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Geoscientists

DAVID J.

BIRNIE

M.Sc., MBA, P. Geo

Senior Geosciences
Consultant and Advisor

Principal

David Birnie has a geological background with over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in exploration and development, planning, economic evaluations, risk assessment, and technology strategy development and implementation. He has held senior technical and planning positions within Chevron Corporation in three countries. He works together with clients and available project data to develop practical, fact-based and cost-effective solutions. A skilled industry practitioner, Mr. Birnie has extensive experience in multidisciplinary aspects of new ventures analysis, asset management, geotechnical due diligence, and project management. He has a track record of leadership and contribution on teams in successful hydrocarbon discovery in Canada, Indonesia, Egypt, India, Colombia and Tanzania. Mr. Birnie is a creative intuitive thinker who provides valuable perspectives to client projects and activities.

Mr. Birnie holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Geological Engineering and Geophysics respectively from Queen’s University and the University of British Columbia. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Calgary, specializing in Finance.

Geoff G.

Martin

B.Sc., MIM

Senior Latin America
Consultant and Advisor

Principal

Geoff Martin has over thirty years of diverse oil industry experience, the majority of which have been spent working on international projects around the world. He is a hands-on energy sector professional, trained in geology and geophysics, with varied experience in North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Australasia. He is at ease in a competitive, fast-paced, technology driven environment and a multi-cultural world. He is skilled at setting up and run challenging technical projects and teams, building business relationships, negotiating contracts and deals, and developing business opportunities. Geoff is a native English speaker with language proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, French and Spanish and formal studies in seven other languages.

Mr. Martin is an energy project specialist who uses his technology, marketing and business development skills to work with clients to plan and manage projects through to required deliverables. Geoff is an active listener and has a keen interest in the evolution and application of technology to the energy and environmental fields. He has a Bachelor degree (Honours) in Geology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He also holds a Master degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Robert

Potter

B.Sc., P. Geol

Senior Geosciences
Consultant and Advisor

Principal

Bob Potter has over 50 years of diverse domestic and international petroleum industry experience as an employee, a consultant, advisor and founder of a high-tech surface geochemical marketing company.

During his 25 years of Canadian domestic exploration work, Mr. Potter contributed to the reserve additions of 20 million barrels of oil, 100 BCF of gas, and an inventory of 25 exploration plays. Mr. Potter subsequently engaged in a plus 20-year international career working Argentina, Thailand, Sudan and Kenya. He has provided consulting services to Alberta Energy Company, Talisman Energy (Sudan), Tokamaka G&G Subsurface Solutions (Africa consulting service) and PetroSahara Exploration (attempted African startup company). Recently he was appointed Technical Advisor, Qatar Petroleum International to advise on their North American operations. While participating in Sudanese studies he received awards from Sudapet for his service.

Mr. Potter holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology) degree from the University of Alberta and has serviced as a Corporate Director for Solid State Geophysical Inc. (1993-97) and Minex Energy, Inc. (1998). He is a registered Professional Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

PHILLIP

HARMS

B.Sc., P. Geo

Senior Geoscientist


Philip Harms is a geologist/geophysicist with over 10 years of international exploration and development experience. Mr. Harms is a true explorationist and idea generator. He has completed hydrocarbon exploration and development projects all over the world, tackling unique geoscientific problems with logical but creative solutions. On these projects, his role included project leadership, geological/ geophysical integration, seismic processing, geological and geophysical interpretation and resource quantification. Mr. Harms has worked for numerous oil and gas exploration companies including significant roles in offshore Guyana frontier exploration, new ventures scoping and evaluations, onshore Tanzania exploration, onshore Kenya exploration, Egyptian field development and gas storage in NE BC. Through these and other projects, he has participated in numerous milestones including first offshore 3D seismic acquisition in Guyana, large onshore gas discoveries in Tanzania, first onshore 3D seismic acquisition in Kenya and numerous resource assessments and evaluations. Mr. Harms has also developed software and work flows to model uncertainty. He employs the use of geographic information system (GIS) and data analytics to analyze, characterize and integrate geosciences data for his projects.

Mr. Harms completed his BSc from the University of Calgary in 2006 with a double major in Geology and Geophysics. He is a registered Professional Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and a member of the CSEG.

John

Rees

B.Sc.

Senior Geosciences
Consultant and Advisor

Associate

John Rees is a senior geoscientist with over 30 years international E&P project experience in the Yemen Republic, North Africa (Libya, Egypt), Middle East (Bahrain, Iraq, Arabian Gulf Region), Indonesia, Europe (Kazakhstan, Georgia, Albania, Spain), Canada, United States and South America (Colombia, Argentina). He has served in various roles in the organizations he has worked for as exploration manager, exploration advisor, VP-technical, and new ventures leader responsible for identification and evaluation of new opportunities. He has worked on oil and gas projects spanning the exploration-development- production spectrum and has broad geosciences (geology, seismic, petrophysics) and technology expertise.

John is a creative lateral thinker skilled in data sourcing, research and analysis of business ventures and is a capable presenter and negotiator. He is an expert in rift basins and the hunt for fractured basement reservoirs. John has a nose for the practical and a great passion for the search for hydrocarbons. Mr. Rees is currently living in UAE, Dubai. He has a B. Sc. in Geology from the University of Calgary.

Decong

Yu

M.Sc. , P. Geol

Senior Geosciences
Consultant

Associate

Decong Yu is a Senior Geoscientist with 25 years of experience in Canadian and international O&G exploration and development business. His expertise is in well data interpretation, seismic attribute interpretation, lithofacies and depositional facies analysis, reservoir characterization, petroleum system risking and subsurface asset evaluation. Mr. Yu discovered oil and gas in China, Azerbaijan, Canada, Colombia and Malaysia with over 180 MMBOE of reserves. His experience with international majors includes exploration manager with CNPC, chief geologist in charge of tight reservoir development planning with Sinopec, and senior geoscientist and exploration advisor to PETRONAS in the Malay and Penyu Basins. He played a key role in supporting G&G projects on behalf of several oil operators in South America, Africa and Canada, when working for GEOSEIS as Geological Services Manager.

Mr. Yu holds a Masters degree in Geochemistry from the University of Petroleum (Beijing) and a Bachelors degree in Petroleum Geology from the University of Petroleum (East China). He is a registered Professional Geologist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Mark

GODLEWSKI

M.Sc. , P. Geo

Geosciences
Consultant and Advisor

Associate

A Senior Petroleum Earth Scientist with more than 30 years of experience in Canadian and International exploration and development. Possesses a proven track record in hydrocarbon exploration and extensive experience in the generation, evaluation, maturation and exploitation of numerous hydrocarbon plays and prospects. Offers a deep background in seismic interpretation and risk assessment. Also offers considerable experience in exploration project management and mentoring. An effective problem solver with a results oriented approach and a strong multi-disciplinary technical skill-set.

Mr. Godlewski holds a Bachelor degree in Physics and a Masters degree in Geophysics from the University of Toronto He is a registered Professional Geoscientist.

Engineering

STEPHEN E.

BALOG

B.Sc., P. Eng.

Senior Engineering
Consultant and Advisor

Associate

Stephen Balog has 40 years of diverse oil and gas industry experience in production and exploration operations, petroleum engineering, property evaluations and mergers/ acquisitions. He has held senior engineering, operations and executive management positions in both senior and junior production companies. He has a proven track record in planning and leading major oil and gas development and exploitation projects, and the management of oil and gas production operations. Technical and project management experience includes oil and gas field development, production optimization, operations management, enhanced recovery process evaluation and project design, property evaluations, corporate reserves management and acquisitions/ divestitures advisory.

Mr. Balog holds a B.Sc. degree from the University of Calgary in Chemical Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). He is a member of multiple industry associations and was a key contributor to preparing and implementing the Canadian Oil & Gas Evaluation Handbook.

DAN

KALMANOVITCH

B.Sc., P. Eng

Senior Analyst
GIS and Data Analytics

Dan Kalmanovitch is a Geomatics Engineer with over 12 years of experience in the energy industry. Mr. Kalmanovitch has worked with all types of onshore and offshore spatial geological, geophysical, engineering and environmental data in support of exploration, exploitation, production, acquisition, divestiture and risk assessment activities. Mr. Kalmanovitch has been providing geomatics, mapping, and data analytics expertise for clients operating in countries such as India, Yemen, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Guyana, Colombia and Canada. Mr. Kalmanovitch has extensive expertise with geospatial and data analytical software. He has a strong understanding of geodesy, map projections and datum issues and has provided coordinate transformations and quality control checks for international deep well drilling locations, 3D seismic surveys, as well as datum and projection error impact assessments pertaining to blocks and leases. Currently, Mr. Kalmanovitch has been focused on data analytics - working with clients primarily developing and maintaining business intelligence solutions used by business development, asset acquisitions and divestitures groups.

Mr. Kalmanovitch completed his BSc in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Calgary in 2003. He is a registered Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

DAVID J.

BIRNIE

M.Sc., MBA, P. Geo

Senior Geosciences
Consultant and Advisor

Principal

David Birnie has a geological background with over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in exploration and development, planning, economic evaluations, risk assessment, and technology strategy development and implementation. He has held senior technical and planning positions within Chevron Corporation in three countries. He works together with clients and available project data to develop practical, fact-based and cost-effective solutions. A skilled industry practitioner, Mr. Birnie has extensive experience in multidisciplinary aspects of new ventures analysis, asset management, geotechnical due diligence, and project management. He has a track record of leadership and contribution on teams in successful hydrocarbon discovery in Canada, Indonesia, Egypt, India, Colombia and Tanzania. Mr. Birnie is a creative intuitive thinker who provides valuable perspectives to client projects and activities.

Mr. Birnie holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Geological Engineering and Geophysics respectively from Queen’s University and the University of British Columbia. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Calgary, specializing in Finance.

Data Analytics

MARY KAI

MANSON

B.Sc., MBA

Senior Technology
Consultant and Advisor

Principal

Mary Kai Manson has over 30 years of diverse Upstream oil and gas industry experience in technology planning and integration, project framing, data management, data integration, work flows, and advanced visual analytics. With an engineering background, and as a project manager and information technology professional, Ms. Manson has developed and delivered solutions, management, marketing and services to organizations with operations in Canada and worldwide. Her commitment and strengths lie in working with clients to prioritize, frame and manage practical, focused cost effective solutions to both everyday needs as well as insightful opportunities which leverage improved work flows, data and technology. Her experience includes projects involving all disciplines within and supporting the exploration, and production spectrum enabling solutions for use by all levels of workers from field operators through to the executive office.

Ms. Manson holds a B.Sc. degree from Queen’s University specializing in Mathematics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Calgary, specializing in Accounting and Information Systems.

DAN

KALMANOVITCH

B.Sc., P. Eng

Senior Analyst
GIS and Data Analytics

Dan Kalmanovitch is a Geomatics Engineer with over 12 years of experience in the energy industry. Mr. Kalmanovitch has worked with all types of onshore and offshore spatial geological, geophysical, engineering and environmental data in support of exploration, exploitation, production, acquisition, divestiture and risk assessment activities. Mr. Kalmanovitch has been providing geomatics, mapping, and data analytics expertise for clients operating in countries such as India, Yemen, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Guyana, Colombia and Canada. Mr. Kalmanovitch has extensive expertise with geospatial and data analytical software. He has a strong understanding of geodesy, map projections and datum issues and has provided coordinate transformations and quality control checks for international deep well drilling locations, 3D seismic surveys, as well as datum and projection error impact assessments pertaining to blocks and leases. Currently, Mr. Kalmanovitch has been focused on data analytics - working with clients primarily developing and maintaining business intelligence solutions used by business development, asset acquisitions and divestitures groups.

Mr. Kalmanovitch completed his BSc in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Calgary in 2003. He is a registered Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

BARRY

CLEMENT

B.Sc., MBA

Senior Analyst
GIS and Data Analytics

Barry Clement is a skilled analyst with 14 years of diverse experience in petroleum exploration and production work, focused on acquisition and divestiture services, international and unusual special projects and business development. He is known for effective approaches to projects and his quick understanding of diverse subject matter. Business development in the acquisitions and divestitures services realm has included the design and development of geographic information system (GIS) projects to provide the client with a geology and geophysics (G&G) spatial data repository. In 2012 he worked directly with YPFB, the national oil company of Bolivia, to specify and perform quality control for the construction of data packages for a global bid round. Other initiatives include geospatial-enabled interactive analytics for oil and gas data, and various dataroom add-ons designed to aid in the rapid assessment of the hydrocarbon potential of a property. Barry is an expert in geomatics issues affecting petroleum projects, and has designed and taught a course in this area. He has consulting and field experience in workflow development and quality control for all types of data involved in exploration and production, including seismic, well, remote sensing, pipeline integrity, gravity/magnetic, bathymetry, etc. His field experience includes the Assam / Nagaland region of India, where he provided support for prospect development, as well as Malaysia and Northern Alberta. He has led investigative position problem solving initiatives in many regions, including Cuba, Colombia, Madagascar, India, Canada, Ukraine, Uganda, Guyana, Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru.

Mr. Clement completed his BSc in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Calgary in 2003, and his MBA at Newcastle University (UK) in 2008 and graduated from both with honours.

Seismic Acquistion

Malcolm

McDonald

Seismic Acquisition
Operations Advisor

Associate

Malcolm started in the seismic acquisition industry in the 1970’s in Canada working on land seismic crews in the Canadian Northwest Territories and Arctic islands. He was involved in establishing a Canadian seismic contracting company that operated up to four crews specializing in man-portable, heli- portable and environmentally low impact seismic acquisition methods. This company carried out many 2D, 3D, and 3C seismic programs throughout western Canada.

Since 1993 Malcolm has worked internationally in the USA, Germany, Denmark, Algeria, Egypt, Yemen, Oman, Iraq, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar in the various roles of Seismic QC, Seismic Project Manager, Deep Uphole and VSP Project Manager, HSE Advisor and Operations Manager. He supported projects as a consultant working directly for International E&P companies and also with several Multi Client seismic acquisition companies. Malcolm takes pride in delivering quality projects safely, on time, and on budget.

Malcolm is proficient at leading, managing or advising on seismic acquisition projects worldwide.

Project Managers

Geoff G.

Martin

B.Sc., MIM

Senior Latin America
Consultant and Advisor

Principal

Geoff Martin has over thirty years of diverse oil industry experience, the majority of which have been spent working on international projects around the world. He is a hands-on energy sector professional, trained in geology and geophysics, with varied experience in North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Australasia. He is at ease in a competitive, fast-paced, technology driven environment and a multi-cultural world. He is skilled at setting up and run challenging technical projects and teams, building business relationships, negotiating contracts and deals, and developing business opportunities. Geoff is a native English speaker with language proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, French and Spanish and formal studies in seven other languages.

Mr. Martin is an energy project specialist who uses his technology, marketing and business development skills to work with clients to plan and manage projects through to required deliverables. Geoff is an active listener and has a keen interest in the evolution and application of technology to the energy and environmental fields. He has a Bachelor degree (Honours) in Geology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He also holds a Master degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

DAVID J.

BIRNIE

M.Sc., MBA, P. Geo

Senior Geosciences
Consultant and Advisor

Principal

David Birnie is a geologic engineer with over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in exploration and development, planning, economic evaluations, risk assessment, and technology strategy development and implementation. He has held senior technical and planning positions within Chevron Corporation in three countries. He works together with clients and available project data to develop practical, fact-based and cost-effective solutions. A skilled industry practitioner, Mr. Birnie has extensive experience in multidisciplinary aspects of new ventures analysis, asset management, geotechnical due diligence, and project management. He has a track record of leadership and contribution on teams in successful hydrocarbon discovery in Canada, Indonesia, Egypt, India, Colombia and Tanzania. Mr. Birnie is a creative intuitive thinker who provides valuable perspectives to client projects and activities.

Mr. Birnie holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Geological Engineering and Geophysics respectively from Queen’s University and the University of British Columbia. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Calgary, specializing in Finance.

MARY KAI

MANSON

B.Sc., MBA

Senior Technology
Consultant and Advisor

Principal

Mary Kai Manson has over 30 years of diverse Upstream oil and gas industry experience in technology planning and integration, project framing, data management, data integration, work flows, and advanced visual analytics. With an engineering background, and as a project manager and information technology professional, Ms. Manson has developed and delivered solutions, management, marketing and services to organizations with operations in Canada and worldwide. Her commitment and strengths lie in working with clients to prioritize, frame and manage practical, focused cost effective solutions to both everyday needs as well as insightful opportunities which leverage improved work flows, data and technology. Her experience includes projects involving all disciplines within and supporting the exploration, and production spectrum enabling solutions for use by all levels of workers from field operators through to the executive office.

Ms. Manson holds a B.Sc. degree from Queen’s University specializing in Mathematics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Calgary, specializing in Accounting and Information Systems.

PHILLIP

HARMS

B.Sc., P. Geo

Senior Geoscientist


Philip Harms is a geologist/geophysicist with over 10 years of international exploration and development experience. Mr. Harms is a true explorationist and idea generator. He has completed hydrocarbon exploration and development projects all over the world, tackling unique geoscientific problems with logical but creative solutions. On these projects, his role included project leadership, geological/ geophysical integration, seismic processing, geological and geophysical interpretation and resource quantification. Mr. Harms has worked for numerous oil and gas exploration companies including significant roles in offshore Guyana frontier exploration, new ventures scoping and evaluations, onshore Tanzania exploration, onshore Kenya exploration, Egyptian field development and gas storage in NE BC. Through these and other projects, he has participated in numerous milestones including first offshore 3D seismic acquisition in Guyana, large onshore gas discoveries in Tanzania, first onshore 3D seismic acquisition in Kenya and numerous resource assessments and evaluations. Mr. Harms has also developed software and work flows to model uncertainty. He employs the use of geographic information system (GIS) and data analytics to analyze, characterize and integrate geosciences data for his projects.

Mr. Harms completed his BSc from the University of Calgary in 2006 with a double major in Geology and Geophysics. He is a registered Professional Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and a member of the CSEG.

Malcolm

McDonald

Seismic Acquisition
Operations Advisor

Associate

Malcolm started in the seismic acquisition industry in the 1970’s in Canada working on land seismic crews in the Canadian Northwest Territories and Arctic islands. He was involved in establishing a Canadian seismic contracting company that operated up to four crews specializing in man-portable, heli- portable and environmentally low impact seismic acquisition methods. This company carried out many 2D, 3D, and 3C seismic programs throughout western Canada.

Since 1993 Malcolm has worked internationally in the USA, Germany, Denmark, Algeria, Egypt, Yemen, Oman, Iraq, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar in the various roles of Seismic QC, Seismic Project Manager, Deep Uphole and VSP Project Manager, HSE Advisor and Operations Manager. He supported projects as a consultant working directly for International E&P companies and also with several Multi Client seismic acquisition companies. Malcolm takes pride in delivering quality projects safely, on time, and on budget.

Malcolm is proficient at leading, managing or advising on seismic acquisition projects worldwide.