Meet the Speakers
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Deputy Chief Economist at ATB Financial
As the Deputy Chief Economist at ATB Financial, Rob is laser-focused on the Alberta economy, the forces that shape it and the challenges and opportunities affecting the prosperity of Albertans.
He is the co-author (with Todd Hirsch) of three books: "The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada From Economic Decline," "Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change," and "Spiders in COVID Space: Adapting During and After the Pandemic."
As Vice-President of Research with the Canada West Foundation, Rob had the opportunity to work on a broad array of topics including the economy, local government, demographic trends, the non-profit sector, public opinion, regional cooperation, environmental policy, democratic reform and public finance.
Rob is passionate about art, equality and inclusion. He recently served as the Chair of the National accessArts Centre--Canada's largest and oldest disability arts organization. Rob also teaches courses on local government for the University of Alberta.
(RPAS) Project Officer at Medicine Hat College
Jeremy Patton was born and raised in the U.K. where he attended school in Bristol, England. After completing high school, Jeremy joined the British Army in 1987 and served in the Royal Tank Regiment until retirement in Canada in 2012.
After retirement, he worked for Cubic Global Defense, supporting military exercises for the British, Canadian, U.S, and Kenyan Armed Forces.
Currently living in Medicine Hat, Jeremy is the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Project Officer at Medicine Hat College, where he is helping create a flight path (pun intended) for the RPAS industry in Alberta.
He is married to Tracy and has two daughters and two grandsons.
He enjoys losing golf balls in the summer and skiing poorly in the winter.
President of Sky Point Resources Ltd.
Randy Litun is the President of Sky Point Resources Ltd., an engineering consulting company offering evaluation and advisory services to the energy sector. With greater than 30 years of energy industry experience, Litun has deployed his broad expertise in energy and energy systems for various projects focused on corporate strategy and visualizing new technology implementation for the commercial development and value optimization of energy assets, which includes upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas projects, electrical generation, CCUS, and energy transition.
In addition to being a former co-founding member of a private oil and gas company, Litun has held a variety of operational and management positions with various oil and gas organizations, with both domestic and international exposure, in multi-disciplinary roles combining technical and executive leadership to drive commercial and business development. As an advocate for optimization, efficiency, and creative innovation, he has worked on the responsible development of primary and secondary recovery of oil, gas, heavy oil, and unconventional resources, and is currently focusing on the role of hydrogen and hydrocarbons in a sustainable low-carbon energy transition economy. Litun is a Professional Engineer with APEGA and a member of the SPE.
Litun authored “Towards Hydrogen: A Hydrogen HUB Feasibility Study for Southeast Alberta”, released in July 2022.
Strategy Advisor for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)
Roger is a Strategy Advisor for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) with Apex Alberta. He has over 30 years of experience working both domestically and internationally across several private sectors and not-for-profit organizations.
Roger first joined Community Futures Entre-Corp in 2011 as the inaugural Manager of the Apex Alberta Regional Innovation Network to help grow small and medium-sized enterprises through the adoption of new technologies. Roger subsequently managed the Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (CCUVS) and played a critical role in securing restricted airspace near the Village of Foremost, Alberta for research and testing of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).
After transitioning management and operations of the Test Range to the Village of Foremost in 2015, Roger spent several years in management consulting and international development before re-joining Entre-Corp and Apex Alberta in 2022 as an Advisor for RPAS Strategy. Roger holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo.