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Wednesday, Jun 23rd, 2021


Angela Hooton
Business Development Manager
Swagelok Atlantic Canada

Angela has worked at Swagelok Atlantic Canada (SAC) for the past nine years, advancing from a Business Development Associate based in Saint John, New Brunswick to the Business Manager for the whole Atlantic region including Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, PEI, and New Brunswick. In this role, Angela manages opportunities and Swagelok engineering resources, ensuring the right resources are providing the right solutions at the right time for our diverse client base. Angela completed the Industrial Control Technology program at New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) and has grown her knowledge tremendously during her time at SAC. She is a certified trainer for Tube Fitting Installation, Tube Bending, Medium-and-High-Pressure Valve and Fitting Solutions, and Thread Identification. She is also trained to perform on-site leak detection using precision ultrasonic technology. Angela leads by example as a trusted advisor who is highly engaged with clients, embraces change, welcomes challenges, seeks solutions, continuously improves her knowledge, delivers on promises, and provides high quality service. She actively participates with industries such as Offshore Oil and Gas to help develop innovative solutions that optimize efficiency. Angela is a proud aunt who enjoys playing volleyball and gardening in her spare time.

Captain Anthony Patterson
Managing Director
Virtual Marine Training

Captain Anthony Patterson is the Managing Director, Virtual Marine Training and is the Chair of the Board of Virtual Marine Technology Inc. His current focus is to provide engaging and realistic learning experiences for maritime and offshore workers using advanced simulation technology.

Since 2007, Capt. Patterson has spearheaded the use of simulation to enhance emergency training in the marine industry. He has played a major role in having simulation approved for use to augment drills and to formally assess competence for high-risk emergency response skills.

Virtual Marine Training operates 4 training locations in Canada, USA, UK and Qatar and has deployed a large number of workplace training systems for the largest companies in the Offshore industry. Annually, over 8,000 learning experiences are delivered to maritime workers.

Capt. Patterson is a specialist advisor to Transport Canada and the International Maritime Organization. He is also an expert advisor to the Standards Council of Canada for Lifesaving Appliances and Arrangements.

Anthony is the former Director for the Centre for Marine Simulation and served in the Canadian Coast Guard. He is a Master Mariner and holds a Coast Guard Command Certificate and a Bachelor of Maritime Studies.

Beth Schlitt
VP Global Supply Chain Planning

Beth graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree and has more than 25 years of experience working in the process automation and controls and specialty chemical industries. She joined ChampionX in 2005 and has held various roles, including product line marketing manager, demand planning/S&OP manager, oilfield chemical supply chain business partner, and marketing director.

In her current role of vice president for global supply chain planning, Beth manages the demand and supply production and inventory planning for ChampionX’s global network of reaction and blend plants.

Garrett Rogers
Area Manager – Chemical Technologies
ChampionX Eastern Canada

Garrett has 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He started his career working in cementing/fracking and wireline, then spent several years working as a project manager in downstream before returning to upstream as an account manager working with specialty chemicals.

In 2010, Garrett joined ChampionX and has since held various sales and marketing leadership roles, gaining global offshore experience through his work in the Gulf of Mexico and Sub-Saharan Africa. In his current role as in-province manager for ChampionX in Atlantic Canada, Garrett is working to bring global best practices in account management and supply chain to Newfoundland.

Gerry Mayo
VP Operations
PF Collins International Trade Solutions

As VP, Operations with PF Collins International Trade Solutions, Gerry is responsible for managing Freight Forwarding, Warehousing, Marine Agency, and Immigration Consulting departments.

A Chartered Public Accountant and experienced senior operations manager, Gerry has held leadership positions in both the private and public sectors, including 10 years as Base Manager for FMC Technologies.

Gerry’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Memorial University, a Diploma in Project Management from the Norwegian School of Management, and extensive subsea technical, operations, and equipment training.

As Director of Noia and incoming Treasurer, Gerry works tirelessly to promote the development and growth of Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil and gas industry.

When not working, Gerry enjoys spending time with his family and contributing to various charitable and community organizations. An avid runner, he is an executive member of the STRIDE Running NL group and regularly participates in local road races, including the Tely 10 and the grueling Cape to Cabot.

Jim Keating
CEO (Acting)
Oil and Gas Corporation of NL

As acting CEO of the Oil and Gas Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, Jim Keating is responsible for the development of the province’s offshore oil and gas resources and is the executive lead for Bull Arm Fabrication.

Prior to assuming this role, Jim was Executive Vice Preside at Nalcor Energy. Over the past 15 years he has led the development of the province’s offshore interests since inception in 2007. He has also been the executive responsible for Churchill Falls Labrador Corporation, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro’s Projects and Engineering Division, and Energy Marketing. Jim also led the team that established the province’s first large-scale wind energy projects in St. Lawrence and Fermeuse.

Jonathan Brown
Senior Vice-President, Atlantic Region
Husky Energy

Jonathan was appointed Senior Vice-President, Atlantic Region in December 2019, after joining Husky in 2018 as the region’s Vice-President for Operations.

He started his career with Shell in 1988 and worked internationally in drilling and production operations, including time as Offshore Installation Manager in the North Sea. He later focused on strategy and performance improvement. Jonathan subsequently worked with BG Group in Trinidad and Talisman Energy (later Repsol) in a variety of leadership roles in Canada, the United Kingdom and Norway.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Imperial College in London and a Master of Science in Management from the London Business School (Sloan Fellow).

Josée Tremblay
Vice President, East Coast
Suncor Energy

Based in St. John’s, Josée Tremblay is accountable for all of Suncor’s offshore production, development and exploration on Canada’s east coast. Included in the region are the operatorship of the Terra Nova FPSO and the joint-venture partnerships in the Hibernia, White Rose and Hebron developments.

Before joining Suncor, Josée was an executive at INPEX Corporation, in the projects division. Prior to that, she held various leadership roles with ConocoPhillips internationally and in Canada. Her deep background in asset management, operations, projects and safety leadership includes 25 years of progressive experience in the offshore and E&P industry. Josée joined Suncor as the vice president engineering in the exploration and production (E&P) business in 2018.

Originally from Quebec, Josée holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Calgary, a Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate from Stanford School of Engineering and an Executive Education Certificate in finance and accounting from Rice University.

Kim Keating
Chief Operating Officer
Cahill Group

Kim Keating is a Professional Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the global offshore energy sector. She is currently Chief Operating Officer of the Cahill Group – one of Canada’s largest multi-disciplinary construction companies. Prior to joining the Cahill Group, Kim held a variety of progressive leadership roles from engineering design through to construction, commissioning, production operations and field development with Petro-Canada (now Suncor Energy Inc.). Throughout her career, Ms. Keating has made significant engineering and project management contributions to key projects in the Canadian, Norwegian and UK offshore oil and gas sectors.

Kim holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree, a Master of Business Administration, is a registered member of the Professional Engineering & Geoscientists NL and holds the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation. In June 2016, she was named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers – the first female from Newfoundland and Labrador to be inducted into the Academy. In 2017, Kim was appointed to the Board of Directors of Yamana Gold Inc. and in 2019 was appointed to the Board of Major Drilling International. In March 2020, she graduated from the Rotman-ICD Directors Education Program.

Kim understands the importance of giving back to her community and has served in numerous volunteer roles including Vice Chair of Memorial University’s Board of Regents, Chair of the Rhodes Scholarship selection committee, Chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade, President of Women in Science & Engineering NL, a founding member of the International Women’s Forum (NL Chapter), Vice-Chair of the Marine Institute Advisory Committee, board director with the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation and Opera on the Avalon. She also sits on the NL Oil and Gas Industry Development Council and is Co-Chair of the 2025 Canada Games Committee.

In 2018, Kim received the Memorial University Faculty of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award, the PEGNL Community Leadership Award, as well as the St. John’s Board of Trade Community Builder of the Year Award.

Lori Ackerman
City of Fort St. John’s

Lori is serving her third term as the Mayor of the City of Fort St. John BC. In this role she is, not only a steward for the needs of her city but, she is a champion for her citizens on the national stage. She leads with conviction to educate decision makers on the realities of resource extraction, our economy and our communities.

With a diploma in Business Management, and a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Governance Essentials Program, Lori has spent her entire career working to benefit her community. Whether in paid leadership positions for local community groups, or as a volunteer, Lori has used her expertise and unparalleled drive to benefit her community.

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit (Harry S. Truman),” are words to live by for Lori. Where there is a need for a voice to speak for her community, Lori will join, lead or form an organization to raise awareness of the important issues. She represents Fort St. John on many local, regional and provincial boards and committees. In 2016 Lori was named one of the Top 35 Most Influential Women in BC in BC Business Magazine and in 2019, the Energy Council of Canada’s named her the 2019 Canadian Energy person of the year.

Taking her expertise in local government and resource extraction on the international arena, Lori spent three years working with small communities in Peru. Through the Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America (CISAL) Program, she worked to improve governance, economies, community infrastructure and relations with the mining industry in remote regions of the country.

Lori is a leader, an innovator, a champion, a lifetime-learner, a mom, grandma, partner and friend.

Robert Crosbie C.M., LL.D., ICD.D

An experienced and well-respected Newfoundland and Labrador-based business leader and entrepreneur, Robert (Rob) Crosbie is the Chair of Crosbie and has significant experience leading growth-oriented companies.  Rob started with the family business in 1991 and, together with his brothers and sister, led the company’s growth in real estate development and industrial services.

Rob Crosbie is a member of the Order of Canada (2018), holds an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from Memorial University (2018), and is a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame (2016).  Rob is also the recipient of Ernst & Young’s Atlantic Canada Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2016), Noia’s Outstanding Contribution Award (2016), Memorial University’s J.D. Eaton Tribute Award (2014), and Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration Alumnus of the Year Award (2003).

Rory Johnston

Managing Director and Market Economist

Price Street

Rory Johnston is a commodity market economist specializing in Canadian energy markets. He is currently working on multiple projects and holds the title of Managing Director and Market Economist at Price Street, a Toronto-based investment firm, where he leads market research and contributes to allocation strategy. Rory has spent the last decade researching energy systems and until recently led commodity economics research at Scotiabank; his views are regularly sought by media, industry organizations, and policy-making bodies. Rory holds a Master of Global Affairs degree from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy as well as a bachelor’s degree in Political Studies from Queen’s University.

Susan Collins
VP Business Development
PF Collins International Trade Solutions

Susan is responsible for overseeing PF Collins’ strategic planning, client services, contract administration, and marketing and sales activities. With over 15 years of experience, Susan specializes in project transportation and overall logistics for energy and offshore industries.
Susan graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2003. She held positions in materials management, project logistics, and corporate tax affairs with Trident Exploration and Pentagon Freight Services in Calgary before returning to Newfoundland. Her tenure with PF Collins included roles within the Freight Forwarding and Import Departments prior to becoming VP, Business Development in 2017.
An active community volunteer, Susan has contributed as a Director of several organizations, including the Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee, Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation. In 2017, she was awarded the Aidan Maloney Young Professionals Award by the St. John’s Northwest Rotary Club, an honour recognizing young professionals who are positively impacting their vocations and communities.

Todd Hartlaub
Senior Manager, Atlantic Canada Region
CNOOC International

Todd Hartlaub joined CNOOC in 1999 and currently leads the Atlantic Canada business based in St. John’s. In this role he is responsible for ensuring the safe, responsible management of all exploration operations and the future development within the Atlantic Canada region.

Todd has 20 years of experience in the oil & gas industry and has held several roles with increasing responsibility within CNOOC International, working in Canada, the United Kingdom, Yemen, Nigeria and Australia in a broad range of engineering, business and management functions.

He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and a Diploma in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, U.K. He is a professional engineer and an active member of APEGA in Alberta and PEGNL in Newfoundland and Labrador. Todd currently sits on the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers National Policy and Regulatory Impact Priority Steering Group and is a member of the Atlantic Canada Offshore Policy Group.

Torstein Hole
Equinor Canada

Torstein Hole has been President of Equinor Canada since September 2019. Hole joined Equinor in 1985 and has held various senior leadership positions throughout Norway and in the US onshore. He has held senior corporate roles in strategy, finance, as well as corporate safety and security. Hole holds a master’s degree in finance from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.

Tracey Simpson
Canada Country Manager, Petroleum

Tracey Simpson oversees BHP Petroleum activity in her role as Canada Country Manager, preparing for an offshore exploration campaign in the Orphan Basin. Prior to her current move to St. John’s, Tracey was based in Houston where she was BHP’s Vice President Procurement, Oil & Gas and Technology, leading teams executing all category management activities globally for the two value chains.

Tracey has also spent extensive time with BHP in global mining-focused commercial roles covering strategic sourcing, supplier relationship management and market intelligence. Her leadership accountabilities have included extensive involvement with local procurement and indigenous contracting, as well as the development and execution of long-term global strategic alliances with business partners.

Before joining BHP, Tracey worked for 10 years across a variety of industries including management consulting, forestry, rail and geotechnical engineering. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), and a postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Auckland, as well as an Executive Master in Change from INSEAD business school.

Dr. Vianne Timmons, OC
President and Vice-Chancellor
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Vianne Timmons became the 13th president and vice-chancellor of Memorial at the beginning of April 2020, coming from the University of Regina where she had served as president since 2008.

Her many awards include being named Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women on four occasions; a YMCA of Regina Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s President’s Award for Distinguished Leadership in International Education. In 2017 she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for her lifetime contributions to inclusive education, family literacy, Indigenous post-secondary education and women’s leadership.

An active volunteer, Dr. Timmons currently serves on various boards and committees, including as: member of Business/Higher Education Roundtable, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and VIA Rail Canada Board of Directors.

William Burton
Product Development Manager
Atlantic Hose and Fittings

William has spent the past six years with Atlantic Hose and Fittings (AHF) as a Product Development Manager, Sales Associate, and Hose Technician. Client safety is William’s number one priority. He is trusted by Offshore Oil and Gas partners to help manage their hose maintenance strategies and optimize their critical applications, thereby reducing workplace safety incidents, equipment failure, and environmental spills. William has gained valuable knowledge by completing the following courses for the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA): 

  • Hose Integrity, Inspection, and Management Course 
  • Foundation Course In Working Safely with Hydraulic Hoses and Connections 
  • Hose Assembly Skills Training Program 

In his spare time, William enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, playing with his dogs, and watching hockey (die hard Maple Leafs fan). 

Zachary Kaplan
Founder and Vice President
Sustainable Business Group, DAI

Zachary Kaplan is the Founder and Vice President of DAI’s Sustainable Business Group (SBG).  Zachary joined DAI in 2012 as a technical specialist supporting DAI’s work globally in small and medium-sized enterprise development, infrastructure, public-private partnerships, and extractive industries. In 2015, he launched the DAI Sustainable Business Group to lead the firm’s engagement with commercial clients seeking to invest and expand in growth markets around the world while at the same time delivering development benefits in terms of local jobs, local value creation, and local enterprise development.  

Zachary has advised governments on local content including those of Canada, Guyana, Ghana, Mexico, Mozambique, Jamaica, Tanzania and Romania; mining companies such as Kinross; and multinational energy companies such as Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, Kosmos Energy, Woodside and Tullow. He co-facilitates DAI’s Local Content MasterClass. Zachary also founded Georgetown University’s McCourt School’s Policy in Action, in 2007 which facilitates pro bono policy analysis and project development between graduate students and emerging market governments. Prior to joining DAI, Zachary worked at the World Bank supporting policy and program developments in infrastructure and extractive industries in East and West Africa.