SPE/CHOA Slugging It Out Conference 18 Apr 2017 BMO Centre at Stampede Park Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Tuesday, April 18

07:00 - 08:00
07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
Session 1: Looking Back - Moving Forward
Session Chairpersons Jarrett Dragani, Cenovus; Janelle Watson, Shell Canada


  1. Opening Keynote:
    • ​​ John Festival, CEO, Black Pearl Resources
  2. Historical Perspectives on Older Steam Drive Technology for In-Situ Thermal Recovery  - Applying Lessons Learned to Meeting New Challenges
  • Rudy Strobl, EnerFox Enterprises and Milovan Fustic, University of Calgary
  1. Canada’s Oil Sands – Challenges Met, Challenges Coming
    • Gary Bunio, Suncor Energy
09:30 - 10:00
Morning Coffee Break Sponsored by: KADE Technologies Inc. and Westwood Electric

Morning Coffee Break Sponsored by:



10:00 - 11:30
Session 2: Meeting Today’s Challenges with Innovation Sponsored by: Spartan Controls
Session Chairpersons Glenn Thoben, Spartan Controls; Chris Wong, GE Power

Session Sponsor:


  1. Learning’s from the Grand Rapids Field Trial of Tubing-Deployed Inflow Control Devices for SAGD Application
  • Jarrett Dragani, Cenovus Energy
  1. Zero Lime Softening (ZLS) Water Treatment Process
  • Mike Dejak, Eco-Tec
  1. Process Data Analytics for Oil Sands Industry
  • Biao Huang, Research Chair, University of Alberta
11:30 - 13:00
Keynote Lunch

Keynote Speaker:

Lessons Learned and Near Term Priorities for In Situ Authorizations at the AER

Andrew MacPherson, Alberta Energy Regulator

13:00 - 14:30
Session 3: Project Updates Sponsored by: HIVE innovations
Session Chairpersons Jian-Yan Yuan, Osum Oil Sands; K.C. Yeung, K C Yeung Canadian Enterprise Inc.

Session Sponsor:



  1. A Lookback at Connacher’s Production Outage
  • Michael Hardcastle, Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd.
  1. Osum's Orion SAGD Project Update
  • Daniel Nugent, Osum Oilsands Corp.
  1. ConocoPhillips Surmont Overview – A look at the largest single phase SAGD project
  • Steve Jones, ConocoPhillips
14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 17:00
Session 4: What's Next for Tech
Session Chairpersons Heath Williamson, Black Pearl Resources Inc.; Richard Chan, Suncor Energy; Carmen Lee, Husky Energy


  1. The Future of Canadian Oil and Gas: The Challenge of Staying Competitive in a Changing World.

  • Tim McMillan, President and CEO of Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)


  1. Panel SessionHow to Keep our Oil Sands Competitive for the Next 25 Years
  • Dan Wicklum, COSIA  - Water and GHG initiatives
  • Subodh Gupta, Cenovus Energy - ​How We Will Get Out of This Pit
  • Gary Bunio, Suncor Energy
17:00 - 18:30