Stay tuned for the 2018 Keynote Speaker announcements coming soon! If you are looking for an idea of what to expect, check out some of the amazing speakers from #PROPEL2017 below!


Titans of Technology Talk Clean Hydrocarbons

Clean Hydrocarbons: A Great Idea or the New Business Model?

Join us at #PROPEL2017 as these O&G heavyweights discuss their respective company mandates for adopting and developing clean hydrocarbon technologies. The global market for a cleaner hydrocarbon is ever growing. These companies are tasked with minimizing energy inputs to maximize output, in a low carbon economy. The answers lie in tech-driven innovation.

Hear it straight from these Titans of Technology as they share their new solutions, creative methods, and tangible approaches to clean hydrocarbons.

Jeff Jones

Reporter, Business Report

Suzanne West

President & CEO

Tom Corscadden

Vice-President for Marketing, Engineering and Operations

Judy Fairburn

Executive Vice-President
Business Innovation


The Digital Revolution is Happening - Business needs to embrace it or risk being left behind

Elyse Allan

President & CEO

In her role as President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Canada and Vice President GE, Elyse is a passionate champion for Canada’s competitiveness, advancing the country’s science and technology base and competitive fiscal policy.

She actively engages in developing and shaping public policy through industry groups, research and advocacy organizations. Elyse serves on the Board of Directors for the C.D. Howe Institute and the Conference Board of Canada. As well, she recently completed her Board term at the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, where she also served as Chair. Elyse has participated on a number of federal and provincial government advisory boards focused on Canada’s competitiveness, energy strategy, economic development, transportation strategy and access to credit.

Read more on Elyse Allan here.


How Would Google Drill

Atanu Basu

Founder & CEO

Atanu has 20 years of experience in software and high-tech industries. His entire career has been focused on conceptualizing, developing, selling and deploying emerging technologies. He holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering.

Ayata (which means “future” in Sanskrit) invented and refined the technology for Prescriptive Analytics over a decade of R&D. Ayata’s software ingests all types of data – Videos, Images, Sounds, Text and Numbers – to Predict what’s ahead and Prescribe how to improve this predicted future, without disrupting other priorities.

Future of the Fields: The digital transformation is now more crucial than ever

Brad Bechtold

National Director Oil & Gas Transformation

As Director of Cisco Canada’s Oil and Gas vertical business, Brad Bechtold is responsible for developing and leading Cisco’s go-to-market strategy for Energy. In this role Brad is working with industry partners, educational institutions, and Oil and Gas organizations to align Cisco’s technology solutions to the critical challenges facing the industry today. With more than 25 years in Oil and Gas, Brad brings industry relevant knowledge to Cisco Canada’s Industry Transformation Team.

Brad currently sits on several technology boards and is a member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Prior to joining Cisco, Brad spent 18 years with Halliburton, a global leader in the Energy Services Sector. During his tenure with Halliburton, Brad spent the past 13 years in a global capacity. As Director for Halliburton’s GeoGraphix product line, Brad was responsible for Global Operations, R&D and Sales and Marketing.

The Evolution of the American Shale Plays: Where we are and how we got there

Richard Stoneburner

Managing Director

Richard Stoneburner is currently a Managing Director for Pine Brook Partners, a private equity firm focusing on investments in the energy sector.  Richard has over 35 years’ experience in upstream oil and gas exploration and production. Mr. Stoneburner is a former co-founder, President and Chief Operating Officer of Petrohawk Energy Corporation (2009-2011) and President – North America Shale Production Division for BHP Billiton Petroleum from 2011-2012.