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TONY CIONI
TONY CIONI
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TONY CIONI

As a 21-year old student, Tony lived in St. Petersburg in chaotic post-Soviet Russia. Tony also lived in Kazakhstan for 3.5 years, after moving from Kuwait to sidestep the second Gulf War of 2003. He goes to Coachella every year in an attempt to not always act his age. This is slightly less scary than Tony’s 2005 tourist trip up the Kyber Pass to the Pakistan – Afghan border.

Tony has built an impressive career in energy law, specializing in domestic and international exploration and production development. With more than two decades of international experience, Tony’s work has touched 40+ countries. His language skills in Russian, French and Italian, combined with his international petroleum sector experience make him a dynamic leader in energy law. He is called in Alberta and England, and is listed for Energy in Chambers and International Who’s Who. He is currently a board member and the Secretary of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).

PAT CUNNINGHAM
PAT CUNNINGHAM
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PAT CUNNINGHAM

Pat’s colleagues think he must have been a spy. He is one of few gringos who grew up as a child in Peru. After transitioning from operational geology into international business development, Pat steadily worked north Africa and the Middle East; including a 10-year residence in Cairo where he learned Arabic. He joined Talisman during its first 6 months, running the company’s business development initiatives in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Pat has negotiated with each sanctioned government in the “Axis of Evil”; Cuba, Libya, Iran and North Korea.

Pat specializes in upstream contract negotiation, with an emphasis on Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa. In addition to his time with Talisman, Pat has worked for Pluspetrol, Amoco Europe and Getty Texaco.

NICK BRYANSKIY
NICK BRYANSKIY
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NICK BRYANSKIY

Born in the coldest place on Earth, Nick spent his formative years patrolling power lines with his grandfather. Nick won his first court of appeal case at 19 and went on to become a human rights lawyer for the European Court in Strasbourg, France. After living in a Dutch “woongroup”, investigating war crimes and inspecting mental hospitals in Central Asia, Nick chose the world of small-town Alberta and settled down as a Canadian power lawyer.

In the last decade, Nick has permitted over a hundred Canadian energy projects and one First Nations casino. As a regulatory lawyer, Nick is best at connecting projects to the grid and dealing with rates and tariffs. With his four international law degrees, Nick is also helping clients comply with sanctions, anti-corruption and money laundering rules in tough foreign markets – Russia, Kazakhstan, China and Iran, just to name a few. Nick’s international focus is on Europe and the former Soviet Union as he speaks fluent Russian and some (rusty) Dutch and French.

HEATHER LILLES
HEATHER LILLES
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HEATHER LILLES

Heather was born, raised and started her career as a fledgling lawyer in the Canadian oilpatch. Heather is a libertarian who believes in the power of free markets. She travels extensively amongst the small, arena-bearing towns of Alberta, remotely working, tying skates, raising her three children and occasionally scrambling up the peaks of the Rocky Mountains. She practices law and rallies against Ottawa to stand proudly behind the valiant and tenacious, if dogged, Canadian energy industry, whether it is operating at home or abroad.

As a consequence her many years of petroleum sector experience, Heather transitions seamlessly from large scale, international energy transactions and tax-driven global corporate restructuring to engaging with entrepreneurs and emerging companies in energy-related and other nascent industries, fostering the growth of these early ventures to develop flexible business models that maximize development and enable long-term success. In her practice, she often steps into the role of general corporate counsel for private corporations, providing business-oriented corporate/commercial advice and placing her at the executive boardroom table. She is also a lead legal researcher, teacher and academic in Calgary on oil and gas regulatory and operational matters. She has a Masters in Law specializing in joint operator liability for abandonment and reclamation obligations, particularly for joint venturers who find themselves (or their partners) in the vicinity of insolvency.

Renee Matthews
Renee Matthews
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Renee Matthews

The right side of Renee’s brain almost got the best of her legal career. Once headed toward a future in fine art, mingling with the painters, designers and café-society daydreamers. Instead of a lobotomy, Renee opted to bridge the gap and since then, the battle of the brain hemispheres has made her a vibrant energy lawyer in a field often painted in static shades of black and white.

With a decade of experience in the energy sector advising clients on many of the complex commercial and legal aspects of power projects and oil and gas transactions, Renee now drinks coffee for practical, not poetic reasons. Her practice includes negotiating domestic and international joint venture, joint operating and partnership arrangements, the cross-border acquisition and divestiture of energy assets, and the structuring of upstream oil and gas exploration, development, and production projects. She also assists clients with a variety of corporate/commercial matters pertaining to the development of onshore and offshore oil and gas and power projects around the world.