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WOMEN WANTED: For Women’s Leadership Program and Snorkel Expedition with Orcas & Humpbacks in Norway, November 22-December 1, 2020

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Susan R. Eaton, P.Geol., P.Geoph., M.Sc., DIC, B.Sc. Hon., B.J. (Journalism) Hon., FI’11, FRCSG

Founder & Leader

Sedna Epic Expedition

This incredible image is courtesy of Waterproof Cruises & Expeditions and photographer and explorer Goran Ehlme of Waterproof International. The small silver speckles in the water are herring fish scales!

WOMEN WANTED: The Sedna Epic Expedition is delighted to announce a women’s leadership program and winter snorkel expedition and to Tromso, Norway, November 22-December 1, 2020, with our partner Waterproof Cruises & Expeditions.

Every winter, snorkelers and wildlife enthusiasts alike witness to one of the great wildlife spectacles on the planet—orcas and humpbacks congregating in remote Norwegian fjords above the Arctic Circle to feed on vast schools of herring.

During November 22-25, the Sedna Epic will run a leadership program in Tromso, Norway, discussing women’s growing representation in exploration and STEMM (Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine) careers. 

During the leadership program we hope to connect with Sami women—much like we’ve connected with Inuit women and girls during Sedna’s expeditions—to better understand this part of the Arctic, its history, geography, and the culture and traditions of its Indigenous people.

Following the leadership program, Sedna’s sea women will spend November 25-December 1, 2020, aboard the MV Freya, snorkelling with orcas and humpbacks and undertaking scientific research.

Team Sedna is looking for women with the ‘right stuff’: explorers, adventurers, scientists, movie-makers, photographers, historians, artists, journalists, educators, scuba divers, snorkelers and students… Our team ranges in age from 20 to mid-seventies… 

So, don’t hesitate! If you’re interested, please send your resume and biography to susan@sednaepic.com.

The Sedna Epic has no paid employees and volunteerism is a cornerstone of our expeditions. Please tell us how you can assist us in the planning and execution of this expedition—whether it’s delivering lectures, doing social media, designing curriculum, undertaking photography and videography or fundraising through grant application and partnerships.

Sedna’s non-refundable admin fee ($USD 150) is payable upon acceptance in the expedition. Waterproof’s non-refundable, 20 percent deposit (800 Euros) is payable upon acceptance in the expedition. The remainder of Waterproof’s fee (3,200 Euros) is due 90 days prior to departure or on August 25, 2020.

Please note that flights, transfers, and hotels and meals in Tromso are not included in the costs described above.

For updates on this expedition and Sedna’s other Arctic initiatives, please follow and like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sednaepic/. Learn more on Twitter and Instagram (@sednaepic) and our website at https://www.sednaepic.com.

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Transitioning from the Oil & Gas Industry: A Panel of Success Stories

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Panelists:

  • Charlene Beckie | CEO Clem Geo-Energy Corp
  • Christeen Nahas | P.Geoph
  • Dennis Agbegha | Manager Entrpreneurship, ATB
  • Moderator: Rabee Alwan | BlueSky Coaching Inc. P.Eng, PMP

Abstract:

Join GeoWomen of Calgary for a panel of former geoscientists who will highlight how one can translate their geoscientific skill set into another industry successfully.   There will be 3 different panelists from a variety of industries. There will be a representative from the banking, renewables and quality assurance/risk management sectors. We will find out their journey from a geoscientist in the oil and gas industry into their current roles, what new skills are required for their career transition, and what they would tell other people looking to shift industries.  Rabee Alwan will be our moderator and will lead the panelists in a Q&A format as well as to inspire discussions within the panelists.

Event Details:

  • WHEN| Wednesday March 13, 2019
  • WHERE| geoLOGIC Classroom, +15 Level, 2nd Floor, Aquitaine Tower, 540 – 5th Ave SW
  • AGENDA| 12:00pm – 1:00pm

This is a FREE event. No registration required. Everyone is welcome!

Biographies

Charlene Beckie:  Charlene spent 18 years in the oil and gas industry as a geophysicist before embarking on her own ventures in Renewable Energy in 2015 as CEO of her company, Clem Geo-Energy Corp.  She has two wind farm projects in development in Alberta and has partnered with a German firm in 2018 on one of those projects.  She has post-secondary education in Psychology, Business, Geophysics and Engineering.  She is a member of APEGA, CSEG and CanWEA and is on the executive of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Calgary club serving in Publications and Publicity roles. Charlene was the speaker at the first Calgary chapter event of Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) in October of 2017.

Christeen Nahas:  Christeen Nahas has a B.Sc. in Geophysics from the University of Calgary. She has nearly 20 years of experience in near-surface Geophysics, Quality Management, and Risk Management. Christeen’s geoscience career has taken her to many exotic and remote locations which challenged her mentally and physically.  She was provided opportunities to manage projects, field crews, and teams which has provided a foundation of fundamental skills that allows her to be successful in any role. Christeen remains rooted in the geoscience community while focusing on Quality and Risk Management.

Dennis Agbegha: Dennis can be described by 3 words: Explorer, Selfless and Peace-maker. I started my career with ATB in February 2017 as a Service advice specialist and moved to the Digital business banking team in August 2017 and currently Manager Entrepreneurship at the Calgary Entrepreneur Centre. I was born in Nigeria and I have a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Geoscience from Imperial College in London and before working for ATB Financial, I worked as a Production Geologist for Shell International from 2007 to 2011 and as a Geoscientist for ExxonMobil from 2011 to December 2016.

Rabee Alwan: Rabee is an Engineer turned Life Coach with a passion for compassion. His mission is to help inspiring people remember how inspiring they are, help them unlock their potential, and ultimately, elevate their experience of living life to new levels. Rabee is a Computer Engineering graduate from Queen’s University. He worked in the Oil and Gas industry in Calgary as an engineer for 15 years before becoming a coach. He holds designations as a Professional Engineer (through APEGA), as a Project Management Professional (through PMI), and is a professionally trained ontological coach through Accomplishment Coaching. Rabee enjoys dreaming big and testing limits and has three kids that also enjoy dreaming big and testing (his) limits! He is also a runner, a Spartan, a self-taught guitar player, and speaks several languages.

Cultivate Leadership Presence & Step Up to Your Next level of Impact

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“There has never been a more significant moment in history for women to step into Bold & Visible feminine leadership.”

Join GeoWomen of Calgary for a presentation by Callie B. Elwayns, Founder and CEO of Bold & Visible, where she will share her experience on how to cultivate leadership presence; stop dimming down and step into greater levels of confidence, visibility and impact.

EVENT DETAILS

WHEN | Wednesday, January 30, 2019

WHERE | geoLOGIC Room (2nd Floor), Aquitaine Tower, 540 – 5 Ave SW

AGENDA | 11:45AM  Networking

12 – 1PM  Presentation by Callie Elwayns

Everyone is welcome! This event is free to attend, and no registration is required.

BIOGRAPHY

janCallie B. Elwayns is a transformational leadership mentor, story teller and community builder. Callie’s journey from living on the streets as a young teen, to becoming a corporate CEO and community leader, was marked with many struggles and triumphs. She is a living role model for how to cultivate the

courage to break through our own inner glass ceilings and step up to play our biggest game!

Callie offers transformational workshops, retreats, and coaching to catapult women into bold new levels of leadership, visibility, and authentic self-expression. Let go of old patterns and learn to use your body, voice, and presence powerfully and expressively to increase your confidence, visibility, and impact. Callie’s unique method draws on performing arts-based practices such as voice and movement training, improvisation, personal story telling, and more, to awaken an embodied experience of authentic feminine power and presence.

A born-and-raised Calgarian, Callie is a high-achieving executive with over 20 years’ collaborative leadership experience. Notable success as Executive Director of the Calgary Regional Partnership & Calgary Regional Economic Development Alliance, leading the process for 14 municipalities, industry and other diverse interests to create a shared vision, and negotiate terms, for a long-term growth plan for the Calgary Region.

Callie is Chair of the Grizzly Den, a panel of influential Calgary business leaders, similar to television’s Dragon’s Den, who listen to the pitches of clients coming through Higher Landings’ career transformation program.  She holds a Master of Leadership and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

Oil & Gas Careers: Where Does a Geoscientist Fit In?

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What are the career paths available to a geoscientist in the Petroleum Industry?  What skill sets are required and how might the path look along the way?

Join GeoWomen of Calgary for a noon-hour panel discussion on various geoscience career paths within the Oil & Gas Industry.  Our panel of geoscientists from various industry sectors, including technical services, exploration & production and the public sector, will give us a glimpse of what they do in their roles, what they like (and don’t like) about what they do and share their stories & advice on building a career as a geoscientist in the Petroleum Industry in Calgary.

EVENT DETAILS

WHEN | November 15, 2018  Noon-1PM
WHERE |  geoLOGIC Room (2nd Floor), Aquitaine Tower, 540 – 5 Ave SW
AGENDA | 12 – 1PM  Panel discussion

Everyone is welcome!   This event is free to attend, and no registration is required.

 

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BIOGRAPHIES

Maren Blair, P.Geol.| Maren has a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta in geology (2002). After completing her degree, Maren worked for Schlumberger Canada from 2002 until 2005 in the Wireline Evaluation Services division. From 2005 until present Maren has worked for Sproule as a geologist focusing mainly on independent reserves certifications and reservoir characterization projects in Western Canada. Maren is currently serving as the Canada Region President of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).

Rochelle Longval, G.I.T. | Rochelle Longval’s passion for geology is more than a passion – it’s her life.  After all, her name means “little rock.”  Ever since she was little, Rochelle had a love for science and the outdoors.  She’s now working as an Exploration Geologist (GIT) for Cenovus Energy – with expertise in acquisition and divestiture evaluations, including risk assessment and making recommendations for future value add opportunities.  She uses her own experiences to inspire the next generation of geologists.  In addition to helping shape young minds, Longval is dedicated to advancing women like herself in the energy industry.  She initiated the Geoscience Women’s Group for the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists.  This past year she was a Young Women in Energy Award Recipient and continues to be an advocate for women in geology.

Tiffiny Yaxley | Tiffiny graduated with a BSc in Geology from the University of Alberta in 2006. After a number of years working technical roles in the oil and gas industry she moved into sales. In 2011 she took on a technical sales role and ended up finding her strength and enthusiasm for work there more than ever. In sales she discovered her passion for presenting, human interaction and helping others. She has 7 years of experience in a technical sales, 4 of which in a leadership position.

Krista Beavis,  P.Geol. | Krista Beavis is currently working with a multi-disciplinary team to better understand how current subsurface energy development can be used to understand potential future surface expression at the Alberta Energy Regulator.  She is passionate about true collaboration to achieve positive outcomes for the province.  Krista graduated from the University of Calgary with a BSc. in Geology, and Applied & Environmental Geology in 2007.  She has since worked in multiple sectors of the industry in Alberta, from exploration to remediation, and currently regulation.  Krista is registered as a Professional Geologist with APEGA, and holds memberships with CSPG and CSUR.  In her time away from the office, Krista enjoys traveling, cooking and baking, hiking, knitting, gardening, and adventures with her puppy.

Alexandria Shrake, P.Geoph. | Alex is an Analyst with Chevron Canada Resources working on the Strategy and Planning Team. Alex has a BSc in Geophysics from the University of Calgary (2012), and six years of experience working in Horn River, Liard, and Kaybob Duvernay with Chevron. Alex is a fellow of Action Canada and the Public Policy Forum, a policy think tank to encourage inter-provincial collaboration, perspective, and policy recommendations on Canada’s energy future. As a member of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG), Alex has spent the past 5 years working across the country with students and the public and won volunteer of the year 2016. The last two years, Alex has spent building ENERGYminute – a non-profit education foundation that has recently qualified for charitable status. ENERGYminute’s purpose is to foster energy literacy in Canada for less polarizing dialog and curate inquiry based learning studies for students K-12.

The Life and Times of an Environmental Geologist

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Ever wondered what an Environmental Geologist does? How do you get into Environmental Geology and what types of roles are available in the Environmental stream?

Join GeoWomen of Calgary for a noon-hour presentation from Hydrogeologist, Jennifer Arnold, who will share her experiences with us and how she made her way into the Environmental side of geology.

Details of the event:
WHEN | Tuesday, October 30, 2018  Noon-1PM
WHERE | geoLOGIC Room (2nd Floor), Aquitaine Tower, 540 – 5 Ave SW
AGENDA | 11.45 – 12 Networking | 12 – 1PM Presentation by Jennifer
NOTE | Everyone is welcome! This is free to attend, no registration required.

BIOGRAPHY | Jennifer Arnold is a hydrogeologist within the Liability Management and Remediation Service Group at Advisian, a division of Worley Parsons Canada. She has been in the environmental consulting industry for over 11 years gaining experience within the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry building conceptual site models and site assessments and remediation, specializing in bedrock characterization.
Jennifer provides technical support in areas of fractured bedrock characterization; data gap analysis; risk assessment; interpretation and application of Federal and Provincial remediation guidelines; as well as providing remedial options and recommendations for impacted sites based on hydrogeology; principal contaminants of concern; exposure and receptor pathways, and project goals. For over the past year, Jennifer has been seconded to Shell Canada with the Environment and Regulatory Compliance team to support contamination projects.
Ms. Arnold has experience in a variety of site settings including working within residential areas and sites with sensitive stakeholders. She has valuable experience in areas concerning the migration of NAPL contaminated groundwater in complicated hydrogeological environments including fractured bedrock, as well as NAPL characterization for the purpose of both building a strong CSM and remediation.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science honours degree in Earth Sciences and Microbiology and Immunology from Dalhousie University, Halifax, as well as a Master of Science degree focusing on groundwater remediation from the University of Saskatchewan and is a professional geologist with APEGA.

Preparing Geoscience Professionals for the Future of Work in Alberta: Managing your Career in 2018 & Beyond

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Join GeoWomen of Calgary for a presentation by Jackie Rafter, President & CEO of Higher Landing, where she will share her expertise on knowing your brand, emerging work trends in Alberta & steps you can take as a geoscientist to better manage your career.

Details of the event:

WHEN | Tuesday September 11, 2018  Noon-1PM
WHERE |  geoLOGIC Room (2nd Floor), Aquitaine Tower, 540 – 5 Ave SW
AGENDA  11.45 – 12 Networking | 12 – 1PM Presentation by Jackie Rafter

NOTE | This is a free event, no registration required. Bring your lunch & questions.

Jackie’s Biography:

jackieJackie Rafter is a visionary serial entrepreneur and a catalyst for bringing to life forward-looking ideas and businesses. As Founder, President & CEO of Higher Landing, Jackie works with and mentors professionals, executives and globally-known athletes to help them realize their greatest ambitions and career goals. The proprietary Career Transformation methodology she has pioneered at Higher Landing is being broadly adopted across professions, particularly in the oil & gas industries as they go through significant, disruptive change.

A born-and-raised Calgarian, Jackie is a passionate change agent who believes deeply in the ability of people to tap into their potential. She is particularly focused on helping people reinvent, brand and package themselves to take advantage of the massive systemic changes taking place in job search and career management. She has taught at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and regularly appears in various media as an expert and thought leader on the oil & gas job market and the career transformation strategies necessary to thrive in it.

Previous to starting Higher Landing, Jackie built two successful executive search firms, including Quaderra, founded Canada’s first publicly traded company with an all-female Board of Directors, Roxi Capital (now trading as Plastifab Corp. – PFB.TSX) and was a founder of Anorak Capital (now trading as Total Energy Services TOT.TSX).

Jackie holds dual degrees from the University of Calgary with an MBA and Bachelor of Education (French) and is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She is a champion of helping people live healthy and authentic lives and enjoys travel and running long distance. She has worked in five countries around the world, including Monaco, the UK, Switzerland and South Africa.

CSPG AWSN GeoWomen Event | June 2018

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GeoWomen is excited to have Amanda Obodovsky  who will be sharing her story on:

How to not just survive, but thrive during a downturn in the industry:  A case study of my life and what I have done to thrive in the past 5 years.

Abstract:

It’s a well known fact that the oil and gas industry is cyclical, and downturns are inevitable. The downturn that we have been in since 2015 has been especially bad. Everyone wants to keep their jobs and not end up unemployed. But what do you do? How do you keep your job, survive the downturn and make it through to the better times? And what if you are just starting out or what something more from your career? Using Amanda’s own life and experiences as a case study, she will give concrete examples of what has worked for her and what you can try in your own life to not just survive but thrive during a downturn.

Details of the event:

WHEN | Monday, June 11, 2018  Noon-1PM
WHERE |  geoLOGIC Room (2nd Floor), Aquitaine Tower, 540 – 5 Ave SW
AGENDA | 11.45 – 12 Networking | 12 – 1PM Presentation by Amanda

NOTE | This is a free event, no registration required. Bring your lunch & questions.

Amanda’s Biography:

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Amanda obtained a B.Sc. Astrophysics in 2008, and an M.Sc. Astronomy (Planetary Science) in 2010 from the University of Western Ontario. Since 2013 she has been working as a seismic processor for Divestco. During this time she has given several presentations for her project that looks at impact structures in seismic data; the perfect union of her seismic processing work with her love of astronomy.  She is a member of the CSEG.