PLAN B – A Discussion of Forward Solutions for the Canadian Energy Industry
Chris Slubicki, President, CEO & Director of Modern Resources
Discussions regarding energy and the environment in Canada have become increasingly heated and divisive. Canada, meanwhile, is failing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions despite policies and court decisions that have caused significant damage to our world-leading energy industry. Time to explore some of the serious unintended consequences of our current regulatory environment and find a new path forward to economic prosperity, environmental sustainability and a more cohesive Canada. Chris Slubicki’s conversation is an inspiring analysis of possibilities for success. While acknowledging that the rest of Canada helped build the Energy sector in Alberta, how do we invite other provinces back into the conversation? What role can complimentary resources play? What makes more sense for carbon reduction - Paris targets vs. Zero Carbon concepts? How do we handle the disparity between Canadian emissions vs. World emissions and what we can do differently?
From 2009 to 2011, As Chief Executive Officer of OPTI Canada, Chris was brought into a distressed situation, stabilized the company and sold it to CNOOC for $2.1 billion in late 2011. Chris is the former Vice-Chairman of Scotia Waterous and was one of the four original founders of Waterous and Co., a private global oil and gas mergers and acquisitions firm, starting the firm in Calgary in 1989. Prior to selling the firm to Bank of Nova Scotia in 2005, the firm expanded to offices in five countries with a staff of 88 and completed hundreds of oil and gas transactions over its 17-year tenure. Chris has held operations management and engineering positions within the oil and gas industry at Placer CEGO Petroleum Ltd. and Chevron Canada Resources Ltd. Chris graduated with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of Calgary. He is a Professional Engineer in Alberta, and a member of APEGA. Chris is currently on the boards of Bonavista Energy Corporation and the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation. Chris served on the board of Alpine Canada for seven years, the last two as Chair. Chris coached young ski racers with the Fernie Alpine Ski Team for 14 years and served as President of the club for three years.