World Petroleum Council announces the theme for the 24th World Petroleum Congress in Calgary in September 2023


Calgary will host the 24th World Petroleum Congress from September 17-21st, 2023. The World Petroleum Congress is the premier oil and gas conference in the world and hosts the most senior government and industry leaders in the global energy industry triennially.

The program for the 2023 event in Calgary is being managed by the Canadian National Committee of the World Petroleum Council (WPC) organization comprised of Canadian energy professionals.

In advance of the 23rd World Petroleum Congress taking place in Houston, Texas from December 5-9th

, 2021 the National Committee of Canada announced at a recent press conference in Calgary that the theme for the 2023 Congress will be: Energy Transition - the Path to Net Zero.

“This theme is important for the World Petroleum Congress and its members and it reflects the exciting future in the global energy industry and the strategic direction of WPC,” said Denis Painchaud, President of the Canadian Organizing Committee. “A lot of what happens in Calgary will help shape the direction of the global energy industry in the years to come. Conversations will help define realistic, workable paths to a net-zero future and help elevate the Canadian energy sector for the next 25 years and beyond, helping ensure that jobs and investment stay in Canada.”

The Calgary Congress will highlight best practices from all areas of our industry and will include program content and participation opportunities for all involved in upstream, downstream, midstream, and transportation. There will be opportunities for everybody, pipeline, value add companies (e.g., petrochemicals), supply chain companies and the clean technology sector that all play an important part in our evolving future.

“The Calgary Congress presents a unique opportunity to have a global audience focused on the energy sector of Canada and Alberta,” said Sonya Savage, Minister of Energy for the Government of Alberta. “This will allow Canada to promote foreign direct investment opportunities, partnerships, exports of Canadian technologies, including clean tech, and demonstrate that Canada is a progressive global energy leader.”

The 24th World Petroleum Congress in Calgary will welcome an estimated 15,000 visitors, delegates, exhibitors and media from around the world. “I am pleased that Calgary will be hosting the 24th World Petroleum Congress with the forward-thinking theme of Energy Transition – the Path to Net Zero,” says Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondi. “Hosting the 2023 Congress will not only drive significant economic impact for our city, but it will allow us to showcase our expertise and the great work that is happening right now as a global energy transition leader.”

“The Calgary Congress will continue the tradition of addressing the key industry issues including climate change and the environment and comes at a critical time after COP26 when the world is expecting a transition to net zero,” said Dr Pierce Riemer, Director General for the World Petroleum Council.

Today also marks the launch of the sponsorship packages for the 2023 Congress in Calgary. WPC Canada looks forward to developing meaningful partnerships with local, national and international companies and organizations that will be able to network and connect with global energy leaders.

The WPC Canada team will be leading a group of Canadian partners to the upcoming Congress in Houston in December to invite the world back to Calgary for 2023 and begin discussions with many global partners about becoming sponsors of the event. The Canada Pavilion will be open during the entire Congress to meet and engage energy sector leaders. Any Canadian companies that are interested in joining Team Canada in Houston or who wish to have a conversation about a partnership for 2023 should visit the WPC Canada website at

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