Propel Energy Tech

2019 Program Coming Soon!

We’re hard at work putting together an amazing program for #PROPEL2019! If you are looking for an idea of what to expect, check out the 2018 schedule below.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Exhibition Display Setup


Registration & Continental Breakfast


Welcome & Opening Remarks


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 2018 PROPEL Energy Tech Forum.

Matt Anstead


JP Bauman


Chris Buckman

Vice President

Jeffrey Clark

Managing Partner

Jeremy Gilman


Johanna Schmidtke

Investment Director

Mark Trevitt



Networking Break


Keynote Speaker

Jean-Michel Gires

Former President & CEO of Total E&P Canada

Closing the Energy Innovation Gap

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.

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Over two decades, he’s been a sustainability leader around the world and was instrumental in creating best practices for Total’s projects, specifically in the area of environmental responsibility. Gires was also named a Chevalier of the Legion d’ Honneur, in 2003, one of France’s highest civilian honours.

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. 


Alumni Rapid-Fire Pitch Session

This second annual session is proudly presented by Evok Innovations
Since last pitching at PROPEL, these outstanding Alumni Companies are taking the stage again to showcase their latest achievements
and key updates, as they navigate the road to commercialization.


Tech Talk Speaker

Jeff Dalgliesh

Director, Oil Field Digitalization

Maana, Inc.

Knowledge Graphs for Greater Upstream Efficiency

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.


Networking Lunch


Keynote Speaker

Jim Gibson

Author of Tip of the Spear

Our Species & Technology at a Crossroads

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.

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Jim has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, a B.Comm from the University of Toronto, and holds his Certified Management Consulting Designation. Jim lives in Calgary, Canada with his family, and travels the world sharing his experience, business acumen, and start-up wisdom.

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:

  • The slope of the technology curve is dramatically increasing;
  • The technology genies never go back into the bottle; and
  • Our linear systems of organization are not prepared.

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. 


Company Presentations

Resource Recovery & Management

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


Networking Break


Tech Talk Speaker

Andrew McMurray

General Manager, Canada

Darcy Partners

Multi-Layered Due-Diligence: Reduce the Risk of Applying New Technology

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.


Company Presentations

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.


Closing Remarks & End of Day 1


The Official PROPEL Networking Reception

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

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


Networking Breakfast


Day 2 Opening Remarks


Panel Session: Corporate Dealmakers

Luis Alcoser

Ventures Technology Manager

Tyler Durham

Venture Principal

James McKell

Venture Executive

Tyler Williams

Venture Principal


Tech Talk Speaker

Dr. Soheil Asgarpour


Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC)

The Clean Resource Innovation Network

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.


Company Presentations

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.


Networking Break

Presented By:


Tech Talk Speaker

Anouk Kendall


Decentralised Energy Canada

Decentralised Energy in the Age of Disruption and a Winning Entrepreneur’s Experience from the Trenches

With Special Guest: Roman Cintula, CEO, GT-Tech




Panel Session: Distributed Power

Emerging Opportunities in the Power Sector

 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.

Kevin Frankowski

Executive Director

John Rilett

Director of Enhanced Energy Services & Renewables

Francois Blouin

Director of Innovation


David Layzell

Director of CESAR Initiative



Company Presentations

Distributed Power

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


Networking Lunch


Best Presenting Company Awards Ceremony


Fireside Chat

Accelerators and Incubators: The Solution to our Innovation Agenda? Or, a Complete Waste of Time and Resources?

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?

Marty Reed


Jane Kearns

Senior Advisor, Cleantech

Michael Robinson

Rockies Lead


Closing Remarks