The CSEG Symposium committee is pleased to honour Don Lawton at the 2024 event. Don’s contributions to our society range in scale from preparing young undergraduates for a career in geophysics to enhancing the global reputation of the Canadian geoscience community. For an academic, Don Lawton certainly has a strong entrepreneurial spirit, founding three university-industry consortia and sending countless undergrad and grad students into the industry at a full sprint. Don has been clearly motivated by the pragmatic impact of his research and teaching over his illustrious career. We hope to honour his contributions to practical geoscience through a series of technical talks and case histories showcasing the broad band of practical applications of geophysics.
Dr. Lawton has a PhD and B.Sc. (Hon.) from the Department of Geology at Auckland University. He was one of the founders of two industry-academic research consortia at the University of Calgary: the Consortium for Research in Elastic Wave Exploration Seismology (CREWES) and the Fold-Fault Research Project (FRP). Dr. Lawton held the Chair in Exploration Geophysics at U of C between 2002 and 2007. He was awarded the CSEG Medal in 2000 and received Honorary Membership in the Society in 2013. He also recently was a co-recipient of the 2022 Patricia J. Lee Trailblazer Award from the CEGA and his team was awarded the 2023 Project Achievement Award from APEGA. Don has authored or co-authored over 500 peer-reviewed research publications in the field of Geophysics. His contributions to industry and academia show no signs of slowing, as he is now Director of Science at Carbon Management Canada (CMC), where he leads another industry consortium for the Newell County CCS Facility (NCF).