CERI 2016 Petrochemical Conference Proceedings

aligning industry and government

June 5-7, 2016
Delta Lodge at Kananaskis • Kananaskis, Alberta

CERI 2016 Petrochemical Conference Abstracts and Biographies


global petrochemical outlook:  the impact of continued low market prices

Mark Eramo; Vice President, Global Business Development • IHS Chemical

expanding domestic and export marketS

If the ethane market in Western Canada is currently in a surplus position (small), but may become large with the BC LNG projects, and the propane market is in a large oversupply position, what can be done to realign supply and demand?

Is is Time For a New Ethane Cracker in Alberta?
Steve Lewandowski; Global Business Director • IHS Chemical     

Disrupting The Natural Gas and Ethylene Value Chain
Rahul Iyer; Vice President, Corporate Development • Siluria Technologies, Inc.

The Government's Role in Expanding Markets
Shannon Flint; Assistant Deputy Minister, Economic Development and SMEs Division • Alberta Department of Economic Development and Trade

new rules, new game

The new governments in Alberta and Ottawa have new views of the future for the petrochemical and hydrocarbon extraction industries. Along with the other provinces and territories, what does this mean for new investments in Canada?

Examining Provincial and Federal GHG Regulations
Gordon Lambert; President and Chief Collaboration Officer • GRL Collaboration for Sustainability Inc.

Leveraging Trust Through External Verification
James D. Brown; Partner • ERM Certification and Verification Services

The Chemical Sector in a Carbon Constrained Future
Bob Masterson; President and Chief Executive Officer • Chemistry Industry Association of Canada


Marcellus natural gas volumes are today competing with Western Canadian gas in the Ontario/Quebec and Chicago markets. This, coupled with a pull back in oil sands developments, suggests that natural gas production in Western Canada could be at a plateau with the potential of declining in the coming years. Increased domestic demand for natural gas will benefit all the industry players from increased WCSB production, new wells, to increased natural gas liquids availability, to increased royalties, taxes and employment.

Where Should Canada Position Itself Along the Gas Value Chain? Natural Gas, Shallow Cut NGLs, Deep Cut NGLs, Methanol
Dave Tulk; Partner • Gas Processing Management Inc. 

The Impact on NGLs of Future Gas Exports to the US and Eastern Canada
Josephine de Leon; Market Analyst • National Energy Board   

The Future of BC's Natural Gas: Competitiveness and NGL Growth
Inés Piccinino; Assistant Deputy Minister, Upstream Development Division • BC Ministry of Natural Gas Development



What advantages can Alberta and Ontario use to improve investment?  Business, technology and government policy innovation can be leveraged to attract new investments.  Some investment has been seen in Alberta and petrochemical activities in Ontario seem to have plateaued.  What can be done to identify and capitalize on new opportunities?  Is this the story of the two solitudes, or are there ways for Ontario and Alberta to work together?

Business Value Chain Extension and Market Diversification
Stuart Taylor; Senior Vice President, NGL and Natural Gas Facilities • Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Useful Chemical Conversion Technologies to Monetize Alberta's Resources
Pietro Di Zanno; Director Major Projects, Business Development • Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions Canada LP

The Total Value Chain From a Government Perspective
Matthew Foss; Chief Energy Economist • Alberta Department of Energy