Chuck Shafer, vice president engineering and construction at NiSource Inc., is the recipient of North American Oil & Gas Pipelines’ Pipeline Leadership Award. Shafer received the award Nov. 4, at the Pipeline Leadership Conference at the University of Denver, in Denver.
Shafer oversees the execution of NiSource’s $900 million gas capital program, which includes planning, engineering, construction and project management. Shafer has 26 years of experience in the natural gas distribution and transmission business. He has held senior leadership positions in the operations, construction, engineering, customer service, and corporate support functions.
“We’re proud to present the inaugural Pipeline Leadership Award to Chuck Shafer who has led NiSource’s impressive accomplishments in the oil and gas pipeline industry,” said Bernie Krzys, publisher and CEO of North American Oil & Gas Pipelines.
The Pipeline Leadership Conference is a new event directed toward top executives involved with building and operating oil and gas pipelines throughout North America. The event brought together thought leaders to discuss innovative approaches and best practices for managing new construction, ensuring safety, improving efficiency and overcoming challenges from inside and outside the industry. The conference includes executives from pipeline operating companies, utilities, contractors, engineering firms, field service providers and other leaders involved with the pipeline industry.
North American Oil & Gas Pipelines created the Pipeline Leadership Award to honor leadership initiatives and advances in the construction, operation and maintenance of oil and gas pipelines, including innovations in the construction process, design, procurement, contract administration, management, labor relations, training and safety that improve the global pipeline industry.
“We had many nominations for the Pipeline Leadership Award, but one candidate stood above the rest,” said Mark Bridgers, principal, Continuum Advisory Group. “Chuck Shafer and his team at NiSource really represent the ideal we set out to honor with this award by driving transformation and innovation in the pipeline industry through people, process and practice.”
North American Oil & Gas Pipelines and Benjamin Media Inc., in partnership with Continuum Advisory Group, organized the Pipeline Leadership Conference in cooperation with the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.