• Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada invites you to join us for its annual

    Methane Emissions Reduction Forum

    November 26-27, 2019 in Banff at the Rimrock Resort Hotel

    This informative two day event focuses on various aspects of reducing methane emissions from oil and gas operations such as: Regulation development, resources and opportunities available to industry, as well as, detection, quantification and mitigation/control technologies used to address targeted emission source areas.

    This forum discusses current and future challenges facing the Canadian oil and gas industry related to 2025 methane emissions reductions targets and, in exploring this critical issue, takes a closer look at the current state of emissions reduction opportunities as well as the challenges and opportunities available to support technology innovation and new practices.

    For our attending guests interested in staying at the RimRock Resort Hotel, there are limited hotel rooms available at a special price by mentioning the following code 191125PTAC to reserve.

    We’re pleased to announce the

    2019 Methane Emissions Reduction Forum is now sold out!

    We look forward to seeing you at next year’s forum on November 17-18, 2020.



    Thank you to the 2019 Methane Emissions Reduction Forum sponsors.


  • TimeSessions
    7 AMBreakfast and Registration
    8:50Welcome by forum moderator, Marc Godin, Director of Technology, Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada
    9:00Opening remarks by Soheil Asgarpour, President, Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada
    9:20Session 1: Industry and Government Collaboration
    Collaboration facilitates industry dialogue, ultimately improving the long-term operational efficiency of Canada’s oil and gas industry. This panel session focuses on how industry and government can work together to improve the understanding of methane emissions and identify potential reduction strategies.
    • Soheil Asgarpour, President, PTAC

    • Andrew Higgins, Canadian Natural Resources Limited
    • Wayne Hillier, Alberta Manager, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
    • Gerald Palanca, Manager Air Technical, Alberta Energy Regulator
    • Cécile Siewe, Director General of CanmetENERGY Devon
    10:30Session 2: Regulatory Updates
    We all have the same goal – to reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas industry. How we accomplish this goal, however, varies from province to province. These presentations take a closer look at methane reduction requirements from around Canada helping ensure compliance with and understanding of applicable regulations.
    Alberta's Methane Emissions Reduction Policy; Arron Best, Alberta Energy
    • Alternative Fugitive Emission Management Programs; Lindsay Campbell, Alberta Energy Regulator
    • Canada's Methane Regulations; James Diamond, Environment Climate Change Canada
    • British Columbia's Regulatory Updates: Methane; Sean Curry, BC Oil and Gas Commission
    Saskatchewan's Methane Action Plan - Year 1 Update; Doug MacKnight, Governments of Saskatchewan
    11:45Morning Closing Remarks
    1:00Session 3: Small and Medium-sized Enterprize Projects and Perspectives
    The impacts of various drivers for methane emission reductions from oil and gas production affect companies large and small. But not all methods are alike when it comes to small and midsize organizations. This presentation session allows smaller enterprise to raise their voice when it comes to being cost-effective and cost-competitive.
    • Methane Emissions Reduction: Paramount’s Integrated and Collaborative Approach; D. Blake Reid, Paramount Resources
    • Understanding fugitive emissions at an Oil Battery during normal operating activities; Kyle MacDonald, Boreal Laser
    • SCVF Ranking Tool and Minimum Methane Emission Guideline Calculator based on Potential Health Risks; Anthony Knafla, Equilibrium Environmental
    2:10Session 4: Commercialization of New Technology and Overcoming the Valley of Death
    It’s no secret securing funding for new technology is difficult. So much so that many new programs and organizations die off before a steady stream of revenues is established. This panel session focuses on current and future initiatives designed to help technology providers successfully develop and deploy technology solutions.
    • John Belus, Bureau Veritas North America

    • Richelle Foster, Project Engineer -- Technology and Innovation, Canadian Natural
    • Jana Hanova, Director, Evok Innovations
    • Dallas Rosevear, Business Development Manager, Black Gold Rush
    • Brian van Vliet, Environmental Solutions Leader, Spartan
    3:15SME Awards
    3:30Closing Remarks
    3:40Exhibition, Networking, and Awards Reception
    5:00Day 1 Adjourned

  • TimeSession
    7 AMBreakfast
    9:05Session 5: Project Updates
    At last year’s methane emissions reduction forum, PTAC and numerous industry stakeholders announced a plethora of technology projects scheduled to launch or be completed in 2019. The presentations in this session will take a closer look at some of these initiatives, expanding upon the potential impacts these innovative solutions may have on current and future industry operations.
    • Richelle Foster, Canadian Natural Resources
    • Sean Hiebert, Cenovus Energy

    • Field investigation of gas migration at a leaking oil and gas well; Cathy Ryan, University of Calgary
    • Managing Methane Emissions: Evidence from Recent Field Studies in Alberta; Arvind Ravikumar, Harrisburg University
    Intelligent Methane Monitoring & Management System (IM3S): Reducing methane emissions with advanced analytics; Chris Hugenholtz and Thomas Fox, University of Calgary
    Opportunities for methane emissions reduction supporting innovation and technology; Cooper Robinson, Cap-Op Energy
    11 AMJoint Q&A Session
    11:30Special presentation
    Orbital monitoring and detection services for the oil and gas industry; Jeroen Walta, Nexus Space
    11:50Morning Closing Remarks
    12 PMLunch
    1 PMSession 6: Research Studies and Data-driven Decision Making
    Under the Climate Leadership Plan, methane emissions in Alberta will be reduced by 45 percent by 2025. But how do we capture the data informing these regulations? From investigations to data aggregation, where does the data on methane emissions come from and how do different models inform regulatory decisions?
    Investigation of Fugitive and Venting Emissions from Fixed-Roof Storage Tanks; Yori Jamin, Clearstone
    • AER Study Updates: Compressor Seal Venting and CHOPs Gas Production; Cassandra Schostek, Alberta Energy Regulator
    • Methane Emissions Data Aggregation and Analysis Project for FEMP-EA and Canadian
    context: Resources, patterns, and measurement methodology performance; Dave Risk, StFx University
    2 PMSession 7: Market Uptake and Deploying Technology
    You’ve collaborated on projects and you’ve finally got the funding. Now what? In an industry that sometimes doesn’t like to change, how can you increase technology deployment and bring your product to market? In this panel, industry experts will discuss how they overcame deployment obstacles.
    • Mark Summers, Executive Director -- Technology & Innovation at Emissions Reduction Alberta

    • Jennifer Baillie, Altus Geomatics
    • Stephane Germain, President and CEO, GHGSat Inc
    • James Holoboff, Process Ecology
    • Liz O'Connell, Co-Founder, Arolytics Inc
    3 PMStudent-led Poster Competition Awards Presentation
    3:15Closing Remarks by Wayne Hillier, CAPP
    3:30Forum Adjourned