Junior Oil and Gas CFO Forum

The impact of shareholder activism for junior oil and gas companies

Public companies worldwide have seen a significant rise in shareholder activism, where the process of shareholders attempting to influence change on a corporation’s behaviour is no longer a long-shot possibility, rather a critical business issue. This new approach to bring about change is intertwined with complexities from legal, investor relations and regulatory standpoints. For Canadian junior oil and gas companies, it’s important to understand what the impact is of shareholder activism on executives and boards of directors.

Join PwC at our Junior Oil and Gas CFO Forum to discuss the impact of shareholder activism on public companies, including:

  • Market trends - corporate examples and future recommendations
  • Best practices from an investor relations perspective
  • Preparing for future reporting and governance changes


Bruce Allford
Bruce Allford
Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP


A partner in the Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions area at BD&P, Bruce’s practice focuses on capital markets, mergers & acquisitions and corporate governance.  Bruce advises corporate clients in the matters of equity and debt financings, initial public offerings, takeover bids, mergers, reverse takeovers and other business combinations, reorganizations and restructurings, proxy-based changes of control, ongoing corporate governance, continuous disclosure as well as securities regulatory and stock exchange compliance matters. Bruce serves as a Director or Corporate Secretary of several public companies and is the Chair of BD&P’s Business Development Committee.



Cindy Gray
Cindy Gray, MBA
5 Quarters Investor Relations, Inc.
Founder and Principal


Cindy is a strategic Investor Relations and financial communications practitioner who brings more than 18 years of experience in the capital markets. Prior to establishing 5QIR, Cindy led the global energy business development practice for TSX & TSX Venture Exchange from Calgary. Prior thereto, she managed and executed IR programs for several multi-billion dollar oil & gas companies, including TSX / NYSE listed Harvest Energy and PrimeWest Energy, as well as a junior ASX listed company, Molopo Energy, seeking entry into the North American markets.  Cindy started her career managing the IR department for a TSX/Nasdaq listed biotechnology company.




David Whiteley
David Whiteley


David works with many foreign companies investing in the Canadian market. He is a Chartered Accountant and has over 20 years experience both in the advisory practice and the energy industry, including serving as the CFO and Corporate Secretary of three international oil and gas companies with operations in Canada and South America. As a CFO, David was responsible for all of the financial accounting, treasury, risk management, and corporate governance functions of these publicly traded entities. He is actively involved in the negotiation of numerous agreements involving the purchase and sale of companies and assets, debt lending, production sharing, joint operating, and technical services. David has many years of experience with upstream energy particularly with Shale gas companies.


Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014

3:30 p.m. - Registration
3:40 p.m. - Presentations and roundtable discussion
4:50 p.m. - Networking (Drinks and appetizers will be served)

The Bow Valley Club, Dining Room
370, 250 – 6 Ave SW
Calgary, AB, T2P 3H7

Please click here to RSVP or contact Claire Enriquez-Santos at 403-509-6644.

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