Calgary to Host Global Energy Conference
Petroleum Producers Leverage Calgary’s Knowledge Hub for 2019 SPE Annual Conference & Exhibition
Calgary will showcase its wealth of knowledge and technology next year when 8,000 energy experts are expected to attend the 2019 SPE annual conference and exhibition. The 2019 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition will take place in Canada for the first time from September 30 to October 2. With more than 8,000 attendees expected, it will be an exciting time for Canada’s famously friendly city.
“For the first time in its 95-year history, the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition will be held in Canada,” says Stephen Graham, chief operations officer, Society of Petroleum Engineers. “SPE’s flagship event will bring international oil and gas professionals to Calgary and will provide an opportunity for Canadian companies to showcase their wealth of knowledge and technology.” Graham goes on to note, “With more than 4,800 professional members in Canada, it allows SPE to bring high-quality, multi-disciplinary technical content to its members’ backyard.”
Canada is the fifth largest producer of crude oil and natural gas in the world, with Alberta ranking as Canada’s largest oil and gas producer. Calgary, in southern Alberta, is the epicenter of the Canadian energy industry with every major company in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors located here, providing plenty of intellectual capital for conference organizers to leverage.
“Calgary is a centre for global leadership in the energy industry,” says Darcy Spady, 2018 SPE International President. “It is long overdue that for the first time EVER, the 160,000 member Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) has chosen Calgary for its 2019 Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition (ATCE). An estimated 8,000 of the world’s technical energy experts will attend, presenting technical papers, collaborating in technology debates and viewing the latest in oil & gas technology.
Spady notes that with delegate members attending from some 145 countries the ATCE is always a very international gathering.
“My family settled in the Calgary area over 100 years ago,” Spady says, “So it is with great pleasure that I welcome 8,000 of my colleagues in the global Society of Petroleum Engineers to our Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in Calgary in 2019. With Calgary’s leading edge research, technology and operational efficiency in oil & gas, I know that this will be a great event.”