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SPE HSSE-SR: Beyond Conventional Oil & Gas: New Social Opportunities and Risks Workshop

2 – 3 December 2014

Banff, Alberta, Canada| The Rimrock Resort Hotel

Technical Agenda

Tuesday, 2 DECEMBER, 0800–0930

Session 1: Overview: Setting the Stage

Session Chairpersons: Jean-Marc Fontaine, Total; Craig Stenhouse, Cenovus

Session Description: In this first session we will investigate the social responsibility and business implications of exploring and producing unconventional resources. The discussion will demonstrate how technology and innovation has allowed for the economic development of North American shale gas and bitumen from Alberta’s oil sands. Presenters will discuss how the development of unconventional resources impacts a company’s social license to operate as well as its ability to secure access to new markets. Join us to discuss how the learnings gained through these experiences can be adopted from North America and made applicable worldwide in a socially responsible manner.


  • Kendall Dilling, Cenovus
  • Jeff  Flood, IPIECA
  • Jean Lennock, Total


Session 2: Social Impact and Risks

Session Chairpersons: Emery Brusset, GRM Futures; Tam Nguyen, Bechtel; Mary Beth Snodgrass, Business and Society Solutions, LLC

Session Description: In this session, we will examine the complexities of evaluating potential social impacts, risks and issues throughout the project lifecycle. Panelists will provide insights on:

  • Identifying and assessing material social, health and human rights issues
  • Effective uses and limitations of existing risk and impact assessment processes and tools
  • The roles, responsibilities and coordination prime contractors and operators
  • Forward-thinking approaches more efficiently and effectively assessing risks and impacts throughout the project lifecycle


  • Nina Arvantidis, Shell
  • Jeff Davis, Cardno Entrix
  • Jim Dawson, Chevron
  • Susan Dowse, Plexus Energy


Session 3: Management Frameworks: Environmental, Social Risks and Impact Management

Session Chairpersons: Paul Krishna, XTO Energy Inc; Sonia Gupta, Suncor Energy

Session Description: The challenges companies face in developing and producing Unconventional Resources is increasingly complex. To meet these challenges, companies have had to develop creative solutions. Company representatives will discuss their operations, challenges, and how they integrate environmental and social issues and solutions in their management framework to produce successful outcomes.


  • Sheila Innes, Suncor  
  • Stan Sokul, XTO Energy
  • Peter Zimmerman, ConocoPhillips


Session 4: Resource Efficiency and Pollution

Session Chairpersons: Paul Taylor, ERM; Krish Ravishankar, Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Session Description: This session will focus on the Environmental and Social impacts of water sourcing, use and re-use and disposal. Presentations will include some of the challenges and opportunities in UCR development. 


  • Patrick Bell, ConleyMax     
  • Brett Chandler, Baker Hughes
  • Willie Staudt, ConocoPhillips
  • Drue Ann Whittecar, National Oilwell Varco

Wednesday, 3 December, 0800–0930

Session 5: Community Well Being

Session Chairpersons: Kristin Koblis, Noble Energy; Frano Mika, ENI; Caleb Wall, ERM; Miriam Winsten, Schlumberger

Session Description: This session discusses the overall community well-being and how E&P operations effect nearby communities regarding infrastructure, human health and the environment.


  • Uni Blake, API
  • Marla Orenstein, Habitat Health Impact Consulting
  • Paul Ziemkiewicz, West Virginia University


Session 6: Land Acquisition & Involuntary Resettlement

Session Chairpersons:  Jonathan Motherwell, JTM & Associates, LLC; Sarah Ruck, EBRD

Session Description: This session will address land acquisition challenges, both in the developed and the developing world. Panelists will speak briefly on their experiences and recommended best practices. Involuntary resettlement will be addressed, considering physical displacement and/or economic displacement.


  • Mike Gardam, Imperial Oil
  • Gerry Reddy, Intersocial


Session 7: Industry’s Relationship with Indigenous Peoples: Moving From Mistrust to Mutual Benefit

Session Chairpersons: Jeff Flood, IPIECA; Nicole Inzunza, Total E&P Canada; Chrystie Stewart Four Directions Management Services

Session Description: Effective engagement with Indigenous peoples is a critical success factor in resource development. Recent history in Canada has seen a colourful catalogue of both successes and failures – the latter often costly for industry and frustrating for all parties. A shifting legal landscape and uncertain accountabilities for resolving disputes present major challenges. Our panel of experts will explore success stories as well as opportunities for improving relations and dialogue between industry and First Nations/Métis/Inuit -- for mutual benefit.


  • Chief Jim Boucher, Fort McKay First Nation
  • David Bouchier, Bouchier Group, Fort McKay
  • JP Gladu, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business


Session 8: Stakeholder Engagement and Communication: Building Meaningful Relations

Session Chairpersons: Nadine Busmann, Nexen; Karen Veitch, Shell

Session Description: Building trust is a cornerstone of developing long-term relationships, which are essential to earning the support of stakeholders and indigenous communities for our projects. Proponents often assume stakeholder engagement equals relationship building. Is this the case? What does past experience tell us? What are the current trends? Are we using the opportunities of lessons learned and ever-evolving technology for everyone’s future advantage?


  • Tom McGee, AER
  • Chrystie Stewart, Four Directions Management Services
  • Rob Stuart, The Human Environmental Group 


Session 9: Summary of Key Learnings, Discussion Topics, Emerging Issues & Next Steps

Session Chairpersons: Caleb Wall, ERM; Bob Sandilos, Chevron

Session Description: In this closing session, the co-chairs will present a brief summary of the key learnings, discussion topics, emerging issues and next steps that have emerged from the workshop. This summary will include an overview of what new, different, or divergent views have arisen through the workshop. The focus of this session will not be to recap each session or paper – instead it will be to draw together the broad lessons and ideas that have emerged and challenge the participants with how this new knowledge can be converted into practice and on-going discussion.