Oil and gas conference 2019

Innovative improvements and emerging technologies are shaping the future of oil and gas. Find out how at this annual, industry-driven conference for CPAs and financial professionals who work in Canadian energy.

Event Details

Location and date:
Calgary November 26-27, 2019

Join Canada’s top industry thought leaders at this two-day event that focuses on the most critical issues, challenges and opportunities facing oil and gas.

The 2019 conference theme, Explore Possibilities, will guide discussions on supporting a thriving energy sector through a series of thoughtful keynotes, interactive panels and hot topic sessions.

Learn about how innovation and new technologies can improve operations and support business diversification, as well as streamline policy, compliance and technical updates. You will also be able to grow your network and connect with peers and experts in oil and gas from across the country.

New this year: Pre-conference workshop on Data Analytics for Finance Professionals (November 25, 2019)

This is a half-day workshop offered by CPA Alberta in conjunction with this conference. Learn to identify valuable data sources, create superior charts, identify business situations where data analytics can deliver value, and more. Further details available on the conference registration page.

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Highlights from 2018:

  • opening keynote on understanding the forces disrupting the energy industry
  • closing keynote on navigating disruptive change using innovative thinking strategies
  • a variety of concurrent sessions on emerging technologies and key topics, such as:
    • reserves
    • engineering
    • insider threat
    • partner risks
    • regulation

Special offers/promotions

Group discounts available. Please contact our customer service team to book groups.

Additional options and pricing may be available. See pricing and registration for more details.


14 CPD hour(s)
Pricing & registration

Who should attend?

  • chief financial officers and other senior financial executives
  • directors and managers of:
    • financial planning and analysis
    • budgets and forecast
    • business performance
    • finance
  • public accountants and other professional advisors
  • securities regulators, financial analysts and other financial statement users

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Session Descriptions

Opening Keynote Address: Scouting the Future: Identifying Risks and Opportunities
Speaker: The Honorable Preston Manning, Political Commentator

In this thought-provoking talk, Preston Manning who tirelessly championed the cause of democratic and political reform throughout his impressive career as one of Canada’s great political visionaries will address the economic frontier for Canada’s future, focusing on how this outlook will affect the energy industry. In addition, we will explore what strategies can be deployed as an industry or organizationally to mitigate these risks and achieve balance with opportunities provided by industry disruption.

The Hon. Preston Manning

The Robots Have Arrived - RPA Journeys
Moderator: Nabeel Pabani, Partner, Ernst &Young LLP
Matthew Harmsworth, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP;
Keith Steeves, Chief Financial Officer, NAL Resources Ltd.
Clayton Schneider, Chief Operating Officer, Panther Industries Inc.

At last year’s conference, we discussed how Robotic Process Automation (RPA) was being implemented by some larger companies in the Oil and Gas Industry to realize process efficiencies as well as drive cost savings across the organization. A year later, the use of RPA has increased within the industry, including at mid-size and smaller organizations. This panel discussion will showcase how the use of RPA has increased over the year and discuss how smaller organizations are utilizing RPA.

Nabeel Pabani ; Matthew Harmsworth ; Keith Steeves ; Clayton Schneider

Real Data Science for Energy Accounting Teams
Speakers: Chris Foster, Practice Lead, Analytics, Newcomp Analytics

This session will explore practical application of data science to your energy accounting team. We will examine concepts such as; connecting to new modern data sources like weather, sensor and text in a practical way. We will discuss self-service analytics for accounting groups – how to blend and prepare data without IT intervention. We will also discuss the evolution of data warehousing - historically big and messy, now automated and business-owned. Lastly, we will develop and understanding the power of machine learning and statistics through the power of predictive and prescriptive analytical outcomes. Don’t miss this information packed hour!

Chris Foster

Financial Reporting Update from the Alberta Securities Commission
Janice Anderson, Associate Chief Accountant;
Cheryl McGillivray, Manager, Corporate Finance, Alberta Securities Commission

In this session, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) will discuss important financial reporting topics relevant for the capital market, including non-GAAP financial measures, climate change and developments on the Reducing Regulatory Burden Project.

Preparers will benefit from the experience of the securities commission’s reviews of financial statements and other related disclosures in important areas to the oil and gas industry such as non-GAAP financial measures and updates on proposed new rules.

Janice Anderson ; Cheryl McGillivray

Jobs and AI Anxiety: The Future of Work, and Adapting to Change in the Digital Age
Speaker: Koula Vasiloupolous, District President, Robert Half

Future accounting and finance functions will be significantly different from the past, but have you considered how your company will (and must) adapt? Staffing needs and necessary skill sets are shifting, and this could mean for you the need for multiple sources for professional talent and expertise. While many think technology trends will inevitably impact your management’s ability to create and maintain a competitive, agile workforce; however Robert Half research suggests there’s little to fear about emerging technologies — if you’re prepared. This presentation will cover these questions and examine the labour model companies are adopting, evolving skill sets, and how to hire for, find and develop them. Join us to explore the Future of Work.

Koula Vasilopoulos

Non GAAP measures - Best Practices Today and Looking Forward
Moderator: to be confirmed
Scott Bandura, Partner, PwC LLP;
David Whiteley, Partner, PwC LLP;
Katherine Gomes, Controller, Arc Resources Ltd.

A discussion of best practices in disclosing non-GAAP measures under the current CSA guidance and how companies can begin to prepare for the implications of the potential new CSA rules regarding non-GAAP measures.
Scott Bandura ; David Whiteley

The Rise of Climate Change as an Emerging Risk to Your Business
Speakers: Meghan Harris-Ngae, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Session description coming shortly.

Meghan Harris-Ngae

Examining the Impact of Redwater
Speakers to date: Melanie Gaston, Partner, Litigation, and Janice Buckingham, Partner, Energy, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Session description coming shortly.

Canada's Energy Outlook - Panel Discussion
Moderator: Howard Green, Award winning journalist and Founding Anchor of Business News Network
Jackie Forrest, Senior Director, ARC Energy Research Institute
Cameron Plewes, President of Peters & Co
Jean-Sebastien Rioux, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

The environment for the Canadian Oil and Gas industry for much of 2019 has revolved around market access and other uncertainties. Although there is increasing attention on alternative energy sources throughout the country, global demand for crude is oil is forecasted to grow through to 2040. How does Canada and Alberta fit into the Global picture? What are some of the key risks and opportunities in policy, investors and our local and national communities? This panel will provide perspectives on the outlook for Canadian Energy with a focus on how Oil and Gas fits into that picture.

Howard Green ; Jackie Forrest ; Jean-Sébastien Rioux

Running a Successful Hackathon at your Business – A Growth Mindset Approach to Leading Differently
Speakers: Tim Chan, Tim Chan, Manager, Internal Audit and Tony Bessey, Business Process Excellence lead, Suncor Energy Inc.; Ian MacGregor, President and Chairman, North West Refining

As Oil and Gas companies navigate their digital transformation roadmaps, doing things the way they have always been done will prevent any digitization journey from fully realizing its potential. At the same time, more digital-to-human interactions will emerge, in the areas of Robotic Process Automation, autonomous equipment, augmented reality and machine learning. Yet, humans continue to possess the creativity that is needed to solve complex problems.

Hackathons are idea generating and problem solving events that harness a growth mindset that drives high performance collaboration, where disbelief and job titles are left at the door. This creates a space for creative collisions where amazing ideas and innovations are born.

Tim and Tony will share with you how Hackathons are revolutionizing the Oil and Gas industry, by augmenting purpose driven, highly motivated individuals who come together to solve business challenges for the energy industry.

Timothy Chan ; Tony Bessey ; Ian MacGregor

Responsibility = Response-ability
Speakers: Ian Munro, Leadership Coach

Challenging times highlight what we are responsible for in life. As change happens we wonder what the impact will be to the life or lives we feel responsible for, including our own. The true challenge is facing what we can control and what we can’t. As we learn to shift from our responsibility to our “response-ability” we find we can start to shift challenges to opportunities. This session will explore what response-ability means and how we can use it to up-level our leadership capabilities.

Topics include:

- Understand how to shift from the burden of responsibility to our empowering ability to respond
- Recognize we carry the capability to be a “victim” or a “player” and how to engage our player
- How to engage a growth mindset through awareness of our mental models

Ian Munro

US GAAP update
Speaker: Scott Bandura, Partner, PwC LLP

A summary of key developments in US GAAP with an industry focus. The session will focus on standards that will be effective in 2020 and beyond and provide some practical tips/guidance on how these may effect companies in the industry.

Scott Bandura

Odds and Sods - General Accounting Updates
Speakers: Steve Aubin, Partner, Advisory & Extractive Industries SME, and Jennifer Tang, Senior Manager, Audit & Assurance, Deloitte

Session description coming shortly.
Steve Aubin ; Jennifer Tang, CPA, CA, MPAcc

Security for Operational Technology - a Practical Approach to Cybersecurity for Operating Assets
Speakers: Chris Hunter, Director, OT/ICS Resilience, and Justin Abel, National IT Risk Assurance Services Leader, PwC Canada

As cybersecurity continues to evolve in an ever more 'connected' world, securing the digital assets of Oil & Gas field operations presents its own unique challenges and opportunities.

This session will cover the following topics:

- What is Operational Technology (OT) and why it is different from Information Technology (IT)
- Understand the specific challenges of securing Oil & Gas operating assets
- What can and what shouldn't be leveraged from IT cybersecurity programs
- Why technology is only part of the solution for reducing cybersecurity risk
- Where to start for an OT cybersecurity risk management program

Chris Hunter ; Justin Abel

Best Practices in Building Community Relations
Moderator: Leanne Hall, Vice President, Strategy and New Technology, Des Nedhe Development
- Chief Dan George, Chair, First Nations LNG Alliance
- Dale Swampy, President, National Coalition of Chiefs
- Niilo Edwards, Executive Director, First Nations Major Projects

Hear from leaders from the National Coalition of Chiefs (‘NCC’), the First Nations Major Projects Coalition (‘FNMPC’) and Chief Dan George, the Chair of the First Nations LNG Alliance, who are actively participating in and engaging Canada’s Indigenous communities in dialogue with the energy sector. Our insightful panel will highlight examples of collaboration and discuss current projects and initiatives they are working on to support working together across Canada to work towards mutual success.

Dan George ; Dale Swampy ; Niilo Edwards

Developments in Mergers & Acquisitions: The Critical Ways Accountants Can Add Value To Deals
Speakers: to be confirmed

This session will examine the critical role of the accountant in adding value to M&A deals. We will begin with an overview of the typical areas where accountants play a role in deals, including; understanding the operations of a business being sold/acquired, managing the deal process and ensuring key value items in the Purchase Agreement are dealt with. We will then move on to value added activities including; cost savings analysis, multiple critical roles for accountants in “carving out” operations from larger oil and gas companies with an expected increase in these types of deals. Lastly, we will look at the positive impact of data analytics in M&A and the way it is changing the nature of analysis and information obtained and processed on a deal.

Hot Topics in Tax
Speakers: Lance Bick, Business Advisor, Taxation Services, MNP LLP

Nearly every transaction you complete – domestic or international, business or personal – has direct or indirect tax consequences. Tax regulations are continually changing and can have a significant impact on how you operate and structure your business.
This session will focus on what is new and upcoming in the world of tax, with a focus on implications for Canadian companies, highlighting issues you need to know to manage your tax risk.

Lance Bick

Canadian Crude - market access, hedging and a new global benchmark
Speaker: Tim Pickering, Founder and CIO, Auspice Capital Advisors

As it becomes important for the Canadian Crude industry to mature from a wholesale physical trading marketplace to attracting financial liquidity, Tim Pickering, President and CIO of Auspice Capital, will discuss the effect of key issues on global sentiments, hedging, the WCS differential and volatility.
Tim Pickering

Blockchain The Art of Possible in Business and Finance
Speakers: Dan Giurescu, Founder and CIO, TerraHub

As energy companies consider how blockchain can improve processes from customers to operations and back office, the implementation of this new technology changes the look and feel of the organization and some new roles are being developed.
In this session, Dan will explain how blockchain evolved, who has deployed production systems and where we are still needing to grow in order to take full advantage of this technology. How will the companies that do not deploy blockchain be impacted by their partners who have? You will also hear about the Oil and Gas Consortium from the US and their journey. What is Canada’s appetite for deployment and what are the effects on our businesses and industry if we miss these opportunities?

Dan Giurescu

Thank you to the 2019 Advisory Committee Members:
Scott Bandura, Partner, PwC LLP

Don Burwash, Director of Finance, Signalta Resources Ltd

Jeff Dashkin, Specialist, Technical Accounting & Derivatives, Plains Midstream Canada

Susan Green, Controller, Painted Pony Energy Ltd

Kevin Hamm, Manager, Accounting Standards & Special Projects, Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Jeanette Hill, Lead Principal, Members in Industry, Performance Management and Sustainability, CPA Canada

Jassie Kang, Partner, Audit, KPMG LLP

Michael Massoud, Principal, Research Guidance & Support, CPA Canada

Nabeel Pabani, Partner, Assurance and Financial Accounting Advisory Services, Ernst & Young, LLP

Paul Puscasu, Controller, Midstream Division, AltaGas Ltd.

Bronwen Webster, Director, Products & Services, CPA Alberta

Scott Bandura ; Don Burwash ; Jeff Dashkin ; Susie Green ; Kevin Hamm, CPA, CA ; Jeanette Hill ; Jassie Kang ; Michael Massoud, CPA, CA, CPA (IL) ; Nabeel Pabani ; Paul Puscasu ; Bronwen-Webster

Venue[s] and Accommodation[s]


TELUS Convention Centre
120 9th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0P3


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Member Development and Support
Tel: 1-800-268-3793
Email: customerservice@cpacanada.ca