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Mayor Savage of Halifax Regional Municipality

Mike Savage was 1st elected Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality on October 20, 2012, with a mandate to make Halifax the most liveable, entrepreneurial and inclusive city in Canada. He is now in his 2nd term. In Oct 2015, he was selected to co-chair the FCM’s Syrian refugee response task force, drawing cities together to share best practices in response to the Syrian refugee crisis and resettlement. In fall 2015, he became president of the WECP, an international organization of cities with significant energy sector interests. In July 2018, Mayor Savage joined the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, to equip mayors with the tools to lead high-performing, innovative cities.

Mayor Savage will be a panellist at the conference panel session 2- Energy Resilient Cities of the Future

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Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett

Civic Head, Lord Provost and Her Majesty The Queen’s Lord-Lieutenant for the City

Widely experienced in local government he has also on a wide range of Boards in Economic Development, Higher Education, Housing & Culture.

He has been a Trustee of several Pension Funds and is on the Executive of the UK Local Authority Pension Fund Forum.

He is Vice President of the World Energy Cities Partnership.

He is also an active supporter of The Duke of York’s Pitch@Palace initiative.

An authoritative voice on local economic affairs particularly in the international sphere he has been interviewed in the Financial Times, the Economist, the Daily Telegraph, the New York Times, Irish Times and Handelsblatt (Netherlands) as well as TV and Radio in the UK, Norway, Italy, Japan and Switzerland.

He is regularly invited to address International Conferences and other gatherings.

Professionally he has worked in the Offshore Oil Industry, as a Teacher and Head Teacher, an Ombudsman and as the Chief Executive of a Charity.

On a lighter note, he has appeared on national quiz shows, Mastermind and Brain of Britain. He has been a fairly prominent Labour politician.

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Colette Cohen, CEO, OGTC

As Chief Executive Officer, Colette is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the Oil & Gas Technology Centre is recognised as the ‘go to’ centre globally for oil and gas technology solutions. Colette started her career offshore in 1991, and she has worked for operators including BP, Norway, the US and Kazakhstan, where she received a Jubilee Medal from the Kazakh Prime Minister in recognition of her contribution to the country’s oil and gas industry. Prior to joining The Oil & Gas Technology Centre, Colette was Senior Vice President of Centrica Energy’s Exploration and Production business in the UK and The Netherlands. Colette has also served on the board of the Oil & Gas UK, the Technology Leadership Board, the OGA Decommissioning board and is the Chair of the National College for Onshore Oil and Gas.

 

Colette will be speaking at the OGTC Showcase Breakfast

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Gary Yeoman, Sales Director, Balmoral

Mr Yeoman is a highly experienced Sales Director having previously held a similar role in the construction manufacturing sector. At Balmoral he has global responsibility for sales and proposals for the company’s oil and gas and offshore renewable energy-related product solutions.

 

Gary will be a panelist at the conference panel session 3 - Up skilling To Meet Renewables Growth

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Mayor Danny Breen of St. John's

Danny Breen was first elected to the St. John’s City Council in the Fall of 2009 and was re-elected by acclamation in 2013,  representing Ward 1, in the east end of St. John’s. He was elected as Mayor of the City of St. John’s in September of 2017.

Danny has served as Chair of the Public Works Committee, Chair of the St. John’s Sport Event Partnership and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Eastern Regional Services Board. He has also served as Chair of the City’s Audit and Accountability Committee and the Finance Committee, as well as Co-Chair of the St. John’s Regional Fire Services Committee. He also served as Council representative on the Board of Directors of St. John’s Sports and Entertainment and continues to serve on many other Council Committees. 

Danny is a Graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Political Science). In the past Danny has been actively involved in his community serving on The Board of Directors of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. He has also been involved in several school councils, minor hockey and many other community organizations.

Danny was born and raised in St. John’s, where he resides with his wife Ann; and has two daughters Erika and Katie, and a granddaughter, Kyla.

 

Mayor Breen will be speaking at the conference panel session 2 - Energy Resilient Cities of the Future  

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Nuno Sacramento, Director of Peacock Visual Arts

Nuno Sacramento is a Mozambiquean-born Portuguese art curator, and the Director of Peacock Visual Arts (Aberdeen). Between 2010 and 2016 he was Director of the Scottish Sculpture Workshop. Sacramento writes about Deep Mapping and has been the curator and co-organiser of projects such as Camp Breakdown, What comes after Oil? Crafting Energy Transition in north-east Scotland”, Energy Objects and the forthcoming Raik (Oct 2019). He is a member of IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art) and Board Member of SCAN (Scottish Contemporary Art Network).

Nuno will be a panelist at the conference panel session 2 - Energy Resilient Cities of the Future

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Luca Corradi, Innovation Network Director, OGTC

As Innovation Network Director Luca works to “bring the outside in” by exploring technologies from other industries to evaluate possible use cases for adoption by Oil & Gas, and by connecting Innovators and Academics from various sectors and disciplines who can bring new perspectives to the Industry challenges. Luca leads the Centre’s horizon scanning activity, with the goal to identify emerging technology trends, burst the hype bubble to demystify them and foresee the potential areas of application and impact for the Industry. Luca came to the role after more than 20 years of management consulting experience leading business and organisational change projects and developing global teams and networks.  

Outside work Luca loves reading, music and travel. He is married with two young daughters and a dog. He enjoys the rare motorbike ride in Scotland and even rarer ski trip on the Alps.  

Luca will be a panelist at the conference panel session 1 - What Next For Oil & Gas in a Low Carbon Future?

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Matt Abraham, Director of the Supply Chain and Health, Safety and Environment Team, OGUK

Matt Abraham leads the Health, Safety & Environment and Supply Chain directorates at OGUK. Key areas within the team’s scopes include working closely with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED) and the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to promote safe operations, best practice and appropriate legislation.

Matt’s teams support safety and environmental best practice, supply chain growth and competitiveness through a range of initiatives involving the health & safety operators technical group, aviation safety technical group (ASTG), process safety leadership forum, supply chain operations initiatives and the efficiency task force (ETF). A chartered engineer, Matt has worked in oil and gas operations for over 15 years including senior roles with Expro, GE Oil & Gas and Vetco Gray.

Matt’s teams support safety and environmental best practice, supply chain growth and competitiveness through a range of initiatives involving the health & safety operators technical group, aviation safety technical group (ASTG), process safety leadership forum, supply chain operations initiatives and the efficiency task force (ETF). A chartered engineer, Matt has worked in oil and gas operations for over 15 years including senior roles with Expro, GE Oil & Gas and Vetco Gray.

Matt will be a panelsit at the conference panel session 1- What Next For Oil and Gas In A Low Carbon Future?

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Peter Smith, Partner in Commerical Property Division, Burness Paull

Peter is a partner in the Commercial Property Division of Burness Paull. He has a particular focus on both residential and commercial development and has been involved in a number of renewables projects. Peter has experience of acting for both developers and landowners in relation to acquisition and disposal of land, development options, joint ventures and other bespoke development agreements, incorporating a variety of land transfer, payment and security arrangements. From an Aberdeen perspective, Peter also heads up the firm’s continued investment in understanding the effects of urbanisation in Scotland through the Urban AGE Research Report.

Peter will be the panel chair at conference panel session 2- Energy Resilient Cities of the Future

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Carlos Navas, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU)

Carlos Navas joined the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) in March 2010 and was working on Transport on Refuelling Infrastructure until July 2016, when he became Strategy and Market Development Manager, also at the FCH JU. He works with leaders from industrial companies and public officials to advance the EU multi-year research and development programme on hydrogen and fuel cells.

Before joining the FCH JU, he worked primarily in start-up companies involved in the development of hydrogen and fuel cells. He started in 1999 as a Senior Research Scientist working on portable applications at Energy Related Devices (Los Alamos, NM), and in 2003 became the Chief Technology Officer at NTDA Energia (Valencia, Spain) leading various national and international projects on fuel cells for stationary and transport applications.

Carlos holds a Bachelor’s Degree in both Chemistry and Mathematics from Clark University, and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Carlos will be a panelist at conference panel session 2- Energy Resilient Cities of the Future

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Masumi Taniguchi, Director General, Planning and Coordination Bureau

Mr. Masumi Taniguchi has 35-year career at the Kobe City Government after he received a degree in Law from Kobe University in 1984 and has held several directorial positions since 2009.

 

Prior to the current position as Director General, Planning and Coordination Bureau sin 2017, Mr. Taniguchi served as Ward Director for the Higashi-Nada Ward Office (2015-2017), Director for Personnel Training, Administration and Finance Bureau (2014-2015), Director Personnel Department, Administration and Finance Bureau (2011-2014), and Director, Public Health Department, Public Health and Welfare Bureau (2009-2011).