Walter Canova


Vice President, Refining & Industrial Processes

Walter Canova is currently Vice President of Refining and Industrial Processes of Ecopetrol SA, a position he assumed in April 2020. He is married and father of four children. He is a chemical engineer from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, with an MBA from the University of Belgrano, Argentina. He also has a specialization in project management and management and leadership program at universities in North Carolina and Houston in the United States. His entry into the Ecopetrol organization was in March 2017 as Vice President of Operations of Reficar SAS and then assumed the General Management of Ecopetrol's Cartagena refinery. He has 30 years of experience in the oil refining and logistics business, in companies such as ExxonMobil, Axion Energy and Puma Energy, in which he held positions such as Operations Manager, Project Manager and General Manager. Among his strengths are his extensive technical knowledge in several refineries around the world, his extensive experience in process safety, HSE and business management systems as well as his leadership capacity to promote collaborative work in achieving common goals.

Sessions With Walter Canova

Tuesday, 8 March

  • 05:50pm - 06:30pm (CST) / 08/mar/2022 11:50 pm - 09/mar/2022 12:30 am

    Reinventing the Downstream

    Panel Upstream Oil & Gas

    Downstream oil companies are nimbly adapting to changing policies and consumer preferences while maintaining the “base business” of providing affordable and reliable fossil oil products. New business models are emerging to capture these new opportunities including partnerships with agricultural, petrochemicals, technology, and other parties that, together with a downstream company, can repurpose the refining asset base, midstream infrastructure, and petroleum marketing networks to supply lower-carbon fuels and address climate goals. What are the strategies being taken to adapt to shifting products market need from policymakers and consumers? What is a framework to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of being an early mover into a new fuels market or adopting a decarbonization technology vs. taking a more conservative position? Will there an ability to scale new fuels in a major way and also to capture a premium for lower-carbon products beyond the policy incentive credits?