General Information

YPAC Pipeline Conference and Tradeshow 2017 is for everyone interested in developing and growing young pipeliners across Canada. This includes anyone who works within the pipeline space: academics, industry, regulators and government.

The theme of the conference is BUILDING TRUST.  Together we will discover ways to strengthen the trust in pipelines – starting with senior pipeliners and ending with young pipeliners.

At this conference, you will learn about the various programs and projects that companies are implementing to improve stakeholder engagement within the pipeline project life-cycle and how we can responsibly take into consideration the various dynamic facets of pipeline development.

The conference is specifically focused on the growth and development of young professionals within the pipeline industry. Learn from peers and industry experts about the past, present and future of the industry.  Distinguished senior and junior industry members will be in attendance.  The conference attracts the next generation of thinkers and leaders who currently are usually making tactical and operational decisions.  Senior leaders will be in attendance to share their knowledge and network with the younger generation.

The previous 2015 version of the conference was sold out with representation from all levels of the pipeline space.

The conference is located at the Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, AB and will span two days with presentations from some of the industry’s most distinguished speakers. The conference aims to provide all pipeliners the opportunity to:

  • Gain insight from industry professionals on the most pressing industry issues
  • Network among industry peers
  • Provide an opportunity for professional development
  • And more!
August 24-25, 2017 @ Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, AB

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Thursday, August 24, 2017


4:30 PM

7:00 PM



5:00 PM

5:15 PM

Opening Remarks & Introduction  

5:15 PM

7:30 PM

PipeTalks: Sharing Success Stories and TradeShow Vendor Talks  

7:30 PM

9:00 PM

Welcome Reception & Networking  

Friday, August 25, 2017


7:00 AM

8:30 AM



7:00 AM

7:30 AM

Breakfast Buffet


7:30 AM

7:55 AM

Opening Remarks


8:00 AM

8:40 AM

The Quest for Non-Opposition History of Inline Inspection  

8:45 AM

9:25 AM

Pipeline Regulation

Take a Walk on the Wild Side  

9:25 AM

9:55 AM

Coffee Break


9:55 AM

10:35 AM

Preventing High Consequence Events Industry Project Update – ATCO UPR  

10:40 AM

11:20 AM

Emergency Preparedness  Everybody’s Got a Loudspeaker now  

11:25 AM

12:20 PM

Lunch + Keynote Speaker


12:25 PM

1:05 PM

Energy East – Application Process Beyond Land Rights – Access to Land Through Building Trust  

1:10 PM

1:50 PM

Damage Prevention  Pipelines and Watercourses  

1:50 PM

2:20 PM

Coffee Break


2:20 PM

3:00 PM

Geomatics and Pipeline Data

Operational Update  – Kinder Morgan


3:05 PM

3:45 PM

Top Research Papers Presentations

Building Confidence and Trust Through Competence


3:45 PM

5:00 PM

Panel – Building Trust


5:30 PM

6:30 PM

Dinner/Sponsor Address/Award/Closing


6:30 PM

8:00 PM

“Post Event Networking Session”‘



Presentation Abstracts

Adam Chambers, Senior Engineer, UPR Program
Urban Pipeline Replacement Project

The multi-year program will see ATCO replace and relocate its vintage high-pressure natural gas pipelines in Calgary and Edmonton primarily into the Transportation/ Utility Corridors (TUCs) surrounding both cities. The UPR Program will improve public safety, modernize the natural gas network and add the capacity needed to meet growing demand for natural gas.

Bertus Vos, Principal
BlueFox Engineering
Pipelines and Watercourses

Special care must be taken when pipelines are required to cross sensitive areas such as rivers and streams. This field is constantly changing with new innovations and developments creating game changing methods for crossing such areas to minimize environmental impacts and ensure integrity of pipeline systems – an element of building trust.

Bill Simpson, President
North American Standards Assessment Corp.
Building Confidence and Trust Through Competence

Numerous specialists are required for the design, construction and operation of pipelines. This contributes to building pubic trust as everyone in the pipeline lifecycle requires not only to be certified and qualified, but competent. How do we establish the role of the pipeliner and how do they contribute to trustworthy pipeline systems.

Dan Carter – Operations Director, Central Region
Kinder Morgan Canada
Operational Update

Relationship building with landowners, local stakeholders and communities, ensuring safety and reliability in pipeline operations and right of way maintenance are keys to building trust.

David Helmer, Director of Pipelines, Industry Operations
Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)
A Robust Pipeline Regulatory System

Alberta has more than 400,000 kilometers of pipelines that are regulated by the Alberta Energy Regulator which requires a robust regulatory system touching upon the upstream, midstream and downstream producers. This robust regulatory system including understanding the Alberta energy context and current initiatives within the AER is important with improving public confidence and building trust.

Dayna Morgan, Vice President
Brittney Ramsay, President
BRITT Land & Engagement
Beyond Land Rights – Access to Land Through Building Trust

Understanding the history of land rights, acquiring surface agreements and the evolution of landowner and stakeholder expectations is important when we are asked with the how and why we can build trust with stakeholders.

Daryl Foley, President
Group 10 Engineering
Preventing High Consequence Events

Defining high consequence areas can prevent high consequence events through understanding risk, regulatory requirements, operational practices and standards. The industry benefits from a consistent approach to assigning critical activities to reduce or eliminate high consequence events.

Jason K. Smith, Manager of Projects for Major Accounts
The Quest for Non-Opposition: Environmental Perspective on Successfully Permitting Pipelines in Canada

On November 29, 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet signed off on two major pipelines that will take oil from Alberta’s oil sands to global markets. Learn how CH2M assisted and supported Kinder Morgan through securing the approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project which will triple the capacity of their existing pipeline to 890,000 barrels per day.

Jeff Fleming, Sales Manager
ROSEN Canada
Take a Walk on the Wild Side – Inspecting Assets from Ordinary to Unusual

Inspection of assets is key to a safe, reliable and economic utilization of pipeline assets and ensuring the public can trust we are doing the right thing. What makes a pipeline asset ordinary and what makes one wild? Find out how we can manage challenging pipeline assets.

Jeff Mackenzie, Emergency Management, Major Projects
Emergency Preparedness

TransCanada’s Emergency Management Program applies to all aspects of Emergency Preparedness and Response. It means doing whatever is required to ensure the safety and security of the public, regardless of the cause of the emergency or how it occurred. The purpose of the system is to protect the health, safety or welfare of people, or to limit damage to property, company operations and the environment.

Lloyd Pirtle, Senior Business Development Specialist
T.D. Williamson
History of In-Line Inspection and Recent Technology Advancement

Cleaning pigs were utilized in the 1940s during the war emergency pipeline effort to maintain cleanliness and throughput of product in the pipeline. By the 1950s and 1960s, there became a need to better assess the integrity of these ageing pipelines and in 1965, the first in-line inspection tool utilizing magnetic flux leakage (MFL) was developed by Tuboscope to detect metal loss areas on the bottom of the pipeline. Since then, T.D. Williamson created the first deformation (DEF) tool for inspecting for dents and out-of-roundness and since then, technology has evolved from the invention of ultrasonic crack tools and combo tools from the 1990s to the 2000s and furthermore the latest development in multiple dataset (MDS) technology developed by T.D. Williamson.

Matthew Tait, Principal Project Manager
Mott MacDonald
Geomatics and Pipeline Data

Geomatics involves many sophisticated techniques to enable all three stages described above, in both design and integrity management, but one of its principal strengths is visualization. Pipeline data will be discussed as it bears on the conference theme of building trust, and the difference between data and trusted information.

Mike Sullivan, Executive Director
Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA)
Preventing Damage to Canada’s Critical underground Infrastructure

Some of the biggest threats to pipeline safety are unauthorized construction, development, encroachment and digging activities near pipelines. Ensuring a start of the art damage prevention program program in place helps demonstrate protection of our pipeline systems and enabling trust to occur including integrating this program into government legislation, standards and best practices.

Nadia McCarthy, Lead Project Engineer, Energy East Pipeline
Energy East – Application Process

The Energy East Project is a 4,500 km pipeline that will transport approximately 1.1 million barrels of oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to the refineries of Eastern Canada and a marine terminal in New Brunswick. The project application was first filed with the National Energy Board in October 2014. How do we advance through the successes and challenges of the evolving regulatory framework?

Scott Sharabura, Associate Partner
McKinsey & Company
Everybody’s got a loudspeaker now – best practices in building a responsive organization

The world of stakeholder management has been disrupted. Through digital platforms and greater access, stakeholders are better “informed” and better connected with one another than ever before – and can respond very quickly (and very loudly!) if they perceive something wrong. The infrastructure industry has historically been quite slow at addressing stakeholder issues as they crop up – but the consequences of slow response times are magnified today.  This presentation by McKinsey will discuss the underlying reasons for this disruption, and how companies are retooling their organizations with a greater emphasis on (a) better external orientation, and (b) more agile responses to unforeseen challenges.