May 2015

Montréal Edition: The Economic Voice Series - Canada's Energy Agenda: Getting it Right

7:00am-9:00am | Hyatt Regency Montréal - 1255 Rue Jeanne-Mance, Montréal

The Economic Club of Canada, with Senator Doug Black, is pleased to bring The Economic Voice Series tour to Montréal. Promoting energy literacy in Canada, the tour's Montréal edition will focus on issues such as Canada's current energy picture and ensuring market access for Canada's energy resources.

The mandate of this series is to educate Canadians on the development of our energy resources, and discuss ways in which Canada can responsibly maximize its energy resources to benefit all Canadians. Moderated by Bill Morris, Senior Managing Director and Canada President at Accenture, this series will offer guests the opportunity to interact with Canada’s top energy and business thought leaders from across Canada.

*NEW* The Economic Club is proud to partner with FC Gas Intelligence to continue the discussion on Canada's growing energy landscape. Economic Club attendees will have the opportunity to attend at a reduced rate, "Natural Gas for Off-Road Applications Canada". Held on May 13th - 14th, this two-day conference will present over 30 top-level speakers who will explore the potential for natural gas fuel in the marine, mining and off-grid markets. As the only event of its kind to specifically target these markets at the local level in Canada, it will provide a high-level meeting place for those involved in the natural gas fueling industry for off-road applications. Visit http://events.fc-gi.com/offroadcanada/ to register, and be sure to include code “ECFC123” to receive a $300 discount.

Panel 1: Energy Primer

What is Canada’s energy picture today, and why does it matter to Canadians?

- Jean Charest, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP; Premier of Québec (2003-2012), Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada
- Aaron Engen, Managing Director and Co-Head, Power & Energy Infrastructure Group Investment & Corporate Banking
- Joël Taché, Vice President, Corporate Risk Management, SNC-Lavalin Inc.

Panel 2: Solving Market Access for Canada’s Resources

How do we ensure market access for Canada’s energy resources?

- Ross R. Bayus, President, Valero Energy Inc.
- Todd Hirsch, Chief Economist, ATB Financial

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $801 +HST

Guest Pricing:
Individual: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST


Le Club Économique du Canada, en collaboration avec le sénateur Doug Black, a le plaisir de présenter la série de conférences « The Economic Voice Series » à Montréal dont le but est de promouvoir une meilleure compréhension de l'énergie au Canada. Les conférences de Montréal seront axées sur des sujets tels que le contexte énergétique canadien et l'accès aux marchés pour les ressources énergétiques du Canada.

*NOUVEAU* Le Club économique est fier de s’associer à FC Gas Intelligence pour approfondir la discussion sur l’évolution du paysage énergétique du Canada . En prenant part à cette série de conférences, vous recevrez un rabais de 300 $ pour la conférence « Natural Gas for Off-Road Applications Canada » organisée par FC Gas Intelligence et qui aura lieu les 13 et 14 mai prochain.

Code rabais: ECFC123

Le mercredi 13 mai 2015
De 7 h à 9 h, un petit-déjeuner sera servi
Hyatt Regency Montréal
1255, rue Jeanne-Mance
Montréal, Québec

*Les conférences se dérouleront en anglais*

Prix membre :
Individuel : 89 $ +TVH
Table (10 pers.) : 801 $ +TVH
Prix invité :
Individuel : 110 $ +TVH
Table (10 pers.) : 990 $ +TVH

Montréal Edition: The Economic Voice Series - Canada's Energy Agenda: Getting it Right

Aaron M. Engen

Managing Director and Co-Head
Power & Energy Infrastructure Group Investment & Corporate Banking

Aaron M. Engen

Aaron is a Managing Director and Co‐Head of the Power & Energy Infrastructure Group at BMO Capital Markets. He joined the firm in 1999 and has extensive experience advising clients on merger and acquisition opportunities involving both corporate and asset transactions. He has worked with clients on many debt, preferred share and equity financings (including initial public offerings). Aaron has also prepared evidence and appeared as an expert witness on behalf of regulated utilities before several Canadian regulators in connection with cost of capital, capital structure and other regulatory matters.

Prior to joining BMO Capital Markets, Aaron was a partner at a major Canadian law firm, McCarthy Tétrault, where he practiced corporate and securities law, principally in the power and utilities sector. Aaron has an MBA and an LLB from the University of Alberta and a BA from the University of Lethbridge.

Bill Morris

Senior Managing Director and Canada President

Bill Morris

Bill Morris leads Accenture in Canada. He was appointed to this role effective June 1, 2014 and is based in Toronto.

Previously, from 2011 to 2014, Bill led Accenture’s North America Resources operating unit. In this role, he was responsible for clients in the oil and gas, power, chemicals and natural resources industries. Bill managed the expansion of Accenture’s Digital business within the Resources industry group, launching offerings such as engineering data management, digital energy consumer, upstream production operations with SAP, intelligent pipelines with GE, and smart grid analytics with C3.

In his 30-year career at Accenture, Bill has served in many roles and was previously President of Accenture in Canada from 2003 until 2011, building a strong footprint for the company across all industry groups in Canada. During this time, Accenture also established its Skills to Succeed program, which included teaming with 40 Canadian charities. Since 2011, Accenture has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, since 2013.

Bill’s other roles have included building and operating Accenture’s Energy Consumer business, a global customer care operation based in Vancouver and Manila. He also led Sales for the Resources operating group globally. Bill has served many of Canada’s leading companies in all major industries.
Bill is on the global board of directors of Enablis, a Canadian-based organization co-founded by Accenture and Telesystem that assists entrepreneurs in developing countries. Bill is also Vice-Chair of Jack.org, a new national initiative focused on youth mental health awareness. Bill is member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and past vice-chair of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada.

Bill has been with Accenture for over 30 years. He graduated in 1982 from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours).

Jean Charest

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
Former Premier of Québec

Jean Charest

As Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Premier of Québec, Jean Charest is one of Canada’s best known political figures.

As Minister of the Environment, he led his country’s delegation at the 1992 Earth Summit on the economy and the environment in Rio and was praised for his leadership role among G7 countries on climate change and biodiversity.

The Charest government has been a world leader on the environment and climate change, and best known for a major initiative for the sustainable development of Northern Québec called “Plan Nord”.

Under his leadership, Québec experienced a sustained period of economic prosperity with stronger economic growth from 2008 to 2012 than the US, Europe, Canada and Ontario, despite a global financial and economic crisis.

For the International arena, his administration was the most active in the history of Québec. Thus, the Charest government initiated an unprecedented labour mobility agreement between France and Québec, and convinced Canada and the European Union to negotiate a broad economic partnership.

Jean Charest is a Partner at McCarthy Tétrault. He provides invaluable expertise to the firm’s clients with his in-depth knowledge and experience with public policy, corporate Canada and international matters. As a strategic advisor with a unique perspective, he supports our clients on complex transactions, projects and international mandates, as they navigate the global business environment.

Joël Taché

Vice President, Corporate Risk Management
SNC-Lavalin Inc.

Joël Taché

Joël Taché is Vice-President, Corporate Risk Management for SNC Lavalin. He is the Chairman of the Risk Evaluation Committee and Secretary of the Bid and Investment Approval Committee and responsible for the company’s Enterprise Risk Management Program.

Joël has also been recently appointed Risk Officer for SNC Lavalin Power Group where he is responsible for all proposal approvals and for the Power group's overall strategic and operational risk management program to help it meet its governance, strategic and operational objectives.

Joël has about 20 years of experience with worldwide leaders in the energy, construction and utility industry.

Prior to joining SNC-Lavalin, Joël worked for over 10 years at Suez Environment, where he held positions of increasing responsibility. He most recently served as Senior Vice-President, Strategy, Planning, Risks and Investments for a major subsidiary of the Suez group in Atlanta, United States, where he lead key acquisitions and investments. Before joining the Suez group, Joël worked at Cegelec/Alstom where he started his career, and then joined Vinci/GTM where he held the double position of Assistant Vice-President, Construction Operations, and Director of Global Project Development and Structured Finance, Concessions Operations.

Joël has a wealth of experience in the development and delivery of major EPC, EPCM and operation and maintenance projects in the power, infrastructure and water industries. He has worked on each life cycle stage of major projects and has developed a deep expertise and successful track record in structuring risk balanced transactions to generate sustainable value to all stakeholders.

Joël holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the École des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Montreal, Canada, as well as a Master’s degree in Finance from the Lincoln International Business School in Paris, France. He also holds a business law certificate and a public accounting diploma from the National Institute of Economics and Accounting Techniques in Paris.

Ross R. Bayus

Valero Energy Inc.

Ross R. Bayus

Responsible for Valero Energy Corporation’s Canadian Operations including strategic direction, financial performance, integration with Valero’s international activities and positioning in the community.

The Canadian Operations include the Levis refinery, 32 marine, rail and pipeline terminals and extensive Wholesale and Commercial sales operations.

The leadership of Mr. Bayus is focused on growth and has been instrumental in the financial performance of the company’s Canadian Operations and successful production and commercial expansion into new geographic areas and product lines over the last 16 years. Mr. Bayus has 34 years of experience in the petroleum downstream business.

His career has included appearances at governmental committees and enquiries, speaking engagements in various commercial and public forums, and participation in numerous industry related organisations.

Mr. Bayus has actively supported the Montreal Board of Trade’s Back to School program in recent years. He is a strong promoter of the very successful Valero role in Centraide / United Way and Breast Cancer Campaigns and he is also an administrator for the funding of community institutions through the Valero Energy Foundation of Canada and has promoted significant corporate contributions to major community health projects. He sits on the Board of the Sacré-Coeur Hospital Foundation in Montreal and is also working with developers of the Arts et Études program involving Quebec youth.

Prior positions
With Ultramar Ltd., since 1996:
• Senior Vice President, Supply, Wholesale and Commercial Sales;
• Vice President, Wholesale and Commercial Sales;
• Vice President, Wholesale and Industrial Sales;
• General Manager, Wholesale and Industrial Sales;
• Director, Reseller Sales.

With Petro-Canada 1980 to 1996:
• Senior management roles in strategic development and sales and distribution management;
• Early career in retail sales, planning and distribution which included terms in Toronto and Halifax.

Formal Education
Graduate of Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree (1979) with Honours in Economic Geography – a specialisation in market planning and economics. This was complemented by an employer-sponsored 9 month intensive post graduate Business Management Diploma at HEC (1989).

Président d’Énergie Valero inc.
• Responsable des activités canadiennes de Valero Energy Corporation, y compris la direction stratégique, le rendement financier, l’intégration aux activités internationales de Valero et le positionnement dans la collectivité;
• Les activités canadiennes incluent la raffinerie de Lévis, 32 terminaux maritimes, ferroviaires et de pipelines ainsi que des activités étendues de ventes en gros et commerciales.

Le leadership de Monsieur Bayus est axé sur la croissance. Il s’est avéré déterminant pour la solidité financière des activités canadiennes de l’entreprise et la réussite de son expansion dans de nouvelles zones géographiques ainsi que pour le développement de nouvelles gammes de produits au cours des 16 dernières années. Monsieur Bayus compte 34 ans d’expérience dans le secteur aval de l’industrie pétrolière.

Sa carrière l’a amené à participer à des enquêtes et à des comités au niveau gouvernemental, à prononcer des allocutions dans le cadre de divers forums commerciaux et publics, et à contribuer aux activités de plusieurs organismes reliés à l’industrie.

Au cours des dernières années, Monsieur Bayus a soutenu activement l’Opération retour à l’école de la chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain. Il est un fervent artisan de la forte implication de Valero dans les campagnes Centraide et du Cancer du sein et contribue à la gestion du financement d’organismes communautaires dans le cadre de la Fondation Énergie Valero du Canada. Il est l’instigateur d’un appui financier considérable de l’entreprise à d’importants projets reliés à la santé dans la collectivité. Il siège au conseil d’administration de la Fondation de l’Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal et coopère avec les concepteurs du programme Arts et Études à l’intention de la jeunesse québécoise.

Postes précédents
Ultramar Ltée, depuis 1996 :
• Vice-président principal, Approvisionnement, Ventes en gros et commerciales;
• Vice-président, Ventes en gros et commerciales;
• Vice-président, Ventes en gros et industrielles;
• Directeur général, Ventes en gros et industrielles;
• Directeur principal, Ventes aux revendeurs.

Petro-Canada, de 1980 à 1996 :
• Rôles au sein de la haute direction dans les domaines du développement stratégique et de la gestion des ventes et de la distribution.
• Début de carrière dans les ventes au détail, la planification et la distribution, y compris des périodes d’emploi à Toronto et Halifax.

Diplômé de l’université Concordia, baccalauréat ès arts (1979) avec distinction en géographie économique, une spécialisation en planification des marchés et en économie. Cette formation a été suivie d’études universitaires supérieures en gestion des affaires aux Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) effectuées de façon intensive pendant 9 mois, en 1989, parrainées par son employeur.

The Honourable Senator Doug Black

The Senate of Canada

The Honourable Senator Doug Black

Doug Black is confident in the promise of Alberta and Canada.

He placed strongly in first position in the 2012 Alberta Senate Nominee Election, and was appointed to the Senate on January 25, 2013. Senator Black serves on the Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources and the Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce.

Senator Black is Senior Counsel at Dentons Canada LLP, a global law firm. He studied at the University of Alberta, and holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax. Senator Black was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002 and was named as one of Canada’s 25 most influential lawyers for 2012 by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

Senator Black is deeply involved in his community, and was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 in recognition of his many contributions. He served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary during a period of tremendous growth in the institution’s history. Senator Black is Governor Emeritus of the Banff Centre, Alberta’s nationally and internationally renowned centre of excellence in creativity and the arts, and was National Co-Chair of the Centre’s successful $128 million campus revitalization campaign. He has served as Chair of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, which equips disadvantaged youth with the tools to ignite change in their communities through the arts. Senator Black was also the Founder of Lake Crest School in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Senator Black has been a long-time proponent for responsible energy development and an advocate for diversifying Canada’s energy markets. He was founding president of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the development of a Canadian energy framework.

Senator Black lives in Alberta with his wife Linda, and they have two adult children. Together, Senator Black and his wife are active swimmers, cyclists, and supporters of the arts.

Todd Hirsch

Chief Economist
ATB Financial

Todd Hirsch

Todd received a BA Honours in Economics from the University of Alberta and an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary. Since 1993 he has held a series of economist positions at the Canada West Foundation, the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Bank of Canada. He joined ATB Financial in May 2007 as Chief Economist.

He is a regular business columnist for the Globe and Mail, and provides economic commentary for CBC, CTV, and other news media outlets.

He’s been recognized as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture magazine, and was recently honoured by the federal government with the Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2014 he was appointed to the Alberta Economic Development Authority, and to the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary.

In February 2012, Todd released his first book, The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline.

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