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Paul Anderson

Paul Andersen

REA STS CHST OWSI

Paul Anderson

Paul Andersen

REA STS CHST OWSI

A proven, successful safety professional with 25 years’ experience in General Industry, Oil and Gas Industry and the Construction Industry. Most recently he worked for CalOSHA as an Associate Safety Engineer in the High Hazard Unit. Prior to working for CalOSHA, Paul worked as a subject matter expert for PG&E as a Senior Safety Advisor to the PSEP program for three years. At PG&E, Paul provided support and guidance to senior management for the Contractor Management Program, developed the Weekly Safety Message Program, developed the materials for Pacific Gas & Electric’s Pipeline Safety Enhancement Program safety orientation training modules and conducted hundreds of site audits. Prior to working for PG&E, Paul worked for Rosetta Resources, an Oil and Gas company, managing all Environmental, Health and Safety issues for California, Colorado and Wyoming.
Paul is a Subject Mater Expect with: CCR Title 8, CFR 1926, CFR 1910 and the State One-call Damage Prevention Programs. Paul’s professional experience also includes expertize in Air Permitting, FMCSA, PHMSA, and Hazardous Materials Business Plans.
Mark Bridgers

Mark Bridgers

Principal - Continuum Capital

Mark Bridgers

Mark Bridgers

Principal - Continuum Capital

Mark Bridgers is a consultant to the engineering and construction industry and leads a Global Energy Vertical Market team. He works with global energy firms, pipeline companies, local distribution companies, electric transmission/ distribution utilities and power generators to support the planning, design and constitution of capital assets. As a recognized expert in capital construction and operational challenges, Bridgers was recently honored with membership in the Society of Gas Operators (SOGO).

Stephen Cabano

Stephen Cabano

President - Pathfinder LLC

Stephen Cabano

Stephen Cabano

President - Pathfinder LLC

Steve Cabano is President of Pathfinder LLC, a project management consulting firm specializing in the planning, development and execution of domestic and international capital plant construction projects. With more than 25 years of project engineering and project management experience in the industrial and commercial facilities industry, he has provided cost, scheduling, procurement and similar project related services for owner and government clients in the Petroleum, Petrochemical, Chemical, Environmental, Pharmaceutical, Industrial and Commercial industries in the United States and throughout the world. Cabano earned his bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University and is a member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACE International), is on the Executive Committee of the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and a long-time member of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Ralph Cantafio

Ralph Cantafio

President and Managing Partner • Cantafio Hammond

Ralph Cantafio

Ralph Cantafio

President and Managing Partner • Cantafio Hammond

As the owner of an eight-attorney general practice, Ralph Cantafio possesses extensive experience in civil litigation and commercial transactions. His practice includes regular representation of clients in Alaska, Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Wyoming and those District Courts statewide, as well as the U.S. District Court. His caseload emphasizes law related to commercial, corporate, construction and oil and gas law.

Cal Chapman, P.E.

Cal Chapman, P.E.

President and CEO - Chapman Engineering Inc.

Cal Chapman, P.E.

Cal Chapman, P.E.

President and CEO - Chapman Engineering Inc.

Cal Chapman has practiced environmental engineering and corrosion engineering, project management and environmental sciences since 1981. In the mid-1970s, he worked on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline project. He is a cofounder of Chapman Engineering, which began business in 1988. Chapman graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, in 1981, with a major study area of mechanical engineering and concentrations in chemical and electrical engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer in four states and is a “Model Law Engineer” through the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.

John W. Fluharty II

John W. Fluharty II

Consultant to Quanta Services

John W. Fluharty II

John W. Fluharty II

Consultant to Quanta Services

John W Fluharty II is currently a consultant to Quanta Services and has performed various market studies, regulatory reviews, business improvement reviews and recommendations. His expertise is to review changes in business and regulations and relate them back to market potential and realignment required for business to take advantage of it. Fluharty also works with a client’s customers to develop large and complex projects. He brings the field experience, business background and a good understanding of how to bring the customers’ expectations in line with the goals of the project and deliver the project on time while making it profitable. Fluharty provided 28 years of service to Mears Group Inc., a highly respected international engineering and construction company that serves the pipeline and energy industries. As part owner until the company sold to Quanta Services in 2000, he continued to work as Senior Vice President until August 2008. Fluharty is a board member of the Power and Communication Contractors Association (PCCA) and the American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA). He previously served on the INGAA Foundation board of directors.

Markus Ginten

Markus Ginten

Senior Sales Manager • ROSEN Group

Markus Ginten

Markus Ginten

Senior Sales Manager • ROSEN Group

Studying in Germany and China Markus Ginten obtained academic degrees in Civil Engineering and Business Administration. In his professional life as Engineer he was working on various construction projects for buildings as well as industrial and infrastructure facilities. Markus joined the ROSEN Technology & Research Center (RTRC), Germany in 2006 as Service Manager. Here he was in charge of the development of various inspection and integrity service solutions. As Account Manager with ROSEN USA today Markus is responsible for Business Development.

Corey Goulet

Corey Goulet

Senior Vice President • Natural Gas Pipelines Major Projects

Corey Goulet

Corey Goulet

Senior Vice President • Natural Gas Pipelines Major Projects

As Senior Vice President, Natural Gas Pipelines Major Projects, Corey Goulet is accountable to execute on TransCanada’s substantial portfolio of large-sized natural gas pipeline project. This portfolio will include Columbia growth, Mexico and LNG projects.

Goulet has 30 years of energy infrastructure experience. His experience is varied and has focused on the development, construction, operation and maintenance of natural gas, wind, hydro, nuclear and transmission power facilities; gas, oil and refined products pipelines; and oil and gas production facilities. He joined the company in 1998 as a manager in the international business unit where he was responsible for developing projects. Since that role, he has lead various departments including pipeline engineering, energy projects, nuclear development, Keystone projects and natural gas operations, projects and engineering.

Goulet is a former member of the Operations and System Integrity subcommittee for CSA Z662 Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems. In addition, he represented TransCanada for two years as a board member of Pipeline Research Council International Inc. (PRCI) and is a current board member of the Alberta Chamber of Resources. Goulet has also been a board member for three joint venture companies.

Born and raised near Edmonton, Alberta,

Andy Jensen

Andy Jensen

Director of Oil and Gas

Andy Jensen

Andy Jensen

Director of Oil and Gas

Andy earned a physics degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in the areas of pipeline integrity, direct assessment and corrosion control, and his background includes more than 16 years of problem-solving in oil and gas pipeline environments. As a pipeline integrity and corrosion control expert, Andy is actively involved with the implementation, testing, and documentation of pipeline integrity assessment and management programs. Andy has performed, and trained others on, a variety of assessment techniques, including indirect inspections, bellhole inspections, casing assessments, CP trouble-shooting, GIS and PODS data management, program implementation, and in-line (ILI) inspection specifications. His corrosion control and pipeline integrity expertise greatly contribute to the development of innovative solutions keeping Structural Integrity a leading service provider to the pipeline industry.

Rick Kivela

Rick Kivela

Director of Operational Compliance • Spectra Energy Partners

Rick Kivela

Rick Kivela

Director of Operational Compliance • Spectra Energy Partners

Rick Kivela graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.  Upon graduation, Rick was hired by Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company in the Engineering Construction Department.  Over his 37 year career in the natural gas transmission industry, Rick has held positions in Construction Management, Project Management, Environmental Compliance, Facility Planning and Operational Compliance.  Rick is currently the Director of Operational Compliance for Spectra Energy Partners in Houston, Texas.

Bradley Kramer

Bradley Kramer

Managing Editor - North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

Bradley Kramer

Bradley Kramer

Managing Editor - North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

Bradley Kramer is the managing editor of North American Oil & Gas Pipelines. He has been covering the underground construction market since 2005, when he joined Benjamin Media Inc. as a writer and editor for Trenchless Technology and Compact Equipment. Since 2008, Kramer has been focused on North America’s oil and gas pipeline construction and maintenance sector. He graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelors of Science in news and a Bachelors of Arts in English.

Brian Laing

Brian Laing

Chief Operating Officer • CRC-Evans

Brian Laing

Brian Laing

Chief Operating Officer • CRC-Evans

Graduated from Northern College, Kirkland Lake, Ontario Canada 1975, Welding Engineering Technology, Graduated from Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK 1978 Master of Science Welding Engineering.  Working career started with Dominion Bridge, Montreal Canada at the corporate welding research center – 1978 to 1979.  Joined Nova, an Alberta Corporation (now TransCanada) in 1979 to 1982 in Calgary Canada as a welding engineer.

While at Nova I worked with CRC-Evans developing their welding system for the high strength pipe used in Canada.  In 1982 I joined CRC-Evans in Edmonton as Sales and Technical support.  Shortly after moved to Houston to assist in R&D efforts.  While at CRC-Evans I held positions of Welding Engineer, Chief Welding Engineer, Manager, New Product Development, Vice President Field Service, President of Automatic Welding and Chief Operating Officer, President Onshore West, currently Chief Operating Officer CRC-Evans.

Eric Lang

Eric Lang

Integrity Engineer • Enbridge Energy Systems

Eric Lang

Eric Lang

Integrity Engineer • Enbridge Energy Systems

Eric Lang, P.E., is an Integrity Engineer located in Houston, Texas, and has been working for Enbridge Energy’s Systems Integrity group since 2012. His current responsibilities include work in pipeline risk assessment with past experience in hydro-testing, inline inspection (ILI), cost estimating, bidding analysis and historical pipeline records and maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) analysis for pipeline systems in Enbridge’s southern region.

Prior to Enbridge, Lang worked as a Land Development Engineer for Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam. He obtained his B.S. in Civil Engineering, with a minor in Environmental Engineering, from the University of Alabama in 2010, and his Professional Engineering designation in 2015.

Lang is also a founding member of Young Pipeline Professionals USA in 2015 and is currently serving as Secretary.

Terri Larson, APR

Terri Larson, APR

Director, Public Affairs - Enbridge

Terri Larson, APR

Terri Larson, APR

Director, Public Affairs - Enbridge

Terri Larson has more than 25 years of experience working in public relations and in the broadcast and print news media. As a member of Enbridge’s senior leadership team, Larson has considerable experience in corporate communications, community engagement, community investment and brand and reputation management. Larson also directs the company’s U.S. pipeline public awareness program and, having recently led development of an Enterprise Public Awareness Program, has accountability for public awareness programs across Enbridge. She also leads crisis communications for Enbridge in the United States and Canada. Larson serves on a number of pipeline industry committees with organizations such as the American Petroleum Institute (API), Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL), Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and the Southern Gas Association (SGA). Larson is accredited in public relations (APR), and holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in marketing.

Luke Litteken

Luke Litteken

Vice President, Gas Operations • Xcel Energy

Luke Litteken

Luke Litteken

Vice President, Gas Operations • Xcel Energy

Luke Litteken, governing operations and maintenance of regional gas distribution and high pressure systems. He is responsible for system reliability, emergency response, damage prevention, public safety, compliance, and customer satisfaction over geographically dispersed territories in seven states, encompassing more than 1.9 million natural gas customers.

Dan Lorenz

Dan Lorenz

President - Joe Knows Energy

Dan Lorenz

Dan Lorenz

President - Joe Knows Energy

Dan Lorenz is the President of Joe Knows Energy and Joe Knows Tradesmen. He is an entrepreneurial civil engineer who has spent 35 years growing companies that include a construction company, a training company and now a staffing/consulting/training/software company. Lorenz is passionate about leadership, learning and infrastructure.

Andrew Lu

Andrew Lu

Managing Director, Operations and Engineering Services - American Gas Association

Andrew Lu

Andrew Lu

Managing Director, Operations and Engineering Services - American Gas Association

Andrew Lu has worked at AGA for 15 years, handling a variety of assignments. He provides leadership in pipeline safety advocacy issues, particularly those tied to U.S. Department of Transportation proposed rulemakings. He also oversees most of the events and programs within AGA’s Operating Section, such as the Operations Conference, the Safety Leadership Summit and the Peer Review program. Prior to AGA, Lu worked at Consumers Energy in Michigan for more than 8 years in Gas Operations. He has an MBA and an Engineering Degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Tim McGuire

Tim McGuire

Vice President of Directional Crossings • Michels Corporation

Tim McGuire

Tim McGuire

Vice President of Directional Crossings • Michels Corporation

Tim McGuire is Vice President of Michels Directional Crossings, an industry leader in Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) and Direct Pipe (DP) construction and recipient of numerous trenchless industry milestone achievement awards.  Mr. McGuire has over 30 years of professional experience, 26 of which have been in underground mining, drilling, and utility construction, most recently with over 24 years of direct experience in Trenchless construction methods for every type of utility, primarily for oil and gas pipelines.  Mr. McGuire has designed, planned, and managed construction of thousands of HDD crossings ranging up to 15,700 feet in length and over 50 inches in diameter, drilling through every class of soil and bedrock type in all 50 U.S. states, most Canadian provinces, Mexico, and several overseas locations.  In addition to conventional land to land HDD crossings, this experience has included numerous HDD marine landings (land to water), in water depths up to 350 Feet and many water to water HDD crossings up to 7,000 Feet in length.  Within the past 5 years he has overseen the development and implementation of Michels’ DP operations throughout North America completing up to 48 inch diameter crossings

Jonny Minder

Jonny Minder

Integrity Solutions Engineer • Diakont

Jonny Minder

Jonny Minder

Integrity Solutions Engineer • Diakont

Jonathan Minder has over 5 years of experience working in the oil and gas industry.  He started at Diakont in the field as an NDE Level I Inspector.  Before coming to Diakont he held positions at both Schlumberger and NASA.  He holds degrees in engineering and mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis, and from Hawaii Pacific University.

Robert Osborn

Robert Osborn

Senior Vice President of Pipeline Operations • Michels Corporation

Robert Osborn

Robert Osborn

Senior Vice President of Pipeline Operations • Michels Corporation

As Senior Vice President of Michels Pipeline Construction, Bob has responsibility for all aspects of pipeline construction operations across the United States, including construction of mainline & distribution pipelines, gathering field systems, facility construction, station fabrication, maintenance & repair. Bob has been in the pipeline industry over 35 years, working his way through the business as a laborer, teamster operator, and then into management. He has helped to grow Michels Pipeline into the largest full‐service pipeline contractor in North America (ranked by ENR magazine). Bob sits on the PLCA Board of Directors, the PLCA Labor Negotiating Committee, the International Labors Training Steering Committee, and the Teamsters Pension Fund.

 

Bill Solomon

Bill Solomon

President and CEO • Vacuworx, LLC

Bill Solomon

Bill Solomon

President and CEO • Vacuworx, LLC

Bill Solomon is President and CEO of Vacuworx LLC in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Founder and Chairman of The Pipeline and Energy Expo. Previously, he spent 15 years at Johnson and Johnson in sales and marketing with international and division responsibilities.

In 1999, Solomon started Vacuworx, the world leader in manufacturing self-contained vacuum lifting equipment for heavy-duty material handling industries. He founded The Pipeline and Energy Expo in 2009, which is focused on stimulating economic growth in Oklahoma by showcasing energy, utility and construction businesses. The following year, he founded The Eagle Gift Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting community needs in Oklahoma.

Solomon is a graduate from the University of Colorado and holds certificates of achievements from Duke University, Northwestern University, Babson College, Harvard University and the University of Tulsa. He serves as a member of the board for Tulsa Boys Home, A New Leaf and State Chamber of Oklahoma, and he is a member of numerous professional organizations such as APCA, DCA, IPLOCA and PLCA. he has been married for 27 years and has five children.

Ryan Tetrault

Ryan Tetrault

Manager, Quality Assurance - TransCanada

Ryan Tetrault

Ryan Tetrault

Manager, Quality Assurance - TransCanada

Ryan Tetrault leads a diverse group of quality professionals comprised of Quality Engineers, Certified Quality Auditors, SAP Quality Management Module software, Root Cause Analysis, and Supplier Pre-qualification specialists.

Ryan and his team are responsible for the program, project, and supplier audits, Root Cause Analysis, Management of Change, and quality governance within TransCanada. With nearly 20 years of practice and leveraging his extensive project management experience, Ryan has brought his passion for quality to the workplace every day while working in the Telecommunications, Utility, and Oil & Gas industries. Ryan’s current focus within TransCanada is to provide quality governance and raise the Culture of Quality throughout TransCanada by implementing several quality initiatives.

Russel Treat

Russel Treat

President • EnerSys Corp.

Russel Treat

Russel Treat

President • EnerSys Corp.

Russel Treat is the President and CEO of the EnerACT Companies, and President of its subsidiaries EnerSys Corp. and Gas Certification Institute LLC. He is responsible for EnerSys Corp.'s operations as a provider of software and services to enable pipeline operators to comply with control room management regulations while at the same time implementing operations best practice.

Treat is also responsible for Gas Certification Institute’s operations in custody transfer hydrocarbon measurement training and standard operating procedures.

For more than 25 years Treat has been involved in the design, specification, selection, development and delivery of products and systems for oil and gas measurement and automation. He works closely with pipelines and midstream operators on their selection and implementation across all mission critical systems.

Steve Weiler

Steven A. Weiler

Partner

Steve Weiler

Steven A. Weiler

Partner

Steve Weiler represents energy companies in regulatory, litigation and transactional matters in Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States. Steve has more than 25 years of experience, principally involving the electric and oil & natural gas industries. With an emphasis on electric transmission and oil & gas transportation, Steve has represented electric utilities, merchant transmission developers, natural gas and oil pipelines, local distribution companies, electric generators, oil and natural gas producers, hydroelectric projects, wind generators, marketers, and industrial end-users in a wide range of regulatory proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state
commissions and the courts.

Chris Yoxall

Chris Yoxall

Senior Executive Vice President • ROSEN Group

Chris Yoxall

Chris Yoxall

Senior Executive Vice President • ROSEN Group

Chris Yoxall is is Senior Executive Vice President of the ROSEN Group and is presently based in Houston, Texas. He has more than 20 years of experience in asset integrity management including legal, technical and contractual management; primarily in the oil and gas industry. Over this period, he has worked throughout Africa, Australasia, Asia, China and North America. He remains involved globally, actively participating in various standards and committees, including research and development. He spends part of his time lecturing to industry and is a passionate advocate in the leadership development of future industry professionals.

Yoxall studied both mechanical and metallurgical engineering in South Africa and has a B.S. in Engineering Management. He is an executive of the Australian Pipeline & Gas Association’s Research & Standards Committee, as well as a member of the Board of Directors at the Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) in Australia and Senior Advisor of Young Pipeline Professionals USA.

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