Peter Tertzakian is an economist, investment strategist, author, podcaster, and dynamic public speaker. Using entertaining stories, he has a unique ability to distil, clarify, and communicate complicated issues surrounding energy, economics, and the environment. His presentations inspire, guide, and spark discussion on some of the most important topics of today.
A respected industry leader, Tertzakian is frequently called on to share his knowledge of strategic business issues with investors, corporate leaders, policy makers, and educators. His Energyphile project, including his latest book, The Investor Visit, and Other Stories: Disruption, Denial, and Transition in the Energy Business, embodies his unique approach to analyzing today’s challenges. Tertzakian’s previous books — A Thousand Barrels a Second and The End of Energy Obesity — were both international bestsellers.
Tertzakian has more than 35 years of experience in the business of energy, spanning all systems, from oil and gas to renewables. His holistic knowledge of finance, physics, innovation, and economics forms a foundation for his unvarnished, balanced, and thought-provoking presentations on how audiences should think about sustainable energy solutions.
A graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Tertzakian is currently a Managing Director of ARC Financial Corp., and the Founder of ARC Energy Research Institute.
Chris Slubicki is former President, CEO & Director of Modern Resources Inc., a Calgary-based private oil and gas company. Chris graduated with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of Calgary. Chris is currently on the boards of Bonavista Energy Corporation and the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation. Chris served on the board of Alpine Canada Alpin for seven years, the last two as Chair.
Chris coached young ski racers with the Fernie Alpine Ski Team for 14 years and served as President of the club for three years.
Laura has twenty years’ experience as a communications professional. She started her career as a consultant with NATIONAL Public Relations, supporting multi-industry clients in the areas of corporate social responsibility, investor relations, media relations, stakeholder engagement, and emergency response. Laura then joined Imperial’s Public and Government Affairs team where she led teams responsible for social investment, communications, operations and digital and social media. If you know Laura, you recognize she is high on collaboration and investing in relationships to further shared interests. She has led the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ communications committee and is committed to driving sustainability solutions in energy transition and “getting this right” for Canada’s environment and economy.
In Laura’s current role, she leads Indigenous and community engagement and government and regulatory advocacy in support of Imperial’s proposed advanced recycling project.
Laura is passionate about building stronger communities, is an active volunteer and instills this value in her children. In her spare time, she likes to take seniors outside for fresh air, coaches youth soccer, and promotes diversity and inclusion.
Growing up in Newfoundland, Laura completed her Bachelor of Commerce Degree at Memorial University and it was here, her affinity for the ocean and the outdoors started. She’s a mom of two active children (no surprise) and when she’s not rink or court side, you can find Laura skiing or camping.
Michelle has had a long career in energy and environmental research and the facilitation of sustainable business solutions for industry, government and the general public. She started her career as an economist at Husky Oil in the heavy oil department and then moved to corporate planning. After five years at Husky Oil, Michelle joined the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) where she authored and/or co-authored numerous publications in the areas of enhanced oil recovery, crude oil and liquids markets and alternative transportation fuels. Upon leaving in 2001, as Senior Vice President, she changed course and established mHeath & Associates, consulting in the areas of carbon dioxide, coalbed methane, other unconventional gases and water issues. Along the way, she was CEO of a family undertaking, The CO2 Hub Inc., an online trading platform created to facilitate the sale and utilization of carbon dioxide and related purification, compression, storage and transportation services.
In 1997, Michelle was honored to receive the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Science, Technology and Environment.
Michelle is married with three great kids, all in professional careers. Her other loves include the many animals … dogs, horses, cats, rabbits, fawns, baby bear … that have shared her life. In addition, Michelle has enjoyed being involved with numerous church and charitable organizations including The Doorway and Inn from the Cold.