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Today’s Date

Wednesday, Dec 1st, 2021

Speakers

Honourable Andrew Furey

Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

Born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, Premier Andrew Furey is a passionate orthopaedic trauma surgeon and educator with Memorial University’s School of Medicine.

Premier Furey has a diverse education, which includes a Diploma in Organizational Leadership from Oxford University and a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology from Memorial. His strong work ethic has earned him many local, provincial, and national awards and honours. He was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Canadian Red Cross and earned the Governor General of Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross.

In 2010, he helped create Team Broken Earth to provide medical relief after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. This Newfoundland and Labrador-born charity has since expanded in size and scope. Today, over 1,500 volunteers from across Canada, the US, and UK have participated in medical missions to Haiti as well as Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. On top of that, Premier Furey helped found A Dollar A Day Foundation to support mental health initiatives across Canada.

Premier Furey enjoys spending time with his wife, Allison, and their children Maggie, Rachael and Mark. He credits his family for helping him stay grounded and maintain his perspective on what matters most – love, empathy, and making a difference.


The Honorable Minister Andrew Parsons

Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology
Member for Burgeo – La Poile

Andrew Parsons has represented the district of Burgeo – La Poile since 2011. A lifelong resident of Port aux Basques, he was educated at UNB & the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law. Andrew was called to the Newfoundland & Labrador Bar in 2005. During his time in his general practice, Andrew was also involved in numerous community group and volunteer roles in the region prior to entering provincial politics. During his first tenure in office, he served as the Opposition House Leader and as critic for Justice, Health and Community Services, and other key portfolios. Upon being re-elected in 2015, he was appointed Minister of Justice and Public Safety, Attorney General, and Government House Leader. On August 19, 2020, he was sworn in as the first Minister of new Department of Industry, Energy and Technology, and was re-appointed to this role in April 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.


Bethany Downer
Chief Communications Officer, Hubble Space Telescope
Director of Communications, STAR HARBOR

Bethany Downer, born and raised in St. John’s, is a public communicator for space. Her role in the aerospace industry is to effectively explain space science and technology developments, or “rocket science”, with the broader audiences. Bethany is the Chief Communications Officer for the Hubble Space Telescope for the European Space Agency, and the Director of Communications for STAR HARBOR Space Academy, which is set to become the world’s first publicly accessible spaceflight training facility and R&D campus for space.

In 2018 Bethany became the first scientist-astronaut candidate from Newfoundland and Labrador, and she hopes to complete her first commercial suborbital spaceflight within the next five years. Bethany has also worked with the International Astronomical Union and the Space Generation Advisory Council for the United Nations Programme on Space Applications.

Bethany holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Memorial University and a Master of Science degree from the International Space University. She has twice been named one of Canada’s Top 30 under 30, she was the recipient of Memorial University’s Horizon Alumni Award in 2016, and she was presented with the Sovereign’s Medal by Canada’s Governor General in 2018.


Beth Schlitt
VP Global Supply Chain Planning
ChampionX

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.


Blair MacDougall

President and owner of Waterford Energy Services Inc. (www.wesi.ca), a company which he started in 2003 after career with Mobil and later ExxonMobil where he held various drilling, completion, and subsea engineering positions. Waterford is a multi-discipline organization that offers well construction, process and pipeline services and is also active in the renewables space. In 2017, Waterford created a data science and software team to use AI inspired tools and services for the energy industry.

MacDougall has worked globally in regions such as West Africa, Central Africa, Western Canada, Canadian Arctic, India, China, Atlantic Canada, Gulf of Mexico, The Caribbean and the North Sea. A member of many professional organizations such as IADC-WellCap (certified well control instructor), SMC/ISO/TC 67 (Materials, equipment and offshore structures for petroleum, petrochemical, and natural gas industries), Society of Petroleum Engineers, Advisory Board for Natural Resources Magazine and is an HSE Committee Member for the CNSOPB, a Federal-Provincial petroleum regulatory organization. Blair has a B.Engr. (Mechanical) from Memorial University of Newfoundland as well as a BSc (Mathematics) from
St. Francis Xavier University.


Cathy Simpson

A Newfoundlander who made her way to NS and then NB after university, everything in Cathy’s career has been in tech and innovation in Atlantic Canada. That means growing our economy through the use of technology, growing talent and jobs, harnessing capital, connecting companies and people to globally relevant problems, mentoring founders, and exposing more women and girls to the sector.  I do this as the CEO of TechImpact,an industry-led organization striving to help Atlantic Canada embrace and accelerate technology adoption and innovation as the economic future’s cornerstone. As Board Chair of NBIF, an independent, private organization focused on venture capital and research funding helping NB innovators solve globally relevant problems through research, mentoring, and access to capital. And as the founder of UP+GO, a social enterprise building and delivering leadership programs to high school girls, teaching job ready skills, strengthening their leadership mindset, and exposing them to incredible women in STEM and entrepreneurship.

From hosting the TechTalks Podcast to nurturing future generations of women leaders, I live by UP+GO’s motto – “Be Brave. Be You.”  When not working, you can find me hiking with our dog Fundy, golfing, or spending time on the water.


Chris Slubicki
Former President, Chief Executive Officer & Director
Modern Resources Inc.

Chris Slubicki is president, CEO & director of Modern Resources Inc., a Calgary-based private oil & gas company.  He is the former vice-chair of Scotia Waterous and was one of the four original founders of Waterous and Co., a private global oil & gas mergers and acquisitions firm, having starting the firm in Calgary in 1989.  Prior to selling the firm to Bank of Nova Scotia in 2005, the firm expanded to offices in five countries with a staff of 88 and completed hundreds of oil & gas transactions over its 17-year tenure.

Chris graduated with a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of Calgary. He is a professional engineer in Alberta and a member of APEGA.  Chris is currently on the boards of Bonavista Energy Corporation and the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation.  He also served on the board of Alpine Canada for seven years, the last two as Chair.


Dan Vyselaar

Dan Vyselaar is the Director of Technology and Development at Atlantic Towing. He has been with Atlantic Towing since 2014, where he is responsible for major projects and new shipbuilding programs as well as the company’s sustainability initiatives. Prior to joining Atlantic Towing, Dan spent close to 15 years in shipbuilding and ship design where he was responsible for a wide variety of shipbuilding projects in Canada and abroad, including the design and construction of several Platform Supply Vessels and Accommodation vessels.

Dan is a professional engineer and member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)

Dan obtained a Master’s degree in Naval Architecture and a B.A.Sc. Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Naval Architecture, both from the University of BC in Vancouver.


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.


Lazaro Cosma
President
ExxonMobil Canada

Lazaro Cosma was appointed President of ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. in March 2021.

Lazaro joined ExxonMobil in 2006 and held offshore and onshore drilling assignments in Angola and Piceance Creek.

Following an assignment in drilling planning, in 2010 he became the engineering supervisor for Sakhalin drilling, where he was responsible for planning extended reach wells across three world-class drilling rigs.

In 2011, Lazaro became an engineering supervisor, executing drilling and completion operations for U.S. offshore assets in California and the Gulf of Mexico. In 2014, he moved to Malaysia, becoming engineering manager for Malaysia drilling supporting the ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc. affiliate.

In 2016, he became a planning advisor for ExxonMobil Development Company, providing advisory support to senior leadership. Two years later, he was named to the Upstream organization design team, where he was one of 40 leaders and experts involved in designing and implementing a new Upstream organization.

In his most recent assignment he was operations manager – Midland/Central Basin Platform for XTO Energy’s Permian Basin Business Unit.

Lazaro received a bachelor of engineering degree in mechanical engineering, and a master of engineering in systems engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. Lazaro and his wife Erin have three children.


Leo Power, BA, MBA, MOGS, ICD.D

EDUCATION

2009- Institute of Corporate Directors Designation (ICD.D)

2008- Master of Oil and Gas Studies (MOGS)- Memorial University, St. John’s, NL (studies in Canada, North Sea/U.K., and Oman). Masters Thesis on the Monetization of NL’s Offshore Natural Gas Reserves.

2005- Master of Business Administration, Joint Kellogg- Schulich Executive MBA Program- York University, Toronto and Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (studies. in Canada, US and China)

1983- Bachelor of Arts- Memorial University, St. John’s, NL

PROFESSIONAL

CEO & President, Newfoundland and Labrador LNG Ltd.

Director & Shareholder, Search Minerals Inc. (TSX.V.SMY)

Director & Shareholder, Canada Fluorspar Inc., St. Lawrence, NL

Director & Shareholder, Minfocus Exploration Corp. (TSX.V:SMY)

1989- Principal Secretary to Premier Rideout, Government of NL

1984-89 Assistant to John Crosbie in his capacity as Regional Federal Minister for NL and during his tenure as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Minister of Transport and Minister of International Trade

Community

Co-Founder NL Chapter, Institute of Corporate Directors

Recipient of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant achievement/community service

Completed Ironman competitions in Canada and France, completed marathons on 5 continents including 202 km Marathon Des Sables Ultra Marathon in Morocco and Mount Everest Marathon and ran 30 kms on a sixth continent.

Summited Mount Kilimanjaro.


Lori Ackerman
Mayor
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.


Dr. Michael Katz

Dr. Katz (Mike) was born in Haifa, Israel, and moved to North Vancouver BC when he was 6 years old. With an engineer as a mother, a physist as a father, and a chemist as an aunt, Mike’s aunt won the battle and Mike fell in love with Chemistry. Mike completed his BSc and PhD at Simon Fraser University. As an NSERC-funded graduate student, Mike examined the synthesis and applications of metal-containing polymers. He studied their applications in ammonia sensing and optical anisotropy (telecomunication related). With PhD in hand, he moved to Chicago – actually Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago – as an NSERD-funded postdoctoral fellow to study solar energy conversion and porous materials. This is where Mike found his interest in porous materials. He examined the synthesis of porous materials and their applications in toxic nerve agent hydrolysis. With these new skills in hand, Mike moved to St. John’s in January of 2015 to start his indepednent research group. His current interest are using porous materials for applications in air purification.


Mike LaPointe
National Business Manager
Energy Distribution, Brenntag Canada Inc.

Mike has more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He began his career working with down hole production pumps and well head drives in rural Alberta and then moved into PVF service and supply management. In 2001, he began working with production chemicals, specializing in pipeline corrosion.

Mike has spent time working internationally as well as across North America. He has held field and corporate sales leadership roles with both multi-national companies and smaller specialty chemical groups.

In his current role of national business manager for energy distribution with Brenntag Canada, Mike leads his team to provide solutions in chemical blending, tolling, manufacturing, and re-labelling of products for the energy sector, ensuring customers have the right product in the right package, on time.


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

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.


Shayne McDonald

Shayne McDonald is an indigenous lawyer with the Law Firm of McDonald Law located on the Miawpukek Reserve at Conne River, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Shayne is a member of the Miawpukek First Nation which is a small Mi’kmaq community located in Newfoundland’s southwest coast.

Shayne earned a law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1993 and a MBA from Arthabasca University in 2014.

Shayne specializes in Indigenous law and has been practicing since 1993.

In addition to his work with McDonald Law firm, Shayne oversees Miawpukek First Nation’s commercial fishing fleet and its marine related partnerships and joint ventures.

He has been active in advising Miawpukek First Nation on economic development and business development matters.

Shayne shares Chief Misel’s goal of building a healthy economy at Miawpukek through own source business units and joint ventures with mainstream industry.


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
President
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
BHP

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, who grew up in Newfoundland and Labrador, became the 13th president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland in April 2020.

She spent her early career in Alberta and British Columbia before returning to Atlantic Canada in 1992 to join St. Francis Xavier University as chair of the education department. She later joined the University of Prince Edward Island, serving as that institution’s vice-president for academic development from 2001 until becoming president of the University of Regina in 2008.

Vianne Timmons has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Allison University, a Bachelor of Education degree from Acadia University, a Master of Education degree from Gonzaga University and a PhD in education psychology from the University of Calgary.

During her career, she has maintained an active and wide-ranging research program. She has authored or edited nine books, written more than a dozen book chapters, authored more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and presented more than 200 invited lectures about her work.

In 2017, she was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada – one of Canada’s highest civilian honours – for her longstanding work in the areas of inclusive education for persons with disabilities, family literacy and women’s leadership.


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. 


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