Happy March! Once again, it looks like the past month has been one of global unrest around the world. The mass uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Libya (to mention a few) have seen a number of our compatriots working overseas returning home to await the local and international repercussions of the political changes. I think it would be worthwhile for us to speak with our returning colleagues, and those working with companies with activity in the Middle East and North Africa, to gain perspective. Here in Canada, we are experiencing as a (in)direct result, oil back over $100 a barrel, as oil companies shut down production facilities overseas, and a Canadian dollar over par with the American greenback. One thing is certain, more changes are coming…


Early Career Geoscientists Essay Contest – Deadline March 7th

During 2011, the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) will be celebrating its 50 year anniversary of fostering a global voice for the geosciences. Since 1961, the IUGS has been promoting and encouraging the study of the geosciences while actively supporting and facilitating international and interdisciplinary cooperation.

Throughout the 2011 celebration, the IUGS will be hosting special events and activities to commemorate the anniversary. One such activity consists of organizing and sponsoring a global geoscience essay contest for early career geoscientists to voice their outlook on the future of the geosciences. The winning essay will be published as the lead article in Episodes magazine, the global publication of IUGS which is distributed in 150 countries. The winner will also receive free registration to the next International Geological Congress (IGC) to be held in Brisbane, Australia in August 2012. The winner will be acknowledged formally with a Medal to be presented at the IUGS awards ceremony during IGC Australia.

IUGS invites all early career geoscientists, under 35 years of age, to submit an essay on their view of the Future of the Geological Sciences.

Guidelines for submissions:

Abstract: 200 words
Paper: minimum 3000 words; maximum 5000 words
Language: English
Theme: The Future of the Geological Sciences
Submitted by: geoscientists under the age of 35 years
Submission deadline: 7 March 2011
Submit essays to: Wesley Hill whill@geosociety.org


Absolute Imaging Inc. adds Depth Imaging and Reservoir Characterization Services

Absolute Imaging is pleased to announce the addition of Depth Imaging as well as Reservoir Characterization Services to their suite of services to the Oil & Gas and Mining Industries. Absolute Imaging’s services include 2D/3D seismic processing, land and marine, as well as data management and data copying services through their subsidiary Direct Digital Online Inc. (DDO). To learn more about Absolue Imaging and DDA visit www.absoluteimaging.ca.


BJV Exploration is pleased to announce our newest team members, Andrew Poulin, BSc and Matthew Allen, MSc. They share in our values of personal service, reliability and unique expertise. With their contribution to the company, BJV’s clients can expect continued delivery of an exceptional customer experience. We are thrilled to be bringing in new talent with fresh ideas as we look toward an exciting future. Keith Millis has left BJV to pursue other opportunities; Thank you Keith for your commitment to BJV Exploration’s clients over the last 5 years. Jason Schweigert, MSc, P. Geoph, Managing Partner of BJV Exploration can be reached at 403- 266-4004 or jason@bjv-3ddesign.com. He looks forward to continuing to serve you and furthering BJV’s reputation as a leader in the industry.

Silent Auction at the 2011 Joint Annual Convention

recovery 2011 will pave the way for economic, environmental and energy recovery in Western Canada. Over 100 exhibiting companies and 3,000 conference attendees will convene at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre from May 9 – 13, 2011 to view new technologies, explore new business opportunities and learn from industry experts. recovery 2011 is the ultimate opportunity to gain insight into your profession, share experiences with others and gain knowledge from industry experts.

The Silent Auction at recovery 2011 provides an excellent opportunity for you to increase your company’s visibility at the geoscience convention while contributing to the success of a world-recognized Calgary based nonprofit organization.

This year we are once again proud to support Light Up The World (LUTW) with the proceeds of the auction. LUTW is an international development organization dedicated to providing renewable energy and innovative lighting solutions to communities in need in the developing world.

For those who wish to either donate items or to volunteer please contact Craig Van Dongen from Geotir: 403-818-8873 or craig@geotir.com.



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