General Information

The YPAC Pipeline Conference 2019 (September 26-27) is for everyone interested in developing and growing young pipeliners across Canada. This includes anyone who works within the pipeline space: academics, industry, regulators and government.

The theme of the conference is SHAPING THE FUTURE.  Together we will discover ways to create a sustainable future for the pipeline industry - starting with senior pipeliners and ending with young pipeliners.

The conference is specifically focused on the growth and development of young professionals within the pipeline industry. Learn from peers and industry experts about the past, present and future of the industry.  Distinguished senior and junior industry members will be in attendance.  The conference attracts the next generation of thinkers and leaders who currently are usually making tactical and operational decisions.  Senior leaders will be in attendance to share their knowledge and network with the younger generation.

The previous 2017 version of the conference was sold out with representation from all levels of the pipeline space.

The conference is located at Hotel Arts, Calgary, AB and will span two days with presentations from some of the industry's most distinguished speakers. The conference aims to provide all pipeliners the opportunity to:

  • Gain insight from industry professionals on the most pressing industry issues
  • Network among industry peers
  • Provide an opportunity for professional development
  • And more!
September 26-27, 2019 @ Hotel Arts, Calgary AB

September 26, 2019 (16:00 - 20:00) - Registration, panel, and networking event

September 27, 2019 (8:00 - 21:00) - Conference




Thursday, September 26

Time Event
16:00 Registration Opens
17:00 - 17:30 Welcome reception - Gold Sponsor, TC Energy

Opening remarks and introduction

17:30 – 18:30 Bhushan Ivaturi - Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Enbridge

Chris Foster - Vice President, Information Services and Chief Information Officer, TC Energy

How is technology enabling a future for the next generation of young pipeliners

Q&A: Moderated by Kevin Tsang, P. Eng

18:30 – 20:00 Networking, appetizers & cash bar








Friday, September 27

8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast Buffet
8:30 – 9:00 Opening Remarks - Conference Partner, CEPA

Chris Bloomer, President & CEO, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

Message from the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

9:00 – 10:00 Tisha Schuller, Principal and Founder of Adamantine Energy & Author of Accidentally Adamant

Both of These Things Are True: The Risk and Opportunity of This Energy Moment

10:00 – 10:15 Morning break
10:15 – 11:00 Carlos Murillo, Senior Research Associate, Energy and Environment Policy, Conference Board of Canada

Building for growth, going with the flow, or being stuck underground?  Impacts of a low-carbon future on Canada's energy pipeline infrastructure.

11:15 – 12:00 Deanna Burgart, P.Eng, C.E.T, President, Indigenous Engineering Inclusion Inc

Indigeneering™ the Future of Pipelines, Empowering Indigenous Youth to Embrace their Inner Voice for a Collaborative and Sustainable Future

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Buffet – Gold Sponsor, ASME PSD - Mark McDougall, P. Eng

12:30 - Lunch Address - Dr. Alan Murray, P. Eng, YPAC Recognition Program

13:00 – 13:45 Corey Richards, Business Development Manager for ROSEN’s Challenging Pipeline Diagnostics Division

Matt Johnston, P. Eng, Integrity Engineer, TC Energy

Utilizing technology to solve challenging pipeline diagnostic problems (Rosen and TC Energy)

14:00 – 14:45 Geoffrey Cann, Author, "Bits, Bytes, and Barrels: Digital Transformation of Oil and Gas"

Adapting to technological disruption in the pipeline industry

15:00 – 15:15 Afternoon break
15:15 – 16:15 Panel

Innovation - Young Pipeliners on the Forefront of change

16:15 – 17:30 Networking break, cash bar
17:30 – 18:15 Dinner – Gold Sponsor, Enbridge - Peter Tanchak, P. Eng 
18:15 – 21:00 Closing Remarks/Summary of the day/Networking

Kendra Ryan

Click on speakers and panelists to learn more.

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