Keynote Luncheon Overview

Please find below the lineup of Keynote speakers for our 2017 program. You do not need to be registered for the Convention to attend the luncheons; these are open to all individuals.

Keynote Tickets are only $50 per lunch with a reduced rate for students at $25 per ticket for the Wednesday Luncheon.

Monday, May 15, 2017

11:30am – 1:00pm, Hyatt Calgary

Mark LaCour and Jacob Corley

Mark LaCour    Jacob Corley

Pulling Ahead in the Midst of Change

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Includes a complimentary glass of wine

The Oil and Gas market is changing. What does this new world look like for the Oil and Gas industry? What do you need to do to remain competitive and how does your sales approach need to evolve to keep pace? What's going on with the digital land grab? Just like the old west, there is a land grab going on and you need to stake your claim before your competitors do. Join the hosts of “Oil and Gas This Week”, the #1 podcast in Oil and Gas as they break it down and give you the answers.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

11:30am – 1:00pm, Calgary Telus Convention Centre

Jürgen Kraus


The Geology of Beer

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Grab your complimentary beer and join us for this fun and informative luncheon!

Being safer than water, beer has been an important staple of health since the middle ages. For the producers, it has been recession proof as sales are inversely correlated to the oil price.

Two of the main historical factors of beer, water and natural refrigeration, are geological in that they rely on bedrock and faulting. Four anions are particularly responsible for a beer’s characteristic taste: Ca, Mg, Na, and K.

Two regional case studies are presented that link beer to large-scale geological processes: (1) Laurentia (USA) and (2) the former passive continental margin of Laurussia (northern Europe). A generalized beer system from source to trap is introduced in analogy to petroleum. Finally, the role of beer in hydraulic fracturing and other geological applications is discussed.

It is concluded that there are presently no Friday evening alternatives to beer.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

11:30am – 1:00pm, Calgary Telus Convention Centre

Tom Feuchtwanger

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
11:30am – 1:00pm

Tom Feuchtwanger

Chasing Adventure; Circumnavigating Africa Overland

Thomas Feuchtwanger and his wife Janet set off alone in 2005 in a Land Cruiser to drive 85,000 kilometers around the continent of Africa. What they witnessed, who they met and what they discovered on this incredible journey both shocked and awed them. For over 500 days, venturing off the beaten track, they travelled through the world’s second largest rainforest, crossed the Sahara, explored the African Rift Valley and witnessed savannas bursting with wildlife. They hiked the Virunga Volcanic Mountains in search of gorillas, camped alongside exploding lakes and experienced many diverse cultures, languages, customs and beliefs. They were welcomed into strangers homes and lives with unconditional generosity that they had never experienced before. There were exciting adventures, heart wrenching experiences and fascinating discoveries. This journey taught them to overcome their fears, to question their stereotypes and to work effectively as a team. It affected them deeply and changed them forever.

The presentation will give you new insights into the world’s second largest continent which has 54 countries, over a billion inhabitants, more than 2000 spoken languages, and a tumultuous history. You will be inspired to go and see it with your own eyes. Tom will also briefly describe the recent East African hydrocarbon discoveries and will share some of the current challenges associated with developing them.
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Conference at a Glance

Exhibit Hall – May 15 – 17
Conference – May 15 – 17
Core Conference – May 18 – 19
Core Meltdown – May 19

Calgary TELUS Convention Centre
North and South Buildings
120 8th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta


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