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Using Collaboration to Drive Optimal Capital Project Outcomes in Heavy Oil

November 26, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


We are in unchartered waters here in Alberta in 2020.  For many years a situation of declining investor confidence has had an increasingly negative impact on capital spending, project starts as well as employment levels. Since then we have experienced an unprecedented crisis with COVID that has worsened the situation. 

But if the truth is to be told, the forces of change were strong before the pandemic.  In fact, we are on the brink of the next industrial revolution (4.0) characterized by an inexorable merger of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological worlds. It is forcing companies to reexamine the way they work. Many are joining the race to adapt and innovate their business models.  

Moreover, the switch to alternative energy sources to meet emissions targets is an additional challenge (or opportunity) – in particular for the heavy oil industry. Practically speaking, in 2020, for CHOA members this means challenging the assumptions that operating or project delivery models are “fit for purpose” and quickly adapt them to survive and thrive.  One response is to invest in alternative project delivery and contracting models that use relationships and collaboration to manage complexity and create value.  

In the previous webinar entitled Driving Capital Project Outcomes in Heavy Oil, we introduced the practice of Collaborative Contracting and defined What it is and Why those in Heavy Oil should use it to optimize capital project outcomes.  

Building on this, we are excited to present an extraordinary panel of practitioners who have applied various aspects of Collaborative Contracting in our industry.  Our expert panel will recount stories about their experiences and share valuable lessons learned. We will be discussing hands on experiences relating to: 

  • How and when to implement integrated project and collaborative contracting methods
  • How to shift from traditional approaches to true collaboration;
  • How to confidently outline the “opportunity case” for collaboration; and 
  • How to overcome barriers and drive positive change within your organization

At the end of the session, attendees will better understand how they could use these models to increase productivity, speed delivery, improve cost predictability, increase profits, and enjoy more collaborative working environments. Join us, connect and learn.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Moderated by: Richard Venerus; Venerus Advisory Partners

Richard is the Founder and Principal at Venerus Advisory Partners (“VAP”), a professional advisory (established in 2011) with a goal of helping its private and public sector clients have more productive and profitable business relationships. VAP combines the storied expertise of its partners with the application of a unique, collaborative approach to the management of commercial relationships.

Richard has over 20 years of experience in procurement, contracting and commercial management in a diverse set of industries, including construction. He is a qualified (now recovering) lawyer, certified in Construction Law and holds a MBA from the Schulich School of Business. Richard is professionally trained or certified in a number of related disciplines: Project Management, Change Management, Construction Contract Administration, Adult Learning and Development, Mediation, Arbitration – and the unique ISO standard 44001 for Collaborative Working.

Richard is a national instructor for the Supply Chain Management Association, the de facto standard for SCM training in Canada. Richard is a former Board Member for the Project Management Association of Southern Alberta as well as a lead contributor to the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) Collaborative Contracting Best Practice.

Ross Krill, Suncor – Panelist


Ross Krill knows the value that innovation and technology play in the project development process. With nearly 24 years of progressive and diverse energy project leadership, Ross is propelling change in the industry. Driven by the belief that collaboration and information sharing are critical components to successful capital project execution and delivery, Ross challenges standards to instill necessary change.  Leveraging diverse experience in facilities engineering, project management, and construction, Ross has directed multi-million dollar projects, built high performance teams, delivered project capital efficiencies, and increased production.

As Director, Front End Projects, Ross’s primary focus is on early screening and planning of projects for Suncor’s portfolio of business opportunities.

Born and raised in Calgary, Ross graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and has varied industry experience working both on the producer side as well as in the services sector of the energy business.

Suncor is Canada’s premier integrated energy company who has pioneered the commercial development of Canada’s oil sands. It’s purpose is to provide trusted energy that enhances people’s lives, while caring for each other and the earth.  Suncor has a long term growth strategy that is deepy integrated across the energy value chain combined with a strong focus on social and environmental sustainability.

Sebastien Pizzata, Wood – Panelist 

Currently a Manager at Wood in the Oil, Gas & Chemicals division in Calgary, Sebastian is a senior commercial and contracts specialist with 15 years of experience (including 5 years on site). His experience has been at both the project as well as the corporate level, including in commercial negotiations with vendors, fabricators, contractors and clients.

He’s been involved in numerous projects across a variety of industries including EPCM/EPC, oil & gas, mining, agribusiness and commercial construction in various locations around Australia, West Africa and the Americas.

He also has interesting experience with collaborative contracting that will be leveraged in this upcoming webinar on this topic.

Chris Martineau, Site – Panelist




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November 26, 2020
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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