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Unconventionals: A Bridge to the Future

URTeC Plenary Session

Monday, 20 June 2022, 8:15 a.m.–9:45 a.m.  |  Houston, Texas

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Course Content

Emerging technologies associated with the science of unconventional exploration and development can help reduce the impact of climate change and associated global warming while concurrently uplifting societies experiencing energy poverty.The IEA’s call to halt new oil and gas development stands in conflict with the energy intensity needs to lift billions out of energy poverty that do not exist with green alternatives.

Leaders within the fossil fuel industry and subject matter experts focused on solutions largely agree that the energy transition is a process that unfolds over a timespan measured in years. This transition embraces renewable energy sources and fossil fuels concurrent with helping 80% of the global population emerge from energy poverty.The success of this effort can only be achieved with a commitment of the brightest and most progressive minds tackling the challenges of that which we can do better as an industry.  Solutions to this enigma will emerge from the best efforts applied to implementing change across a broad spectrum of energy technologies and science and a strong collaboration between fossil fuels and renewables.

Our Plenary Panel will share their insights on our industry’s commitment to implementing change that delivers the transitional bridge to the future by focus on undisputed challenges, supplementing renewables, embracing a sustainable lower-carbon future, and helping lift the world out of poverty.

Room Assignment:
George R. Brown Convention Center, General Assembly
Included with Registration
Jay Stratton
Greg Leveille, Retired, formerly with ConocoPhillips
Amy Henry, Chief Executive Officer, Eunike Ventures
Mark Finley, Fellow in Energy and Global Oil, Rice University's Baker Institute
Deborah Byers, Americas Industry Leader, Ernst & Young


Unconventionals: A Bridge to the Future
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010
United States
(713) 853-8000


Deborah Byers
Deborah Byers Ernst & Young
Deborah serves as EY's Americas Industry Leader and also Americas Oil and Gas leader. Deborah previously was the Houston Office Managing Partner, Managing Partner of the EY Americas Oil & Gas Tax Group and the Transactions Advisory Group in the Southwest Region where she focused on Energy transactions. Deborah is a member of the Americas Markets Executive Committee and leads our Industry Markets leaders across our Americas region. Her core responsibilities include setting strategic growth goals informed by economic and industry trends in each of the key market sectors, advising the EY executive board to shape near term and long term investment decisions on resources and technology solutions, and recruiting and developing leadership talent for client serving teams. Deborah continues to directly serve clients in strategic transactions and has significant experience working with US and non-US based global firms, private equity funds, and sovereign wealth funds. With over 30 years of experience, she is also highly versed in cross border transactions, reviewing tax and economic considerations in transactions involving complex Joint Ventures and corporate structuring projects, including initial review related to proof of concept, tax modeling, and structuring and execution of initial IPO, and a deep knowledge in tax and economic issues surrounding development of gas shale reserves in North America, Global LNG development projects and the impact of these developments on the Power sector. Deborah is a frequent speaker (and writer) on oil and gas industry issues, as well as on the the challenges in our new era of energy transition. Deborah has been published and/or has appeared in Oil and Gas Investor, Oil & Gas Journal, Oil & Gas Financial Joumal, Platts, Forbes, Bloomberg, Fox News, New York Times, Houston Chronicle's FuelFix, the Houston Business Joumal, Oil & Gas Monitor, Petroleum Intelligence Weekly and others. Deborah received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Baylor University. Deborah is a member of the AICPA and Texas Society of CPAs and is licensed in Texas. Deborah is also on the Board of Directors of Baker Ripley, Advisory Council member for the Bi-lateral Chamber and was previously a Board member of United Way and Greater Houston Partnership.
Mark Edward Finley
Mark Finley Rice University, Baker Institute, USA
Mark Finley is the fellow in energy and global oil at Rice University's Baker Institute. He has over 35 years of experience working at the intersections of energy, economics and public policy. Before joining the Baker Institute, Finley was the senior U.S. economist at BP. For 12 years, he led the production of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, the world's longest-running compilation of objective global energy data. He also was responsible for the company's long- and short-term oil market analysis, and he led the global oil market and transportation sector analyses for the long-term BP Energy Outlook. Prior to joining BP, Finley was an analyst and manager at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. He was responsible for assessing the implications for U.S. strategic interests of developments in global oil and other energy markets, as well as analyzing the policies of key oil-producing and -consuming countries. He was recognized for exceptional analytic performance many times, including for oil market analysis during 1990-91 Gulf War. Finley also edited a daily intelligence summary for Cabinet-level U.S. economic policymakers as well as the president's daily brief, and regularly briefed these summaries and other analysis to senior U.S. officials. Finley is a senior fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics, and has been recognized for his lifetime contributions to the profession of energy economics. He has held leadership roles in the International Association for Energy Economics, the National Association for Business Economics, and the Conference of Business Economics, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Finley is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan and holds graduate degrees from Northwestern University (in economics) and the George Washington University (in finance).
Amy  Henry
Amy Henry CEO Eunike Ventures, USA
Amy is the CEO/Co-Founder of Eunike Ventures, TiE Houston board member, principal of TiE ATX LLC (Angels of Texas), and Senior Advisor for Fisher CPA Firm in The Woodlands, TX. Amy was named by the Houston Chronicle in 2019, “Women Who Take the Lead in Building Houston’s Tech Ecosystem” (related to the launch of Eunike Ventures). Eunike was listed in 2022 as the ‘Top 6 Accelerators/Incubators Investing in Houston’ and the ‘Top 11 Best and Most Active Accelerator in Houston’. EUNIKE is a global energy technology accelerator with a EUNIKE approach to venture capital. Eunike works with innovative, early-stage companies with high-value added technologies through commercialization, across the entire energy value chain. This new global open innovation model of ‘Realizing the Entrepreneurial Spirit’ focuses on entrepreneurs, energy companies, paid pilots, and smart capital, which has included backing from large industry players such as Equinor, Hess, TechnipFMC, and Anadarko. Amy has worked globally in the energy industry with/for organizations such as Petronas, Royal Dutch Shell (Gas & Power; Shell Upstream International, Shell E&P Technology & Research, Shell Technology Ventures, Shell Services International), Ernst & Young LLP and Arthur Andersen. Amy is a frequent speaker on energy issues as it relates to technology & innovation, investment and the changing landscape, technology adoption/acceleration, and realizing the entrepreneurial spirit. She was awarded TiE Global’s “Best TiE University Mentor” in 2021/2022.
Gregory Paul Leveille
Gregory Leveille ConocoPhillips (retired), USA
Gregory P. (Greg) Leveille is the former chief technology officer for ConocoPhillips. Leveille began his career with Conoco in 1984 in Lafayette, La. and has lived and worked in New Orleans, London, Aberdeen, Houston, Anchorage, Farmington and Singapore. During the first decade of his career, Leveille held various exploration, development and operations geology assignments, working both in the United States and northwest Europe. Beginning in 1995, Leveille held leadership positions in exploration, planning and portfolio management, asset management, project management, technology, business management, operations and commercial. Leveille was president, global LNG and Asia-Pacific commercial before moving to the technology organization in May 2011. Leveille is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) and has held leadership roles in several United Way fundraising campaigns. Leveille was born in Pennsylvania in 1959. He earned a Bachelor and Master of Science in geology from San Diego State University.