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 2018 PROPEL Energy Tech Forum.
Former President & CEO of Total E&P Canada
With over 25 years of experience in the energy, mining, heavy oil, and sustainable development industries – innovation has always been top of mind for Jean-Michel Gires. Best known as the man who led Total E&P into the oil sands, this O&G executive is now in the business of breakthrough innovation, investing in new technologies that aim to radically disrupt the energy sector. A born leader, Jean-Michel is set to change the way we think about the innovation economy.Read More
In 2009, Jean-Michel Gires launched the Total Ecosolutions label as his strategic vision to further support Venture Capitalism. The program offers customers ecologically efficient solutions, to help better control their environmental impact by consuming less and consuming better. At the end of 2016, over 90 products and services had received the “Total Ecosolutions” label and the sales helped save 1.7 million tonnes of CO2 over the product life-cycles.
This former co-chairman of the Oil Sands Leadership Initiative (OSLI) and former founding member of the Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) stepped down from CEO at Total E&P to pursue a long standing passion for Energy Innovation.
Director, Oil Field Digitalization
The Well-Connected Knowledge Graph is built by harvesting and connecting well information from well databases, drilling comments and documents into our Knowledge Graph. Our Knowledge Graph, enables the operators to create enhanced models that are designed to plan new wells, work over existing wells and determine if old wells should be abandoned. We leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence to populate the graph and create the models.
Author of Tip of the Spear
Calgary-based entrepreneur Jim Gibson is an active leader in the Alberta innovation ecosystem. With 30 years of experience at the forefront of technology and change, Jim is a passionate advocate for “paying attention” to what’s coming and providing concrete examples of how we can all be leaders and role models for change. His talk will take themes from his forthcoming book, Tip of the Spear, and challenge the #PROPEL2018 audience to understand and respond to a new world that sees infinite possibilities meeting serious global problems head on.Read More
Tip of the Spear
Passionate, experienced, and an infinitely curious entrepreneur, Gibson shares his cautionary tale of innovation and disruption in a human world. Tip of the Spear is the product of his life’s work – spanning over 30 years at the forefront of technology and change. Tip of the Spear is a comprehensive study of the state of technology and its impact in the near term on the fate of our species. The three Laws of Disruption are at the center of the story which recognizes that:
It takes a look into the future through the eyes of two thirteen-year-old girls from very different parts of the world. And concludes with a message of hope that is focused on creating a new social contract with those around us and a new definition of innovation that speaks more to Innovation of Ways than to Innovation of Things.
General Manager, Canada
The oil and gas industry has an urgent need for innovation and technology application to stay competitive. Surprisingly, the sources of innovation are increasingly moving from internal to external. Companies have taken significant and often painful steps to adjust to this new reality by jumping into new technology trials without knowing the rest of the landscape. Technology accelerators are amazing ecosystems to grow innovation but require competitive evaluation for due-diligence. The industry needs an unbiased framework to increase reach and awareness of innovations and decrease investment risk.
Join us in the Oval Room for cocktails, canapes, and reflections on the first day of presentations.
Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC)
This Tech Talk will take a closer look at the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN), defining who the network is comprised of and exploring current and future network activities. This presentation will also delve into why investors should invest in market driven clean resources technologies and where these investors can find inventory of technologies with low risk opportunities.
A panel of thought leaders from the power sector will share their insights on emerging opportunities and trends in the power sector, and how innovation is unlocking growth opportunities in areas like distributed generation, renewables, blockchain, artificial intelligence and electric vehicles.
We’ve seen an explosion in the number of accelerator programs around the country over the past few years. What have these programs produced? Is there any evidence to suggest the government should continue supporting accelerators? Can the private sector do a better job? What’s working and what needs to be killed?