IADC Annual General Meeting


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.

StartNovember 3, 2021EndNovember 5, 2021
CountryUnited States
Fairmont Dallas

2019 Event Demographics

Registrants by Job Title

  • Management
  • Press
  • Quality, Health, Safety & Environment
  • Library/Miscellaneous
  • Training/Education
  • Company Owner/Corporate Officer
  • Completion Engineer
  • Drilling and/or Completion Operations
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Student
  • Complimentary
  • Drilling & Completion Engineer






Registrants by Location

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Venue & Hotel

Hotel Fairmont Dallas

Address 1717 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201
Phone +1 214 720 2020

Negotiated Room Rate $225 Single/Double Occupancy
Expires: 11 October 2021

NOTE: The negotiated room block will be released by the 11th of October. Please make your room reservations directly with the hotel. Please be sure to mention the IADC Annual General Meeting to obtain discounted rate.

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Venue Details

1717 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

Registration Information

As the industry continues to navigate the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, IADC will tailor its 2021 conferences to better serve its members and their guests. For the 2021 conference line-up, IADC will offer two ways to attend – both in-person and virtual attendance options. Conference registration will be structured for these options. IADC will resume its member/non-member registration pricing for the 2022 conferences.

  • Registration fee: In-person: $600, Virtual: $510  *Use PDF form to register virtual attendee
  • Spouses/Guests are invited to attend the 2 Receptions (to be used in conjunction with a paid attendee).  Please use the Guest Registration form.
  • Employees of federal regulatory agencies may be eligible for a 50% discount on conference registration.
  • Speakers and sponsors are not eligible for online registration.
  • In order to receive a letter of invitation, IADC requires payment via Wire Transfer. The wire transfer information is included on the registration form. (Complete the Conference Registration Form PDF above)
  • IADC offers discounted registration to full time students not currently employed in industry.  Please contact registration@iadc.org for further information.
  • No refunds will be made for cancellations 30 days prior to the conference date.

Press Policy

Complimentary press registration is limited to one (1) person per company. This individual must be a titled editor, writer, reporter or other bona fide editorial representative of a legitimate industry or consumer publication. Publishers and sales and marketing specialists are excluded from this complimentary registration practice and must pay the full conference registration fee to attend an event.

Need Help? registration@iadc.org / +1.713.292.1945


Wednesday, 3 November

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

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

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

11:30 am-5 pm  IADC Executive Committee Meeting (Committee Members Only)  Garden Room

3-5 pm  Early Registration  Foyer

5-7 pm  Welcoming Reception  Sponsored by Enverus  Pavilion Room

Thursday, 4 November

7:45 am  Registration & Coffee Service Sponsored by Pason Systems USA  International Ballroom Foyer

8:20 am  Baker Hughes Keynote Breakfast International Ballroom Foyer
Hosts: Chuck Chauviere & Matt Mosley, Baker Hughes

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.

Randy Smith, Founder, Smith Mason & Co. (Retired)
Randy Smith began his career in Natchez, Mississippi, working on workover rigs. He worked summers on pipeline jobs for both land and offshore Gulf of Mexico. Randy graduated from Delta State Univ. in coaching and teaching science. He worked 4 years in Iran with SEDCO on land rigs as roughneck, derrick hand, asst. driller and Driller. He also taught drilling and well control. Randy progressed into the role of personnel coordinator for West Africa with Sedco for two years also working in the North Sea on offshore rigs teaching well control for Sedco. In 1986 Randy started Randy Smith Training Solutions teaching well control, stuck pipe prevention, True training, drilling technology, and Leadership and Safety leadership in over 40 countries until 2008 upon his retirement. Randy has participated in countless IADC conferences as speaker and as a member of program committees.

Linda Ibrahim, Chief Accounting Officer & VP Tax, Vantage Drilling
Linda Ibrahim serves as the Chief Accounting Officer and VP of Tax at Vantage Drilling. Linda has over twenty-four years of experience with a focus on the energy industry. As part of her global responsibilities, she manages a team of professionals, ensures timely, accurate financial statement preparation and external reporting, and develops the company’s tax strategy in over 25 countries. While most of her time is spent in the corporate office, Linda relishes the opportunity to go offshore or visit field offices. She is the Past Chair of the IADC Tax Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of two non-profit organizations, Lean In Energy and Ovarcome.

9:45 am  Coffee Service Sponsored by Pason Systems USA

10 am  Regulator/Industry Engagement for Progress Across the O&G Sector  Venetian Room
The International Regulator Forum, (IRF) have identified several areas of concern across their respective jurisdictions. IADC and IOGP have been engaged by the IRF to verify that concerns are shared, are on the industry’s agenda, and to ensure industry’s solutions to reduce risk are being progressed. The specific opportunities for improvement are documented in IRF held “problem statements” and are in the areas of Well Control, Digitalization in a HTO perspective and Investigation Quality/Learning. IADC and IOGP already have several initiatives underway to help address the concerns. Panelists will provide an overview of efforts to date, future plans and more wholistically, what such regulatory/industry engagement could mean in setting direction for industry as we continue our drive for both efficiency and zero incidents.

11 am  New Industry Training Programs – What’s the Impact for your Company?
New training programs have rolled out in 2021 that directly impact onshore safety and training.  In this presentation, you will hear an Operator perspective about the Basin United Program and the Onshore Safety Alliance.  Join us as we take a look into why these programs were developed, what they aim to accomplish, and how they impact your company.

11:30 am  Annual General Meeting Luncheon
The luncheon will feature recognition of IADC officer nominees for 2022 and presentation of the 2021 IADC Chairman’s plaque.

Luncheon Keynote Presentation: Rod Henson, Vice President – Wells, ExxonMobil
Rod Henson is Vice President of the Wells organization within ExxonMobil’s Upstream Integrated Solutions company.  He holds a BSc degree in Petroleum Engineering and has over 30 years’ experience in the energy industry. Rod first joined Mobil Exploration and Producing U.S. in 1989 in Midland, Texas and has worked with Mobil and ExxonMobil his entire career.  He advanced through various engineering and operations roles throughout the United States and Indonesia prior to the merger between Exxon and Mobil.  Following the merger, Rod worked in various planning and leadership roles in the United States, the Middle East, Russia, and South America.  Prior to his current position, he served as the President of ExxonMobil’s Guyana affiliate, Esso Exploration & Production Guyana Limited.

1 pm  Digital Transformation – What Does it Really Mean?
There’s no shortage of discussion around Digital Transformation. Most will agree organizations that move with urgency to drive digital strategy throughout their businesses will define the industry’s future. Consider Digital Technology – we have had it for decades – seismic, wireline, rig operating systems. What does Digital Transformation really mean to industry? Cutting edge software solutions? Expertise in technology, data and digital? Open and connected digital twin solutions? The industry stakeholders will examine these important questions and share their perspectives.

Moderator: Paul Moorman, Managing Director, Energy Investment Banking, Stephens

Karma Slusarchuk, Wellbore Construction Champion, Parker Drilling

Carl Fehres, VP Digital Strategy, NOV

Alex Parmenter, Principle Portfolio Manager – Wells Delivery, BP

2 pm  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.

Chris Menefee, President, Unit Drilling

Robert Eifler, President & CEO, Noble Corporation

Sandy Esslemont, President & CEO, Parker Drilling Company

3 pm  Coffee Service  Sponsored by Pason Systems USA

3:15 pm  ESG Reporting Explained
A panel of experts will dive into the different aspects of ESG reporting.  Representatives from standards, ratings, and investment banking sectors will provide insight into how their respective companies utilize ESG data collected from the oil and gas industry.  The IADC Sustainability Committee will also provide an update on the ESG reporting guidance the committee has been developing over the past year.

4:15 pm  Identifying Cybersecurity Risks and Lessons Learned
The advancement of digitalization and remote monitoring technologies is rapidly revolutionizing the way organizations operate today.  Along with these advancements has come an increased risk of cybersecurity threats that can potentially expose the industrial assets and fleet to serious process safety hazards. This presentation will explore tactics used by malicious actors’ “hackers” and identify critical risks methodologies that should be exercised to mitigate associated risks. IADC’s Cybersecurity Committee is collaborating with industry leaders and cyber security strategists to consider current and emerging protocols for preventing this significant operational and enterprise threat. 

5-5:30 pm  IADC Board of Directors Meeting  (IADC Directors Only)  Venetian Room

6-8 pm  Annual General Meeting Reception  Sponsored by Caterpillar Inc.  International Ballroom

Friday, 5 November

8 am  Registration & Coffee Service

8:20 am  National Oilwell Varco Breakfast & Rig Census
Host: Clay Williams, Chairman, President & CEO, National Oilwell Varco
This year, NOV celebrates its 68th Annual Rig Census; in addition, and new for this year, there will be a review of the outcomes from focus group discussions with operators, looking into ways to align with rig and service providers. Clay Williams will be sharing insight from these conversations touching on better alignment in technology automation, data sharing, and the possible synergies within our industry. Mr. Williams will present this year’s census, a major statistical benchmark on the land and offshore drilling industry and focus group highlights.

Presentation of the 2021 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.

10 am  Coffee Service

10:15 am Sustaining a Workforce in the Midst of a Complex Energy Landscape
The Young Professionals Committee of the IADC invites you to attend a panel discussion on one of the greatest challenges facing our industry: How do we entice the people we need to deliver the energy the world needs? This is a cumbersome undertaking given the complexities of a changing energy landscape and the requirement for a workforce with unique skill sets. Hear how leaders in our industry are navigating their respective challenges to prepare for future demand.

Moderator: Grace Hurley, Product Marketing Manager, Nabors Industries

11 am  Market Outlook
Two highly regarded analysts will provide perspective to current market trends and some guideposts to 2022 and beyond.

Taylor Zurcher, Director in Energy Services & Equipment Research, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Additional speaker to be named

Noon  Adjournment: R. H. “Bob” Geddes, 2021 IADC Chairman; President & CEO, Ensign Energy Services


There are five 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. Note: no refunds for cancellations of sponsorships will be issued.

*Comps refer to number of complimentary registration
Interested? Contact stephanie.carling@iadc.org / +1.713.292.1945







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