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Making connections: Amplifying stakeholder engagement to drive ESG excellence

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Geneva Claesson, Partner, Deloitte Canada

Geneva is a Partner with Deloitte’s Sustainability practice with 20 years of experience helping organizations navigate challenges with environmental and social performance. A systems thinker with strong capabilities designing effective processes and tools, she delivers solutions that consider how to create value across an organization and in communities. She has worked extensively with the public and corporate sector to identify operational deficiencies and opportunities, strategize and design road maps, and implement solutions such as net zero planning, enterprise risk management, management systems, stakeholder engagement, performance measurement, and non-financial valuation, disclosure, and assurance. Geneva strives to be a trusted advisor and she's an optimist and loves her field, demonstrating this with her relentless pursuit of solutions that ignite and inspire sustained and successful change. 

William E. Jordan. Executive Vice President and General Counsel, EQT Corporation

Willam E. Jordan was appointed Executive Vice President and General Counsel in July 2019. Will served as an advisor to the Rice Investment Group from May 2018 until July 2019. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Rice Energy and Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Rice Midstream Partners LP. From September 2005 through December 2013, Will practiced corporate law at Vinson & Elkins LLP representing public and private companies in capital markets offerings and mergers and acquisitions, primarily in the oil and natural gas industry. He is a graduate of Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and earned a Juris Doctorate from the Duke University School of Law.

Shelia Innes, General Manager, Indigenous and Community Relations, Suncor Energy 

Over the past 25 years Sheila has held a number of environment, health & safety and sustainability positions in the manufacturing and energy sectors. Throughout her career, Sheila has had roles ranging from direct operational support, to managing strategic issues and embedding sustainability practice and thinking deep into organizations. Sheila is currently the general manager of indigenous and community relations at Suncor. She is also a board member at Learning for a Sustainable Future and interacts regularly with organizations, including Reconciliation Canada and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and Indigenous Works. As an accountant, Sheila holds her CPA and CMA designations, and has supplemented her management background with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Design. 

Jason Olbekson, Global Industry Director - Oil and Gas, Salesforce

Jason is responsible for the Salesforce global go-to-market strategy for the Oil and Gas Industry, based out of Houston, TX.  He brings 18+ years of energy industry experience to this role and a passion for the power of technology to improve our work and personal lives.  

Jason joined Salesforce in 2014 as a Principal Solution Consultant focused on developing integrated technology strategies for the super-majors and largest oilfield services companies.  Prior to Salesforce, Jason spent a decade at P2 Energy Solutions in various operational, technology and sales leadership positions with a track record of successful results in roles of increasing responsibility. He started his career as a Production Analyst at Unocal Corporation which was purchased by Chevron in 2005.

Bemal Mehta, SVP Energy Intelligence, JWN Energy (Moderator)

Bemal Mehta, Senior Vice President, Energy Intelligence, of JWN Energy, leads the group’s efforts in the areas of business intelligence and strategic insight. He leads JWN's ESG practice that focuses on sustainability intelligence, tools and training.  

Bemal has over 25 years of experience across multiple industries, including oil and gas, mining and technology.  He brings a breadth of experience in the areas of business strategy, digital transformation, and sustainability. Bemal is a professional engineer with a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in chemical engineering from the University of Alberta and a MBA from Queen’s University. He is also a director with Obesity Canada.

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