James C. Allison; Risk Manager, Natural Gas and Power, North America - ConocoPhillips
Jim Allison has been the risk manager for the ConocoPhillips natural gas and power commercial activities in North America since the merger of Conoco and Phillips in 2002. Jim joined Conoco in 1982, and spent most of his career in the strategic planning area, focusing on issues of decision analysis and performance evaluation. He has an MBA from the University of Virginia, and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Princeton University. Since the financial crisis of 2008 he has been actively engaged in the legislative and regulatory policy discussions regarding responses to the crisis, and he is now spending a substantial portion of his time interacting with legislators and regulators who are working on these issues.
Mike Gill, Senior Policy Advisor - Crowell & Moring LLP
Mike Gill is a senior policy advisor with Crowell & Moring's Public Policy Practice Group. Mike advises clients in a wide range of industries on public policy matters, representing them before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies.
He counsels clients on policy issues related to financial services reform, specifically regulation of the OTC derivatives market and energy trading regulation, as well as trade policy and matters involving agricultural biotechnology.
Prior to joining Crowell, Mike served in a number of leadership roles in Washington-based trade associations. Mike's experience included management of several political advocacy coalitions as well as coordinating trans-Atlantic policy seminars in Europe with a number of European governments. Mike has a broad legislative background having served as a staff assistant to Senator John C. Danforth (R-MO), as a legislative aide and communications director for Representative Paul Gillmor (R-5th District, Ohio) and as a legislative aide for Representative Jim Greenwood (R-8th District, Pennsylvania).
Mike has earned a M.A. in Government from The Johns Hopkins University, a B.A. in Economics from the University of Dayton, and is currently a student at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.
Since 2005, Mike has been a guest lecturer for the LIMAK Johannes Kepler University Business School, Linz, Austria - Washington Executive MBA program.
Louis Caron, Global Lead, Energy Commodity Risk Management – RiskAdvisory
Louis Caron is the Global Lead for Energy Commodity Risk Management at RiskAdvisory. Originally a financial and physical commodities trader with TransCanada Energy Management and Western Gas Marketing, in 1995 he helped found RiskAdvisory, leading the formation and growth of the software group that develops and markets SAS BookRunner. Louis led the transition of business activities when RiskAdvisory was acquired by SAS in 2003. Currently he provides software consulting to clients around the world based on his extensive energy trading and risk management domain expertise.