What’s at Stake? The Challenges Facing Resource-Sector Investment in Canada
Chris Bloomer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association
With more than 30 years of experience in the domestic and international energy business, Chris Bloomer leads the industry association that represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies, which operate 134,000 kilometres of pipeline in Canada and the United States.
Prior to being appointed President and CEO of CEPA in 2015, Chris spent three years as CEO and Director at Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd. Chris has also held other senior executive roles across a range of domestic and international energy businesses, including Shell Canada, Petrobank Energy and Resources, Castle Energy, Talon Resources and Korn/Ferry.
Chris has a degree in Geoscience and is a member of The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).
Sheila Leggett, Tower Peak Consultants Ltd; Former Vice-Chair, National Energy Board
Sheila is currently the Chair of the International Standards Organization (ISO) Committee that oversees the 14000 environmental management standards and serves on the boards of the Alberta Electric System Operator and Storm Resources Ltd. She is the Chair of TELUS Spark, Calgary's Science Center and an Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. Sheila has served on a combination of private, not-for-profit and government agency boards throughout her career.
An underlying theme in Sheila’s activities has been seeking to balance environmental, social and economic aspects of energy projects in Canada. After working as an environmental advisor for a multi-national oil and gas company, she was a partner and eventually President and CEO of an environmental consulting firm that was a building block for a national environmental and engineering consulting company.
Sheila was appointed first to the Natural Resources Conservation Board (2001) and then to the National Energy Board (NEB) (2006). She was appointed Vice Chair of the NEB in 2008 and completed her term in 2013. While at the NEB, she presided over many hearings, including chairing the Joint Review Panel for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project.
Grant Sprague, Former Deputy Minister of Alberta Energy; Associate Counsel, Miller Thomson
The focus of Grant Sprague's practice is three-fold: he provides strategic and practical advice to clients on a broad range of natural resource and environmental law matters. Second, he provides advice on administrative law matters both to those who appear before tribunals as well as to tribunals themselves. This work includes applications for judicial review. Third, he provides strategic advice to clients engaged in regulatory and other processes involving government. With over 25 years of experience, Grant brings multiple perspectives and insights to assist clients navigating through the complexity of the regulatory systems.