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

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  • 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


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!


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.

Uncommon Common Sense at the Intersection of Leadership, Mentoring, Learning and Life

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Join the CSEG Mentorship Program and GeoWomen of Calgary for an interactive workshop with David Abday, P.Eng..  The goal of this workshop is to provide you with practical insights for self-development and leading others; developing potential for you, your team, your organization and those you mentor.   A series of 2×2 matrices will be presented, discussed and shared; offering perspective, giving you hope and encouraging you in leading yourself and others.


WHEN | Wednesday, February 27, 2019
WHERE | geoLOGIC Room (2nd Floor), Aquitaine Tower, 540 – 5 Ave SW
AGENDA | 11:45AM  Networking
12 – 1PM  Presentation by David Abday, P.Eng.

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



David’s career has been focused on improving team, project and company performance with a focus on technical team alignment, coaching, mentoring and practical “on the job” leadership training.  He is a practitioner able to deliver people-dependent return on investment through building relationships and by being a catalyst for successful project delivery and organizational transformation.  David has been trusted to improve team performance by creating an environment where trust, respect and service flourish. His passion is investing in the lives of the emerging generations of leaders through mentoring, equipping, and training to see them develop and grow on their journey to their potential.

David has extensive experience in the energy industry in Canada and the U.S., as well as experience in various industries across Canada.  More recently he has been involved in North American oil, natural gas and LNG mega-projects.

Find more about CSEG Mentorship Program, here.  GeoWomen of Calgary is a GeoCommunity of the CSPG.

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.


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.


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.


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.




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.


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:


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.

GeoWomen #MeToo and #TimesUp Survey January 2018 and Panel Discussion May 14, 2018

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There has been much talk about bullying and sexual harassment and assault in the workplace lately. In January, GeoWomen posted a short, anonymous survey to its website to ascertain how our community’s experiences correspond with the rest of the world’s. No names, no details, just collecting statistics on yes/no responses for the future panel discussion on this subject to inform us of experiences and strategies to manage similar situations.

GeoWomen would like to acknowledge Susan R. Eaton, P.Geol., P.Geoph., for assisting with writing the questions for this survey and Yulini Arediningsih, M.Sc., P. Geo,  for posting it and making it a reality.


GeoWomen #MeToo / #TimesUp Survey – January 2018 

These findings confirm other surveys:

41.2% – The percentage of GeoWomen respondents who have been sexually harassed at work.

44% – The percentage of GeoWomen respondents who reported to a superior or HR.

20.6% – The percentage of GeoWomen respondents who have been sexually assaulted in the workplace.

25% – The percentage of GeoWomen respondents who reported to a superior or HR.

Angus Reid, February 2018  

#MeToo Attitudes: Some findings challenge conventional wisdom

52% – The percentage of Canadian women who say they have been subject to sexual harassment in the workplace

28% – The percentage of Canadian women who say they have been subject to non-consensual sexual touching in the workplace


GeoWomen Panel Discussion May 14, 2018

The history of sexual bullying and sexual harassment and abuse here in Calgary in the oil and gas industry is long and persistent. Each female geoscientist has her own experiences and knowledge of other women’s experiences— yet, there has been no public accounting of gender-, race-, or sexual orientation-based bullying and sexual harassment or abuse to hold the perpetrators to account or to stop the practice altogether. While individual companies have internal harassment policies, rarely does the execution of these policies become public. It is “understood” that secrecy is the overarching policy of most companies when bullying, harassment, and abuse occur.

Our esteemed women panelists will discuss stories of bullying and sexual harassment and abuse, either in person or as anonymous submissions. Many submissions remain anonymous because of either the perceived and/or real and negative implications of speaking up publically. The panelists will describe the legal implications and psychological realities that are experienced by workplace bullying and sexual harassment and abuse. What are the steps that a woman geoscientist can take to mitigate the damage to her career, safety and mental and physical well-being?

We know that the best way to right persistent wrongs is to shine the light on them. To begin – ask some simple questions and examine the responses. Next, make these findings known to the public. Finally, insist that significant measures be put in place to drive change and ensure a safe and equitable workplace for all.

The findings from this panel will be communicated to the Alberta Status of Women in answer to their Business Plan – Key Strategies 1.4 – Facilitate collaboration among community organizations, local governments, and stakeholders to share information and leverage collective resources to improve social outcomes for women and girls. Suggest that the Alberta government require reporting systems for bullying, harassment and sexual abuse occurrences, analyses, and outcomes that will result in government credits for good behavior and costs for non-compliance.

If you are a woman geoscientist in Canada, we encourage you to complete our GeoWomen #MeToo and #TimesUp online survey, click here to participate.



WHEN | May 14, 2018  Noon-1PM
WHERE |  geoLOGIC Room (2nd Floor), Aquitaine Tower, 540 – 5 Ave SW
AGENDA | 11.30 – 12 Networking | 12 – 1PM Panel discussion

This is a free event – no registration required. Bring your lunch and questions.


Susan R. Eaton, P. Geol., P. Geoph., M.Sc.

SREaton-080 8x12 @300 CLSusan’s career in the oil and gas industry has spanned more than 30 years—she’s worked as a geologist and geophysicist with multi-national energy companies and international consulting firms, as a regulatory geophysicist with the federal government in Ottawa, and as a vice-president of exploration with several privately-held and publicly-traded junior oil and gas companies.

Equipped with a journalism degree, Susan began her media career as an on-camera news reporter with CBC-TV. Today, as a freelance writer, she reports on science and technology, business, energy, the environment, geotourism and adventure travel. Her articles and photographs have been widely published in American and Canadian magazines and newspapers.

Susan explores the world’s oceans—from Antarctica to the Arctic—in the snorkel zone, a unique land-sea-ice-air interface where charismatic animals and snorkelers comingle. Since 2010, she has participated in several science-based polar expeditions, studying the interplay of plate tectonics, oceans, glaciers, climate and life.

The founder and leader of the all-female Sedna Epic Expedition, Susan has led two scuba diving and snorkeling expeditions to Labrador, Nunavut and Western Greenland, documenting disappearing sea ice in the Arctic and delivering ocean knowledge mobilization programs to Inuit youth and Elders, with a particular focus on empowering Inuit girls and young women.

In 2015, Susan was named one of Canada’s top 100 modern-day explorers and trailblazers by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (the “RCGS”). In 2016, the RCGS named her one of Canada’s 25 greatest female explorers.
She holds a B.Sc. Honours degree (Geology and Biology) from Dalhousie University, a B.J. (Journalism) Honours degree from Carleton University, and an M.Sc. in Petroleum Geology (Geophysics Specialization) from the University of London’s Imperial College (the Royal School of Mines).


Alicia Bjarnason, P.Geol.


 Alicia Bjarnason MA PGeol. is a Senior Geologist with 15 years of experience within the oil and gas sector. She is currently the President of the AWSN (Alberta Women in Science Network) and the Program Director for the Work Re-engagement Program – funded by Status of Women Canada and Alberta Status of Women. Alicia is the former Program Manager for the BESTT Program (Bridge for Engineering, Science, Technology Talent). She is a Co-Founder of the WINN Network (Women’s Workplace Improvement Network), and currently sits on the Women in APEGA Advisory Committee. Alicia has also volunteered for a variety of STEM-related groups including CCWESTT, MentorUP Calgary, and the Operation Minerva Calgary Program.

Alicia recently finishing her MA from the University of Calgary in the Geography department. Her project focused on the role Professional Women’s Groups play within the greater discussion of diversity and inclusion within the work environment of Alberta’s Resource Sector.


Catherine McAteer

catherineCatherine McAteer is a lawyer who runs her own practice focused on supporting individuals and small business during times of employment transition. She also practices in the area of immigration law and is a professional photographer specializing in birth.

Catherine lives and works in the inner city with her two daughters, spouse and tries to squeeze in as much time on a bicycle as possible. Prior to starting her own practice, she was a lawyer with one of the largest law firms in Calgary and in-house counsel for an oilfield services company. Now she is able to juggle it all with the help of a very understanding boss.


Dr. Dianna Campbell-Smith

Dianna_0451HRDianna Campbell Smith is a psychologist, executive coach, author, and speaker who works with individuals and couples, solopreneurs and executives to help them understand, manage, evolve, and be successful in their life and their work. After spending over a decade as a geologist in the oil patch and over another decade as a psychologist, she truly understands the connection between logic and emotions – how to be successful both in life and in the workplace. She knows it matters how well you connect with others and are able to communicate that understanding back to them.  Her experience as a Director for over 5 years in a large counseling agency allowed her to put those strong communications skills into action.

She has been interviewed for television and radio on a variety of topics, as well as for print articles. She has developed and taught a number of workshops including ‘Towards Happiness’ with her most recent being ‘Sharpen Your Emotion Awareness and Skills Edge’.  This last online workshop has expanded on the work of her PsyD and her book ‘Skills for a Life of EASE’.

Dianna holds a BSc in geology from Carleton University, as well as 3 degrees in psychology leading to a PsyD from the University of Southern California.



Uzoamaka O. Sanni 

AmakaAmaka Sanni is an IT sales Manager at Axia Fibrenet. She has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Madonna University but moved into the IT space because she found it very interesting and challenging. With over 10 years experience in customer service and quality assurance in the Telecom industry, she enjoys solving problems and sometimes creating new ones.
Amaka has led and facilitated many training sessions and discussions on leadership and effective communication in Toastmasters international where she is currently serving as an Area director.

She is passionate about empowering women and encouraging them to support each other.

Reinventing Your Career | GeoWomen March Event

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In celebrating International Women’s Day 2018, GeoWomen will have Julia McElgunn presenting a very interesting topic titled Reinventing Your Career.

Details of the event:

WHEN | Monday, March 19, 2018

WHERE | geoLOGIC Classroom, +15 Lvl, 2nd Floor, Aquitaine Tower 540 – 5th Avenue SW

AGENDA |  11:45am – Networking | 12:00pm – Presentation by Julia


Numerous job or career options are available for geoscientists within and outside the oil and gas industry.  Although the opportunities are not always the traditional jobs we’ve been accustomed to, these opportunities are out there but require a new approach.

Firstly, innovation happens through transformation.  To create the necessary innovation, you must learn to transform how you view your experience and knowledge into a new wholistic and more general perspective.  Much like horizontal drill technology transformed and revolutionized the gas industry into a liquids-rich gas industry.  It’s through recognizing failures and asking questions that you can truly transform and be innovative about career opportunities.

Secondly, your expertise and knowledge are unique to each individual and become the differentiators.  By recognizing your expertise and knowledge, they become your assets.  Understanding your assets creates an opening to see the potential and the transferability of those assets.  We must know what we own. For example, geologically speaking, once knowledge is gained about a particular formation owned (or one wishes to own); decisions can be made to set the individual or company up for economic success, but the unknown can result in missed and lost opportunities.

Lastly, it’s important to couple passion with demand.  Understanding what your passions are, what gets you excited and what drives you each day is fundamental to being engaged and fulfilled.  Bringing the passion and drive into an area that has demand will increase the COS (chance of success) of finding satisfying employment.

In summary, there are options available. Three factors differentiate those who recognize these opportunities from those who don’t: 1) innovation through transformation, 2) owning your expertise and 3) understanding where passion meets demand.


juliaJulia is a professional exploration and development geologist. She has broad geotechnical experience from across Canada, including exposure to the Wolfcamp Basin. Julia has worked the entire Western Canada geological stack: Devonian, Mississippian, Triassic, and Cretaceous. Her strong technical skills are the foundation of her mapping, and although, her primary focus has been on mapping large exploration-based prospects, she has also enjoyed success with integrated detailed mapping required for good development.
This mother of 4 is extremely passionate about the dance between science and human behavior. Her strong connection to critical thinking causes her to constantly question both sides of a story, seeking to understand before providing a creative win-win solution.
She is an Advocate for Environmental Sustainability and works continuously to build awareness, education, and dialogue around the integration of multiple priorities, including equity, inclusion, environmental, health and economic. Julia strongly believes all of these can be achieved if we think and lead from our most creative, innovative and engaged selves.
In a time where the oil and gas industry is under political scrutiny, Julia sees an opportunity to bring a voice to how Alberta oil and gas lives up to the standards.

February Event | The Future of the Oil Industry in Canada

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GeoWomen is excited to have Astrid Arts who will give a presentation on The Future of the Oil Industry in Canada. Details of the event:

WHEN   |  Monday, February 12, 2018
WHERE |  geoLOGIC Classroom, +15 level, Aquitaine Tower, 540 – 5 Avenue SW
AGENDA | 11:45 AM Networking
12:00 Presentation by Astrid Arts
This is a free event – no registration required. Bring your lunch and questions


If you believe the media and vocal environmental groups – the Petroleum Industry is a sunset industry and we are at the end of the fossil fuel era. But are we really?
We use energy every day and yet most of the population doesn’t understand where it actually comes from. Even so, many people emphatically believe that we can get off fossil fuels and completely convert to renewables for ALL our energy needs by 2030.
Globally, we use energy for two broad categories: Electricity and Transportation. Electrical demands are currently met by a combination of coal, natural gas, hydro, nuclear, wind, solar and geothermal. Transportation demands are dominantly met by oil. Recently, there is momentum to convert vehicles from internal combustion to electric engines. This switch would put all energy needs on the electric grid. This is the dream, but can it be done in the time frames suggested? Will people really be willing to give up their addiction to oil? Is this the end of the Oil Industry in Canada?
The energy business is about supply and demand. Global energy demand continues to increase. There are still 1.3 Billion people worldwide who don’t have access to electricity. With population growth, increasing numbers in the middle class and a developing third world; energy demand will only continue to grow. Social license plays an import role in Energy. Coal, Oil and Natural Gas are not the first energy sources to play on the social conscience. Nuclear power lost its social license in the 1980s and continues to be phased out globally. At the end of the day, there is a huge gap between the amount of energy we consume now and in the future with the amount of energy, we can produce from “socially acceptable” sources.

Biography :

AstridAstrid Arts, Staff Geologist, Cenovus Energy
Astrid Arts is a Staff Geologist at Cenovus Energy. She is a native Albertan who moved to Calgary to pursue a career as a Petroleum Geologist. Astrid studied at the University of Alberta earning a BSc (Hons) in Geology and an MSc in Carbonate Sedimentology. After 8 years in the industry, she took a 5-year leave to stay at home with her boys and made the transition back to work 7 years ago. She understands the unique challenges women face in the Petroleum Industry in balancing life and a rewarding career.

Boardroom Diversity and its impacts on Energy Investments

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Join us on December 13, 2017 at noon for a panel discussion on:

Boardroom Diversity Impacts Profitability; Is Diversity a Factor in Energy Investments?

WHEN:    Wednesday, December 13, 2017
WHERE:   geoLOGIC Classroom, +15Lvl, 2nd Floor, Aquitaine Tower 540 – 5th Ave SW
WHEN:     12:00 Noon

Some topics will  be discussed:

Women on boards and the ‘comply or explain’ rule
Companies listed on the TSX (but not the TSX Venture Exchange) are currently required under securities law to provide disclosure regarding the representation of women among their directors and executive officers (Caroline Moreau, February 27, 2017)

Companies With More Women in Management Positions Are More Profitable
A recent study shows that having at least 30% of women in leadership positions in companies results in greater profitability. Analyzing 21,980 publicly traded companies in 91 countries, the Peterson Institute for International Economics and EY demonstrate that having a management group comprising of at least 30% women will add 6% to the company’s net profit margin. “The evidence on women in the C-suite is robust: no matter how we torture the data we get the same result: women in the C-suite are associated with higher profitability.” (Marcus Noland, director of studies at the Peterson Institute)
Has this information influenced the number of women on boards and in leadership positions in the Energy Industry? If not; why not?

We have asked a number of professionals to come and discuss this topic from the perspective of investment banking, legal implications of board governance and disclosure of Boards of Directors.

1- Erin Poeta, Manager at Hugessen Consulting
2- Roger Serin, P. Eng. Managing Director and Senior Energy Advisor TD Securities Global Energy and Power Investment Banking Group
3- Janel Young, Associate – Corporate Group Stikeman Elliott LLP

Moderator:  Wendy Shier, P. Geol., Strategy Advisor, WCP Strategy, Chair, Women’s Leadership Network-Action Committee, Husky Energy.


erin'Erin Poeta, Manager at Hugessen Consulting. Prior to joining Hugessen, Erin worked in the operations and business development department at a Canadian manufacturer of environmental protection technologies. Erin later worked as an implementation-based management consultant across a variety of industries, namely, healthcare, and financial services. Throughout her university and professional tenure, Erin also spent time working with organizations within the realm of social finance, impact investing and corporate sustainability. Erin graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2010 with an Honours Business Administration degree and a certificate of Global Leadership for her academic and professional experiences abroad. Prior to Ivey, Erin spent a semester abroad at Menéndez Pelayo International University studying Spanish and international business.

rogerRoger A. Serin, P.Eng., Managing Director, Senior Energy Advisor, TD Securities Managing Director and since August 2013, Senior Energy Advisor to TD Securities Global Energy and Power Investment Banking Group, located in Calgary. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director and the Head of Energy Research, also at TD Securities. Roger joined TD Newcrest (the predecessor to TD Securities) in January 2003 as an oil & gas analyst covering the mid-cap E&P sector. During his time at TD Securities he also provided research coverage for the oilfield services sector. Roger is a professional engineer who has over 25 years of oil & gas industry experience with various large and small oil & gas companies and over 15 years in sell side research and Investment Banking. He was consistently top ranked in Brendan Wood surveys as an analyst in a number of categories. In addition, he was a partner in the predecessor firm to GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd., one of Calgary’s premier evaluation consulting firms. Roger graduated with a B.Sc. (Honors) in mechanical engineering from Queens University in 1975.


Janel Young, Associate – Corporate Group Stikeman Elliott LLP. Janel Young is an associate in the Corporate Group of Stikeman Elliott LLP whose practice focuses on general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance and securities. She acts for private and public companies and investment funds on a broad range of matters including public and private offerings of securities, initial public offerings, asset and share purchase and sale transactions, plan of arrangement transactions and corporate reorganizations. Janel also acts for public entities with respect to stock exchange listings, corporate governance, and securities regulatory compliance matters. Janel attended the University of British Columbia (J.D. 2012) and Queen’s University (First Class Honours B. Comm. 2009).

wendyWendy Shier, P. Geol., Strategy Advisor, WCP Strategy, Chair, Women’s Leadership Network-Action Committee, Husky Energy. Throughout her more than twenty-year career, Wendy Shier has held various technical and leadership positions with small, mid-size and major oil and gas producers in Calgary. These include Geologist, Team Lead, Geoscience Manager, and Strategy Advisor. Wendy has developed a passion for mentoring, coaching and leadership. In addition to finding and developing hydrocarbon pools, leading teams through good and bad economic times, aligning and developing strategies and processes, Wendy has taken on additional roles that support career development, leadership development and diversity. In her role of Challenge Champion at BP, Wendy supported new graduate engineering, geoscience, and commercial employees by facilitating mentorship relations, coordinating job rotations, and advocating for training. Since joining Husky, Wendy has served on Husky’s Diversity and Respectful Workplace Council, coordinated and actively participated in formal and informal mentoring programs, Co-chaired an internal Technical Forum and is currently the Chair of Husky’s Women’s Leadership Network.





Building Your Financial Strength

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This coming October 5th, GeoWomen will be having Vanessa Stockbrugger – Founder of Womencents to talk about Building Your Financial Strength. She will share us :

– How to build your financial awareness, knowledge, and confidence

– Tips for improving your overall financial health and the positive impacts this has on your life today and compounded into the future

– How to decrease your financial risk against future life challenges

WHEN   |  Thursday, October 5, 2017

WHERE | geoLogic Classroom, +15 lvl, Aquitaine Tower, 540 – 5 Ave SW

AGENDA | 11:30 AM Networking
                     12:00 Presentation by Vanessa Stockbrugger

This is a free event – No registration required, women and men are invited to attend. Don’t forget to bring your lunch and questions

About Vanessa:

Vanessa Stockbrugger is the Founder of Womencents, where she helps her clients understand their finances and recognize how everyday decisions may be limiting their ability to reach their goals. Money decisions are based on mindset, knowledge, and attitudes, and will ultimately determine a person’s financial position.

Womencents focuses on developing financial security, confidence, and self-reliance for clients by providing independent and unbiased information and strategies. Womencents does not sell financial or insurance products. Clients can expect to achieve a better understanding of their financial position, recognize habits involving spending and saving and develop an effective system to meet their financial goals.

Vanessa holds a Business Administration Degree in Finance and spent a decade of her career as an Investment Banker at a major Canadian Bank. As a Vice President and Director, she was responsible for helping her clients make important strategic and financial decisions. Through her personal life experiences and a passion to help her clients reach their goals, Vanessa’s unique focus and expertise on helping women gain financial security and independence has improved the financial well-being of numerous women. Vanessa lives with her husband and two daughters in Calgary, Alberta.


GeoWomen September Event : The Power of Entropy in Building a Career

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GeoWomen are back!  We hope all of you have a great and wonderful summer. This coming September we are excited to have Hilary Foulkes, Professional Geologist & Chair of Tudor, Pickering Holt & Co. Securities Canada. Hilary will give a talk about the Power of Entropy in Building a Career.

WHEN   |  Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WHERE |  GeoLogic Classroom, +15 level, Aquitaine Tower, 540 – 5 Avenue SW

AGENDA | 11:30 AM Networking
12:00 Presentation by Hilary Foulkes

This is a free Event – No registration required, women and men are invited to attend.  Don’t forget to bring your lunch and questions

About Hilary:


Hilary began her career over 35 years ago as a hard rock geologist, working in remote exploration camps and then transitioned to the oil and gas industry. She worked on the oil rigs and had technical roles in exploration, development and corporate planning over an almost 20-year time frame.  Her career then evolved from the technical application of geoscience to the strategic. As a financial advisor, she brokered many merger and acquisition transactions and later, in an executive role, was the architect and lead negotiator of trend setting and award winning a multi-billion dollar, international joint ventures.  She has had a number of executive roles in both investment banking and oil and gas operations, including Managing Director at Scotiabank and Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for Penn West Exploration, which at the time was one of the largest Canadian oil companies.

Hilary is the founder and currently, Chair of Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. Canada, a local branch of the global energy advisory firm based in Houston.  She is a Corporate Director for Enerplus Corporation and for private equity company, Modern Resources.  Hilary is also the Chair of “Let’s Talk Science”, a national science education foundation that promotes science literacy for children.

She served as a member of the Crude Oil and Liquids Advisory Panel during the 2015 Alberta Royalty Review, is a “Deloitte Women of Influence Speaker” and University of Waterloo Distinguished Alumni.

Hilary is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors. She has a unique perspective on life, leadership, and governance in Canada’s oil patch.


Decoding the Interview: Insights from an HR Recruiter

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GeoWomen is excited to have Brian Palmer share his insights on interviews at our noon-hour event on June 26, 2017. Any job seeker knows that getting an interview is a step ahead in a job search. As a career coach and former recruiter who has led hundreds of interviews, Brian will share his expertise on getting your own unique brand across to potential employers.

The presentation will cover:

  • Three tips to prepare effectively for interviews
  • Answering the dreaded “tell me about yourself”
  • Acing your value proposition

WHEN   |  Monday, June 26, 2017

WHERE |  GeoLogic Classroom, +15 level, Aquitaine Tower, 540 – 5 Avenue SW

AGENDA |  11:30AM Networking
12:00 Presentation by Brian Palmer

This is a free Event – No registration required, women and men are invited to attend.  Don’t forget to bring your lunch and questions


BrianPalmerBrian is a strategic career professional with over twelve years of experience in the energy and consulting industries. He holds a Finance degree from the University of Calgary and has recruited and coached professionals in the Geosciences, Engineering, Business, Health & Safety, IT and HR.  His focus on career development has included roles as a recruiter, talent management advisor, new grad program coordinator, and career transition coach. In that time Brian has screened over 2800 resumes and led more than 300 interviews. He is passionate about helping others through active listening, thoughtful questions, and a kind and warm approach.

Brian is a Master Practitioner of the Energy Leadership Index (ELI-MP) and currently pursuing his Professional Coaching Certification (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation.

Update on Burgess Shale Hike

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Burgess Shale hike to Walcott Quarry is now SOLD OUT. However, registration for the Mt. Stephen is open. Register now to secure your spot!!  We are looking for two professionals to sponsor students. If you would like to be a sponsor please email to the Hike coordinator. Muzna :

Event details:  Open for registration for Friday, July 14, 2017:
Mount Stephen Trilobite Beds
795 m (2,610 ft) elevation gain, 8 km (5 miles) round trip
$94.50 per person (each group will have 12 people max)
Meet at Burgess Shale Foundation in Field,BC 9:00AM. Guided hike will begin at 9:30AM.

Registration Details :
1) To register, click the following link:  Burgess Shale Guided Hikes
2) Please pick Mt. Stephen tour.
3) Scroll down for online booking and specify Friday, July 14th, 2017 for tour hike. If you wish to sponsor a student please add an extra ticket into your booking.
4) Once you click continue you will be prompted to fill in your personal information. If you are sponsoring a student please fill in your own name but provide (403) 466-4789 for contact number and for email. At the end of the page you will notice a “NOTE” section at the end of the page.
5) Please enter GEOWOMEN GROUP into this space, as it will help us place you under out tour group!

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The Burgess Shale Hike with GeoWomen

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GeoWomen is thrilled to invite you for guided group hikes to the Burgess Shale! Burgess Shale was first discovered by Charles Doolittle Walcott. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site tucked away in the Rockies of Yoho National Park only about two hours from Calgary. This magnificent site holds some of the world’s most unique fossils from the Cambrian explosion preserving hard parts and soft tissue. These fossils provide one of the best windows onto the origin of many modern animal groups and ecology of the first complex marine communities. More than a century after the first fossils were discovered, palaeontologists continue visiting these sites and building up collections for a variety of studies.

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Join us for an exciting day in the mountains to learn more about the Burgess Shale and get a chance to meet people from the industry. Professionals, new grads, and students are welcome to register for one of the available hikes.

We are encouraging professionals to sponsor students or new grads who may not be able to afford paying for a hike. If you would like to be a sponsor or be sponsored, please send an email to Muzna Tariq at  For any further inquiries please visit The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation. Or contact GeoWomen at (403) 466-4789 or


Two hikes are open for registration for Friday, July 14, 2017.

Hike Option 1 |  Walcott Quarry (Burgess Shale)
825 m (2,710 ft) elevation gain, 22 km (14 mi) round trip
$113.40 per person (each group will have 12 people max)
Meet at Burgess Shale Foundation in Field, BC at 8:00AM. Guided hike will begin at 8:30AM.

Site Information
First discovered in 1909 by Charles Doolittle Walcott, recent interpretation of these exquisitely preserved 508 million year old fossils has influenced the scientific view of the evolution of life on Earth. Visit this UNESCO World Heritage site and learn about our three themes: History of Life, Mountain Building and Glaciation, and Climate change in the Canadian Rockies.
The publication of Stephen Jay Gould’s Wonderful Life in 1989 raised public awareness about the exquisitely preserved fossils of the Burgess Shale. Jean-Bernard Caron’s February 2014 announcement about the discovery of the Marble Canyon site in Kootenay NP has further increased interest in visiting the Walcott Quarry. Due to the high demand, the dates for this hike fill quickly. Please also consider visiting the Mt Stephen Fossil Beds, where Burgess Shale-type biota were first recognized in 1886.

Hike Option 2 | Mount Stephen Trilobite Beds
795 m (2,610 ft) elevation gain, 8 km (5 miles) round trip
$94.50 per person (each group will have 12 people max)
Meet at Burgess Shale Foundation in Field, BC@9:00AM. Guided hike will begin@9:30AM.

Site Information
If you are new to the Burgess Shale and wish to see abundant and obvious Cambrian fossils, this is the hike to do. The site is strewn with rock slabs containing appendages of the Cambrian predator Anomalocaris canadensis; trilobites Ogygopsis klotzi, Olenoides serratus and Elrathina cordillerae as well as brachiopods and sponges.
The Mount Stephen Fossil Beds were discovered in 1886, after railway workers reported finding what they called “stone bugs” in the talus on the slopes of Mount Stephen. Learn about the environment in which these creatures lived and perished and why many of the species that are found here do not occur at the Walcott Quarry site.

Registration Details :
1) To register, click the following link:  Burgess Shale Guided Hikes
2) Please pick between Walcott Quarry or Mt. Stephen tour.
3) Scroll down for online booking and specify Friday, July 14th, 2017 for tour hike. If you wish to sponsor a student please add an extra ticket into your booking.
4) Once you click continue you will be prompted to fill in your personal information. If you are sponsoring a student please fill in your own name but provide (403) 466-4789 for contact number and for email. At the end of the page you will notice a “NOTE” section at the end of the page.
5) Please enter GEOWOMEN GROUP into this space, as it will help us place you under out tour group!

April Event : A Professional LinkedIn Profile – from “nice-to-have” to “must have”

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Networking is more important than ever. Whether you are a job-seeker or gainfully employed you never know what’s around the next corner. In today’s fluid employment marketplace, how does your LinkedIn Profile rank?
To answer this question and other further questions related to Linkedin Profile this April 10, 2017 Geowomen will have Clifford Wessel to answer the questions.


Clifford Wessel, 02yellow Inc. is a senior career coach with 15+ years experience working with leaders and professionals primarily in Oil & Gas. He is highly sought-after for his expertise in Career Assessments, Branding, Strategy, and LinkedIn. He has coached 1000+ clients across 6 continents in both English and Spanish and has 40+ recommendations from former and present clients on LinkedIn
He will review:
1. LinkedIn 101: 7 steps required to complete your LinkedIn profile.
2. LinkedIn 201: How to optimize and brand your LinkedIn profile.
3. LinkedIn 301: How to use some of LinkedIn’s most advanced features, including Boolean searches
Details of the event:

DATE: Monday, April 10 2017 11.30AM – 1PM

LOCATION : Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists | Canada’s Energy Geoscientists
+15 Level, 540 – 5th Avenue SW

AGENDA:    11:30AM Networking
12:00 Presentation by Integral Coach, Clifford Wessel

As always, this is a free Event – No registration required. Women and men are invited to attend. Dont forget to bring along  your lunch and your questions.


Alberta Innovation Engine

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The Alberta Innovation Engine is a platform designed to retool Albertans for the new economy. We provide informative sessions on areas of focus for economic diversification, inspiring talks from entrepreneurs, and workshops designed to kickstart new businesses by pairing high-caliber teams with common industry problems.

Come check us out and have a chance to contribute to the program design for 2017!


Thu, January 26, 2017

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM MST

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Café Blanca

240 Riverfront Avenue Southwest

Calgary, AB T2P

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Forecasting Trends in the Energy Industry for 2017

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Geowomen is excited to start the 2017 with our upcoming presentation on January 26 which will be given by Jackie Forrest, P.Eng., MBA – Director of Research, ARC Energy Research Institute . Jackie will be talking about  “FORECASTING TREND IN THE ENERGY INDUSTRY FOR 2017”

Jackie Forrest is the Director of Research at ARC Energy Institute.  Jackie actively monitors emerging strategic trends related to energy. She is an author and sought after public speaker with 20 years of experience in the energy industry. She has written numerous blogs and columns on energy issues, and is a regular contributor to the Daily Oil Bulletin and the National Post publications. She is also a recognized expert in analyzing oil and gas systems in a carbon constrained world.  Prior to joining ARC, she was the leader of North American crude oil research for IHS CERA. Jackie has published more than 16 public papers on energy issues, covering a range of topics, including US oil supply sources, markets for Canadian crude oil, environmental regulation, technology and five papers on life cycle GHG emissions from crude oil.  Jackie has extensive experience moderating dialogues, helping people share different perspectives on issues critical to the future of energy markets. Jackie attended the University of Calgary where she received an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering.  She also has an MBA from Queens University. You can follow her on Twitter @JackieForrest and at

WHEN :  Thursday January 26 2017

WHERE:  The University of Alberta Calgary Centre, #120, 333 – 5th Ave SW

AGENDA:   11:30AM Networking

12:00 Presentation by Jackie Forrest

Note: this is a free Event – no registration required, women and men are invited to attend.

November Event : Weighing Your Options: The Potential Impacts of Different Work Arrangements for Women

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Tough economic times have a significant impact on our connection to work and work arrangements (e.g., full-time, part-time, contract). With the understanding that there is no “one size fits all” approach to work, the presentation will explore different work arrangements and the positive and negative impacts on both career trajectory and work-life balance.  GeoWomen, in this opportunity will host a presentation by  Rachael Pettigrew, PhD – Assistant Professor at the Bissett School of Business.  The presentation will address the unique professional challenges faced by women in male-dominated industries.

geowomenRachael Noelle Pettigrew, PhD, lives in Calgary and, after 12 years at the University of Manitoba, is now an Assistant Professor in Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University. In addition to being an experienced instructor and presenter (and mother of 2), Rachael is an active researcher. Her research follows two streams. Her primary research focuses on the work-life interface, but with specific interest in organizational culture, gender in the workplace, and family-supportive policies. Her secondary research stream involves workplace diversity and the role of the employer in newcomer settlement experience.


Details of the event:

Monday, November 14, 2016  
The University of Alberta Calgary Centre
#120, 333 – 5 Avenue SW

11:30AM Networking
12:00 Presentation by Rachael Pettigrew

Important to note here that this is a free event, no registration required, women and men are invited to attend. Bring your lunch and your questions.  GeoWomen of Calgary is a member of AWSN.  If you would like updates on future events, please join our GeoWomen LinkedIn Group


National Post article helping to get the message out on job losses and talent available!

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National Post recently issued an interesting article  about jobless  in Alberta: Tens of thousands of energy professionals are out of work and out of hope. Link of the full article.

Importantly, the article features the speaker of September ‘s Geowomen event, Marian C. Hanna, ICD.D, P. Geoph, CSEG President. 

Join Geowomen Event this Sept 22 to find out more as Marian will be sharing her thoughts  about the article and an update on what the joint societies (CSEG, CSPG, CWLS, CSUR & SPE) are doing to engage our governments on behalf of their professional members.

Find out more of the September Geowomen event



September 2016 Geowomen Event

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As summer nearly ends, Geowomen group in Calgary resumes free events for the members or anybody who is interested to gain some knowledge and update from oil industries or professional organizations.

This September Geowomen will have Marian C. Hanna, ICD.D, P. Geoph, CSEG President
Marian to present her experience with the Institute of Corporate Directors, Directors Education Program that she successfully completed this year.
She will also be sharing an update on what the joint societies (CSEG, CSPG, CWLS, CSUR & SPE) are doing to engage our governments on behalf of their professional members. The details of the event as follows:

September 22, 2016 
The University of Alberta Calgary Centre
#120, 333 – 5 Avenue SW

11:30AM Networking
12:00 Presentation by Marian Hanna

Important to note here that this is a free event, no registration required, women and men are invited to attend. Bring your lunch and your questions.  GeoWomen of Calgary is a member of AWSN.  If you would like updates on future events, please join our GeoWomen LinkedIn Group

Biography: Marian Hanna
hanna.jpgMarian is a courageous leader, visionary solutionist and quantifiable achiever of desired results. Marian is passionate, enthusiastic, versatile, well-organized and a self-motivated technical and business leader with a strong history of achieving outstanding results with a variety of cross-functional professionals, departments and companies. She is a professional geoscientist with strong technical and business skills in international and North American markets. She has been fortunate to have held a variety of roles that have allowed her skills to grow in many areas. These skills include strategic planning and leadership, effective management and planning in complex and ever changing environments, successful continuous improvement, project management and relevancy through business and political acumen all accomplished through inter-departmental relationships and effective stakeholder relationships. Her background in accounting and natural resources compliments the systems and critical thinking that is needed in today’s economy. Many of her experiences have provided her with the skills to be successful in problem solving, team building, coordination, advising and collaboration with various cross discipline departments and professionals. These skills and experiences have led to many synergistic accomplishments through strong relationships both internally and externally to her previous positions. She is proud to know that she has helped to create meaningful and cooperative relationships with colleagues, clients, partners, governments, regulators, stakeholders, special interest groups and industry to work towards common goals which have often yielded innovative and creative solutions for a common goal. Her passion for contributing to the community with which she has lived is inherent in who she is and the considerable effort she puts into her work.

Structuring Conversations for Successful Negotiations

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Do you have good negotiation skills?

Negotiation happens every day everywhere, can be at workplace, at your organizations, or even at home. This is the skills that you will need all the time at your career life and in your personal life as well. As examples, frequently you need to negotiate with your husband or your partner so that you can share responsibilities with him or her. Negotiate with your kids, it happens at many times. Importantly, when you need to negotiate with your boss for some adjustment in your project you are working on or with your colleague to negotiate about delegating some of your work while you are on vacation.

One fact you need to know, some of you may not be aware of, you spend a significant part of your day negotiating. This makes how important to have good negotiation skills. Having good negotiation skills is really significant to build success in your career and potentially help develop your career advancement.

Once you have negotiation skills, next questions you would ask,

Do you have all your facts straight and your spreadsheet organized before you go into a stressful negotiation and still come out on the wrong end?

Are you searching for wording and not sure how to ask for what you want?

Find out the answers by joining our Geowomen event in May 9th. We will present a talk given by Michelle Phaneuf, Chartered Mediator, trained negotiator, Ombudsman and Professional Engineer. She will share with us about a process for negotiating that will boost your confidence and build insight for your next difficult negotiation. This event is a free noon-hour event with no registration required.

Details of the event:

WHEN: Monday, May 9 2016

WHERE:   The University of Alberta Calgary Centre #120, 333 5 Avenue SW, Calgary (Please use main entrance off of 3rd street SW (Accessible entrance is available from 5th Ave SW). Link to GoogleMaps.

AGENDA: 11:30 Networking

12:00 Presentation by Michelle Phaneuf 



snapMichelle Phaneuf is a Chartered Mediator, trained negotiator and Ombudsman who supports others in difficult conversations and negotiations. With over 20 years of past and varied experience as a Professional Engineer, energy management consultant, business owner, facilitator and property owner/manager, she has been exposed to a wide variety of negotiation situations. Michelle is the Alberta Co-Director of Workplace Fairness and believes that values-based collaborative dialogue leads to an opportunity for both parties to have their needs met.


Leveraging your Diversity for Career Advancement

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Diversity refers to all the ways we differ – whether that is our gender, age, experience, education, perspectives or family situation.  Diversity mainly bring some challenges or barriers at workplace but it may also bring creativity, opportunity and possibilities to careers and organizations.

On this upcoming April 7, Geowomen will host a noon  interactive session which will be led by Anne-Marie Pham, Diversity and Inclusion Expert. She will discuss barriers women faced in the workplace, what each person can do to leverage their diversity, increase their confidence, and network more effectively for change. We will engage you to think of how you can navigate your professional journey through the eyes of a female professional who made a bold career move by fully utilizing her diversity, passion and skill sets for positive change.  Come and join us in this free session to gain this important knowledge and skills to improve and develop your career advancement. Details of the  even as follows:

WHEN :  Thursday, April 7 2016

WHERE : The University of Alberta Calgary Centre #120, 333 5 avenue SW
AGENDA:   11:30 Networking
                      12:00 Presentation by Anne-Marie Pham

As previous Geowomen event this is a free event – No registration required. Women and men are invited to attend. Feel free to bring your lunch and your questions.

Biography: Anne-Marie Pham

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Anne-Marie Pham has worked with Calgary’s diverse communities for over 20 years. She has a deep understanding of issues and opportunities related to diversity, and endeavours to integrate diversity and inclusion principles in her daily practice. Anne-Marie was born in Vietnam and lived in France for 12 years before making Canada her permanent home. She has a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) and a BA in Sociology. She is currently the manager of Diversity and Employment Equity at Spectra Energy. From 2012 to August 2014, she led the City of Calgary’s corporate framework and 3-year action plan for ‘Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace’. Prior to her career in diversity, Anne-Marie co-founded a high-tech company called Techneos Systems, with a focus on developing global survey data collection technology for multiple mobile platforms.

Anne-Marie is currently a member of the KNOVO advisory committee and chair of KNOVO’s Corporate Recognition Committee. KNOVO, a major program initiative of the Calgary Council for Advanced Technology (CCAT), is funded by the Status of Women Canada to broaden the advancement of women’s participation in the digital business knowledge economy for better corporate decision-making outcomes.

Anne-Marie is a wife and mother of two, as well as an avid community engagement volunteer, supporting civic participation and community leadership development of immigrants, women and youth. In 2013, she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee award for her community service. Check her profile at Linkedin.

Workplace Culture/Diversity at GeoConvention 2016 – March 9

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GeoConvention 2016 will be held in March 7-9 at the TELUS Convention Centre in the heart of downtown Calgary.  This year the organizer chose a theme; Optimizing Resources, will be attended by over 4,000+ participants. It is a great opportunity to put your brand front and centre that is not one to be missed.

This event will showcase the necessary sharpening of tools, techniques and images required to find and produce oil and gas efficiently. Against a backdrop of changing macro and micro conditions, the industry must adapt by focusing attention on the most significant facets of an operation, refining evolving workflows, and sustaining effective practices.

Importantly, this year at the GeoConvention 2016, there will be a Workplace Culture/Diversity session.  This session will take place the morning of March 9th in the in the Glen Room 205 of Telus Convention Centre.

This is a new session for the conference. Though at first glance it may seem like this session is meant for HR departments, this is not the case. Workplace Culture/Diversity encompasses a whole organization. Many of this years presenters are professionals who believe in the work their organizations are doing towards workplace culture/diversity or they are scientists/engineers who study workplace culture/diversity. We encourage all to attend this session.

The conference committee would like to open the session up to the wider audience. If you know of individuals or organizations that would benefit form the session, the committee is offering a $50 registration for March 9th.  Here is a code for registration WCD2016 . The committee welcomes these attendees to check out the rest of the conference that day as well. They hope to continue the interest in this type of session for years to come and wish to broaden the diversity of the conference attendees.

Please spread the work on this session. We hope to fill the room with professionals who are interested in understanding more about how Workplace Culture/Diversity effects the greater work environment.

Geowomen February Event – Job Search Strategies

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It has been tough years since oil price plunged below $50 in 2014 that significantly impacted most of professionals working in oil industry especially in Calgary or other cities in Alberta. The oil price crisis hit badly causing job cuts and challenging job market condition particularly for job seekers.

Geowomen would like to invite you attend an hour session with Joy Cohen BPA, RPR. She is a  Human Resources Professional, Strategic Resume Writer, Recruitment and Career Consultant, Outplacement Counselor.


Joy will be sharing and providing some guidance about important elements in job search strategies to tackle this difficult job market .

Come and hear Joy as an expert advice on resume writing, job search guidance and career navigation

Monday, February 29, 2016
The University of Alberta Calgary Centre
#120, 333 – 5 Avenue SW

Please use main entrance off of 3rd Street SW
(Accessible entrance is available from 5th Avenue SW)

11:30AM Networking
12:00 Presentation by Joy Cohen

Free Event – No registration required. Women and men are invited to attend
Bring your lunch and your questions

Biography: Joy Cohen
Joy has 10+ years of consulting experience spans 4 key areas: career and employment advising, recruitment practices, résumé development and facilitating diverse adult learner groups in person and online. Industry career advising experience: Education, Health, Manufacturing, Construction, Government, Telecommunications, Engineering, and Oil and Gas. She has worked with candidates from the Blue Collar to the Executive Level.

Joy has completed numerous candidate résumé development projects on behalf of Recruitment firms so that their candidates can be shown in their best possible light to potential employers. She also planned, developed and carried out the initial stages of BESTT (Bridge for Engineering Science Technology Talent) Program in collaboration with an existing and growing network of volunteers, community groups, and key stakeholders in government, industry, and academia in Alberta.

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Advice for Life Management

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Join GeoWomen of Calgary for a noon-hour event with Jessica
Vandenberghe – APEGA Director of Enforcement and Permits – for a
discussion on Life Management. Having worked in the oil sands for just
under 10 years and now in a public sector regulatory role, Jessica has
learned many things. She will share some of her stories, learning and habits she has that have helped her achieve a successful career and life.

Thursday, December 10 – 2015

11:30 Networking
12:00 Presentation by Jessica Vandenberghe

The University of Alberta, Calgary Centre, 3120, 333 5th Ave SW     Calgary T2P 3B6

Biography of  Jessica Vandenberghe


Jessica Vandenberghe has been with APEGA since May 2012, first in the role of Director of Outreach and Product services and more recently in the role of Director of Enforcement and Permits. Born and raised in rural Alberta, she obtained two engineering degrees from the University of Alberta and worked in the oil sands industry for just under 10 years with several patents to her name. As a long time outreach volunteer, supporter of diversity, and a passion for education, she works to be a positive influence on the perceptions of the engineering world.

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– For the venue, please use main entrance off of 3rd street SW
(Accessible entrance is available from 5th avenue SW)
– This is a free Event, no registration required
– Women and men are invited to attend
– Bring your lunch and your questions


AVE Network First Annual Christmas Party

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AVE (Adding Value in Energy) Network is a non profit organization that has a goal to foster our GeoScience, Engineering & Technologist community with passion for our jobs while supporting each other as we grow in our careers.  AVE e believe each of our members has something to offer and we hope to have the opportunity to learn from each of them.  We look forward to Adding Value in Energy!

AVE Network has a Christmas Party November 26th and everybody is welcome to join. We have a CEO attending and some other women leaders. People are more than welcome to bring their significant others and tickets are available in the Eventbrite page.

More detailed also available in their website.


November GeoWomen Event: Career Transitions and the Law (Part II): Parental Leaves & Child Care Accommodation Cases

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After great success on Catherine’s presentation earlier this fall on Employment Terminations that was very informative and well-attended, we are happy to welcome her back again for Part II in this Career Transitions series.

Please join GeoWomen of Calgary for a noon-hour event with Catherine McAteer – Calgary employment lawyer – for a continuation on the discussion of Women, the Workplace and the Law.

Details of the event:

Topic: Career Transitions and the Law (Part II): Parental Leaves & Child Care Accommodation Cases

When :     Thursday, November 19,  2015  11.30-1pm

Where :    The University of Alberta Calgary Centre, #120, 333 5 avenue SW

Agenda :

11:30 – 12 : Networking

12:00 – 1pm : Presentation by Catherine McAteer

Please use main entrance off of 3rd street SW, Accessible entrance is available from 5th avenue SW


  • Free Event – No registration required

  • Women and men are invited to attend

  • Bring your lunch and your questions

  • If you would like updates on future events, please join our GeoWomen LinkedIn Group and if you have topics or questions you would like to be discussed at this talk or future events, please add them as a comment on our LinkedIn page

Biography: Catherine McAteer
Catherine is a lawyer, photographer and mom. She has practiced employment and immigration law at a large law firm, a small law firm and as in house counsel for an oilfield services company. Prior to law school, she earned a degree in geological engineering and trained as a drilling fluids engineer with a large oilfield services company in Columbia and Venezuela. Catherine’s current focus is providing efficient and practical employment and immigration advice to employees and employers and is frequently called upon in career transition situations.

Career Transitions event a great success! Presentation slides will be available soon

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Thank you to everyone Career Transitions event a great success! Presentation slides will be available soon for those who attended our event on September 22 – Career Transitions & The Law: Employment Terminations & Maternity Leaves – Know Your Rights.

For those of you who are interested, our speaker, Catherine McAteer (local employment lawyer), will be sharing her employment termination slides with us and is willing to present a ‘Part 2’ discussion to cover the Maternity Leave & Child Care Accommodation cases she referred to.
Updates will be posted here and on our website.
We are also in the process of planning future meetings, so if you have any suggestions, please let us know.

Diversity and Inclusion in Industry – APEGA’s Current Initiatives and an update on the APEGA Workplace Barriers for Women study

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Join GeoWomen of Calgary & the Women In APEGA Advisory Group for a presentation by Alissa Boyle on APEGA’s current Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives and an update on the Workplace Barriers study.  

Alissa will speak to APEGA’s efforts to increase diversity and influence workplace inclusion by equipping, engaging, and empowering past, current, and future female professionals.  She will also provide an update on the Workplace Barriers study. Funded by the federal Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE), this study looks at topics such as pay equity, hiring practices, and advancement opportunities within the engineering & geoscience professions in Alberta.

 Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Scotia Centre, 4th Floor Conference Centre
225 7 Avenue Southwest
Calgary, AB T2P 2W2

11:45am - Networking
12:00pm – Presentation by Alissa Boyle

Free Event – Register Here – Everyone is welcome!
Bring your lunch and questions

Alissa Boyle Biography

As the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta’s (APEGA) Outreach Manager, Alissa Boyle leads the association’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, working to address key diversity and inclusion challenges in the engineering and geoscience professions. She also oversees APEGA’s Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) and University Outreach programs, designed to inspire and empower the next generation of professionals.

Most recently, Boyle has developed APEGA’s Strategic Plan for increasing the representation of women in the professions and is leading a 3-year project to foster inclusive workplace cultures within the engineering and geoscience professions. She is passionate about transforming workplace culture to increase employee engagement and mental health awareness. 

Ms. Boyle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Genetics from the University of Alberta; a Project Leadership Certificate from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT); a Certificate in Leadership and Inclusion through Centennial College; and is a Canadian Mental Health Association Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor. She is currently pursuing her Master of Education focusing on workplace learning and educational neuroscience. 

Alissa is the Vice-Chair for the City of Leduc’s Family and Community Support Services Board, is a recognized “SheInnovator” with the United Nations Women’s first Canadian chapter, was named one of the The Wanderer Online’s Top 100 Edmonton Women in Business in 2013, and Alberta Venture Magazine’s Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People in 2015.

For more information on the APEGA WAGE Grant Project, please visit
 For more information on GeoWomen of Calgary, please visit
GeoWomen of Calgary is a GeoCommunity of the CSPG
GeoWomen of Calgary is also a member of AWSN

Be Story Savvy: How to Get Your Message Across with Story

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Join GeoWomen of Calgary for a noon-hour workshop with Jilliane Yawney, founder of A Narrative Approach.  Jilliane will be sharing the skills you can learn that will help you communicate with polish and influence.  (Tip number one: the most important thing you can do is become a storyteller.)

This workshop is for you if you want to:

  • Become a compelling speaker
  • Build your confidence
  • Present with power

You will walk away from this talk with an understanding of the importance of story and an awareness of the skills and tools that will make you a more powerful communicator.

 Tuesday, October 29, 2019
geoLOGIC Classroom, +15 Level, 2nd Floor, Aquitaine Tower
540 – 5th Avenue SW

11:45am - Networking
12:00pm – Presentation by Jilliane Yawney

Free Event – No registration required – Everyone is welcome!
Bring your lunch and questions

Jilliane Yawney Biography

Jilliane Yawney is the founder of A Narrative Approach, where she empowers entrepreneurs and business people to communicate with impact using story. 

Jilliane has been building the storytelling community in Calgary since 2012 when she founded the Calgary Story Slam.  She is a faculty member at the Mount Royal Conservatory in the department of Speech & Dramatic Arts and is an expert storyteller, public presenter and instructor. 

Jilliane spent 13 years in non-profit & management where she worked with teams to craft compelling narratives to better convey their message. She loves helping people build their voice and their confidence by guiding them to refine their message and grow their communication skills.  Her educational credentials include an Associates of Speech & Dramatic Arts, BFA in Theatre and a Masters in Library & Information Studies where she wrote a thesis on storytelling & education.

For more information on A Narrative Approach, please visit
 For more information on GeoWomen of Calgary, please visit
GeoWomen of Calgary is a GeoCommunity of the CSPG
GeoWomen of Calgary is also a member of AWSN

ENERGYminute presents: Untangling Bill C-69

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Join experts on Bill C-69 for a lively panel discussion. The event will take place on June 6th 2019 at 5:30 in the Devonian Gardens.

Martha Hall-Findlay, Founder, President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation

Chris Slublicki, President and CEO of Modern Resources

Eugene Horseman, Former Chief of the Horse Lake First Nation

Sign-up here:ENERGYminute Presents: Untangling Bill C-69
Pre-event question submission and early bird pricing ends May 15th. Have a burning question? Submit your question to our panelists to with the event title as the subject line. 

Alexandria Shrake; President,ENERGYminute Education

Knowing Your Rights – A Legal Primer on Work and the Law

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We want to see more women step into their power at work.  Having a strong understanding of basic workplace legal rights is an important starting point to both negotiating your position and being a fair and balanced leader.

Join GeoWomen of Calgary for a presentation by Catherine McAteer, Calgary based employment lawyer where she will share her insights on common work-place issues including understanding the employer-employee relationship, negotiating an employment contract or consulting agreement, new developments in respectful work place laws and human rights issues.


  • WHEN: Thursday, April 4, 2019
  • WHERE: geoLOGIC Room (2nd Floor), Aquitaine Tower, 540 – 5 Ave SW
  • AGENDA: 12:00pm – 1:00pm (bring your lunch)
  • This is a FREE event. No registration required. All are welcome.


Catherine McAteer: Catherine is an employment and immigration lawyer, engineer and birth photographer (yup, it’s a thing). She’s worked on rigs in Colombia, emergency rooms in Calgary and in towers on Bay Street. She loves bikes, skis and espresso.

Catherine has her own law practice focused on providing practical, holistic legal advice to individuals and organizations.   She believes in empowering her clients with the right knowledge and support in order to move forward in the best possible way. In addition to acting for both individuals and organizations in employment and immigration matters, she is a trained workplace investigator with additional interests and skills in mediated work place solutions.

Canadian Oil and Gas Production and Costs Outlook

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Join GeoWomen of Calgary for a presentation by Dinara Millington, Vice President Research at the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI).  

CERI’s mission is to provide relevant, independent and objective economic research of energy and environmental issues to benefit business, government, academia and the public.


  • WHEN: Wednesday May 29th, 2019
  • WHERE: geoLOGIC Room (2nd Floor), Aquitaine Tower, 540 – 5 Ave SW
  • AGENDA: 12:00pm – 1:00pm (bring your lunch)
  • This is a FREE event. No registration required. All are welcome.


Dinara Millington joined CERI in February 2004 and assumed her current role as a Vice President, Research in April 2014.  Dinara is responsible for managing the Institute’s research agenda including leading the oil sands projects, assisting in the production of market research, economic analysis and economic modeling. Ms. Millington has participated in various projects involving oil sands, crude oil, natural gas, LNG, and renewable energy.

Dinara sits on the Editorial Committee of the Institute’s Energy Quarterly Report and Geopolitics of Energy journal and provides economic commentary for CBC, Global TV, The Globe and Mail, the BNN and other local, national and international news outlets.

Dinara graduated with a Masters of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Calgary, specializing in Econometrics and Time-series Analysis. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with minor in Finance. Ms. Millington spent some time studying at Masarykov University in Brno, Czech Republic, as well as worked and lived abroad in Kazakhstan.

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

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 Learn more on Twitter and Instagram (@sednaepic) and our website at