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North America's Leading Energy Event
June 13-15, 2023
BMO Centre at Stampede Park - Calgary, Canada



Join some of Alberta’s best-known media personalities who will duke it out over which party is best suited to support Alberta’s energy industry

CALGARY, AB (February 14, 2019): New West Public Affairs and dmg events are proud to announce the details for the first stop in our “Global Petroleum Show 2019 Election Dialogues” media panels leading up to the 51st Edition of the 2019 Global Petroleum Show, North America’s leading energy event, hosted annually in Calgary.

On Tuesday, February 26, join us for an evening of engaging and timely conversation with our esteemed panel of guests including pollster and political commentator Janet Brown, Global News host Ryan Jespersen, and award-winning journalist Emma Graney.

This lively group will be moderated by former federal Cabinet Minister and sometimes media personality and New West Public Affair’s Principal, the Hon. Monte Solberg.

Highlighting the evening’s discussion will be the release of exclusive polling results conducted by Janet Brown Opinion Research on Albertan’s opinions on the pipeline to tidewater policies of the United Conservative Party and the Alberta New Democratic Party.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by panel presentations and discussions of the major energy issues that will undoubtedly be at the forefront of both the upcoming Alberta and Federal elections.

Where: The Wedgewood Room, Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, Edmonton, AB

When: February 26, 2019 from 5 – 7:30 pm (MST)

How to attend: $30/ticket (includes light refreshments), available online through Eventbrite. Purchase Tickets

The annual Global Petroleum Show attracts more than 50,000 international and domestic oil and gas executives from over 21,000 companies. In addition to providing a venue for these businesses to showcase their work, this year’s show will highlight the important work being done to advocate for the industry, the people who build their livelihood from it, the companies that power the world to new heights, and the innovators that make it a cleaner and safer place to live.

DMG Events

DMG Events is a leading organiser of face-to-face events and a publisher of trade magazines.

We aim to keep businesses informed and connect them with relevant communities to create vibrant marketplaces and to accelerate their business across multiple platforms.

dmg events organises more than 80 events across 25 countries, attracting over 425,000 attendees and delegates every year.  The company’s portfolio of products includes many industry leading events such as The Big 5 construction shows, ADIPEC and Gastech energy events.

Founded in 1989, the company is headquartered in Dubai, UAE, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT,, one of the largest media companies in the United Kingdom.

New West Public Affairs

New West Public Affairs is a privately-owned, national public affairs firm based in western Canada.

Headquartered in Calgary and with a team across the nation, New West offers businesses and organizations a full-range of government relations and communication services.

New West helps our clients understand the relevant facts, the personalities and how governments make decisions. We combine our decades of experience in the private and public sector to provide research, and the latest intel to help our clients maneuver complex business and public policy landscapes. Finally, we work with our clients to develop a strategy, tactics, messaging and a program of work designed to get results.



Janet Brown – Public Opinion Pollster

With over 25 years of experience in polling and market research, Janet Brown has developed a knack for asking the right people the right questions.

Throughout her career, Janet has managed research assignments for all levels of government and numerous private sector organizations. Based in Calgary, she specializes in designing research projects that give clients a clear understanding of the audiences and stakeholders they want to influence.

Janet publishes "Wild Ride", a quarterly report which tracks public opinion in Alberta, and Alberta’s rapidly evolving provincial scene. She is often invited to speak about political and social trends, and is a regular commentator on the CBC Calgary News at Six, Alberta Primetime on CTV2 in Alberta, and The Weekend Morning News on Global News Calgary.

She is co-author of a chapter in "Orange Chinook: Politics in the New Alberta", which was released by the University of Calgary Press on January 31, 2019. Janet's chapter is titled "Marginally Better", and it analyses the publicly released polling from the 2015 Alberta election.

Janet led a large scale public opinion research project for CBC Calgary in Spring 2018, as part of their series "Calgary: The Road Ahead". This research went beyond the "horse race" numbers to identify the underlying dynamics that are driving public opinion in Alberta ahead of the 2019 provincial election.

Janet continues to be active in the academic community, and has recently delivered guest lectures at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and Concordia University in Montreal.

 Ryan Jespersen – Host, Ryan Jespersen Show on Edmonton’s 630 CHED

Ryan talks news, politics, and pop culture as host of The Ryan Jespersen Show on Edmonton’s 630 CHED. Recognized as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture, and as one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 on Avenue Magazine’s inaugural list, Ryan’s established himself as a next-generation mover and shaker in Alberta’s capital city.

Ryan has extensive experience in media, having worked in newspaper and television (including six years as host of Breakfast Television) before moving to talk radio. He is a sought-after host and emcee, including his work as in-game host during Edmonton Oilers home games at Rogers Place.

Ryan’s community contributions have been recognized by the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (Lynda Steele Media Award), the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (Men of Honour Award), the Movember Foundation, Canadian Progress Club, the YWCA, and many other non-profit agencies across the province.

Emma Graney – Provincial Affairs Reporter, Edmonton Journal and Sun

Based out of the Alberta legislature press gallery, Emma Graney is provincial affairs reporter for the Edmonton Journal and Sun. She is also host of long-running weekly Alberta politics podcast, The Press Gallery.

Emma landed in Edmonton in 2016. Just in case her accent isn’t a dead giveaway, she’s an Aussie expat transplanted to Alberta following stints in British Columbia, Newfoundland and Saskatchewan. A Canadian citizen since 2017, she is now almost impossible to deport.

Emma’s journalism career began at a daily newspaper in Northern NSW, Australia, where her habit of jumping head-first into stories led to her hiking 100 kilometres through mountainous jungle in Papua New Guinea, selling a raffle ticket to then-prime minister John Howard and being crowned 2004 Jacaranda Holiday Princess (it’s a long story).

After relocating to Canada 12 years ago, Emma has crossed the country. She has worked at Legal Aid in Vancouver, was the first female editor of the Northern Pen newspaper in St. Anthony, Newfoundland, and covered Saskatchewan politics for the Regina Leader-Post. Picking up a bevy of journalism awards along the way, she now covers the daily rollercoaster of Alberta politics and in 2018 was awarded one of three Asia Pacific Foundation media fellowships in Canada to investigate artificial intelligence in China.

You can find her on twitter @EmmaLGraney, where she’s probably posting GIFs of cute animals.   


Hon. Monte Solberg – Principal, New West Public Affairs

Monte Solberg was an MP (Medicine Hat) from 1993-2008. He served as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and as Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.

Solberg was an MP in the caucuses of the Reform Party, the Canadian Alliance, and the Progressive Conservative Party. After leaving politics he wrote a column for SUN Media and is a contributor to the CBC Calgary Road Ahead series.

He frequently comments on politics. Today he is the Principal of New West Public Affairs.

You can follow him on twitter at @montesolberg