November 2014

Our national energy dialogue: Shifting from sound engineering to mobilized engagement

11:45am-1:30pm | The King Edward Hotel - 37 King Street East, Toronto

On October 1, 2014 the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers announced its new President and CEO – a former MLA from Saskatchewan, Tim McMillan. Neither a petroleum engineer, nor a geologist, Mr. McMillan may seem an unconventional choice as he assumes the position of spokesperson for Canada’s oil and natural gas producers. Or is he?

The oil and gas industry is a driving force in the Canadian economy, and will have a critical role to play in the energy future of Canada, North America, and beyond. There are unprecedented growth opportunities in Canada’s energy sector, but also significant challenges amidst watchful and oppositional activists. With a focus on continuous improvement through ground-breaking technology that advances its environmental, health and safety performance, industry needs to continue to shift its civic engagement to more direct and meaningful conversations beyond the technical sphere if it is to overcome the battle with BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything) opponents.

During this session Mr. McMillan will highlight the economic impact of the oil and gas industry in Canada and the innovative leadership in environmental and safety performance by Canadian producers to provide markets with responsible oil and gas. Perhaps more importantly though, he will highlight his position on how the industry must foster a sense of pride in order to shift public perception and build a stronger energy dialogue to benefit all Canadians.

Our national energy dialogue: Shifting from sound engineering to mobilized engagement

Tim McMillan

President & CEO
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Tim McMillan

Tim McMillan was appointed President of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) on October 1, 2014. The Saskatchewan native is responsible for leading activities in education and communications as well as policy and regulatory advocacy on behalf of CAPP member companies, which represent over 90 per cent of Canada’s upstream oil and gas production.

Tim grew up on a family farm near Lloydminster, where the McMillan family first homesteaded more than a century ago. After earning an economics degree from the University of Victoria, he traveled and worked overseas as an Information Technology professional. He later returned to the family farm and founded and operated an oilfield services company. His solid understanding
of the oil and gas industry from both a business and landowner perspective, coupled with his background in economics, propelled his desire to seek a seat within the Saskatchewan Legislature.

In 2007, Tim was elected as a Saskatchewan Party MLA in the riding of Lloydminster. From 2010 until his appointment as President of CAPP, Tim held several strategic cabinet portfolios in the Government of Saskatchewan, including minister of energy and resources and minister of rural health.

Tim recently moved to Calgary where he lives with his wife and their two daughters.

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