Where Can You Find Geoffrey?

Keynote Speech — SPARKCon
October 9, 2020 – Houston

Managing Change in a Digital Era

The oil and gas sector is facing a dramatic, exciting, painful and disruptive transition as it adopts digital technologies into its core business. Digital is unlike other changes that have impacted the industry because of the scale of change, the pace of change, and the transformative impacts on jobs that are otherwise protected from automation. My presentation will provide guidance to managers on how to approach digitally driven change.

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Keynote Presentation — ASUG
September 23, 2020 – Houston

Energy is Transitioning. Build the Future. Be the Hero.

The oil and gas industry faces extraordinary headwinds from environmental activism, talent flight, and capital abandonment. The narrative about the industry has flipped from being an essential social product to an industrial dead end.

Nothing could be further from the truth. There are still 1.2 billion cars on the road, 300 million heavy trucks and thousands of planes. We show almost no signs of slowing down. But change we must to halt climate impacts.

There is only one tool in the kit bag that can simultaneously cut costs, boost productivity, and put the climate back on track while we shift to new energies, and that’s digital innovation. It’s the incumbents who are best positioned to define, create, and own the future world of energy.

This engaging and inspiring talk lifts the oil and gas industry up from its doldrums, and presents the future as a place of hope. To be the hero of the energy transition, oil and gas must swiftly embrace digital innovations to transform the sector. Audiences will challenged to think like a digital innovator, to exploit the three laws of digital, and to break free from the challenges of change.

Panel Discussion — Energy Conference Network
September 17-18, 2020 – Houston

Blockchain in Oil and Gas

The oil and gas sector continues to explore the possibilities of blockchain technology as a transformational solution to many of the industry’s most intractable problems. I am chairing a panel discussion on the intersection of blockchain innovation and other digital innovations, including AI and robotics.

Presentation — ENTELEC 2020 Conference
August 10-12, 2020 – Virtual

Energy Telecommunications and Electrical Contractors

The annual ENTELEC Conference & Expo brings together industry professionals, exhibitors, and vendors to share knowledge and educate each other about the latest developments in energy, telecommunications, and oil & gas. The ENTELEC Conference provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and provides a resource for industry challenges.

I will be making a presentation about Bits, Bytes, and Barrels at the conference.

Panel Discussion — Energy Conference Network
May 21, 2020 – Houston TX

Doubling Down on Digital

The combined impacts of the pandemic and the oil supply war between OPEC and Russia have triggered a fight for survival among oil companies.  Join me and my panelists, Jim Claunch of Bain and Company, and Jim Lawnin of BBL Ventures in a lunch and learn webinar on how oil and gas companies should be using digital technology to survive the dual shocks of COVID-19 and falling oil prices.

Panel Discussion — FinBoot and Repsol
May 14, 2020 – Barcelona

Only The Low Cost Survive

The combined impacts of the pandemic and the oil supply war between OPEC and Russia have triggered a fight for survival among oil companies.  Join me in a panel discussion along with Juan Perez the co-founder of Blockchain start up Finboot and Jose Salinero the Transformation and Innovation Leader for Repsol’s TechLab on how only the low cost players survive, how blockchain technology is key to lowering costs, and how Repsol is exploiting blockchain in their business.

Panel Discussion — ECOA PUCRIO
April 28, 2020 – Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Brazil-Canada Connection: Digital Solutions for Oil & Gas Webinar series

The global oil & gas industry is undergoing an unprecedented crisis with oil prices down, investment cuts and a severe drop in demand worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Join me in a panel discussion along with Brazil’s oil giant Petrobras on the company’s strategy to speed up its digitalization, as we discuss digitalization approaches, the role of ecosystems and the impacts of collaboration.

Virtual Panel Discussion — Oil & Gas 360
April 16, 2020 – Denver CO and everywhere

Energy and Energy Technology Outlook – Crisis and Opportunity

Oil and gas is facing a triple threat — oil market turmoil, global recession and pandemic. This virtual panel and discussion will focus on how the current environment is impacting and will impact Energy and Energy Technology. I’m on a great panel to answer some really tough questions and provide some certainty in these uncertain times.

Other panelists include Michael Tanner, David Forsberg, Dan Genovese, Michael Tsokur and Jeff Saponja.

#IBMReinvention – Transforming the Future of Natural Resources
February 27, 2020 – Calgary Alberta

#IBMReinvention is the premier industrial technology showcase in western Canada. Discover the art of the possible as IBM showcases the latest Industry 4.0 technology offerings, that are helping clients reinvent their operations and business processes for the future. This will be your opportunity to see IBM’s technology portfolio and connect with the key subject matter experts behind that technology.

Discover business solutions, connect with technology experts, and hear from our panel of thought leaders as they discuss how industry is being reinvented through digital transformation.

I’m the keynote speaker at this event in Calgary and on a panel discussion. Copies of my book will be given away too!

Conference MC — ConvergX
February 4-6, 2020 – Calgary Alberta

ConvergX x-Sector Summit 2020

ConvergX® is the first and only annual global summit that creates investment and growth opportunities across the Military, Energy, Mining, Aerospace, Defence & Security sectors.

These industries innovate and ConvergX® gives you access to the leaders making it happen. Produced by WaVv, whose focus is in transferring and adapting readily deployable solutions between industries.

I will be chairing this important event.

Panel Discussion — Blockchain and Environmental Monitoring
January 14, 2020 – Madrid, Spain

Repsol Corporate Venturing and FinBoot

Repsol Corporate Venturing, in partnership with FinBoot, a blockchain technology company based in London/Barcelona, are holding a panel discussion on how digitalization and blockchain can help Oil & Gas companies to monitor and manage their climate impact. This follows Repsol’s recent announcement that it is targeting net-zero carbon dioxide emissions target for 2050, becoming the first company in the sector to do so.

I will be chairing this important panel discussion.

Presentation — KIPIC
November 27, 2019 – Kuwait

Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company

Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC) is holding its annual planning event for its information technology and digital functions. I’ll be presenting on the role and impacts of blockchain technology on the oil and gas industry.  

Presentation — Hotel Arts
November 7, 2019 – Calgary

Canadian Heavy Oil Association Fall Conference

CHOA, one of the most important industry associations of oil companies (oil sands, heavy oil producers, key suppliers), is holding its fall conference to discuss the latest developments in the industry and the outlook. Speakers will look at volumes, pricing, market access, new technology, and other key topics. I’m part of a panel discussion on new technologies that impact the industry.

Presentation — Hyatt Regency Calgary
November 7, 2019 – Calgary

Accelerating Digital Energy: Transforming Your Organization

ASUG is organizing an Oil and Gas Summit in Calgary to discuss the need for a coherent digital strategy as the energy industry addresses the challenges it faces. Learn more about the importance and creation of an intelligent enterprise. Registration includes breakfast and lunch, networking opportunities with SAP experts, and education. I’ll be making a presentation at this session on change management. 

Panel Discussion — EnergyNow
October 30, 2019 – Calgary Petroleum Club

EnergyNow is organizing a Digital Marketing and Sales Summit to discuss changes in marketing and sales practices in oil and gas driven by the rapid growth in digital technologies. I’m chairing a panel discussion on best practices in digital marketing.

Panel Discussion — Spartan Controls
October 24, 2019 – Calgary Petroleum Club

Spartan Controls is organizing a panel discussion on generating business value through digital transformation. I am one of the panelists, along with Sandy Martin of Suncor, Dan Reinbold of Plains Midstream, Peter Zornio of Emerson Electric, and Jose Valls of Microsoft.

Presentation — Canadian Oil Company
October 9, 2019 – Calgary

The company is holding a leadership conference to discuss results and plans for the future. I will deliver a presentation on the impact of digital technology on the oil and gas industry and how digital transformation can make a bottom line impact to companies in the industry.

Keynote Address — AUTOSOL Meeting
October 3, 2019 – Galleria, Houston Texas

AUTOSOL, a leading SCADA system provider with clever new products in the industrial IoT and edge computing, will be hosting an event in Houston. I will deliver a keynote speech on the impact of technology on the oil and gas industry and how digital transformation can make a bottom line impact to companies in the industry.

Radio Interview — iHeartRadio Houston
October 2, 2019 – Houston, Texas

The In The Oil Patch Radio Show is the most popular morning radio broadcast aimed at the oil and gas industry. My co-author, Rachael Goydan, and I will be interviewed by the show host, Kym Bolado. The topic will be our book, Bits, Bytes, and Barrels: The Digital Transformation of Oil and Gas.

This will be the first radio interview about the book! Can’t wait!

Webinar — Bits, Bytes, and Barrels
October 2, 2019 – Deloitte, Houston Texas

For the first time, my co-author, Rachael Goydan, and I, along with Nate Clark, leader of Deloitte’s Digital Practice for Oil and Gas, will be conducting a webinar about our book, Bits, Bytes and Barrels: The Digital Transformation of Oil and Gas. I’ll be in Houston for the recording. Hundreds of people are confirmed already.

Book Signing — Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) ACTE
September 30, 2019 – BMO Center, Calgary, Alberta

The Society of Petroleum Engineers is holding its Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Calgary. This event is held in various locations around the world and is the most important SPE event held each year.

I will be selling and signing copies of my book, and supporting the trade show booth for Resource Energy Solutions (RES).

Presentation — Young Pipeliners Association of Canada
September 27, 2019 – Hotel Arts, Calgary, Alberta

The Young Pipeliners Association of Canada (YPAC) is holding its annual conference and the theme is Shaping the Future of the Pipeline Industry.

I am presenting on strategies for young professionals to adapt to technology change in the industry.

Panel Chair — PTAC Digital Innovation in Oil and Gas Forum
September 26, 2019 – Petroleum Club, Calgary, Alberta

The Canadian oil and gas industry is entering an era of considerable transformation. An industry once driven solely by resources is now predominantly steered by technology and innovation.

Specifically, the digitization of the energy sector will have a profound effect on operational efficiencies, cost reductions, and environmental responsibility within our industry. The Forum provides attendees with insight into current and developing technologies and how they are influencing industry operations, as well as the impact digital innovations will have on the future.

I am chairing one of the five panel discussions on innovation.

Speaker – Blockchain in Oil and Gas Conference
September 18-19, 2019 – JW Marriott, Houston TX

The 3rd annual Blockchain in Oil and Gas Conference will be the largest dedicated Blockchain for Oil & Gas event in the world. The Conference will explore how oil and gas can best profit from this emerging technology.


I will be presenting on the breakout and transformation possibilities presented by distributed ledger technology.

Speaker – Best Practices for Oil & Gas
September 16, 2019 – Woodlands Waterway Convention Center, Woodlands TX

Best Practices for Oil & Gas, the leading forum for SAP users in the oil and gas industry, takes place this September in the Woodlands, Texas. Now entering its ninth year, the conference brings together a global network of professionals in the SAP space to network, learn, and discover their success. I am delivering a special pre-conference session on Accelerating Digital Energy. Don’t miss it!

Speaker – Oil and Gas Supply Chain and Procurement Canada  2019
September 10, 11, 2019 – Hyatt Regency Calgary

Energy Conference Network, the organizers of the prestigious Oil and Gas Supply Chain and Procurement Summit, brings you the inaugural Oil and Gas Supply Chain and Procurement Summit Canada – a one stop shop for companies looking to learn about the key trends and best practices to build the oil and gas supply chain of the future. Over two days, attendees will network, discuss and hear about the cutting-edge strategies shaping the current market.

I will be speaking at this event.

Instructor — Bits, Bytes, and Barrels 101
September 9, 2019 – Hyatt Regency Calgary

Energy Conference Network, the organizers of the prestigious Oil and Gas Supply Chain and Procurement Summit, brings you the inaugural Bits, Bytes, and Barrels 101 – Strategies on Digital Transformation In Energy.  Based on the new book, entitled ‘Bits, Bytes, and Barrels: The Digital Transformation of Oil and Gas‘, this 1-day seminar helps industry professionals become conversant on digital topics in energy.

I will be the instructor of this course.

Webcast — Best Practices for Oil and Gas – ASUG
July 25, 2019 – Everywhere!

Digital advances offer ways to lower costs of production, improve productivity, reduce carbon emissions, and regain public confidence. A wait-and-see attitude to digital innovation has failed many industries already, and the leaders of oil and gas urgently need guidance on how digital both disrupts and enhances their industry.

During this webcast, I will set out the reasons why adoption is slow, describe the size and scale of both the opportunity and the threat from digital, identify the key digital technologies and the role that they play in a digital future, and recommend a set of actions for leaders to take to accelerate the adoption of digital in the business.

Digital Innovation Panel – Global Petroleum Show
June 12, 2019 – BMO Center, Stampede Park, Calgary

The GPS Conference is a three-day technical and business conference comprised of over 55 industry leaders, and is a discussion forum for critical industry issues including the important role of Indigenous groups, responsible hydrocarbon production and disruptive technologies.

Seminars will explore the demand for transformative business models and technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and deep machine learning.

I will be participating in a panel discussion on digital innovation in oil and gas, with a focus on practical implementation challenges.

Book Sales and Signing – Global Petroleum Show
June 11-13, 2019 – BMO Center, Stampede Park, Calgary

I’ll be selling signed and inscribed paperback copies of my book, ‘Bits, Bytes, and Barrels: The Digital Transformation of Oil and Gas‘ at the EnergyNow booth at the Global Petroleum Show. Drop by the booth, purchase a copy and I’ll sign it for you on the spot.

Blockchain Panel – Inventure$ 2019
June 7, 2019 – Calgary Telus Convention Centre

INVENTURE$ 2019 is a must-attend ‘unconference’ for creative minds. Over three days this conference will bring venture capitalists, angel investors, startups, entrepreneurs, service providers and thought leaders together in Calgary to discover and share the latest in #innovation, research, capital access and deal-making.I will be chairing a panel discussion on how smart contract solutions based on #blockchain technology are helping change business models in a variety of industries.

May 21-22, 2019 – A Virtual Conference

EnergyConnect is a virtual conference that will focus on strategic challenges for the energy industry and help answer key questions for E&P businesses interested in improving operational efficiency. This is one of the most innovative conference designs I’ve experienced because it is ‘digital‘. I will be leading a panel discussion on the digital transformation of the oil and gas industry. Panelists include Joy Romero, Chris Leonard, Vicki Knott, Jeff LaFrenz, Soheil Asgarpour and Terrance Chmelyk.

Detechtion Technologies
April 24 and May 1, 2019 – User Group Meetings

Detechtion Technologies, the global leading Industrial IoT and Mobility solution provider in the oil and gas industry, will be hosting its annual User Group Meetings in Calgary, on April 24, and Houston, on May 1, 2019. I will deliver a keynote speech on the impact of technology on the oil and gas industry and how digital transformation can make a bottom line impact to companies in the industry.

Executive Exchange Calgary Summit (ASUG)
April 18, 2019 – Calgary

The ASUG Executive Exchange is where 400+ C-level and VP level SAP customers come together to share insights and influence SAP. Join us at the ASUG Executive Exchange Calgary Regional Summit, taking place Thursday, April 18 at The Pioneer to exchange lessons learned with 25+ fellow senior executive SAP customers. Access the agenda

Registration is complimentary for ASUG Executive Exchange members to attend. Not an ASUG Executive Exchange member or an ASUG member? Please allow two business days to determine eligibility.

I will be speaking at the EE event about my book and its insights for this cross-industry executive gathering.

Energy Connect (eCon) Virtual Conference and Expo
April 16, 17, 2019 – Calgary

The Energy Connect Virtual Conference and Expo will be recording the panel discussions before a live audience on April 16 and 17. If you’re interested in attending, please get in touch.

I will be moderating two panel discussions on the opportunities and the challenges of embracing digital in oil and gas.

Book Launch!
February 26, 2019, 5 pm – 8pm – Calgary Petroleum Club

Join me at the Calgary Petroleum Club to celebrate the launch of my new book, Bits, Bytes, and Barrels: The Digital Transformation of Oil and Gas. Tickets include an autographed copy for your very own.

IOT in Oil and Gas Canada 2019
February 13, 2019, Hotel Arts Calgary

The IOT in Oil & Gas 2019 Conference focuses on helping operators drive down costs and increase efficiencies. The past 3 years have seen the industry make great strides in using technology to realign their cost base, and forums such as this conference have played an important role in best practice knowledge dissemination and being a hub for networking and ideas exchange. I am delivering the keynote address at the start of the conference.

Blockchain in Oil and Gas Canada 2019
February 12, 2019, 8 am – 5pm – Hotel Arts Calgary

Distributed ledger technology (or blockchain) will have a profound impact on the oil and gas industry. The Energy Conference Network is holding the second annual event of industry and technology leaders in Calgary that focuses on the impacts of blockchain on oil and gas. I’ll be on a panel along with Soheil Asgarpour, Brent Willett, Dave Gajadhar, Nav Dhunay and Mark Waddleton, discussing blockchain business models.

Fuse Collective Annual Gala
January 24, 2019 – Calgary

The Fuse Collective is holding its 13th annual gala, bringing together students, academics and industry to celebrate the changes in Calgary towards a more sustainable future. I’ll be on a panel along with Megan Zimmerman of Calgary Economic Development, and Matt Toohey of TransAlta, on the topic of sustainability and change.

ASUG and SAP Oil and Gas Summit
November 13, 2018 – Bankers Hall Auditorium

SAP is holding one of its frequent educational summits on their technology platform and how it enables the intelligent energy company of the future. I will be the keynote speaker kicking off the day with a presentation called Long Fuse Big Bang – the impacts of digital innovation on the industry.

Osprey Informatics Webinar
November 14, 2018 – an on-line event!

Osprey Informatics is a market leader in visual analytics — a class of artificial intelligence that provides virtual intelligent “eyes-on” capabilities for tough and demanding environments. I will be the first speaker in this webinar to set the stage for how visual analytics creates outsized value for oil and gas.

ARC Financial
October 23, 2018 – Calgary Petroleum Club

ARC Financial is holding an Oil and Gas executive briefing on the state of the oil and gas industry. I will be presenting on the impacts of digital innovation and the opportunity and imperative for investment.

Aucerna UP Conference
October 9, 2018 – Calgary Petroleum Club

Aucerna (formerly 3esi-Enersight and ) is holding their annual UP Conference to discuss the digital transformation of the energy industry. I will be presenting on the impacts of digital on the oil and gas industry.

September 27, 2018 – Calgary Petroleum Club

The Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC) is organising a one-day conference on the impact of #digital on #oil and #gas. I will be chairing a panel discussion on the topic.

Pipeline Innovation Mixer
September 25, 2018 – The Edison, 150-9 Ave SW Calgary

ZEEL, Intelliview, Vintri and LuxModus are organising a Pipeline Innovation Mixer, with Joy Romero as the lead speaker. Joy is the VP Technology and Innovation at Canadian Natural Resources. I’ll be following Joy with a talk about  digital innovation in pipelines.

EVOK Innovations CEO Summit
September 24, 2018 – The Bow, 500 Centre St S Calgary

EVOK Innovations is holding a CEO Summit to present innovations in clean resource technology. I’m a guest speaker at this event where I’ll be addressing digital’s impacts on oil and gas.

Finance and Accounting Professionals Alliance (FAPA)
September 23, 2018 – 850 2 St SW Calgary

The Prairies Chapter of Finance and Accounting Professionals Alliance (FAPA) and Ismaili Business Professional Alliances (IBPA) is holding a seminar to explore the concepts behind #blockchain technology and its application. I’m the guest speaker at this event.

CEPA Foundation
September 18, 19, 2018 – Fairmont Banff Springs

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) Foundation is holding its Fall Conference. I will be speaking on the impact of #digital on #oil and #gas, with emphasis on the impacts on the pipeline sector.

August 20, 2018 – Banff Conference Center

At the IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, I’ll be speaking on the role and opportunity for #blockchain in the #oil and #gas industry.  The #conference is August 20 – 24, 2018 in Banff.  Industry Day is August 20.

Alliance Pipeline
June 20, 2018 – Hotel Arts, Calgary

New technology such as block chain, internet of things and artificial intelligence are making their way into the business world, and more prominently, into the supply chain and logistics industry. What are these new technologies and can we understand them further? I am part of a panel discussion on the Digital Reinvention of the Oil and Gas Supply Chain, hosted by the Canadian Centre for Advanced Supply Chain Management and Logistics (CASL).

I’ll be addressing the role of digital in the construction supply chain for new oil and gas infrastructure.

International Energy Credit Association Annual Canadian Conference
June 11, 2018

At the IECA Annual Canadian Conference, I will be delivering a presentation on Emerging Energy Technology, and its impact on the commercial and operational activities of the energy industry. For this presentation, I’ll be joined on stage by Google Home, my occasional artificial intelligence sidekick who provides content, answers questions and tells jokes, all to prove a point – that digital technology is here to stay.

Finance Leadership Forum
June 7, 2018 – Deloitte offices, Calgary

Finance leaders from across the business community will be discussing three topics – robotic process automation, blockchain and disclosure automation. Hosted by Carlee Panylyk, this form will consist of a circuit of three concurrent sessions, with the attendees rotating through the circuit stations. I will be providing a deep dive look into blockchain or distributed ledger technology, how it works, and how it will transform business processes.

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