The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce kicks off this year’s Utica Upstream Conference Series on Wednesday, April 5, at Walsh University’s Barrette Center, 2020 E. Maple St., in North Canton.
The conference begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. and speakers beginning at 8:30 a.m. Presentations will run until lunch at 11:45 a.m. and resume from 12:45 p.m. until the wrap-up at 2:15 p.m.
Speakers will explore the many aspects of gas and oil exploration and production as well as public policy related to the natural gas industry.
Industry insiders who will speak at the event include Oleg Tolmachev, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Eclipse Resources.
Tolmachev, who formerly served as Eclipse’s Vice President of Drilling and Completions, was previously Senior Asset Manager of Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s Utica Shale Division, where he was responsible for leading an asset team comprised of land, geology, drilling, resource development and operations for Utica Shale projects in Ohio.
Natural gas analyst Colette Breshears, with Genscape, will speak about drilling forecasts that Genscape has developed using data the company collects to track product flow through midstream pipeline networks.
Chris Zeigler, Executive Director of the American Petroleum Institute’s API Ohio division, will speak about public policy as it relates to the shale and natural gas industry.
A view of the gas and oil industry from the federal level will come from Elena Melchert, Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Upstream Gas and Oil Research Division, which includes shale development and offshore spill prevention.
Andrew Thomas, University of Akron Associate Professor of International Business, brings his perspective of the economic and business aspects of the shale energy supply chain.
Another view of the public policy surrounding gas and oil operations and the energy sector will come from Chris Ventura, Executive Director for Consumer Energy Alliance – Midwest, based in Columbus, Ohio.
Conference participants will also hear from Jackie Stewart, State Director of Energy in Depth, who will speak about how schools and local governments have benefitted from Utica exploration, and from Dan Schweitzer, who will bring his experience as Director of Stark State College’s gas and oil technology training programs to a presentation about current workforce needs in the gas and oil sector.