President & CEO
Chris has over 30 years of experience in the domestic and international energy business. Prior to this role, he spent three years as the Chief Executive Officer and Director at Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd. Prior to that he spent 10 years as an executive with Petrobank Energy and Resources providing leadership throughout Petrobank’s corporate evolution. He has held the roles of Vice President Heavy Oil, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Director.
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.
Following his tenure at Shell he was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Castel Energy, a NASDAQ listed company, responsible for its Canadian crude oil marketing business and its US exploration, natural gas production and pipelines. Subsequently, Chris was Founder, President and Chief Operating Office at Talon Resources Ltd. a TSX-V listed company, a Latin America midstream energy project development and crude oil marketing operation. After this, Chris spent five years as a Senior Client Partner at Korn/Kerry.
Chris has also served on Canadian public energy company boards and is a member of The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).
Patrick Smyth, AScT, MBA
Vice president, safety & engineering
Patrick Smyth is vice president of safety and engineering 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.