May 22 Seminar – The Future of Ontario’s Natural Gas Market

We are pleased to announce the topic for our first PipeThink event.  Join us on May 22, 2015 in a conversation about the changing markets for natural gas in Ontario.  The seminar will feature presentations from leading commentators in the oil & gas sector.  The seminar will also include an interactive discussion during which guests can have questions answered by our experts.

For a summary report of this seminar, please see:


Rick Jennings, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Energy

Patti Piett, Director of Storage & Transportation Marketing & Utilization, Union Gas

Moderator: Paul Acchione, Past Chair, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers


Natural Gas in Ontario — A Critical Time of Opportunity

Natural gas supply across the continent is undergoing major fundamental shifts as the industry’s low cost shale supply outperforms all forecasts, reducing costs for gas consumers across the continent. Clearly it is a time of change for the North American gas industry, but what does this mean for Ontario?

Ontario is the largest natural gas consuming province in Canada. It is also next door to the most prolific shale basin on the continent. Ontario has tremendous geographical advantage. Ontario is also home to Dawn, the second largest physically traded market hub in North America. It has the largest storage capacity in Canada and is the only significant storage hub in the Appalachian area. Ontario stands to benefit by attracting this low cost supply to our province…. To homes, businesses, industries and power generators.

At this seminar you’ll hear how Ontario is responding to the gas opportunity and how that will play into future electricity generation plans.

About the Speakers

Rick Jennings is the Assistant Deputy Minister, Energy Supply, Transmission and Distribution Policy Division at the Ontario Ministry of Energy. The Energy Supply Division is responsible for the Province’s policy with respect to electricity supply including renewables, nuclear and new generation procurement, oil and oil products supply and natural gas supply. Since joining the Ministry of Energy in 1981, he has worked extensively on a wide range or energy issues including: energy price and demand forecasts, electricity restructuring, utility finances and rates, the role of independent generation, competition and deregulation in the electricity and natural gas markets, climate change and other environmental issues impacting the energy sector.

Patti Piett is the Director of Storage &Transportation Marketing at Union Gas.

Patti and her team are responsible for the strategic marketing for Union’s S&T services including Dawn’s storage assets and the Dawn-Parkway gas transmission system across South Western Ontario.

Dawn is a growing and important natural gas storage and trading hub and is currently the second largest physically traded hub in North America. Dawn serves the Ontario, Quebec and US Northeast markets including large local distribution customers (LDCs), industry, power generators, as well as S&T marketers across North America. Patti’s group also provides market analysis and intelligence in these markets and participates in industry strategic development work.

Patti has worked for Union Gas for 30 years in a variety of areas including:

• Upstream Regulation
• Gas Supply
• Industrial Marketing
• Retail Marketing and Research
• Customer Care
• Operations


11:30 – 12:00   Registration & Networking
12:00 – 12:45   Lunch, Welcome & Presentation
12:45 – 1:30     Discussion, Q&A
1:30 – 2:00       Networking


Bennett Jones LLP

Power Workers' Union

Union Gas

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