May 2016

Oil Respect: Standing Up for Canada’s Oil and Gas Industry

11:45am-1:30pm | One King West Hotel - Austin Gallery - One King Street West, Toronto

Canada’s oil and gas sector is one of the country’s most important economic drivers. 500,000 people work in the industry, but millions of Canadians benefit from the tax revenues, royalties, ancillary jobs, and much needed products it creates.

The TSX and TSX Venture exchange have more oil and gas listings than any stock exchange in the world. Thousands of Ontario manufacturing jobs rely on Canada’s oil and gas industry and Bay Street knows how important the entrepreneurial spirit of the oil patch is to not only Albertans, but to Canadians from coast to coast.

Right now however, the oil and gas industry is under siege. Grandstanding politicians, Hollywood celebrities, and radical environmentalists continue to try and derail one of Canada’s greatest resources. The Canadian energy industry is one of the most regulated and technologically advanced industries in the world. Each year the industry safely produces, refines, transports, and distributes products from jet fuel to fertilizer while providing well-paying jobs and billions of dollars in tax revenues for all Canadians. Yet, despite these facts, government policy and popular sentiment seem increasingly intent on marginalizing the sector and divesting from resource development.

In his presentation: “Oil Respect—standing up for Canada’s oil and gas industry”, Mr. Mark Scholz, President of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, will be defending the industry with respect to its: national and international image; economic benefits; and global environmental impact. Through an analysis of facts, Mr. Scholz will advocate for the sector and provide industry supporters with a voice to make their opinions heard.

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

- Lunch will be served -

- For information about accessibility, please email peters@economicclub.ca
- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to peters@economicclub.ca 48 hours in advance of event.

** Should you have a question you would like addressed by either of the speakers, please forward it to peters@economicclub.ca **

Mark Scholz

Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors

Mark Scholz

Mark Scholz is the President of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors.

As President, Mark is the voice of the Canadian drilling and service rig industry, promoting safer and more efficient operations through advocacy, communications and needed products and services.
Mark is the official spokesperson for Oil Respect, a campaign to give regular Canadians an opportunity to stand up and demand respect for Canada’s oil and gas sector.

Mark shares a passion for the oil and gas industry and the benefits it provides to so many Canadians. He uses his position to educate and engage government and the public on the importance of the industry.

Mark is also a director of the Enform Board of Directors, the safety association of the upstream oil and gas industry, and a member of its Governance and Compensation Committee. He is an active member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has completed the Not-for-Profit Governance Essential Program through the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Mark holds a degree in economics and a degree in political science from the University of Calgary. He completed a Masters’ of Business Administration from the Haskayne School of Business.

In his spare time, Mark enjoys camping with his family.

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