Plenary Keynote

Cynthia Hansen
Executive Vice President, Utilities and Power Operations

Cynthia Hansen was appointed Executive Vice President, Utilities and Power Operations, on February 27, 2017. Cynthia is responsible for the overall leadership and operations of Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas, two of Canada’s largest natural gas utilities, as well as Enbridge Gas New Brunswick, Gazifère and St. Lawrence Gas. She also holds responsibility for the operations of Enbridge’s power generating assets, which currently include renewable energy investments in wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric, as well as waste heat recovery facilities and power transmission lines owned in whole or in part by Enbridge. Cynthia has more than 19 years of experience working in operational, financial and safety leadership roles within Enbridge including President, Enbridge Gas Distribution and Senior Vice President, Operations within Liquids Pipelines. Prior to joining Enbridge, she worked as a Principal for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Cynthia is a member of Calgary-based Enbridge Inc.’s Executive Leadership Team. Cynthia serves on the board of the Ontario Energy Association, Energy Council of Canada, and the University of Alberta School of Business Advisory Council. In the past, she has served on the boards of the Canadian Gas Association, the Canadian Energy Pipelines Association (CEPA), the Alberta Chamber of Resources, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and NorQuest College, among others. Cynthia was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 by the Women’s Executive Network and was recognized as a Canadian Business Leader by Catalyst Canada. Cynthia lives in Toronto with her husband.

Tuesday Luncheon Speaker

Calvin Helin
Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings, Ltd.
Chairman and President

Calvin Helin, a member of the Tsimshian Nation, comes from the community of Lax Kw’alaams on the Northwest coast of British Columbia, Canada. The son of a hereditary chief, Helin is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and best-selling author. For 2015 and 2016 Helinwas named one of Canada’s most powerful business people by Canadian Business Magazine and in 2017 was named by Vancouver Magazine in top fifty most powerful people in the city. His commercial endeavours include the Eagle Group of Companies, he is involved in major real estate developments, and is associate counsel with the law firm Stewart, Aulinger & Company. He is Chairman and President of Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings, Ltd., a First Nations-led company looking to build an energy corridor through northern B.C. and Alberta. He is former President of the Native Investment and Trade Association and held directorships on the Vancouver Board of Trade (where he chaired the newly formed Aboriginal Opportunities Committee), GeoScience BC, and the Canada–China Resource Development Foundation. In addition to numerous national and regional distinctions, he has received top “40 Under 40” awards for British Columbia and for Canada nationally. He has served as chairman for several past Aboriginal trade delegations to China and New Zealand, introducing an innovative business model to promote long-term benefits for indigenous people from natural resource development. He is also active in social media with over 1.7 million Twitter followers on his verified account. Mr. Helin has written several publications on law, Aboriginal business, and associated issues. He has developed an international reputation through his now seven times best-selling book, Dances with Dependency: Out of Poverty through Self-Reliance. His second book The Economic Dependency Trap: Breaking Free to Self-Reliance was recognized as a finalist in the 2011 U.S.A. Best Books awards and won the Gold Medal at the IPPY Awards (America’s 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards). His third book The Empowerment Mindset: Success through Self-Knowledge was released in 2012 and also received several awards. His title Dances with Spirits: Ancient Wisdom for a Modern World was released worldwide in May 2014 and has already won the Living Now Book Award silver medal in the area of social activism/charity. His new book Dances with Development: Making Good Money from Natural Resources will be released in 2018. As the result of his writing, Mr. Helin has an expanding international role as a popular public speaker and thought leader. His common sense message of self-reliance and self-responsibility are now being promoted on a global platform. Helin also serves as an ambassador for SOS Children’s Village B.C., a non-profit providing a safe foster care environment for the most vulnerable children, and is a member of the Advisory Council of the prestigious think tank, the MacDonald-Laurier Institute. As a fourth degree black belt he instructs at the Shudokan Karate and Education Society, a group he founded in 2002 that provides free martial arts lessons to disadvantaged inner-city children as a way of teaching them discipline, manners, self-respect, and other important life lessons. Mr. Helin is remarried, has three grown children, and a grandson, and two step children.

Thursday Luncheon Speaker

Peter Tertzakian
ARC Energy Research Institute
Executive Director

Peter is an economist, investment strategist, author and public speaker on issues vital to the future of energy. He has clocked over 30 years of experience in the business of energy, spanning all systems from oil and gas to renewables. Peter’s passion is studying how society evolves its energy use and applying the lessons of the past into today’s strategic business issues. His holistic knowledge of physics, innovation, finance and economics allows him to give audiences thought provoking advice on how to think about the pressing issues on the future of energy systems. An accomplished author, Peter’s two best-selling books, A Thousand Barrels a Second (McGraw-Hill, NY 2005) and The End of Energy Obesity (John Wiley & Sons, NY 2009) provide insight into the dynamic world of energy transitions through a thoughtful and highly readable examination of economic, environmental and geopolitical pressures. He has written over 600 weekly columns, current issues of which are distributed through various media channels. In 2015 Peter was seconded to the four-person Royalty Review Panel for the province of Alberta – the world’s 8th largest producer of oil and gas – where he led the redesign of the fiscal policy. In 2016 Peter was inducted into the Alberta Petroleum Hall of Fame. Peter has an undergraduate degree in Geophysics from the University of Alberta, a graduate degree in Econometrics from the University of Southampton UK, and a Master of Science in Management of Technology from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. In addition to his principal roles at the ARC Energy Research Institute and ARC Financial, he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary and has lectured at many leading universities and conferences around the world. Peter Tertzakian is the Executive Director of ARC Energy Research Institute.

Friday Luncheon Speaker

Alan Murray
Retired, Chief Engineer and Chief Safety Officer
National Energy Board

Dr Alan Murray is a former Chief Engineer and Chief Safety Officer at the National Energy Board. Previously, he was a senior manager with TransCanada,,a major Canadian pipeline operating company. His 45 years of work experience spans academe, research, regulation, third-party assessment, design and development in steam plant, pipelines and offshore structures. He has worked extensively in the areas of Pipeline Operations and System Integrity including developing Standards and Regulations. Alan was the founding chairman of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Pipeline Systems Division. He is a co-author of the ASME text books “Pipeline Design and Construction - A Practical Approach” and “Pipeline Integrity Assurance”, in addition to publishing over 70 papers most of which did not warrant chopping down a tree to provide the paper. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary Pipeline Engineering Centre where he has instructed on Pipeline topics in the M Eng program and has given training programs throughout the world. He holds a doctorate in Civil Engineering from the Queen’s University of Belfast and is a Fellow of the ASME.