There is significant interest in reducing facility GHG emissions through the Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) route. This heightened awareness has led to extensive dialogue on both traditional and novel approaches to capturing carbon dioxide. Provided the spectrum of carbon capture routes – each with their own technology readiness level, regulatory frameworks, and pathways for utilizing captured carbon dioxide, complexity exists within industry regarding the best-balanced course of action to tackle these challenges. Furthermore, variations in plant location, nature of assets being operated, and availability of sequestration geology further add complexity to the available industry choices. Finally, alternative pathways for mitigating GHG emissions, such as utilizing hydrogen, production of renewable fuels or the purchase of carbon credits all present potential alternatives.

It is easy to see that the best-balanced course of action isn’t straightforward.  

This executive-level panel discussion, hosted by JWN Energy and Fluor, will serve to unpack some of these complex challenges, and attempt to lend insight toward a best-balanced course of action for operating companies faced with these challenges.   


Webinar details 

Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.  10:00 a.m. 

On-line event


Chris Grant
Vice President, Pathways to Net Zero
Suncor Energy 

As vice-president, Pathways to Net Zero, Chris is leading an industry alliance, representing over 90% of the oilsands industry, to develop a plan to get to net zero by 2050. The plan includes a number of pathways to achieve net zero, with CCS representing an opportunity to achieve 30% to 50% of the plan. A foundational project has been developed comprising carbon capture at eight facilities connected by a carbon pipeline routed from the Fort McMurray region south through the majority of Alberta in situ facilities terminating near Cold Lake at a large formation suitable for CO2 sequestration. The project is planned to sequester about 8 Mt/year of CO2, which would place it among the largest CCS projects in the world. 

Chris is also working with the federal and provincial governments to develop a policy, and financial framework to enable CCS projects to proceed. Before the Pathways assignment, Chris led development on major projects and several mega projects at Suncor. 

Christoffer Mylde 
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development 

Chris is currently Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Sproule in Calgary. As part of the senior leadership team at Sproule, he drives the company’s global growth strategy. Chris has over 20 years of industry experience and speaks frequently at industry events and conferences around the world on key trends in global energy markets. Prior to joining Sproule, Chris spent 10 years in corporate finance and advisory with HSBC in London, Hong Kong and Toronto and Simmons, a boutique advisory firm focused exclusively on the energy sector.  

Chris has a B.Sc. in Economics and Economic History from the University of Warwick and an M.Sc. in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics. Chris has been pleased to serve as the Norwegian Honorary Consul for Southern Alberta since January 2019. 

David Van Den Assem
Senior Manager, Clean Technology and Climate Change Innovation
Alberta Innovates

David is a Senior Manager of Clean Technology and Climate Change Innovation at Alberta Innovates, with a focus on advancing innovative technologies from proof of concept through to field pilot stages in the field of carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS). The CCUS focus area is open to innovative next-generation technologies along the value chain within this area, including capture, compression, transport, mineralization, conversion, use, storage and measurement/monitoring/verification.  

David also manages the hydrogen focus area and the critical minerals, mining and novel materials areas. These also are open to innovative technologies across the value chain and are aimed at building a low carbon hydrogen economy in Alberta, and advancing the extraction and use of critical minerals in Alberta to develop new industries, as well as developing high-tech materials to support energy storage, renewable energy development and other advanced materials such as carbon nanomaterials, etc. David is the lead for the Clean Resources Innovation Network (CRIN)’s Low Emissions Value Add Products (LEVAP) focus area which includes CCUS, hydrogen, critical minerals, carbon fibre and nanomaterials, partial upgrading and alternative energy.   

David brings over 24 years of project management, business unit management and environmental leadership in several sectors, including power, oilsands, mining and real estate. His vision is to lead efforts to improve the ecological, social and economic footprint of these sectors, to improve our relationship with the natural environment.   

John Isley
Senior Director, Process Technology and Carbon Capture and SME

Jon is a Senior Director of Process Technology with 26 years of industry experience. He has executed work for projects in North America and globally, with extensive experience in refinery and gas treating processes.  

Jon is a Fluor subject matter expert in carbon capture, with experience covering both pre- and post-combustion technologies. Since his role as process engineering manager on the Shell Quest Carbon Capture and Storage project, he has been instrumental in Fluor’s advancement and implementation of energy transition technologies. 

Jon is a registered professional engineer in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. 

David Mercer (Moderator) 
Direct of Technology

David is currently the head of technology and sustainability for Fluor Canada, and serves as a member of Fluor Canada’s management, based at the company’s head office in Calgary. 

David joined Fluor in 1999 and worked at Canada’s largest oil refinery until 2015. During this period, David held assignments in refinery operations, capital project development, business development and served as the manager of the Process Engineering and Control Systems Engineering departments at Fluor’s client-based office. 

In 2016, David assumed responsibility for the Process Technology and HSE in Design departments at Fluor Canada’s offices in Calgary. During this period, David also supported business development, strategy and industry engagement activities. 

David has a Diploma in Engineering from Saint Mary’s University, a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, and a Master of Applied Science (Chemical Engineering) from Dalhousie University, in collaboration with Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. In addition, David has completed corporate learning through the Center for Creative Leadership and Harvard Business Publishing, a subsidiary of Harvard University. 

Bemal Mehta (Host) 
Managing Director, Energy Intelligence
geoLOGIC systems ltd. / JWN Energy

Bemal Mehta is Managing Director, Energy Intelligence, geoLOGIC systems ltd. / JWN Energy and leads the group’s efforts in the areas of business intelligence and strategic insight. He leads JWN's ESG practice that focuses on sustainability intelligence, tools and training.  

Bemal has over 25 years of experience across multiple industries, including oil and gas, mining and technology. He brings a breadth of experience in the areas of business strategy, digital transformation, and sustainability. Bemal is a professional engineer with a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in chemical engineering from the University of Alberta and a MBA from Queen’s University. He is also a director with Obesity Canada. 

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