Candice Paton | Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs & External Relations, Enhance Energy
Energy Futures Panel (Friday 10:30-11:30)
Candice is the Executive Director for Regulatory Affairs & External Relations at Enhance Energy, an Alberta-based carbon utilization and storage company with extensive experience in the planning and implementation of large-scale carbon capture and utilization projects (CCS) that permanently sequester CO2 emissions. She has over 15 years of experience in technology development and innovation in energy systems.
She holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering. She is registered as a Professional Engineer with APEGA and is an Ambassador with the Energy Futures Lab. She has been recognized as a leading female innovator as part of the Alberta Chapter of SHEInnovates and as an energy industry influencer in the Young Women in Energy 2020 awards.
Candice is passionate about energy technologies, environmental performance and impact in communities. Her family feels at home in Edmonton and Calgary and spends as much of their free time as possible exploring mountains by foot, by ski or by snowboard.
Vanessa White | Director, Renewable and Alternative Energy, Alberta Innovates
Energy 101 (Friday morning)
Vanessa is the Director, Renewable and Alternative Energy in the Clean Resources Division at Alberta Innovates, where she contributes to the advancement of grid modernization in Alberta through ecosystem development and supporting technology initiatives in the areas of non-emitting electricity generation, energy storage and enabling technologies.
Prior to joining Alberta Innovates, Vanessa spent more than 20 years in the upstream petroleum industry, where she drove innovation and developed her diverse background in project management, technology development and pilot operation. Vanessa is passionate about energy literacy. In 2016, she founded a company informing elementary and junior high students about the value of diversity in the Canadian energy portfolio.
Vanessa is a Professional Engineer and past member of the Board of Directors for the Society of Petroleum Engineers Canadian Educational Foundation (SPECEF) where she was the founding chair of the organization’s Energy Literacy Committee. Vanessa’s current board positions include the Decentralized Energy Canada’s Board of Directors and Foresight Clean Tech Accelerator’s Alberta Advisory Board.
Vlad Zatonski | Sr. Technology Development Engineer, Eavor
Round Tables (Friday afternoon)
Vlad Zatonski is a Professional Engineer, with 15+ years of experience in the energy industry, holding varied roles including: closed loop geothermal, thermal, unconventional, offshore and new ventures oil and gas roles. Vlad is passionate about risk and uncertainty analysis, data analytics, and application of engineering principles to solve complex problems.
Vlad holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering with a Petroleum minor and a Master’s in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary. Vlad is registered as a P.Eng with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geologists of Alberta (APEGA) and holds a membership with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
Denise Beaven | Girls Talk Tech Co-Chair, Conocophillips Canada
Round Tables (Friday afternoon)
Denise Beaven has spent 40 years in the IT industry with 33 years at ConocoPhillips Canada. Girls Talk Tech’s goal is to help girls learn more about IT careers and feel confident they can succeed. Girls Talk Tech (GTT) was formalized in 2018 with the mission to educate, encourage and empower young women to embrace technology for the future.
Elizabeth Murphy | MSc student, Chemistry Department, University of Alberta
Innovation Gallery (Saturday 11:15-12:15)
Elizabeth Murphy completed her BSc in chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario before moving to Edmonton in 2021 to pursue her masters. She is currently a second year MSc student in the department of chemistry, researching the conversion of atmospheric CO2 into useful fuel precursors using transition-metal catalysts. This research has a long-term goal of developing net-CO2-zero fuels by repurposing CO2 waste.