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Exciting program planned for 2013 conference

Dr. John Shaw

By Ruth Klinkhammer, Communications Director

This year’s CMC annual conference is shaping up to be our best ever – and that’s saying something because the last two have been pretty amazing. The event, running from June 3 to 5, 2013 in Calgary, will offer fascinating discussions designed to inform, educate and engage researchers, HQP and industry.

Pre-conference program

CMC will start the week with two pre-conference activities, both running the morning of June 3. A workshop headed by John Shaw, Theme B lead and NSERC/AB Innovates Industrial Research Chair in Petroleum Thermodynamics at the University of Alberta, will examine living things (think of very small living things like microbes) and their impact on reservoir behavior. Don Lawton, Theme C lead and Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists Chair at the University of Calgary, is developing a tour of the Energy Resources Conservation Board’s core lab facility in Calgary. If you’ve ever wondered what rocks look like that are planned for large-scale storage, make sure to sign up for this event.

Conference kick-off

After a fabulous lunch at the Westin Hotel, the conference will start at 1 p.m. on June 3 with a network update by Scientific Director Steve Larter and Managing Director Richard Adamson. Make sure you are there to find out what the future will bring for CMC2.0. Monday will also include Five-in-Five presentations from CMC’s eight new research projects. For those who weren’t at last year’s conference in Gatineau, we had representatives from most of our 36 research projects give overviews that were restricted to five slides in five minutes. For those of you who are curious: yes, we did hold speakers to that time limit.

Other presentations over the three days:

  • how to locate and leverage non-traditional resources for research and start-ups;
  • how to find and work with industry partners;
  • the examination of a new risk management framework;
  • the importance of obtaining a social license to operate; and
  • a global view of developments in the broad field of carbon management.

And of course, we’ve left time for relaxation and networking. There will be poster sessions, time for theme teams to meet, a pub night and a wrap-up banquet.

Subsidies for HQP

We are working to have the registration site up later this month and will send out a notice when that happens. Once again this year, we will offer travel subsidies for HQP – so watch for those details too!