Keynote Sneak Peek: The Honourable Gary Doer

The Honourable Gary Doer, Co-chair of the Canada Institute Advisory Board at the Wilson Centre, Former Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America and Former Premier of Manitoba, will be joining us as the East Coast Energy Connection’s first keynote address.

Few Premiers can claim they won three consecutive elections with successive, increased majorities, and even fewer still can say they did so while delivering balanced budgets during each of their 10 years in office. As the 20th Premier of Manitoba, Doer did just that, cutting taxes and leading strategic investments in health care, education, training and infrastructure. Beyond these achievements, he also worked closely with US Governors to strengthen Canada-US cooperation on trade, agriculture, water protection, climate change and renewable energy. 

In 2005, Doer was named by Business Week as one of the Top 20 International Leaders on Climate Change, and during his time as Premier advanced hydroelectric power’s role in Manitoba's long-term economic strategy. This commitment to renewable energy has consistently kept the province among the country’s energy leaders.

Mr. Doer will join us Tuesday, June 14, at the Saint John Trade & Convention Centre for East Coast Energy Connection’s first keynote luncheon address. We look forward to hearing his insights and expertise on energy and the environment, Canada-US energy relations, global energy markets, and the business of energy.

To learn more about the East Coast Energy Connection and its distinguished speakers, visit www.ececconference.ca. 

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Keynote Sneak Peek: The Honourable Perrin Beatty

The Honourable Perrin Beatty is President and CEO of the 200,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. 

In this role, Mr. Beatty helps advance public policy that fosters a strong, competitive economic environment that benefits businesses, communities and families across Canada. In so doing, he acts as the principal spokesperson advocating policy positions of the Chamber’s members to the federal government, international organizations, media and the general public.  

Before joining the Canadian Chamber in 2007, Mr. Beatty was the President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, and CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, having previously worked in federal politics for over 20 years. 

In addition, Mr. Beatty served as Minister of State (Treasury Board) in the government of Joe Clark, and held six additional portfolios in subsequent Progressive Conservative governments, including National Revenue, Solicitor General, National Defense, Health and Welfare, Communications, and as Secretary of State for External Affairs.

In 1994, Beatty joined a number of private sector boards and worked as a consultant in communications. He was an Honourary Visiting Professor with the Department of Political Science, University of Western Ontario and wrote a weekly column on government and politics for a major Canadian newspaper. He is a former Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and in 2013 he received an honourary degree, honoris causa, from Western University.

Mr. Beatty will join us as a keynote speaker at the East Coast Energy Connection in Saint John. We look forward to hearing him draw on his extensive experience in industry and the public and private sectors.

To learn more about the East Coast Energy Connection and its distinguished speakers, visit www.ececconference.ca. 

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Keynote Sneak Peek: Annette Verschuren, CEO, NRStor Inc.

A native of North Sydney, Nova Scotia, ECEC Keynote Speaker Annette Verschuren is no stranger to the East Coast work ethic and lifestyle.

Beginning her career with the Cape Breton Development Corporation, a coal mining operation based in Sydney, Ms. Verschuren has continued to build her credentials as a leading business figure in both the retail, and now energy sectors. Among her many notable achievements, Ms. Verschuren played a central role in expanding business operations for the Home Depot between 1996 and 2011. In her role as President for Canada and Asia, Verschuren expanded Canadian operations nearly 1,000 per cent from 19 to 179 stores, and led the company’s entry into the Chinese market from 2006-2009.

Verschuren’s latest venture is NRStor Inc., a Toronto-based energy storage company she co-founded in 2012. NRStor focuses on accelerating the development and construction of industry-leading energy storage technologies. She also helps lead the Smart Prosperity initiative, a coalition keen on keeping Canada’s economy on a stronger, cleaner and more productive path.

Being a member of late Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s Economic Advisory Council, Verschuren was a part of an 11-member group of Canadian business leaders tasked with advising the Government of Canada on the global economic crisis. In addition to five honourary doctorate degrees, she holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University, and was appointed as an Officer of The Order of Canada (2011) for her contributions to the retail industry and Corporate Social Responsibility.

In April, Verschuren published “Bet on Me,” which accounts her inspiring philosophy for what it takes to successfully lead in today’s economy: tenacity, the willingness to embrace risk and an unwavering commitment to remain true to yourself.

Verschuren will join us the morning of Wednesday, June 15 at the Saint John Trade & Convention Centre for the East Coast Energy Connection’s Keynote Breakfast. We look forward to having her apply an expansive knowledge of business, finance, operations, leadership and sustainable energy to the challenges and choices faced by the energy sector.

To learn more about the East Coast Energy Connection and its distinguished speakers, visit www.ececconference.ca.

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Keynote Sneak Peek: Brad Wall

With East Coast Energy Connection fast approaching on June 14-15th, the Saint John Chamber is getting ready to host energy executives, industry experts, and political leaders for an exclusive conversation about our shared energy future.

With Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan in attendance, delegates can look forward to new perspectives on provincially led initiatives that will help grow the energy economy and create economic prosperity. 

This being his first visit to New Brunswick, conference attendees can look forward to learning more about Premier Wall’s longstanding commitment to the energy sector in Saskatchewan, and throughout Canada. With a long held focus on the oil and gas industry, Premier Wall brings with him years of positive leadership and proven experience that will provide attendees with valuable insight into the current state of the Canadian energy sector, future economic development, and how this is linked to prosperity.

Join Premier Brad Wall in this critical conversation about our shared energy future. Register for the East Coast Energy Connection at www.ececconference.com.

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Honourable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan set to Attend Second Annual East Coast Energy Conference


Exclusive insights from North American energy thought leaders to examine sector issues, challenges and opportunities June 14-15, 2016

Saint John, NB, the Saint John Region Chamber is thrilled to announce that Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan will be delivering a keynote address in the port city.

The East Coast Energy Connection (ECEC) conference, taking place in Saint John from June 14-15, has emerged as one of the leading cross-border energy events. Connecting leaders and stakeholders in the energy sector from across Canada and the United States, the second annual event will be hosted by the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce. 

Premier Wall’s platform has held a long-time focus on the oil and gas industry. His participation in the conference is highly anticipated, bringing with it years of positive leadership and proven experience that will provide attendees with valuable insight into the energy sector, economic development, and their link to prosperity. 

“Saskatchewan has emphasized the importance in developing the energy and resource sector and the long-term sustainability it can provide,” says David Duplisea, CEO of Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce. “We truly look forward to the key learnings Premier Wall can provide to continue to grow our energy sector.” 

Since being elected in 2007, representing the constituency of Swift Current, Premier Wall has become a passionate advocate for his province. His determination for economic growth, youth retention, healthcare and quality of life have earned continuous national praise.

Premier Wall is a strong defender of Saskatchewan’s trade, specifically in the area of energy and agriculture. Saskatchewan has a vested interest in the cross-country Energy East pipeline, and the people working within the energy sector throughout the province.

“It is so pleasing to see East Coast Energy Connection grow and continue to attract such high calibre speakers. Each voice sparks inspiring discussion on growing our energy opportunities on the East Coast,” says Claire Ryan, Saint John Region Chamber board member and ECEC chair.

Additional confirmed speakers and participants to date include: Right Honourable Gary Doer, Co-chair of the Canada Institute Advisory Board at the Wilson Centre, Former Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America & Former Premier of Manitoba; Ian Whitcomb, President, Irving Oil; Honourable Perrin Beatty, President & CEO, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce; Annette Verschuren, CEO, NRStor Inc; John Soini, President, TransCanada Energy East;  Gaéton Caron, Executive Fellow, University of Calgary, School of Public Policy; Matt Koch, Vice President, US Chamber of Commerce; Finn Poschmann, CEO, Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC); Chris Huskilson, CEO, Emera Inc.; Alex Ferguson, VP, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP);  Gaëtan Thomas, CEO, NB Power; Gary Smith, CEO, Newfoundland Power; Pierre Mullin, Global Head, Siemens Digital Grid; Charles Martin, Director, Edmundston Energy; Greg Crisp, General Manager, Business Development, Spectra Energy; Ray Ritcey, CEO, Maritimes Energy Association; Dr. Dhirendra Shukla, Chair, UNB Technology Management & Entrepreneurship Program; Ed McGinley, CEO, TechImpact; andPatrick Woodcock, Director of Energy, State of Maine.

Title sponsors include Irving Oil, Canaport LNG, and NB Power.

To register for the East Coast Energy Connection conference, and to find out more, visit:

www.ECECconference.com 

Conference sponsors include Irving Oil, Canaport LNG, NB Power, Emera New Brunswick, EY, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), Progress, Telegraph Journal, TransCanada, the New Brunswick Department of Energy and Mines and Saint John Energy.

ECEC planning committee includes Atlantica Centre for Energy, Emera New Brunswick, Department of Energy and Mines, Irving Oil, Port Saint John, Enterprise Saint John, Saint John Industrial Parks, CAA (Atlantic), EY, Owens MacFayden, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), NATIONAL Public Relations, Shred Guard and UNB Saint John College.

For more information contact:

David A. Duplisea
Chief Executive Officer
The Chamber

506-634-8111, dduplisea@thechambersj.com

Jane Bardsley
Coordinator

NATIONAL Public Relations

506-672-1860 ext. 8334, Jbardsley@national.ca

Second Annual East Coast Energy Connection Conference Boasts International Roster of Energy Leaders in Port City

Exclusive insights from North American energy thought leaders provided as they examine issues, challenges and opportunities of sector June 14-15, 2016.

April 21, 2016 – Saint John, NB, The East Coast Energy Connection (ECEC), taking place in the Port City from June 14-15th, has emerged as one of the region’s leading cross-border energy events. Connecting leaders and stakeholders in the energy sector from throughout Atlantic Canada and the North Eastern United states, the second annual event will be hosted by the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Port Days. 

“We are building on the success and connections made from last year,” says David Duplisea, CEO of the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce. “With our unique combination of energy assets including refining, generation, storage, distribution and transmission infrastructure, Saint John is the perfect place to connect energy leaders from throughout the region.”

Port Saint John and the Saint John Regional Chamber have teamed up to present keynote speaker Gary Doer, former Canadian Ambassador to the US and current Co-Chair of the Canada Institute Advisory Board at the Wilson Center in Washington. The Canada Institute Advisory Board is a leadership group that will guide both the Institute and North America on key matters facing the Canada-US relationship.

Perrin Beatty, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce will also be a keynote at the ECEC conference.

Port Days kicks off the event followed by ECEC which will continue the dialogue by driving important conversations about the energy future.  “Given the continued globalization of the energy sector and having access to a seaport gives our region an incredible competitive advantage.” says Jim Quinn, CEO, Port Saint John. “It’s only fitting that the Port and the Chamber work together and continue the dialogue around energy trends, and our region’s role in the changing energy landscape.” 

Focusing on three central themes, the conference has created a unique forum for energy leaders and learners to connect, share their ideas and continue important conversations about the region’s energy future. This year’s themes are Energy & the Environment, Global Energy Markets, and Energy & Business, with each track asking interesting questions about the challenges and choices being faced today by the energy sector.

“The East Coast Energy Connection is an amazing example of the collaboration possible here on North America’s East Coast,” says Claire Ryan, Saint John Regional Chamber board member and ECEC chair. “We’re thrilled to once again provide this opportunity for key leaders to come together and tackle the challenges and choices that face the energy sector in 2016 and beyond.”

Additional confirmed speakers and participants to date include: Annette Verschuren, CEO NRStore; Matt Koch, VP US Chamber of Commerce; Finn Poschman, CEO APEC; Chris Huskilson, CEO Emera; Gaetan Thomas, CEO NBPower; Charles Martin, Director Edmundston Energy; Greg Crisp, General Manager, Business Development Spectra Energy; Ray Ritcey, CEO Maritimes Energy Association; Dr. Dhirendra Shukla, Dr. J. Herbert Smith/ACOA Chair, Technology Management & Entrepreneurship Program; and Ed McGinley, CEO Techimpact.

Title sponsors include Irving Oil, Canaport LNG, and NB Power.

To register for the East Coast Energy Connection conference, and to find out more, visit: www.ECECconference.com 

To register for Port Days, and find our more, visit: www.sjport.com

Conference sponsors include Irving Oil, Canaport LNG, NB Power, Emera New Brunswick, TransCanada, Department of Energy and Mines, Saint John Energy and EY.

ECEC planning committee includes Atlantica Centre for Energy, Emera New Brunswick, Department of Energy and Mines, Irving Oil, Port Saint John, Enterprise Saint John, Saint John Industrial Parks, CAA (Atlantic), EY, Owens MacFayden, CAPP, Shred Guard and UNB Saint John College.

The Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce is a nationally accredited business organization dedicated to fostering an economic climate that enhances growth, prosperity, and an improved quality of life in the community. With close to 1000 businesses, representing interests of 37,000 people, the chamber is a dynamic advocate and the principal voice for the business community of Greater Saint John/ It offers a variety of programs, activities, services, and networking opportunities designed to enhance the business prospects of members and the overall business climate of the area.

For more information contact:

David A. Duplisea
Chief Executive Officer
The Chamber
506-634-8111, dduplisea@thechambersj.com

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