Speakers - Message from the Chairs


atrick Smyth

Patrick Smyth
Chair, IPC 2018
VP Performance, CEPA

W.R. (Bill) Byrd

W.R. (Bill) Byrd
Vice-Chair, IPC 2018
President, RCP Inc.

On behalf of the International Pipeline Conference (IPC) Organizing Committee, we are excited to invite you to join us at IPC 2018 on September 24 – 28, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

As the premier technical conference focused on pipeline systems for over 20 years, this conference provides delegates the opportunity to learn about the latest technical research that drives innovation and change in the pipeline industry around the world, as well as unparalleled networking opportunities. IPC 2018 features over 300 technical papers, a poster session, interactive fireside chats, and over 15 tutorials led by experts in their field.

Additionally, this year includes a special Public Engagement and Acceptance track, offering industry representatives from additional perspectives including public relations, communications, and stakeholder relations the opportunity to participate at IPC 2018. The concurrent International Pipeline Exhibition features products and services from more than 230 companies in an exhibit area of more than 4,400 square meters (47,000 square feet). 

This year’s theme is Building the Future Now and includes continued collaboration with young pipeline professionals through a partnership with Young Pipeliners International. Keynote speakers include Cynthia Hansen (Executive Vice President, Utilities and Power Operations, Enbridge Inc.), Calvin Helin (Chairman and President, Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings), Peter Tertzakian (Executive Director, ARC Energy Research Institute), Alan Murray (former Chief Engineer and Chief Safety Officer, National Energy Board), and an executive panel with senior executives from the leading pipeline organizations.

This conference typically sells-out and frequently cannot accept walk-in registrations. With special early-bird pricing in place until September 3, 2018, we encourage you to act now to reserve your place at IPC 2018 and secure preferred hotel accommodations.

The continued success of IPC requires the coordinated and dedicated efforts of several stakeholders and we wish to thank them for their support of this year’s conference:

  • Industry leaders’ commitment to fostering technical advancements and supporting their employees who participate in the various committees that make the conference possible, and supporting continued development of the pipeline industry by sending their employees and executives;
  • regulators who engage with IPC and reinforce a commitment to continuous improvement of pipeline safety;
  • professionals who actively create and present content for this conference;
  • delegates who travel from around the world to participate with their peers; and
  • the IPC corporate sponsorship partners, who have demonstrated their commitment with a record-setting participation.

Thank you to everyone for your commitment to building on the success of previous conferences to ensure that IPC 2018 offers the unparalleled learning, networking and knowledge-sharing experience that delegates have come to expect during this biennial event. On behalf of the IPC Organizing Committee, we look forward to your participation at IPC 2018.