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Patrick Bain

Patrick Bain is the Manager of Hydrogen Projects at ATCO, Natural Gas. Patrick has held progressively senior roles related to engineering management, design, and project management for natural gas transmission pipelines with over 12+ years’ experience. Patrick is currently responsible for leading ATCO's Hydrogen Projects group through the design and project management of all Hydrogen Projects including the Fort Saskatchewan Hydrogen-Blending Project for ATCO.

Nigel Bankes

Nigel Bankes is an emeritus professor of law at the University of Calgary where he taught from 1984 to 2021. Prior to his retirement he held the chair in resources law with the Faculty and taught a range of subjects including property law, oil and gas law, energy law and international environmental law. He has written extensively on the legal and regulatory aspects of carbon capture and advised governments and industry. He served as a member of the Steering Committee for the Province of Alberta's Regulatory Framework Assessment on CCS. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Genevieve Carr

Genevieve Carr is Professional Leader, Environment, with the Canada Energy Regulator, where she oversees the work of environment and socio-economic specialists across the organization, ensuring that the CER is delivering technical excellence in its oversight of the facilities it regulates. Genevieve has worked with the departments of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and Environment and Climate Change Canada, often at the interface of the environment, the economy and Canada's relationship with Indigenous peoples. In recent years, she has worked on files such as the development of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, on Canada's environmental and regulatory reviews (that became Bill C-69), and on oil and gas matters in Canada's North. Genevieve is a biologist with degrees from McGill University (BSc), the University of Alberta (MSc), and the University of Ottawa (PhD); she joined the federal public service in 2005.

Adam Chalkley

Adam Chalkley joined Enbridge in January 2020 and is the Director of Low Carbon Development for Enbridge's liquids pipelines business unit. He is responsible for the development of low carbon business opportunities across the carbon dioxide and hydrogen value chains, spanning Enbridge’s liquids pipeline footprint, from Alberta to the US Gulf Coast, including the recently announced Open Access Wabamun Carbon Hub. To be located west of Edmonton, the Wabamun Carbon Hub has the potential to double Canada’s captured and permanently stored carbon dioxide by as early as 2027. The Wabamun Hub represents a unique collaboration among a broad range of industries, including downstream oil and gas, power generation, and cement manufacturing, as well as local Indigenous groups who will co-own and co-develop the transportation and sequestration infrastructure. Prior to joining Enbridge, Adam was the founder and owner of a crane and rigging company servicing Western Canada. He also worked in various strategic and operational roles at Flint Energy Services, including President of Flint's specialized transportation division – ENTREC Transportation Services, and Vice President of Strategy and Development of Flint’s maintenance services division – FT Services. Adam began his career as a lawyer with Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP in Calgary, Alberta. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Business Administration degree (specialization in Natural Resources and Energy) and a Bachelor of Laws degree all from the University of Alberta.

Shahani Kariyawasam

Shahani Kariyawasam has led innovative engineering projects on all continents (except Antarctica) collaborating with international operators, vendors, regulators, standards committees, and industry organizations. She graduated from University of Alberta with a Ph.D. focused on risk and reliability. In the past 30 years she worked with TC Energy, GE Oil & Gas, C-FER Technologies, Universities etc. She has published over 60 papers and is the inventor of patents. Presently with TC Energy, she is the Director of Innovation and Decision Optimization. She is the Vice-chair of the Pipeline Research Council International executive board and represents TCE at many industry organizations.

Tran Mah-Paulson

Tran Mah-Paulson, a Senior Supervisory Engineer with ATCO, is a P Eng. with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Queens University. Tran is a welding and materials specialist with extensive experience working on the development of pipeline maintenance and repair programs for pipeline operators and service companies located in Canada, United States, Europe, and India. His expertise and experience are related to pipeline design, pipeline materials, quality management systems, fabrication shop development and welding, including hot taps and isolations. Tran is the vice-chair of PRCI Design, Materials and Construction and is a member of the CSA Z662 Design and Materials TSC’s. Tran is also a YPI Fellow.

Scott Rennie

Scott Rennie is the President & CEO of Vault 44.01 and has over 20 years of engineering and leadership experience in carbon capture and storage (CCS) and oil and gas. Scott has built and led carbon sequestration organizations within Schlumberger (SLB) and ConocoPhillips (COP) and managed the development of 1+ MMT/ yr. CO2 storage projects in Texas (Sweeny Refinery), Kentucky (COP/Peabody partnership), Alberta (TransAlta Pioneer), and Saskatchewan (Aquistore). At SLB, Scott also held responsibility for leadership of the Schlumberger Carbon Services North America technical team. Prior to co-founding Vault, Scott held the position of Senior Vice President of Development with responsibility for subsurface engineering, planning and budgeting at a private oil & gas company that grew from zero to over 30,000 boe/ d of production and deployed over $1 billion of capital during his tenure. In that role, he also led development of a 400 MW combined cycle gas power plant project and served as President of the subsidiary developing the project. Scott holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and is a registered professional engineer in Alaska and Alberta.

Jeff Whitworth

Jeff Whitworth leads the Emerging Fuels Program for Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI). In this role, Jeff focuses on delivering solutions to meet the demands of pipeline transportation during the transition to a renewable energy society while improving process safety performance and operational practices across the pipeline industry. Prior to joining PRCI in 2021 in a consulting role, Jeff enjoyed a 38-year career in the upstream and midstream energy industry. He spent the last 20 years at Shell Pipeline Company where he led the reliability and integrity program and was responsible for engineering and operations standards that delivered sustainable and safe performance. His educational background includes a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, both earned from The University of Texas at Austin.