Gala Dinner – African Nite

Join us for an African Nite gala dinner on 13 June 2018 at 6.30pm at the Calgary Petroleum Club during the Global Petroleum Show week.

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This gala dinner event will:

  • highlight opportunities for investment in the petroleum industry in countries including Nigeria against the background of local content policies.
  • discuss strategies adopted by Canadian companies to integrate indigenous members of local communities within their supply chain.
  • discuss transferable strategies that have worked in Africa to integrate indigenous communities into the supply chain of companies
  • appreciate entrepreneurs that have made local content and indigenous oil companies a great success story in Africa
  • present business opportunities available to Africans in diaspora through local content policies.
  • networking and many more with great food and wine


This dinner follows a successful international Local Content Conference, which we, Marak Alliance organized in Houston, Texas on 01 - 02 May 2018 during the OTC week. Keynote address of the Conference was presented by H.E. Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, former president of Nigeria; and Mr. Shawn Bennett, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Oil and Gas, Department of Energy, United States.

The Conference was attended by a diverse and experienced group of speakers and panelists from countries including but not limited to United States, United Kingdom, Nigeria, Netherlands, Mexico, Cote D’Ivoire, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, and Mozambique provided in-depth insight, as well as, actionable and practical tools for designing and implementing local content mostly African countries. The Conference highlighted the importance of encouraging entrepreneurship through local content. More details can be found on the event’s website at:

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Invited Special Guests:

Ambassador Adeyinka Olatokunbo Asekun

Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada

His Excellency Mr. Adeyinka Asekun is a business management professional, a seasoned banking and marketing/sales practitioner, and the current Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada.

Mr. Austin Ojunekwu Avuru

Chief Executive Officer, Seplat

Mr. Avuru is a co-founder of Seplat, was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 May 2010. He obtained a Geology degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1980 and a post-graduate diploma in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1992.

Akanimo Udofia

Managing Director, Desicon Engineering Limited

Highly experienced Executive with over 25 years within the Oil and Gas Industry in Nigeria. Extensive work and partnerships with a number of International Oil Companies, has led to the successful award and completion of projects worth over $10bn (USD) in the last 10 years.
Continued responsibility for the overall strategy, sustainability, growth and strong performance of Desicon Engineering Limited.

Event Information

Event Venue

The event will take place at the Calgary Petroleum Club

We look forward to welcoming you at the gala dinner. For any enquiries please call Lorcenda Ozi, Event Manager, Marak Alliance on 832.404.7429 or email: