May 17, 2023 - 4 PM EST

Certified Gas for Buyers

Venue: Online


All gas is not created equal, and it will no longer be treated that way. Now that natural gas buyers can specify the methane intensity of their supply, and choose lower emitting gas, there is nowhere for high-emitting suppliers to hide. Join MiQ for an overview on the impact of certified gas – the tool which independently verifies methane intensity from well-head to burner tip. Meet industry experts from the utility sector and heavy industry who invest in certified gas for an engaging discussion.

Gas buyers can now help the planet eliminate oil and gas methane emissions this decade!


You can watch the webinar on demand by registering here.

Moderator: MiQ CEO, Georges Tijbosch
- Elsa Valay-Paz, VP Gas Acquisition, SoCalGas
- Catherine Payne, Gas Procurement Manager, CF Industries
- Keith C. Shoemaker, Senior Vice President Commercial, EQT

Georges Tijbosch

Georges Tijbosch



Georges Tijbosch is Chief Executive at MiQ (Methane Intelligence), a not-for-profit climate tech foundation undertaking cutting-edge work to reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector.

Georges is the former Director of Origination at Centrica, where he managed the team responsible for Centrica’s large gas and power transactions. These included strategic gas supply deals, the strategic acquisition of innovative power trader NEAS Trading, and European green certificate deals.

Before that, Georges was a director for ten years at London investment bank commodity trading desks. His previous positions include Director of Energy Sales at Goldman Sachs, Head of EMEA Energy Marketing at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Head of EMEA Commodity Finance at JP Morgan.

Georges began his career in 1996 at BP Benelux as Sales and Marketing Manager for fuels and lubricants, and joined BP’s London trading floor in 2000 as Senior Marketer, Oil Derivatives. He holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

Elsa Valay-Paz

Elsa Valay-Paz

VP Gas Acquisition, SoCalGas

Elsa Valay-Paz is vice president of gas acquisition for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra regulated utility. She is responsible for procuring natural gas for SoCalGas’ and San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) residential and small commercial customers and delivering it to the utilities’ system.

Previously, Valay-Paz served as director of supply management for SDG&E, also a Sempra regulated utility, where she oversaw supply management, supplier diversity and logistics. Before that, she was director of origination and energy supply and dispatch for SDG&E, where she directed the energy procurement department.

Valay-Paz serves on the Board of Trustees of the Fleet and Science Center and as a board member of the American Heart Association Los Angeles Board of Directors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and a master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University.

Catherine Payne

Catherine Payne

Gas Procurement Manager, CF Industries

Catherine Payne is a manager of natural gas at CF Industries, headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois. She is responsible for supplying the natural gas feedstock for CF's nitrogen complexes located in Ontario and Alberta, as well as risk management through hedging and managing transportation assets to support fertilizer production. CF is a global leader in nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing and distribution; as well as one of North America's largest natural gas end users, consuming approximately 1.0 BCF per day across 7 locations. Today, CF is taking significant steps to leverage its leading asset base to support a global hydrogen and clean fuel economy, which is expected to grow significantly over the next decade, through the production of green and low-carbon ammonia.

Prior to joining CF in 2018, Ms. Payne spent over 7 years at an industry leading natural gas marketing organization, beginning her career in Calgary before moving to the Midwest. While there she held roles in producer services, mid-market supply origination, and end user marketing.

Ms. Payne is a graduate of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Keith C. Shoemaker

Keith C. Shoemaker

Senior Vice President Commercial, EQT

Professional Experience

Keith Shoemaker has served as SVP of Commercial since March of 2020.  At EQT, Keith leads all Commercial activities including Strategy, Physical and Financial Trading and Fundamental Analysis.  

Prior to EQT, Keith led Rice Energy’s Marketing effort.  Keith has managed trading teams at Louis Dreyfus, Phibro and Sempra Energy Trading and commodity desks at JP Morgan, BNP Paribas and Citizens Bank.


Mr. Shoemaker holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a MBA from the University of Houston.

Industry/Community Leadership

Mr. Shoemaker serves on the board of Laurel Mountain Midstream and represents EQT at the AGA and LNG Allies.

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