Peter Tertzakian

Peter is chief energy economist and managing director at ARC Financial Corp., Canada’s largest energy-focused private equity manager. He is a member of the firm’s executive committee and investment committee.

Peter’s career began as a geophysicist in 1982, and then moved from oil and gas to the finance and economics sector in 1990. This background, combined with his entrepreneurial spirit, helped him rise from the trenches of hands-on oil exploration fieldwork to become an internationally-recognized expert in energy matters.

A collector of energy antiques and antiquarian books, Peter's passion is studying how society evolves its energy use, and applying the lessons of the past into today's strategic business issues. His collective knowledge and experience in geophysics, innovation, history and economics allows him to give audiences thought-provoking insights into today’s pressing energy issues.

An accomplished author, Peter's two best-selling books, A Thousand Barrels a Second (McGraw-Hill, NY 2005) and The End of Energy Obesity (John Wiley & Sons, NY 2009) provide insight into the dynamic world of energy transitions through a thoughtful and highly readable examination of economic, environmental and geopolitical pressures. His books have been translated into several languages, including Chinese, Japanese and Arabic.

In 2015, Peter was appointed to the four-member Alberta royalty review advisory panel. The group engaged with Albertans, energy-related industries and key stakeholders to review the province’s non-renewable resource royalty framework. In January 2016, the panel’s recommendations were approved by the government.

Peter has an undergraduate degree in geophysics from the University of Alberta, a graduate degree in econometrics from the University of Southampton (U.K.), and a Master of Science degree in management of technology from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. In addition to his principal role at ARC Financial, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary and has lectured at many leading universities and conferences around the world.