President & CEO
With more than 30 years of experience in the domestic and international energy business, Chris Bloomer leads the industry association that represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies, which operate 134,000 kilometres of pipeline in Canada and the United States.
Prior to being appointed President and CEO of CEPA in 2015, Chris spent three years as CEO and Director at Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd. Before that, he was an executive with Petrobank Energy and Resources for 10 years, providing leadership throughout the company’s corporate evolution.
Chris began his career at Shell Canada and moved with increasing responsibility from exploration to economics and corporate planning, oil sands development, oil sands operations and marketing. By the time he left Shell he was Director, Liquids Business Centre, responsible for crude oil and NGL marketing and business development.
Chris has also held other senior executive roles across a range of domestic and international energy businesses, including Castle Energy, Talon Resources and Korn/Ferry. Throughout his career, pipelines have been an integral aspect of Chris’ business activities, both with regard to existing pipelines and those to access new markets.
Chris has a degree in Geoscience and is a member of The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).
Patrick Smyth, AScT, MBA
Vice President, Performance
Patrick Smyth is vice president of performance at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) where he and his team work with industry partners to enhance industry performance and reputation. Prior to joining CEPA in September 2014, Patrick spent seven years in an executive leadership role with Canada’s National Energy Board and eight years in various roles with the province of British Columbia where he split his time between the Ministry of Energy and Mines and Oil and Gas Commission. During his time with the B.C. Public Service, Patrick was instrumental in defining and executing the province’s oil and gas development strategy.
Patrick began his career in the trades and progressed into a quality assurance role obtaining certification in both Canada and the United States in welding inspection and non-destructive examination. With a passion for life-long learning, he has earned a diploma of technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and a BComm and MBA from Royal Roads University. He is a passionate safety professional holding designation as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and a deep interest in advancing safety culture within the Canadian pipeline industry.
Vice President, Business Environment
With over 25 years of experience working in politics, government relations and community affairs, Jim brings in-depth understanding of external relations to his leadership role as Vice President, Business Environment at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA).
At CEPA, Jim leads a team responsible for government relations, policy, regulatory and communications to provide a strong and unified voice for the transmission pipeline industry in Canada.
Prior to joining CEPA, Jim was Vice President, Government and Community Affairs at Cenovus, where he led a diverse team of people responsible for working with community partners, Indigenous groups, the Canadian military, and governments throughout Canada and the U.S.
Jim has intricate knowledge of government and how it works, developed over his years of experience in government and public affairs. His previous roles include three years as Executive Director of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta, heading up corporate government relations at TELUS and then at BP Canada, and advising clients at GPC Government Policy Consultants.
Jim has a commerce degree from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Calgary.