IPPSA 26th Annual Conference. March 15-17, 2020. The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta

Jeffery Tonken

Jeffery Tonken

President and CEO, Birchcliff Energy and Chair
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

Mr. Tonken is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Birchcliff. He has more than 36 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry and is one of the Corporation’s founders. Prior to creating Birchcliff, Mr. Tonken founded and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Case Resources Inc., Big Bear Exploration Ltd. and Stampeder Exploration Ltd. Mr. Tonken was previously a Partner of the law firm Howard, Mackie (now Borden Ladner Gervais LLP). Mr. Tonken is the current Chair of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Mr. Tonken received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Wales.

Pete Sametz

Pete Sametz

President and CEO
Pengrowth Energy Corporation

Pete Sametz has over 35 years of experience in the energy industry. Working with large, intermediate, and emerging companies engaged in light oil, natural gas, and heavy oil production, Pete managed growth from 1,000 to 40,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. His career has been characterized by an entrepreneurial and results-oriented approach to building businesses and developing cross-disciplinary teams. He has been involved in the early adaptation of technologies including horizontal wells (since 1987), “modular” SAGD oil sands projects, COGEN (2009), dilbit by rail (2010), and operations, marketing, and logistics integration with a refinery (2006).

Most recently, as Pengrowth Energy’s President and CEO, he completed the company’s transformation from a senior exploration and production company to a smaller, focused resource play developer.

Pete graduated in engineering from Carleton University with high distinction and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). He has been a director of public companies including Athabasca Oil Corporation, Gemini Corporation, and Pengrowth Energy Corporation. He has also served as governor of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and director of the In-Situ Oil Sands Alliance.

Brian Bidyk

Brian Bidyk

Partner, Business Law Group and Oil and Gas Group
McCarthy Tétrault 

Brian Bidyk is a partner in the firm’s Business Law Group and Oil & Gas Group in the firm’s Calgary office. His practice encompasses a variety of on corporate/commercial matters, with a specialization in M&A and divestitures in the oil and gas, electricity and renewable power industries. With practical counsel and specialized industry knowledge, Brian has built a reputation as one of Canada’s leading practitioners in energy and power law.

Brad Wall

Brad Wall

14th Premier of Saskatchewan

Brad Wall served as the 14th Premier of Saskatchewan from 2007 to 2018 before retiring from public life. He was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly in 1999.

Under a decade of Wall’s Premiership, the employment sector grew by 60,000 new jobs, and provincial population growth reached its all-time high with more than 160,000 new citizens being welcomed into Saskatchewan. The Wall government’s growth plan reformed labour legislation and regulatory environments to ensure fairness, sustainability, and economic competitiveness.

During Wall’s tenure as Saskatchewan’s leader, his government’s accomplishments include record-breaking public investment in provincial infrastructure through direct provincial and municipal funding of roads, sewers, highways, schools, hospitals, long term care facilities, and the new Mosaic Stadium. Additionally, with Wall at the helm, Saskatchewan saw unprecedented reductions in income and small business taxes, and reduced its operating debt by almost $1 billion earning its first ever AAA credit rating which it retains to this day. Wall’s last budget made the difficult choice to reduce Saskatchewan’s financial dependence on resource revenue and chart a course back to a balanced budget, tabled this year in the Legislature.

Since his departure from public life, Wall keeps himself busy operating his own consulting business that spans strategic, government relations and communications advice as well as a very small foray into the cattle business with his son. He is also a special advisor to the national law firm Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP. He is an itinerant columnist for the BOE Report and the National Post, and was recently named to the Advisory Board of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

Wall and his wife, Tami, still reside in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. They have three grown children; Megan, Colter and Faith.

Rumors abound as to whether Wall does, or does not, own Waylon Jennings 1973 Cadillac Eldorado.

Mark Kolesar

Mark Kolesar

Chair
Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC)

Mark Kolesar became chair of the Alberta Utilities Commission on July 23, 2018, following six years as vicechair. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master of business administration degree in managerial economics and finance, both from the University of Ottawa. He has also been an instructor at both the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary on strategy development, financial management, management accounting and business planning and policy. Mr. Kolesar has been a Commission member since July 2008.

Mr. Kolesar’s experience in utility corporate costing and ratemaking spans more than three decades, and he brought extensive public utility financial technical skills and experience to the Alberta Utilities Commission. He has also had an extensive background working in the utility industry, in strategy development, project planning and execution, organizational transformation and utility regulatory change at both the provincial and national level.

Mr. Kolesar’s appointment to the Alberta Utilities Commission followed a career that included senior analytical, managerial and executive roles, focused on regulatory and public policy, with the Public Utilities Board of Alberta (the predecessor organization to the Alberta Utilities Commission), and in the telecommunication industry. Mr. Kolesar has also been an adviser to the government of Canada on regulatory matters and appeared before legislative committees of the Parliament of Canada examining the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act.

Since joining the Alberta Utilities Commission Mr. Kolesar has been involved in a number of important AUC regulatory decisions, including several generic cost of capital decisions, the 2009 decisions on ENMAX formula-based rate-making and the first generation performancebased regulation regimes, as well as substantial general tariff applications.

Mr. Kolesar is active in the community and as a volunteer. He has served on numerous not-forprofit boards, including the Van Horne Institute for International Transportation and Regulation, where he was instrumental in setting up the Van Horne Institute Centre for Regulatory Affairs, and served as the centre’s chair.

Mr. Kolesar has also served on the business advisory board of the Calgary Airport Authority, and on the board of directors of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. At the CPO, he was the chair of the board’s program liaison committee and helped develop the orchestra’s five-year recovery plan.

Currently, Mr. Kolesar is the president and board chair of the Calgary Seniors Resource Society, which is dedicated to providing services to seniors to allow them to remain at home without being isolated and vulnerable.

Robert Senko

Robert Senko

Director, Regulatory Economics and Policy
AltaLink

Robert Senko is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 35 years of electric utility industry experience in the areas of regulatory, business development, accounting, customer service, communications, stakeholder relations, and business planning, all with electric utilities in Alberta, B.C., and the N.W.T.

David Layzell

David Layzell

Director, Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research Initiative
University of Calgary

David Layzell works with innovative industry, governments and other academics to identify and deploy credible, compelling transition pathways that are capable of transforming Canada to a vibrant, low-carbon economy.

His research program uses analytical and modeling tools to explore how existing or new technology, business model, policy or social innovations could transform or disrupt the systems that Canadians use for societal provisioning. Based on this work and through engagement with key stakeholders, he identifies strategies to direct the disruptive forces to achieve societal goals, including, but not limited to, climate change mitigation. This approach has led to the launch of the Transition Accelerator, a pan-Canadian initiative that is currently focused on directing disruptive forces impacting the personal and freight transportation sectors.

Before launching CESAR in 2013, Layzell was Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE), at the University of Calgary (2008-12), and the Executive Director of BIOCAP Canada, a research foundation focused on biological solutions to climate change (1998-2008). As a Professor at Queen’s University between 1981 and 2008, he also founded a scientific instrumentation company called Qubit Systems Inc. and was elected ‘Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada’ (FRSC) for his research contributions.

Shanelle Sinclair

Shanelle Sinclair

Manger, Regulatory and Policy
Heartland Generation Ltd

As Manager Regulatory and Policy at Heartland Generation Ltd. (Heartland), Shanelle Sinclair is responsible for implementing Heartland’s strategic vision for the Alberta wholesale electricity market and managing Heartland’s portfolio of regulatory applications.

Shanelle has considerable experience in competition law relating to electricity markets, compliance, and the regulatory aspects of project development. Prior to joining Heartland, Shanelle was legal counsel at both the Alberta Utilities Commission and the Market Surveillance Administrator. Shanelle has acted as counsel in numerous hearings as well as on electricity matters before the Alberta Court of Appeal. Shanelle holds an B.A. and J.D. from the University of Calgary.

Gordon Kaiser

Gordon Kaiser

CEO
Market Surveillance Administrator (MSA)

Gordon Kaiser is a Arbitrator and Mediator practicing in Toronto and Calgary. His practice involves domestic and international disputes in energy, regulation and technology. He served as Vice Chairman of the Ontario Energy Board for six years. Prior to that he was a partner in the Gowlings law firm for 25 years where he appeared in the courts of five provinces as well as the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mr. Kaiser has advised both regulators and utilities. The regulators include the Ontario Energy Board, the Alberta Utilities Commission, the Commissioner of Competition, the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator, The Attourney General of Canada, the Competition Tribunal, the commissioner of patents, the Ontario Telephone Commission and the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission. He is currently the Market Surveillance Administrator for the province of Alberta.

Mr. Kaiser has mediated settlements in energy and technology, including disputes on multi-year rate plans between public utilities and their major customers and long term contracts for the pricing of gas, electricity and wireless data. He has advised the Alberta’s Utility Commission and the Ontario IESO on settlements under the Market Rules and the Attorney General Canada on settlements under the Competition Act. He acted for the Commissioner of Competition in the Petroleum Products Inquiry as well as in telecommunication proceedings throughout Canada.

Mr. Kaiser has arbitrated disputes dealing with the construction of transmission and pipeline facilities, power purchase agreements, gas supply contracts, the construction of power plants and wind and solar interconnection. He is a member of the ICC Canadian arbitration panel in Ottawa and the London Court of International Arbitration.

Mr. Kaiser has served as a Adjunct Professor in Competition Law at Queens University, the University of Toronto and the Osgoode Hall Law School. He is Co-Chair of the Canadian Energy Law Forum and a Managing Editor of the Energy Regulation Quarterly. He is recognized as one of Canada’s leading Arbitrators by Chambers Global. Mr. Kaiser is a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. He is president of the Canadian Chapter of The Energy Bar Association.

He is the author of, Competition Law in Canada, Energy Law and Policy, Corporate Crime and Civil Liability and The Guide to Energy Arbitration. He has served on a number of corporate boards including subsidiaries of Bell Canada and AltaLink, Alberta’s largest electricity transmitter. He currently serves on two non profit boards – the St. Elizabeth Foundation, a nationwide healthcare provider and the Cleantech Division of the Mars Discovery District at the University of Toronto.

Darlene J. Phillips

Darlene J. Phillips

Senior Director, Operations Engineering Support
PJM Interconnection

Ms. Phillips previously served as senior director, Strategic Policy and External Affairs, leading State Government Policy regulatory and legislative efforts and driving strategic communication efforts on key industry matters.

Prior to joining PJM, Ms. Phillips was a member of the senior leadership team in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. External Affairs division focusing on supporting engagement efforts with the regions’ regulatory and stakeholder community. Leading the Issues Management, Corporate Communications and External Training Departments, Ms. Phillips was responsible for synthesizing MISO’s complex business functions and strategies for decision makers, driving media and other outreach strategies and leading external education efforts. During her eleven-year MISO career, Ms. Phillips also held leadership roles in the Operations, Information Technology and Business Services divisions.

Prior to joining MISO, Ms. Phillips spent time as a member of the management teams for both Arthur Anderson and Bearing Point, overseeing numerous projects in both organizations’ National Energy Practice Groups working on key projects for MISO start-up activities; New York Independent System Operator, ERCOT and many energy related projects.

Ms. Phillips began her career in the energy industry as a control room engineer for Michigan Electric Power Coordination Center in Ann Arbor.

Ms. Phillips, holds a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis (cum laude); a Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Ms. Phillips is a licensed attorney in the state of Indiana and is a member of the Energy Bar Association.