World Heavy Oil Congress gathers industry professionals from more than 14 countries

    More than 800 delegates and 1,000 Exhibition Visitors Expected to Attend

    EDMONTON, March 10 /CNW/ - Leading professionals in the heavy oil
industry convene in Edmonton at the World Heavy Oil Congress beginning today
to promote heavy oil technology development, foster relationships between
supply and demand countries, educate industry personnel on unconventional
approaches and environmental sustainability, and network with colleagues from
around the globe.
    More than 800 Congress delegates are expected to attend the three day
Congress - the world's premier international technical and business conference
and exhibition specializing in the heavy oil industry. Of these 800 delegates,
more than 30 per cent are from international countries including China,
Brazil, Venezuela, Russia, Norway, Spain, France, Netherlands, Colombia,
Argentina, Kazakhstan and USA. In addition, approximately 1,000 visitors are
expected to attend the exhibition.
    "We are excited about the response we have received regarding the event
being hosted in Edmonton. For many, Alberta lies at the very heart of the
heavy oil industry," said Simon Mellor, Commercial and Business Director, dmg
world media. "Registration numbers exceeded expectations and we are also
thrilled with the caliber of speakers in both the Business Conference and
Technical Conference. Attendees will hear presentations from top industry
leaders and we are pleased to welcome the Honourable Rafael Ramirez Carreno,
President of PDVSA and Venezuela's Minister of Energy and Petroleum for a
special presentation at one of our social events."
    This year's Congress mandate is "Unconventional Oil Challenging
Conventional Expectations." Key topics are environmental sustainability,
sustainable development, technological advances and processes. The business
conference will address the theme "the challenges of managing success" from
both an environmental and social perspective.

    The Business Conference will feature:
    -   24 presentations by key industry leaders from Canada, USA, China,
        Venezuela, Brazil, India, Russia and more, starting on March 10 and
        concluding March 11.

    The Technical Conference will feature:
    -   138 technical papers to be presented by speakers from the
        international unconventional oil community on March 11 and 12.

    -   Exhibition comprised of 80 specialized companies featuring the latest
        technologies, products and services in the heavy oil industry.

    -   Three luncheon speakers:
        - Monday, March 10th - Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta
        - Tuesday, March 11th - Dr. Armando Zamora, Director General, ANH
        - Wednesday, March 12th - Catherine Hughes, VP Oil Sands, Husky
          Energy Inc.

    -   Four Technical Tours - featuring University of Alberta, Alberta
        Research Council, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and the
        Heartland Development Agency

    -   Three high-profile social networking events

    The event was originally founded in Beijing, China in November 2006
through a collaboration between the Government of Alberta, China National
Petroleum Corporation and dmg world media.
    Registration for WHOC, its conferences, technical tours and social
events, is open and available at
    For registration information, please contact Amy Arch at (403) 209-3575
or by email at
    For media requests, please contact Shauna MacDonald at (403) 585-4570 or
by email at

    Dignitaries may be available for media interviews on the subjects of
global heavy oil and the World Heavy Oil Congress. To book pre-event
interviews, please contact Shauna MacDonald, Brookline Public Relations by
email at, or by phone at (403) 585-4570. Media
accreditation will be given to qualified media to attend WHOC. You may contact
Shauna MacDonald for those details as well.

    About the World Heavy Oil Congress

    The World Heavy Oil Congress is the world's premier international
technical and business conference and exhibition specializing in the heavy oil
industry. The importance of bringing heavy oil to the global market in order
to satisfy the world's thirst for energy is becoming increasingly key. The
technological and strategic challenges that arise in bringing this rich
resource to fruition will be tackled at the World Heavy Oil Congress by
producing countries and expert professionals within the industry. Hosted by
the City of Edmonton, Supported by the Government of Alberta, and organized by
dmg world media and CNPC-Alberta Petroleum Centre (CAPC), the World Heavy Oil
Congress will be held March 10 - 12, 2008 at the Shaw Conference Centre in
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. For more information, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Shauna MacDonald at (403) 585-4570 or by email

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