Propel Energy Tech

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

07:00 - 08:30

Exhibition Display Setup

07:15 - 08:00

Registration & Continental Breakfast

07:50 - 08:00

Welcome & Opening Remarks

08:00 - 08:15

Special Industry Announcement

ERA Funding Announcement

Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) and the Government of Alberta will announce $70.2 million in new investment and the winners of the Industrial Efficiency Challenge. Launched in March 2018, the Industrial Efficiency Challenge was an open call to Large Final Emitter (LFE) industrial facilities—Alberta’s most energy-intensive, trade-exposed industries—to bring forward new technology ideas to reduce emissions and cut operating costs. Sectors for consideration included oil and gas, chemicals and fertilizers, cement and concrete, forestry and agriculture, electricity, and manufacturing.

Steve MacDonald


Shannon Phillips

Minister of Environment & Parks

08:15 - 09:15

Panel Session: Meet the Investors

Looking to fuel the momentum of your venture? These investors have the knowledge and capital to propel your business to the next level. Listen in to a diverse group of bold venture capitalists as they tell you exactly what types of investments they are looking for at the 2019 PROPEL Energy Tech Forum.

Vivek T.A. Warrier



Ha Nguyen

Vice President

Louis Albanese


Jim Sledzik

Managing Director

Mark Trevitt

Principal, Industrial, Clean and Energy Technology Fund

Matt Colucci

Managing Partner

JP Bauman


Matt Anstead


Alfred Lam

Vice President

09:15 - 10:00

Networking Break

10:00 - 10:30

Technology Showcase

Startup Spotlight

This inaugural Startup Spotlight showcase gives the hottest Early Stage companies an opportunity to present in front of the entire PROPEL audience for the very first time! Following each five-minute quick pitch, a constructive feedback panel of investors and corporate leaders will provide immediate feedback to the presenters.


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Following each five minute quick pitch, the inaugural Startup Spotlight showcase companies will receive constructive feedback from these esteemed panelists. Each company will be given both technical and industry related feedback pertaining to their specific company, technology, or market opportunities as they work toward commercialization.

Randy Thompson


Chris Buckman

Vice President

Marty Reed


Tyler Durham


10:30 - 11:15

Technology Showcase

Digital Oilfield

Bring on the game-changers! High potential Digital Oilfield technologies are showcased, along with their plans to deliver stunning ROI for adopters and generate lucrative returns for investors.

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11:15 - 12:00

Keynote Speaker | Changing the Mindset

Alex Epstein, Founder, Center for Industrial Progress

New York Times best-selling author, energy thought leader, and industrial policy expert Alex Epstein has joined the outstanding roster of speakers for PROPEL 2019. Alex’s philosophy “antipollution but pro-development” will immerse us in his eye-opening thoughts into how fossil fuels and technology will improve the lives of people—safely, cleanly, and effectively—for years to come.

His book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, argues that if we look at the whole picture, human flourishing requires that humanity use more fossil fuels not less. The book has been widely praised as the most persuasive argument ever made for our continuing use of fossil fuels.


Networking Lunch


Dual Keynote Speaker | Bridging the Gap Between Corporate Energy Giants & Emerging Tech Companies

Audun Abelsnes, Managing Director, Techstars Energy Accelerator

Jens Festvoll, Equinor Corporate Liaison, Techstars Energy Accelerator

Delve into the expert minds behind the first Techstars Energy Accelerator, as they share insights, successes and pitfalls from the first cohort.

Managing Director of Techstars Energy Accelerator, Audun Abelsnes, is a serial entrepreneur and master level lecturer in venture creation. And, Jens Festervoll, as the corporate liaison for Equinor knows how to spot a game-changing energy technology that is ready for corporate adoption. Together they have the first-hand knowledge required to bridge the gap between corporate energy giants and emerging technology companies. Listen in at #PROPEL2019 as these Techstars Energy Insiders share how they are leveraging their collective expertise to build energy technology businesses of the future.

14:00 - 14:30

Panel Session

A Roadmap to Navigating Technology Adoption in Oil & Gas and Beyond

Technology adoption in oil & gas is difficult, and attempting to parlay success into outside industries comes with its own challenges and opportunities.  Hear from a veteran industry venture investor and entrepreneur CEOs as they share insight into their own path to success, what worked and what they might do differently next time.

Dirk McDermott

Managing Partner

Nick Vandivere


Steve Sliwa


14:30 - 15:15

Networking Break

15:15 - 16:00

Technology Showcase

Resource Recovery & Management

This stream focuses on technologies that improve the economics, safety, and/or sustainability of extraction and recovery, upgrading and refinement, transportation and pipelines, etc.

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16:00 - 16:30

Panel Session

Canadian Technology Accelerator – Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)

This informative session will give an overview of the TCS’s Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) initiative which gives firms a head start in foreign markets. CTAs are located in major international tech hubs and support firms in a wide range of technology sectors, helping businesses take advantage of what the local market has to offer including mentorship from industry leaders, office space in technology centres, and access to investors. Hear it firsthand from two companies that have been involved and what they accomplished with the TCS.

“The CTA provided us with the some of the best mentors that we’ve ever had. Our experience there has set us on the right track towards building an incredibly valuable company in the short term and long term.” – Kevin Chen, CEO & Co-Founder of Hyasynth Biologicals Inc.

Stephen Davis


Cleantech, Renewable Energy, Trade Commissioner Canada

Apoorv Sinha


Karen Schuett


16:30 - 16:45

Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

16:45 - 18:30

The Official PROPEL Networking Reception

Join us in the Oval Room for cocktails, canapes, and reflections on the first day of presentations.

Thursday, February 7 | 8:30am-2:30pm

07:15 - 08:15

Networking Breakfast

08:15 - 08:30

Day 2 Opening Remarks


Fireside Chat

Titans of Tech Innovation

These O&G heavyweights discuss their respective experiences from assessing and adopting, to developing and deploying innovative technologies. These Titans of Corporate Innovation are tasked with minimizing energy inputs to maximize output, as low-cost operators 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 build the energy industry of the future. 

Ricardo Angel


CEO/Managing Partner


Sha-Chelle Manning

Vice President, Technology & Innovation

Deepthi Bollu

Director, Innovations & Business Development

Todd Blasdel

Leader, Strategic Innovation

James Franks

Director, Technology Development & Implementation

Pioneer Natural Resources  

09:15 - 09:50

Technology Showcase

ALUMNI Update: Rapid-Fire Pitch Session

Past PROPEL Forum Presenting Companies are welcomed back to join the Alumni showcase. Alumni Companies are selected based on demonstrated growth and hitting key milestones since their first presentation at PROPEL within any of the core PROPEL technology streams.

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09:50 - 10:30

Technology Showcase

Environmental Stewardship & Advanced Materials

Bring on the game-changers! High potential Environmental Stewardship and Advanced Materials technologies are showcased, along with their plans to deliver stunning ROI for adopters and generate lucrative returns for investors.

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10:30 - 11:15

Networking Break

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11:15 - 12:00

Panel Session

AI’s Impact in Oil & Gas

AI is the most hyped technology in the world today, with media coverage extolling its impact across the global economy. But what does it mean for the oil & gas industry? How can industry benefit from this technology, where will those benefits be seen, and how does industry need to act in order to maximize those benefits? Join our panel with participants from E&Ps, investors, and AI technology vendors as they share their diverse perspectives


12:00 - 13:00

Technology Showcase

Carbon Utilization Stream

Bring on the game-changers! Given the growing potency of the low-carbon economy, this exclusive Carbon Utilization Stream provides a unique opportunity to showcase how years of hard work, from a selection of the top Carbon XPRIZE companies, is transforming a key problem into lucrative solutions.


Presented By: 

Dr. Marcius Extavour

Executive Director

Catalyzing the Market for CO2-based Products

This tech talk will provide an overview of the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a $20M global competition to convert CO2 emissions into valuable products like concrete, building materials, carbon fiber, polymers, food, liquid fuels, and more. Learn about the ten Finalists actively competing to win the XPRIZE, and the new trillion-dollar market for CO2-based products.

13:00 - 13:55

Networking Lunch

13:55 - 14:00

Best Presenting Company Awards Ceremony

Presented by CapitalRoad Foundation Chairman – Adrian Banica  

14:00 - 14:55

Keynote Speaker | A New Era of Cleantech is Emerging: Trends, Drivers, Opportunities and Challenges

Peter Tertzakian, Executive Director, ARC Energy Research Institute

In 2014, Peter Tertzakian gave a thoughtful and compelling keynote address on the business of energy transitions, at the inaugural PROPEL Forum. While 2014 was a pivotal year for the energy sector as a whole, it offered a huge opportunity for technology and innovation to infiltrate and re-shape the future of the industry. Five years later, Peter returns to the PROPEL Forum stage to take a look back at this energy transition, share with us how “A New Era of Cleantech is Emerging” and what the trends, drivers, opportunities and challenges are for the next five years.

14:55 - 15:00

Closing Remarks

*All of the above timings and sessions are subject to change without notice*