44th Annual Alaska Resources Conference

Alaska's Resources: Leading the Way

November 15-16, 2023 - Dena'ina Center - Anchorage, Alaska


Tuesday, November 14, 2023

4:30 - 7 pm.     NEW THIS YEAR!  Please have your young professionals join us for an opening reception, "Leading the Way for a New Era of Young                             Professionals in Natural Resource Development" (event is off-site at Williwaw Social, Downtown Anchorage)

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 - Day 1

8:00 am           Registration & Check-in; Exhibit Hall Opens
                         Eye-Opener Breakfast in Exhibit Hall – Sponsored by Wells Fargo

8:30 am           Opening Remarks
                         Lance Miller, RDC Board President, VP of Natural Resources, NANA   Video

                         Welcoming Remarks,
                         The Honorable Lt. Governor Nancy Dahlstrom Video

                         Pre-recorded Remarks,
                         The Honorable Governor Michael J. Dunleavy Video 

8:45 am           Alaska's Resources:  Leading our Economy and Future Investment   Video
                          Bob Loeffler, Institute of Social and Economic Research (Moderator)
                          Katie Berry, President, McKinley Research Group
                          Mary Kopriva, Asst. Professor of Economics, University of Alaska Anchorage
                          Dan Robinson, State Labor Economist, Alaska Dept. of Labor & Workforce Development
                          Allen Waldrop, Director of Private Equity, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation

9:15                  U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (pre-recorded remarks)  Video

9:20                  Will Alaska Lead on National Mineral Security?  Video  Slides
                          Karen Matthias, Executive Director, Alaska Metal Mines (Moderator)
                          Lance Miller, Vice President of Natural Resources, NANA
                          John Shively, Chairman & CEO, Pebble Partnership
                          Deantha Skibinski, Executive Director, Alaska Mining Association
                          Brett Watson, Economist, Institute of Economic & Social Research

10:00               Morning Break – Sponsored by ConocoPhillips Alaska

10:30 am         National Ocean Policy: What it means for Alaska Slides
                          Brent Greenfield, Executive Director, National Ocean Policy Coalition

11:00 am         Leading the Way in Energy Transition John Lyons Slides  Sunil Kumar Slides  Loren Hill Slides
                          Joe Jacobsen, Senior Consultant, U.S. Dept. of Energy Loan Programs Office (Moderator)
                          Loren Hill, Manager of Innovation, Teck Alaska
                          Sunil Kumar, Principal Advisor, Energy Strategy, Kinross
                          John Lyons, Operations Support & Field Services Supervisor, ConocoPhillips Alaska

11:30 am          Networking Break

Noon                 Keynote Luncheon: Sponsored by Northrim Bank   Video                  

                          Leading from Within:  A Conversation with Tommy Beaudreau, 
                         (Fmr.) Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior 

1:00 pm           Networking Break

1:30 pm            Leading the Way for the Next Generation in Resource Development  Video

                          Shareen Crosby, Office of Infrastructure, State of Alaska (Moderator)
                          Acting Cmmr. Cathy Munoz, Alaska Dept. Labor & Workforce Development
                          Cari-Ann Carty, Executive Director, Alaska Safety Alliance 
                          Jocelyn Fenton, Director of Programs, Denali Commission 
                          Lori Davey, Manager – Alaska, Bedrock Petroleum Consultants 

2:00 pm           Alaska’s Forest Products: Leading the Way in Innovation  Video
                          Tessa Axelson, Executive Director, Alaska Forest Association (Moderator)
                          Jeremy Douse, Northern Regional Forester, Alaska Division of Forestry 
                           Ryan Tinsley, Partner, Alaska Adaptable Housing, LLC 

2:45 pm          Afternoon Breakan Ice Cream Social sponsored by Alaska Oil and Gas Association!

3:15 pm          Leading Innovations in Alaska’s Fishing Industry  Video

                         Nicole Kimball, Vice President, Pacific Seafood Processors Association (Moderator)
                         Cmmr. Douglas Vincent-Lang, Alaska Department of Fish & Game 
                         Eric Deakin, Executive Director, Coastal Villages Regional Fund
                         Shannon Martin, Executive Director, Kenai River Sport Fishing Association

4:00 pm         A Conversation with Alaska’s State Commissioners  Video
                        Casey Sullivan, Govt. & Public Affairs Mgr., Marathon Petroleum Corporation (Moderator)
                        Commissioner John Boyle, Department of Natural Resources 
                        Commissioner Julie Sande, Department of Community, Commerce & Economic Development 
                        Commissioner Adam Crum, Department of Revenue
                        Acting Commissioner Emma Pokon, Department of Environmental Conservation
                        Commissioner Ryan Anderson, Department of Transportation & Public Facilities

 4:45 pm         Closing Remarks & Welcome to VIP Reception hosted by Santos

 5:00 pm         VIP Reception generously hosted by Santos


Thursday, November 16th, 2023 - Day 2

8:00 am        Exhibits Open
                       Eye-Opener Breakfast in Exhibit Hall Sponsored by ExxonMobil

8:30 am        Day 2 Welcome Remarks   

                       Pre-recorded Remarks:  
                       U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan  Video
                       U.S. Representative Mary Peltola Video

8:45 am        Morning Keynote Conversation with Legislative Leadership Video
                       Jason Brune (Moderator)
                       Senator Cathy Giessel, Majority Leader and Co-Chair, Resources Comm.
                       Senator Click Bishop, Co-Chair, Resources Comm.
                       Representative Dan Saddler, Majority Leader 
                       Representative Calvin Schrage, Minority Leader 

9:30 am         Alaska’s Tourism Industry: Leading the Way for Alaska's Gateway  Video
                       Jillian Simpson, President/CEO, Alaska Travel Industry Association (Moderator)
                       David Alberg, Alaska Deputy Regional Director, U.S. National Park Service
                       Josh Howes, President, Premier Alaska Tours
                       Scott McCrea, President & CEO, Explore Fairbanks
                       Renee Limoge Reeve, Vice President, Cruise Line International Assn. – Alaska 

10:15 am       Morning Break – Sponsorship still available!

10:45 am       Broadband’s Role in Alaska’s Resources  Video  Slides

                        Christine O’Connor, President, Alaska Telecom Association (Moderator)
                        Michael Burke, CEO, Matanuska Telecom Association
                        Heather Cavanaugh, VP External Affairs & Corporate Comms., Alaska Communications
                        Heather Handyside, Chief Communications Officer, GCI

                        Kelly Williams, CEO, OTZ Telephone Cooperative

11:15 am      Alaska’s Oil & Gas Industry: Leading the Way for Energy Security & Independence  Video
                       Kara Moriarty, President, Alaska Oil & Gas Association
                       Nagruk Harcharek, Voice of the Inupiat Arctic 
                       John Hellen, VP HSES, Santos
                       The Honorable Mayor Josiah Patkotak, North Slope Borough (pre-recorded)
                       Chris Wrobel, Supervisor, Environmental Permitting, ConocoPhillips Alaska

12:00 pm       Networking Break

12:30 pm        Keynote Luncheon: Sponsored by Holland America Line – Princess Cruises  Video

                       "Invested Here" - Ben Minicucci, President & CEO, Alaska Airlines Slides
                       Intro: Scott Habberstad, RDC Sr. Vice Pres.; Managing Director, Alaska Market, Alaska Airlines

1:15 pm         Closing Remarks & Grand Prize Raffle Drawing

2:00 pm         End of Program