Business Conference

Balancing Sustainability & Profitability

Preliminary Schedule - subject to updates without notice.  

Monday, June 19, 2023

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Workshop 1: Isolation Techniques in Plant Piping to Prevent Major Loss Incidents

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Workshop 2: Emissions Management Insights -Guidance for Your Journey to Net Zero

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

PetroChem Canada Charity Golf Tournament

12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Facilities Driving Tour 

Please note: Bus will depart from the Sarnia Arena and Community Centre and return to the same location. Please arrive no later than 12:15 pm

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration & Coffee

9:00 am - 9:10 am

Welcome Remarks

Dan Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership

9:10 am - 9:20 am

Opening Address - Government of Canada

9:20 am 9:40 am

Why Ontario - How the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade can Support Your Growth in Ontario 

Ryan Convery, Senior Account Executive, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Government of Ontario

 9:40 am 10:00 am

Opening Keynote Address

Tom Olsen, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Canadian Energy Centre

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Session 1: Advancing the Circular Economy & Sustainability

moderator: Dr. Maike Luiken, Chair, Planet Positive 2030 Initiative, IEEE SA


panel members:

Kevin McMahon, General Manager, Shell Manufacturing Centre (SMC)


Kathy Porter, Chemicals Planning and Basic Chemicals Manager


Chemicals, Imperial Oil

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Session 2: Shell Polymers Monaca - A Project Update


In November 2022, Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC a subsidiary of Shell plc, commenced operations at its Shell Polymers Monaca (SPM) site, previously referred to as the Pennsylvania Chemical project. This world-class facility uses low-cost ethane from shale gas to produce polyethylene. We'll hear from Shell and the State of Pennsylvania on the status SPM and just how the state won this incredible project.

moderator: Jason Hunt

Manager, Business Attraction & Retention, Office of International Business Development Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development


panel members:


Bonnie Yu, Digital and Business Transformation Manager

Shell Monaca


Adam Walters, Senior Energy Advisor, Pennsylvania Office of Energy


Max Drickey, Director of Energy Policy, The Team Pennsylvania Foundation


Patty Horvatich

Vice President, Business Investment, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance 

Keynote Luncheon Sponsor

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Keynote Luncheon - Advancing Plastics Circularity Through Collaboration and Technology


Natalie Martinez

North America Advanced Recycling Commercial Manager, ExxonMobil 

1:30 pm -2:00 pm

Networking Break

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Session 3: Hydrogen and its Impact on the Downstream Sector

moderator: Shauna Carr, Economic Development Officer, Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership


panel members:


David Zekveld, Head of Development, Hydrogen, Northland Power Inc

James Kennedy
, President, Hycamite North America

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Session 4: Carbon Capture Sequestration - A Strategy for the Future

Everyone is talking about. CCS seems to be the right tool at the right time. Is CCS and CCUS a solution for the petrochemical sector? And does it fit into Ontario's emission reduction strategy. This panel of experts from across Canada will provide insights, example and answer the tough questions on CCS. 

moderator: Amir Mashayekhi, Ontario Operations Manager, Wood 


panel members

Erik Nickel, COO, Petroleum Technology Research Centre


Dr. Maurice Dusseault, University of Waterloo


Breanne O’Reilly, Director of Communications and Marketing, Carbon Management Canada 

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Session 5: Self Service Analytics (SSA) - How Data Science and Analytics are Transforming the Technical Workforce


presented by American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)


This session will present refining and petrochemical industry case studies with hard and soft benefits realized to demonstrate the importance of balancing investments between employees and technologies.  With a focus on demonstrating how Digital Transformation leverages maximum employee contribution, improves business outcomes, and attracts young talent to our industry.


Participants will:

Appreciate the current state of analytics and machine learning tools.

Understand how these tools get the very best results from your human talent.

Secure insights on how to begin the machine learning and analytics journey.

moderator: Bruce Taylor, Digital Transformation (DX) SME, FURTHERTEC


5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Networking Reception

Reception Sponsor

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Breakfast Sponsor

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast Session 4: SMR's - A Clean Energy Source

Some consider nuclear to be the magic bullet. Smart Modular Reactors are not our grandparents nuclear reactors, but do they carry the same stigma? There is no doubt SMR's are a clean energy option for heavy industries including refineries and petrochemical plants; but they are not without barriers. This esteemed panel of experts will discuss the politics, the technologies, the timelines, the budgets and the human resource factors all affecting the future of nuclear in Canada. 

moderator: Mario Pieries, Director, Business Development and Strategy, HATCH


panel members:

Louie Shoukas

Chief Nuclear Officer, PCL Industrial Constructors Inc.


William Smith, Senior Vice President, Operations & Engineering, Terrestrial Energy


Christopher Deschenes, Director, Strategy & Acquisitions, New Nuclear Development, OPG


Bill Labbe, President & CEO, ARC Clean Technology

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Session 5: Leading a Successful Turnaround Project

moderator: Ron Bettin, President, Adduco Consulting


panel members:

Kevin McMahon

General Manager, Sarnia Manufacturing Centre,

Shell Canada Products Ltd.


Frank Engli, Regional Group Lead - Canada, Reliability, Maintenance, Turnarounds and Capital Projects,

Becht Canada


BJ Biel, Mechanical Manager, Imperial Oil

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Session 6: Digital Transformation, AI Readiness & Preparing for ChatGPT - Is the Investment in Digitalization Worth it?


Join in a fireside chat about the journey, the benefits and challenges of starting on the digital transformation journey.


This panel discussion will highlight trends, challenges, benefits, and the urgency to get started on digital transformation.  Learn how AI and machine learning may intersect on your path of digitizing so you can be ready and finally we will endeavour to answer the big question, “Is the investment in digitalization worth it?”


Learn tips on how to embrace the change and employee resistance going digital brings. Where to start, and the spin off benefits data analytics brings so you are ready for a future that will not wait for you to catch up.


Katherine Walker, President, Industrial Web Apps


panel members:

Iuri Benevides, Project Support Engineer, Worley Parsons


Ken Barrett, President & CEO, Wolverine Contracting & Engineering

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Session 7: Talent Crunch - Breaking the Barriers


During this important session, we'll discuss important topics including:

  • What is the role of immigration in addressing the talent crunch
  • What is Sarnia Lambton doing well in terms of addressing the talent crunch and recruiting international talent? What can be used as a framework for larger cities?
  • What does a community need to support workforce growth?


Mikelle Bryson-Campbell, Executive Director, Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board


panel members:

Joel Van Bynen, Associate Dean Technology and Trades, Lambton College

Jonathan Shanahan, Senior Account and Business Development Manager, Agilus Work Solutions

Cari Meloche, Economic Development Officer, Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership

Sarah Reaume, CEO, Sarnia Lambton Business Development

Lisa Isaac, Owner and HR Consultant, Lisa Isaac HR

Alex McFadden, Associate Wealth Advisor, Steward Group


Peter Scott, Employment Counsellor, Goodwill Career Centre

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Keynote Luncheon: Canada's Role in a Clean Energy Future

Keynote Luncheon Sponsor



panel members:


Paul Healy, President, LamSar Inc.


Tom Olsen, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Canadian Energy Centre

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Dessert and Networking with the Exhibitors