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Explore Developments in Crude-by-Rail Markets, Optimize Your Crude Transportation Strategies, and Analyze the Impact of Changing Safety Regulations

April 8 - 9, 2014  ·  Calgary, Alberta
Featuring These Industry Experts

Event Chair:
Jim Benedict, President, GeoMetrix Rail Logistics; Founding Member, CORE (Crude Oil on Rail Enterprises)

Jim Benedict has been responsible for the direction of GeoMetrix Rail Logistics from its inception nearly thirty years ago. Jim has also been instrumental in facilitating the development of Crude Oil on Rail (COoR) Enterprises ("CORE"). CORE is an alliance of individuals and companies who together provide a "one-stop shop" or "single source" service for other individuals or companies who are seeking advice, assistance, services, etc. in the rapidly developing and expanding Crude Oil on Rail business. CORE's overall mission will be to provide an "al la carte" to "turnkey" virtual service organization, where everything from one-time advice to a full turnkey solution is available and provided by one or more CORE members. CORE also provides a mutually-beneficial arrangement between its various participants, and will be a source of revenue for its participants

Steve Elliott, Director, Rail Business Development, Enbridge Pipelines Inc.

Steve Elliott is accountable for ensuring continued growth of Enbridge's crude-by-rail infrastructure business. Steve joined the Business Development team at Enbridge in 2006 and has held a variety of roles since that time. Some of his recent projects include securing commercial support for Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline, Line 9 Reversal to Montreal and the Toledo System expansion. Before joining Enbridge, Steve spent a decade at Canadian Pacific Railway in finance, asset management, customer service and intermodal operations functions.

Steve is presenting: Integrating Rail with Other Transportation Infrastructure Part 1: Rail-to-Pipeline

Ryan Fischer, Assistant Vice-President, Emerging Markets, Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services Inc.

Ryan Fischer serves as Assistant Vice President, Emerging Markets, for Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services Inc., a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W), North America's largest regional/shortline rail-service provider. In this recently created position, Ryan helps connect shale- and crude-by-rail industry players with G&W's extensive resources across 39 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces. From 2009 through June 2012, Ryan was Director of Marketing & Sales for G&W's Oregon Region. He joined G&W in 2002 as Marketing Manager in its NY/PA Region after earning his MBA from the University of Virginia. Prior to graduate school, Ryan worked as a business journalist for eight years after graduating from Cornell University.

Ryan is presenting: Best Practices in Working with Railways: Short-line Perspective on Crude-by-Rail

Jackie Forrest, Senior Director, North American Oil, IHS CERAP

Jackie Forrest is an expert in all aspects of petroleum evaluations, concentrating on refining, processing, upgrading, and products. In addition to leading the IHS CERA North American Crude Oil Markets service, Ms. Forrest heads the IHS CERA Oil Sands Energy Dialogue. She closely monitors emerging strategic trends related to North American oil supply including economics, policy, environment, and markets. She is the author of several IHS CERA Private Reports, such as a recent investigation of the flood of tight oil and how North American markets will rebalance. Additional contributions to research include reports on future markets for oil sands, the life-cycle emissions from crude oil, and the impacts of low-carbon fuel standards. She led a team that developed unconventional oil outlooks for North America and recommendations in the 2011 National Petroleum Council report Prudent Development of Natural Gas and Oil Resources, covering the Canadian oil sands, US oil sands, tight oil, oil shale, and Canadian heavy oil.

Jackie is presenting: Developments in CBR Economics and Crude Pricing Forecasts

Dan Gordon, Vice-President, Fuel Supply, Pricing, and Distribution, Delek US

Dan Gordon established and is responsible for Delek's crude by rail initiative. This includes the establishment of DK Canada, Delek's first foreign office, which is located in Calgary, Alberta. Prior to this role, Dan was Vice-President of Fuel Supply and Transportation for Mapco, a 370+ convenience store chain which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delek, overseeing its refined product supply, pricing and distribution. Prior to joining Delek, Dan held several executive and trading positions in the industry, from President of Aska Energy, a supply chain management firm focused on biofuels and refined products, to Executive Director of Supply and Distribution for RaceTrac Petroleum.

Dan is a panelist on: Downstream Markets for Canadian Crude

Kenneth P. Green, Senior Director, Natural Resource Studies, The Fraser Institute

Dr. Kenneth P. Green, PhD, has studied environmental, energy, and natural resource policy for more than 20 years at think-tanks across North America including the Reason Foundation in Los Angeles; the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC; and previously at the Fraser Institute, where he ran the Centre for Risk, Regulation and the Environment. A frequent commentator in North American print and broadcast media, Dr. Green has testified before several state and federal legislative bodies in the United States including committees and subcommittees of the House of Representatives and Senate. He twice reviewed reports for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is also the author of two textbooks: Global Warming: Understanding the Debate, for middle-school students studying climate change, and Abundant Energy: The Fuel of Human Flourishing, for post-secondary studies in energy policy.

Dr. Green is speaking on: Evaluating Safety Risks in Crude Transportation

Shaun Hammond, Assistant Deputy Minister, Traffic Safety Services, Alberta Transportation

Shaun Hammond is responsible for the delivery of provincial programs in the areas of vehicle commercial carrier safety, weights and dimension requirements, the safe transport of dangerous goods, and the oversight of provincial rail systems. In addition, he is responsible for all aspects of driver education, licensing and monitoring. Over the past 25 years he has been extensively involved in the development of national strategies for chemical spills response and risk reduction related to dangerous goods transportation. Before joining the Alberta provincial government, Shaun's previous experience was with major chemical and petrochemical companies, responsible for the design, development and operation of chemical processing and distribution operations in Canada, Great Britain and Africa.

Shaun is presenting the Day One Keynote Address

Richard Kloster, Senior Vice-President, Business and Strategic Development, and Technical Services, AllTranstek; Principal and Sr. Consultant, FTR Consulting Group

Richard Kloster is primarily engaged in the analysis/forecasting of the rail equipment supply chain. His insight and analysis is used by operating companies and investors for the purposes of strategic planning, investment decisions, acquisitions and many commercial activities. Mr. Kloster spent 16 years with a large rail car lessor and 10 years with several railroads. His background is in marketing, market research, market development, pricing, demand forecasting, asset management, strategic planning, product management, BD, operations; and sales.

Richard is presenting: Challenges and Best Practices with Tank Car Procurement

Ed Koshka, Vice-President, Operations and Crude Marketing, E-T Energy

Ed Koshka is responsible for all operating aspects of E-T Energy's pilot project and the Poplar Creek commercial development. His duties also include developing business strategies for using E-T Energy's proprietary ET DSP technology, which has been proven to successfully heat and produce bitumen using insitu electrical resistive heating. Mr. Koshka has over 26 years of industry related experience. Prior to joining E-T Energy, Mr. Koshka worked at Ivanhoe Energy as Vice-President, Engineering, Marketing and Infrastructure.

Ed is presenting: Assessing the Future of Crude-by-Rail in North America

Sébastien Labbé, Director, Sales and Marketing P&C Upstream, CN

Sébastien Labbé is responsible for the front-end development of CN's crude oil and condensate traffic. CN's crude oil products consist of heavy crude, light crude and pure bitumen from areas in Western Canada to various markets in Canada and the United States. Starting his career at CN in 1998, Sebastien occupied various positions in supply chain logistics, warehousing, corporate development and information technology. Sebastien holds a BA in Pure Mathematics from the UdeM and a Master in Operational Research from HEC.

Sébastien is speaking on: Assessing Rail Network Capacity and Future Capacity in North America

Alex MacWilliam, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP

Alex MacWilliam advises Canadian and international clients on all legal issues relating to the environment. These include regulatory approvals, compliance, contaminated land, climate change, dealing with regulatory agencies, responses to government policies and the development of internal environmental practices and systems. In 2012, Alex was re-appointed by the Government of Alberta to the Environmental Appeals Board. Alex is widely regarded as one of the leading environmental law practitioners in Alberta. He is recommended by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in the area of Environmental Law, he is profiled in The Lexpert American Lawyer Media Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Who's Who Legal, and in Best Lawyers and is rated by Practical Law Company as a recommended Environmental Lawyer.

Alex is presenting: Exploring Legal Risk and Potential Liability Issues with CBR

Richard Masson, CEO, Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission

Richard Masson brings over 25 years of leadership experience in oil sands development, energy marketing and finance to the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission. Richard is leading Albertaís commercial focus on activities to support the development of new crude oil infrastructure and markets. Richardís previous experience includes senior positions at Nexen, Value Creation Group, Shell, Alberta Finance where he was involved with the development of the Bi-Provincial Upgrader, and Alberta Energy where he led the development of the generic oil sands royalty system in 1995-96. Richard is a Board of Governors Member of the University of Lethbridge, where he obtained his undergraduate degree. Richard holds MBA, CFA and ICD.D designations.

Richard is presenting: Day Two Keynote Address

Mike Miller, Vice-President, Western Canada Petroleum Rail Solutions, Savage Services

Prior to his current role in leading Savage's Western Canada Petroleum Solutions, Mike Miller served in many roles including financial, operational and business development areas. Mike's work in commercial development has been a significant benefit to the Savage Services's growth, both in its traditional organic business growth, as well as in Savage's aggressive M&A development. Mike's recent work has been focused on oil and gas with his current role focusing on the oil and gas strategy in Western Canada. Prior to joining Savage, he worked for Intermountain Health Care as a financial analyst/HR specialist in its human resource department.

Mike is presenting: Integrating Rail with Other Transportation Infrastructure Part 2: Rail-to-Barge

Shawn Mindrup, Senior Sales and Market Account Executive, Energy and Shortline Relations, Kansas City Southern Railway

Shawn Mindrup is part of the energy business unit at Kansas City Southern (KCS) where he focuses on bring crude by rail from multiple shale formation to the US Gulf Coast. Prior to arriving at KCS, Shawn spent five years as a Regional Sales Manager for Continental Disc Corporation where he specialized in pressure protection of storage vessels and manufacturing systems. Mindrup holds a Master of Business Administration from Baker University and a Bachelor of Science in public relations from the University of Central Missouri.

Shawn is speaking on: Assessing Rail Network Capacity and Future Capacity in North America

Greg Molaro, Vice-President, Operations, Altex Energy

Greg Molaro started his career as a steamfitter, advanced his education, and leveraged these skills to become an industry leader in crude by rail. The Altex concept for Crude by Rail was identified in 2005 and developed in 2007. Greg loaded Canada's first Bitumen by Rail tank car in October, 2011. He built Altex's first gantry in his backyard; deployed, commissioned and operated it during July, 2012 and for many months thereafter. Through Altex, Greg continues to pursue and advance the technologies employed by Altex in transload terminals. Altex's Lynton and Lashburn terminals are, arguably, the safest and most advanced transload terminals in the world. Greg has played a major role in the development of Altex Energy as it transitioned from a highly entrepreneurial enterprise to a structured corporate rapidly growing organization.

Greg is speaking on: Exploring Developments in Safety Regulation and Assessing Their Impact on the CBR Industry

Knut Ohm, Rail Safety Officer, Dangerous Goods and Rail Safety, Alberta Transportation

Knut Ohm is a Rail Safety Officer with Alberta Transportation's Dangerous Goods and Rail Safety section. The section is responsible for the regulatory oversight of 314 railways under the jurisdiction of the Railway (Alberta) Act. Companies that trans-load crude oil into railway tank cars are required to apply for and receive a railway operating approval from the province of Alberta before beginning operations. After spending 31 years in aviation and health care Knut retired as the Director of General Services. Knut then started a new career 10 years ago with Alberta Transportation. Knut graduated from the University of Southern California aviation safety program in 1995.

Knut is speaking on: Regulatory Requirements for Establishing a Transloading Facility in Alberta

Glen Perry, Vice-President, Marketing, Grizzly Oil Sands ULC

Glen Perry joined Grizzly in October 2012, bringing with him nearly 40 years' experience in energy industry marketing and business development. Prior to joining Grizzly, Mr. Perry was President of Altex Energy, a pioneer in the development of independent crude-oil-by-railway shipping out of western Canada. Beginning in 2010, Altex quickly became one of the largest heavy oil shippers by rail out of western Canada, building several rail-loading terminals in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Glen is presenting: Understanding What Pipeline Can and Can't Do

Colby Ruff, Measurement Specialist, Field and Operations Branch, Alberta Energy Regulator

Colby Ruff has been the Alberta Energy Regulator's (AER) measurement specialist since it's formation in June 2013. Prior to the AER's formation, Colby was with the Energy Resources Conservation Board's (ERCB) Technical Operations Group since 2004. Colby has been a member of the ERCB's Flaring and Venting Team, the Measurement Team, was the Production Operations Section Leader for six years up to June of 2013. Previously, Colby held business development roles with various data vendor and software development companies providing services to the upstream industry.

Colby is presenting: Custody Transfer Requirements for Crude Transloading in Alberta

Jarrett Zielinski, President and CEO, Torq Energy Logistics Ltd.

Jarrett Zielinski has spent much of his career in private equity and corporate finance. A graduate of the accredited Whele School of Business at Canisius College, Jarrett has applied his economics and finance background in more than a billion dollars of asset and equity transactions. Torq Capital Partner's holdings are focused on the oil and gas midstream liquids supply chain and service. Torq Transloading, an independent fee for service transload operator, operates six crude-to-rail transload facilities across Alberta and Saskatchewan shipping 40,000 barrels of western Canadian crude per day to premium crude markets. Torq is currently developing integrated assets both upstream and downstream with rail, pipe and marine access.

Jarrett is presenting: Developments in Transloading Infrastructure



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Rail has become a serious alternative to pipeline for getting crude to market in recent years. The crude industry has become familiar with rail, and companies like yours are shifting their focus to understanding best practices and optimizing their crude transportation strategies. At the same time, new questions are being asked about crude-by-rail's long-term viability.

Regulators are evaluating new safety rules that could increase costs; shrinking price differentials are creating new challenges in making CBR profitable; and looming decisions on Keystone XL and other pipeline projects could limit the appeal of rail. Rail however offers a flexibility that cannot be replicated by pipeline, but understanding how to take advantage of rail and how to make rail profitable for your business is a complex and time-consuming challenge.

INFONEX's Crude-by-Rail has been designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the issues that will impact your crude-by-rail decisions. Our faculty of leading experts will show you the networks, destinations, and markets that are available; discuss the future of crude-by-rail, crude pricing dynamics, and crude-by-rail economics; and explain incoming safety regulations and the impact on the cost of crude-by-rail.

Understand the nuances of supply and demand of crude oil in North America. Get status updates on Keystone XL and other pipeline projects. Examine the legal risks involved in crude transportation and discuss liability issues related to crude-by-rail. Monitor the prices that different markets will pay for crude. Explore transloading infrastructure and new projects that integrate rail with pipeline and barge. Decipher railcar supply and procurement issues. Study safety risks in crude transportation. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of rail and pipeline. Hear upstream, downstream, and midstream perspectives on how to take. Discuss the state of public opinion efforts to increase the public's acceptance of crude-by-rail.

The crude-by-rail industry has evolved extremely quickly and navigating the market has become increasingly complex. Join us in Calgary to get a thorough understanding of available networks, pricing forecasts, and regulatory impacts. Register today!

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