For more than 20 years, the Border Energy Forum has worked to increase regional development of clean energy projects, promote cross-border energy trade, and advance technologies and innovative solutions for sustainable resource management. We offer a rare opportunity to interact with the highest level players in the energy industry from both sides of the border in a professional but intimate setting.
Past speakers have included:
George Prescott Bush is a native Texan, born in Houston on April 24, 1976. He was elected Texas Land Commissioner on Nov. 4, 2014, earning more votes than any other statewide candidate on the ballot. Commissioner Bush took office on Jan. 2, 2015. As Texas Land Commissioner, he works to ensure Texas veterans get the benefits they’ve earned, oversees investments that earn billions of dollars for public education and manages state lands to produce the oil and gas that is helping make America energy independent. Commissioner Bush also watches over the Alamo and preserves historic archives at the General Land Office that date back to the Spanish Empire.
Commissioner Bush has dedicated his life to public service, working as a public school teacher in Miami after graduating from Rice University and serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Commissioner Bush is a successful businessman. He joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP after earning his Juris Doctorate at the University of Texas School of Law. He subsequently co-founded Pennybacker Capital LLC, a real estate private equity firm, in 2007, and St. Augustine Partners LLC, a Fort Worth-based investment firm focused on oil and gas transactions and consulting for private businesses.
Commissioner Bush is also committed to helping fellow Texans in his private life. He co-chaired a $30 million capital campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters in North Texas and served as the co-chairman of the Dallas/Fort Worth Celebration of Reading. He was the Tarrant County chairman for Uplift Education — a highly successful Dallas-based public charter network focused on closing the achievement gap in inner-city public schools. He also served on the Board of Trustees for the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.
Commissioner Bush is the grandson of President George H.W. Bush, the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the nephew of President George W. Bush. He lives in Austin with his wife, Amanda, and their sons, Prescott and Jack.
Vicente Fox served as President of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. The first candidate from an opposition party to be elected president since 1920, he garnered 42 percent of the vote, marking the first time that the then-dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party had lost a presidential election. Under his leadership, the country experienced a stretch of fundamental economic strength and stability.
Although in 1991 Mr. Fox did not officially win his first run for Governor of his home state of Guanajuato, in 1995 he was elected by an overwhelming majority of two votes to one. Under Fox’s leadership from 1995 to 1999, Guanajuato became the fifth most important Mexican state economy and, in certain productive sectors, even surpassed the national average.
Mr. Fox studied Business Administration at the Universidad Iberoamericana. He then received a Top Management Diploma at the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States. He rose in the Coca-Cola Company from a route supervisor to the president of the company for Mexico and Latin America.
President Fox’s upbringing on a ranch in Guanajuato taught him to value the loyalty of everyday people, and to appreciate Mexico’s enormous potential to become one of the world’s leading nations. He said, I fully understand the value of opportunities. I grew up on an ejido with peasant children and the only difference between myself and my childhood friends lies in the opportunities I received.
Since leaving office, Vicente Fox has been involved in public speaking and in the development of Centro Fox, a center for the advancement and study of democracy that encourages a sense of commitment and solidarity among the Mexican population for the underprivileged and for those who have not enjoyed the benefits of development.
In his book, released in October 2007, Revolution of Hope, The Life, Faith and Dreams of a Mexican President Fox outlines a new vision of hope for the future of the Americas.
Amanda Martin-Brock, Founder and CEO of Water Standard, has spent her career focused in the global oil and gas, power and water sectors.
She was named one of the top 10 women in energy by the Houston Chronicle and Water Standard is now recognized as a leader and pioneer in water treatment for water-based IOR/EOR and produced water treatment/reuse.
She serves on the Board of the Texas Business Hall of Fame and the Harte Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies. She is regularly asked to speak and participate at global events including the Water Forum at the Aspen Institute, the Goldman Sachs Global Industrial Conference, the Water 2.0 Conference by the Water Innovations Alliance in New York, the Business and Professional Women’s Leadership Summit sponsored by the US Senate, and as Innovation Speaker at the GASTECH Conference in Abu Dhabi.
She was also invited by Bloomberg to attend the 50 Thought Leaders in Water global conference held late 2012. She chaired the Water/Energy Panel at the 2011 American Water Summit and co-chaired the 2012 Water & Energy: Upstream Supply & Demand Management Strategies Conference in Houston.
She is a regular columnist writing on the Water Energy Nexus for Global Water Intelligence.
Mr. Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, on April 19, 1957. He obtained his B.A. in Economics at the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, and later pursued graduate studies in Economics at the Arizona State University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Guajardo was Chief Economist of the Brazil Section, and Associate Economist in the Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund (1988-1991), before becoming Director of the North American Free Trade Agreement Affairs Office, based at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D. C. (1994).
Mr. Guajardo was elected Federal Deputy in the LVIII Legislature (2000 – 2003), before being appointed in Nuevo Leon as Head of the Governor’s Executive Office (2003 – 2006). In 2006, he ran as candidate for Congress for the First Local District of Monterrey, position that he won, becoming leader of the Minority Group of the Nuevo Leon State Congress, in the LXX Legislature.
He has been a full time Professor at the Autonomous University of Nuevo León; and Assistant Professor at the Arizona State University and the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.
On December 1st of 2012, Mr. Guajardo Villarreal was appointed as Secretary of the Economy by President Enrique Peña Nieto.
In October 2009, Gary Doer assumed his responsibilities as Canada’s 23rd representative to the United States of America.
Prior to taking up his current position in Washington, Ambassador Doer served as Premier of Manitoba for ten years. During that time, he worked extensively with U.S. Governors to enhance Canada-U.S. cooperation on trade, agriculture, water protection, climate change and renewable energy.
Ambassador Doer won three consecutive elections as Premier of Manitoba with successive increased majorities. In 2005, he was named by Business Week magazine as one of the top 20 international leaders on climate change. His government introduced balanced budgets during each of his ten years in office while reducing many taxes, including a plan to eliminate small business tax. As Premier, he led strategic investments in health care, education, and training and infrastructure.
Ambassador Doer hails from Winnipeg. He is married with two daughters.