Chanllenge 2020

Conference Highlights May 4 -9


David Eaton

Geoscience, University of Calgary, Professor, NSERC/Chevron IRC in Microseismic System Dynamics and CREATE REDEVELOP Chair​

Dave is a Professor of Geophysics, he has an NSERC/Chevron Industrial Research Chair in Microseismic System Dynamics and is the Chair of CREATE ReDeveLoP. He is also author of the recently-published book, Passive Seismic Monitoring of Induced Seismicity. Dave received his BSc from Queen’s University in 1984 and his MSc and PhD from the University of Calgary in 1988 and 1992 respectively. Dr. Eaton completed post-doctoral research with Arco’s Research and Technical Services (Plano, Texas) and the Geological Survey of Canada (Ottawa). He rejoined the University of Calgary in 2007, following an 11-year academic career at the University of Western Ontario. Dave is presently Co-director of the Microseismic Industry Consortium, a novel, applied-research geophysical initiative, dedicated to the advancement of research, education and technological innovations in microseismic methods and their practical applications for resource development. In addition to microseismic monitoring and induced seismicity, his current research is also focused on intraplate earthquake swarms, and the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary beneath continents.

Celia Kennedy

Geoscience, University of Calgary, Program Manager of REDEVELOP

Celia received her BSc.(Hon) in Environmental Science from Carleton University (2005). She received her MSc in Environmental Biology (2010) and PhD in Hydrogeology (2017) from the University of Guelph. While managing the CREATE ReDeveLoP Program, Celia assists with the Microseismic Industry Consortium and is working on publications from her doctoral research in groundwater – surface water interaction in bedrock rivers. She is the mother of two engineers and had a prior 20-year career as a paralegal working in criminal and property law during the early years of implementation of environmental law in Ontario.


Jérôme Marty

Project Director at the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA), based in Ottawa.

Prior to joining the CCA in 2016, Jérôme held positions as a research scientist at the St. Lawrence River Institute (SLRI), as director of environment in a large consulting firm (WSP Canada), and recently as a science advisor at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). He led the first national risk assessment for oil and chemical spills in Canada and contributed as an expert to the CCA Commercial Marine Shipping Accidents report. Trained as a freshwater ecologist, Jérôme holds a MSc and PhD in Biology from Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Montréal respectively. He is a Part-time Professor at the University of Ottawa and Adjunct Professor in Biology at the University of Waterloo. In 2017, he led a report for the Great Lakes Commission on the sensitivity of the Great Lakes to oil exposure using multiple modes of transport. He continues to advise governments and promote freshwater sciences as part of the Lake Kivu expert panel (Rwanda), the board of Watershed Canada, the Canadian Society of Limnology and the St. Lawrence River Institute.

Arthur Cunningham

President, Round Table Consulting Inc.

Recently retired, Art was the Senior Aboriginal/Tribal Relations Policy advisor of TransCanada Energy for 30 years. Art’s early introduction to liaison work was featured last year in an article published by North American Oil & Gas Pipelines. He founded Round Table Consulting to help develop Indigenous strategic solutions to proponents and communities primarily for projects in oil/gas, mining, power and pulp/paper. Art is also a co-founder of  the Circle for Aboriginal Relations (CFAR), and will speak to his recent work to council Indigenous youth in energy-sector and community engagement careers. Also speaks to non-Indigenous students as an instructor of the Indigenous Relations Training short course at the University of Calgary, and has been a member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Aboriginal Opportunities Committee since 1994. An advocate of Indigenous inclusivity and support, Art has been actively involved with a number of non-profit organizations, including: the Aboriginal Friendship Centre and the Calgary Aboriginal Women’s Shelter.  He was governor of the Children and Family Services, in Calgary, for 16 years, and recipient of the Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award in 1997.

Brad Hayes

PhD, P.Geo, President, Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd. (PRCL), Secretary-Director, Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR) and Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta.

Brad holds a PhD in Geology from the University of Alberta and a BSc from the University of Toronto. He gained 15 years of industry experience with various companies, including Shell and Canadian Hunter, before joining PRCL in 1996. Brad is a Professional Geologist registered in Alberta and B.C., and currently serves on APEGA Council. He is also an active member of the CSPG, AAPG, and GAC, and was elected as a Fellow of Geoscientists Canada in 2014. PRCL is a consulting firm engaged by industry, government agencies, and legal and financial organizations, to address conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon exploration and development. Under Brad’s direction, PRCL has developed particular expertise in the geology of unconventional hydrocarbons. PRCL has completed several regional assessments of tight gas and shale gas prospectivity in western and northern Canada, including the Horn River Basin, Montney, and Duvernay plays, and regionally in Yukon and Northwest Territories. Brad has also directed a number of studies addressing water resources for the unconventional oil and gas industry, in both deep saline and shallow non-saline aquifers.


Dan Soeder

Director of Energy Resources Initiative, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, and author of the recently-published book, UNCONVENTIONAL: The Development of Natural Gas from the Marcellus Shale.

With 30 years’ experience, Dan was a research scientist of geology/hydrogeology with the US Department of Energy, working in environmental risk assessment of shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing (2009-2017), and with the US Geological Survey (USGS), working on characterization of a proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository (1991-2009). Dan also conducted research on unconventional natural gas supply for the Gas Technology Institute, where he studied two-phase flow in tight gas sands, porosity and permeability of Devonian shale and the effects of net stress on coalbed methane. He holds a BSc in Geology from Cleveland State University (1976) and an MSc in Geology from Bowling Green State University (1978). 

Leah Pezer

PhD student, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, University of Calgary.

Leah is working on her PhD with Prof. Tom O’Neill, a collaborator of CREATE ReDeveLoP, thus, she is the lead facilitator of our communication workshops and team interventions. Her research interests include: improving team functioning and reducing team conflict through leadership development, team building, and coaching. Leah is the co-founder of Lead the Future, a company which has consulted with various corporate groups, universities, colleges, sport organizations and athletes. She is also an athlete and was previously a performance coach of young athletes. Leah has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Organization Leadership from Royal Roads University.

Karlis Muehlenbachs

Professor, University of Alberta.

Karlis is a Professor in the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, and a world-renowned stable isotope geochemist, receiving his BA in Chemistry from Washington University (St.Louis) and his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1971. His doctoral thesis on the Oxygen isotope geochemistry of mid-ocean rocks was the first comprehensive study of the interaction of sea water with the oceanic crust, and his post-doctoral discovery of the low 18O isotope anomaly in Icelandic basalts resulted in methods to measure diffusion rates. His work in organic isotope geochemistry during his Humboldt Fellowship at the German Geological Survey, in 1981, led to monitoring techniques used in the coal and petroleum industries. Lately, Dr. Muehlenbachs and his students have utilized the isotopic composition of natural gases to elucidate their varied origins from biogenic to over mature shale gas. His research group also pioneered isotopic fingerprinting of fugitive gases from energy wells in order to identify their source depth, thereby facilitating remediation. Karlis’ interests remain in using stable isotope analysis of natural gases to better understand the genesis and evolution of gas in tight reservoirs thus improving their production, but also to assist in minimizing gas migration from production facilities.   

Maurice Dusseault

Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, Professor

Maurice is a Professional Engineer in both Alberta and Ontario, and teacher of Geological Engineering at UW. He received his BSc in 1971 and his PhD in 1977 from the University of Alberta. Maurice is a well-known educator and consultant, holding  >90 international patents and ~ 550 full-text papers published in journals and conferences. Dr. Dusseault’s research is in deep underground engineering issues, including oil production, hydraulic fracturing, energy storage, geothermal energy, carbon sequestration, and deep injection disposal of granular solids and liquid wastes (including biosolids, oilfield wastes, and civil wastes). He is also interested in energy technologies that can be downscaled to community levels to provide robust and reliable heat and power, including natural gas approaches and heat geostorage. Maurice served as advisor to the Canadian Provinces of Alberta, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, on matters relating to energy development, hydraulic fracturing, energy geo-storage, wellbore integrity, technology and innovation. He also served as an advisor to the Alberta Government for many years, and to the US Bureau of Reclamation on the Paradox Valley brine disposal well. 

Research interests:  hydraulic fracturing, geothermal energy and storage, carbon sequestration

Mike Johnson

Technical Leader, Energy Supply Team, National Energy Board (NEB) and ReDeveLoP Dragon.

Mike oversees the NEB’s resource assessments. Traditionally, the focus of these resource assessments has been Canada’s oil and gas potential. This perspective is currently evolving, however, to include Canada’s renewable-resource potential. Mike is particularly interested in all of the evolving economics of it all. Mike has a BSc and an MSc in Earth Sciences from Brock University.


Paul MacKay

PhD, P.Geo., President – Shale Petroleum Ltd., and Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary.

Paul has a BSc.(Hon) in Geological Sciences from Queen’s University (1980) and a PhD from the University of Calgary (1991). Paul’s experience in the oil and gas industry spans more than 30 years, working for: Amoco Canada, Morrison Petroleums, Northstar Energy, and Devon Canada, before starting an international consulting practice. He is currently President of Shale Petroleum Ltd., a private oil company based in Calgary, Alberta. His expertise is in fracture systems, petroleum exploration and development in structurally complex reservoirs. He teaches field courses in Structural Geology/Geophysics in the Canadian Rockies and field seminars on Fractured Reservoirs in Wyoming. Paul is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics and is the Past-President of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists. He is also a member or the CSPG, CSEG, AAPG, and APEGA.

Per Pedersen

PhD, P.Geo., Associate Professor, University of Calgary

Per also teaches field seminars for petroleum companies and geological societies. Per holds a PhD in Geology from the University of Aarhus, Denmark (1999), and has had a diverse career in academia, government and the oil and gas industry. He was a recent recipient of the Allan P. Bennison Distinguished Lecturer Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). Per spent several years in industry as an exploration geologist with Apache Canada and Kereco Energy, and was an Associate Professor at Brandon University. Here, at the UoC, Per has established a multi-disciplinary research program focused on: (1) Mudstone depositional processes and stratigraphic architecture, and controls on organic accumulation and lateral variability; (2) Geological reservoir characterization of a wide spectrum of tight oil reservoir types from pore size to basin scale; and (3) The link between sedimentary facies, composition and fabric and fracture characteristics (i.e., fracture intensity, height, in outcrops and subsurface, and induced seismicity).

Lab Tour

Bernhard Mayer

Bernhard MayerGeoscience, University of Calgary, Professor

Bernhard received his BSc, MS and PhD (1993) in Isotope Geochemistry from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany).

Dr. Mayer employs chemical and isotopic techniques to trace water, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur-containing compounds in surface and subsurface environments. His research applies innovative scientific approaches with the goal to reduce environmental impacts of anthropogenic activities including fossil fuel production. Bernhard served as a member of the National Scientific Review Panel on Harnessing Science and Technology to Understand Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction, coordinated by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA), and as assistant scientific director of Carbon Management Canada (CMC), which is a Networks of Centers of Excellence (NCE), Canada, hosted at the University of Calgary. Dr. Mayer has (co-)authored >145 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and 15 book chapters on a wide variety of geochemical topics, including: geologic CO2 sequestration, shale gas development, and water sources in the Athabasca oil sands region of northeastern Alberta. 

Research interests: geochemistry, tracers, stable isotopes, fugitive gases, fracturing fluids

Conference Venue

Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Downtown