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Heavy Oil 101 - Automation Expo & Conference Edmonton 2014
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Join us for this full day workshop and learn more about oilsands and the oilsands industry.

When: May 1, 2014
8:00AM - 4:00PM
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre; Halls F & G
7515 118 Ave
Edmonton, Alberta 
Contact: Trina Mellon - Programing; Jill Sugars - Registration

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In the last decade, Canada’s heavy oil and oil sands industry has grown to become a key supplier of global energy. It continues to receive significant attention as it makes tremendous strides in both production and technological advancements. Learn all about this increasingly important sector at Heavy Oil 101.

Click HERE to see the HO 101 brochure.

The six sections that will be taught include:

  • Geology
  • Recovery
  • Surface Facilities
  • Environment & Regulatory
  • Industry Overview

Our speakers are industry experts with numerous years of experience, they include:

Gail Powley
Gail leads Corporate Development responsibilities for Willowglen Systems, a global industrial automation technology company – which develops SCADACOM Enterprise SCADA Control Systems and Unisen Flow Computers and RTU’s – technologies used by pipelines and oil and gas companies from Alberta to Asia.


Gail is a Chemical Engineer, and Vice President of the CHOA, active with both APEGA and the ISA - and has over 30 years of industry experience, working in the control rooms of companies such as Suncor, Syncrude, Exxon-Mobil, MEG Energy, Cenovus and more.  In addition to her role on the CHOA Board, Gail sits on the CHOA Edmonton Steering Committee, the CHOA Facilities and Upgrading Committee, and the CHOA Business, Transportation, and Marketing Committees.

Bruce Peachy

Bruce Peachey is the President of New Paradigm Engineering Ltd, in Edmonton.
Bruce received a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1976. After graduation he spent sixteen years with Imperial Oil’s upstream oil and gas production operations. He has been consulting through New Paradigm for 20 years, and is a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta teaching Oil and Gas Property Evaluation to 4th year Petroleum Engineers.

He is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and chair of the CIC’s Energy Subject Division and is a founding member of the Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC).

Trent Kaiser

Dr. Trent Kaiser has made many contributions to the development of strain-based design methodologies for unconventional resources, including thermal wells, tight gas and oil, and compacting formations.

His publishing record includes seven peer reviewed papers and numerous conference papers, and he also holds more than 30 patent grants. Trent served in various roles in the Canadian Heavy Oil Association over the past 12 years, including that of President in 2008/2009. He is a lead developer and presenter in industry training courses for the unconventional resource industry on topics ranging from well structures, strain-based design, and flow control and optimization.

During his professional career, he has developed analytical components of connection qualification programs and formulated methodologies to integrate those components with laboratory testing. His work on casing structures has included assessment of formation-induced deformations of casing strings, and development of algorithms to accurately characterize well deformations from casing inspection logs. Trent holds B.Sc. (1983), M.Sc. (1987) and Ph.D. (1991) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta. He is also a member of ASME.

Orest Ilkiw

Orest has over 30 years of experience in the refining and upgrading industries, ranging from plant operations to project execution. Since joining Bantrel in 1995, he has held several engineering and management titles including Process Engineer Lead, Alliance Project Manager, Field Engineering Manager, Operations Manager and Business Development Manager in Bantrel’s Edmonton office. He was appointed General Manager of the Edmonton office in 2011. Orest holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an MBA from the University of Alberta. He is a registered professional engineer in Alberta and a certified Six Sigma Champion.

We’re excited to announce that Heavy Oil 101 will be presented at Automation Expo & Conference Edmonton 2014!

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