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The FUTURE INNOVATORS FORUM allows Industry to engage, inspire, and network with future talent from Canada’s top schools. It is an opportunity to talk about the innovation in energy transition, the diversity of available careers, and the impact towards a better world we can make together. The forum is the platform to connect with and shape talent development with key Academic representatives.

Are you a Student?

Join us to:

Learn about Canada’s exciting energy transition – the challenges & opportunities

Network with employers and innovators

Discover careers opportunities in Canada’s largest industry

Are you an Industry Professional?

Join us to:

Meet and network with bright talent from Alberta’s top schools

Showcase and promote the many great career opportunities in energy

Engage in meaningful dialogue about Canada’s energy industry, the energy transition, and Canada’s role in creating a better tomorrow

LOCATION: The Calgary Petroleum Club – Devonian Room

DATE: March 29th, 2023 – 4:30pm – 7:30pm


  • Keynote Presentation 
  • Round Table Discussion 
  • Panel Discussion 
  • Networking Social 


Brad Hayes, Ph.D., P. Geol. – “Canada’s Energy Transition”

Brad Hayes is President of Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd., a geoscience and engineering consulting firm providing professional advice to clients working in oil and gas, helium and lithium exploration, water resource management, and geothermal energy. 

Brad holds a PhD in geology from the University of Alberta, and has 40 years of diverse experience applying subsurface geoscience in resource industries. He is Outreach Director for the Canadian Society for Evolving Energy, and a Past-President of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists.  He is a member of the Energy Resources Technical Advisory Committee for Geoscience BC and a Fellow of the Balsillie School for International Affairs.

Brad is an Adjunct Professor in the University of Alberta Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and a sessional lecturer in Earth and Environmental Sciences at Mount Royal University. Leading a team supported by U of A and CSEE, he has developed a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “21st Century Energy Transition – How do We Make it Happen?” as a product of extensive research and consultation on modern energy issues.

Brad is a prolific media commentator, writing for a variety of technical and business publications as well as engaging actively on social media talking about energy.


21st Century Energy Transition: The Global Challenge of our Time

Brad J. Hayes, Ph.D., P.Geol

Adjunct Professor, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta

Affordable, abundant and reliable energy is fundamental to human well-being and prosperity. For the past 200 years, human lives have improved immensely as more and more people have gained access to energy, primarily in the form of fossil fuels – coal, petroleum and natural gas. As the energy transition continues into the 21st century, many challenges are arising as we strive to achieve both energy security and to minimize associated environmental issues.

Today’s presentation draws on the work of many energy professionals who contributed to creating a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “21st Century Energy Transition – How do We Make it Happen?” (available at https://www.coursera.org/learn/21st-century-energy-transition).

We derive energy today from a variety of sources, from wood to nuclear fission. Each nation generates energy from the resources available to them, which vary widely in price and availability across the globe. Changing our energy sources to meet particular objectives, such as minimizing greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining energy security, presents massive implementation challenges.

Effective actions to meet our energy goals require well-informed energy policy – meaning that both the public and policy-makers must learn a great deal more about energy – and about setting reasonable goals and priorities informed by scientific and engineering realities. A variety of polarized viewpoints makes the learning process very challenging and impedes our progress, as demonstrated by a number of energy policy failures affecting billions of people today.

Making the 21st Century Energy Transition work well for humanity is the global challenge of our time.


Katie Smith-Parent

Patricia Bailey

Valerie Stewart

Steve McCaffrey

Omar H. Khattab

James Agate

Katie Smith-Parent | Executive Director | Young Women in Energy (YWE) 

Katie leads Business Development for Industry Diversification for Spartan Controls, an industrial technology company with process automation, valve, measurement and control solutions in Western Canada.  In addition, Katie is the Executive Director of Young Women in Energy (YWE), a non-profit Alberta organization of more than 4,500 members that provides voice, presence, development, and leadership of women working in the energy industry. She has received several accolades for her volunteerism and advocacy including, being recognized as a SheInnovator by She Innovates Alberta (2019); she received a Young Resource Leader Award (2021) by the Alberta Chamber of Resources, and most recently received a Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal (2022) and was recognized as one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 (2022). Katie is currently pursuing her MBA in Executive Management at Royal Roads University.

Valerie Stewart | VP Business Development | Scovan

Valerie has over 20 years of experience and success in strategic business development, corporate culture, and team leadership. She has worked in the energy and technology sectors across Canada. In each of her roles, she has brought an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset to improve business outcomes, build relationships and deliver value. Valerie has led the diversification of renewable energy projects for Scovan including Lithium Extraction, Energy Storage, Geothermal Energy, Renewable Natural Gas, and CCUS. She also oversees the marketing and brand development for Scovan, and is a champion for the company’s community engagement. She is an active member of Calgary Women in Energy, has served as Chair of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association Fall Conference, and is the social coordinator for all three of her children’s hockey teams. As the founder of Scovan’s International Women’s Day Forum, she is passionately committed to diversity and inclusion and believes in the strength of diverse perspectives in the boardroom. She is a key stakeholder in developing Scovan’s ESG strategy towards net-zero emissions and creating equal opportunities for all.

Valerie holds an M.B.A. from the University of Calgary.

Steve McCaffrey | Senior Development Engineer | MEG Energy

Born and raised in Alberta, Steve graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2015. Since 2015 Steve has worked with MEG Energy as a Production Engineer at both the Calgary office and Christina Lake field site. He’s worked on projects related to enhancing subsurface wellbore designs, improving SAGD production techniques, and advancing the use of digital technologies throughout MEG’s operations. In his current role Steve supports the economic evaluation and optimization of MEG Energy’s strategic development plans. Outside of work Steve enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and enjoying all the Alberta outdoors has to offer.  

Patricia Bailey | Manager, Stakeholder Relations | Pathways Alliance

At Pathways Alliance, Patricia is responsible for strategic engagement, relationship building and delivering reputation management strategies while leading the stakeholder relations team on behalf of the six Alliance members. Patricia took on the leadership role in September 2022.

Before her role at Pathways Alliance, Patricia worked across several sectors in the UK and Canada. She has held progressive leadership roles in non-profit, post-secondary and energy serving as Manager, Associate Director, Director, and Chief of Staff overseeing multi-disciplinary teams.

With nearly 20 years of working across multiple Industries, Patricia has expertise in various areas, including crisis communications, project management, corporate social responsibility, reputation management, strategy, and public relations. In 2020, in addition to leading a large-scale post-secondary pandemic crisis response, she designed a first-in-kind comprehensive pan-Canadian crisis communication certificate. She delivered it for three years to senior-level professionals across all sectors to build crisis capacity within large, complex organizations.

Patricia holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons), Speech Therapy and an MA in Organizational Design & Leadership from Royal Roads University. She Is an avid supporter of CUPS Calgary as both a volunteer and former employee.

Omar H. Khattab | Environmental Strategy & Compliance | TC Energy

Omar is a recent engineering graduate from Dalhousie University with experience in business enablement, commercial development, and environmental strategy. He is currently an Environmental Strategy & Compliance advisor at TC Energy and strives to be a young thought leader in the emissions policy and innovation space – in the energy industry and beyond. Omar is driven by a sense of purpose to enable the decarbonization of the energy industry and strongly believes that sustainability and innovation go hand in hand. In his current work, he monitors and ensures compliance with all carbon pricing regulations and serves as an energy problem-solver, where he is constantly supporting new strategies and initiatives to effectively decarbonize TC Energy’s operations. In his personal efforts to combat the emissions-reduction challenge and contribute to a low-carbon economy, Omar is a participant in the Avatar Innovations Inc. program, where he is co-founding GreenBox, a novel technology for industrial fugitive methane detection and control.

James Agate | Manager, Corporate Liability | Canadian Natural Resources

James Agate has close to 25 years of environmental management experience, both in consulting and industry. He graduated from the University of Calgary, majoring in geography, and has been with Canadian Natural Resources Limited since 2002. James has held several roles in the environmental and reclamation space and is currently Manager of Corporate Liability, engaging with internal and external stakeholders to improve reclamation practices and accelerate the pace of site closure. In addition, James represents Canadian Natural at the COSIA Land Steering Committee collaborating with peers and academics on innovations to address oil sands reclamation priorities.




Appetizers provided. Cash bar available. 


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