IADC Annual General Meeting

Start: 7 November 2018
End: 9 November 2018

Venue: Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
Location: New Orleans, LA, USA

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The IADC Annual General Meeting is recognized as the keynote conference for the drilling industry and provides ideal networking opportunities for participants. It features prominent speakers from industry and government.

Conference Program

Wednesday, 7 November

8:30- 11:00 am Evangeline Room
IADC North America Onshore Advisory Panel Meeting (Advisory Panel Members Only)

8:30- 11:00 am Baronne Room
IADC Offshore Advisory Panel Meeting (Advisory Panel Members Only)

8:30- 11:00 am Acadia Room
IADC Drilling Services Advisory Panel Meeting (Advisory Panel Members Only)

11:30 am – 5:00 pm Baronne Room
IADC Executive Committee Meeting (Executive Committee Members Only)

3:00 – 5:00 pm Lafayette Ballroom Foyer
Early Conference Registration

5:00 -7:00 pm French Quarter Bar
Welcoming Reception Sponsored by Drillinginfo, Inc.
Host: Richard Grant, Drillinginfo, Inc.
Attire: Business Casual
Musical Entertainment by Butlers Jazz Trio

Thursday, 8 November

7:45 am Lafayette Ballroom Foyer
Registration & Coffee Service

8:20 am Grand Ballroom
Baker Hughes, a GE company, Keynote Breakfast
Hosts: Chuck Chauviere and Mike Bowie, Baker Hughes, a GE company

Presentation of IADC Exemplary Service Awards
IADC Exemplary Service Awards recognize individuals’ notable for outstanding contributions to the drilling industry and to IADC. Recipients have, during their career, repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to improving the drilling industry and advancing its safety, training, or technology.

Arun-KarleArun Karle, President, Askara Group
Mr. Karle, the founder of Askara, is well recognized in the E&P Industry as a technocrat for his sincere passion and boundless enthusiasm and energy to introduce fit for purpose technologies and solutions to make Upstream Activity in India safer, efficient and effective in the most economical manner. After earning his Bachelors’ Degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from Mumbai University, Arun obtained his Masters’ Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lamar University in Texas. Arun then joined Schlumberger in Houston, with whom he went on to work with for 22 years globally in several senior management positions. During this time, Arun also designed down-hole tools for which he holds patents. It was in 1992 that Arun decided to take the entrepreneurial route and founded the Askara Group of Companies. Under his able leadership and with 45+ valuable years of experience, Askara has been extremely successful in providing business and technical consulting to over 30+ international companies. Arun was also a founding member of IADC’s South Central Asia Chapter, and has also served as vice-chairman from 2001–2005 and continues to be a very active member on the board. If you ever encounter an O&G related issue, Arun will surely have a solution!

Siv-Hilde-HoumbSiv Hilde Houmb, Chair, IADC Cybersecurity Committee; CTO, Secure-NOK AS
Dr. Siv Hilde Houmb has a Ph.D. in Computer Science focusing on cybersecurity and decision theory, is the CTO of Secure-NOK AS and works as an associated professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). In addition, Siv serves as the chair of the IADC Cybersecurity Committee. She founded Secure-NOK, a cybersecurity specialist company focusing on industrial automation and control systems (IACS) and critical infrastructure, in 2010, and has an extensive background in cybersecurity, including penetration testing, risk assessment, security protocol development, and ethical hacking.

Richard-LynchBreakfast Keynote Address: Investing in the Deepwater and Unconventionals – Capability and Expertise More Important Than Ever: Richard Lynch, Sr. VP Technology & Services, Hess
Hess Senior Vice President, Richard Lynch will discuss how the challenge of meeting future energy demand will require supply from all sources and sustained investment from industry in both the offshore and unconventionals. Richard will also outline Hess’ approach and how technical and operational capability are more important than ever before in developing world class resource plays at the lowest cost.

9:45 am Lafayette Ballroom Foyer
Coffee Service

10:00 am Lafayette Ballroom
Drillers Outlook
Industry leaders representing land and offshore with US and global scope will share their views on key issues facing the contract-drilling industry from both a personal and company perspective.

Mike-LennoxMike Lennox, Vice President, U.S. Land Operations, Helmerich & Payne IDC
Mr. Lennox serves as VP, US Land Operations for H&P IDC. He is responsible for drilling management and operations in the Permian, Rockies and Bakken and is also a member of H&P’s executive leadership team. Lennox joined H&P in 2008 as an engineer trainee. He served as a leader in several areas before he was named District Manager for West Texas and New Mexico, in 2010. Prior to joining H&P, Inc., Lennox served as a Captain in the US Army. He served two deployments in Iraq as an Artillery Officer while he was stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Lennox earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Texas Tech University.

Roddie-MackenzieRoderick Mackenzie, Sr. VP, Marketing, Innovation & Industry Relations, Transocean
Mr. Mackenzie serves as Sr. VP, Marketing, Innovation & Industry Relations. He is responsible for identifying innovative technologies that create demonstrable value for Transocean’s customers, in addition to leading Transocean’s Marketing organization. He brings over 20 years of industry experience and prior to his time in Marketing, he served in various operational and project roles’ around the globe, starting his career at Transocean as a rig-based engineer in 1997. Mr. Mackenzie currently serves as IADC’s Division VP Offshore and on various committees for the Offshore Energy Center. He previously served in numerous roles for several IADC chapters. Mr. Mackenzie graduated from the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 2016 and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Strathclyde in Civil Engineering with Environmental Studies in 1997.

Simon-DrewSimon Drew, President, Land Drilling, KCA Deutag
Mr. Drew is currently President of Land Drilling at KCA Deutag, leading the company’s worldwide land drilling business, which operates 83 rigs across the Middle East, Russia, Europe and Africa. Prior to taking up this role in 2015, he spent 3 years running Rig Design Services, KCA Deutag’s offshore engineering arm, and before that 4 years running the MODU division at KCAD, operating in South East Asia, West Africa and Mexico. Simon joined KCA Deutag as a Drilling Engineer in 1996 and worked on various projects in the North Sea, Caspian and Sakhalin prior to spending 4 years in the US. He is a chartered engineer and holds a degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Nottingham and an MSc in Drilling Engineering from RGU in Aberdeen.

11:00 am
Kenny-BakerCreating & Cultivating A Successful Rig Team: Kenny Baker, Drilling Superintendent, Cactus Drilling Company LLC
Following in his father’s footsteps, Kenny joined Bonray Drilling Company in 1994 and worked as a floor hand, motor man and derrick hand. In 2000, Kenny was hired by Cactus Drilling as a derrick hand. Leading by example and learning from the best, he has worked his way through the ranks to Driller and Toolpusher. Through the years he has been engaged in every detail of each position he’s held. In December of 2010, he was promoted to Drilling Superintendent of Cactus Drilling. Kenny was the first recipient of the IADC Chairman’s Award in 2015 for his work with tornado shelters on rig locations. The award was developed to recognize individuals working in the field who have made a direct impact on improved performance for their company, either through a project or personal effort.

11:30 am Grand Ballroom
Annual General Meeting Luncheon Sponsored by Caterpillar Oil & Gas
Host: Darragh Rooney, Caterpillar Oil & Gas
The luncheon will feature recognition of IADC officer nominees for 2019 and presentation of the 2018 IADC Chairman’s plaque.

Jake-MenefeeLuncheon Keynote Presentation: Industry Outlook and Regulatory Update: Jake Menefee, Director, Head of Federal Government Affairs, Marathon Petroleum Corporation
Mr. Menefee served on Capitol Hill as a legislative director and deputy chief of staff for members on the House Financial Services Committee and the Ways and Means Committee. Prior to his time in Washington, D.C., Menefee spent several years working with the petroleum industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of Mississippi and earned his law degree from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. He has been with MPC’s Washington, D.C., office for three years.

1:00 pm
garret-graves-HeadshotWashington Update: Congressman Garret Graves, 6th District, Louisiana

1:30 pm
Communicating the Positive: Generating Messaging that Inspires Confidence in Industry
Moderator: Elizabeth Craddock, VP Government & Industry Affairs, IADC
Panel members will each discuss the efforts their organizations are making to encourage a positive dialogue surrounding oil and gas activity. They will talk specifically about the ways they use various communication vehicles like social media, newsletters and magazines, and interactions with the press, to push factual information about the industry and influence the overall discussion among various stakeholders including industry insiders, regulators and the public.

David-HoltDavid Holt, President, Consumer Energy Alliance

Jeff-EshelmanC. Jeffrey Eshelman, Sr. VP – Operations and Public Affairs, IPAA

Jocelyn-KellyJocelyn Kelly, Sr. Manager Strategic Initiatives & Advertising, API

Mike-KillaleaMike Killalea, Group VP/Publisher, IADC

2:30 pm
Effective Management for Well Control Drills with DrillPad
Launched in 2015, Chevron’s DrillPad assists with planning and tracking of well control drills. As part of Chevron’s quest to share this software with industry, Mr. Smith and Mr. Taylor will outline the highlights of the program.

Jeff-SmithJeff Smith, WellSafe Systems Manager, Chevron

Kevin-TaylorKevin Taylor, University of Texas at Austin / B.S. Electrical Engineering

3:00 pm Lafayette Ballroom Foyer
Coffee Service

3:15 pm
Neil-SaundersHow a Pen Can Improve Existing Subsea BOP Performance: Neil Saunders, President & CEO, Oilfield Equipment, Baker Hughes, a GE company
Simply re-write the commercial playbook where the OEM guarantees Subsea BOP performance. The transactional norms associated with operating, troubleshooting, data/analytics, maintaining and servicing the subsea stack are transformed into a long term contractual service agreement (CSA). The CSA model embraces collaboration, common goals, continuous improvement, HSE and management of change that aligns all parties to improving the Subsea BOP reliability and availability. To drive improvement in deepwater drilling economics, is this where we stop….or is it just the start?

3:45 pm
Terry-ChildsOffshore Rig Market Update: Terry Childs, Head of RigLogix, Westwood Global Energy Group
Oil prices have risen to the level that many analysts said was needed for the rig market to recover, and while there has been some isolated improvement, rig utilization and day rates remain low. Nevertheless, there is optimism in the market and there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel. This presentation will look at what has been called the longest rig down turn in history and offer a few insights as to where it may be headed.

Todd-BushLower 48 Drilling & Completion Outlook: Todd Bush, Founder, Energent Group LLC
The evolution of the shale plays has altered the industry dynamic. The Westwood D&C outlook covers the US plays with special attention to pad drilling, frac crew activity, in-basin sand, and regional constraints.

4:45-5:30 pm
IADC Board of Directors Meeting (IADC Directors Only)

6:00-8:00 pm Courtyard
Annual General Meeting Reception Sponsored by S&P Global Platts
Hosts: John Yurkanin and Gregory Tsichlis, S&P Global Platts
Attire: Business Casual
Musical Entertainment by Nawlins Ramblers Trio

Friday, 9 November

8:00 am Lafayette Ballroom Foyer
Registration & Coffee Service

8:20 am Grand Ballroom
Bill-CrabbeNational Oilwell Varco Breakfast & Rig Census
Host: Bill Crabbe, Chief HSE Officer, National Oilwell Varco
The National Oilwell Varco Rig Census and associated contractor survey is a major statistical benchmark on the land and offshore drilling industry. Mr. Crabbe will present this year’s census, as well as, the survey, which is slanted towards HSE for the first time.

Presentation of the 2018 IADC Contractor of the Year
This annual award was established in 1988 to recognize an individual drilling contractor’s outstanding lifetime achievement in technical innovation, safety, and economic efficiency within the drilling industry. The prestigious industry award is the only one reserved exclusively for drilling contractors. All recipients of the Contractor of the Year Award are nominated and selected by other drilling contractors who are IADC members.

Eric-DaflonFeatured Address: Eric Daflon, Vice President Drilling & Wells, Total
Eric Daflon is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris. He joined Elf (now Total) in 1983. From 1983 to 1996, Eric held various positions as a Drilling Engineer in France, Netherland, Italy, Norway, United Kingdom and Congo before being appointed in 1996, Technical Contracts Manager for E&P, then Technical Support Manager for Africa. From 2001 to 2005, he served as Vice President Operations in Syria, then in Iran. In 2005, he is appointed Deputy Vice-President Drilling & Wells for E&P. In 2009, he becomes Vice President Operations in Angola, then, in 2013, Vice President Operations for E&P. Since early 2017, he is Vice President Drilling & Wells for E&P.

10:00 am Lafayette Ballroom Foyer
Coffee Service

10:15 am
Rich-OsmondA Drive for Zero Safety Incidents: Richard Osmond, Vice President, Health Safety, Environment & Process Safety Engineering, Global Wells Organization, BP

10:45 am
Bernie-WolfordDigital Rigs – a Noble/GE Collaboration: Bernie Wolford, Sr. VP Operations, Noble Corporation
Improving uptime and performance while reducing costs in the ultra-competitive offshore market is essential. Mr. Wolford will describe their Digital RigSM implementation process and program objectives.

11:15 am
Jim-WicklundMarket Outlook: Jim Wicklund, Managing Director, Oilfield Services Research, Credit Suisse LLC
Wicklund spent 15 years in the oil and gas industry, working in geophysics and engineering before joining the financial services industry as a research analyst covering the Oilfield Services sector. He has been Head of the energy research group at Rauscher Pierce Refsnes Inc., now Royal Bank of Canada, managing director and head of energy research at Banc of America Securities Inc., a portfolio manager at Carlson Capital, and now the senior Oilfield Services analyst at Credit Suisse. He has been recognized by various awards and recognition including #1 rankings in Institutional Investor, Greenwich Surveys and the Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street” and was a frequent contributor to CNBC, CNN and other media outlets. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association, the Maguire Institute at SMU Advisory Board, the editorial board of Offshore Magazine, and the Dallas Petroleum Club.

11:45 am
Adjournment: Steve Brady, 2018 IADC Chairman; Senior Vice President – Eastern Hemisphere, Ensco plc

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are four levels of sponsoring: Diamond sponsors, Platinum Sponsors, Gold Sponsors, and Silver Sponsors. Event sponsorships are also available and will be categorized by monetary contribution with the appropriate level of sponsorship. Please find the benefits of the sponsor packages below. The conference sponsor will receive high profile recognition before, during and after the conference.

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Diamond $25,000
(10 Comps*)


Platinum $15,000
(5 Comps*)


Gold $10,000
(3 Comps*)


Silver $5,000
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Event sponsorships are also available!

For more information please contact:
Leesa Teel, leesa.teel@iadc.org or Lori Gagula, lori.gagula@iadc.org at +1.713.292.1945.

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Hotel Information

Please make your room reservations directly with the hotel.


The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
921 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: +1.504.524.1331
Single/Double Occupancy: $269 per night
Rates available until 15 October 2018.
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IADC Annual General Meeting