June 4-6, 2019 | Calgary, AB

Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Blog

Future in Focus: How CNRL is Using Innovation to Reduce Operational Cost and Risk

By: Joy Romero, Vice President of Technology & Innovation at Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL)

In the lead up to the 2019 Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Summit in Calgary, we caught up with Joy Romero, Vice President of Technology & Innovation at Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL). As one of this year's speakers, Joy provides insight into CNRL's use of 'game changing' technologies as well as their current carbon conversion initiatives. 

Oil Refinery Avoids Shut Down Through Structured Root Cause Analysis

By: Kepner Tregoe

Lonnie Wilson, author of the Lean classic, How to Implement Lean Manufacturing, offers a case study of real-life, problem solving that saved millions of dollars, and then a deeper dive into troubleshooting methods. While the case study is specific to a Lean, refining situation, both the case study and overview of root cause analysis, offer insights that are relevant across technologies, processes and industries.

People, Process, Technology: Driving Operational Excellence at Hydro One

By: Martin Huang, Vice President of System Operations at Hydro One

In anticipation of the Calgary Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Summit, we sat down with Martin Huang, Vice President of System Operations at Hydro One. Martin tells us about Hydro One’s journey to becoming a high reliability organization, and how the company is employing sensor technology to improve their power delivery performance.

Digital from the Ground Up: Growth and Innovation at Rio Tinto

By: Nigel Steward, Head of Processing Centre of Excellence at Rio Tinto

In the lead up to the 2019 Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Summit in Calgary, we caught up with Nigel Steward, Head of Processing Centre of Excellence at Rio Tinto. Nigel tells us about the technological transformations that are taking place within Rio Tinto as well as the role of sustainability in their future thinking.

How Chevron Canada is Driving Operational Excellence to the Frontline

By: Troy Geertsen, Vice President, Health, Environment, Safety & Regulatory at Chevron Canada

In anticipation of the Calgary Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Summit, we sat down with Troy Geertsen, Vice President, Health, Environment, Safety & Regulatory at Chevron Canada. Troy tells us about how Chevron is developing into a better learning organization and leveraging new technologies to enhance field operations and worker safety.

Transforming the Oil and Gas Company

By: Jim Claunch, Vice President of Business Efficiency at Equinor

In the lead-up to the Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Summit, we had the pleasure of catching up with Jim Claunch, Vice President of Business Efficiency at Equinor.  Drawing on his thirty-year career in the oil and gas industry, Jim shares his insights on how digital transformation is impacting the oil and gas industry –and how Equinor is responding.

Maintaining Your Safety Culture During Times of Transformation

By: Cynthia Hansen, Executive Vice President at Enbridge

In the lead up to the Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Summit, we sat down with Cynthia Hansen, Executive Vice President at Enbridge. Cynthia Hansen is responsible for the overall leadership and operations of Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas. Cynthia has over 19 years experience in operational, financial and safety leadership roles. Cynthia has also been named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 by the Women’s Executive Network.

Predictive Analytics to Drive Real Time Production Optimization

By: Mark Hutcherson, Director, Operations Excellence at ConocoPhillips

In the lead up to the Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Summit, we sat down with Mark Hutcherson, Director, Operational Excellence at ConocoPhillips to find out how the company is taking a next step toward digital transformation. Mark began his career with ExxonMobil in 2001 in facilities and project engineering roles. He joined Burlington Resources in 2005 and after the acquisition by ConocoPhillips in 2006, he transitioned to roles in production and completions engineering, supporting conventional oil and gas assets. Mark assumed his current role in mid-2017.