Greg Johnson – The Tornado Hunter
Greg Johnson, one of North America’s top professional storm-chasers and severe weather experts, is also an accomplished photographer, speaker, author, workshop leader and recently a television personality with the CMT series, Tornado Hunters. After graduating from Canada’s renowned Acadia University and founding and building a leading successful communications, marketing and advertising firm from the ground up, Greg decided it was time to devote himself full-time to pursuing his passion for capturing nature’s most beautiful and deadly displays of severe weather.
Using sophisticated weather-tracking technology, his ability to read severe weather patterns and a team of dedicated sidekicks, Greg has put over 200,000 kms on his Tornado Truck, intercepting and documenting hundreds of storms across the United States and Canada since 2011 alone. His recent experiences include documenting and compassionately sharing the aftermath of the massive twisters that devastated Joplin Missouri, Moore Oklahoma and El Reno, Oklahoma. Greg’s skills are now being retained by the outdoor festival industry in order to assist organizers in ensuring their large crowds are kept safe from sudden and severe weather risks. He also lends his extensive knowledge to organizations who wish to educate their outdoor working crews on severe weather safety and protocol.
Greg is the author of the Blown Away, A Year through the Lens of The Tornado Hunter, a best seller and gold medal award winner for design. He recently published a second book entitled, Why is the Sky Green? which is already gaining much respect in the photography community.
A firm believer in the ‘Bucket List’ philosophy, Greg’s mission is to inspire others to chase their own passions, while sharing and teaching the lessons he has learned from pursuing his. When he’s not storm-chasing or speaking, Greg enjoys life at home in Regina, Saskatchewan spending time with his three children, and of course – cheering for his beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Patrick Smyth – Vice President, Performance – Canadian Energy Pipeline Association
Patrick Smyth is vice president of performance at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) where he and his team work with industry partners to enhance industry performance and reputation. Prior to joining CEPA in September 2014, Patrick spent seven years in an executive leadership role with Canada’s National Energy Board and eight years in various roles with the province of British Columbia where he split his time between the Ministry of Energy and Mines and Oil and Gas Commission. During his time with the B.C. Public Service, Patrick was instrumental in defining and executing the province’s oil and gas development strategy.
Patrick began his career in the trades and progressed into a quality assurance role obtaining certification in both Canada and the United States in welding inspection and non-destructive examination. With a passion for life-long learning, he has earned a diploma of technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and a BComm and MBA from Royal Roads University. He is a passionate safety professional holding designation as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and a deep interest in advancing safety culture within the Canadian pipeline industry.
Howard Matthews – Vice-President, Power Production – SaskPower
Howard Matthews was appointed Vice-President, Power Production and President and CEO of SaskPower International in June 2015, after serving as acting Vice-President, Power Production since July 2014. Mr. Matthews has held a number of positions during his career with SaskPower, beginning as an electrical engineer in 1989. Prior to joining SaskPower’s executive, Mr. Matthews was the Director at Poplar River Power Station in Coronach, Saskatchewan. Before his long-standing career at SaskPower, Mr. Matthews worked as a computer programmer for the Saskatchewan Research Council, Northern Telecom and Saskatchewan Mining and Development Corporation. He has also worked as a field engineer with Husky Injection in Toronto. Mr. Matthews holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.
Mr. Matthews is joining us at IPEIA 2019 to discuss Efficiency, Process Safety and Integrity. Operational Excellence at SaskPower is delivering increased equipment reliability and productivity as well as substantially improved safety performance all while reducing costs. By combining an Operational Excellence mindset along with our QMS program methodology, we are seeing improved results and considerably less stress in people across the Generation fleet.