September 24 - September 28, 2018

The Hyatt Regency Hotel & The TELUS Convention Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Executive Panel


As part of this panel session, the focus will be around how organizations can change the mindset of incremental improvements to a culture that is focused on disruptive innovation.

The purpose of the Executive Panel Session is to provide the IPC Delegates with an opportunity to engage in an open dialogue with Senior Executives actively engaged in aspects all of the pipeline industry. In addition, this Executive Panel Session further demonstrates the commitment by industry leadership to promote knowledge sharing that will help to reduce pipeline failures and increase the safe and economic reliability of our very important pipeline infrastructure.

The theme for IPC 2016 is Leading and Innovating so this Executive Panel Session will be in alignment with this theme.


  • 2016 IPC Conference Chair Patrick H. Vieth, Senior Vice President, Technical Services - Dynamic Risk
  • Chris Yoxall, Vice President - ROSEN USA, Mexico & Central America

Panel Presenters:

Milton Altenberg, Founder & Chairman - Quest Integrity Group, a Team Industrial Services company, CEO - Quest Integrated (Qi2)

He has over 35 years of experience in creating industrial technology companies from specialty chemicals to composites to advanced test & measurement systems. Developing a vision for success, building teams and implementing processes that assure results are among the essential elements that combine to shape his leadership principles. Today, these practices continue to yield meaningful returns as the Quest Companies push the boundaries of technological innovation providing solutions to fulfill its customer needs.

Jason Sharpe, P.Eng, MBA, Senior Vice President & General Manager - ATCO Pipelines

Jason Sharpe joined ATCO in 2002 and was appointed to his current position, Sr. Vice President & General Manager, ATCO Pipelines, in 2015. Previous to this appointment, Jason held a number of progressively senior engineering and executive positions, most recently Vice President, Engineering & Construction. He has worked and lived in both Edmonton and Calgary during his time with ATCO and has played a significant role in the engineering, planning, operations, pipeline integrity and major project groups. Jason holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and an MBA from the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, and represents ATCO on the Board of Directors of the Pipeline Research Council International.

Ken Paulson, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer - BC Oil and Gas Commission

Ken has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas sector including more than 15 years in regulatory roles for Canada and the Province of British Columbia. Prior to Ken's current position, he was the Commission's Chief Engineer.
As a past chair of the ASME Pipeline Systems Division and a former Board member of the International Petroleum Technology Institute, Ken is well connected with engineering communities within the oil and gas sector in North America and globally. He maintains an active involvement in the industry through ASME, SPE and other industry organizations. Ken is a Board Member for the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Chair of the Energy Resources Committee of the Canadian Association of Municipal and Public Utility Tribunals (CAMPUT) and the vice chair of the newly formed Western Regulators Forum.

Chris Bloomer, President and CEO - Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA)

Chris Bloomer has over 30 years of experience across a range of upstream, downstream, domestic and international energy businesses. He began his career at Shell Canada and moved with increasing responsibility from exploration and production to economics and corporate planning, oil sands development and operations, pipelines and oil and NGL marketing.
Following his tenure at Shell, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Castle Energy where he was responsible for the Canadian crude oil marketing business and US exploration, natural gas production and pipeline operations. Subsequently, he was a Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer at Talon Resources Ltd., a Latin American-focused midstream/pipeline project development and crude oil marketing company.
Chris then went on to spend ten years as a senior executive with Petrobank Energy & Resources, providing leadership throughout a period of significant corporate evolution for the company. Here he held the roles of Vice President Heavy Oil, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Director. Immediately prior to joining CEPA, he was Chief Executive Officer and Director at Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd.
Throughout his career, pipelines have been an integral aspect of all his business activities in Canada, the United States and Latin America, involving operation of existing pipelines and pioneering new pipelines and access to new markets for both oil and natural gas.
Mr. Bloomer has a degree in Geoscience from the University of Toronto, has served on several public and private Canadian energy company boards and is a member of The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Honorable Christopher A. Hart, Chairman - National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

Hart joined the Board after a long career in transportation safety, including a previous term as a Member of the NTSB. Immediately before returning to the Board in 2009, Member Hart was Deputy Director for Air Traffic Safety Oversight at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He was previously the FAA Assistant Administrator for System Safety. Prior to first joining the Board in 1990, Member Hart held a series of legal positions, mostly in the private sector. He holds a law degree from Harvard University and Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association.

Walter Kresic, Vice President of Pipeline Integrity - Enbridge Inc.

Walter has over 25 years of experience within the pipeline industry and is currently accountable for the pipeline integrity management standards and programs applied to mainline pipelines and facilities. Enbridge owns and operates the world’s longest and most complex crude oil and liquids transportation system, with approximately 17,138 miles (27,582 kilometres) of crude pipeline across North America.
Walter has extensive previous pipeline integrity experience and has served as Chairman on various integrity related industry committees, including Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), and Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI). He has published and presented on integrity topics at numerous forums.

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