8:30 AM – 9:45 AM – Leading through the Cycle: Effective planning, insightful innovation, and adaptable strategies from the industry’s leading independents

  • Bart Brookman, President & CEO, PDC Energy
  • Lynn Peterson, Chairman & CEO, Synergy Resources
  • Amy Harder, Reporter, Wall Street Journal

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM – Energy & Policy Confluence: Where rulemakings, ballot initiatives, regulations, and legal matters converge

  • Matt Lepore, Director, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
  • Jamie Jost, Managing Shareholder, Jost Energy Law, PC
  • Cathy Proctor, Reporter, Denver Business Journal

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM – Keynote Luncheon:

  • Harold Hamm, Chairman & CEO, Continental Resources
  • Presentation of the Industry Advocate of the Year Award

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM – The Future of Wellbore Efficiencies: Developments in radial drilling, sidetracking, artificial lift, proppant, and other feats of modern technology

  • Chris Wright, CEO, Liberty Oilfield Services and Liberty Resources
  • Hans-Christian Freitag, Vice President – Integrated Technology, Baker Hughes
  • Phil Mason, President, Pressure Control, GE Oil & Gas
  • Lloyd Stutz, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM – Natural Gas Markets: Supply, demand and transportation dynamics, export markets, and fundamental basin economics

  • Rick Allen, Director, Oil & Gas Consulting Services, S&P Global Platts
  • Scott Moore, Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation



8:30 AM – 9:45 AM – Human Capital, Industry’s Best Asset: Retention, cultural shifts, and how to drive performance and morale in a downturn

  • Tom Jorden, President & CEO, Cimarex Energy
  • Wouter van Kempen, Chairman, President & CEO, DCP Midstream
  • Steve Morse, Global Energy/Natural Resources Practice Lead, Russell Reynolds Associates

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM – Rethinking Electric Utilities – New Deal Structures of the Modern Era: Backward integration, regulatory evolution, and increased utilization of natural gas

  • Governor Bill Ritter, Director, Center for the New Energy Economy, CSU
  • Christopher Burke, Vice President of Colorado Electric Operations, Black Hills Energy

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – Keynote Luncheon:

  • Gary Sernovitz, Managing Director, Lime Rock Partners, Bestselling Author, The Green and the Black
    • COGCC Outstanding Operations Awards
    • Presentation of COGA’s Emerging Leader Award
  • Welcome Remarks: Honorable Michael Bennet, United States Senator, State of Colorado

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM – Unscripted: Latest developments on Colorado’s most pressing political issues affecting the industry: Update on the 2016 ballot measures and industry’s efforts to maintain a stable operating environment and the future of US energy policy from Colorado’s perspective.

  • Welcome Remarks: Commissioner Darryl Glenn, Candidate for United States Senate
  • Brad Holly, Senior Vice President Operations, Rockies, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • Chip Rimer, Senior Vice President, Onshore, Noble Energy
  • Steve Struna, President & CEO, Bayswater Exploration & Production, LLC

3:15 PM – 4:35 PM – Crude Oil Markets: Global market balances and role of US and Rockies supply, including transportation, refining and infrastructure challenges

  • Jamie Webster, Fellow at Columbia Center for Global Energy Policy
  • Chris Hansen, Senior Advisor,  Janys Analytics

4:40 PM – 5:00 PM – Featured Closing Remarks:

  • Joe Ellis, President, Chairman, and CEO of the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos


8:30 AM – 9:45 AM – Reinventing the DJ Basin: Challenges and opportunities within the DJ, M&A activities, and evolution of the basin

  • Welcome remarks: Honorable Cory Gardner, U.S. Senator from the State of Colorado
  • Dave Stover, Chairman, President & CEO, Noble Energy
  • Jim Volker, Chairman, President & CEO, Whiting Petroleum Corporation
  • Peter Mueller, CEO & Co-Founder, EcoVapor Recovery Systems

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM – Academic Technical Roundtable: Partnerships, innovative technologies, and studies

  • Doug Arent, Executive Director, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Bryan Willson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at CSU and Founder of the Engines and Energy Conversion Lab, Colorado State University
  • Ramona Graves, Professor and Dean, College of Earth Resource Sciences & Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • Mike Ming, General Manager at GE Global Research Oil & Gas Technology Center

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM – Business Power Lunch: The future of the energy business environment

Sponsored by Vital for Colorado

  • Welcome remarks: Kelly Brough, President & CEO, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Al Walker, Chairman, President & CEO, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • Honorable John Hickenlooper, Governor, State of Colorado
  • Karen Harbert, President & CEO, Institute for 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    • Presentation of the COGA Lifetime Achievement Award