Canadian Oil Sands and North American Energy Security

Event information
Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MARC Pavilion

There is a Western Hemisphere energy boom underway, from Canada to Argentina. One of the most important sources of oil leading this energy boom is the oil sands of Canada located in Alberta province. Alberta is almost as big as Texas and the oil sands cover an area nearly as big as Florida. Oil sands is processed into a heavy crude, similar to other heavy crudes found in the Western Hemisphere, but oil sands have only recently been considered to be part of the world’s oil reserves, as higher oil prices and new technology have enabled them to be profitably extracted and upgraded to usable products. Currently Canada is the largest supplier of crude oil and petroleum products to the U.S., with 2.5 million barrels per day in 2010, and has the second largest oil reserves in the world after Saudi Arabia. According to the most recent estimates, Canada has reserves of 180 billion barrels of oil, 175 billion of which are oil sands. By 2025 it is estimated Canada will be producing 2.2 million barrels per day of oil from oil sands. Join the Global Energy Security for a one-day conference that explores the full range of issues related to oil sands and the Keystone pipeline and their place in the U.S./Canadian relationship, including economic growth, trade, job creation, environment and energy security policy.

Lunch will be served. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. RSVP deadline is February 15, 2012. Please click here to RSVP. For more information, call 305-348-7266.

Co-sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs, College of Business Administration and Consulate General of Canada.

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Canadian Oil Sands and North American Energy Security

Tuesday February 21, 2012

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Registration

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Canadian Oil Sands: An Overview

Introductory Remarks: Dr. Edward Glab, Director, Global Energy Security Forum, SIPA

Panel Chair: Dr. Andrew Macfarlane, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director of the Earth and Environment Department, FIU


  • Janet Annesley, Vice President of Communications, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
  • Cindy Schild, American Petroleum Institute Refining Issues Manager
  • Drew Zieglgansberger, Senior VP, Cenovus Christina Lake

12:30pm to 2:00 p.m. Luncheon Keynote Address

Welcoming Remarks: Louise Léger, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in Miami

Keynote Speaker: Christopher Guith is Vice President for Policy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy.

“Canadian Energy and the U.S. – A Mutually Beneficial Partnership: Economics, Security and the Environment.”

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Oil Sands, Keystone Pipeline and the Environment

Panel Chair: Dr. John Parker, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science and Chemistry, FIU

  • Jim Carbery, CEO, First Nations Band, Fort McKay
  • David McLaughlin, President and CEO, National Roundtable on the Environment and Economy

Discussant: Dr. Mahadev Bhat, Professor and Associate Chairperson of the Earth and Environment Department, FIU

*Agenda subject to change.

For a copy of the panelist bios, click here.


Janet Annesley Presentation

Cindy Schild Presentation

Drew Zieglgansberger Presentation

Christopher Guith Presentation

Jim Carberry Presentation

David McLaughlin Presentation