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Fueling Growth: Navigating Entrepreneurship and M&A in the Oil and Gas Sector

Fueling Growth: Navigating Entrepreneurship and M&A in the Oil and Gas Sector

Join us for an enlightening talk featuring Phil Hodge, President and CEO of Pine Cliff Energy Ltd. a publicly traded Canadian oil and gas company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:PNE). Phil's extensive career trajectory has encompassed roles in law, business development, investment banking, international business, acquisitions/divestments, to leading Pine Cliff Energy Ltd.


As the founder and first employee of Pine Cliff Energy Ltd. in January 2012, Phil has played a pivotal role in overseeing the company's remarkable growth, propelling it from 100 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) to over 25,000 boe/d. This transformation has been achieved primarily through strategic acquisitions, making Phil's insights invaluable to those looking to navigate the complexities of the oil and gas sector.


Phil's leadership at Westport Innovations Inc., a global leader in natural gas and LNG engine technology, and his role as President of Westport's China business unit, have enriched his understanding of negotiating international partnerships and raising capital in the clean energy sector.


In this talk, Phil will share his personal journey, the challenges he faced, and the pivotal lessons learned throughout his career. Whether you aspire to excel in the oil and gas sector, explore opportunities in M&A, or embark on an entrepreneurial path, Phil's insights and advice will be invaluable. Join us for what we hope will be an enriching session to gain a deeper understanding of how to fuel growth and success in the dynamic world of entrepreneurship and M&A within the oil and gas sector.


  • Date/Time

    Wednesday, April 10, 2024


    Registration: 11:45 AM MST

    Start Time: 12:00 PM MST

    End Time: 1:00 PM MST

  • Location



    Physical Location:


    Energy Transition Centre

    The Ampersand, East Tower, Floor 15

    112 4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3N3


    Virtual Location:



    *This event will only be held live, and will not be recorded or available post-event.

  • Speaker Bio

    Philip B. Hodge

    President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

    Pine Cliff Energy Ltd.


    Phil has been the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Pine Cliff Energy Ltd. since January, 2012. Pine Cliff is a public oil and gas exploration and production company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:PNE). Phil was a founder and the first employee at Pine Cliff on January 1, 2012. Since that time, he has overseen the growth of the company from 100 boe/d to over 25,000 boe/d as of January 2024 through multiple acquisitions and organic growth.


    Phil was Vice President, Business Development, and prior to that, Vice President, Acquisitions and Divestments, at Penn West Exploration from November 2010 until December 2011, and from 2006 to 2010, was a Managing Director and Executive Committee Member at Mackie Research Capital Corporation, a Calgary based investment bank, where he was the lead advisor on China Investment Corporation’s $1.2 billion investment in Penn West Energy Trust in 2010.


    Prior to 2006, Phil was Vice-President and General Counsel of Vancouver-based Westport Innovations Inc., a TSX and Nasdaq listed (NASDAQ:WPRT), a global leader in natural gas and LNG engines. Phil was also the President of Westport’s China business unit, responsible for the formation and growth of Westport’s business in China. Phil was the lead negotiator for Westport in negotiations with Ford, Isuzu, Cummins, BMW and Weichai, among others. Phil rejoined Westport as a Board member and Chair of their Governance Committee from June, 2012 to June, 2016 and again in January 2022 to present.


    Prior to joining Westport in 2000, Phil was a partner at Bennett Jones LLP, a Canadian national law firm, practicing in that firm’s corporate department, specializing in securities and mergers and acquisitions.


    Phil graduated from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law in 1991 and their Faculty of Business in 1987, both with distinction, and currently lives in Calgary Alberta.

  • **Please Note

    Lunch will be provided for in-person attendees. Please include any dietary restrictions during the online registration process.


    Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the event details including a Zoom link. Please keep this email readily available for event day as no reminders will be sent.

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