I recently had the pleasure of meeting one of the retirees that reads the RECORDER. He told me that the first thing he reads in the RECORDER is this column. I wonder how many other retirees are reading this column? The readers would love to hear from you. Let us know how you are doing


Dr. Rachel Newrick, President at Racian Ventures Ltd, has returned to Calgary after five years of UK based exploration. In 2008, she travelled to the UK on an expat assignment with Nexen and spent two years working the North Sea before joining Cairn Energy, Edinburgh, for the excitement of frontier exploration. She worked for a season as a Senior Geophysicist drilling offshore West Greenland and as Technical Team Leader evaluating and farming out the Pitu block in North Baffin Bay. In 2012, she took on the challenge of Mediterranean exploration focusing on the Eastern Mediterranean and NW Africa. Earlier this year Rachel resigned her position as Cairn’s Exploration Manager (Mediterranean and North Africa) to return to Calgary for skiing, dirt biking, friends, and the geoscience community.

Rachel has recently co-founded a company, Racian Ventures Ltd., and is consulting on short term geophysical projects. She is pleased to currently be working in collaboration with Doug Uffen and Doug Pruden at Geo-Reservoir Solutions. She is very happy to be home in Calgary and can be contacted through Geo-Reservoir Solutions, via LinkedIn or directly at rachel@racian.ca.

In January, Gary Paukert returned to Calgary in one piece after a couple of years living and working for C&C Energia in Bogota, Colombia. After taking a travel sabbatical over the first part of this year, he has resurfaced at Petrominerales, prospecting in the central Llanos basin and heavy oil belt. Gary is hoping to hang on downtown long enough for his career to overlap the career of his daughter, Katherine Paukert, who will be joining the Calgary exporation community in a few years. He can be reached at GPaukert@Petrominerales.com.

Edge Technologies is pleased to announce that Mike Jefferd has joined the Edge Tech team! Mike, formerly with Kelman, Fugro & CGG, has over 20 years of seismic processing experience, with a strong focus on land seismic. Mike assumes the role of Processing Manager. He may be reached at mike.jefferd@edge-tech.ca or 403-770-0440 (ext 223).

Arcis is pleased to welcome Thane Strandberg to their team as QC Project Manager. Thane has 20+ years of domestic and international experience in onshore and offshore 2D/3D data processing. He most recently served as Sales and Marketing Manager with PGS in Cairo. At Arcis, Thane’s responsibilities will include ensuring the quality of their land and marine multi-client datasets, technical support, and customer service relating to our multi-client projects. Thane can be reached at tstrandberg@arcis.com or 403-355-1731.

Arcis also recently welcomed Theresa Kosek to their team in the role of Senior Controller. Theresa has over 15 years of oil and gas experience in all aspects of finance, accounting and planning. Her previous assignments included various positions within Compton Petroleum, culminating in a position as Vice President of Finance, and Assurance Manager at Grant Thornton. Theresa can be reached at tkosek@arcis.com or 403-781-1435.


Geo-X Exploration Services Inc. would like to congratulate Chris McGregor in graduating from his Executive MBA program (University of Calgary, Haskayne School of business) this past June.

Chris has been working at his masters the last two years while continuing to work full time in our industry. The completion of this program builds on his domestic and international business experience in both oil and gas and mining.

Chris will continue to apply his knowledge and experience to the processing industry as Chief Operating Officer at Geo-X.

Chris can be contacted at chris.mcgregor@geo-X.ca.

Geo-X Exploration Services Inc. is a local Calgary company specializing in the processing of Seismic data for the oil and gas and mining industry.



Share This Column