Below are the confirmed speakers for the 2024 CSEG/CHOA Joint Symposium.

Key Note Speaker

The Honourable Rebecca Schulz
Minister of Environment and Protected Areas

Passive Monitoring and Induced Seismicity Risk Management for CCS Projects

Holger Mandler
Nanometrics

Holger Mandler, P. Geoph (AB)

Domain Head New Energy Solutions

Holger Mandler is a geoscientist with over 24 years of professional experience in the oil & gas industry. He holds a PhD in geophysics, started his industry career with PanCanadian, later EnCana in Calgary and since 2005 worked with Shell in technical, leadership and senior advisory roles for Canadian, US and international projects. Since 2023 he is responsible for Nanometrics’ business development in the emerging energy transition markets and acts as advisor for the application of seismic monitoring services to related industries such as CCS, geothermal, hydrogen and energy storage projects. Besides passive seismic monitoring and induced seismicity risk management, key areas of expertise are project & stakeholder management, TECOP integration, geophysics and petroleum geoscience.

4D Acquisition Planning and Recommendations

Andrea Crook
Optiseis

Andrea Crook, P.Geoph, is the co-founder & CEO of OptiSeis Solutions Ltd., where she leads a team focused on innovation and operational excellence, and has helped develop EcoSeis, a method for achieving a 50% land footprint reduction while safely acquiring high-quality subsurface data. At OptiSeis, she oversees advancements in geophysical research, seismic acquisition design, operations, processing QC, and interpretation services, as well as software development.

Andrea’s extensive geophysical experience in seismic processing and geophysical operations was established at Shell Canada and Boyd PetroSearch. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. Honours in geophysics and continues to engage academically by acting as an instructor for the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, as well as actively contributing to the field of geophysics with numerous award-winning papers and presentations. Andrea is the recipient of the 2019 Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists Technical Achievement Award and is the Society’s 2023 Symposium Honouree. She is on the Board of Directors for the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN) and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers.

Geophysical Monitoring at Canada’s Longest Running CO2 Storage Site: The Aquistore Project

Don White
Geological Survey of Canada

Don White is a Senior Research Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada whose career includes 20 years of research related to seismic applications to CO2 storage monitoring. Don has served as a Theme Leader in the IEAGHG Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring and Storage Project and is a member of the Aquistore Science & Engineering Research Committee. He also serves on the Society of Exploration Geophysicists CO2 Research Sub-Committee and ISO Technical Committee-265 (CO2 Capture, Transport and Geological Storage).

Weyburn CO2 EOR Case Study Using Light 4D Seismic Technique

Qiaozhi (Sandy) Chen
Whitecap Resources Inc

Sandy has worked more than 25-years as professional geophysicist in both the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and in the Offshore Southern China Sea. The oil and gas fields she has worked on are  tight sands oil plays (Glauconitic lithic Channels and Ellerslie/BQ sands) in Southern Alberta, Atlas Channels/ Success/ Roseray/ Shaunavon plays in S.W.Saskatchewan, and Ratcliffe /Frobisher /Torquay /Alida plays in the southeast of the province. She has also worked CO2 EOR in the world-reknown Weyburn oil field, as well as recent CCS storage projects in the Saskatchewan Hub. Besides enjoying work, Sandy likes hiking, traveling, tennis and drawing (a new hobby). 

Sparse Datasets – Impact on CCS Project Design

Richard Baker
BRE Subsurface

Carrots, Sticks and Carbon – a Policy and Incentives Case Study

Jodi Anhorn, M.SC., P.ENG.
GLJ Petroleum Consultants

Jodi Anhorn is the President and CEO at GLJ Ltd., a global energy consultancy. He leads a respected team of engineers, geoscientists and business professionals who provide international expertise in both emerging and traditional energy services. Jodi and team are industry leaders in the decarbonization focus of energy transition. Their exceptional subsurface and carbon capture knowledge ensures clients take the right next step to viable long term sustainable solutions.

As an industry expert, Jodi works with executive teams in both the energy and financial communities delivering domestic and international resource assessments within appropriate securities disclosure. Jodi’s 30-year career has allowed him to build extensive experience in resource evaluations, carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS), full-field development studies, sustainability strategy, price forecasting and acquisitions and divestitures evaluation.

Jodi has demonstrated his dedication to industry education by presenting numerous workshops and courses throughout Canada, USA, South America, and Europe. He is an active board member with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and Society of Petroleum Evaluations Engineers (SPEE) and participates in several other energy industry associations. Jodi holds an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary.

Geothermal Energy and Carbon Storage, what everyone is missing

Catherine Hickson PhD, P.Geo.
Alberta No. 1

Catherine is a geologist and senior executive who has been involved in the geothermal industry for more than 40 years. As an undergraduate student at UBC she was running temperature logs in gradient wells as a summer assistant with the Geological Survey of Canada. She then went on to finish her PhD at UBC investigating the Wells Gray Clearwater volcanic field and its potential for geothermal energy. She then became a research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and was head of its Cordilleran Office in Vancouver for seven years. While at the GSC she continued working on projects that tied together geothermal energy and volcanology. In 2008 she left the GSC to join a pure play geothermal company as VP Exploration. Since then, she has been working globally on projects in over 14 countries overseeing all facets of the industry – from green field exploration projects to reservoir modelling and injection strategies, to raising funds for development companies. She joined Geothermal Canada (then the Canadian Geothermal Association) in 1981 and has continued to participate in the association for the past 40 years, serving several stints as President. She currently serves as its Vice president. Catherine is CEO of Alberta No. 1 and Chief Geoscientist for Terrapin Geothermics, she is also President of Tuya Terra Geo Corp maintaining a global geothermal practice. Catherine has been granted the 2023 Canadian Professional Geoscientist Award by Geoscientists Canada.

Baselining Long-Term C02 Injection Rates in the Alberta Basin

Mahendra Samaroo
University of Alberta Reservoir Geomechanics Research Group

Mahendra Samaroo is an adjunct member of the Reservoir Geomechanics Research Group at the University of Alberta. He has spent approximately twenty years working in the upstream oil sector in Canada and the USA and the mining industry in South America. During this period Mahendra has authored/coauthored three enhanced oil recovery and one mineral recovery process patents.

Over the last several years he has focused on developing methods to enhance subsurface risk assessment conducted for industrial scale fluid injection projects, with a focus on induced seismicity in the Alberta Basin. He has since authored two methods designed to evaluate and mitigate the potential for commercial scale fluid injection projects to generate induced seismicity.

Mahendra is an Alberta-registered Professional Engineer and Professional Geologist and is also a volunteer member of the APEGA Practice Review Board and the ASET Practice Review Board. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. in Geomechanics from the University of Alberta.