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2021 Pipeline Leadership Conference Announces Charles McConnell as Keynote Speaker

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The 2021 Pipeline Leadership Conference is proud to announce its keynote speaker, Charles McConnell, Executive Director — Carbon Management and Energy Sustainability, University of Houston.

Charles McConnell

The Seventh Annual Pipeline Leadership Conference heads to its new location Nov. 17-18, 2021, at The Embassy Suites — The Woodlands/Hughes Landing in Houston, Texas, and McConnell will open the event with a discussion on “The Energy Transition – Perceptions, Realities, and What Matters.”

As the world moves toward lowering carbon output, investor actions, shareholder movements, “environmental justice” and regulatory priorities will play a larger role than ever before in our history. McConnell will provide insights into the competitive advantages available to energy, pipeline and utility asset owner/operators.

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Prior to joining UH Energy, McConnell was the Executive Director of the Energy and Environment Initiative at Rice University. McConnell served as the Assistant Secretary of Energy in the U.S. Department of Energy from 2011 to 2013 and was responsible for the Office of Fossil Energy’s strategic policy leadership, budgets, project management, and research and development of the department’s coal, oil and gas, and advanced technologies programs, as well as for the operations and management of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve and the National Energy Technologies Laboratories. McConnell holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University (1977) and an MBA in finance from Cleveland State University (1984).

This year’s theme is “Pipelines and Gas Distribution Systems in a Low Carbon Future” and will focus on three key topics:

  • How Hydrogen is Impacting the Future of Pipelines
  • Making Sense of the Pipeline Industry Economic Outlook
  • Navigating Pipeline Policy and Permitting Changes

Registration is open for the Pipeline Leadership Conference. Save $100 when you register by October 15, 2021. If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, please contact Hannah Stakolich.

The conference is organized by Benjamin Media Inc. and North American Oil & Gas Pipelines in cooperation with Continuum Capital. Visit plconference.com for updates and additional information.

About North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines is the premier publication focused on the business of oil and gas pipeline construction and maintenance in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The magazine’s people-centered editorial is available on multiple media channels — print, web, e-mail, conference, webinars, social media, seminars and beyond. Its readers are the professionals involved with pipeline owner and operating companies, contractors, engineers and service providers. For more information, visit napipelines.com.

About Benjamin Media Inc.

Benjamin Media Inc. (BMI) started as a vision of president and publisher Bernard Krzys in 1992 with the launch of Trenchless Technology magazine. Today, BMI is a multi-faceted business-to-business media company in markets ranging from construction to water infrastructure. BMI publishes eight trade magazines: Compact Equipment, NASTT’s Trenchless Today, North American Oil & Gas Pipelines, Solar Builder, TBM: Tunnel Business Magazine, Trenchless Technology, Water Finance & Management and Utility Contractor. BMI also manages conferences and exhibitions across the United States — from the Pipeline Leadership Conference to NASTT’s No-Dig — and complements these shows with online webinar programs. For more information, visit benjaminmedia.com.

About Continuum Capital

Continuum Capital is an independent investment banking advisory firm focused exclusively on the engineering, homebuilding, construction and building products industries with an emphasis on construction materials and building products. Continuum Capital’s philosophy and competitive advantage is built upon three distinct pillars: Industry Knowledge & Expertise; Unparalleled Relationships; and Client Driven Success. For more information, visit continuumcapital.net.

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