Diego Ordoñez President of Dow Chemical Canada ULC

Diego Ordoñez is President of Dow Canada and Senior Hydrocarbons Business Director for Canada. As President of Dow Canada, a position he assumed in June 2022, Ordoñez is responsible for leading Dow’s operations across Canada, with a focus on identifying and accelerating new opportunities, including Dow’s recently announced intention to build the world’s first net-zero carbon emissions cracker complex in Fort Saskatchewan. He is also responsible for engaging with customers, joint venture partners, industry associations, policymakers, and Indigenous Communities across Canada.


The Honourable Danielle Smith is a proud Albertan. As Leader of the governing United Conservative Party, she was sworn in as the nineteenth Premier of Alberta in October 2022, and represents the riding of Brooks-Medicine Hat in the Legislative Assembly.

Premier Smith has had a lifelong interest in Alberta public policy and finding the right balance between free enterprise and individual freedom, and the role of government. She was previously MLA for Highwood and leader of the Official Opposition.

Before re-entering politics, Premier Smith worked extensively in the media and in business, most recently as President of the Alberta Enterprise Group. Before that she was a radio host with Corus Entertainment for 6 years

Fabrizio (Fab) Chiacchia Vice President New Ventures

Fab is currently the Vice President of New Ventures at Pembina Pipeline Corporation, a leading energy infrastructure company in North America.
At Pembina he is responsible for ‘building new platforms for growth’ in the Marketing and New Ventures Division. These platforms include LNG, chemicals, and opportunities in emerging lower-carbon economy. Fab has held leadership positions across industries ranging from medical technology to energy infrastructure across North America over the last 20 years.

Brad Slessor Vice President, New Ventures & US Operations

Mr. Slessor joined Keyera in 2011 as a Commercial Manager and has held several roles within the Liquids Infrastructure team since that time, including Director of Oil Sands and Business Development, General Manager of Oil Sands and Petroleum Products Business Development, and most recently, as General Manager of KEI based in Houston. He has led Keyera through the development of several milestone projects and commercial agreements such as BTT, ACT and the development of Keyera’s C5+ system.

Mark Parsons Chief Economist

Mark is Vice President and Chief Economist at ATB Financial. Over his 20-year career, Mark has served in key senior economic roles, including as Chief Economist and Assistant Deputy Minister of Economics and Fiscal Policy at Alberta Treasury Board and Finance. He has provided leadership in a range of areas, including economic analysis and forecasting, fiscal analysis and data analytics. Mark previously worked as a senior economist at PwC and as an
economist at the Department of Finance Canada. Mark holds a Masters degree in economics from the University of Alberta.

Ian MacGregor

Ian conceived and saw built the $1.2 billion Alberta Carbon Trunk Line, the world’s largest operational system for the capture and storage of manmade CO2. The 250 km ACTL has an installed capacity of 15 million tonnes per year. So far this system, which started operations in 2021, has transported more than 3 million tons of CO2 which has been permanently sequestered by Enhance Energy, a company Ian started.

Ian is working on a new business to take CO2 out of the air and make hydrogen.
The first natural air capture hub will be located in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.
Each Hub will annually sequester about 4 million tonnes of CO2 and produce about 160,000 tonnes of negative emission hydrogen. The goal, over the life of the 4 planned Hubs, is to economically sequester 1 GT of CO2 that has been removed from the atmosphere and used to make carbon negative hydrogen to be sent to local refineries to decarbonize heavy transport and air travel.

Kevin Jagger, President

Kevin was appointed President, Wolf NGL in January 2022. Prior to his current role, Kevin was Vice President, Corporate Development where he was responsible for the commercial development of the NGL North project. Prior to joining Wolf, Kevin held progressively senior roles at Pembina Pipeline Corporation in Corporate Development and NGL Market Development, including marine export and petrochemicals. Before joining the energy industry, he worked in the Investment Banking group at Citigroup in Toronto. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from McGill University. 

Linda Garratt

As Associate General Counsel for the Heartland Business Unit at Inter Pipeline, Ms. Garratt is responsible for legal oversight for all matters relating to the Heartland Petrochemical Complex and business development in the petrochemical space. Prior to joining Inter Pipeline in 2018, Ms. Garratt worked in-house with two other mid-stream companies, with significant experience in project development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Laws/Juris Doctorate Degree from Queen’s University and is a member of the Law Society of Alberta.

Jason Valliere Assistant Vice President Sales and Marketing

Jason Valliere is Assistant Vice President Sales and Marketing in the Petroleum and Chemicals business unit at CN Rail. With over 20 years in logistics, Jason’s key responsibilities include leading the strategic development of CN’s growing Chemical, Plastics, NGL, Refined and Crude by Rail commodity groups. With a focus on building customer supply chain’s he is also at the forefront of the exciting clean transition energy and getting Alberta’s important resources to market.

Justin Riemer CEO

An Albertan through and through, Justin Riemer has dedicated his career to strengthening the province he loves. Now the Chief Executive Officer of Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA), Justin leads the team dedicated to advancing innovations that are reducing Alberta’s greenhouse gas emissions and diversifying
its economy. He has earned a reputation for skillfully navigating Canada’s innovation system, building relationships inside and outside of Alberta, and developing a strong network in support of innovation and economic development. For more than 25 years, he has achieved results in regional economic development, industry expansion, investment attraction, and innovation. Before joining ERA, he led the
Alberta Region of Prairies Economic Development Canada in the federal government to support economic development across the province. Prior to that, he held several senior positions focused on innovation and investment attraction at the Government of Alberta and briefly at Alberta Health Services. Justin graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and went
on to earn a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Carleton University. 

Peter Keeshan - Managing Director

Peter Keeshan is a strategic growth enthusiast with a proven track record of building successful businesses within Canada’s energy industry as an in-house entrepreneur. 
Currently, Mr. Keeshan spearheads all activities at Vopak Canada, a division of Royal Vopak NV, the world’s largest provider of bulk liquid storage solutions. Mr. Keeshan’s visionary leadership and commitment to sustainability play pivotal roles in driving Vopak’s continued success and growth in Canada. Mr. Keeshan sits on the Board of Directors for Vopak’s Joint Ventures, the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (RIPET) and the newly formed Ridley Energy Export Facility (REEF).

Sean Collins CEO

Sean is a serial entrepreneur deeply passionate about the clean energy transition. Sean is currently the CEO of Varme Energy, North America’s first specialized waste to energy with carbon capture and storage developers, who are on a mission to create a future free from landfills. Sean owns Remora Ventures, a seed stage venture fund focused on originating and launching new climate focused project development companies. Sean previously co-founded Student Energy and Terrapin Geothermics where he lead the company through securing first geothermal resource rights in Alberta history.

Jennifer Osmar Senior Director, External Affairs & Indigenous Relations

Jennifer Osmar is the Senior Director of External Affairs & Indigenous Relations for AltaGas, responsible for leading an integrated approach to building positive and productive relationships with government, Indigenous and community relations partners across AltaGas’ midstream value chain.

Jennifer brings to her role well-established and values-driven experience in building collaborative partnerships, contributing to the successful development, growth, and sustainability of AltaGas’ energy export business.

Michael Inman Director, Business Development

Michael Inman joined the Prince Rupert Port Authority in 2011 and has held successive positions with PRPA through the past 11 years.
Currently, as the Director of Business Development, Michael leads organizational investment attraction initiatives focused on terminal expansion, new terminal capabilities and capacities, cargo diversification and ancillary service providers for all lines of business and with all commercial stakeholders.

Additionally, Michael overseas Business Intelligence activities measuring supply chain performance and monitoring the business environment.
Prior to moving to Prince Rupert and joining PRPA Michael lived in Vancouver working in a variety of roles at Chevron Canada Ltd.

9:00 AM


Blessing from Métis Elder Gary Gairdner

Greetings from the City of Edmonton - Mayor Amarjeet Sohi

Greetings from the AIHA Board - Dave Diduck

Greetings from the Government of Alberta - Premier Danielle Smith

Greetings from the AIHA - Mark Plamondon

9:45 AM

Industrial Heartland Industry Updates

Wolf NGl - Kevin Jagger

Pembina - Fab Chiacchia

Keyera - Brad Slessor

10:15 AM

S&P Global - Jesse Tijerina

1:00 PM

Tomorrow's Success Stories: A Glance into the Future of the Heartland

Dow - Diego Ordonez

IPL/Petronas/Itochu - Linda Garrart

1:45 PM

Emissions Reduction Alberta - Justin Riemer

Varme - Sean Collins

H2 Naturally - Ian MacGregor

Aurora Hydrogen - Andrew Gillis

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


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