Pipeline Safety Forum 2015 – Speakers
Peter Watson, Chair/CEO - National Energy Board
Mr. Watson was designated as the Chair and CEO of the National Energy Board of Canada on 13 June 2014.
Mr. Watson has extensive senior executive leadership experience in energy, natural resources and environmental issues. He was Deputy Minister of the Alberta Executive Council, responsible for the administration of the Executive Council Office, Cabinet and committees, and also Head of the Alberta Public Service. Mr. Watson served as Deputy Minister, Alberta Department of Energy (2008-2011), Deputy Minister, Alberta Department of Environment (2005-2008), and Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Environment (2002-2005). Mr. Watson also served as a Regional Director, and held various engineering and management positions at Alberta Environment. He obtained his Civil Engineering degree from the University of Alberta.
Chris Seifert, Keynote Speaker
Chris is an advisor to senior executives on leadership, culture, and execution with Wilson Perumal & Company in Houston. He focuses on operational excellence and management systems and has led numerous operational excellence management system implementation programs for energy, manufacturing, and other industries.
Chris was an Operations Leader with Owens Corning, where he increased plant productivity by over 25% in just nine months. He also has hands on experience as a Plant Manager at Georgia Pacific where he led operational performance improvements across multiple facilities. Chris has an MBA from the University of Georgia following training in the US Navy Nuclear program.
My wife and I operate a 4000 acre third generation grains and oilseeds farm in the Round Hill area of Alberta, which is 50 miles southeast of Edmonton. Our home parcel has a number of pipelines and other utilities that cross it. Most of these have been accomplished with little issue, but there have been some challenges.
I was elected Vice president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture in February 2011. I have found the position very rewarding and it has given me an opportunity to meet agricultural producers from across Canada and around the world.
Paul Boissonneault is the Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator for the County of Brant in South Western Ontario. He has been a Fire Chief for nine years and was involved in the fire service in both career and volunteer capacities from firefighter to chief officer. Paul is currently the 1st Vice President for the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and has been on the executive for over 3 years. He is completing his final year of his Bachelor of Fire and Safety Studies at Justice Institute of British Columbia. He is also an Associate instructor for the Ontario Fire College for Incident Management and for Company Officer programs.
Dave Core is founding president of the Canadian Association of Energy and Pipeline Landowners Associations (CAEPLA).
Dave grew up on a family farm featuring one of Canada’s first cross country oil pipelines. After college he farmed fulltime.
A lifetime of living with the impositions of pipelines and power lines led Dave to question the ethics of expropriation and to cross the country talking to thousands of landowners.
Dave’s experience advocating for landowners has given him unique expertise on the relationship between industry and regulators, and their impact on landowners’ ability to steward family farms and the environment for future generations.
Jim Donihee, OMM, DI
Jim Donihee was appointed Chief Operating Officer of CEPA in January of 2013. Previous roles in the energy industry include: VP & Chief of Staff at Pengrowth, Chief Operating Officer at the National Energy Board, and VP Organizational Effectiveness at EnCana. Decorated by Canada’s Governor General for his proven leadership, Mr. Donihee, a retired Colonel from Canada’s Air Force has led and learned from extensive multinational operational experience in high-risk fighter operations having served as a NATO Commander of forces in Yugoslavia, NORAD Commander in the Arctic, the US and as Base Commander of CFB Cold Lake, Canada’s largest operational CF-18 fighter base.
Alex is a certified Management Systems auditor with 20 years of experience in management system design, implementation and auditing. Alex has assisted multiple top-tier organizations with their programs and supporting assurance processes to enable operational discipline and continual improvement.
Alex originally started his career working on systematic approaches to better manage EH&S risks and compliance. This quickly led to working with organizations on improving overall operational performance through management systems.
For the past 5 years Alex has worked exclusively on Operations Management Systems in the upstream and mid-stream sectors. In 2012 Alex founded SPAN Consulting and is currently engaged with clients implementing management systems and assurance programs to meet NEB OPR requirements.
Mark Fleming Ph.D
Mark is the CN Professor of Safety Culture and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Saint Mary's University. Mark is an applied psychologist with 20 years of experience in industrial health and safety management in high hazard industries including the offshore oil and gas, nuclear power, petrochemical, power generation and construction.
Mark’s research includes safety culture, safety motivation, safety leadership and rail safety. He advises many Canadian and international organisations (e.g. International Atomic Energy Agency) on safety culture. He is dedicated to developing practical and valid tools to assist organisations to prevent harm.
Brenda is Executive Director for Northeast Region Community Awareness Emergency Response (NRCAER), the mutual aid emergency response organization in what’s known as Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. NRCAER’s member industries and municipalities work together for Safe, Informed and Prepared Communities. She was raised in rural northern Alberta, is a graduate of MacEwan’s Public Relations program and U of A’s Human Resource Management program. Her career includes working with Alberta resource industries and municipal government. Brenda began her consultancy in 2003, assisting a range of clients, including environmental and industrial associations. She’s ‘mom’ to 14 year old daughter Jaime, and ‘human that opens the treat cupboard’ to Lola the dog.
Frédérick Jones has worked with the MRC of Argenteuil Land Use Planning division for nine years as a geographer, specializing in geographic information systems and acquiring land use planning experience, particularly in natural and anthropogenic stressors, water resources and agriculture. Mr. Jones implemented the MRC’s geographic information system, which serves its nine constituent municipalities, and is the senior manager of the territory’s mapping database. For the past three years, he has worked actively on the MRC’s pipeline files, compiling and analysing information used to support discussion and decision-making by the MRC’s elected officials.
Mayka Kennedy is the Chief Engineer at the BC Oil and Gas Commission and leads numerous technical divisions related to pipelines, facilities, drilling and production and reservoir engineering, as well as field engineering, technical investigations, asset retirement and reconciliation.
A professional engineer with over 16 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, Mayka is dedicated to enhancing organizational leadership, developing regulatory and strategic planning and ensuring safe, sound decisions are made regarding oil and gas operations. She is committed to sharing knowledge and experience at numerous levels, from international technical conferences to women in leadership events to intergovernmental and community consultations.
Brian is currently the Manager of Emergency Preparedness and Security for Spectra Energy Transmission. Primary responsibilities include development and implementation of emergency management and security management programs across all divisions. Also included is the operational responsibility for security and protection of all Western Canadian Transmission operational assets. Brian has an extensive background in security and emergency management gained in the oil, gas and forest industry. He is currently Vice Chair of the Technical Committee of Z246.1 Security Management for the Oil and Gas Industry Systems, and the Chair of the Technical Subcommittee of Z246.2 Emergency Preparedness and Response for the Oil and Gas Industry Systems. He resides in Fort St John with his wife near their two grown children and their families.
Keith Landra became the Chief Safety Officer of the National Energy Board in May 2015. Previously he was with the Canada - Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board in the positions of Director, Operations/Health, Safety & Environment, and Chief Safety Officer. Keith has spent twenty-eight years in upstream onshore and offshore oil and gas in the fields of safety, environmental protection, and engineering. Keith holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, and a Master of Science (Applied) degree in Occupational Health from McGill University.
Pierre Lemieux is First Vice-President (General) of the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA), a position to which he was elected in December 2007. He is a dairy, maple syrup and forestry producer in Cap-Saint-Ignace on the South Shore. He was elected President of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers in 1992, a position he held for 15 years.
In his current position as First Vice-President (General) of the UPA, Mr. Lemieux sits on various provincial and national committees and agencies, including the following:
- UPA - Gaz Métropolitain liaison committee
- UPA-affiliates committee - AccèsEst - TQM Pipeline (Cacouna file)
- UPA-affiliates committee - Ultramar pipeline project
- Hydro-Québec: UPA-Hydro-Québec liaison committee; committee on the interpretation of the HQ-UPA agreement on power lines
Chris Loewen was appointed Vice President of Operations in February, 2015. Mr. Loewen joined the NEB in 2009 as the Director of the Oil/NGL Team, and then was appointed as the Director of the Energy Trade Team; Corporate Performance Team; and, recently, Safety Management Team. He started his public service career in Gatineau, QC with (formerly) Indian and Northern Affairs Canada in 1995 where he worked as a Policy Advisor and Negotiator on several modern treaty and self-government agreement negotiations. Prior to joining the National Energy Board, he coordinated federal Crown consultation on the Mackenzie Gas Project.
Warden Bev MacDougall was first elected to Sarnia and Lambton County Councils in 2003. MacDougall served as Deputy Warden of Lambton County during 2013-14 and was elected as the 156th Warden of Lambton County for the 2015-16 term.
In her capacity as Warden, MacDougall serves on a number of boards including the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP), Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park, Tourism Sarnia-Lambton, and the Western Ontario Warden's Caucus. She also chairs Lambton's Creative County Committee, which awards grants to creative initiatives at the grass roots level, and sits on the Lambton County Regional Trails Committee as a Sarnia Council representative.
Warden MacDougall is a passionate community developer - at work in the not for profit sector as Executive Director of the Lochiel Kiwanis Community Centre - but stepping aside during her two year term as Warden.
Alan Murray is a former Chief Engineer and Chief Safety Officer at the National Energy Board. Previously he was a senior manager with a pipeline operating company. His forty five years of work experience spans research, regulation, third party assessment, design and development in steam plant, pipelines and offshore structures. He was the founding chairman of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Pipeline Systems Division and is the co-author of the ASME text books “Pipeline Design and Construction - A Practical Approach” and “Pipeline Integrity Assurance”. Alan is an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary Pipeline Engineering Centre. He holds a doctorate in Civil Engineering from the Queen’s University of Belfast.
Kori Patrick is the Senior Manager Risk Management for Enbridge Liquid Pipelines. Kori has spent 19 years in the Energy industry with a Mechanical Engineering degree and MBA from the University of Alberta. His early career in oil well servicing in operations and Engineering has provided him with experiences throughout Western Canada and continental Europe, including 3 years working in The Netherlands. Kori joined the pipeline industry almost 4 years ago where he leads a team of risk professionals and engineers that have improved public and environmental safety through enhanced risk processes and the valve placement program. His passion for adventure and the outdoors usually leads him and his family to the Rocky Mountains in his spare time.
Mayor of the Township of Gore for 11 years, Scott Pearce is the prefect of the regional county municipality of Argenteuil, gathering the interests of 9 local municipalities in Quebec. He serves on the board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) since 2009 and holds the position of vice-chairman of the committee on environmental issues and sustainable development. At the FCM level, he also participates in the Standing Committee Community Safety and Crime Prevention as well as the Rural Forum. Mr. Pearce is the representative of bilingual municipalities in Quebec on the board of directors of the Quebec Federation of Municipalities (FQM). Most recently, he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of Land, Agriculture and Environment of the FQM. Rural issues including the protection and sustainable management of waterways and natural resources are near to his heart.
Glenn Reierson is the Director of Corporate Security & Emergency Management for TransCanada Corporation. Mr. Reierson has ten years law enforcement experience, and twenty years of corporate security and risk management experience in the energy, transportation and manufacturing sectors. He is active in the security committees of the American Gas Association, and Interstate Natural Gas Association, as well as the American Petroleum Institute in the development of guidelines and standards. He is a Master’s of Science graduate of the University of Leicester, UK. He also studied and is on the governance board for Senior Leadership and Crisis Management programs through the International Security Management Association’s programs conducted by Northwestern University.
Tracey Scott is the Coordinator of the Operational Excellence Management System at Alliance Pipeline Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her primary area of responsibility is coordination and continuous improvement of performance measurement and management reviews of operational risk management processes related to construction, health and safety, environment, pipeline integrity, facilities maintenance, control room management and field operations.
Tracey is a member of the API committee responsible for the API Recommended Practice for Pipeline Safety Management Systems (API 1173). Tracey was a member of INGAA’s Integrity Management Continuous Improvement Task Force and is one of the authors of the INGAA white paper on management systems, “Building Confidence in Pipeline Safety: The Role of Management Systems in Achieving Industry Goal of Zero Incidents”.
Rob Sillner is Director, Conversion and New Pipeline Construction, for TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline Project. Previously, Mr. Sillner’s focus was the Keystone Pipeline System as the director of Project Services; he was accountable for Project Controls, Supply Chain and Operational Readiness. His responsibility extended to the successful commissioning and start-up of the original Keystone Pipeline System.
A Calgary native and University of Calgary graduate, Rob’s oil and gas experience has extended over 25 years beginning in the area of information systems. He began his career at TransCanada in 1994. Since that time, he has held a variety of leadership roles from joint venture operational management to business improvement initiatives.
Mark Stephens is the Senior Engineering Consultant in C-FER’s Pipelines and Structures Division. He has over 30 years of experience in advanced structural analysis, large-scale testing, and engineering system risk and reliability with an emphasis on pipelines. He has played a major role in analytical projects that have led to the development of methods and models for risk and reliability based design and assessment of pipelines and experimental projects that have formed the basis for current strain based design and assessment models. He has also been involved in the development of North American pipeline codes and standards in the areas risk assessment and limit states design.
Mike is the President of Alberta One-Call Corporation, Executive Director of the Canadian Common Ground Alliance and Chair of the CSA Z247 Technical Committee that designed Canada's first damage prevention standard.
Mike's damage prevention career spans 25 years with the National Energy Board, Alliance Pipeline, RPS HMA Land Services and Alberta One-Call.
As Executive Director of the CCGA, Mike's mandate is to simplify access to One-Call and the damage prevention process, realize a One-Call system serving every province and territory, enable effective damage prevention legislation and harmonize damage prevention best practices across Canada.
Mark Taylor is the VP of Industry Operations at the Alberta Energy Regulator. Mark joined the AER in October, 2014 coincident with creation of the Industry Operations Branch. Mark has over 28 years of experience leading development projects and teams in the oil and gas industry with Amoco/BP, AEC/Encana, Sinopec, Mosaic and Tamarack. Mark has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has been a member of APEGA since 1988.
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