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Heavy Oil Show headliners include two premiers

Both the premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan will be in Lloydminster next week as the Heavy Oil Show makes a return at the Lloydminster Exhibition. From next Tuesday evening to Thursday afternoon residents and visitors will be able to sit in and get the latest news in the heavy oil and energy sector, say event planners.

With the exception of advance tickets for the banquets, all other events at the Heavy Oil Show are free and open to the public. Set up of large equipment displays will begin over the weekend with final preparations going on Tuesday Sep. 13, ahead of the opening banquet at 5:30 p.m.

Roger Deeks with the organizing team is expressing how thrilled they are to be finally able to have the show after its absence due to COVID. Deeks dishes on the opening night banquet.

“We are going to have Rob Morgan who is the CEO for Strathcona Resources. That’s interesting as they just made a big play when they purchased Serafina. So they are definitely one of the largest producers in our region. Also David Yager. Mayor Gerald Aalbers will moderate a fireside chat with Rob and David on Tuesday night.”

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The Pathways Alliance breakfast will be on the menu Wednesday morning which is the oil sands partnership involving the six largest producers, aiming to get to zero-emissions by 2050. Rhona DelFrari, chief sustainability officer & senior vice-president, stakeholder engagement with Cenovus will lead the breakfast presentation and then moderate the luncheon session with Saskatchewan energy minister Jim Reiter and Alberta finance minister Jason Nixon.

Deeks says visitors can also access all the displays but tickets are needed for the banquets.

“There are still some tickets left if you want to grab some for the banquets. So Tuesday night; hop on to Go on, there are tickets available there. If not, you can reach out to us. There is a limited availability of those and the luncheon too.”

Deeks says one of the big changes locally is the acquisition of Husky by Cenovus and overall the return of the Heavy Oil Show will give a sneak peek into the sector for the next three to five years.

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