Joseph Kuhach, M.Sc , B.Sc

Nsolv Corporation

Joseph Kuhach was appointed CEO of Nsolv Corporation in 2014 and joined its board of directors in 2017. As CEO he is responsible for leading the organization to achieve its business objectives, which include commercializing its proprietary heavy oil recovery technology. He has over 30 years of energy industry experience focused predominantly on development, recovery, and upgrading of heavy oil. Preceding his appointment with Nsolv, Mr. Kuhach was Sr. Vice President Upstream Technology and Integration with Ivanhoe Energy, responsible for global upstream technology and for providing strategic leadership in assessing and developing Ivanhoe’s assets.

Prior to joining Ivanhoe in 2005, Mr. Kuhach spent 20 years with Shell and subsidiaries in engineering and management positions during which time he oversaw heavy oil recovery efforts for Shell’s largest thermal recovery assets. Mr. Kuhach has published numerous papers and is a past technical editor for Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE). Mr. Kuhach was appointed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Educational Council and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT as well as a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining from Colorado School of Mines. Mr. Kuhach is a registered professional engineer and a member of APEGA, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Canadian Heavy Oil Association.


Joy Romero, P.Eng, MBA PM, ICD.D.

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Vice President Technology & Innovation,  

Canadian Natural Resources Limited 

Joy Romero, P.Eng, MBA PM, ICD.D. Vice President Technology & Innovation, Canadian Natural Resources Limited. Joy has worked in steel, iron ore, coal and oil and gas.   She has served as Chair of the Governing Council of Athabasca University, advisor to the NSERC chair for Oil Sands, University of Alberta, the NSERC Chair for Energy and Imaging, University of Calgary, chair of the Canadian Oilsands Network for Research and Development and Chair for the Board of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance. Joy is currently chair of the Clean Resource Innovation Network and the PTAC Innovation Ecosytem , a board member of the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada and Wavefront and a member of the Kinetica Ventures Advisory Council and the Science, Technology & Innovation Council for Canada.  

Juan Benitez

JuanBenitezWebExecutive Business Advisor,  

Alberta Innovates

Juan currently works as an Executive Business Advisor with Alberta Innovates and as an Executive in Residence with Kinetica Ventures. Previously he worked for five years at Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) where he co-founded Evok Innovations and managed the company’s corporate venture fund. Previously, Juan was an entrepreneur for 10 years where he co-founded and served as President/COO of Beyond Compliance Inc., a Calgary-based, venture capital funded enterprise software company with clients in North America and the Middle East. Prior roles include 15 years as an environmental engineer and co-founder and owner of four other businesses which provided him with a broad range of experience.

Juan is passionate about leveraging Canada’s resources, diverse technical expertise, and large talent pool to dramatically diversify our economic base and position Canada as a leading global technology hub.

Kathleen Sendall, B.Sc.

Corporate Director,
Boards of CGG

Kathleen Sendall is a corporate director, serving on the Boards of CGG, based in Paris, Enmax Energy Corporation, and Emissions Reduction Alberta. She is Chair of CGG’s Appointments and Remunerations Committee and also serves on the Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability Committee. At ENMAX, she is a member of the Human Resources, Compensation and Safety Committee, as well as the Governance Committee. She chairs the Board of Directors of Emissions Reductions Alberta as well as the Human Resources and Governance Committee.

Prior to her retirement in 2009, Ms. Sendall led Petro-Canada’s Natural Gas Business Unit, reporting to the CEO and was responsible for the company’s North American conventional exploration and production activities and natural gas marketing. She has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of upstream operations, downstream marketing, human resource management, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions and government relations. Ms. Sendall is a former Governor and served as Board Chair of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

Ms Sendall is a member of the Sustainable Development Technology Corporation (SDTC) Member Council. She has advised federal and provincial governments on issues related to the participation of women on boards, climate change, carbon capture and storage, environmental legislation, and Arctic foreign policy. Kathy also chaired the Canadian Council of Academies Assessment Panel on the State of Industrial R&D in Canada. Ms. Sendall has contributed her time to a number of not-for-profit Boards, and is currently a Trustee of the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation. She is past president and former director of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

She has received many awards including the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, the APEGGA Community Service Award, and two honorary degrees, including an Honorary Doctor of Law from the University of Calgary in 2013. She has been twice named one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture. She was named four times as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and has been inducted into Canada’s Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame. She was awarded the 50 Key Women in Energy Global Award and the Women Who Make a Difference Award from the International Women’s Forum. Ms. Sendall was named as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011 and awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012. In 2014/15 Ms Sendall was the Jarislowsky Fellow at the Haskayne School of Business.

Ms. Sendall graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering, and attended the Ivey Executive Program at the Ivey School of Business.



Kathryn (Kate) Chisholm, B.A., M.B.A,

Senior Vice President, Legal and External Relations,
Capital Power

Kathryn (Kate) Chisholm has been the Senior Vice President, Legal and External Relations since July 2009 and played an instrumental role in Capital Power’s restructuring and Initial Public Offering that led to the company’s creation. Kate leads Capital Power’s legal, regulatory and compliance, environmental policy, government relations and external affairs teams. She has personally led significant and successful commercial negotiations, managed high stakes litigation and overseen important public policy influence strategies for Capital Power.

Prior to Capital Power, Kate served as EPCOR’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from 2004 to 2009, and Vice President, Legal and Commercial for Alberta’s Transmission Administrator (now the Alberta Electric System Operator) from 1999 to 2003.
Kate has provided counsel and expert witness testimony in numerous electric utility hearings, including those arising from the restructuring of the Alberta electricity industry.

Kate obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University, her Bachelor of Law from the University of Alberta, and her MBA from Queen’s University. She was awarded the prestigious “Robert V.A. Jones” Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association in 2008, appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010, named one of Canada’s Top 50 Diversity Champions by Women of Influence Magazine in 2013, named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and given a Leadership in the Profession Award by WILL/Counsel Network/Association of Women Lawyers in 2014, and named one of Canada’s Top 50 General Counsels in 2016.

Kate currently serves on a number of boards and governing bodies, including the Alberta Securities Commission. She created the MORE mentoring program for high potential young professional women in Edmonton and was one of the founding members of Legal Leaders for Diversity, an association of Canadian general counsel who support and promote diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.