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New job announcements...

Arcis Corporation is pleased to announce that Richard Pearcy has joined the Arcis team as VP Sales. Richard brings to Arcis a wealth of sales and geophysical knowledge accumulated over his 27 years within the oil and gas industry. He's worked on the service side of the business as well as the client side. Richard recently returned to Calgary after spending some time in Nigeria with Schlumberger Oilfield Services as the Manager for geophysical sales and support. Richard can be reached at 403-298-4784, or email rpearcy@arcis.com.

John Fur would like to announce that he has joined Viracocha Energy. John can be reached at 262-2216 or email jfur@viracocha.ab.ca.

Kestrel Data (Canada) Limited is pleased to announce that Mr. Pat Stier has joined Kestrel as Senior Sales Representative. Kestrel provides information management services including storage, archival, transcription and various related web-enabled systems for client access. Pat brings almost twenty years of extensive data sales and management experience from the geophysical data brokerage segment of the industry, including positions with Western Seismic, Request, Arcis and Geo-Search Data. At Kestrel Pat will be responsible for the growth of oil & gas related activities and the maintenance of oil and gas accounts. Pat may be reached at directly at 250-6181, cell 990-4963 or email pstier@kestreldata.net.

Tim Seeley has joined Talisman Energy Inc. as a Structural Geologist working Latin America. You can reach Tim at tseeley@talisman-energy.com or 237-4960.

Synterra Technologies is pleased to announce that Jennifer Welsh has recently joined Synterra's approvals department. Jennifer has been in the business a number of years and will be a familiar name to a large number of our clients. Jennifer can be reached at 216-1630 or email Jennifer@synterratech.com.

Maria Teleptean would like to let her friends and colleagues know that she has joined Purcell Energy as a technologist. Her number is: 269-5803 and email is mteleptean@purcellenergy.com.

Stephen Webster is now encouraging others to buy gas at the station with the "big dog" now that he is with the East Central Business Unit at Husky Energy Inc. It's rumored he joined because the logo reminds him of his previous pets, skijoring in BC and dog sledding in the Yukon, but it's mostly because of the energy and keenness of his new teammates and manager. The logo is a bonus. He can be reached at 298-6826 or stephen.webster@huskyenergy.ca.

Blayne Gardiner can now be reached at Acclaim Energy Inc. Telephone 539-6361 Email: bgardiner@acclaimtrust.com.

Varidata Surveys Ltd. is pleased to announce the recent addition of Jason Harper to their team of Brokerage Professionals. Jason has been brokering for the past five years and invites all his friends in the industry to reach him at 262-5241 or jason@varidata.com.

Stacia Skappak has joined Harvest Energy Trust as a Project Geologist. You can reach Stacia at Skappak@harvestenergy.ca or 261-8254.

Larry Matthews has joined Hampson-Russell as a senior geoscientist to assist in product development and to offer support and consulting services to Calgary clients using the broad spectrum of Hampson-Russell's reservoir characterization and analysis software. Larry has over 25 years of experience working on a variety of projects related to attribute analysis, inversion and 40. Most recently he worked with various mining companies investigating the use of seismic techniques for base metal and diamond applications. Hampson-Russell is now part of Veritas. Larry can be reached at 266-3225 or larry_matthews@veritasdgc.com.

Phyllis McCord has moved back downtown to join the operations team at Pulse Data Inc. She can be reached at 531-0257 or at phyllis.mccord@pulsedatainc.com.


There is a correction to the contact information for Al Onia. Al can be reached at Northpoint Energy Ltd. His email is aonia@npointenergy.ca; and phone number 232-7789.

What ever happened to...

After spending the majority of the last 12 years on project work in South America, Janice Madill repatriated to Cowtown in early 2001. Clients still called her back and forth over the equator but she finished up her last (?) assignment in June 2003 and has worked earnestly at becoming a 'citizen' again. She is pleased to accept a new challenge with Accenture Business Services for Utilities (outsourcing for Enmax) and the exposure to a new industry that it will bring. You can still find her through her e-mail address ' jmadill1@attglobal.net'.

It has been almost two years since Dr. John Byatt sold his interest in LYNX Information Systems, and with his wife Ann Byatt (formerly a geophysicist at Petro-Canada) and son Tomos, set sail for the south Pacific. They had bought an ancient steel-hulled craft - then rebuilt the engine, refitted the sails, earned navigation and piloting licenses and are now nearing land-fall in New Zealand's balmy waters.

David Paterson has returned to Calgary after 11 years working overseas. He aims to consult in the international and Canadian frontier sectors, offering geophysical interpretation and exploration and field development. David can be reached at 289-5677. E-mail issdpater@shaw.ca.

The stork has visited...

Stuart Mitchell of Petro-Canada would like to announce that son Gordon (04/07/03) has a new brother. Alexander John was born October 24th and weighed 9 lbs 1 oz. Stuart and Jill are expecting to be busy feeding their growing boys, Gordon has shown a taste for rocks already but Alex prefers milk!

Wedding bells are ringing...

Allison Niemi (Divestco Inc.) is getting married to Ron Ewing (Prime Surveys) on January 2nd, 2004 in Maui. There are 50 family and friends from Calgary who will be there for the ceremony at Makena Beach.



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