HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The C. T. Bauer College of Business Global Energy Management Institute (GEMI) has announced details for its March 11 symposium, “Reliability and Security across the Energy Value Chain.”
Beginning with a 7 a.m. breakfast and running until 4:30 p.m., the event promises a lively and essential discussion of some of the most urgent issues facing energy markets today — in particular, the need to rebuild the North American oil and gas infrastructure to accommodate changes wrought by the tapping of shale reservoirs, the construction of massive wind farms and the growth of solar-powered homes.
Organized by Christopher Ross, executive professor of Finance at the C. T. Bauer College of Business; UH Law professor Tracy Hester; and former Texas PUC Commissioner Brett Perlman of Vector Consultants, the lineup of panelists and keynote speakers includes experts from the worlds of energy, finance and law.
“We have a whole re-plumbing and rewiring of the United States and the Canadian energy system that is taking place,” Ross said. “This symposium is designed to investigate what is needed to cause that to happen in an environmentally friendly and economically viable way.”
C. Gregory Harper, Enbridge Inc.’s president of pipelines and processing, will give the opening keynote address. The head of Enbridge’s natural-gas business, Harper is a Bauer MBA and sits on the Bauer College Board.
“Greg is in the business of gas pipelines and processing,” Ross said, “and he’ll be able to talk in depth about how his company is responding to the need for new infrastructure.”
Derek Mathieson, vice president and chief strategy officer of Houston-based Baker Hughes, will deliver the luncheon keynote.
“Derek is going to talk about how important the industry reputation is in getting these things done,” Ross said. “Historically, the oil and gas industry and pipeline industry have not been very good at winning the hearts and minds of the general public. He’s going to talk about how important that is, and what we might do to improve the industry reputation.”
Mathieson earned a Ph.D. in micro electro-mechanical systems and a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was recently awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering from that institution.
Bauer professors will moderate panel discussions on four major topics: regulation (Victor Flatt); contracts and financing (Praveen Kumar), infrastructure (Art Smith) and risk management (Craig Pirrong).
“They’ll be bringing their academic and industry credentials to bear on the problems,” Ross said.
They’ll be joined by representatives from GDF Suez, Vinson & Elkins, Port of Houston, TransCanada, Halliburton, the North American Energy Standards Board, PwC and other organizations.
The symposium, intended for middle- and senior-level managers from energy and power companies, is at the University Hilton Hotel. Registration is required.
Says Ross: “I think anybody who comes to this conference will find a very intelligent and experienced set of panelists discussing the critical issues that need to be resolved to enable the U.S. to benefit from reliable, secure and affordable energy.”
Housed at Bauer College, GEMI serves as a resource to prepare and support the energy workers of today while exploring issues important to the industry’s future.
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About C. T. Bauer College of Business
The C. T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C. T. Bauer College of Business.
About University of Houston
The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.