I had a conversation earlier today with a gentleman in Denver. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out he has been reading the RECORDER and this column for years. It is very gratifying to know that the RECORDER has such a wide reach. I have worked on many committees for both the CSEG and the CSPG and also found it rewarding. But I admit, the RECORDER committee has always been my favourite committee. Kudos and thanks to all the past and present committee members.

I also made a commitment to this same gentleman in Denver that I will get a new picture. I am always told I look mad in this one. I will make sure and do it by the New Year. Now it is in print, so I better get it done.

If you have never volunteered for any CSEG committees in the past I urge you to do so. You won’t regret it. You have my word on that!


IHS Energy is pleased to announce that Armin Schafer has started as a PETRA Technical Sales Executive on June 28, 2010. He can be reached at 403-770-4664 or by email at armin.schafer@ihs.com.

GeoTir Inc. is very pleased to announce that Dani MacLeod has joined our team in approvals and permitting. We are so very excited to have her on board. To contact Dani, her e-mail is dani@geotir.com or 403-508-9815.

Mike Wolowich, President of Impact 2000 Inc. is pleased to announce that Dan Tetreault has joined the company in the capacity of Marketing Representative.

Dan brings over 28 years of combined field and sales experience to Impact 2000 Inc. With Dan’s background in survey / survey supervision and his technical sales background I believe Dan will complement our already strong sales team.

Dan’s position at Impact will be two fold, his primary role will be marketing Impact’s Project Management and Data Services, secondly he will be assisting General Manager, Richard Paul in bid preparation and field supervision. Please join us in welcoming Dan to Impact 2000 Inc. and note that his cell number remains the same at 403-370-6124. His new contact information is as follows email dant@impact2000inc.com and direct line 403-531-9718. www.impact2000inc.com

Jolene Goring would like to let her friends and colleagues know that she has accepted a new position at Guide Geoscience as Business Development Manager, commencing Nov 1, 2010. She will be based in Cairo, Egypt, and her region will include Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Jolene hopes that everyone will stay in touch via facebook or her email: jolenegoring@gmail.com.

Peter Maas is please to announce that after a 7 month forced hiatus, he has landed a position as Senior Geophysicist, with Addax Petroleum in Geneva, Switzerland. After almost 27 years in the industry in Calgary (minus a few stints in Yemen, Sudan and Indonesia) I have come full circle and returned to the continent I was born and raised! I will be exploring the post- and pre-salt plays of Gabon, West Africa. I would like to thank all my friends and colleagues that I have worked with and come to know so well over the years. You all can reach me at peter.maas@addaxpetroleum.com (+41.22.702.6141). I will be looking forward to many visitors...


Bill Goodway – Apache Canada

My final day at Encana is was August 20, 2010 and I started at Apache Canada as Manager Geophysics on Wednesday September 1st.

Where do I start? The past 25 years have been a blast!

First as way of explanation:

My path to retirement and re-employment started with (1) below.

This led me to think that maybe (2) was really what I should be anticipating as I might have been functioning more like (3) which I did not feel good about.

So I thought well why not try (4) being encouraged to follow the advice in (5).

  1. Middle age is when work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work.
  2. The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does.
  3. When you’re still working, think and act a bit as if you were already retired.
  4. When you retire, think and act as if you were still working.
  5. Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.

The result is that I will continue working in the only thing I know: Applied Geophysics.

Next to reminiscing:

I cannot imagine having had a more perfect job at PanCanadian and Encana, and I owe it to all of you who supported, encouraged, collaborated and above all enthused me in our love of geophysics.

I quote Oz Yilmaz (SEG 2001) in order to capture this feeling:

The classical Greeks had a love for wisdom, it came down to us as a ‘philo-sophia’ and I have a passion for the seismic method.

So let this be an ode to ‘philo-seismos’: “O how sweet it is listening to the echoes from the earth”.

I remain eternally and deeply grateful to all and hope to continue our contact and fruitful collaboration.

My new contact information:

Email: bill.goodway@apachecorp.com
Phone: (403) 303-5958

So long Encana and thanks for all the fish.

(I just had to quote the late Douglas Adams as he was my first mentor at our English boarding school, where the first thing he did was introduce me to Dr. Who; on TV that is, not in person as this would have to wait until we were older).



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