2023 Conference agenda

March 29

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Registration and Coffee

8:45 am - 9:00 am

Welcoming Remarks

9:00 am - 9:20 am

Day One - Opening Keynote Address


Sarah Marshall, Vice President, Sustainability, Nova Chemicals

9:20 am - 10:20 am

Session 1 - Strategies for Developing Canada's Petrochemical & Downstream Capacities


Moderator: Lynette Tremblay, Chief Operating Officer, Invest Alberta


Panel Members:

Geoff Bury, President & CEO, Northern Petrochemicals

10:20 am - 10:50 am

Networking Break and Exhibition

10:50 am - 11:50 am

Session 2 - Driving Sustainability & Emissions Reduction with Digitization


Moderator: Glenn Cherepak, VP, Process & Infrastructure, Spartan Controls


Panel Members: 

Ashley Marr, Vice President, Optimization & Innovation, Inter Pipeline

Kevin Wilkie, Climate Solutions Leader, Nova Chemicals 


11:50 am - 12:00 pm

Networking Break

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Keynote Luncheon


North West Refining is a private, Alberta-based company. In 2004 it was founded under the name, North West Upgrading, by a group of Albertans who shared a vision to create value-added products from bitumen in an environmentally sustainable manner.


After a decade of having to explain that North West Upgrading was building a refinery that produces high value finished products, and not an upgrader that makes bitumen into synthetic crude, the name of the company was changed to North West Refining in 2016.


North West Refining’s mission is to build a profitable bitumen refinery that makes refined products that set the world standard for low CO2 content and achieves the highest goals for sustainability wherever possible.


North West Refining was a 50 per cent owner in the North West Redwater Partnership. In July 2021, our interest in the Sturgeon Refinery was sold but we continue to support their mission.  Canadian Natural Upgrading Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Natural Resources Limited, still owns 50 per cent of the Partnership.


The Partnership built and operates the Sturgeon Refinery, the first greenfield refinery to be built in Canada since 1984. It is also the world’s first refinery designed to capture CO2 process emissions from the outset.


Ian MacGregor, Founder, North West Refining Inc.

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Networking Break

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Session 3 -  Decarbonizing Petrochemicals: The Role of SMR's, Hydrogen and CCS in Canada's Downstream Sector


Moderator: Rob Medley, Vice President, Mining and New Energy, Kiewit


Panel Members:

Marcy Sanderson, Vice President, Industrial Applications, X-Energy Canada

James Millar, President and CEO, International CCS Knowledge Centre

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Networking Break

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Session 4 -  Planning and Implementing Strategies to Achieve Net Zero Targets




Panel Members:

Claudia Leon, Head of Business & Market Development, BASF

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm

Day One - Closing Keynote Speaker - A PetroChemical Feedstock Supply Outlook


Jordan Woloschuk, Principal Research Analyst, S&P Global Commodity Insights

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Cocktail Reception with Exhibitors

March 30

8:00 am - 8:45 am

 Registration and Coffee

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Day Two - Opening Keynote Presentation - Alberta's Heartland 101


David MacLean, Director, External Relations

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Session 5 - Expanding and Enhancing The Circular Economy


presented by Alberta Plastics Recycling Association

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Networking Break and Exhibition

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Session 6:

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Networking Break

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Keynote Luncheon: Politics and PetroChemicals




Mat Steppan has eight years experience as a Chief of Staff for eight Cabinet Ministers in eight departments with the Government of Alberta. Most recently, Mat was the Executive Director of the United Conservative Caucus under Premier Jason Kenney. Meanwhile Keith served as a Chief of Staff to several ministers in the former Rachel Notley government. Throughout his time in Alberta politics, Keith has worked closely and effectively with political officials in all three levels of government, and helped lead many strategic initiatives related to municipal governance, consumer protection and local election reforms in Alberta. Keith and Mat will share their perspectives on politics and the petrochemical industry, how and why political decisions are made, and what happens behind the curtains in government. We'll also tackle the Jest Transition and its potential impact on the downstream industry. 


moderator: Melissa Caouette, Principal, MC Consulting



Mat Steppan, Senior Strategy Advisor, Prairie Sky Strategy

Keith McLaughlin, Partner, New West Public Affairs

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Dessert and Networking - Exhibition Floor