Canadian Heavy Oil Conference


Thank you to the speakers, attendees and sponsors who made the 2015 Canadian Heavy Oil Conference a success! With over 300 registrants and continued support from our sponsors, the event united the the Heavy Oil industry, proving its strength even in these challenging economic times.


Speaker Presentations and Event Photos

Speaker presentations are available for download here.

Event photos are available to view here.


Please note that the Canadian Heavy Oil Conference has been postponed until 2017.








2015 Schedule

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m registration Registration/Conference Check-In   |   Palomino Foyer
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. registration Welcome and OPEN BUSINESS SESSION   |   Palomino Rooms

Deborah Yedlin Business Columnist, Calgary Herald

Winds of Change in the Oil Sands

Jackie Forrest VP Energy Research, ARC Financial Corp

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  registration  COFFEE BREAK AND NETWORKING
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.              registration


Track 1.   |   Surface

Computational Fluid Dynamic Modeling Applications

Marvin Weiss Coanda

The Coming Disruption to the Engineering Business

Donald Greaves Capital Projects Solution Executive, IBM Canada

Leveraging Advanced Process Control for Operational Excellence

John MacGowan Controls Team Leader, Syncrude Canada Ltd

Perry Nordh Product Manager Advanced Control, Optimization, & Monitoring, Honeywell Process Solutions

Track 2.   |   Subsurface

Get Ready for Economic and Environmentally Sustainable Oil Sands Development

Joseph Kuhach Chief Executive Officer, N-Solv Corporation

Proactive Geomechanics for Reducing Cost and Improving Efficiency

Yanguang Yuan Principal, BitCan G&E Inc

An Overview of Oil recovery using radio frequency heating technology

Chris Patterson Development Engineer, Devon Canada

Track 3.   |   Sustainability

Groundwater Flow Model Development for Cumulative Effects Management within the Athabasca Oil Sands

Margaret Klebek Senior Hydrologist, Alberta Environment, AESRD and Jos Becker, 

COSIA’s Caribou Preservation Initiative

Amit Saxena Biodiversity & Land Stewardship, Devon Canada Corporation

Low-Grade Waste Heat Opportunities

Maureen Kolla Manager Renewable Energy, Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. registration LUNCH AND KEYNOTE

Chris Seasons Senior Advisor and Director, ARC Financial Corp

2:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. icon-coffee NETWORKING RECEPTION  
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. registration  Breakfast  |   Palomino Foyer
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. registration  Open BUSINESS SESSION

Deborah Yedlin Business Columnist, Calgary Herald

Breakfast Panel Discussion

Harbir Chhina Executive Vice President Oil Sands Development, Cenovus Energy Inc

Simon Nottingham General Manager, Fluor Canada

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m   Break   |   Palomino Foyer
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. registration 


Track 1.   |   Surface

Commercialization of a Revolutionary Bitumen Extraction Process

Tim Wall VP Engineering, US Oil Sands Inc.

Partial Upgrading of Western Canadian Bitumen and Heavy Oil - Opportunities and Challenges

Duke du Plessis Senior Advisor and Research Manager, Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions

Diluent Stripping Unit is operated in Suncor Firebag SAGD central plant

Min Xie Process Specialist, Suncor Energy Inc.

Track 2.   |   Subsurface

Reservoir Management and Optimization

Jin Wang Manager Firebag Reservoir Management Oil Sands & In Situ, Suncor Energy

Polymer Flooding for Heavy Oil

Eric Delamaide General Manager, IFP Technologies (Canada) Inc.

Production of SAGD – Sub-cool and Gas Effects

Sandeep Solanki Director Germain Asset And Innovation, Laricina Energy Ltd.

Track 3.   |   Sustainability

Leveraging Technology Platforms to Drive Performance at Firebag SAGD Project

Robert Clarke Production EIT, Suncor Energy Inc.

Effective Technology Innovation in a Tough Market

Mike Crabtree Vice President Energy, Saskatchewan Research Council

Greg Stringham Vice President, Markets and Oil Sands, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. registration Lunch and NETWORKING
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. registration


Track 1.   |   Surface

Amit Varma Founder, True Site View Inc.

True Zero Liquid Discharge Treatment of SAGD Wastewaters: On-Site Pilot Results and Economics

Malcolm Man VP Business Development, Saltworks Technologies

California Dreamin’ – Learnings from California Heavy Oil Produced Water Treatment with Application in Canadian Oil Sands SAGD Operations

Mike Dejak Executive Vice President, Eco Tec Inc

Stuart Heisler Senior Technical Director, Parsons

Track 2.   |   Subsurface

Adopting Extended-Reach, Float-In Tubular-Running Practices to SAGD Completions

Patrick Webb Completions Engineer, Devon Energy

Using Airborne Electrical Magnetics for Shallow Aquifer Exploration

Michael De Luca Senior Hydrogeologist, Brionenergy

Passive Ranging

Andre Diduch Team Leader Drilling Services Sales, Baker Hughes

Track 3.   |   Sustainability

Leasing: Low Capital Option for Above Ground SAGD Facilities

Ken James President & CEO, Oak Point Energy Ltd.

Cogeneration as a Technology for Steam and Electricity Production

Dean Luciuk Vice President Business Development, TransAlta

Jared Wynveen Associate, McDaniel & Associates

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.  registration


3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  registration  PROJECT UPDATES AND CLOSING COMMENTS   

Project Updates and Closing Comments

Ross Krill Director In Situ Projects, Suncor Energy



Sponsorship plays a major role in the success of our event.


Thank you to all of our sponsors for your continued support.

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