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Recap: The Oil Sands Story: Following bitumen from mining to market

Thu Jan 31, 2013 07:30 AM - Thu Jan 31, 2013 02:00 PM
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Rich Coleman, B.C.’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas, speaks to reporters following his address to The Vancouver Board of Trade on Jan. 31, 2013. Photo by Tyson Jerry.

The Vancouver Board of Trade hosted a half-day forum exploring Canada’s oils sands industry on Jan. 31 at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.

The event featured keynote addresses by the energy ministers of Alberta and British Columbia, as well as expert panel discussions that shed light on what bitumen is and how it gets from Canada’s oil sands resources to the global marketplace.

The Honourable Ken Hughes, Minister of Energy for the Province of Alberta, kicked off the event with a breakfast address to some of Vancouver’s business leaders. In his remarks, Hughes urged for increased collaboration between B.C. and Alberta to deliver Canadian oil to growing Asian markets. However, Hughes also noted that Alberta is currently investigating other strategies to achieve its goals, including oil-by-rail through terminals in Alaska and Canada’s East Coast.

Hughes’s presentation was followed by a plenary by Don Thompson, Executive Advisor of Sustainability and Oil Sands Outreach for Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., on Canada’s potential as “an emerging energy superpower.”

Ian Anderson, President of Kinder Morgan Canada, then spoke to the forum regarding some of the common challenges that are faced by projects that aim to access new markets for Canadian oil production.

Following his speech, Anderson joined a panel discussion with Brenda Kenny, President and CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, and Captain Stephen Roy Brown, President of the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia. The discussion was moderated by Scott Simpson, a Vancouver Sun business reporter who focuses on energy, innovation, and technology.

The Honourable Rich Coleman, B.C.’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas, delivered a luncheon address, which in part reiterated the province’s five criteria to supporting the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.

Rounding out the event was a panel discussion with Jennifer Grant, Director of Oil Sands at the Pembina Institute, Keith Matthew, former chief of the Simpcw First Nation, and John Hunter, President and CEO, of J. Hunter & Associates Ltd.

Presentations from the event can be downloaded from this link (6,972 KB ZIP).

For a full photo gallery from this event, visit The Vancouver Board of Trade’s official Facebook page.


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