Program - Fireside Chats


For 2018 the IPC has initiated three topical “fireside chats”. These informative yet informal talks are designed with audience participation and learning in mind.

The topics to be addressed are:

  1. The Future of Energy
  2. Understanding the human and organizational factors that contribute to incidents
  3. The End of the Pipeline Lifecycle

Please find full descriptions and moderator and speaker bios below.

1. The Future of Energy, Tuesday, September 25, 3:30 – 5:00pm

Session Description

By 2050, global energy demand is projected to double, spurred on by population growth that will exceed nine billion people on the planet.  The future of energy will depend on the interplay of a number of factors including technological advances, government policy, energy cost reductions, increased efficiency and transitions to renewable energy sources.  What will characterize our energy future?  What will be the roles of the industry, the consumers, and the government?  Fossil fuels are a human source of greenhouse gas emissions, but wind, solar, and nuclear energy have their own challenges.  Whereas ‘green’ energy appears to move towards decentralization with digital energy management systems, fossil fuel energy is relying heavily on global transport and distribution of gas and oil products, thereby affected by world events and worldwide stakeholders.  Will it be possible to integrate the various energy sources towards a combination of solutions, obtaining a recognition and acceptance for the current need of fossil fuels and, thereby, a social license to operate?

Session Moderator: Danielle Smith, Radio Host NewsTalk770
Tim Pickering, Auspice Capital Advisors
Cody Battershill, Canada Action
Keith Brooks, Environmental Defense


2.  Understanding the human and organizational factors that contribute to incidents, Thursday, September 27, 10:30 – 12:00pm

Session Description

An awareness of the role of human and organizational factors in the origin of incidents is not new and these factors are being implemented to some degree in current incident investigation processes.  Nonetheless, it continues to be a challenge to successfully identify human and organizational factors and implement recommendations and safeguards.  A discussion of these challenges are presented, the role of safety culture, and comparisons of contributing human and organizational factors between pipeline incidents and other industry incidents.

Session Moderator: Jake Abes, Det Norske Veritas (Canada)
Kathy Fox, Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Jan Hayes, RMIT University, Australia
Alan Mayberry, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)


3.  The End of the Pipeline Lifecycle, Thursday, September, 3:30 – 5:00pm

Session Description

The End of the Pipeline Lifecycle fireside chat takes a significantly different approach to the more common abandonment dialogue. Mike Sullivan from the Canadian Common Ground Alliance and Alberta One-Call Corporation leads this blue-sky discussion on the value of pipelines and rights of way as assets after their useful life transporting hydrocarbons has ended.  Paul Anderson, with Anderson and Associates, and Russell Wintersgill, with Stratocom Solutions, and recently retired from AltaGas Utilities, join Mike as they consider what the future might look like.

Session Moderator: Mike Sullivan, Alberta One-Call Corporation
Russell Wintersgill, Stratocom Solutions
Paul Anderson, Anderson & Associates