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Alberta’s Energy Future: Building a Diversified and Resilient Energy Economy


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Roundtable Luncheon with Todd Karran, Ian MacGregor, Jeanette Patell, and Kelsen Vallee
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:30
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Calgary AB, McCarthy Tetrault Offices, 421 7 Ave SW #4000
  • Alberta’s Energy Future: Building a Diversified and Resilient Energy Economy

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Todd Karran, Chief Executive Officer, Nova Chemicals

Todd Karran is President, Chief Executive Officer, member of the NOVA Chemicals Management Board and a member of the Board of Directors. He has more than 30 years of experience – joining NOVA Chemicals in 1985.

Todd has held various leadership positions within NOVA Chemicals Corporation including Acting CEO; Senior Vice President and CFO; Vice President, Corporate Development & Treasurer; Chief Information Officer; Vice President, Applications; and Vice President and Controller, Olefins/Polyolefins. 

He is a graduate of the Accelerated Accounting program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, holds a CPA, CMA professional accounting designation in Alberta, has an MBA from the Katz School of Business from the University of Pittsburgh, and holds a C.Dir chartered director designation from McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.

Todd serves as a Vice-Chair, Theatre Junction GRAND in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Ian MacGregor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NW Refining Inc.

Ian is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of North West Refining, a 50 per cent owner in the North West Redwater Partnership which is building the first new refinery in Canada since 1984. It is one of the largest construction projects in the works in Canada.  Construction of Phase One of the Sturgeon Refinery peaked at over 7,000 Albertans and still has hundreds of people working there on a daily basis.  

Jeanette Patell, Vice President, Government Affairs & Policy, GE

Jeanette Patell is the Vice-President of Government Affairs and Policy for General Electric (GE) in Canada. In this role, she leads GE Canada’s engagement on public policy issues with governments and seeks to promote growth of the company in Canada and around the world. She has also served as co-chair of the Energy Diversification Advisory Committee to provide recommendations to the government of Alberta on building a more resilient and diversified energy sector in the province. Prior to joining GE, Jeanette was a diplomat with Global Affairs Canada. Her career in the Canadian Foreign Service focused on international trade policy and securing market access for Canadian exporters, with postings to the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. and the Mission of Canada to the European Union. She is bilingual (English & French) and is a graduate of Mount Allison University with a B.A. (Hons) in International Relations.

Kelsen Vallee, Managing Director, Investment Banking, CIBC World Markets Inc.

Kelsen Vallee leads the Calgary Infrastructure and Power investment banking team for CIBC.  This team is responsible for financial advisory and capital raising for participants in the energy infrastructure sector, including companies in the midstream, pipelines, power generation and utilities subsectors

Relevant and representative advisory experience includes:

  • Advising Wolf Midstream (CPPIB) in acquiring MEG Energy’s Access Pipeline and Stonefell Terminal stakes (2018)
  • Advising Pembina Pipeline on its acquisition of Veresen Inc. (2017)
  • Advising Power Asset Holdings and Cheung Kong Infrastructure in the formation of Husky Midstream (2016)
  • Advising Veresen Inc. in its transaction with KKR to acquire and develop Cutbank Ridge Partnership’s gas gathering and processing portfolio (2015)

Mr. Vallee has led equity and/or debt financings for AltaGas, Capital Power, Enbridge, ENMAX, EPCOR, Inter Pipeline, Kinder Morgan Limited, Maxim Power, North West Refining, Pembina, TransAlta, TransCanada, Veresen Westcoast Energy, and others.

Mr. Vallee graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Finance from the University of Ottawa,  where he was awarded the Faculty Plaque.  He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.

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