The Resource Development Council for Alaska’s annual conference starts tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 14 and runs through Thursday, Nov. 15. Held in Anchorage at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, this is RDC’s 28th annual conference.
This year the theme is, “Growing Alaska Through Responsible Resource Development,” and features the following presentations on Wednesday:
* Alaska Resource Policy & Ballot Initiatives: Alaska Lt. Governor Sean Parnell;
* Cook Inlet: 2008 & Beyond: Mitch Little, Alaska asset team leader, Marathon Oil;
* North Slope Exploration & Development Projects, A Look Ahead: Doug Suttles, president, BP (Exploration) Alaska, Inc.; Jim Bowles, president, ConocoPhillips Alaska; Doug Wilson, Alaska exploration manager, Anadarko Petroleum; Ken Sheffield, president, Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska; Rick Fox, Alaska assets manager, Shell E&P; and John Zager, manager, Alaska assets, Chevron;
* The Current News From Washington On Alaska Gas: Drue Pearce, federal coordinator, Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects;
* Keynote Luncheon-1977-2007, How Oil Has Transformed Alaska's Economy: Scott Goldsmith, economist, Institute for Social & Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage; Neal Fried, economist, State of Alaska Department of Labor; Mike Burns, executive director, Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.;
* The Threat To Our Prosperity, Alaska’s Looming Energy Crisis: Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich;
* The Arctic Initiative: Lars M. Hvalbye, senior advisor, technology, StatoilHydro; and
* Industry-Community Partnerships, Challenges & The Path Forward: North Slope Borough Mayor Edward Itta; Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams.
The conference opens at 7 a.m. on both days, with an eye-opener breakfast, and ends with a VIP Reception at Josephine’s that starts at 4:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Government of Canada. Both are open to all conference registrants.
There is also a 9:30 a.m. gourmet networking break, sponsored by ConocoPhillips, and a 3:00 p.m. gourmet networking break sponsored by CH2M HILL.
Thursday’s schedule is just as interesting. For Thursday’s agenda and registration information go to http://www.akrdc.org/membership/events/conference/2007/index.html