence and strategic advisory. He was instrumental in building the brand, expanding the services, growing the company and delivering on value-added promise prior to Niven Fischer’s acquisition by Sproule. At Sproule he remains responsible for growing the asset management business to meet his clients needs in a cost effective, efficient and value-added manner.

Ross Chow, Managing Director of InnoTech Alberta Inc. Ross has more than 30 years’ experience in conducting and managing applied research. This work has been conducted over a variety of industrial sectors that include; mineable oil sands, water treatment, pulp and paper and surface treatment of crude oils. In addition, he has held positions in strategic planning as well as business development.

Special thanks to the Encana Corporation for sponsoring the Society of Petroleum Engineers Young Professionals technical events

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