October 3rd and 4th, 2016
Hyatt Regency in Calgary, Alberta

Bringing together Industry, Government and Indigenous Leaders to discuss challenges facing the pipeline industry, as well as opportunities for Indigenous involvement and meaningful participation in determining solutions.


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Please note the agenda is subject to change

  • October 3
    Location: Imperial Ballroom - Hyatt Regency
  • 7:00 am Registration/Pipe Ceremony
  • Chair: Blaine Favel
    University of Saskatchewan
  • 8:30 am Welcome message
  • Chief Charles Weasel head
    Blood Tribe - Kainai First Nation
  • 8:45 am National Chief Perry Bellegarde
  • Assembly of First Nations
  • 9:15 am Stephen Buffalo
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Indian Resource Council
  • 9:30 am Richard Feehan
  • Minister of Indigenous Relations
    Government of Alberta
  • 9:45 am "Reconciling Traditional Values and Energy Development"
  • Chief Wallance Fox
    Onion Lake Cree Nation
  • 10:00 am Break
  • 10:15 am "Impact of Energy Price on First Nations employment and business statistics"

  • Ken Coates, Ph D.
    Canada Research Chair
  • 10:45 am Impact of Oil Prices on Energy First Nations – Strategic Advice
  • Moderator: Clayton Norris, Vice President, Aboriginal Services – MNP LLP

    Panelists:Chief Wallace Fox – Onion Lake Cree Nation
    Mark Salkeld, President – Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC)
    Brian Schmidt, President and CEO - Tamarack Valley Energy
  • 12:00 pmLunch
  • Keynote Speaker: Chief Jim Boucher
    Fort McKay First Nation
  • 1:00 pm Panel Discussion
    Indigenous Equity in the Energy Industry
    "Best Models in North America"

  • Facilitator:Sheldon Wuttunee, President/CEO – Sasktachewan First Nations Natural Resource Centre of Excellence

    Panelists: Fred Carmicheal, Chair and Director - Aboriginal Pipeline Group
    Karen Ogen-Toews, CEO – First Nations LNG Alliance
    Harold Calla, Executive Chair – First Nations Financial Management Board
    Joe Dion, President/CEO – Frog Lake Energy Resources
    Elson McDougald, Chairman – MATRRIX Energy Technologies
  • 2:30 pm Break
  • 2:45 pm Keynote
    "Connecting each other"
    Ken Drysdale

  • Chief Operating Officer
    Midwest Pipelines Inc.
  • 3:00 pm Keynote
    Chief Delbert Wapas

  • Thunderchild First Nation
  • 3:30 pm Panel Discussion
    Environment and Consultation

  • Facilitator: Marth Hall-Findlay, President/CEO – Canada West Foundation

    Panelists: Josee Touchette, Chief Operating Officer - National Energy Board
    Panelist TBA – Natural Resources Canada
    Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR)
    Chief Dan George – Ts’il Kaz Koh First Nation (Burns Lake)
    Lawrence Aimoe, Executive Director, Operations – Government of Alberta (Aboriginal Consultation Office)
    Chief Liz Logan – Fort Nelson First Nation
  • 5:00 pm Networking Event
  • Speakers:Fort McKay Group of Companies
  • October 4
    Location: Imperial Ballroom - Hyatt Regency
  • 7:00 am Pipe Ceremony
  • 8:45 am Welcoming Remarks
  • Chairman Dean Manywounds
    Indian Resource Council
  • 9:00 am Mayor Naheed Nenshi
  • City of Calgary
  • 9:30 am Michael Binnion, President
  • Questerre Energy Corp
  • 9:45 am JP Gladu, President and CEO
  • Canadian Council for Aboriginal Busines
  • 10:00 am Panel Discussion
    “Where do we go from here?”

  • Facilitator: Ken Coates Ph.D, University of Saskatchewan, Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation

    Panelists: Chris Bloomer, President and Chief Executive Officer – Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA)
    Tim McMillan, President and Chief Executive Officer– Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
    Chief Craig Makinaw, Alberta Regional Chief – Assembly of First Nations
    Stephen Buffalo, President/CEO – Indian Resource Council
    Joe Dion, President/CEO – Frog Lake Energy Resources Corp
    Elmer Ghostkeeper, Steward – Aboriginal Equity Partners
  • 12:00 pm United Nations Declaration on
    the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
    (UNDRIP) and impact on resource development

  • Dr. Wilton Littlechild


Joe Dion

Joe Dion

One of Alberta Venture’s 50 most influential people of 2015, Joseph Dion is chairman and chief executive officer of Frog Lake Energy Resources Corporation (FLERC). One of Canada’s only wholly-owned First Nations oil and gas exploration and production companies, FLERC operates on Frog Lake First Nations lands in partnership with several oil companies.

With over 35 years of First Nations oil and gas experience, Dion has worked to preserve and integrate the First Nations core values or ‘Teepee Principles’ in his work and daily life. Respect, strength, and kinship guide him in all of his endeavours. Prior to coming to Frog Lake Energy, Dion worked as a consultant for First Nations in Canada, and Indian tribes and Alaskan Eskimo groups in the United States. He worked with energy companies and governments negotiating Impact Benefit Agreements and joint ventures. In 1980, he established Dion Resources Inc. and advised on matters of First Nations self-government, business, finance, and energy.

Dion comes from a family of hereditary chiefs. He is great-grandson to notable Cree Chief Big Bear, who played pivotal roles in Canadian history. As his great-grandfather before him, Dion served in his hereditary role as Chief of Kehewin Cree Nation and Grand Chief for Alberta. During the proposed patriation of the Canadian Constitution of Prime Minster Pierre Elliot Trudeau, in 1976, Dion led a delegation of chiefs from Treaty Six and Seven to petition Queen Elizabeth to protect the treaty rights of the First Nations. In the 1982 patriation of the Canadian Constitution, Section 35 (1), states the recognition and affirmation of the Aboriginal and treaty rights of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. This law was entrenched after concentrated lobby efforts by Dion and other First Nation leaders from England and Ottawa. His efforts were validated, as Dion was named Outstanding Young Canadian by the Government of Canada.

From tribal administrator, council member, treaty chairman, constitutional coordinator, to president and chairman of numerous boards, brotherhoods, and associations, Dion works tirelessly for the social and economic well-being of First Nations. In 1984, Dion founded the Indian Resource Council of Canada. This council now represents over 150 First Nations in Canada and was instrumental in establishing Indian Oil and Gas Canada, a federal government agency responsible for managing oil and gas development on Indian reserve lands.

Today Dion is proud to be a board member of Indspire, an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people so they can achieve their highest potential. Through awards, donations, bursaries and scholarships, this organization inspires. It recognizes professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding career achievement and benefits not only these recipients, but their families, their communities, and our nation. In addition to this work, Dion is an active member of the Alberta Chamber of Resources. This is a resource-based industry organization which believes, that through open dialogue, cooperation, and our collective ability, we can positively shape the future. This organization is driven by a diverse membership that collaborates to provide visionary leadership for the responsible, innovative, and ethical development of Alberta’s natural resources.

JP Gladu

JP Gladu

President and CEO

Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) based in Toronto. Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay JP is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon, Ontario. JP completed a forestry technician diploma in 1993, obtained an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2000 and holds an Executive MBA from Queens University. JP has over two decades of experience in the natural resource sector. His career path includes work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industry and governments from across Canada.

In JP’s current capacity at CCAB, he speaks extensively not only across Canada but internationally as he shares the challenges and successes of Aboriginal business in Canada today. In 2014 he addressed delegates at the World Indigenous Business Forum, in 2015 he presented at both the Sodexo Quality of Life Conference and the Corporate Leadership Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Building a Community of Practice Conference in New York City.

Currently, JP serves on the Colleges and Institutes Canada (previously ACCC), the Northern Policy Institute, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, is an advisory member to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, a committee member to the Provincial Forest Policy Committee and was recently appointed to Ontario Power Generation’s Board of Directors. In 2014, he was identified as a Diversity 50 Board Ready Candidate from the Canadian Board Diversity Council and a recipient of the Community Service Award – Transformation Awards from Diversity Magazine.

As a father to his young daughter Chloe, along with a passion for his community, his culture and traditions; JP brings the past, present and future to the table, moving non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal business toward sustainable partnerships and shared economic prosperity.

Ken Coates

Ken Coates

Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan campus. Ken was raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, and has long-standing professional and personal interests in Aboriginal rights, northern development, northern Canadian history, science, technology and society, and Japan Studies.

He received his BA (History) from UBC, MA (History) from Manitoba and PhD (History) from UBC. Ken has had the distinct pleasure of working at universities across Canada and internationally, starting at Brandon University and continuing at the University of Victoria, and the University of Northern British Columbia (where he was the Founding Vice-President Academic). He spent two years at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, an institution known globally for its work on Indigenous education. Ken returned to Canada in 1997 to take a position as Dean of Arts at the University of New Brunswick at Saint John. He then became Dean of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan, later serving as Dean of Arts, University of Waterloo. He returned to Saskatchewan in 2012.

Ken has written extensively on Aboriginal history, Indigenous-newcomer relations and post-secondary education. His first major work, Best Left as Indians, examined the history of the Yukon through the lens of Aboriginal-European contact. His subsequent work includes The Marshall Decision and Aboriginal Rights in the Maritimes, Land of the Midnight Sun: A History of the Yukon and shortly, a co-authored book called Treaty Peoples: Aboriginal People and the Future of Canada. He has published more than a dozen books with his regular co-author, Dr. W.R. Morrison, and has worked with Carin Holroyd on a series of projects related to science and technology in East Asia. Ken’s co-authored book, Campus Confidential, offered an accessible review of the accomplishments and challenges of the post-secondary system in Canada and is being followed up by a book aimed at high school students and their parents about post-graduate opportunities.

Ken is currently working on a series of books, including a reflection on the significance of the Idle No More Movement, a study of the development of the Canadian Light Source (synchrotron) at the University of Saskatchewan, the first ever history of the Circumpolar sub-Arctic, and an examination of the over-expansion of the global university system.

Ken has worked with Aboriginal peoples and organizations and with government agencies responsible for Indigenous affairs across Canada and in New Zealand and Australia. He assisted with Aboriginally-themed documentaries produced by Northern Native Broadcasting Yukon, assisted with land claims research and participated in a variety of national and international collaborations, including serving on the Research Advisory Committee of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. He is the Director of the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, which provides regionally-relevant research focused on northern Saskatchewan and delivers a community-based Masters program on Northern Governance and Development. He is the Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s research project on Aboriginal Peoples and the Natural Resource economy.

Ken appears regularly on television and radio, largely in association with his work on Aboriginal issues, northern Canada and post-secondary education. His opinion pieces have been published in newspapers and magazines across Canada.

His wife, Carin Holroyd, is an Associate Professor of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. He has five children and six grandchildren. Ken also assists Carin with her charity, the Vietnam Education Society, which builds schools for communities in rural Vietnam.

Wilton Littlechild

Willie Littlechild

Willie Littlechild, also known as J. Wilton Littlechild or Wilton Littlechild, (born April 1, 1944) is a Cree Canadian lawyer and former Member of Parliament. He was born in Maskwacis, Alberta.

As a young man, Wilton Littlechild was a successful athlete who won ten Athlete of the Year Awards. He obtained a master's degree in physical education from the University of Alberta. He later became the first Treaty Indian from Alberta to obtain a law degree. He won the national Tom Longboat Award in 1967 and 1974, and was one of the founders of the North American Indigenous Games, begun in 1990 in Edmonton Alberta. He has also consistently advocated for the creation of the World Indigenous Games, which would provide competitive events for Indigenous athletes from around the world.

Littlechild was the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for Wetaskiwin 1988 to 1993. Littlechild did not stand for re-election in the 1993 general election. Since leaving Parliament, Littlechild has continued to be involved in politics. He was the founder of the International Organization of Indigenous Resource Development, a United Nations non-governmental organization.

Littlechild is a member of the Ermineskin Cree Nation. The Indian Association of Alberta presents the Willie Littlechild Achievement Award to six First Nations students each year.

In 2006, Littlechild was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians, awarded for "outstanding contributions to the promotion and understanding of Canada's parliamentary system of government"

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Brian Schmidt

Brian Schmidt
President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Schmidt is a professional engineer with over 35 years of oil and gas experience. He is currently President and CEO of Tamarack Valley Energy Ltd., a TSX public company focused on developing repeatable, predictable plays in Western Canada. Mr. Schmidt founded the company along with a handful of respected oil entrepreneurs, with $2.5 million of seed capital in 2009. Tamarack Valley has grown substantially since 2009 to over 10,000 BOEPD, and a market capitalization of over $450 million. Tamarack is focused on repeatable, producible drilling targets like the Cardium and its primary producing area is Wilson Creek, in West Central Alberta. Tamarack’s culture is one based on being nimble to industry volatility, value focused, cost conscious and fiscal prudence. Measuring success on a full cycle rate of return and delivering on per share targets is core to Tamarack’s culture.

Prior to Tamarack, Brian was a founder of Spearpoint Energy Corp. ("Spearpoint"), a successful private company. Previously, he was the President of Apache Canada, where his team assembled large blocks of undeveloped land with material drilling upside that contributed to significant growth during his tenure, to a peak of 110,000 BOEPD. He began his career at Shell Canada, spending 19 years there prior to joining Apache Canada. In addition to his duties at Tamarack, Mr. Schmidt is an advisor to the boards of Indian Oil & Gas Co-Management, and a board governor at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, and Former Chairperson of CAPP. He is also currently director of Aspenleaf Energy, a private Oil & Gas company based in Calgary and a former director at Tusk Energy and Avant Garde Energy.

Karen Ogen

Karen Ogen

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.

Craig Makinaw

Craig Makinaw
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Regional Chief for Alberta.

Craig Makinaw assumed office as the AFN Regional Chief for Alberta on July 1st. 2015, a position he was elected to by the Chiefs of Alberta for a three-year term. Regional Chief Makinaw is from ‘Neyaskweyahk,’ the Ermineskin Cree Nation, located in Maskwacis, Treaty 6 Territory. Regional Chief and his wife Delorna, have three teenage sons and six adult children, and are blessed with thirteen grandchildren.

Regional Chief has an in-depth understanding of issues facing First Nations but more importantly the potential that exists within First Nations. Makinaw served his Nation as Chief for a three-year term. During his tenure as Chief, he also served as Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations. Prior to his election as Ermineskin Chief, Makinaw served his Nation as a member of council for over eighteen years sitting on boards and committees that represented the business, health and social interests of Ermineskin Cree Nation.

During his tenure as Chief, Makinaw oversaw the transfer of the Neyaskweyak Trust Fund from Ottawa back to the Ermineskin Cree Nation. He was also instrumental in the incorporation of Neyaskweyak Group of Companies to oversee the investment and business development interests of the Nation.

Throughout his career, Regional Chief has been a strong and dedicated Treaty and rights advocate for Indigenous Nations. In addition to meeting with government, business and industry to promote and support his Nation, he has made presentations to the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs as well as the United Nations in Geneva and New York on many of the issues that impact on First Nations.

Regional Chief Makinaw sits as a member of the AFN Executive Committee, as well as portfolio holder for the AFN Chiefs Committee on Claims, and the Chiefs Committee on Housing, Infrastructure and Emergency Management.

During his tenure as Chief, Makinaw oversaw the transfer of the Neyaskweyak Trust Fund from Ottawa back to the Ermineskin Cree Nation. He was also instrumental in the incorporation of Neyaskweyak Group of Companies to oversee the investment and business development interests of the Nation.

Throughout his career, Regional Chief has been a strong and dedicated Treaty and rights advocate for Indigenous Nations. In addition to meeting with government, business and industry to promote and support his Nation, he has made presentations to the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs as well as the United Nations in Geneva and New York on many of the issues that impact on First Nations.

Regional Chief Makinaw sits as a member of the AFN Executive Committee, as well as portfolio holder for the AFN Chiefs Committee on Claims, and the Chiefs Committee on Housing, Infrastructure and Emergency Management.

Elmer Ghostkeeper

Elmer Ghostkeeper
AEP Steward

Elmer Ghostkeeper is a community leader, author and independent consultant on social, cultural, economic and political matters. Based in Northeastern Alberta, Elmer lives on the Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement.

His significant contributions as an Alberta Métis leader and President of the Alberta Federation of the Métis Settlement Associations during the repatriation of the Constitution Act of Canada, 1980 to 1982, for the inclusion of Métis as an Aboriginal people in Section 35 and to the social, economic and cultural fabric of the Métis community in Canada, were recognized with an Order of the Métis Nation awarded to him in 2004.

Elmer is on the Board of Trustees for CPAWS and is a strong supporter of CPAWS and its vision for protecting 50% of Canada’s land and water mass as wilderness. He is fluent in Michif (a blend of Cree and French) Bushland Cree and English.

His view is that life on Mother Earth is a gift, a test, a trust, and a temporary service assignment from the Creator. His motivating force is studying, learning and teaching truthful wisdom and knowledge about wellness to Self and others. He has a family of two sons and a daughter, and his passions are writing and the horse.

Elmer is a business owner and creator of businesses as well as an active promoter of natural resource economic development projects on Aboriginal traditional land and water with the sanction of Indigenous culture, i.e., centered on the collective, committed to education, training and tradition building upon our cultural heritage. He believes that in this way the entire community can end all forms of dependency by achieving social and economic self-sufficiency. Conjointly, any socioeconomic improvements upon traditional land and water will serve to strengthen the art, music, and literature of our culture and preserve Métis teachings and language.

Northern Gateway is a new paradigm shift and a new emerging model in the way natural resource companies will be allowed to proceed on traditional lands and waters.

This is a very unique project. No other company is doing this.

Harold Calla

Harold Calla
Executive Chair

Harold is a member of the Squamish Nation located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. After many years of experience in international business, he worked with the Squamish Nation as a negotiator in the areas of economic development, land management and finance and served 8 years on the Squamish Council. He has also acted as an advisor and an arbitrator for First Nations in Western Canada.

He represented Squamish Nation interests in the development of the First Nations Land Management Act, First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA), First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act (FNCIDA), and First Nations Oil and Gas and Moneys Management Act. These optional legislative pieces allow First Nations on a sectorial basis the ability to move out from under the Indian Act.

Harold serves as the Executive Chair of the First Nations Financial Management Board, one of three fiscal institutions created under the FMA to support First Nations economic development, by supporting First Nations efforts to access the capital markets and by providing capacity development support to First Nations in the areas of financial administration law development and certification of their financial performance and financial management systems.

He is currently a member of the Board Fortis BC Inc. and is Chair of their Audit Committee. He has completed terms on the Boards of CMHC, Partnerships BC and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. He has either chaired or served on the Audit Committees of these various boards.

Harold is a recipient of numerous awards in recognition of excellence in leadership. In particular, the C.G.A. Association of Canada celebrating their 100th year in 2008 recognized Harold as one of 100 CGA’s who, in their view, over the 100 years have made a difference. In August 2012 Harold was also awarded a fellowship by the C.G.A. Association of Canada. Harold is also a member of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association and has been awarded the designation of Certified Aboriginal Financing Manager (CAFM).

Mark A. Salkeld

Mark A. Salkeld, MBA, CAE
President & CEO
Petroleum Services Association of Canada

President and CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), Mark Salkeld brings over 35 years of domestic and international industry experience to the position. Over the years, Mr. Salkeld assumed progressively senior positions in maintenance, operations, human resources, training, quality control and procurement, including a variety of overseas assignments. Prior to joining PSAC, Mr. Salkeld cemented his extensive background in oilfield services as part of the senior management team of an international drilling company. His broad industry experience, combined with his MBA and CAE, gives Mr. Salkeld the combination of insight and leadership that delivers value for PSAC member companies.

Michael Binnion

Michael Binnion
President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Binnion is the President and CEO and founding shareholder of Questerre Energy, founded in November 2000. Questerre is a public oil and gas production company with operations in Alberta, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Jordan.

Mr. Binnion is a seasoned entrepreneur with a history of starting, financing and managing companies and not-for-profits. He has extensive experience as a board member for several high tech companies in Canada. He is the Executive Director of Rupert's Crossing Ltd., a private merchant banking firm. He was a minority shareholder and manager of a private company that held interests in retail, commercial real estate and golf course developments. 

Mr. Binnion is the Chair of the Board of High Arctic Energy Services, a drilling and rig service company. He chaired the restructuring committee that turned High Arctic around after the 2008 financial crisis.

A fifth-generation Albertan born in Calgary, Mr.Binnion is not only passionate about entrepreneurship but also a community-minded individual concerned with the prospects for future generations of Canadians. He is the founder and chairman of the Lesley Binnion Foundation for Disabled Sports, helping hundreds of kids and families make the extraordinary achievement of learning to ski a reality.

Mr. Binnion is also the Chair of the Quebec Oil and Gas Association leading the debate on social license for hydrocarbons in that province. He is on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and a Manning Foundation board member. He is a past chair of The Canadian Taxpayers Federation. Most recently, he founded the Modern Miracle Network to inform the public about the incredible benefits of hydrocarbons for people around the globe.

In 2012 Mr. Binnion was honoured with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, He was also named to the Fellowship of Chartered Accountants in 2015.

Mr. Binnion published a peer-reviewed paper on shale gas in 2011 in Marine and Petroleum Geology, the international magazine for geologists. The piece is also listed on Research Gate.

He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance from the University of Alberta. The combination of his education, his experience and his passion for his community continue to drive his efforts today.

Chris Bloomer

Chris Bloomer

Chris Bloomer has over 30 years of experience across a range of upstream, downstream, domestic and international energy businesses. He began his career at Shell Canada and moved with increasing responsibility from exploration and production to economics and corporate planning, oil sands development and operations, pipelines and oil and NGL marketing.

Following his tenure at Shell, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Castle Energy where he was responsible for the Canadian crude oil marketing business and US exploration, natural gas production and pipeline operations. Subsequently, he was a Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer at Talon Resources Ltd., a Latin American-focused midstream/pipeline project development and crude oil marketing company.

Chris then went on to spend ten years as a senior executive with Petrobank Energy & Resources, providing leadership throughout a period of significant corporate evolution for the company. Here he held the roles of Vice President Heavy Oil, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Director. Immediately prior to joining CEPA, he was Chief Executive Officer and Director at Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd.

Throughout his career, pipelines have been an integral aspect of all his business activities in Canada, the United States and Latin America, involving operation of existing pipelines and pioneering new pipelines and access to new markets for both oil and natural gas.

Mr. Bloomer has a degree in Geoscience from the University of Toronto, has served on several public and private Canadian energy company boards and is a member of The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Richard Feehan

Richard Feehan

Richard Feehan was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Edmonton-Rutherford, on May 5, 2015. On February 2, 2016, Mr. Feehan was appointed Minister of Indigenous Relations.

Prior to his service with the Legislative Assembly he dedicated over a decade to teaching for the Edmonton division of the University of Calgary's Faculty of Social Work. Previous to this he was program director of the Edmonton Social Planning Council and vice-president of Edmonton's Catholic Social Services. He also spent more than a decade in private social work practice.

Community minded, he has served on the Clinical Advisory Team for the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services and as the U of Calgary Faculty of Social Work representative on the board for the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family. Over the years he has also worked closely with the Glenrose hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and the Edmonton Community Adult Learning Association. His extensive community involvement also includes volunteering with arts, sports and school programs and with numerous community organizations

Born and raised in Edmonton, he lives on Edmonton's south side with his wife, Kathaleen, and their three children, Antoine, Kate and Brenndan.

He has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Alberta, a bachelor of social work from the University of Calgary and a masters of social work from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

Tim McMillan

Tim McMillan
President and CEO

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Tim McMillan was appointed President and incoming CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) on October 1, 2014. The Saskatchewan native is responsible for leading activities in education and communications as well as policy and regulatory advocacy on behalf of CAPP member companies, which represent over 90 per cent of Canada’s upstream oil and gas production.

Tim grew up on a family farm near Lloydminster, where the McMillan family first homesteaded more than a century ago. After earning an economics degree from the University of Victoria, he traveled and worked overseas as an Information Technology professional. He later returned to the family farm and founded and operated an oilfield services company. His solid understanding of the oil and gas industry from both a business and landowner perspective, coupled with his background in economics, propelled his desire to seek a seat within the Saskatchewan Legislature.

In 2007, Tim was elected as a Saskatchewan Party MLA in the riding of Lloydminster. From 2010 until his appointment as President of CAPP, Tim held several strategic cabinet portfolios in the Government of Saskatchewan, including minister of energy and resources and minister of rural health.

Tim lives in Calgary with his wife and their two daughters.

Jim Boucher

Jim Boucher

First elected in 1986, Chief Jim Boucher has served as Chief of the Fort McKay First Nation for decades. Throughout this time, he also served as the Chairman of the Board for the Fort McKay Group of Companies (FMGC). The FMGOC is 100% owned and controlled by Fort McKay First Nation and operates primarily in the construction and logistics sectors. In addition the FMFN has eight limited partnerships companies which operate primarily in the oil sands regions of Alberta. Under Chief Boucher's vision and leadership, the FMFN owned businesses and companies haves grown into one of the most successful First Nation controlled business ventures in Canada, with annual revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars. These companies provide shareholder dividends to the First Nation and those dividends are then used to pay for a number of programs and services throughout the community of Fort McKay. Chief Boucher was integral to the formation of the Athabasca Tribal Council, the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta, and was a member of the Board of Governors for Keyano College for six years.

The Fort McKay First Nation is situated in the northeast corner of Alberta on the banks of the Athabasca River.  As a young man, Chief Boucher not only recognized the importance of the environmental and cultural issues surrounding the community's location, but he also envisioned great economic opportunities. As a result, he has strategically taken advantage of Fort McKay's geographical location to enhance the community's social and economic conditions through effective partnerships with industry and government. Chief Jim Boucher believes the practice and preservation of the Fort McKay First Nation's traditional ways of life can occur simultaneously alongside continuous and long-term sustainable oil sands development.

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