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Exploring Energy Opportunities in Africa – Networking lunch at the McDougall Centre, Calgary

May 16 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

“Africa’s energy needs could double by 2050 as its population grows over the next three decades”.

There are several business opportunities for Canadian companies that are interested in expanding their operations into Africa.

The Canadian Council in Africa is partnering with the Government of Alberta, Government of Canada, and Calgary Economic Development in hosting a luncheon to discuss the energy sector and businesses opportunities in Africa.

A recent study by the International Energy Association – IEA – SAS (2022) highlights several significant facts in regards to energy needs in Africa today and proposes a road map – Sustainable Africa Scenario (SAS) – to dramatically improve food security, clean water and economic development through clean energy, renewables and complementary oil and gas integration that are all affordable and available across Africa.

The event is taking place on May 16 so that companies can prepare for the Global Energy Show (GES) June 11 – 13, which attracts some African companies and delegates, along with a few Canadian Trade Commissioners posted in Africa.

Although there is an increasing emphasis on solar and wind energy to meet growing electrical needs, gas and oil production will continue to meet Africa’s own demands this decade

Event details include:

Date: May 16 11:30 – 1:30

Location: McDougall Centre, 455 6 St SW, Calgary

Registration details: RSVP to Frank Kense at frank.kense@ccafrica.ca

Please note that Advance Registration is required and there is limited seating.

The purpose of this event is to initiate a process identifying Alberta based companies interested in all aspects of the energy sector with a view at developing plans for future networking and information sharing.

Preliminary agenda

Exploring Energy Opportunities in Africa

McDougall Centre

455 6 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 4A2

May 16, 2024

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

  • 11:30 to 11:50Networking reception
    Refreshments and appetizers
  • 11:50 – 11:55 – Welcoming Remarks
    Frank Kense, Vice President, Canadian Council on Africa (CCAfrica)
  • 11:55 – 12:05 – Introductions
    Self-introduction by guests (name and affiliation ONLY)
  • 12:05 – 12:20
    Magnus Kpakol – Former Advisor to the Nigeria President
  • 12:20 – 12:35
    Dr. George Akpan – Student at Law, The Law Republic (Akpan Bio)
  • 12:35-12:45 – Energy trends and opportunities in Southern and Eastern Africa
    Chris Roberts – President, African Access (http://www.africanaccess.com) and Fellow at Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • 12:45 – 12:55 – Onshore Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production in Africa. Personal reflections
    Tom Feuchtwanger – CanAfrica Resource Consultants
  • 12:55 – 1:05 – How can CED assist you to pursue international opportunities
    Shane Jaffer – Director of International & Intergovernmental Relations, Calgary Economic Development
  • 1:05 –  1:15 – Government presentations (10 minutes each)
    – Carmen Sparrow, Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
    – Aaron Poirier, Trade Officer, Government of Alberta (GOA)
  • 1:15 – 1:30 – About CCAfrica presentation and closing remarks
    Frank Kense, Vice President, Canadian Council on Africa (CCAfrica)

Location: McDougall Centre, 455 6 St SW, Calgary

Registration and Lunch Details: RSVP to Frank Kense at frank.kense@ccafrica.ca

Please note that Advance Registration is required and there is limited seating.


Magnus L. Kpakol, PhD

Prof. Magnus L. Kpakol is the Chairman and CEO of Economic Growth and Development Center (Economic Center), a private and independent international organization that is committed to economic development and shared prosperity by developing strategies against poverty and promoting increased productiveness, human capital development, global partnerships and economic competitiveness.

Magnus Kpakol is also Chairman of Economic and Business Strategies, (EBS) Ltd, an economic, business and management consulting company that also produced the very popular national Talk Show, Magnus Kpakol gvA which he hosted for over nine (9) years in Nigeria.

Prof. Kpakol has been invited to speak at high levels of the public and private sectors of Nigeria, the United States and other countries. He is a well known political economist, with expertise in areas, covering economic development, human capital development, poverty eradication, global economic competitiveness, environmental economics, global partnerships, trade, productivity, global business and micro-financing.

Magnus Kpakol served in Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council as Chief Economic Adviser to the President of Nigeria and Vice Chairman/CEO of National Planning Commission. He later served as Senior Special Assistant to the President and National Coordinator of the National Poverty Eradication Program (NAPEP).

Before working with the government of Nigeria he had also been a senior economist, leading the international business and economic research unit in the Planning & Research department of JCPenney Company, a major multinational company that was based in Plano Texas. He was also a visiting professor of economics at the University of Dallas and previous to that an adjunct professor of economics at the same university, where he taught economic development, international economics, labor economics, statistics, econometrics and public economics. Prof. Kpakol also taught many courses, including global business and multicultural business in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Dallas. He was also an adjunct lecturer and professor at other universities and colleges, including the University of North Texas in Denton, and North Lake College in Irving, Texas.

Prof. Kpakol was a member of the Board of Trustees of John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas in the United States of America.

He once served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). He has spoken at various conferences around the world and has appeared on various radio and TV programs. He has been quoted in major newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal and USA Today as an international economist with expertise in the US, African and global economies.

Magnus Kpakol holds a Ph.D and an MA in political economy from the University of Texas at Dallas. He also holds an MS degree in Labor Economics and Industrial Relations from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, following a BS in liberal Arts from the University of Wisconsin in Superior, Wisconsin.


Dr. George Akpan

Dr. George Akpan is currently a Student-At-Law at The Republic Law, but has legal professional experience in petroleum and foreign investment law spanning over three decades. With extensive experience across various industries and regions, Dr. George Akpan’s expertise is highly sought after.

Having spent over thirteen years at Mobil Producing Nigeria (an ExxonMobil affiliate), Dr. George’s contributions were instrumental in his rise to the position of Senior Legal Counsel before departing in 2020. During his tenure at ExxonMobil, he excelled in roles such as Associate Counsel where he oversaw all legal functions within the MPN JV Operations. Dr. George adeptly handled high-stakes negotiations, reviewing multi- billion-dollar procurement and oil and gas contracts. He also played a pivotal role in securing external financing for asset development while ensuring compliance with Nigerian laws governing the company’s operations. Notably, Dr. George served as the lead lawyer advising the company on legal and policy matters pertaining to the Nigerian Petroleum Industry Act, which was signed into law in 2021.

In addition to his remarkable tenure at ExxonMobil, Dr. George’s career encompasses prestigious consulting roles with renowned international organizations, including the World Bank and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He has held esteemed teaching positions at globally recognized universities such as Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan and served as a visiting professor at the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan. George’s extensive publications in reputable journals have further solidified his standing as an authority in petroleum law, foreign investment, international trade, and policy. George’s wealth of experience, profound knowledge, and exceptional track record make him an invaluable asset to clients seeking unparalleled legal guidance in the realms of petroleum and investment law.


Thomas Feuchtwanger

Thomas Feuchtwanger graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1973. He began his exploration career as a mineral exploration geologist in Southern Africa. In 1979 Thomas immigrated to Canada where he worked for 12 years at Gulf Canada Resources Inc. Here he earned positions of increasing responsibility including Chief Geologist, Exploration Manager for Western Canada, and Business Unit manager for Gulf’s non-operated tertiary EOR production. In 1992, Thomas was appointed VP Expl. at CS Resources, a Western Canadian junior heavy oil producer. CS Resources pioneered the applications of many technical innovations and reservoir development technologies such as horizontal drilling and SAGD. After CS being acquired in 1997, Thomas worked in senior executive positions in several start-up junior international and Canadian companies including President, CEO, Director Largo Petroleum Inc., VP Expl. Encounter Energy Inc., Business Manager and New Ventures IFPT Canada Inc., President, COO, Director Vecta Energy Inc. and President, CEO, Director PetroMaroc Corporation Plc.  Thomas remains actively involved in the international upstream sector through his consulting practice XploreNow Inc and CanAfrica Resource Consultants.


May 16
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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McDougall Centre
455 6 St SW,
Calgary, Alberta T2P 4A2 Canada
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