Natural Resources Summit

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October 2, 2019
7:30 am -  
1:30 pm
The Westin (Downtown Calgary)
The Westin Calgary, 4 Avenue Southwest, Calgary, AB, Canada

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The Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC), a Calgary Chamber led coalition of the eight largest metro Chambers of Commerce will be hosting the inaugural Natural Resources Summit in Calgary on October 2, 2019.

The goal of the summit is to encourage meaningful conversations about Canada’s potential to be a leader in natural resource development AND fight global climate change simultaneously.

We are at a critical point in Canada’s history, we cannot afford to think only in terms of “pro-energy” or “pro-environment”. We must recognize that we can and have done both and there is still more work to do. Canada’s Natural Resource Economy which includes agriculture, forestry, oil, gas, solar, wind, hydro, and nuclear, have taken significant steps in environmental stewardship, but these steps are not widely known.

The Natural Resources Summit will bring together leaders to deliver keynotes and participate in panel discussions to advance the conversations around our natural resources, to gain a better understanding of how industries can be supported and to chart a path forward to balance the environment, corporate social responsibility and competitiveness. We are working towards a national vision for our natural resources.

Join us on October 2, 2019 for the Natural Resource Summit –for a discussion on all aspects of Canada’s natural resource sector, predictions for the future, and environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria.

This is about ‘AND’ conversations: we can meet the United Nations Sustainable Development goals and lead the world in both natural resources development AND reducing global emissions.


7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Light breakfast/coffee reception
8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks

Sandip Lalli, President & CEO, Calgary Chamber

8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Steven Saddleback, Director, National Energy, Indian Resource Council 

8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.
Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC) Official Opening
8:50 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Opening Remarks

Minister Sonya Savage, Alberta Minister of Energy 

Minister Savage will highlight the current state of Natural Resource Development in Alberta’s Oil, Gas, and Utilities sectors. The Minister will also provide insights into the Alberta government’s short, medium, and long-term plans to improve the province’s global competitiveness.

This will be followed by a Q&A 

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 
Panel #1: Environmental Sustainable Development & Natural Resources

Our first panel of the day will focus on the diversity in Canada’s natural resources and how they can be harnessed for environmentally sustainable development. The panel will discuss what has been done and can be done to support natural resources development and environmental stewardship. The panel will also discuss how our natural resource sector has met environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria of evaluating investments.

Moderator: Jan De Silva, President & CEO, Toronto Board of Trade

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Panel #2: Energy Development and Innovation

Our second panel will discuss the future of natural resource development in Canada. The panel will discuss the impacts of innovation, balancing consumer needs with energy development, and how innovation blends with traditional methods in the industry.

Moderator: Janet Riopel, President & CEO, Edmonton Chamber

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Keynote Address

Steve Laut, Executive Vice-Chairman, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. 

Canadian Natural Resources has risen to be one of Canada’s largest oil & gas producers all the while remaining committed to an aspirational goal to reach zero emissions on their upstream production. Steve will discuss how the oil sands are no longer high cost or high carbon. He will also discuss some of the improvements that are coming and concerns arising in meeting consumer demands while fostering innovation.

This will be followed by a Q&A and fireside conversation. 

1:30 p.m. 
Event Concludes 



  • Member tickets – $149.00
  • Member tables – $1,192.00
  • Non-member tickets – $279.00
  • Non-member tables – $2,232.00

Sponsorship Opportunities 

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available to learn more email

About The Canadians for Natural Resources Campaign

The Canadians for Natural Resources Campaign is by Canada’s eight largest Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce. Starting a conversation about Canada being a global leader in both natural resources development AND fighting climate change at the same time.

About The Canadian Global Cities Council

Founded in 2015, the Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC) is a coalition of CEOs of eight of Canada’s largest urban Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade coast-to-coast: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Brampton, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax.


About Minister Sonya Savage

Minister Savage was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Calgary-North West.

A life-long Albertan, Savage has been a strong voice championing pipelines for years. Earning a Master of Laws in Environment and Energy, she practiced law for 13 years before taking a job as an advocate for the oil and gas industry. After working 9 years at Enbridge, she accepted a role as the Sr. Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) in 2015. She has handled the pipeline industry’s large policy files, including regulatory reform, Indigenous reconciliation, legal, environment and climate change.

Sonya Savage was appointed as Alberta’s Energy Minister on April 30, 2019. Relying on her extensive background in the industry, and spending the last 12 years fighting for pipelines and the energy sector, Savage will continue her work to promote and develop Alberta’s oil and gas wealth and deliver on getting pipelines built.

About Bryan Cox

Bryan Cox is the President and CEO of the BC LNG Alliance. As the leading voice and advocate for the LNG industry in BC, Bryan leads a team actively working with governments, business leaders, First Nations, communities, and the broader public to seize BC’s opportunity to build a world-leading LNG industry for the benefit of all British Columbians and Canadians.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Bryan was the President and CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC), leading the Association’s effort to position the industry as a global leader in responsible development and critical contributor to society’s transition to a lower carbon economy.

Prior to joining MABC, Bryan spent seven years in the brewing industry in progressively senior roles including Vice President, Western Canada at Canada’s National Brewers, where he was responsible for managing the regulatory and public affairs agenda for Canada’s largest brewers across the four western provinces.

Before joining the private sector, Bryan spent several years in senior roles with the Government of British Columbia.

About Chris Slubicki

From 2009 to 2011, Chris was Chief Executive Officer of OPTI Canada, where he was brought into a distressed situation, stabilized the company and sold it to CNOOC for $2.1 billion in late 2011. Chris is the former Vice-Chairman of Scotia Waterous and was one of the four original founders of Waterous and Co., a private global oil and gas mergers and acquisitions firm, starting the firm in Calgary in 1989. Prior to selling the firm to Bank of Nova Scotia in 2005, the firm expanded to offices in five countries with a staff of 88 and completed hundreds of oil and gas transactions over its 17-year tenure. Chris has held operations management and engineering positions within the oil and gas industry at Placer CEGO Petroleum Ltd. and Chevron Canada Resources Ltd. Chris graduated with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of Calgary. He is a Professional Engineer in Alberta, and a member of APEGA. Chris is currently on the boards of Bonavista Energy Corporation and the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation. Chris served on the board of Alpine Canada Alpin for seven years, the last two as Chair. Chris coached young ski racers with the Fernie Alpine Ski Team for 14 years, and served as President of the club for three years.

About Derek Evans

Derek was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer, and a Director in August 2018. He is a veteran oil and gas industry executive with over 35 years of experience. From May 2009 to March 2018, he served as the President, CEO and Director of Pengrowth Energy, where he led the Company through a major transformation, streamlining its asset base from 35 properties to two growth assets, with over $9 billion of development opportunities. Prior to joining Pengrowth, Derek was the President, CEO and Director of Focus Energy Trust, a dividend paying royalty trust company. During his tenure at Focus, Derek was successful in increasing the market valuation approximately five times, while distributing more than $400 million to unit holders. Mr. Evans holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University and is a registered professional engineer in Alberta.

About Jim Illich 

Jim Illich is a seasoned executive in developing and executing energy infrastructure projects. Jim joined Bechtel Corp in 1988 and served in a variety of roles including Thailand Country Manager, Corporate HR Manager, and Project Director for major projects in Africa and Asia. After being elected a partner of the firm in 2005, he managed some of firm’s largest global businesses including LNG, Upstream Oil/Gas, and Pipeline. After retiring from Bechtel, Jim formed Freestone International, which is a vehicle for incubating and launching new business ideas in the areas of energy, environment, and education. In 2013 he founded GNL Quebec which will be the lowest GHG LNG export project in the world due it is use of renewable hydroelectricity and in 2014 he co-founded Kintla, which offers unique neuroscience based solutions to organizations and individuals.

Passionate about education, Jim has been a guest lecturer at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business for the last 15 years and is a member of the Stanford University Advisory Board for the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences. Jim earned a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from the Haas School of Business.




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