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Exploring a Better Energy Future
Svalex Expedition 2013

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About the Webcast

One of the greatest challenges our society faces is how to provide sustainable energy to the 9 billion people who will be alive on the planet in 2050. The new energy mix needed to solve this global challenge will require imaginative thinking as well as openness and collaboration between organizations, academic institutions, and government entities. How can leaders in the oil and gas industry encourage purpose-driven innovation and act as responsible stewards for the next generation’s energy needs? How do we engage and empower future energy leaders?

MIT Technology Review’s Jason Pontin and Statoil’s Jonathan Matthews discuss how today’s energy companies stay competitive not just through technological innovation, but also by engaging in education and sponsoring programs like the Svalex Arctic Expedition. The expedition, a multidisciplinary program organized on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, offers a unique learning environment for students in petroleum-related fields. After the interview you can watch a documentary for an exclusive look at what a student’s life on the expedition is like.

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  • Jason Pontin

    Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review; Chairman, MIT Enterprise Forum

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    Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief and Publisher, MIT Technology Review; Chairman, MIT Enterprise Forum

    As editor in chief, Jason Pontin is responsible for the editorial direction, media platforms, and business strategy of MIT Technology Review. He also serves as chairman of its international entrepreneurial network, MIT Enterprise Forum. Mr. Pontin joined MIT Technology Review in 2004 as its editor and was named publisher in August 2005.

    From 1996 to 2002, Pontin was the editor of Red Herring, a business and technology publication. From 2002 to 2004 he served as editor in chief of the Acumen Journal, which he founded, covering the business, economic, and policy implications of discoveries in biotechnology and the life sciences. He has written for national and international publications, including the New York Times, the Economist, the Financial Times, Wired, and the Believer. He is a frequent guest on television and radio.

  • Jonathan Matthews

    Vice President, Heavy Oil Technology Centre, Statoil Canada

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    Jonathan Matthews, Vice President, Heavy Oil Technology Centre, Statoil Canada

    Jonathan Matthews is Vice President of Statoil Canada’s Heavy Oil Technology Centre (HOTC) and is located in Calgary. The primary focus of the HOTC is on delivering innovative technologies that will help make Statoil’s Kai Kos Dehseh Oil Sands Partnership (KOSP) profitable while supporting continuous environmental performance objectives. Prior to joining Statoil, Jonathan spent 20 years working in the Canadian Oil Sands with Shell Canada and Syncrude Canada in various technical and leadership roles. Jonathan graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Geological Engineering degree and a Master's of Science. He is a member of the Association for Professional Engineers, Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and has provided leadership to various initiatives in the Canadian oil sands.

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