WPC Canada is excited to host the 8th Annual Ignite Talks this fall!
Join us for a fast-paced and thought-provoking event featuring short 5-10 minute talks (similar to the TED format) from some of Calgary’s top game changers. You will hear ideas from speakers across Calgary‘s energy industry including start-up founders, academics and business leaders. You will also have the opportunity to network with other like-minded Calgarians and enjoy complimentary beverages and light snacks throughout the night.
Location: Bow Auditorium – 54th Floor, 500 Center Street SE, Calgary, AB
Date: September 16th, 2021
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm MT
Cost: $25 until September 2nd (Regular price $35)
5:30 – 6:15 pm Reception with beverages & light snacks in the Bow Skygardens
6:15 – 6:20 pm Introductions
6:20 – 7:20 pm Speaker Presentations
7:20 – 7:30 pm Closing Remarks
Wes Jickling, COSIA
Rhona DelFrari, Cenovus
Wes Jickling assumed the role of COSIA Chief Executive in August 2019. Prior to joining COSIA, Wes was the Chief Executive Officer of Innovation Saskatchewan and Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs for Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe. Wes has held senior roles in corporate, government, and international organizations, including United Nations postings in Brazil, Swaziland, Ukraine and Sudan.
Wes was born and raised in Estevan, Saskatchewan. He and his wife Shelley have three young children. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Calgary, where he played for four years with the Dinos men’s basketball team.
Chief Sustainability Officer & Senior Vice-President, Stakeholder Engagement
As Chief Sustainability Officer & Senior Vice-President, Stakeholder Engagement, Rhona works to ensure environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are embedded in the company’s strategy and business plans. Rhona is also responsible for leading the company’s communications efforts and building strong relationships with stakeholders. This includes working with Indigenous community members, government officials and community partners.
Rhona has been with Cenovus and its predecessor company since 2008, with roles in media relations, external communications, strategy and stakeholder engagement. Before joining Cenovus, Rhona spent 15 years as a journalist and senior leader in television newsrooms across the country including CBC and Global.
Rhona has always been committed to giving back to her community through volunteer positions primarily focused on supporting new Canadians and empowering women to move out of poverty. She currently serves as Chair of the Board for Immigrant Services Calgary and is a supporter of the Momentum organization. Additionally, Rhona is active in several industry and business organizations including the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), C.D. Howe Energy Policy Council and EXCEL Partnership. She is a Board member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Advisory Council for the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy Project.
Rhona has a combined honours degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Carleton University and an MBA specializing in global energy from the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business.