CADE June Luncheon

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Wednesday June 22, 2016 at The Calgary Petroleum Club *NEW VENUE*

Geothermal Energy Exploration and Development 101

Please join us on Wednesday June 22, 2016 where we will have a discussion on insights in Western Canadian applications of geothermal geology, drilling & completions, and power generation operations.


The Alberta Oil and Gas Industry has been hit by numerous downturns, most recently from November 2014 up to present. Almost 140,000 jobs have been lost and the oil price is still at or below $50 per barrel. How can we bring back the use of the drilling rigs and use our Alberta oil and gas skills to develop energy?

One answer is to develop the untapped abundant renewable resource we have in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan – geothermal energy. To develop this resource, we need to utilize the same drilling equipment, technology, and manpower to drill and complete the wells according to the oil and gas drilling standards in Canada. Minimal additional equipment is required.

Many people think of heat pumps and residential heating and cooling when hearing the term “geothermal” – that application is called geo-exchange. Geothermal energy is a clean source of reliable electricity and large scale direct-use of the hot water derived from the earth that can help solve some of Canada’s greatest challenges; providing energy security, economic growth, and job opportunities all while further reducing our CO2 emissions.

Earth contains an incredibly vast amount of thermal energy, locked in water reservoirs the same way hydrocarbons are. This heat is used in a geothermal power plant to drive a steam turbine, which creates electricity for oil & gas facilities, residential, industrial and commercial use. Any leftover heat can also be used in a variety of industrial heating applications like paper, pulp and lumber drying, fruit and meat drying, commercial and industrial heating, city and roads heating, bathing, harvesting of Lithium mineral for manufacturing of rechargeable batteries, and roads and sidewalk heating (just to name a few). By targeting these geothermal reservoirs, we can develop this resource to be used in these and many more applications, using the exact same technologies and processes that have been used for decades in oil and gas exploration and development.


Craig Dunn, P.Geo. (Borealis GeoPower)

Geologist, entrepreneur, energy fanatic and lover of earth, Craig Dunn is always on the go.  He is the co-founder of multiple organizations in a variety of fields, including geopower exploration, technology and social good.

In 2003, Mr. Dunn founded WellDunn Consulting, a geological consulting firm for the oil and gas industry in both conventional and unconventional oil and gas exploration across the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. Mr. Dunn worked on many early stage programs from the Bakken in SE Saskatchewan to tight gas plays in NE BC.  He then moved on to work multiple geothermal exploration projects in the US and Canada with some of the first public geothermal companies in Canada.

Mr. Dunn was one of key personnel involved with the resurgence of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) on the board of directors and as the Outreach Director. His work has helped to establish CanGEA’s education program, helped to promote a national study for geothermal potential in Canada and co-authored many geothermal reports including Geothermal Policy Best Practices (2009).  His work with CanGEA led him to his role as founder and Chief Geologist with Borealis Geopower. He is considered one of the leading experts and pioneers in geothermal energy exploration and development initiatives in Canada.  Mr. Dunn supplies both project management and geological expertise for the development of high temperature geothermal energy.  Borealis Geopower has multiple ongoing geothermal power projects across Western Canada working to bring the first Geopower projects online.
Alison Thompson, P.Eng. (Canadian Geothermal Energy Association)

Having held several positions at a coal based utility in the US and hydrocarbon giants in Canada such as Suncor and Nexen and now as a Principal at Borealis GeoPower, Alison Thompson has stood on both sides of what sometimes seems like a deep divide between renewable and non-renewable energy production. As an engineer, she brings a depth of understanding of the technology behind energy production. Through her incredibly diverse experience, she has developed an intimate understanding of the political landscape and business culture of energy in Canada and beyond.

Her board experience is equally as diverse as her career experience. Locally, she is a board member of Alberta Innovates as well as a Fellow of The Natural Step’s Alberta Energy Futures Lab. Nationally, she is the Chair and a Founder of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association as well as a director of Youth Science Canada. Globally, she is a director of the International Geothermal Association where she is part of a committee charged with crafting geothermal resource specifications for the United Nations. She also serves on the USbased Geothermal Resources Council’s Public Outreach Committee and is an ongoing Expert Evaluator for the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency.

She was an Officer of Alterra Power (formerly Magma Energy), an evaluator for the Canada Foundation for Innovation and has served on the Board of Directors of Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada and Deep Earth Energy Production. Internationally, she had a seat on the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency’s Geothermal Implementing Agreement.

Alison has dedicated a substantial part of her career to demonstrating that Canada does not have to choose between the economy and the environment. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees of Chemical Engineering from McGill University, a Professional Engineering designation from APEGA, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Queen’s University.
Alejandro (Alex) Sarmiento, P.Eng. (Aquarius Drilling Consulting Ltd.)

Alex Sarmiento is a Senior Drilling Engineer and President of Aquarius Drilling Consulting Ltd. He has over 13 years of geothermal drilling, workover and completions experience and 14 years of Western Canadian deep high-temperature/high-pressure oil & gas drilling experience. He has held senior engineering positions in both drilling and completions with major oil and gas companies in Alberta from 2005 to 2015, having experience in SAGD well design construction and operations at Nexen, Penn West and Devon Canada. Alex is a member with the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Canadian Heavy Oil Association, CanGEA, and APEGA.
T.M. Gunderson, M.Sc., P.Eng., CPA (Enerpro Engineering)

T.M. Gunderson is a founder of Enerpro Engineering, a facility and pipeline engineering company and a partner in Epoch Energy, a geothermal heat and power developer. He has delivered numerous presentations to investors, government agencies, learning institutions and private companies on behalf of clients, CanGEA and Enerpro. T.M. has been the lead engineer, project manager and financial modeller on multiple geothermal power plants designs, commercial district heating projects and oil/gas well conversion to heat source projects all in Western Canada. T.M. is a member of APEGA, APEGS, APEGBC, State of Alaska Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors, CanGEA, Entrepreneurs Organization, CPA Canada and CPA Alberta.

Date and Time:

Wednesday June 22, 2016

Check-in & Buffet Lunch Opens: 11:30AM
Presentation: 12:05PM
Reception: 1:00PM



Calgary Petroleum Club, Devonian Room | 319 5th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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