Technical Program - About

The 2019 Northern Area Western Conference features nine session categories and four discussion forums across three parallel tracks. We are also happy to announce Brendon Rowen and Jeff Didas as Keynote Speakers for the conference. 

Click on the each Session, Forum, or Speaker to learn more. 

Session Categories

Material Sustainability

Session Lead – Chris Taylor (DNV GL)

Sustainability has become a widespread driver of institutional management transformation. Prioritization and optimization of corrosion management as a means for enhancing materials sustainability should be part of this transformation. An important framework that has been introduced by William McDonough and Ellen MacArthur foundation is the circular economy, and the related idea of cradle to cradle. Materials integrity and methods to assess materials integrity are crucial enablers of this new economic model.

Pipeline Integrity

Session Lead – Prabhu Srinivasan (Vermilion), Craig Ball (Pipetech) & Laura Cardenas (Lloyd’s Register)

This symposium contains technical papers on integrity management plans and procedures, integrity management case histories, nondestructive evaluation (NDE) and inline inspection (ILI) case histories, NDE and ILI cutting-edge technology developments, coatings and cathodic protection issues and case histories specific to pipelines, and the uses of crossover industry technology in pipeline integrity management. This symposium also contains technical papers that cover direct assessment, new technologies, methods, and case histories in the areas of external, internal and stress corrosion cracking.

Cathodic Protection

Session Lead – Bala Ganapathy (Plains Midstream) & Spencer Easthope (Kinder Morgan)

This symposium contains technical papers about cathodic and anodic protection for pipelines, oil/gas/water transportation, and storage/distribution systems.

Chemical Inhibition

Session Lead – Jorge Paez (Repsol) & Neil Park (Shell)

This symposium contains technical papers where chemical additives have been developed or used to control corrosion in challenging environments, including case studies/histories associated with oil and gas production, water, and wastewater treatment, and other industries.

Downhole Corrosion

Session Lead – Trent Pehlke (Suncor) & Philip Stemler (Suncor)

This symposium contains technical papers about corrosion control methods in oil, gas and storage wells.

Corrosion Mechanisms and Modelling

Session Lead – Franks Hornsby (Cormetric) & Colin McGovern (CNRL)

This symposium contains technical papers devoted to corrosion, and degradation mechanisms as well as to the methods, models, software programs used to study and elucidate these mechanisms.

Asset Integrity Facilities

Session Lead – Monica Hernandez (Lloyd’s Register) & Monica Santander (Keyera)

This symposium contains technical papers about asset integrity management, aging facilities or facility siting, including latest industry strategies, best practice, research, lessons learned and innovative thinking surrounding the wide range of issues that affect oil and gas assets.


Session Lead – Joanna Line (City of Calgary) & Dennis Zadery (Stantec)

This symposium contains papers on asset integrity and corrosion issues relating to utilities and infrastructure.

Protective Coatings

Session Lead – Wayne Duncan & Aissa Van Der Veen (TransCanada)

This symposium contains papers on determining effectiveness, performance criteria, and quality needs of coatings and lining materials used for corrosion protection.


Leadership Forum

Chair – Erwin Gamboa (TransCanada)

Many people that have recently entered the corrosion industry tend to be daunted by the large amount of technical information that they need to know, which can be difficult to find. In many cases, this valuable information is present in the form of an SME that is close to retirement, but absorbing all that knowledge and experience can be a challenging task. NACE wants to improve the support provided to people new to the corrosion industry within a more defined framework, by providing a forum for professional interaction and networking for young corrosion industry personnel with each other, providing a network of SME’s and mentors, and a conduit for interaction with other NACE Sections. During this conference, this forum will host the following:

  • A short presentation on the Young Corrosion Group (YCG), a group within the Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA). The YCG was formally established in 2006 in response to an identified gap in experience and knowledge of the industry amongst the younger members of the ACA. The presentation will outline the aims, successes and challenges that were faced by the ACA YCG in its way to becoming a successful, vibrant group. NACE would like to adopt that successful framework to Canadian operations.
  • A discussion on what are the main needs by the younger members within the Canadian corrosion industry, and how NACE can satisfy those needs. Some of those differences in needs are different between student members, recent graduates, new apprentices/journeymen and other young-at-heart professionals new to the corrosion industry.
Regulatory Panel - Management Systems

Chair – Chris Horkoff (Cardinal Energy)

The NACE Calgary Section is hosting the 2019 Northern Area Western Conference on Feb. 5 – 7, 2019 in Calgary, AB. This three-day conference will focus on corrosion and asset integrity management in oil and gas and other industries, and explore the integration of sustainable practices within the corrosion industry. As the main theme of the conference is around sustainability, there will be a regulatory forum included in the conference with the main discussion topic of Management Systems. The forum will allow presenters from different regulatory agencies to provide their perspective on Management Systems as it applies to their jurisdiction or organization (e.g. CSA Z662 Safety Loss Management Systems, ISO Quality Management Systems, etc.) and a Q & A open to conference attendees will follow. The goal of the forum is to share different perspectives on Management Systems, as well as associated benefits and challenges as they pertain to sustainability. We are looking for your participation as a presenter in the forum and to incorporate the following questions into your discussion:

  • What is your organization’s definition of a Management System?
  • What type(s) of Management System(s) does your organization use (internally or externally) and what is it’s purpose?
  • How does the Management Systems(s) you use relate to sustainability (industry, organization, public, etc.)
  • What benefits and challenges have you experienced with the Management System(s) you use as it pertains to sustainability?
MIC Forum

Co-Chairs – Rick Eckert (DNV GL) & John Wolodko (University of Alberta)

Assessment of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) Threats and Failures: Approaches and Challenges

Sustainability and long term economic viability of the oil and gas industry will require asset owners to better learn from past failures so that future system design and operations can be optimized. However, MIC is a materials degradation mechanism that still remains difficult to forensically identify or predict, and little consensus guidance on the subject is available. This interactive MIC forum will provide insights on the latest approaches being used to assess MIC threats and failures in oil and gas assets. Participants in the forum will benefit from:

  • Hearing current perspectives on MIC threat and failure analysis from end users, service providers, regulators and academia
  • Gaining insights from peers through interactive workshop breakout sessions
  • Joining in guided discussions on the practical and scientific challenges associated with MIC failure analysis

The Forum stems from a current joint industry project entitled “Managing Microbial Corrosion in Canadian Offshore & Onshore Oil Production”. For more details about this project please go to

Material Sustainability Forum

Chair – Chris Taylor (DNV GL)

The materials sustainability forum is designed to explore overlap between the topics of corrosion management and the circular economy. The circular economy is a new economic model that is dedicated to the production of ‘closed loop’ product lifecycles through a heightened focus on design for reusability, repair, remanufacture and recycling. Corrosion in many ways is one of the enemies of the circular economy as it degrades asset integrity and can undermine opportunities for product re-use. In this forum we will explore the significance of corrosion management and “design for corrosion” as elements of future circular economies.


    Keynote Speaker – Brendon Rowen

    Brendon Rowen is Director & Co-Founder of Cradle to Cradle® Marketplace, the world’s first global online consumer facing & B2B portal specialising in providing access to C2C Certified, Circular Economy ready Products, Services & Consultation under one roof.

    Brendon heads the Cradle to Circular Design Consultancy division of the C2C® Marketplace, consulting with government organisations, businesses, manufacturers and individuals on Cradle to Cradle® design, adoption and implementation in support of global Circular Economy strategies. Along with global partners MBDC(US), EPEA(EU), C2CPII and numerous others, he inspires and innovates Circular Economy activity with the implementation of the Cradle to Cradle® Design Framework in the UK and globally.

    For Brendon, the burgeoning Circular Economy movement and its activities have the potential to evolve our current wasteful, sometimes thoughtless linear model to a more resource abundant, economically flourishing and ecologically responsible model.

    Organisations Brendon has worked with include Barclays Plc, PWC, BT Plc, Noble Environmental, Brabantia, Dutch Embassy London and Volans.

    Keynote Speaker – Jeff Didas (NACE President)

    Mr. Didas is a senior corrosion engineer with Matcor, Inc. and the current 2018-2019 NACE International president. He has been a member of NACE for over 40 years and served on the NACE Board as Treasurer 2009 to 2013. Didas has been active within the technical committee community since the late ‘90s and holds several NACE certifications – corrosion specialist, cathodic protection specialist and certified coating inspector – to name a few. He has published many conference papers and presented oral presentations at many area conferences and short courses. He has received the NACE Distinguished Service Award (2001) and NACE R.A. Brannon Award (2014) in addition to the AUCSC General Chairman Plaque (2005) and Colonel Cox Award (2010). Mr. Didas earned his ASEE in industrial electronics technology degree from Springfield Technical Community College (Springfield MA) and BSET in electrical/ electronic engineering technology degree from Thomas A. Edison State College (Trenton NJ).