Building and maintaining oil and gas pipelines has come under heavier and heavier scrutiny over the past decade. Project stakeholders now must do more in the way of educating the public about the merits and safety of pipeline infrastructure to combat the polarizing political battles lobbied by industry opponents. Leadership and collaboration is increasingly needed in the industry to ensure successful project execution. To highlight these concerns, we are hosting the first annual Pipeline Leadership Conference Nov. 4-5, in Denver, Colorado, at the University of Denver.
The Pipeline Leadership Conference is organized by North American Oil & Gas Pipelines and Benjamin Media, in partnership with Continuum Advisory Group and in cooperation with the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.
Preparation for the conference has been ongoing for some time, and we have assembled a league of extraordinary oil and gas pipeline professionals to develop the agenda and select speakers. A successful call for abstracts garnered strong interest, and the final schedule is nearing completion.
The Program Committee we assembled includes Buster Gray, president of the project management firm EnSite USA, Mike Prior, senior strategic advisor for Michels Canada, Don Thorn, president of Welded Construction, and Mark Bridgers, principal at Continuum.
The Pipeline Leadership Conference will feature two days of focused presentations and panel discussions, covering such topics as Land Management and Acquisition, North American Infrastructure and Falling Oil Prices, Pipeline Construction Productivity and Collaboration, Navigating Regulatory Change and many more. We will announce more details as the event nears.
North American Oil & Gas Pipelines is also launching a new award at the event, the Pipeline Excellence Award. This award will recognize individuals and businesses that exemplify leadership and innovation in the oil and gas pipeline industry.
We are pleased to have strong assistance from a number of supporting associations, which as of now includes the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA), the International Pipeline and Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA), the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) and the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC).
In addition, we also are proud to have support from our Founding Sponsors: Miller Pipeline and John Deere, as well as Coffee Break Sponsor Innovatia.
The venue for the conference is the elegant Joy Burns Center on the campus of the University of Denver. Hotels are near the campus or just a short drive to downtown. Attendee space is limited, so I encourage you to register as soon as possible. For the latest on the agenda and speakers and further conference details, please visit PLConference.com.