By KIRAN MALIK-KHAN, Connect Weekly
Much-anticipated by industry, and those affiliated, the Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference was held on September 15 and 16 at MacDonald Island Park. Organized by dmg::events (which oversees major oil and gas exhibitions and summits, like: the Global Petroleum Show, World Heavy Oil Congress, and International Pipeline Exposition), this year’s show hosted an estimated 400 exhibits featuring “technology service and supply companies with interests dedicated to the engineering, operations, maintenance, enhanced recovery, mining, in situ and more,” as per officials.
There were 59% returning exhibitors and 41% new exhibitors this year and, representation from countries including the United States, Korea, Greece, India, China, Cameroon, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Pakistan, and Ukraine.
Lisa Rygiel, Account Representative, and Team Lead with Surehire, based in Nisku, near Edmonton, applauded the organization of the event.
“We’ve been here before, and made some pretty good connections. The local economy has slowed down, but it means companies have more options to research other testing providers like us,” Rygiel said.
Heena Umarji, also an account representative for Surehire added the show was a good opportunity to “meet with current clients, as well. And, it is great to be here.”
Garda Security’s Mark Penney, Human Resources Manager, was disappointed with the low turnout, but quickly added the organizers did their “usual fantastic work to make the show very well-organized.”
Bruce Carew, Vice President, Energy for dmg::events appreciated the positive response from the community.
“People have been networking well. New, this year, were the Knowledge Bars, which were busy. This is where industry representatives answer questions attendees have,” shared Carew.
“Our job is to bring industry together and, being in Fort McMurray – the oil sands capital – just makes sense. We started in 1985, and went on until 2006, when MacDonald Island’s construction sent us to Edmonton. But, this is where it belongs. We want to be part of the community. Industry is here to support each other. We hosted mine site tours, which were house full. The conference was at a new facility – Shell Place. All in all, it’s been great,” Carew added.
– Connect Weekly –