Energy Management (May 02-04)

Professionals in natural gas energy supply, transportation and storage gather for presentations and roundtable discussions focused on Western North America’s demand outlook and factors expected to influence the cost of delivering natural gas. This collaborative atmosphere, combined with the attendee’s high level of expertise, leads to complex and analytical discussions regarding long-term forecasts, international energy demand, LNG updates, the price of carbon, renewable developments, electric/gas convergence issues, renewable natural gas, and the influence of storage and infrastructure projects.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Tania Specogna, Director, Resource Development, FortisBC

    • Program Location
    • Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
    • 791 West Georgia Street
      Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4
    • Who Should Attend
    • Senior level management responsible for energy supply, storage, transportation, marketing, transmission or business development. Electric utilities with gas generation are encouraged to attend.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $699 USD
    Regular: $1,199 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after April 4, 2018. Registration includes attendance to all agenda topics and events as well as comprehensive meeting materials. Guest tickets are available for $125 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.
  • For more information contact Christopher Lee, Senior Program Manager at (971) 255-4967.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Optional Tour: Fraser Valley Biogas Facility

*Sign up for this optional tour during registration. Meet in the hotel lobby

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM


5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Dinner on your own.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcome and Introductions

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

City of Vancouver Restrictions on Natural Gas
Speaker(s): Brent Graham, Manager, Public Policy, FortisBC

FortisBC will share how they are approaching the City of Vancouver’s recent ban on natural gas use in new construction.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM


9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Woodfibre LNG Update

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

T-South Expansion Project
Speaker(s): Mark Tomlinson, Senior Specialist, Commercial, Enbridge

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Roundtable Discussion

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Canadian E&P - Opportunities and Challenges in the‎ WCSB
Speaker(s): Juan Jarrah, Equity Research, Oil & Gas, TD Securities Inc.

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Roundtable Discussion (continued)

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Roundtable Discussion (continued)

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Hosted Networking Dinner

LUPO Restaurant
869 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC  V6B 2R7

Friday, May 4, 2018

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Power-to-Gas Systems
Speaker(s): Jack Brouwer, Professor and Associate Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center, University of California, Irvine

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Hydrogen Blending
Speaker(s): Paul Chernikhowsky, Engineering Supervisor Pipelines, FortisBC

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Roundtable Discussion (continued)

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Planning for Fall Meeting

11:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Meeting Adjourns

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at 1-800-441-1414 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $279 CAD/night or book online using the link below. This rate is guaranteed until April 17, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Mark Tomlinson


Senior Specialist, Commercial

Jack Brouwer

University of California, Irvine

Professor and Associate Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center

John Quinn


Engineering Supervisor Pipelines

Brent Graham


Manager, Public Policy

Juan Jarrah

TD Securities Inc.

Equity Research, Oil & Gas
Learn More

Juan Jarrah joined TD Securities in November 2009 as an equity research associate to help support the research analyst covering the large cap Canadian E&P after spending two years at a competing investment dealer primarily focused on the junior and intermediate Canadian E&P space. Juan has been a primary covering analyst at TD Securities since November 2011, primarily focused on the junior and intermediate Canadian E&P universe. Prior to obtaining his MBA degree from McGill University (2007), Juan worked as a compound semiconductor production engineer for a privately held manufacturer of infrared optics. Juan obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) degree from McGill University in 2001, is a CFA charterholder, as well as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) licensed with APEGA.