The CSEG is very excited to announce Don Lawton as the 2024 CSEG Symposium Honouree in recognition of his outstanding contributions to geophysics and geophysical community. The event will build on the wealth of work and ideas by Don and will focus on ‘The Broad Band of Geophysical Applications’.

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Key Note: Embracing the Hybrid Work Model: Navigating Work Challenges and Seizing Opportunities in a Changing Global Landscape

Humaria Ghiacy
Org Design & Transformation Manager, Deloitte Global

Humaira Ghiacy is an Organizational Design and Transformation leader at Deloitte Global, where she partners with executive leaders across geographies to tackle complex organizational issues. In over a decade, her people-centric approach has guided her work as a leader across a spectrum of Human Resource specialties including people advisory, talent management, and union negotiations across Canada. Her dept of experiences has put her at the forefront of driving high-impact and mission critical initiatives, with the most recent being in organizational transformation. Before joining Deloitte Global in 2022, she was at Shell, where she held headquarter and site-based positions in both Upstream and Downstream businesses. She is known for her skills in business partnering, inclusion and change management. Throughout her professional journey, Humaira has empowered teams and organizations to achieve sustainable impact and attain their strategic business objectives.

The importance of field education and industry collaboration: A Tribute to Don Lawton

Rob Stewart

Rob Stewart is Professor of Geophysics at the University of Houston, holds the Cullen Chair in Exploration Geophysics, and is Director of the Allied Geophysical Laboratories. He graduated from the University of Toronto (B.Sc. math & physics) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D. geophysics). He served as President of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists in 2018-19, 1st VP of the Geophysical Society of Houston, and President of the Canadian SEG. Rob is a licensed geoscientist in Alberta and Texas as well as a fixed wing and drone pilot. His work spans borehole geophysics, elastic-wave seismology, ground-penetrating radar, planetary geoscience, and joyful sounds as a baritone with International Voices Houston. He has been employed with Chevron’s Oil Field Research Lab, California; ARCO in Dallas; Veritas Software, Calgary; and is President of Sonderra, LLC.

Geothermal exploration in Western Canada using magnetotelluric data

Cedar Hanneson
Natural Resources Canada

As a young adult, Cedar Hanneson had a career in retail management, including owning and operating a brick-and-mortar sole proprietorship record store for several years in Victoria, BC. In his early thirties, he began attending university with the goal of pivoting to a career in geoscience. In 2016, he received an Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to study the interplanetary magnetic field at the University of British Columbia. This research led to his first peer-reviewed scientific journal article, as the lead author. He received a BSc with honours from the University of Victoria in 2017, a combined major in Physics and Earth Sciences. An undergraduate scholarship from the Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society (KEGS) and a chance meeting at AME Roundup in Vancouver led him to a serendipitous position in Edmonton with Martyn Unsworth’s research group.

Cedar was part of the Future Energy Systems research program at the University of Alberta, he organized and hosted Canadian Geothermal Students’ Days in 2022, and he’s a passionate advocate of geothermal energy use in Canada. He received a PhD in geophysics from the University of Alberta in 2023 and is currently registered as a Geoscientist-in-Training (GIT) with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). His PhD research, using the magnetotelluric (MT) method for geothermal exploration, resulted in two lead-author publications with a third on the way, as well as one co-author publication and several Geoscience BC reports. He is currently a Magnetotelluric Data Analyst at the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) in Calgary, where he is conducting geothermal exploration using MT data. At the time of writing, he is seeking a permanent position as a geothermal geophysicist for when his fixed-term contract with the GSC comes to an end.

From Rockies to Andes: Learnings from the mountain fronts

Rob Vestrum

Rob has a BSc from the University of Alberta and a PhD from the University of Calgary, where he worked with Don Lawton at the Foothills Research Project. His work experience includes the Foothills seismic processing teams at Shell and Veritas before founding TBI in 2004.
Rob continues to have his hands on seismic depth imaging projects. He has reduced exploration risk on seismic-imaging projects for resource companies exploring in Albania, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, India, Kazakhstan, Kurdistan, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Romania, Turkey, UAE, and USA.

Recognition of Rob’s pioneering work in TTI anisotropic imaging includes the John Kendall Doctoral Thesis Award from the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary, and the SEG’s J. Clarence Karcher Award for significant contributions to science by a young Geophysicist.

Into the Mind of a Seismic Interpreter

Rachel Newrick

Rachel Newrick has worked for companies in Canada and internationally, including Nexen Inc. in Calgary, Nexen Petroleum UK in London, and Cairn Energy in Edinburgh. While at Cairn Energy, she participated in the frontier exploration of West Greenland before taking on the role of Exploration Manager for the Mediterranean and North Africa. On returning to Canada in 2013, to get back to the great outdoors, Rachel became a Consultant Geophysicist for international exploration companies and an RPS instructor for multiple seismic interpretation courses.

Rachel is the co-author of the SEG Geophysical Monograph Series #13, Fundamentals of Geophysical Interpretation, with Dr. Larry Lines, a contributor to 52 Things You Should Know About Geophysics and 52 Things You Should Know About Rock Physics and has presented at a variety of conferences and technical luncheons. She was the 2015-2016 President of Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) and 2021-2022 President of the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences. Rachel served as the CSEG 2022-2023 Distinguished Lecturer, speaking at 25 locations across Canada, and holds a Geoscientists Canada Fellowship. She is delighted to be speaking at the CSEG Symposium in honour of her PhD supervisor, and fellow kiwi, Dr. Don Lawton.

The Role of Geophysics in the Reduction of Risk and Uncertainty for CCS Projects

Marcia Couëslan
Vault 44.01.

Marcia Couëslan is the Manager of Subsurface Risk, MMV, and CCS Permits at Vault 44.01. She has over 15 years of industry experience with over 10 years working on multiple CCS projects in North America. She coordinates the subsurface risk management process at Vault and is an expert in designing risk-based site characterization and MMV plans. Marcia has managed the development and submission of multiple EPA Class VI and CARB applications in the US and was a key contributor for three successful pore space applications with Alberta Energy.

Marcia has presented at multiple international CCS and geophysical conferences and published in several journals. She has served as a technical reviewer for the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control and the Greenhouse Gas Technology Conferences. She has also taught multiple short courses for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and US DOE. More recently, Marcia has been involved in the ISO 27914:2017 revision for Carbon capture, transportation, and geological storage.

Marcia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Waterloo and Master’s degree in Geophysics from the University of Calgary.

Miniaturized Seismic Sources and dispersed source arrays

Mostafa Naghizadeh
OptiSeis Solutions Ltd.

Mostafa is the Director of Research and Development at OptiSeis where he is developing creative new ways to process uniquely designed seismic surveys by considering the subsurface imaging requirements as well as minimizing the environmental footprints. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Ph.D. in Geophysics, specializing in complex seismic interpolation algorithms with spatial aliasing removed. Mostafa built upon his Ph.D. research while working as a postdoc researcher in CREWES and SAIG and later put his research to work as a Processing Geophysicist at Shell Canada. He then went on to share his passion for geophysics at Laurentian University as Assistant Professor, where he taught Exploration Seismology as part of the Metal Earth project until 2021. Mostafa is the proud recipient of the J. Clarence Karcher Award from the SEG in 2011.

Towards low-cost, full waveform seismic monitoring of CO2 injection and storage

Kimberly Pike
CREWES, University of Calgary

Kimberly is a PhD student with CREWES at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Kris Innanen. Her current research is focused on uncertainty estimation in time-lapse full waveform inversion and numerical optimization. Kimberly has over 20 years of experience leading and contributing to oil and gas development projects across the western Canadian sedimentary basin. She has extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative seismic interpretation, prestack inversion, and the application of seismic methods to EOR and waterfloods. Kimberly holds an M.Sc. in Geophysics from the University of Calgary and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Earth Sciences from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

A Towed Marine Time-Domain Electromagnetic Method for Evaluating the Continuity of an Aquitard

Ashlee Fudge
DMT Geosciences

Ashlee is currently working in Calgary as a Junior Geophysicist for DMT Geosciences, where she handles a wide variety of near surface geophysical projects. She has experience with Electrical Resistivity Imaging (ERI), Seismic refraction, Multi-channel Analysis of Surface Waves (MASW), Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), and electromagnetics. She holds an M.Eng. in Environmental Engineering and a B.Sc. in Geophysics from the University of Calgary.

She enjoys volunteering in the Geoscience community; she sits on the executive committee for the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) Mentorship Foundation and is also part of the GeoWomen team.

Theseus 24D: From Pilot to Commercial CCS MMV Programs

Jason Schweigert
BJV Design

Jason obtained his B.Sc. in Geophysics from the University of Calgary in 1999, followed by a M.Sc. in Geophysics in 2009. Jason has been an Acquisition Geophysicist since 2000, when he joined Veritas DGC. In 2005, Veritas DGC’s seismic survey design department was divested, becoming part of BJV, and Jason became a partner. In 2006, Jason became president of BJV. Jason’s practical and personalized approach to seismic survey design has helped make BJV Design a leading Canadian seismic survey design company. During his career, Jason has designed over 4000 seismic programs worldwide for many objectives, including Geothermal, CCS, Helium, Mining, Treasure Hunting, and Oil & Gas projects. He has been an active member of the CSEG, volunteering on the board and chairing the Digital Media Committee. Jason has presented at the GeoConvention, authored and co-authored papers in the CSEG Recorder, and facilitated multiple courses on seismic survey design. On the personal side, Jason’s greatest joys are his girls (wife and three daughters). Whether participating in school field trips or coaching basketball, he takes great pride in being highly active in his girls’ day-to-day lives.