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WCM Calgary Presents: Industry Trends 2019

Wednesday, May 29th 2019
4:00 PM
Calgary, AB

2019 is sure to see no shortage of changes to the political and economic landscape in Alberta, Canada and North American markets with a new Alberta government, impending federal election, ongoing battles around pipeline approvals, and high unemployment rates.

To dive into these hot topics, 2019 industry trends and more, WCM is excited to invite you to an afternoon panel discussion featuring Scott Burrows (SVP and CFO, Pembina Pipeline Corp.), Arlene Strom (SVP and General Counsel, Suncor Energy Inc.), Francois Poirier (Executive VP, TransCanada), and Trevor Gardner (Co-head, Canadian Energy Investment Banking, RBC Capital Markets), followed by a networking session with drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

4:00PM – Doors open, registration & networking
4:30PM - Panel discussion and Q&A
5:30PM – Networking

When: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 4:00PM
Where: Calgary Petroleum Club, Devonian Room, 319 5 Ave SW, Calgary AB
Price: $15 to members; $30 to non-members

Event cost includes hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

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Scott Burrows

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Scott was named Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Pembina Pipeline Corporation on June 30, 2017. He oversees the Company's financial operations, investor relations, treasury, tax, risk management, corporate planning, corporate development and capital market financings.

Prior to his current role, Scott served as Pembina's Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer from January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017, as Vice President, Capital Markets from October 2013 to the end of December 2014 and as Vice President, Corporate Development & Investor Relations from March 2013 to October 2013. In these roles, Scott was responsible for guiding Pembina through its corporate-level financial analyses of business opportunities in addition to strategic development and planning, acquisitions and divestitures.

He also supported the Company’s participation in the capital markets by evaluating various financing alternatives, and oversaw Pembina’s investor relations and related marketing initiatives.

Before joining Pembina in November 2010, Scott spent seven years in energy-focused investment banking where he provided advice and counsel related to mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and equity and debt financings. He has considerable experience in most aspects of the energy industry, including: petroleum, natural gas and other product pipelines and related infrastructure facilities. Scott has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, is a CFA® Charterholder and was named one of Canada's top 40 under 40.

Arlene Strom

Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Suncor Energy Inc.

Arlene Strom is senior vice president and general counsel of Suncor Energy Inc. In this role, Arlene is responsible for all legal matters across the company and works closely with Suncor’s Board of Directors on matters of corporate governance. 

Since joining Suncor in the corporate legal group in September 2003, Arlene has held a number of leadership positions within the company. Arlene most recently served as the vice president of Sustainability & Communications. In that role, Arlene was responsible for stakeholder and aboriginal relations, community investment, communications and sustainability, including the management of the Suncor Energy Foundation. Prior to joining Suncor she practiced corporate and securities law in Calgary.

Arlene is a member of the board of directors of the Suncor Energy Foundation, the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation and the Alberta Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Awards Foundation. She is also a member of the University of Calgary Management Advisory Council for the Haskayne School of Business.

Arlene has a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Trinity Western University, and a master of arts degree in public policy and an LLB from the University of British Columbia.  She is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. 

Francois Poirier

Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development and Strategy and President, Mexico Natural Gas Pipelines and Energy, TransCanada

As Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development and Strategy and President, Mexico Natural Gas Pipelines and Energy, Mr. Poirier provides leadership in the development of TransCanada’s long-term strategy and all corporate development activities, as well as overseeing enterprise risk management across the corporation. He is also responsible for all aspects of our power generation, unregulated gas storage and Mexico gas businesses, including commercial, business development, project, regulatory and operating functions. 

Before joining TransCanada, Mr. Poirier spent 25 years in investment banking, consulting and as a Corporate Director. He was President and Head, Investment Banking and Capital Markets, for Wells Fargo Securities Canada, Ltd. Prior to that, he was Group Head, Power and Pipelines Investment Banking, at J.P. Morgan Securities in New York. 

From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Poirier served as an Independent Director of Capital Power Income LP. His community involvement has included serving as Chair of the North York Harvest Food Bank. 

Mr. Poirier holds a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Operations Research from the University of Ottawa.

Trevor Gardner

Co-Head, Canadian Energy Investment Banking, RBC Capital Markets

As Co-Head of Canadian Energy Investment Banking, Trevor is responsible for senior client coverage and management of RBC’s Canadian Energy business.  Together with Kent Ferguson, Trevor manages RBC’s team in Calgary and works with partners around the globe to provide RBC’s corporate clients with strategic advice on mergers & acquisitions as well as capital markets financing (debt and equity).  Trevor has direct responsibility for the coverage of many of RBC’s largest corporate relationships, and he has had the privilege of advising management teams and boards on some of the largest Canadian energy and energy infrastructure transactions.  In addition to his core role, Trevor acts as Co-Chair for RBC’s Canadian Investment Banking Promotion Committee and serving as a member of the firm’s Opinion Review Committee.

Originally from Saskatchewan, Trevor began his career with RBC in Toronto, focused on equity capital markets, before moving to Calgary in 2007.  Trevor graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University (with Honours) and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Away from the office, Trevor is involved in several community initiatives, including acting as Chair of the Board of Directors for YMCA Calgary and serving as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Laziridis School of Business at Wilfrid Laurier University.  He is also active in coaching minor hockey and baseball in Calgary where his 3 children are active participants.

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