September 2015

The Mexican Outlook in Energy after the Reform; an Alternative Opportunity for Canada

11:00am-5:30pm | The Calgary Petroleum Club - 319 Fifth Ave SW, Calgary

The Economic Club of Canada in partnership with Rodríguez Dávalos Abogados (RDA) is proud to present an exclusive Canadian & Mexican energy forum conference held in Calgary, Alberta on September 28th, 2015.

The mandate of this summit is to provide a platform for Mexico’s Senior Government Officials and leading Energy Business Executives to educate Canadian business, government and industry leaders regarding the existing opportunities in Mexico. Speakers include Chairman of the Mexican Senate Energy Committee, the Honorable Senator David Penchyna, the Honorable Dr. César Hernández, Undersecretary of Electricity of the Ministry of Energy, Government of Mexico, the Honorable Luis Vazquez, Chairman of the largest Mexican Energy Company, DIAVAZ, the Honorable Jesús Rodriguez Dávalos, Chairman of the Legal Firm Rodríguez Dávalos y Abogados (RDA) and the Honorable Mario Rodriguez-Montero, Minister for Trade and Investment, Embassy of Mexico in Canada. Additionally, the Honourable Senator Doug Black, Senate of Canada will provide a synopsis of Canada’s energy agenda and ways in which both countries can nurture their bilateral relationship.

Topics include: opportunities for the bilateral relationship between Canada and Mexico, the vision of the Mexican Senate for Mexico’s Energy Reform, the implementation of the Mexican Energy Reform, the Mexican Private view of the Energy Outlook of Mexico and investment opportunities, and how to foster an innovative relationship between both countries.

Following the conference, guests will be provided with a rare opportunity to view a photo exhibit entitled: "The Birth of Mexico's Oil Industry" Curated by Marco Bracamontes, Presented by: Jesus Rodriguez Davalos, Abogados

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

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

11am: Registration
11:20am: Speeches begin
1pm: Lunch is served
2pm: Speeches resume
4:30pm: Event concludes
4:45-5:30pm: Cocktail reception and viewing of the Private Photographic Collection of the History of PEMEX

The Mexican Outlook in Energy after the Reform; an Alternative Opportunity for Canada

The Honorable Dr. César Hernández

Undersecretary of Electricity of the Ministry of Energy
Government of Mexico

The Honorable Dr. César Hernández

Dr. César Emiliano Hernández Ochoa was appointed as Undersecretary of Electricity of the Ministry of Energy by President Enrique Peña Nieto on February 5th, 2014.

Prior to this designation, on February 16th of 2013, and up until his appointment as Undersecretary, he served as Head of Legal Affairs Unit of Ministry of Energy; and currently he is member of the Governing Board of CFE.

Within the Federal Public Administration, he has occupied several important roles: Director-General of Foreign Trade in the Ministry of Economy, Director-General of Legal Counsel of the Federal Government and Director General of Long Distance within the Federal Telecommunications Commission. Furthermore, he was a researcher within the Center for Development and Research (CIDAC), and is author of several books, such as: (The politics of foreign trade: regulation and impact), and (The Captive Reform: Investment, Work and Entrepreneurship in the Mexican Electric Sector).

Dr. César Emiliano Hernández Ochoa holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Faculty of Law of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and is a Fulbright and Ford-MacArthur scholarship grantee. He finished his graduate studies in Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and holds a PhD from UNAM, obtained in 2007.

The Honorable Jesús Rodriguez Dávalos

Chairman and founder
Rodríguez Dávalos Abogados (RDA)

The Honorable Jesús Rodriguez Dávalos

Jesús began his career in PEMEX in 1989. At the age of 26, he was posted in Washington, D.C. representing PEMEX Gas during the NAFTA negotiations and the deregulation of the natural gas market in the US. After a brief stint at a large US law firm, he returned to Mexico to open his own practice focused on Oil, Gas and Power, founding Rodríguez Dávalos Abogados (RDA) almost 20 years ago.

Mr Rodríguez is Chairman of the Mexican Rights of Way Association (ADDV). He has been Board Member and Secretary of the Mexican Natural Gas Association (AMGN) now for more than 19 years; legal advisor to the World Energy Council, Chapter Mexico, and founding member of the Mexican Energy Law Academy; as well as board member of several energy, sports and financial related corporations.

He has participated in many of the most relevant energy-related projects in Mexico, being a pioneer in his field. Some of these projects are: representing more than 16 natural gas distribution companies since 1995, including Mexico City and Monterrey LDCs; advising power generation companies since the year 2000, representing IPP, Cogen plants and renewable projects in more than 12 states in Mexico and in Central America; he designed all the regulatory and legal scheme of the first cross border wet gas pipeline and the first CNG project; he has represented several Central American and South American governmental agencies in drafting their energy regulation; he is the leading counsel for the Ramones Project, several JV between Pemex and an international energy corporation in their pipelines and storage ventures in Mexico for over the last 14 years; he led the Mier-Monterrey natural gas pipeline and the only 3 private LPG pipelines in operation; he represents several of the LPG CRE regulated import and maritime terminals; along with RDA’s team, he represents -since the first round commenced- more than 10 MCS and Incentivized contracts with Pemex; he also prepared the regulatory strategy of the first ethylene pipeline; he has led the right of way acquisition of more than 3,000 kilometres for pipeline and transmission lines; today Jesús and RDA represent more than 1,500 gasoline stations and refine products terminals and a LNG facility in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mr Rodríguez has a law degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). His last publications are Mexico’s Energy Reform, Applicable Legislation, published on November 2014 and Mexico’s Energy Reform, Regulations, published on April 2015.

The Honorable Luis Vázquez

Chairman of the largest Mexican Energy Company

The Honorable Luis Vázquez

Luis is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Group Diavaz since 1982 to date. Grupo Diavaz is made up by 15 companies, all of them related to the Mexican energy industry, ranging from oil and gas exploration and production, its process, transportation, storage until its final consumption.

He has been and still is an advisor of several national and international companies, all of them related to the energy industry.

Luis Vázquez actively participates in a wide variety of Chambers, Associations, as well as Professional and Entrepreneurial Organizations.

Currently, Eng. Vázquez is Vice president of Mexico´s Chapter of the World Energy Council, as well as Board Member of the Mexican Natural Gas Association.

Luis Vázquez is a chemical engineer, who graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

The Honorable Mario Rodriguez-Montero

Minister for Trade and Investment
Embassy of Mexico in Canada

The Honorable Mario Rodriguez-Montero

Mario Rodríguez-Montero has worked for the Mexican government for more than 25 years in the Ministries of Finance, and Trade and Industry and Energy. As a senior official, he has participated in bilateral, regional and multilateral trade agreements negotiations. In his diplomatic career he served as Minister of Trade and Fiscal Affairs of the Embassy of Mexico to the White House in Washington D.C., position similar to the one he holds now in Ottawa as Minister for Trade and Investment of the Embassy of Mexico to Canada. Mario also served as Principal Mexican Delegate to the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Economic and Social Council of the Organization of American States (OAS), where he was elected Chairman of the Special Committee for Consultation and Negotiation of this Organization. During his career as a government Official he has also held the position of Director General of International Affairs at the Ministry of Energy of Mexico and as Deputy Director General of the Mexican Institute of Intellectual Property.

During his professional career, Rodriguez-Montero also worked for thirteen years in the Mexican private sector. During the years he was VP of Institutional Relations in Grupo PULSAR, an important Industrial, Agricultural and Financial Group headquartered in Monterrey, Mexico; there he acted as a Senior Advisor to the Mexican private sector advisory committee during the negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Mexico –European Union Free Trade Agreement (TLCUEM). Also, during those years and as a result of the global participation of Grupo Pulsar’s companies in the area of Agro-biotechnology, Rodríguez-Montero was involved in the field of modern agriculture, focusing in negotiating the UN sponsored Protocol of Montreal for Food Safety that deals with the international public policy implications of Agro-biotechnology. During these negotiations he was elected as Co-Chairman of the Global Industry Coalition in Biotechnology, an institution representing the Agro-biotechnology seed industry.

In academia, in 1981-82, Rodriguez-Montero was Professor of International Trade Theory in the School of Economics at the Universidad Anahuac. Later also, for several years in Washington, DC, he was Instructor of the "Landegger" Executive Training in International Business Diplomacy at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. In Monterrey, he conducted in the 90's the Center of the Future, responsible for general studies of social and economic exploration, and liaising with the Office of the Future Program of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Before coming to Canada, he taught the course on Regional Economic Blocks at the School of International Relations at the Universidad Anahuac del Norte.

He has been invited as a speaker by several academic and governmental institutions and international forums, among which the most noteworthy are: the ITESM, the ITAM, the Universidad of Las Americas, Georgetown University, Harvard University, the University of Indiana, and the University of Texas, amongst others. Furthermore, he has also participated as a speaker at Committees at the Honourable Congress of Mexico; Congressional Committees of the United States of America, the OECD, the OAS and APEC, amidst others.

Mario Rodriguez-Montero (born 3rd August 1949) was appointed Representative Minister for the Ministry of Economy of Mexico in Canada on October 2013. He currently resides in Ottawa, ON, Canada with his wife and they have two adult daughters.

The Honorable Senator David Penchyna

Chairman of the Mexican Senate Energy Committee

The Honorable Senator David Penchyna

Senator David Penchyna was born on the city of Pachuca in the State of Hidalgo on March 10th, 1965. He has a Law degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and several postgraduate studies including a Posgraduate degree in Public Policy from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).
From 1986-1988 he acted as Technical Secretary for the Budget Commission of the Congress of the State of Hidalgo, and in that same period he was the assistant of the coordinator for the parliamentary group of the PRI in the Congress of the State of Hidalgo.
From 1988 to 1991 he acted as subdirector of Prerogatives and Political Parties of the Federal Electoral Commission.
From 1991 to 1992 he acted as an advisor to the governments of the States of Sonora and Querétaro and was also an advisor to the Viceminister of Government and Political development of the SEGOB.
From 1992 to 1993 he acted as Director of Housing of the Ministry of Social Development (SEDESOL).
From 1994 to 1995 he acted as Under Director of the INFONAVIT.
From 195 to 1997 he acted as General Director of the National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV).
From 1997 to 1998 he was an advisor to the Mexican Central Bank (Banco de México).
From 1998 to 2000 he was General Sector Coordinator of the SEDESOL.
From 2000 to 2003 he acted as Representative in the Federal Congress in the LVIII Legislature, during which he was Secretary of the Social Development Commission and member of the Budget and Public Account Commission.
From 2005 to 2006 he was the Minister of Economic Development in the State of Hidalgo.
From 2007 to 2009 he was the Minister of Social Development in the State of Hidalgo.
From 2009 to 2012 he acted as Representative in the Federal Congress in the LXI Legislature, where was a secretary of the Commission of Treasury and Public Credit and acted as member of several commissions regarding public expenses.
He currently serves as Senator for the 2012-2018 term and is the chairman of the Energy Commission of the Senate.

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.

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