Technical Conference - June 22

schedule subject to change without notice.

In addition to learning from industry experts about the opportunities and challenges of developing Canada's downstream sector, we'll also feature a selection of technical presentations featuring some of the industry's top providers.


As a full delegate you have access to the Business Conference and Technical Conference. Alternatively, you can attend the Technical Conference only for a discounted price. 

Breakfast Presentation

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Justifying Early Cybersecurity Threat Detection and Response for Control Systems/OT



Douglas Morrill, Industry Leader, OT Cyber Security, Honeywell

Marty Israels, Director of Product Marketing, Connected Enterprise - Cybersecurity, Honeywell

presented by:

  • Now more than ever, businesses are facing increasing cyber threats and vulnerabilities in their environments. Most lack proactive 24/7 cyber threat detection & response capabilities for their OT environments (except for well-funded, mature, or large critical infrastructure). We know visibility and threat detection into OT can be improved, but cybersecurity professionals struggle to justify and obtain funding.
  • In this presentation, we will share approaches that may help your organization justify early threat detection and incident response for OT. This should be especially useful for organizations with zero capability today! Key takeaways include:

1) Risk-based Justification: How early detection reduces likelihood; rapid response reduces impact.

2) Tabletop Justification: Simulating cyber attacks can expose your weaknesses and justify improvements.

3) Government Intel: CISA, FBI, NSA, and Public Safety Canada have all released urgent alerts in January with priority for detection and response capabilities.

4) Build or partner: what to expect.

  • The audience will be equipped with insights to better understand and justify OT threat detection & response.

Emission Reduction Strategies

9:00 am - 9:20 am

Hydrochemolysis: An Innovative and Highly Effective Methodology for Heavy Oil Upgrading and Plastics Upcycling




Birendra Adhikari, PhD, Technology Development Scientist II, Aduro Clean Technologies Inc.


Hydrochemolytic™ Technology (HCT) developed by Aduro is a novel and versatile chemical platform for converting lower-value, higher-molecular-weight materials into higher-value feedstocks or products. Two exemplary applications include heavy oil upgrading and chemical recycling of plastics. The technology operates in two distinct steps, the first being to catalyze carbon-carbon bond scission by means of readily-available, low-cost transition metal compounds in the presence of water. Operating at temperatures typically less than about 370 °C, the mechanisms are not thermolytic or pyrolytic but chemolytic and therefore yield predominantly thermodynamic products rather than uncontrolled kinetic outcomes that prevail at elevated temperatures. In the second step, the reactive intermediates, e.g., those formed through homolytic bond scission, are quenched through reduction by hydrogen equivalents, [H]. Unlike molecular hydrogen (H2) typically generated by steam reforming of fossil fuels, [H] are generated through in situ aqueous reforming of bio-based perhydroxylated compounds. The net result is an efficient, lower-energy process that deconstructs large molecules into smaller ones without the carbon footprint and expensive catalysts associated with hydrocracking and hydrotreating. In the case of asphaltenes in heavy oil, the overall reduction of viscosity and increase in API gravity means reduction or elimination of diluents for pipeline transport. And when HCT is applied to chain-growth polymers such as polyethylene, polypropylene, and polystyrene, possible products include platform chemicals or naphtha-weight hydrocarbons suitable as ethylene cracker feedstock without the extensive processing typically required of pyrolysis oils.

9:20 am - 9:40 am

Quantum Oil Refinery: A Solution to Refine Canadian Oil Sands in Cost-Effective and Scalable Manner




Denis J Gendron, President, Claire Lasers Corporation 

QOR technologies uses mature capabilities of industrial lasers to reinvent oil hydrocracking using methods of quantum engineering, proven in enabling nuclear and telecom industries. The presentation explains how the original QOR design is valuable to improving three aspects crucial for refining high-sulfur bitumen, such as extracted in the Canadian oil sand fields. 

  • We show how QOR produces up to 10% more fuel when transforming bitumen.
  • Meanwhile, QOR process reduces by up to a factor X10 the greenhouse gas emission
  • Capital cost to build QOR refinery will be a factor X4 to X8 time less capital intensive.

Other key comparative advantages obtained from modelling QOR technologies include: 

  • High scalability of technology implementation.
  • Reduce footprint, opening possibility of retrofitting older refineries.New capability to control the product branching ratio between different fuel types.

Quantum engineering used in QOR technology design, enables features to precisely handle the bitumen hydrocracking process, resulting in better performance of fuel production plants. 


We show how plant scalability, and new possibilities for control of products branching ratio between various fuel types, and high efficiency of their production processes, become most important and valuable, when oil depletions is included in the economic model for oil refinery. 

9:40 am - 10:00 am

How an Improved Understanding of Emissions can Better Inform Emission Reduction Strategies 




Brad Bergeron, Vice President, Industry, RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists


Atmospheric emissions are a significant consideration for petrochemical, oil & gas, and fabrication industries which carry the potential for substantial cost to facilities as industry is being pushed to implement emission reduction strategies. It is vital to understand emission rates, and factors affecting them, to inform the development and performance requirements of mitigation methods and technologies. Engineers and managers will be faced with difficult decisions and increased pressure to deliver better environmental performance, often with incomplete and/or patchwork emissions data. There are several methods to estimate and comprehend emissions such as mass balance, engineering calculations, emission factors, source testing, and CEM systems and often data from one is more reliable than the other. Specific methods for specific applications can provide a more robust understanding of emissions compared to methods that use default factors or estimates. With accurate emissions data, facilities can make informed decisions around mitigation strategies to alleviate their environmental impact and focus emission reduction projects and spending. 

10:00 am - 10:20 am

Phase Vent Gas Processing Systems for High Efficiency H2S and VOC Scrubbing with Improved Process Safety   




Dr. Michael Shields, Senior Scientific R&D Associate and Technical Advisor, AMGAS Services Inc.


Hydrocarbon and VOC (volatile organic compound) emission standards are increasingly becoming more stringent for release of the vapour to atmosphere. Improved health and safety with enhanced environmental protection are both at the forefront of these industrial initiatives. Given the complexities of the hydrocarbon economy, gas/liquid sources of these VOCs to atmosphere (potentially with associated trace H2S) are plentiful around many oil & gas facilities in both normal operation and turnarounds.  Process vessels, atmospheric storage tanks and tank trucks are some of the most common emission points during regular service and maintenance outages. As these industrial emission standards improve and increase, so has the need for superior efficiency gas processing design strategies and scrubbing technologies.    


AMGAS will present its dual phase gas processing philosophy for improved H2S and VOC scrubbing efficiency and process safety.  An overview of the gas scrubbing chemistry will be presented to feature the advantages and limitations of the scientific design across a range of industrial process conditions.  Chemical testing procedures and superior operational rig-in strategies will be a focus for optimal industrial implementation and compliance.  Case studies will be presented showing successful implementation of the dual phase scrubbing systems for both low and high gas flow rate conditions in normal operation and turnarounds.  

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Networking Break

Operations & Maintenance

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Pre-Insulated/Traced Tubing – Continuous Process Flow or Pathway to Compliance



Otto Hirsh, Product Manager - Oil & Gas Industrial, Dekoron Unitherm


Heated Sample Lines – a critical link to compliance!  It is often perceived that sample lines can be field created and that all factory manufactured sample lines and components are all the same, when in fact, it is far from accurate – from the tubing, insulation, heating source, outer weather-proof barrier, control options and method of manufacturing.  Some lines may be permanent installations and some may be temporary for calibration or RATA testing.  For a sample  analysis to be accurate, the sample mode of transport must be critically designed, manufactured, installed and maintained.  There are many tubing option types and sizes to consider, depending on the application.  Permeation can also be of concern.  The type of heating method must be designed to cover the heat loss and maintain the sample properly.  Many systems require the calibration or blowback tubes to be installed within the same line.  The type of control shall also be taken into consideration – no control, mechanical thermostat, electronic control with RTD or Thermocouple.  Some lines require a multi-circuit design.  The area classification must also be considered.  Finishing off the sample line is the type of weather-proof outer jacket.  Jackets must fully cover the line and components, have a UV stabilizer and be flexible for installation, expansion and contraction. 


We will also discuss installation practices; repair and maintenance of the lines.

11:20 am - 11:40 am

Why to Use Non-Invasive Measurements, Product Design, and Comparisons to Manage Conventional Invasive Type Temperature Measurements



Dave Scarlett, Instrumentation Product Specialist, Everest Automation


Conventional industrial temperature measurements typically involve design engineering, wake frequency calculations, corrosion allowances and cutting and welding. Current non-invasive instrumentation can eliminate these options providing accurate measurements without process shutdowns and hot work permits.


Accurate temperature measurements from outside the pipe are a proven alternative to measuring flowing liquids, steam and high-pressure gasses. Eliminating potential risks and thermowell failures using a non-invasive method provides for a safer and overall, less costly method of temperature measurement.  All too often temperature measurements can be oversimplified in their design leading to future problems.


Included in this presentation will be real world and modeling examples using ABB’s award-winning non-invasive design including why to use non-invasive measurements, product design, and comparisons to conventional invasive type temperature measurements.

11:40 am - 12:00 pm

Improving the performance, reliability & safety of petrochemical facilities through the use of Aerogel based insulations



Mark Krajewski, Director, Technical Services, Aspen Aerogels Inc.


Next generation Aerogel based insulation materials provide the specifying engineer unique capabilities for the thermal, acoustical and passive fire protection systems they design.  This presentation will provide an introduction to the value these materials can bring through real world examples and the distillation of numerous lab and field studies.


12:00 pm - 12:20 pm

The Use of Coated Stud Bolts in Bolted Flange Joints ( BFJ) Applications



Russ Currie, Director Engineering and Technology, Flexitallic


A brief history on the reason these products were developed by industry and areas where they are used and a brief introduction into the process and application of this to fasteners with possible concerns. The advantages and benefits will be given of using coated versus uncoated fasteners with regard to galling, longevity, corrosion resistance, weather resistance and identification. Discussion on the friction and nut factor used in calculating the torque required on a BFJ. How the use of lubricant or anti-seize effects the bolt torque required when used with coated, uncoated and lubricated fasteners.

The use of coatings with different fastener materials, the usage of the products and re usage of the coated studs to give confidence on BFJ which are opened and closed regular.

Comparison between poor product provided and the product provided by Flexitallic along with the importance of using a quality approved suppliers. Several case studies on using the product and where they may be used with beneficial effects offering improved performance and possible cost savings.


12:20 pm - 1:15 pm

 Keynote Luncheon - Jordan Woloschuk, P.Eng., Principal Research Analyst |Midstream NGL, S&P Global

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Networking Break

Digital Implementation in Plant Operations

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Achieving Top Quartile Plant Performance Through Real Time KPI’s



Pete Sharpe, Principal Consultant, Refining & Petrochemical, Emerson Automation Solutions


Virtually every major refining and chemical plant has a defined set of Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) or key metrics as goals to drive site improvements in operations. They usually include the areas of safety and environmental, plant production, cost and margin, equipment availability /reliability, personnel development and more recently, sustainability.  In many plants the goals are updated yearly as part of the management planning process. However, meeting the goals is often hindered by the difficulties in quickly identifying current performance gaps and problems so that prompt corrective action can be taken. Comparing data across sites is also difficult. In this presentation, the use of modern IIoT software to cost effectively solve these issues is illustrated. Case studies of actual solution implementations and their benefits based on installations at leading companies will be presented.

1:50 pm - 2:10 pm

Digitizing Fire Protection Inspections



Paul Amendola, Co-Founder, TAP REPORT


To protect occupants and facilities against fire-related disasters, extensive protections are necessary. The larger, more complex, and higher-risk the facility, the more safeguards and fire protection are required. Routine inspections are required to ensure your fire protection equipment is operational when you need it is not only fundamental but it's also legislated. Through three types of fire protection inspections, we illuminate why routine inspections are important, how inspections are typically completed and how leveraging digital inspection solutions can be a lifesaver.

2:10 pm - 2:30 pm

InProcess Instruments – Analytical Solutions. Tailor-made



Dr. Sarah Neumann, Application Scientist, InProcess Instruments (IPI)


We develop high-performance quadrupole mass spectrometer systems with application-optimized software for online gas analysis in industry and research. Our tailor-made mass spectrometers are the perfect solution for demanding measurement tasks in quality control and online monitoring even in harsh environments.


Our focus on customer support and service for over 1.000 installations worldwide ensures precise and reliable measurements for decades

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

OT Cyber Security Attacks in Downstream Operations



Ryan Bowery, Principal Solutions Engineer, Claroty

3:00 pm

Closing Cocktails - Reception Floor