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Educational Sessions – Acadia AB
IECA Registration Desk, Breakfasts, Breaks – 2nd Floor Acadia Foyer

Day 1 - Sunday, June 4

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.       Registration Open

5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.       Welcome Reception
Location: Sunalta C

Day 2 - Monday, June 5

7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.     Registration Open

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.       Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.       Opening Remarks

Kathy de Chantal, MEG Energy, 2022-2023 Chair, Canadian Regional Education Committee
Craig Enochs, IECA President

8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.       Opening Keynote Session: 
Hydrogen et al: Energy Transition or Energy Addition (G)

Greg Caldwell, Director, Utility Hydrogen Strategy, ATCO
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Description: After a riveting session on Hydrogen at last year's Canadian conference, Greg Caldwell is back to discuss the practicalities of a just transition to net zero. This involves Identifying the real risks and business opportunities in helping Canada achieve its climate, economic, and human wellness goals

Objectives:  Attendees will go beyond the rhetoric to learn about the practicalities of a just transition to net zero.
1.0 hr CE

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.       Refreshment Break

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.     
 Innovation in Credit and the Future of Finance (I)
Jakob Schou, Senior Manager | Consulting, Deloitte

Sherry Shao, Manager | Consulting, Deloitte
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Description:  You don’t have to look far to witness the spectacular chaos of cloud, robotics, analytics, artificial intelligence, automation, and more. These are some of the digital disruptors that are changing how business gets done. What does all of this mean for the future of finance? This session will focus on the key innovations and disruptors with the potential to change the way credit and risk management is performed now and in the future. How can Intelligent Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning help Credit professionals to process an ever-growing amount of structured and unstructured data? How will Credit professionals navigate and get started on the future of finance journey?

Learning Objectives:  Attendees will learn how key innovations and disruptors have thepotential to change the way credit and risk management is performed now and in the future.
1.0 hr CE

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.   Refreshment Break

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.  Innovations in Security - Demand Bonds, Fronted LCs, and Microbonds (A/I)

Jay Rose, Founder & Managing Director, Navitas
Dustin Thompson, Senior Manager, Financial Transactions & Credit, Plains Midstream Canada ULC
Mike Fodchuk, Credit Manager, PetroChina International (Canada) Trading Ltd.

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Description:  In a world of rising interest rates, there is a renewed focus on liquidity optimization. The insurance and surety worlds have responded by creating new products designed to free up working capital tied up in more traditional collateral/security products. The panel will delve into what these products are and how they are being used, along with additional innovations currently in development.

Learning Objectives:  After this panel discussion, attendees will have a better understanding of new forms of collateral/security including what they are and when and how they are used.
1.0 hr CE  

Optional Afternoon Activities  

12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.     Golf Tournament at The Winston Golf Club (Additional cost, lunch included)
Meet at 12:00 p.m. in the lobby if you are looking to carpool. Transportation will be on your own.
Tee times will begin at 1:00 p.m. and lunch will be provided at the club beforehand. Golf foursomes will be available Monday morning at the registration desk.

12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.     
Una Pizza and Experience Room at Escape60 (Additional cost, lunch included)
Meet at 12:00 p.m. in the lobby. Transportation will be on your own (venue is on the Calgary Transit line)

Day 3 - Tuesday, June 6

7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.      Registration Open

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.      Hot Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.      Morning Keynote Session: 
The Road to 2050 (G)
Roland MuwangaVice-President Energy Transition — Technical & Operations Strategy, TC Energy
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Description: What will the Energy Mix look like by 2050?  How do leading Energy companies plan to make the leap to zero carbon emissions by 2050?  These are the pressing questions facing energy companies as they move to provide safe and reliable energy in an increasingly complex environment that is demanding lower carbon emissions.  From wind to solar to nuclear, this session will focus on the major elements in the energy mix today and look to some of the innovations that will  play an important role for the energy mix in the future

ObjectivesAttendees will learn how the energy mix is changing and how major energy companies plan to move to net zero by 2050.
1.0 hr CE                

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.      Refreshment Break

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    Introduction to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) 
Rhonda Stanley, Vice President Clean Energy Marketing, Green Impact Partners
Stewart Tighe, Manager – Key Accounts, ATCO

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Objectives: Attendees will learn what Renewable Natural Gas is, as well as gain an understanding of where the market for the product is and how it is valued and traded, among other things.

1.0 hr CE
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   Refreshment Break

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   
Climate Risk and Credit Risk: The Path from Climate Scenarios to Financial Stress Testing 
Isabella Vallory, Credit Specialist, Credit Risk Solutions, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Bill Quadrini, Sr. Director, Head of Market Development Americas, S&P Global Market Intelligence

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Description: How do you translate climate risk into credit risk? Join Isabella Vallory from S&P Global Market Intelligence as she discusses the lessons learned from regulatory exercises, climate risks and transmission mechanisms in the economy, and ultimately the counterparty- and portfolio-level analysis of climate-related financial and credit risks.

Objectives: Attendees will gain an understanding of how climate risk translates to counterparty and portfolio-level risk.
1.0 hr CE

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.    Lunch (available during keynote session)

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.    Lunch Keynote Session: Global Economic Outlook: Mapping the Road Ahead (G)
Stuart Bergman, Vice President & Chief Economist, EDC
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Description:  Rampant inflation, war in Europe and financial market volatility have hampered our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Join Stuart Bergman, Export Development Canada’s Chief Economist to get the insights you need to protect and grow your business in today’s unpredictable economic and political climate

Objectives: The objective of this session is for attendees to gain insight into the impacts on business from the current uncertain, volatile global political and financial situations.
1.0 hr CE

1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.      Transition Break

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.      What Keeps These Credit Professionals Awake at Night? (B/I)
Jim Hawkins, Director, Enterprise Compliance & Credit, Cenovus
Samantha Walker Tayfel, Credit Manager, Keyera
Scott Nelson, Head North American Credit, Mercuria

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Description:  Working in credit, what keeps you up at night? The looming possibility of an economic recession? The volatility in the US banking sector? Another black swan event? Join credit professionals Jim Hawkins (Cenovus), Samantha Walker Tayfel (Keyera), and Scott Nelson (Mercuria) as they discuss the credit topics that keep them up at night.

Objectives: Attendees will learn what credit risk issues their senior peers are contemplating when they look to the future, and how they are pro-actively addressing these issues.
1.0 hr CE                                                                                                                                                                                       

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.      Refreshment Break

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.      IECA KYC Whitepaper Update (G)
Phil Lookadoo, Partner, Haynes Boone
Nithya Venkatesan, VP, Risk, Navitas Assurance Partners

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Description: Join the IECA KYC ("Know Your Customer") working group as they discuss the current practices, changing industry standards, and one or more checklists of the multiple issues to be considered when performing a company’s KYC and Customer Onboarding processes. The IECA KYC Working Group is a collaboration between IECA's Contracts and Legal Education Group (CLEG) and IECA's Credit Analytics Education Group (CAEG) and will be discussing the key points of the upcoming white paper

Objectives: After this session, attendees will have a thorough understanding of current issues related to KYC (Know Your Customer) and be introduced to the IECA White Paper on the subject.
1.0 hr CE

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.     Networking Reception
Location: Sunalta Patio (rain location: Sunalta Foyer)

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.     Networking Dinner

Location: Sunalta ABC

Day 4 - Wednesday, June 7

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.    Registration Open

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.      Hot Breakfast (available during breakfast session)

8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.      Closing Remarks

8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.      Closing Breakfast Session: Primer on Carbon Credits 
Phil Lookadoo, Partner, Haynes Boone
Mark Powell, Partner, Bennett Jones
Tom McInerney, Partner, Bennett Jones
Amy Zell, Technical Director, Voluntary Carbon Markets, International Emissions Trading Association

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Description: An informative session conducted by industry specialists who will provide an understanding of the difference between the compliance (i.e., mandatory) and voluntary carbon markets globally, define common acronyms referenced in company disclosures and contracts, discuss jurisdictional policy initiatives like (i) the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, (ii) Clean Energy Tax Credits under the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act, and what these mean for Canadian and US energy companies.  Lastly, the panelists will discuss the credit risks associated with the products available in this market, which includes reversal risk of offset validations, change in law, registry-related risks, and development of contractual standards. This will be a thorough and educational session, not to be missed if carbon credits are in your current or future purview

Objectives: This session is designed to provide energy credit professionals with greater familiarity on the rapidly growing environmental emissions industry and how we can better prepare ourselves to actively participate and assist colleagues, clients and customers in carbon credit markets.
1.5 hr CE

10:15 a.m.                     Adjournment