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The ConocoPhillips IRIS Seminar Series

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Held at least four times each year, the ConocoPhillips IRIS Seminar Series will facilitate the dissemination of leading sustainability endeavours from the governmental, academic, non-profit and industry view.

Upcoming seminar series

Seminar series to resume in Fall 2017

Past seminar series

Developing the Developed World: Lessons in sustainability from Ecuador

Canada is a key member of the developed world, and, like other countries that hold this distinction, often relates to less developed countries in a patriarchal way. However, Ecuador has a number of similar challenges in regards to sustainability as we do, including: aboriginal engagement, resource development and increasing environmental impacts from tourism.

Can Canada adopt sustainability practices from developing countries like Ecuador? 

This seminar will follow four recent graduates from the MSc. SEDV (Sustainable Energy Development) who undertook major projects in Ecuador and how they are bringing back those learnings to Canada.

In a fireside chat format, this ConocoPhillips IRIS seminar will cover:

  • A quick overview of the projects pursued in Ecuador;
  • The primary observations and learnings as a result of those projects and their results;
  • The parallels to Canada from those projects;
  • How the international context will be applied in a Canadian context.

About the speakers:

Jillian Haneiph has worked in the energy sector as a land and business development consultant over the past nine years. Jillian is a three-time alumnus of the University of Calgary with degrees in Petroleum Land Management and International Relations and a Masters degree in Sustainable Energy Development. Her passion for continuous learning can only be rivaled by her passion for creating sustainable development opportunities for the business and nonprofit organizations that she is involved with. She is best known for her ongoing work with local Caribbean community initiatives and is currently serving as the President of Trinidad and Tobago Canadian Association of Calgary. 

Connor Bedard is a current student of the SEDV graduate program at the University of Calgary. He completed his BA in Political Science at the University of Calgary in 2011. He is currently focusing his research on comparing the Galapagos Islands with the Town of Banff to identify best practices in sustainable tourism.

Jeffrey Coombes possesses over 10 years of experience in leadership development, collaborative coaching and business management. Jeffrey is also a two-time Alumni of the University of Calgary and the Haskayne School of Business. Along with a Masters in Sustainable Energy Development, Jeffrey also holds a Bachelor of Commerce.  While completing his Masters, Jeffrey worked with Dragos Energy Corporation to develop a theoretical economic assessment model for treating and reusing produced fluids from hydraulic fracturing operations in Alberta.

Cristina Vallejo moved from Ecuador to Canada in 2015 to obtain her Masters in Sustainable Energy Development at the University of Calgary. Her previous experience in international commerce brought an interest on the study of green businesses. Her research focuses on the social and environmental aspects of economic development from a worldwide point of view. She led the team of SEDV students in the Archidona project to analyze the supply of cacao produced by the indigenous community association WINAK in terms of sustainability, as well as teach a group of 80 high school students the main concepts of sustainable development and leadership.

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Canada's energy future: Delimiting Alberta’s potential for clean technologies

Trillions of dollars are being committed by world investors and governments in the next decade to decarbonize the energy sector, to navigate looming environmental constraints driven by the rising footprint of industrial development and to adapt Alberta’s agricultural systems and infrastructure to a changing climate.

Countries as diverse as China and Germany, and states as diverse as Texas and Colorado, are embracing clean technology – innovative technologies, products and service models that reduce environmental footprint – not solely for their environmental benefits but because they enhance competitiveness in incumbent industries and enable reindustrialization and growth of employment. 

While Alberta has several ingredients that could position it as a global hub for clean technology—including host industries, increasingly-progressive environmental policy and a diverse ecosystem—several obstacles need to be overcome. These include but are not limited to market readiness, technology readiness level, and federal and provincial policies. 

In a fireside chat format, this latest ConocoPhillips IRIS seminar will cover: 

  • A definition for CleanTech
  • Why Alberta should embrace CleanTech
  • The current status of the CleanTech sector in Alberta, including gaps
  • The role of government in growing a successful CleanTech industry
  • The role of other sectors in growing a successful CleanTech industry
  • The implications of a fully developed CleanTech industry for the energy future of Canada

Following the molecules: the importance of water in Canada’s future

Following the molecules: the importance of water in Canada’s future

The success of Canada as a nation is directly tied to water. It is linked to our economy, society, and environment, so its protection and proper management is critical. With the future of this resource being threatened, careful consideration and planning will be required to ensure its future sustainability.

This latest ConocoPhillips IRIS seminar will outline how vital water is to our nation, and the role that industries, regulators, and citizens play in ensuring its sustainability.

Learn about:

  • Where and how much water we have (including groundwater – the overlooked resource).
  • How we are using it, and the effects (positive and negative).
  • Threats to its sustainability, both internally and from outside our borders.
  • Mitigation strategies to ensure its protection and proper management.

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Disruptive Technology: Challenging the Status Quo to Stimulate Industry Growth

Disruptive Technology: Challenging the Status Quo to Stimulate Industry Growth

It's rather fitting that the phrase "disruptive technology" was coined in 1995; it seems that only in hindsight can one truly identify technology trends that have disrupted the status quo.  Disruptive technology typically applies to ideas that use innovative technologies to create new markets or services.  One wonders in every case if the team driving the idea forward knew how disruptive their product would eventually be.

Todd Parker and his team at Blue Spark Energy are well aware of the honours and stigmas of leading an innovation charge. "Successful developments are typically recognized in the rear-view mirror; working with others to help them see our work through their windshield is both exhilarating and exasperating - and sometimes those two at exactly the same time!"

At this latest ConocoPhillips IRIS seminar, Parker will look to disrupt existing stimulation and intervention markets with emerging technology.

About the speaker: 

Todd Parker is the CEO for Blue Spark Energy. Parker has more than 20 years hands-on experience in oilfield services. Prior to his current role, he was Canadian Vice President for Weatherford, held positions with Schlumberger, and was a multi-product line Regional Manager for Siemens Canada.

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Building the Business Case for Indigenous Inclusion

Building the Business Case for Indigenous Inclusion

For many organizations in resource development, engaging and consulting local Indigenous communities is a requirement of business, but how do you gain support for inclusion when no direct requirement exists for your organization? Why does inclusion matter? And how do you measure success of an inclusion strategy? 

This latest ConocoPhillips IRIS seminar will outline the business case for developing an Aboriginal relations strategy for an organization not directly involved in the Indigenous inclusion that stems from the duty to consult and accommodate. It will also explore lessons learned in developing and generating buy-in within an energy services provider with no established strategy and how to measure success when striving to improve inclusion.

About the speaker:

Bailey Quaite was formerly the Communications and Community Relations Supervisor for CEDA. As a 2015 Young Women in Energy Award Winner, Bailey is known for spearheading CEDA's Aboriginal Relations function from its infancy to leader in the energy services industry in just three years. Bailey has mobilized leaders, pioneered a mentoring program designed for the unique needs of Indigenous candidates and built a strategy that aims to build meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities and organizations through recruitment and procurement. Previously working in treaty negotiations for the BC Provincial Government’s Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Bailey brings a unique perspective to Indigenous inclusion in the energy sector of Alberta. 

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Transitioning from a non-profit to social enterprise

Light Up The World (LUTW), a Calgary-based non-profit and registered charity, has been deploying small-scale solar electric systems to families living far from the electrical grid since 1997.

LUTW’s approach since inception has been to subsidize the acquisition of solar electric systems in people’s homes to displace the use of kerosene and candles for lighting. Changes in LUTW’s operating environment however are putting this approach in question. The declining costs of solar, advancements in LED technology, and the rise of innovative financing mechanisms have transformed the off-grid lighting sector. New operating models are being tested and proven and the entire off-grid lighting sector is shifting from one that was charitable in focus with projects spearheaded by non-profits to one that is market motivated and dominated by social enterprises.

This latest ConocoPhillips IRIS seminar will look at the off-grid lighting sector, its emergence and LUTW’s ongoing transition from a non-profit to a social enterprise approach.

About the speaker:

Christoph Schultz, Executive Director with LUTW. LUTW’s mandate is to bring electricity to families in areas where the grid does not reach. LUTW does this through deploying off-grid solar electric systems and facilitating solar training and education programs globally. He holds a degree in Finance from the University of Calgary and a MSc. in Development Economics and Public Policy from the University of Manchester.

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Shared value and Collaboration

Collaboration is the way. Shared value is the destination.

Albertans are seeking to align our social and environmental development towards sustainability strategies that mirror our commercial agreements being established for energy, infrastructure, environmental and social development.

This latest ConocoPhillips IRIS seminar will outline how businesses can achieve shared value and competitive advantage through true collaboration.

The session offers insights, opportunities and challenges on:

  • Why collaborate and share?
  • What is shared value?
  • How do we collaborate?
  • Methods to creating shared value.

About the speakers:

Daniel Clarke founded CSV Midstream in 2013, the first Canadian midstream company focused primarily on creating shared value as the foundation for long-term sustainability in greenfield gas plant installations. Through his roots in north eastern British Columbia and over 20 years in engineering, operations and construction management, Daniel has sponsored and executed numerous projects in the oil and gas industry. His passion for community has lead him to continually push for progressive sustainable development in the energy sector.

David Savage is the founder of the Collaborative Global Initiative and author of Break Through to Yes: Unlocking the Possible with a Culture of Collaboration. He brings 40 years of business development, collaboration, negotiation, conflict management and stakeholder engagement expertise.

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Disruptive oil futures

What if oil companies’ biggest threat came not from dropping prices, but from disappearing demand?

As it confronts troubling fundamentals, the global oil industry is scrambling to shrink capital budgets in order to survive falling crude prices. Yet oil-industry strategists rarely notice that their most basic challenge is not lower prices, but weakening demand, as customers find powerful new ways to save or displace oil.

As the world begins to embrace a low-carbon future and the prospect of profitably getting off oil by 2050, what are the strategic implications—and opportunities—for oil companies and resource owners?

This latest ConocoPhillips IRIS seminar will outline :

  • Different trends facing oil and gas industry executives
  • Oil industry economics
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency

About the speaker:
Physicist Amory B. Lovins — ex-Oxford don, honorary U.S. architect, Swedish engineering academician—has written 530 papers and 31 books, taught at ten universities, redesigned numerous buildings, vehicles, and factories, and advised industry and governments for 40+ years in 65+ countries. A U.S. National Petroleum Council member, he advises the Chief of Naval Operations.

He received the “Alternative Nobel,” Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes; MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships; 12 honorary doctorates; and the Heinz, Lindbergh, National Design, and World Technology Awards. Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people; Foreign Policy, one of 100 top global thinkers.

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Economic reconciliation: for Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians

Economic reconciliation can be achieved through economic development infused with Aboriginal values of the oneness of humanity and shared prosperity, also known as ‘Namwayut.

Reconciliation Canada engages senior-level business and First Nations leaders to discuss together the current political, legal, and economic realities in this moment of reconciliation. They aim to deepen understanding in order to support economic reconciliation and the emergence of a new economic model.

This latest ConocoPhillips IRIS seminar will outline the process for economic reconciliation and shared prosperity for all Canadians through the lens of 'Namwayut.

Learn about:

  • 'Namwayut (the oneness of humanity)
  • Economic reconciliation
  • The role for corporations

About the speaker:

Karen Joseph is a proud member of the Kwakwaka’wakw people from the central coast of British Columbia. As co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Reconciliation Canada, Karen is catalyzing a social movement that revitalizes the relationships between Aboriginal Peoples and all Canadians.

Karen’s vision to engage a diversity of faith, cultures and backgrounds in open and honest dialogue is building meaningful relationships that honour our collective histories and diverse strengths as Canadians. Through her work, Karen is creating a new way forward in our personal and professional relationships that has the potential to change the soul of Canada.

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Generation mYsunderstood

By 2025, 75 per cent of the workforce will be Generation Y.

The average company tenure for a millennial is just over two years before heading elsewhere. How can organizations leverage and build institutional memory? How do we reduce the time, energy, and finances lost as the recruiting cycle becomes shorter? How can we encourage retention once they join our companies? 

This latest ConocoPhillips IRIS seminar will outline how to better attract, engage, and retain a highly misunderstood generation.

Learn about:

  • Attracting millennials
  • Engagement in the workplace
  • Workplace culture identification

About the speaker:

Eric Termuende is co-founder and director of Gen Y Inc., a culture consultancy focused on the future of work. Eric is also the Community Integration Chair for Global Shapers Calgary, a community that functions under the World Economic Forum. Eric sits on the Leadership Committee for the Canadian G20 YEA Delegation, and is a founding member of the Haskayne Alumni Advisory Council. A former University of Calgary SU Vice President, Class Ambassador (2014), and Ditchley Foundation attendee, Eric has spoken and written for the Conference Board of Canada and the Globe and Mail, respectively. Eric was recently named as Calgary’s youngest Game Changer by BRANDED Magazine and in early June 2015 he was recognized as one of the 2015 American Express Top 100 Emerging Innovators under 35 globally.

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The Energy Futures Lab: Addressing Alberta’s current and future energy challenges together

Alberta’s energy system is at the centre of the most complex, fragmented and divisive debates.

Initiated through the collaborative support of Suncor Energy, The Banff Centre, The Pembina Institute and The Natural Step, The Energy Futures Lab brings together innovators and influencers to collectively address current and future energy challenges in Alberta. It is also a platform for ongoing experimentation and innovation.

This latest ConocoPhillips IRIS seminar will outline the activities of The Energy Futures Lab and how they will tackle the divisive debates about Alberta’s energy future.

About the speaker:

Chad Park is the Executive Director and a founding member of The Natural Step Canada and the Director of The Energy Futures Lab. Prior to joining The Natural Step Canada in 2002, Park worked on sustainability and corporate social responsibility initiatives with Mountain Equipment Co-op, Vancity Credit Union, the Canadian Eco-Industrial Network, the Sustainability Asset Management Group, and the Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland. Park has also been honoured by Delta Management as one of the inaugural recipients of the Clean 50 award, recognizing Canadians who have shown exceptional leadership to advance sustainable development and clean capitalism.

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The Sustainability Paradox

Sustainability is one of the most used plastic words in the new lexicon to address environmental, social and fiscal issues. With so many interpretations of the word sustainability, clarification is often required to ensure that it is used in the proper context.

This latest ConocoPhillips IRIS seminar, featuring speaker Marcel G. Latouche, will outline and look at the suitability of three mainstream definitions: the Oxford definition’s suitability in the context of Aboriginal Stakeholders, the Brundtland Commission definition’s suitability in the context of Environmental protection and the Public Sector Accounting Board definition’s suitability in the context of economics.

Thursday September 17, 2015
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
RGO Room, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

About the speaker:

Marcel G. Latouche is the President & CEO of Institute for Public Sector Accountability as well as recently retired President and CEO of MLG Associates, Management Consultants & Trainers. He is a Fellow of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK) and received an MBA in International Business from the Manchester Business School. He has over 40 years of experience as a financial manager in both the private and public sectors. He is a former sessional lecturer at Mount Royal College, SAIT Polytechnic and Columbia College. An author, lecturer and consultant, he has worked in Europe, Asia and Africa delivering seminars and training executives in strategic planning.

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Is corporate social responsibility dead? Moving beyond zero harm towards positive impact

Is corporate social responsibility dead? Moving beyond zero harm towards positive impact

After seven years as a corporate social responsibility expert in the oil and gas industry, Leor Rotchild hit the eject button on his high flyer career to launch his own environmentally focused, social enterprise. Through that process, Rotchild came to see corporate social responsibility as an outdated model for minimizing social and environmental harm.

This latest ConocoPhillips IRIS seminar will discuss what Rotchild has learned through his industry and entrepreneurial experiences that outline the case for moving beyond a zero harm mandate towards embracing a positive impact approach. Using examples from across Canada, Rotchild will address the current major obstacles and provide solutions for companies and individuals to create an innovative culture that promotes wealth generation and addresses social and environmental challenges.

Learn about:

Corporate social responsibility
Understanding the zero harm model
Embracing a positive impact approach

About the speaker:

Leor Rotchild, is the founder of DIG (Do It Green), a zero-waste events management company providing environmental services to the Calgary Stampede and others. Rotchild has a passion for mainstreaming sustainability thinking. His diverse background includes NGO work and vast experience within two of Canada's major oil and gas companies. He recently travelled across the country to film a documentary with his wife Kate McKenzie highlighting positive news and inspiring Canadians.

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Toward sustainability: from vision to implementation, and now transition

In 1994, Ray Anderson felt challenged to incorporate a vision that included sustainability into interface Inc., a company that was extremely economically successful. Although lacking a formal business plan, his vision lead the company down a path of establishing a new corporate culture, innovative approaches to incorporating sustainable practices, and many lessons learned along the way.

Today, almost all large corporations include a sustainability based message but still struggle to fully incorporate a sustainable vision, culture and operation.

This latest ConocoPhillips IRIS seminar will outline how Interface went about setting forward a vision, implementing change, and learning along the way. The session will share topics from interface’s experienced background that include:

Company Culture, Supply Chain Stewardship and Innovation, Environmental Performance Measurements

About the speaker:

Nadine Gudz, Director, Sustainability Strategy with Interface, drives and develops sustainability leadership through education, community engagement and innovative market solutions.

She holds a degree in Environmental Sciences from the university of Guelph, a MSc. in Sustainability Planning from the University of British Columbia, and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree.

Prior to joining interface, Gudz was part of the Faculty of Environmental studies at York University and served as a research Fellow for the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability.

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Unpredictable oilfield sector? Hedge your bet with renewables

There is a myriad of variables to worry about in today’s fossil fuel industry; volatile commodity pricing, access to market issues, carbon pricing and social license to name a few. Predicting what will make up profitable energy projects in five, 10 or 30 years is becoming increasingly difficult.

What if the next great energy project is not a fossil fuel project at all?

This latest ConocoPhillips IRIS seminar will introduce two green energy solutions developed here in Calgary. Both solutions are capable of having a global impact that can enable moving the Canadian energy brand forward.

Learn about:

Alternatives to volatile commodity pricing
The global perspective on the carbon bubble and stranded assets
Opportunities for the next generation of energy projects
High temperature Geothermal Projects (Geopower) in Western Canada
Hydrokinetic energy opportunities in Canada and abroad
Fossil Fuel industry partnerships in renewable energy

About the speakers:

Craig Dunn, P. Geo, is a scientist, entrepreneur and energy fanatic. Dunn has a robust consulting background looking at geological applications for the oil and gas industry, as well as having worked on many of the early stage exploration programs from the Bakken in Saskatchewan to tight gas plays in British Columbia. Dunn is the Co-Founder and Chief Geologist of Borealis Geopower.

Glenn Hughes is the Chief Operating Office of Jupiter Hydro Inc., an organization that is focused on the global hydrokinetic market. Hughes’ objective is to facilitate growth of Jupiter Hydro’s domestic and global share of hydrokinetic energy while improving and leveraging the Canadian energy brand. With a mixed educational toolkit in aeronautical engineering and commerce, Hughes has broad experience developing strategic business systems in organizations.

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Preventing operational catastrophes in organizations

Every leader in an organization with hazardous operations strives to have adequate measures in place to prevent catastrophes.

Even with sophisticated risk management systems, technically competent staff and strong ethical practices, catastrophes still happen.

This latest ConocoPhillips IRIS seminar will outline research findings from a three year study that tracked what leaders in the areas of refining, pipelines, offshore drilling, high speed rail, nuclear power, IT, oil and gas production and industrial construction did to prevent catastrophes.

Learn about:

Barriers to preventive action, catastrophe fundamentals, the role of the regulator and a scorecard to assess your organization’s readiness to prevent catastrophe.

About the speaker:

George Campbell is president of Fall Line Systems Inc., an organization development consulting practice he has led for the past 28 years. Campbell leads seminars on facilitation skills, problem solving, decision making and preventing catastrophes. Previously, he was the emergency planning coordinator for Dome Petroleum’s arctic drilling operations and has supported many organizations in assessing operational risk.

Most recently, Campbell led the study on Preventing Catastrophe in Organizations, completed in 2014. His work has been published in The Encyclopedia of Leadership and RIM Magazine (June 2012).

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Implementing sustainable development in the energy sector

The concept of sustainable development has broad public appeal. One of the challenges associated with such a widely accepted concept is the interpretation of sustainable development can vary. Given the collective work advancing the concept of sustainable development over the past 25 years, practitioners are starting to understand:

the theoretical and practical considerations associated with the concept; and how to consistently use tools and strategies to move us towards sustainability.

This seminar will provide practitioners with a deeper understanding of sustainable development, identifying the underlying assumptions, strategies and tools associated with the three predominant sustainable development perspectives:

Solow Perspective, Daly Perspective, Sen Perspective

Join us for the latest ConocoPhillips IRIS Seminar as Michael Benson delimits these three perspectives and facilitates a discussion on the implications and challenges of applying them to Alberta’s energy sector.

About the speaker:

Michael Benson has 15 years of experience assessing and providing solutions to complex sustainable development (SD) challenges. He has worked with multiple Alberta based energy companies, NGOs, government departments, and Universities promoting sustainability within the energy sector. Internationally, Michael has experience working with diverse stakeholder groups from South America, North America and Europe, aiding them in applying the principles of SD to community-based projects. Most recently, Michael spent two years at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) in Sweden with a research focus on SD and Alberta’s energy sector.

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