30 September-2 October 2019

Calgary, Alberta, Canada | BMO Centre at Stampede Park



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Sunday, 29 September 2019

Student Chapter Officer Meeting

This half-day meeting brings together student chapter officers from around the world to discuss best practices, challenges, and make lasting connections.

Student Meet and Greet

Before ATCE, this event will allow you the opportunity to network with students across the world. After the networking lunch, we will have activities to build relationships and learn some valuable networking skills.

Leadership Workshop

Section leaders engage and share in a day focused on creating the best member experience. Attendees leave energized with ideas and a support network of fellow leaders. Those participating in this workshop have consistently been recognized as the best in SPE.

SPE Leadership Opening Reception

All attendees are invited to the SPE Leadership Opening Reception. Attendees can kick off their ATCE 2019 experience and meet SPE leaders at this networking event.

Digital Energy Technical Section Dinner

1930–2200 (Ticketed Event)

Smart Remote Operations: Realities, Risks, and Rewards

Research and Development Technical Section Dinner

19302200 (Ticketed Event)

Accelerating Digtial Transformation in O&G Industry - Dialogue with Non-O&G Companies


Monday, 30 September 2019

How to Write a Good Abstract

In an effort to assist authors submit their best papers to conferences and journals, SPE is offering a free 45-minute session on how to write an abstract. In this session, we will cover the basics within the abstract process along with how to effectively construct your abstract.

PetroBowl® Championship

ATCE’s most competitive event, the PetroBowl Championship, pitches SPE Student Chapter teams against each other in a series of quick-fire rounds, answering technical and nontechnical industry-related questions.

Opening General Session: Positively Impacting the World Through Responsible Energy Development

Senior executives will discuss the importance of balancing economic growth, social development, and environmental stewardship. The panel will also review ways to technically excel and be the most efficient energy provider while protecting the source and the planet.

Networking Luncheon on Exhibit Floor


Welcome Reception

Join friends and colleagues on the exhibition floor to network with more than 200 exhibiting companies.

University Alumni Receptions

Several universities will hold alumni receptions in conjunction with ATCE 2019. These events provide excellent opportunities for attendees to visit and get reacquainted with old friends, and build new relationships with other professionals.


Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics (PD2A) Technical Section Dinner

1930–2200 (Ticketed Event)
Going Off the Deep End with Deep Learning

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

How to Write a Good Technical Paper

SPE is committed to helping authors submit their best possible paper to  conferences and journals. This free 45-minute session will cover the basic methods on how to write a good technical paper.

ATCE Startup Village

SPE, in partnership with the Rice Alliance, is hosting an event showcasing emerging energy companies. Eligible companies will compete for prize money, followed by afternoon discussions about building startups.

International Student Paper Contests: Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD Divisions

Watch the winning presentations from the regional Student Paper Contests while they compete for the international prize. Contests take place across three rooms for Undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. divisions.

Business Management and Leadership Course I

0900–1130 (Ticketed Event)
Intrinsic Motivation: A Business Imperative by Giovanni Paccaloni, 2005 SPE International President

This course will expand on a complementary area of technical competence: the passion to use competence to achieve excellent business results. Task motivation makes the difference between what an engineer can do and what he or she will do. The former depends on his/her levels of expertise, but it is the task motivation that determines the extent to which the person will fully engage their expertise and creative thinking skills in the service of creative performance. Most, if not all, CEOs today would dream of having engaged employees walking the extra mile, in the belief that true excellence is not possible without a deep sense of purpose and passion for what we do.

This course investigates the roots of the huge amount of energy required to sustain the hard, yet highly rewarding journey toward excellence. No one organization can reach consistent high levels of excellence, unless a critical mass of its employees does. The path to excellence is personal, before being collective; it implies personal choice, and a clear commitment to approach life as a creative work, rather than as a sequel of reactive responses to external solicitations. 

The sources, the rewards and the outcomes of intrinsic motivation, as the main driver to creativity, personal mastery, engagement and extraordinary performance will be discussed, as well as the huge impact of intrinsic motivation (supported by excellent leaders) on personal and professional growth, bright career development, and outstanding business results.

Communications Skills Workshop

This workshop uses a mix of presentations and activities to help you develop your communication skills and raise your understanding of why it is such a vital and sought after attribute in the workplace.

Networking Luncheon on Exhibit Floor


Student Awards Luncheon

1200–1330 (Ticketed Event)
A luncheon for students in which SPE will recognize the Outstanding Student Chapters, Petrobowl Winner, and International Student Paper Contest participants.

Business Management and Leadership Course II

1300–1530 (Ticketed Event)
Career Resilience Toolkit: Practical Diagnostics, Strategies, and Tools by Maria Angela Capello

We all experience hurdles, but not all of us bounce back equally fast or with a renewed energy. Because not all individuals are sufficiently resilient, and the big secret is that you are not born resilient, you become resilient. This 1-day workshop is a journey of discovery of your own resilience, to strengthen and harness your perspectives and approaches to overcome stress, failure or disappointment, so common at life and work.

You will gain an insight about

  • What is Resilience
  • How we can recover after unexpected failures or setbacks
  • Which perspectives and tools are useful to boost Resilience at work
  • How to apply Resilience in everyday situations
  • Why it is important to become a resilient individual

This workshop includes several voluntary hands-on individual and group exercises, aimed to trigger an understanding in the group of attendees about what is effective to overcome difficult situations, risks, stress and failure. The workshop is grounded on the acclaimed book “Learned in the Trenches – Insights on Leadership and Resilience,” pushing the edge on what are the characteristics of resilient individuals and resilient organizations, and discovering what would work and what would not for your own resilience path.

When you complete this workshop, you will have a practical action plan to build your own resilience and to understand the resilience level of your organization.

Career Pathways Fair

This event will provide an opportunity for students and Young Professionals (YPs) to speak with those experienced in different careers paths in oil and gas. Connect with specialists one to one to find out important ways to prepare for different careers and how you can improve your chances of getting your dream job.

Young Member Reception

Our Young Members Reception is your chance to catch up and network with SPE members all over the world. At this reception we will also be announcing the winners of the Student Paper Contest which takes place earlier the same day.

Happy Hour on the Exhibition Floor


Annual Reception and Banquet

1830–2200 (Ticketed Event)
Join us to celebrate key successes within SPE and the oil and gas industry as a whole. The Annual Banquet recognizes outstanding SPE members who have made significant contributions to the industry.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Energy4me® Teacher Workshop


Energy4me, SPE's energy education outreach program, is providing Calgary-area classroom science teachers with a free energy education workshop. Educators receive comprehensive hands-on training about the scientific concepts of energy while discovering the world of oil and natural gas exploration and production on tours of the exhibition. 

Energy4me® High School Student STEM Event


Energy4me, SPE's energy education outreach program , is focused on raising awareness about the oil and gas industry in the next generation of aspiring engineers, scientists, and managers Students 15 to 18 years of age can see firsthand the exciting opportunities available in the oil and gas industry.

Networking Luncheon on Exhibition Floor


President’s Session and Reception (NEW for 2019)

New in 2019, ATCE wraps up with the President’s Session featuring 2018 SPE President Sami Alnuaim, who will provide an update on new achievements and upcoming initiatives. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet SPE Board members and 2020 SPE President Shauna Noonan.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

CSPG Workshop and Field Trips

The Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) will hold a one-day workshop and three different field trips immediately after ATCE.

  • Core to Characterization Workshop
  • Field Trip 1: Dinosaur Provincial Park
  • Field Trip 2: Hydrocarbon Setting in the Canadian Rockies and Foothills
  • Field Trip 3: Fort McMurray – Geological Controls on Heavy Oil Recovery Mechanisms

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