To develop this year’s 4th WPC Youth Forum, our team adopted a holistic view and considered the pressing matters our industry is facing today. We sought to address the local, regional and international challenges that are affecting young professionals and provide a forum for discussion and resolution with peers, presenters and stakeholders. We also recognized the importance of future opportunities for both the industry and our generation and have included several topics we feel are most relevant. It is our hope that meaningful dialogue and informed debate about the future will enable us to identify new methods of sustainability and how we can become better corporate citizens. We would like to extend a special thank you to the International Program Advisory Committee who collaborated and helped in forming the program you see before you today.

Building on the theme “Unconventional Solutions for an Unconventional World”, the program committee has put together a robust conference consisting of presentations, plenaries, panel discussions and competitions. Topics will be both regional and global, offering a unique platform to celebrate and share successes and debate challenges. Our program has been structured around three pillars:

I. Technical Innovation:

  • Showcasing research and innovation to promote dialogue regarding technological developments in the industry
  • Demonstrating how technology is contributing to sustainability efforts
  • Encouraging collaboration and efficiency in R&D across functions, companies, industries and borders
  • Highlighting technological developments that have bolstered unconventional energy production
  • Examining emerging technological developments and future possibilities within the energy industry

II. Business Leadership:

  • Encouraging mentorship, engagement and knowledge transfer between experts and young professionals
  • Empowering and inspiring future energy leaders by building knowledge and global networks
  • Discussing best practices for inner organizational dynamics, human resources and inter-organizational collaboration
  • Promoting awareness and the importance of geopolitical and economic factors on the energy industry

III. Sustainability:

  • Attracting and retaining the new generation of talent; addressing demographic and recruiting challenges
  • Examining environmental and stakeholder awareness issues
  • Understanding global production and consumption trends
  • Discussing the role of renewables and the future energy mix
  • Highlighting innovative company practices in the area of CSR, environmental management and energy efficiency