Joint Panel: International Division and Operations Geology Division

Overseas Operations: Opportunities and Challenges. A Moderated Panel Discussion

Speakers: Calin Dragoie, Tom Feuchtwanger, Geoff Say, Roger D. Whittaker 
Jen Russel-Houston

February 19th, 2020
Location: geoLOGIC Room (2nd Floor), Aquitaine Tower, 540-5th Avenue S.W., Calgary

12:00pm: Panel Discussion Begins


*CSPG members can register for free and track their CPD hours!

Operating internationally comes with its own characteristic opportunities and challenges. Differences in regulatory bodies, market settings, and attitudes towards safety can vary drastically from market to market. The key question is: which Canadian expertise can be relied on to navigate the challenges in overseas operations.
The above panel contains a wide array of experience from wellsite supervision to operations. 


Calin Dragoie- Chinook Consulting Services 
Calin holds a M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Bucharest, Romania, and a P. Geol. Certification from APEGA and APEGS; he is a Petroleum Geologist with 20+ years of operations and wellsite geology experience, with work done in Western Canada and international projects in Cuba, Algeria and Libya. Over the past decade Calin worked mostly as an operations geologist and project manager, coordinating a growing team of geoscientists, organizing geological services on a large variety of projects: unconventional shale exploration programs, year-round heavy oil development projects, multi-personnel coring seasonal projects, remote geo-steering operations and overseas projects. Currently VP Geoscience at Chinook Consulting Services.

Tom Feuchtwanger- XploreNow Inc, CanAfrica Resource Consultants
Thomas Feuchtwanger graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1973. He began his exploration career as a mineral exploration geologist in Southern Africa. In 1979 Thomas immigrated to Canada where he worked for 12 years at Gulf Canada Resources Inc. Here he earned positions of increasing responsibility including Chief Geologist, Exploration Manager for Western Canada, and Business Unit manager for Gulf’s non-operated tertiary EOR production. In 1992, Thomas was appointed VP Expl. at CS Resources, a Western Canadian junior heavy oil producer. CS Resources pioneered the applications of many technical innovations and reservoir development technologies such as horizontal drilling and SAGD. Subsequent to CS being acquired in 1997, Thomas worked in senior executive positions in several junior international and Canadian companies including; President, CEO, Director Largo Petroleum Inc., VP Expl. Encounter Energy Inc., Business Manager and New Ventures IFPT Canada Inc., President, COO, Director Vecta Energy Inc. and President, CEO, Director PetroMaroc Corporation Plc.  Thomas remains actively involved in the international upstream sector through his consulting practice XploreNow Inc and CanAfrica Resource Consultants.

Jen Russel-Houston- Osum Oil Sands Corp.
Prior to joining Osum in 2008, Dr. Jen Russel-Houston worked for Shell on both onshore and offshore projects where she developed expertise in reservoir evaluations, thermal production geology, and leading technical teams.  As Vice President, Geoscience and Land she oversees Osum’s geoscience evaluations as they relate to current assets and guides the assessment of future potential opportunities of interest to Osum.  Dr. Russel-Houston is an active member of APEGA and is the President Elect of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists. Jen is most content exploring the mountains with her husband and her two boys, who accommodate her frequent stops to hunt fossils and look at outcrops.

Geoff Say- RPS Group 
Geoff graduated from Sheffield University with a joint honours degree in Geology and Zoology in 1978. He started his career as a mud logger in Western Canada with EXLOG and then moved on to work as a wellsite geologist until 1982. He then worked out of Halifax on multiple projects offshore East Coast of Canada until 1988. After that Geoff moved back to Calgary and worked with Decollement Consulting on domestic and international projects including Vietnam, Spain, Cuba, and Pakistan. Then in 1995 he moved into the office and helped setup and develop their international group. Decollement was later acquired by ECL group out of the UK and later by RPS where he now works.

Roger D. Whittaker
Mr. Whittaker has more than 40 years of senior-level technical and management experience, with a focus on project risk analysis, prospect portfolio design and economic valuations of oil and gas assets. Skills include subsurface analysis of geological and geophysical data, economic modelling of assets, and strategic planning. Mr. Whittaker has extensive experience in working with multi-disciplinary teams in designing and executing exploration, appraisal and full-field development plans within in a variety of fiscal regimes and countries.  Mr. Whittaker has also had experience working in a variety of geological basins, inclusive of conventional and unconventional (tight reservoirs) resources, ranging from oil, gas and retro-grade gas condensates. Roger is a P.Geol., P.Geoph. (APEGA), CPG (Certified Petroleum Geologist, AAPG and is a Geological Fellow as designated by Geological Society of London.