Oil and gas virtual conference 2020

Explore the key strategic and technical issues shaping oil and gas at this annual, industry-driven event for CPAs and financial professionals who work in Canadian energy.

Event Details

Location and date:
Online (English) November 19-20, 2020

Join Canada’s top industry thought leaders at this two-day virtual event that focuses on the most critical issues and opportunities facing the sector. Tune in online for an innovative and immersive learning experience.

Agility and resilience are essential as Canadian oil and gas navigates significant changes. That’s why this year’s theme, Building Resilience Through Uncertain Times, is woven throughout the 2020 agenda. Sessions will focus on timely industry topics – such as liquidity and the implications of financial reporting – as we move into recovery from the economic challenges of COVID-19.

Come learn about strategies to improve operations and support business diversification, as well as the latest updates on policy and compliance. You will also be able to grow your network and connect with peers and experts online through our dynamic virtual conference platform.

Note: Core programming for the conference takes place on day one, while day two is workshop-focused with different options in the morning and afternoon. See forthcoming agenda for more information.

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Additional options and pricing may be available. See pricing and registration for more details.

Day one, $249 | Workshops on day two, $199 each

Up to 12 CPD hour(s)
Pricing & registration

Who should attend?

  • chief financial officers and other senior financial executives
  • directors, managers and analysts of:
    • financial planning and analysis
    • budgets and forecast
    • business performance
    • finance
  • public accountants and other professional advisors
  • securities regulators, financial analysts and other financial statement users

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Session Descriptions

Keynote Address: Economic Update
Speaker: Derek Burleton, VP and Deputy Chief Economist, TD Bank

Perspectives on Corporate Strategy
Moderator: Narmin Vasanji, Partner, Advisory Services, KPMG
Ian MacGregor, President & Chairman, North West Refining
Wes Jickling, Chief Executive, Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance

Description coming shortly

From Corporate Social Responsibility to Investor Relations: The Evolution of ESG Reporting & Performance
Moderator: Marie-Josee Privyvk, Head of ESG Innovation and Customer Success, Novisto Inc.

Richard Manley, Managing Director, Head of Sustainable Investing, Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)
David Parham, Director of Research - Projects, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
Hans Luu, Manager, Climate Change & Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young
Cory Beliveau, Manager, Health Safety, Environment and Regulatory, ARC Resources Ltd

Session description coming shortly.

Marie-Josée Privyk ; Cory Beliveau

Networking lounge and virtual tradeshow
Enter the virtual lounge to network with other participants, visit sponsor booths, and play the scavenger game.

Financial Reporting and Regulatory Update for Public Organizations
Cheryl McGillivray, CFO and Chief Accountant, Alberta Securities Commission
Anne Marie Landry, Associate Chief Accountant, Alberta Securities Commission

This session will cover key accounting matters, MD&A, COVID impact from a regulator’s perspective and potential new regulatory policies.
Cheryl McGillivray

Restructuring to the new normal
Speakers to date: Neil A. Honess, Partner, KPMG Canada and Senior Vice-President, KPMG Inc.

Many businesses in Alberta are still reeling from five years of economic hardship; faced now with the COVID-19 crisis and the commodity price crash and a realization that a new normal is likely to be established, a different approach may be needed to steer safely forward. Simple steps like appropriate forecasting have to be married with more proactive practices including aggressive cash management, a fuller engagement with key stakeholders and a more flexible strategic view to ensure the best chance of future success. Many businesses simply aren’t equipped for this paradigm shift but without taking these – and other – steps, may become another victim of the ongoing economic crisis. We will discuss some key actions that should be considered to enhance a business’ chances of surviving and thriving in this new normal.
Neil Honess

Current topics in financial reporting for private companies
● Scott Bandura, Partner, National and Global Accounting Consulting Services, PwC
● Celeste Murphy, Associate Partner, National and Global Accounting Consulting Services, PwC
● Deanna Louth, Director, Accounting & COnsulting Services, PwC

This session will focus on COVID-19 related accounting implications and future developments for ASPE and IFRS relevant to private companies.

Scott Bandura ; Celeste Murphy ; Deanna Louth

How we enabled our finance teams to act as a business partner through lean process design
Speakers being confirmed

AltaGas will share how the organization was able to break down the silos within our different sub-business units to create new and/or optimize existing processes, as well as develop an environment that would continually unlock the productivity of front line workers to create high performing teams. Case study topics will focus on AltaGas’ creative solution to enterprise planning using existing technology assets, as well as process design and discovery to best integrate and operationalize a new export terminal.

Closing Keynote: Adapting to an effective remote work environment
Moderator: David Whiteley, Partner, PwC
Bruce Webster, VP & Chief Audit Executive, Enbridge
Rebecca Shields, CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association, York and South Simcoe
Eric von Engelbrechten, Vice President and Controller, AltaGas

Undoubtedly, this year has brought many changes to how and where we work. In this session, we discuss various facets and best practices associated with effectively adapting to remote work environment. Hear from leaders in the industry on how they continue to navigate critical issues such as; the importance of mental health & wellness, internal controls that safeguard corporate assets and preparing for the fiscal year-end and the audit.

Virtual Platform opens

How to quantify and demonstrate non-financial value to investors Followed up for updates on speakers
Speakers to date:
Stephanie Prior, Partner and Senior Vice President, EY LLP

Join Stephanie Prior other experts as they discuss how you can identify and quantify the value of non-financial drivers within your business. Attendees will also get a better understanding of how to demonstrate the value of non-financial metrics to banks and investors in order to monetize the value of the non-financial metrics in transactions.

The practicalities of reporting climate risk and beyond in the oil and gas sector
Speaker: Elizabeth Logan, Senior Manager, Climate Change, Environment and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young

Throughout the workshop, you will be able to develop a deeper understanding of the TCFD recommendations and how they fit into the ESG reporting landscape. Understand the important role accountants play in identifying and reporting on areas affected by climate and ESG risks and opportunities. Through interactive examples, you will gain clarity on both identifying and reporting on material ESG and climate-related issues for your organization. Plus, learn how the TCFD framework can complement your organization’s current reporting model with hands-on exercises. Build skills to help you leverage these frameworks as a tool to better manage ESG issues and communicate performance to stakeholders.
Elizabeth Logan

Navigating valuation, structuring and transaction strategy in a competitive M&A auction
John Jazwinsky, Exemplum

When an acquisition opportunity arises, how do you outshine fellow bidders and seal the deal?

Using a transaction framework, this workshop highlights the importance of determining the right value parameters, transaction structure and overall bid strategy.

This workshop will assist you in formulating an optimal expression of interest that is positioned for success.

Lean process design to maximize productivity
Learn how to use lean process design to build high-performing finance teams and maximize productivity, thinking beyond technology. Presenters will share methodologies and training that was central to achieving success in creating high performing teams as outlined in AltaGas’ case study. The workshop will focus on understanding the end-to-end value chain of processes, identifying and removing different process wastes, and empowering Finance Professionals to act as better business partners.

We will strive to answer the following questions during the session:
? What is an end to end value chain and where does finance participate?
? How do leaders determine if their teams who contribute to this value chain are operating efficiently?
? Are all the activities that are currently performed value-add? How do I identify non- value add activities?
? How can finance leverage existing processes and technology assets within the company to deliver lean process?
? Where does technology fit, and when does it make sense to tackle a new implementation?

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