Energy Visions

Who’s in charge?

Adapting to market uncertainty in an evolving industry

The fundamentals of the oil and gas sector have drastically changed and along with them, some of the key drivers that underpin capital allocation, market alignments and operating characteristics of the industry.

Elements like foreign policy, future supply and demand characteristics, new regulatory processes, public opinion, advocacy groups, carbon tax and changing capital market dynamics influence management decisions.

With so many forces of change and realignment, who actually steers the direction as we head into an uncertain, more volatile and interesting future?

Energy Visions 2017 brings together leading executives to share their perspectives on the many forces competing for a voice in and share of the global energy market, providing insight on how companies can take charge even in the face of market uncertainty.


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“Much has changed in today’s energy world—how we respond and what emphasis we place on the various factors beyond our control is central to our debate about who’s in charge.”

— Reynold Tetzlaff, National Energy Leader, PwC Canada

Who’s in charge?

Swing producer—Saudi Arabia or the States?

Oil market fundamentals on the supply side are now arguably defined by a new push-pull dynamic, whereby any action by OPEC sparks a reaction by US shale in the contrasting direction.

Should we be planning for further OPEC production cuts, increased US shale production or both?

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Government or groups?

Through policy, rules and regulations, governments play a key role in the development of a country’s energy future.

How can governments create an environment that is attractive to investment while considering the interests of both industry and community stakeholders?

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Carbon or capital?

Canadian oil and gas companies aren’t ignoring the increasing impact carbon has on their operations or the growing relationship carbon has with attracting and maintaining capital in Alberta, especially in the eyes of international investors.

Does carbon dictate where capital flows or will capital dictate the degree that carbon is factored into investment decisions?

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Reynold Tetzlaff

CA, Calgary Managing Partner and National Energy Leader, Calgary, PwC Canada

+1 403 509 7520


David Bryan

Edmonton Managing Partner, Edmonton, PwC Canada

+1 780 441 6709


Calvin Jacober

CA Partner, Assurance, Calgary, PwC Canada

+1 403 509 7531


Neil Manji

CPA, CA National Lead, EUMI, Toronto, PwC Canada

+1 416 687 8130


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