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Energy — Moving Forward 2014 event convenes panelists from Japan, Canada and Europe

May 21, 2014

Chris Casey, University Communications content manager, contributed to this story.


Panelists talk about opportunities for Colorado business at the Energy Moving Forward forum in downtown Denver.

The Energy Moving Forward forum drew more than 225 attendees—business, government, academic and other observers—to a candid discussion about all facets of global energy.

The fourth annual conference was organized by the Global Energy Management Program at the CU Denver Business School.

“What I really want people to take away from events like this is a better understanding of the unique position we occupy right now,” said Jim Marchiori, Executive Director of the GEM Program.

“We in Colorado are right in the forefront of something that is of great interest and value to the whole world.  I am of course talking about shale and unconventional oil and gas – we know more about this in terms of technology, business practice, and regulation than anyone else in the world. I think this gives us an amazing opportunity if we act quickly and step up to the challenge. If we don’t though, the rest of the world will catch up and we will have failed to capitalize.”

GEM worked in tandem with the forum’s presenting sponsor, Encana Corp., and the Denver Office of Economic Development to bring in an international powerhouse of perspectives: panelists and other speakers came from the United States, France, Canada, Mexico and Japan.

Keynote speakers were Keisuke Sadamori, director of the Energy Markets and Security Directorate of the Paris-based International Energy Agency, and Phillip K. Verleger Jr., president of Carbondale, Colo.-based PKVerleger LLC.

The forum’s international focus was on full display in the first panel as Canada (Stan Pence, trade commissioner at Consulate General of Canada—Denver), Mexico (Carlos Huerta, political economy energy advisor at PEMEX) and Japan (Ichiro Kutani, assistant director of strategy research unit, Institute of Energy Economics) were represented. Also on the panel was Hidehiko Takiguchi, president of Pacific Pond LLC.

The topic of discussion was “Opportunities for Colorado Business: What Does the World Offer Colorado?” Kutani said Colorado offers leading environment-related entities and world-class research. “This will combine not only to increase (energy) production, but also how to cope with environmental issues,” he said. “I expect big help from Colorado on these issues.”\

The theme of second discussion focused on: “Courting Business or Courting Controversy: Potential Pitfalls to Becoming a Global Player.” Panelists included: Jeff Ackerman, director of the Colorado Energy Office, Office of Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado; Sean P. Conway, Commissioner At-Large Weld County;Mike King, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources; and Thomas A. Petrie, chairman, Petrie Partners, LLC.

For more information about the CU Denver Business School’s GEM Program click here.



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