Andrew Craig

Andrew Craig

Manager-Land Project and Manager-Keystone Pipeline Projects, TransCanada

Andrew Craig

Andrew Craig

Manager-Land Project and Manager-Keystone Pipeline Projects, TransCanada

Andrew Craig has more than 17 years of industry experience primarily with the acquisition of real estate for major linear infrastructure projects. He has worked on TransCanada pipeline projects in both the United States and Canada since 2008. Craig is an active member of the International Right of Way Pipeline Committee. Currently, he resides in Houston, Texas.

Mike Prior, P.Eng.

Mike Prior, P.Eng.

Senior Strategic Advisor, Michels Canada

Mike Prior, P.Eng.

Mike Prior, P.Eng.

Senior Strategic Advisor, Michels Canada

Mike Prior, P.Eng., is the Senior Strategic Advisor for Michels Canada, one of the nation’s top utility infrastructure contractors, specializing in pipelines, horizontal directional drilling, Direct Pipe and tunneling. He was Senior Vice President at Michels Canada until 2013 and lead operations as Vice President for Marine Pipeline Construction previous to that. Prior has close to 50 years’ experience in the pipeline industry in engineering and Management roles and has worked on most major pipeline systems in Canada. Prior is a registered professional engineer in several Canadian provinces and in the United Kingdom.

Christina Sames

Christina Sames

Vice President, Operations & Engineering, American Gas Association

Christina Sames

Christina Sames

Vice President, Operations & Engineering, American Gas Association

Christina Sames is the Vice President of Operations & Engineering for the American Gas Association (AGA). In this role, she works closely with AGA’s members and stakeholders to improve safety, reliability and efficiency. She leads AGA’s efforts on safety culture, AGA’s Commitment to Enhancing Safety, Safety Information Resource Center, Executive Leadership Safety Summit and is the staff executive for the AGA Board Safety Committee, Operations Executive Committee and Operations Managing Committee. Sames is also on the Cross Bore Safety Association Board and API’s Emergency Response Advisory Board. Prior to joining AGA, Christina worked for Pipeline Research Council International Inc. and spent 12 years with the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Office of Pipeline Safety. She holds a B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

Don W. Thorn

Don W. Thorn

Principal Partner, DJT Consulting LLC

Don W. Thorn

Don W. Thorn

Principal Partner, DJT Consulting LLC

Don Thorn has served the pipeline industry for almost 50 years. He recently retired from Welded Construction LP, where he served as company president from 2008 to 2015. He has since founded DJT Consulting LLC. Thorn has been involved in a number of pipeline industry organizations throughout his career. He is a member of the Pipeliners Club of Houston. He served as president of the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) in 2009 and chair of the PLCA Safety Committee from 2010 to 2015. He has been a member of the INGAA Foundation Executive Committee since 2012 and served as chairman of its Safety Committee in 2013. From 1994 to 2014, he was a member of the API-AGA Joint Committee on Oil and Gas Field Welding Practices. Thorn earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Alabama in 1971.

Robert Westphal

Robert H. Westphal

Senior Vice President of Construction Operations, Michels Corporation

Robert Westphal

Robert H. Westphal

Senior Vice President of Construction Operations, Michels Corporation

Robert H. Westphal has more than 50 years of experience in pipeline and utility construction. He began his career at Michels in 1965 as a laborer and advanced through the ranks as foreman, superintendent, project manager, general superintendent, vice president and currently serves in his present position. A pioneer in Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), Westphal guided Michels’ path to becoming one of North America’s leading HDD contractors. Known for his determination, work ethic and strong convictions, Westphal has held and continues to hold leadership roles in many organizations and boards including having served as PLCA President in 2005. He and his wife, Jone are also actively involved in many charitable and community organizations.

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