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The 4th annual GBTA Canada Energy, Resources, & Marine Symposium 2017 | Calgary will take place on October 3, 2017. Our commitment to Canada’s oil, gas, and resource sector will continue at this event through education, discussion panels, and exclusive networking opportunities critical to business travel professionals in these sectors.


Complimentary registrations will also be offered for those in the travel buyer/manager and logistics capacities.

Why Attend?

  • This event is free for all Buyers.
  • GTP Certification holders will earn 6 GTP Recertification credits by attending this event.
  • Network with other professionals that are involved in energy, resources, and marine travel.
  • Hear insights from industry leaders and experts.
  • Learn how to tackle logistical challenges unique to these industries.
  • Connect with travel managers from Canadian companies in these sectors.
  • Meet various travel suppliers who serve the needs of Buyers in these specialized sectors.



Time Session
7:30am – 8:30am ERM Showcase, Registration & Welcome Breakfast
8:30am – 8:45am GBTA Canada Opening Remarks
8:45am – 9:30am

Alberta Government’s Climate Leadership Plan.
Recognizing that the province of Alberta has taken a proactive position with a made-in-Alberta strategy to implement the Climate Leadership Plan, a plan that will largely affect the provinces economy and its enterprise contributors heavily weighted in energy and resources.  A representative from the Alberta Government will address the key indicators and direction put forth in this plan, as it relates to the current state of Alberta’s oil, gas, energy & resources companies. 


Eric Denoff, Deputy Minister, Climate Change Office


“Greetings on Behalf of the Government”
Michael Connolly, MLA, Calgary Hawkwood


9:30am – 10:30am

Debunking the Myth: Corporate Innovation in the Energy Sector
Hear from a panel of subject-matter experts from the energy sector discussing how their respective organizations are transforming as a result of the emerging new global business reality.  Panelists will discuss the impact of the Climate Leadership Plan, current market conditions and how these are shaping industry.



Steve Rennick, Manager, Citizen Engagement, CAPP



Paul de Jong, President, Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA)


David Huck, Manager, Sustainability and Environment, CP Rail


Tara de Weerd, Manager, Public Affairs, Alberta Electric System Operator


Dan Wicklum, Chief Executive, COSIA

10:30am – 11:00am ERM Showcase & Coffee Break
11:00am – 12:00pm Supplier Insights: Environmental Footprint of a Travel Program
Hear from a panel of Canadian travel subject matter experts, discussing the industry’s need for greater understanding of the environmental footprint of a travel program, and what suppliers today are doing in response.  Data analytics, reporting, off-setting, environmental initiatives, this panel will provide insights into best practices and initiatives that corporate buyers can integrate into their travel programs.

Kevin Iwamoto, GLP, GTP, Senior Consultant, GoldSpring Consulting LLC

Fiona E. Fjeldheim, B. Comm, LL.B, Sr. Manager, Supply Chain Management – Sustainability, Enbridge

Sarah Law, Regional Director, Canada Radisson Franchise Operations, Carlson Hotel Group

Greg Tabak, Director of Business Rental Sales, Enterprise Holdings

Geoffrey Tauvette, Director - Environment and Fuel, FNCE: Government Relations, West Jet

Mena Salib, Manager, Aircraft Noise and Emissions, Air Canada
12:00pm – 12:30pm

Building for the Future
A leading executive with one of the province's foremost electricty and natural gas infrastructure developers will take the stage to provide insights on Canada and Alberta's energy fuure.


Dale Friesen, Vice President, Indigenous & Government Relations and Sustainability, ATCO Ltd.

12:30pm – 1:30pm ERM Showcase & Lunch
1:30pm – 5:30pm

Business Travel Workshop:
Intro to Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management
This high-level, condensed version of GBTA’s 2-day professional development course, The Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management, will deliver an introduction to critical components of this curriculum in the key competencies required of business travel professionals, including; travel program administration, buyer and supplier relations, data analysis, and strategic planning. As a Manager/Director-Level Education Program, this workshop is intended for both travel buyers overseeing a managed business travel program and suppliers offering travel-related products and services, appropriate for all levels of experience, however ideal for those with a minimum of three years of industry experience. Attendees of this afternoon segment will receive a certificate of completion for the introductory course, and a special offer to complete the full 2-day program offered in Toronto, in conjunction with GBTA Conference 2018 - Toronto, April 16-18, 2018. The Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management also provides learnings around the competencies that comprise the four domains of practice covered in the Global Travel Professional (GTP) designation examination.

Instructor - Rick K. Wakida, CTE, CCTE, GLP, Global Travel Manager, Informatica

For full Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management program  information, please visit: http://www.gbta.org/Education/Pages/apbtm.aspx

5:30pm Closing Remarks and Sponsored Prize Drawing



The 4th Hilton Garden Inn
Calgary Downtown
711 4 St SE A
Calgary, AB T2G 1N3, Canada
+1 587-352-2020


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