Gala Night Keynote:

Mark Taylor

Executive Vice President, Operations, Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)

Topic: Impact of Climate Leadership Plan regulations for Supply Chain Management.

The Government of Alberta announced the Climate Leadership Plan. One component of this plan is a commitment to reduce methane emissions Discussions on existing methane ‘landscape’, the guiding principles of the AER’s regulatory development, sustainability and touch on specific impacts these regulations may have on SCMA members.

About the Speaker: 

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is executive vice president of the Operations Division at the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). Prior to this Mr. Taylor was senior vice president of Climate Policy Assurance/Closure & Liability.

Mr. Taylor graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in Mechanical Engineering and has worked in field and office roles for various companies throughout his career. Those companies include Amoco/BP, Alberta Energy Company (AEC)/Encana, Sinopec Daylight, and Mosaic Energy. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Taylor has led teams responsible for developing unconventional oil and gas assets in western Canada. These assets include the Horseshoe Canyon coalbed methane, Horn River shale, Montney gas, and Cardium oil.

Mr. Taylor has served on the board of directors for the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources and as the chair of both the stakeholder engagement committee and the regulatory committee with this organization. Mark has been engaged firsthand with stakeholders in developing strategies that allow for the appropriate and continued development of western Canada’s resource plays.


Saturday Morning Keynote Panel:

The morning panel consists of the Construction Owners Association of Alberta, Resource Industry Suppliers Association, Cortex Business Solutions, JWN Energy Group and the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. This panel will focus on Energy, Construction, Supplier relationships and Supply Chain Evolution & Block Chain Technology.


Saturday Morning Key note Neil Shelly Executive Director COAA

Neil Shelly, Executive Director, Construction Owners Association Alberta

Neil, born and raised in Grande Prairie Alberta, graduated from the University of Alberta with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He began his career with Esso Chemicals, and after leaving, he enjoyed a diverse career that included a position with Alberta Environment, the Alberta Forest Products Association and Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association. Neil joined the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) in the Fall of 2016 and has been actively involved in helping plan for the future of Alberta’s heavy industrial construction sector.   COAA is a member-driven organization representing companies involved in all aspects of the heavy industrial construction sector including owners, engineering firms, contractors and suppliers. COAA works diligently to seek out new and better ways to conduct business in this sector through the development and implementation of “Best Practices”.

Saturday Morning Key note Darren Shafer RISA

Darren Shafer, Entrepreneur, Innovator, Advisor, Resource Industry Suppliers Association

Having spent 25 years growing businesses across western Canada, Darren saw that we were doomed to repeat the lessons of the past. The processes and procedures that were put in place to support emerging trends no longer suit the needs of a maturing market. Design versus user experience share few synergies. "There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all." Through his efforts serving on the board at the Resource Industry Supplier’s Association (RISA) and participating in the Collaboration Working Group on Go Productivity’s PAAD Initiative; he is helping to shape the future relationship between suppliers and their clients.

Saturday Morning Key note Wendy Ell JWN Energy Group

Wendy Ell, Director, Strategic Partnerships, JWN Energy Group

Wendy Ell is the Director of Corporate Partnerships at JWN Energy and holds over 25 years experience as a business strategist. She has developed business plans and coordinated special alliances for more than 100 corporations and businesses,specifically in the sectors of oil/gas, agriculture, food/beverage, consumer products, professional services and advanced technology. Wendy wears many hats at JWN Energy but for the most part is responsible for developing projects that pull together the company’s editorial, marketing, event, research and advisory teams all for the purposes of addressing key industry challenges. She stands out in her abilities to develop functional alliances and create truly constructive and insightful programs. She has a keen interest in helping to improve business process and accelerate the adoption of much-needed technologies. Her programs support and navigate companies through change management activities and staged movement toward such challenges as decarbonization, export enablement and supply chain excellence. Her fondest memories come from the real “game-changing” programs that have proven to help companies embrace opportunities and break through the prevailing challenges of growth and communication. Clients have included Cenovus, Suncor, Frito Lay, Bayer, Siemens, Dow AgroSciences, General Electric, IBM, Grant Thornton, Deloitte and Schneider Electric among others. To Wendy, the added beauty of working with these large clients is the ability to also work with the smaller companies that feed into their supply chains; helping them to demonstrate leadership and offer counsel where it’s needed most.

Saturday Morning Key note Pat Campbell Executive Director CSCSC

Pat Campbell, Executive Director, Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council

Pat Campbell is a subject matter expert in organizational development, change management and stakeholder engagement. Over the span of her career, Pat has been successful in leading public/private project initiatives in the automotive, aerospace, supply chain and logistics, plastics, electricity and renewable energy sectors. She understands the challenges and value of bringing experts with diverse perspectives together, and the unique challenges that industry groups and other stakeholders face in today’s dynamic business and political environments. Pat recently accepted the position of Executive Director with the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council where her partnership development skills will deliver on the next phase of the Council’s evolution. Pat has a Masters Degree in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University. She is a graduate from the International Development Studies program at Trent University and Bachelor of Science program at the University of Guelph. Pat also holds certificates in Human Resources Management in addition to other various leadership, professional and personal development programs. Outside of her professional life, Pat is passionate about sharing her time and energy advocating for safe environments for women and children


Saturday Morning Key note Elena Dumitrascu VP Strategic partnerships Cortex business solutionsElena Dumitrascu, VP Strategic Partnerships, Cortex Business Solutions 

Elena Dumitrascu is the Vice President of Strategic Partnership at Cortex Business Solutions, where she is responsible for developing and securing strategic partnerships with companies and industry associations that complement and enable the sale of the Cortex platform. Previously, she co-founded Caledonia Solutions, an Oil and Gas software company which transformed the hazardous goods transportation industry. Elena has fifteen years’ experience in sales, enterprise business development, and consulting across supply chain, operations, and regulatory compliance. Elena is a member of A100, is an executive advisor with Innovate Calgary and has a seat on the Petroleum Industry Data Exchange standards committee.


Saturday Afternoon Keynote Panel:

The afternoon panel consists of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, City of Red Deer (Economic Development), Calgary Economic Development Corporation, GoProductivity and Chief Economist from the City of Edmonton. This panel will focus on the economic development, collaboration, productivity and the impacts of disruptive technology in Alberta.


Saturday Afternoon Key note Brian Dumsday Manager Trade and Investment EEDCBrian Dumsday, Manager Trade & Investment, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

As Manager Trade & Investment Team with Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), Brian’s specific focus is to assist local businesses to expand beyond the Edmonton Metro Region through International Trade and to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) that will contribute to the growth of existing businesses in the Region. Prior to joining EEDC, Brian spent over 30 years as a management consultant focused on supply chain and logistics management as well as helping businesses in a wide range of industries improve their operational efficiency and effectiveness. Over the past five years, Brian has instructed for the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA), Alberta Chapter. Prior to that, Brian spent five years as a part-time instructor at MacEwan University in their International Business and Supply Chain Management program.

Saturday Afternoon Keynote David Ghoris Economic Development Officer City of Red DeerDavid Ghoris, Economic Development Officer, City of Red Deer

In this role David is responsible for business attraction, as well as building the reputation of Red Deer as a world class city to live and work. David is the advocate for businesses across a range of sectors in the City of Red Deer and is tasked with finding creative and innovative ways to diversify the economy. David has also devised the economic development strategy for the Canada Winter Games taking place in Red Deer in 2019 as well as working on a brand and marketing strategy for the City’s economic development. Previously, David was the Head of Content for dmg :: events, and was primarily responsible for driving cutting edge and innovative content with C-Level Executives and key government figures throughout the event portfolio, as well as leading the conference teams growth into Latin America.

Saturday Afternoon Keynote Alex Wihak City of Calgary Real Estate SalesAlex Wihak, Sales Agent, Real Estate & Development Services, City of Calgary

Alex Wihak is a Sales Agent with The City of Calgary’s Real Estate & Development Services business unit. With over 10 years experience in marketing and sales, Alex is passionate about commercial real estate and worked for two large, international commercial real estate services firms before joining The City. Over the years, he has participated in more than 100 transactions totaling $110 million in sales and leasing value.

The City of Calgary has been developing industrial and business parks for more than 50 years to underpin the city's economic prosperity. Alex is committed to working closely with businesses to help them find the location that meets the needs of their operations while ensuring their real estate investment is smooth and timely.

Saturday Afternoon Keynote Ken Chapman Go ProductivityKen Chapman, Executive-in-Residence, Go Productivity

Ken Chapman is the former Executive Director of Northern Initiatives for Edmonton Economic Development Corporation and the past Executive Director of the Oil Sands Developers Group. Ken still works with the oil sands industry on socioeconomic issues in collaborations with a wide range of regionally based stakeholders on an integrated triple bottom line approach to progress. Ken’s goal is to improve the well-being of the people, communities and enterprises in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region through collaborations based on shared value and shared values while focusing on improving the capacity of the regional workforce and increasing participation of aboriginal peoples in realizing benefits of responsible sustainable oil sands development.Ken has joined the GO Productivity team as an Executive-in-Residence, helping the company grow and optimize, as well as the mid-sized progressive Canadian companies who want to be more profitable, productive and resilient. Ken’s area of focus is on the supply chain in construction, manufacturing, and energy sectors… and beyond.

Saturday Afternoon Key note John Rose High Res 1851John Rose, Chief Economist, City of Edmonton

John is a seasoned economist with over 30 years’ experience in economic analysis, forecasting and consulting to private and public sector organizations. Before joining the City of Edmonton in 2010 he was Director of Economics with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto. Prior to this he held various positions with IHS Global Insight, Deloitte & Touche and Standard & Poor’s. John also served with the Canadian Foreign Service in Europe and Asia where he focused on trade development and investment promotion. John appears regularly as an economic commentator on CBC radio and TV, Global TV, The Edmonton Journal and other various media outlets.
He is a member of the Canadian Association for Business Economics and the Economics Society of Northern Alberta where he serves on the Board. 
John holds a BA (Honours), Economics from the University of Waterloo and Masters, Economics from the University of Toronto.