Earth Science for Society

Our Team

The ESfS organizing committee members are all geoscience volunteers.

ESfS Organizing Committee Chairs

Organizing Committee Chair – Brodie Sutherland
Brodie is a Professional Geologist with Hekla Consulting Ltd., where he helps develop mineral exploration projects around the globe. He is looking forward to helping youth understand the Earth Sciences and encouraging them to explore our fascinating exhibits.

Brodie is responsible for the overall coordination of ESfS including project management, meetings and minutes and status reports. He keeps things organized and on-track to ensure the success of ESfS.

Organizing Committee Vice-Chair – Glenn Malcolm
Glenn is a Professional Geophysicist who has been working in the oil and gas industry for over 30 years. He has served on the CSEG executive for two years and many years as a volunteer guide with ESfS guiding young students around the exhibits. This is his first experience on the ESfS Organizing Committee.

Glenn acts as alternate for the Chair in all areas of responsibility.


Venue & Logistics Chair – Jennifer Welsh and Venue & Logistics Vice Chair – Nikita Fernandes
Jennifer Welsh has been working in the Oil and Gas industry for the past 16 years and has had wide variety of experience, ranging from working at Front End Seismic companies to an EP company. Jennifer has volunteered with the CSEG on the JGF (Junior Geophysicists Forum) for over 10 years and continues to do so. This is her first year on the ESfS committee and she is looking forward to the experience.

Nikita is currently in her first year of the thesis-based Master’s program in Carbonate Geology at the University of Calgary (started January 2017). She graduated in June 2016 from the University of Calgary with a Bachelors of Science in Geology with Honours and a Minor in Geophysics and Petroleum Concentration.

Jennifer and Nikita coordinate our venue and logistics needs. They are responsible for booking the facility and on-site goods and services, coordinating the ESfS on-site space, security, and emergency response requirements, and establishing designated staging areas for schools and buses.

Venue & Logistics committee: Jennifer Welsh, Nikita Fernandes

Sponsorship Chair – Julia Davison and Vice Chair – Annette Milbradt
Julia Davison is a professional geologist, studying for her M.B.A. Julia has a master’s degree from the University of Calgary and a bachelor’s degree from UBC. Over the past ten years, Julia has worked on petroleum basins across the country such as unconventional ‘shale’ and conventional Cretaceous reservoirs in Western Canada, offshore reservoirs in Eastern and Arctic Canada, and CO2 storage potential in Ontario and Quebec. Julia volunteered as a guide at the 2016 ESfS event, was sponsorship chair in 2017 and is excited to work on sponsorship again in 2018.

Annette is a Professional Geophysicist with Tourmaline Oil Corp. She volunteers with other CSEG Foundation Outreach initiatives and was a Director for the CSEG Foundation. Annette has enjoyed being a geoscience outreacher for many years and has been involved with ESfS since it began in 2010.

Julia and Annette are responsible for leading the team which solicits funds from donor companies – donations which allow ESfS to remain financially accessible to the targeted school and youth group audiences. This duo also ensures sponsor recognition during the event, prepare the Sponsorship brochure content, track sponsorship and exhibitor progress, apply for grants and help coordinate the post-event Thank-you mail out.

Sponsorship committee: Julia Davison, Annette Milbradt, Nanna Eliuk, Daniel Calvo Gonzalez, Mikhail Yakunin, Sarah McKillop

Exhibits Chair – Melissa Sawyer and Vice Chair – Rebecca Haspel
Melissa is a Geologist-in-Training with a Master’s of Science in Geology, currently working as a Junior Geologist-in-training. Before joining her current company, she worked several summer internships in New Ventures and Development teams. Her current role as an operations Geologist.I.T. allows her to use both her exploration and development background. She enjoys mentoring others and providing insight from her experiences as a student in geology.

Rebecca is a Professional Geologist at Total E&P Canada. Her professional experience is in oil sands, in mining, geotechnical site investigations, hydrogeology and Quaternary geology. She believes in experiential education and enjoys opening young minds to the exploration and discovery of the physical and natural world.

Melissa and Rebecca are responsible for helping recruit ESfS exhibitors to ensure a fun and dynamic exhibition. They prepare the Exhibitor brochure content, lead the team that solicits for ESfS exhibitors, develop the pavilion and exhibitor floor plan, compile exhibitor requirements for venue and logistics, prepare the exhibitor kit, coordinate the exhibitor summary, coordinate on-site assistance, compile the exhibitor feedback surveys, and contribute to the post-event Thank-you booklet.

Exhibits committee: Melissa Sawyer, Rebecca Haspel, Alyssa Middleton, Laurie McGhie, Jordan Curkan

Marketing Chair – Ryan Day and Vice Chair – Ashlea Parker
Ryan graduated from the University of Calgary and is currently working towards his professional designation with APEGA. Over the past 5 years, Ryan has worked in a variety of positions including research with a local laboratory as well as owning his own consulting company. His interest lies in structural and basin geology. This is Ryan’s second year with ESfS and is excited to take over this year’s position as Chair. Some of his responsibilities involve coordinating with other societies to be featured in their magazines as well as displaying ads at luncheons.

Ashlea graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.Sc. in Geology and a minor in Geophysics. She is a registered Geoscientist-in-Training with APEGA, with a keen interest in structural and mining exploration geology. She has been volunteering with ESfS since May 2016, and has been particularly involved with branded materials and signage for the event.

Ryan and Ashlea develop the marketing and communication plan, work with the marketing team to prepare all collateral material and advertising, coordinate with other technical societies, connect with external youth groups, coordinate all branded event material, ensure consistent ESfS branding and communication, prepare newsletters, develop signage requirements, develop and compile feedback surveys, organize the welcoming committee and coordinate the post event Thank-you mailout.

Marketing committee: Ryan Day, Ashlea Parker, Renu Sahota, Mai Swasdichira, Ariana Pumo, Cory Stephens, Annette Milbradt, Michel Nzikou, Allison Altenhof

Volunteers Chair – Jinny Donovan and Vice Chair – Doug Hackbarth
Jinny graduated from the University of Victoria with a BSc in Earth Science. Throughout her degree she worked summers in mineral exploration in northern BC. She is currently a Geoscientist-in-Training working as a Junior Hydrogeologist for Husky Energy. Jinny enjoys sharing her passion for science in hopes to help children discover their own inquisitive inner scientist.

Doug received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1971. He has practised hydrogeology in Alberta since that time.

Jinny and Doug are responsible for coordinating event volunteers which includes preparing and managing the volunteer schedule, preparing volunteer reference documents, coordinating volunteer on-site requirements, providing on-site briefing, recognizing volunteer efforts, and reporting volunteer statistics.

Volunteers committee: Jinny Donovan, Doug Hackbarth, Jeff Packard

Program Delivery Chair – Allison Altenhof and Vice Chair – Helen Isaac
Allison Altenhof is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Calgary working towards completing a double major in both geophysics and geology. This is her first-year volunteering for Earth Science for Society and she is excited to share her passion of the geosciences.

Helen works for CREWES at the University of Calgary, where she specializes in seismic data processing, interpretation and modelling. Helen has been a very active volunteer with the CSEG for many years, Outreach in particular, and serves as Communications Chair for the CSEG Foundation Board of Directors.

Allison and Helen are responsible for coordinating all aspects of student visits. They coordinate school sign-ups and communications, prepare the school rotation schedule, compile volunteer guide requirements, coordinate buses, prepare school packages and provide them with an itinerary letter, prepare geoscience reference materials for educators, create the Scavenger Hunt Booklet, work with exhibitors to prepare Q&A for the booklet, coordinate bag stuffing, and compile materials for the students bags and the teachers’ bags.

Program Delivery committee: Allison Altenhof, Helen Isaac, Rick Green

Budget & Finance Chair – Marissa Whittaker and Vice Chair – Maverick Cue
Marissa is a professional Geophysicist with 10 years experience in oil, gas, potash, and gas storage plays across Canada and internationally. She has volunteered with ESfS for many years both as a guide and on the volunteer committee.

Maverick loves to challenge himself to try new things, such as in cooking. He graduated from the University of Calgary in 2015 with a BSc in Geophysics, and a Geology minor. This will be his first year on the ESfS Committee. During his time in University, he volunteered for Geophysics Undergraduate Student Society as a VP in Finance. He volunteers to help at the Drop-In-Centre with EPP under CSEG. He hopes to one day be the captain of his own sailboat.

Marissa and Maverick are responsible for preparing the budget, assisting with coding payables, and tracking revenues and expenses to ensure that ESfS stays on budget.

Budget & Finance committee: Marissa Whittaker, Maverick Cue

Speakers Chair – Aliya Kairzhanova and Vice Chair – Michael Le
Aliya graduated from the University of Calgary in 2015 with a BSc in Geophysics. This is her fourth year volunteering with the ESfS committee and she is very excited to raise awareness and educate the community and its youth about the Earth Sciences.

Michael graduated from the University of Calgary with a BSc in Geophysics with a minor in Geology. He has previously volunteered on with the CSPG as their event photographer for several events as well as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the CSPG Honorary Address. This is his first year volunteering for the Earth Science for Society committee and he is excited to share his passion for the Earth Sciences with the public.

Aliya and Michael are responsible for arranging and coordinating the geoscience speakers for the Sunday Geo-Theatre.

Speakers committee: Aliya Kairzhanova, Michael Le

ESfS in Motion Chair – Glenn Malcolm and Vice Chair – Ashlea Parker
Glenn is a Professional Geophysicist who has been working in the oil and gas industry for over 30 years. He has served on the CSEG executive for two years and many years as a volunteer guide with ESfS guiding young students around the exhibits. This is his second year on the ESfS Organizing Committee.

Ashlea graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.Sc. in Geology and a minor in Geophysics. She is a registered Geoscientist-in-Training with APEGA, with a keen interest in structural and mining exploration geology. She has been volunteering with ESfS since May 2016.

This committee organizes the Yukon Dan gold panning exhibit, the ESfS Fossil station, and the Geoscience Activity tables at ESfS in March. New this year are travelling exhibits that we can take to science education and outreach events or add as a booth at ESfS. We started with “The Rock Cycle” and “Our Changing World” when we participated in Science Odyssey in May 2017. These two, plus “Geology Bootcamp”, and others are still under development.

ESfS in Motion committee: Glenn Malcolm, Ashlea Parker, Cory Stephens, Rochelle Longval, Gerry Langille