Business Conference Schedule

PetroChem Canada connects professionals from the petrochemical, biochemical and chemical industries with their North American counterparts, governments, academia, and the supply chain to meet, share knowledge and forge long-term relationships. Our audience is plant managers, sustainability managers, maintenance, and engineering managers, as well as government representatives, and their supply chain.


The theme for 2022 is centred around: “Developing Canada’s downstream sector is key to maximizing the value of our natural resources, whilst meeting aggressive environmental targets.

schedule subject to change without notice.

June 20, 2022

9:00 am - 5:30 pm

PetroChem Canada Golf Outing

Indian Hills Golf Club

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12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Facility Site Driving Tour

hosted by Sarnia-Lambton Economic Development

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7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

VIP Reception for Speakers, Sponsors and Invited Guests

hosted by Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership

June 21, 2022

8:00 am - 8:30 am

 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 8:40 am

Welcoming Remarks

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

8:40 am - 9:00 am

Opening Address

Marilyn Gladu, Member of Parliament: Sarnia-Lambton, Government of Canada

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Introductory Remarks and Conference Opening

Bob Masterson, President & CEO, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

9:15 am - 10:00 am

Keynote Address

Apala Mukherjee, President, BASF Canada

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:45 am

ROUNDTABLE - Renewal and Transformation of the Petrochemical Industry


Where the market heading, where are the opportunities, and where the risks?  And perhaps most importantly how is Canada positioned on the global stage?


The chemistry sector is embarking on two simultaneous transformations – the transformation to a circular economy for plastics and the transformation to carbon-neutral chemistry production. Getting investment conditions right in Ontario will ensure the sector can attract the capital to renew and participate in these foundational transformations.


Scott will discuss how Dow has proposed to build the world’s first net-zero ethylene cracker and derivatives facility in Alberta. He will discuss the on-the-ground conditions that supported the development of this proposal.


Ben will discuss how GreenMantra operates an advanced recycling facility in Brantford.  Ben will discuss the conditions needed to continue to improve the growth and benefits of advanced recycling to position Ontario as a circular economy for plastics regional hub.


Christina will cover the Alberta perspective on the renewal and transformation of chemistry industry.


Don Fusco, Director, Government & Stakeholder Relations, Ontario, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada


Panel Members:

Ben Scott, Director of Technology, GreenMantra Technologies

W. Scott Thurlow, Senior Advisor, Government Affairs, Dow Chemical Canada ULC

Christina Kehrig, Manager, Business Development - Sustainability, Alberta Industrial Heartland Association

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Networking Break

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Introductions: Vince Gagner, General Manager, Bluewater Association for Safety, Environment, and Sustainability (BASES)

Keynote Lunch Presentation


Kimberly Haas, Vice President, Imperial Oil Chemicals and Sarnia Complex Plant Manager, Imperial Oil

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Networking Break, hosted by Imperial Oil

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

PANEL: Creating Petrochemical Sustainability


With the world population projecting to be nearly ten billion people by 2050, and billions of being lifted out of poverty around the world, we find ourselves at an interesting crossroad of requiring limitless amounts of refined fuels, plastics, chemicals and other refined products versus creating a sustainable world we wish to pass along to future generations.  How is industry facing these sustainability challenges?  And what is the role of biochemistry in meeting our global needs?


Abe Dyck, VP Strategy & Business Development, Aduro Clean Technologies Inc.


Panel Members:

Sarah Marshall, Vice President, Sustainability, NOVA Chemicals Corporation

Paige-Marie Morse, Sustainability Solutions Advisor, Aspen Technology, Inc.

Courtenay Boyda, Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability Regional Delivery Manager, Dow Chemical Canada ULC

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Break

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

PANEL: Sustainable Practices for Post-Consumer Plastics


Elena Mantagaris, Vice President, Plastics Division, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada


Panel Members:

David Lynch, General Manager, Research and Development, Enerkem

Oleta (Leta) LaRush, Director, Business Development & Innovation – Canada Growth Team, BASF Canada

Mark Stumpf, Senior Advisor of Project Sourcing and Development, Alliance to End Plastic Waste

Christa Seaman, Director, Plastics Division, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

4:45 pm - 4:50 pm

Day One Wrap up Remarks

Bob Masterson, President & CEO, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

4:50 pm - 6:30 pm

Networking Reception on the Exhibition Floor, sponsored by Sarnia Lambton Industrial Alliance