Alphonsus Fagan, M.Sc., P.Geo., is a petroleum geophysicist with more than thirty years experience in the oil and gas industry. He has worked for a major integrated oil company (Amoco) as an exploration geophysicist, for the government of Newfoundland & Labrador as a geophysical consultant, policy advisor and administrator, and as a private sector consultant and trainer. In his various professional roles he has presented papers at numerous international conferences. Since 2001, he has been running oil and gas training courses for diverse audiences, including: hundreds of oil and gas professionals within the major exploration and service companies; government officials, investors, politicians and community leaders; and, the general public. He specializes in boiling down complex ideas into their essential concepts and explaining them in a clear and concise fashion. One of his favourite sayings is: 'Most subjects are not difficult - they are just taught difficult. Learning should be fun!'
Dr. Eric Dahlberg, is President of ECD Geological Specialists and Saskatchewan Petroleum Ventures Ltd, of Calgary ad is an internationally recognized geologist, author, and award winning presenter, having presented over 300 seminars, worldwide, on contouring techniques, applied hydrodynamics, and computer-supported exploration during the past two decades. Dr. Dahlberg earned degrees in Geology, Sedimentary Petrology and Geochemical Exploration from Williams College and The Pennsylvania State University in 1961, 1964, and 1967. He has been active as a visiting professor at several North American Universities. Since 1979 he has been an independent petroleum geologist/consultant in Calgary during which time he has developed and marketed numerous exploration prospects and plays, initiated several regional multiclient oil and gas studies for both major and junior oil companies, completed over three-dozen petroleum hydrogeology projects in regions as diverse as Chad, Africa and the North Sea. He is an acknowledged worldwide expert in this field and is the author of "Applied Hydrodynamics in Petroleum Exploration" published by Springer-Valag in 1982 with an increased second edition published in 1994. He has presented over 295 professional short courses to members of the domestic and overseas petroleum industries. Having just completed hydrocarbon evaluation projects in eight east African countries he is currently focusing on developing oil and gas possibilities and prospects in western and eastern Saskatchewan. He is a citizen of Canada and the USA, a veteran of the USMC, and a member of the CSPG and APEGGA.
Dr. Larry Lines is the Head of the Dept. of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Calgary and is Chief Geophysicist with Global Harmonics Consulting. His career includes 17 years with Amoco Production Company, 4 years as the Chair in Applied Seismology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and 5 years as Chair in Exploration Geophysics at the University of Calgary. He served SEG as Editor of Geophysics, Distinguished Lecturer, Chairman of SEG Publications Committee, and has served on many of their committees. His career has involved both the theory and applications of geophysical imaging and inversion.
A. Easton Wren, Ph.D., is well-known in Canada and recognized internationally as an innovative geophysicist who is a leader in the application of new seismic techniques and has an aptitude for conveying concepts in a lively manner through courses and documentary TV programs. Dr. Wren is current in state-of-the-art seismic methods, has lectured at U.S. and Canadian universities, and has presented industry-oriented courses to a wide variety of audiences.
He received his B.Sc. (Hons) in Geology in 1960 and his Ph.D. in Geophysics in 1968 from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. His professional experience includes positions with Ray Geophysical Company in Libya, the United Nations in Uganda, Amoco Canada and PanCanadian Petroleum in Calgary. In 1978 he founded Petrel Consultants and was President and General Manager of the company until 1986. Since that time he has been an Independent Consultant , a Visiting Professor to the University of Calgary and an associate of the GSC.
Dr. Wren was elected President of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists for 1981, received the Society's Best Paper award in 1974, the Meritorious Service Award in 1977 and Honourary Membership in 1988. He is the author of several published papers on seismic processing and interpretation, is a past editor of the Journal of the C.S.E.G. and was General Chairman of the joint C.S.E.G.-C.S.P.G. Convention, Exploration Update in 1979.
He has been heavily involved in the development and presentation of training courses in the exploration industry. In 1987 he was Distinguished Lecturer for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (A.A.P.G.).
He is an active member of S.E.G., C.S.E.G., and A.P.E.G.G.A. He has also been a Visiting Professor to the University of Kansas and was the host of CFAC-TV Calgary's "Science Spectrum" documentary programme.