SPE Workshop: Unlocking the Montney, Success Through Change 7 - 8 Nov 2017 Hotel Arts Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Monday, November 06

08:00 - 17:00

Tuesday, November 07

07:00 - 07:55
07:00 - 07:55
07:55 - 08:30
Opening Remarks and Keynote

Keynote Presentation: Success Through Change

Geeta Sankappanavar, Grafton Asset Management

Geeta Sankappanavar is recognized as an international thought leader, unrelenting advocate for woman’s equality and committed philanthropist. She is cofounder and President of Grafton Asset Management Inc. and is responsible for strategy and oversight of all Grafton’s business and operating units. In cofounding Grafton Asset Management, Sankappanavar helped set the strategic direction for the firm and translated that into an actionable execution plan. In less than 5 years, Grafton became Canada’s 3rd largest energy investment firm with ~$1B in assets under management and is on a growth trajectory to be one of the largest energy investment firms in Canada. She has been instrumental in building Grafton into a specialist energy investment firm that can compete on the world stage. Today, Grafton is renowned for its relationships in the industry, interdisciplinary energy expertise, and high touch service levels.

Sankappanavar has been recognized for her entrepreneurial skills, business acumen, expertise and leadership as a senior woman in business. She was named Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 2014, was honored as Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by Women’s Executive Network in 2014, 2015, 2016, awarded Indo- Canada’s Female Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016 and recognized as one of Alberta’s Top 50 Most Influential People in 2015.

08:30 - 10:15
Session 1: Reservoir/Geoscience
Session Chairpersons Kyle Craig, Sinopec Canada; Eric Geppert, Canbriam Energy

Understanding reservoir properties is key to successful development. This session examines in situ fluid properties and their implications, the use of Rate Transient Analysis (RTA) to derive key subsurface parameters and predict infill well performance, and production strategies to enhance ultimate recoveries and maximize value.


  1. Choke Management and its Impact on the Reservoir
  • Ryan Hansen, Sinopec Canda
  1. Predicting Infill Well Performance Using Rate Transient Analysis
  • David Anderson, Anderson Thompson Reservoir Strategies
  1. Considerations for the Sampling and Characterization of Montney Fluids

  • Brent Thomas, Weatherford Labs Canada

10:15 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:45
Session 2: Completions Parameters and Optimization
Session Chairpersons John Aoun, Seven Generations Energy; Kris Petterson, Hammerhead Resources; Stuart Valentini, Progress Energy

Completions parameters are discussed from a high level aggregation standpoint down to the literal  granularity of sand. This session will address the work that is being done to understand the effects of various completion parameters, optimization and the evolution of completion design. 



  1. Montney vs North America | Completions Comparison
  • Kaley Ogilvy, RS Energy Group
  1.  Practical Applications and Considerations of Rock-Fluid Interactions Related to the Montney Formation 
  • Matt Adams, Progress Energy
11:45 - 13:00
13:30 - 14:30
Session 3: Field Development – A Technical Perspective
Session Chairpersons Thomas McCarthy, Painted Pony Energy; Kris Watson, NCS Multistage

Development plans constantly change in response to results attained and evolving technologies. In order to understand the impacts, strengths, and weaknesses of a development plan, operators must rapidly absorb and react to changes in performance, timelines, logistics and economic conditions. This session will explore the technical considerations, such as geology vs engineering, that impact field development.


  1. Evaluating Well Spacing and Stacking with a Probabilistic Modeling Workflow
  • Graham Schmidt, Encana Corporation
  1.  Accelerating Field Development Planning in Unconventionals through Smart Trials
  • Kiran Somanchi, Shell Canada
  1. The Importance of a Good Subsurface SIMOPS Process
  • ​Todd Zerbin, Shell Canada
14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 17:00
Session 4: Current Lifting Trends and Their Ongoing Development
Session Chairpersons Matt Desroches, Murphy Oil; Nick Miles, Weatherford

The expedition of stimulation fluid recovery has seen positive success with the use of Hydraulic Jet Pump. Stabilization of flow and extended production time have become achievable through means of Gas Lift. The reasoning behind their success, along with field specific applications, are defined and explained. Finally, with every form of lift comes the inevitable discussion/debate of downhole tubulars. Case studies regarding this ever vital piece of the puzzle will be discussed.


  1. Hydraulic Lift Jet Pump For Frac Flowback
  • ​​Jeff King, Weatherford
  1. Tubular Case Studies
  • ​Richard Kruger, Tenaris
  1. Gas Lift Development Considerations in a Liquids Rich Reservoir
  • ​Matthew MacDonald, Seven Generations
  1. Gas Lift Applications for the Sour Alberta Montney
  • ​Brendan Paton, Shell
17:00 - 18:30

Wednesday, November 08

07:00 - 08:00
07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
Session 5: Reservoir/Geoscience
Session Chairpersons Kyle Lagran, Promore; Jared Wynveen, McDaniel & Associates

Understanding reservoir properties is key to successful development. This session examines in situ fluid properties and their implications, the use of Rate Transient Analysis (RTA) to derive key subsurface parameters and predict infill well performance, and production strategies to enhance ultimate recoveries and maximize value.


  1. New Observations on Structural Fabric in Montney Cores: Significance for Drilling and Stimulation
  • ​James M. Wood, Encana Corporation
  1. Indirect Estimation of Fluid Transport and Rock Mechanical Properties from Drill Cuttings: A Montney Story
  • Amin Ghanizadeh, University of Calgary

  1. What Has Fracture Modelling Ever Done For Us?

  • ​Steve Rogers, Golder Associates

09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:30
Session 6: Fracture Performance Communication and Monitoring
Session Chairpersons Mike Dembicki, Seven Generations Energy; Kim Nguyen, Murphy Oil Corporation; Chris Wilcox, Encana Corporation

Various methods are currently being employed to monitor subsurface/reservoirs and better understand the impact of completion design. This session explores case studies to understand frac performance and communication between wellbores, providing valuable knowledge that accelerates the learning curve to improve productivity and field development.


  1. Recovery Factors and Parent Child Relationships in the Montney
  •  Jared Wynveen and Brian Hamm, McDaniel & Associates

  1. Learnings From Permanent Fiber Optic Monitoring: Encana Swan Pilot​
    • ​​Jimmy Zhang, Encana Corporation
  2. Interventional Distributed Fiber Optics  - Design and Case Studies
  • ​Andrew McMurray, Step Energy Services
11:30 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:30
Session 7: Field Development – A Macro View
Session Chairpersons Brad Makowecki, Crew Energy; Thomas McCarthy, Painted Pony Energy

The cyclical nature of the petroleum industry presents major challenges in developing long term strategies. Successful operators will have effective plans in terms of reservoir depletion, capital investment and market implications. This session explores the different motivations and goals that affect the strategies and approaches that various operators take in development planning.


  1. A Systematic Method for Distinguishing Between Sub-surface and Engineering Influence on Well Performance in the Montney
  • Ben Stephenson, Shell Canada
  1.  Modelling Montney Production from Oil-Gas Transition Zones
  • Dave Sorkilmo, Arc Resources
  1. Keeping Canada’s Seat at the NA Gas Table: Cutting Costs to Drive Montney Development
  • Kyler Tebbutt, McKinsey & Co.
14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:30
Session 8: Development Strategy Panel
Session Chairpersons Kris Watson, NCS Multistage; Dan Yang, Shell Canada

Who is the Muscle in the Montney? A content loaded look at the full Montney. Representatives from different players in the Montney will “plant the flag” and claim why their company’s development strategy is the best on the block. Topics that will be addressed include key drivers, completion design, water management, export/transport, and others.


Dan Yang, Shell Canada; Kris Watson, NCS Multistage


Jordan Johnsen, Director of Facilities and Production Engineering, Seven Generations Energy

John Nieto, Chief Technology Officer, Canbriam Energy

Mathieu Rae, Greater Groundbirch Area Manager, Shell Canada

Slade Thornhill, Director, Development & Infrastructure, Painted Pony

Chris Wilcox, Manager Montney Reservoir, Northern Operations, Encana Corporation