Earth Science for Society
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Our Team

The ESfS organizing committee members are all geoscience volunteers.

Are you a passionate and energetic geoscience volunteer and would like to increase your involvement in a fun and rewarding initiative? The ESfS team is taking the time to reshape and build a successful ESfS event and we are looking for volunteers to deliver the program. The next Earth Science for Society Exhibition is scheduled to take place Fall 2022, in Calgary.

If you are interested or would like more details, contact us at or click on the button below to sign up with the ESfS 2021-22 Organizing Committee:

Organizing Committee Sign-up Form

ESfS 2021-22 Organizing Committee

Organizing Committee Chair – Marissa Whittaker

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 as a guide and on the Exhibits, Volunteers, and Budget & Finance committees.

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


Venue & Logistics Chair – Jeff Allison

Jeff is a Professional Geophysicist with over 30 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry. He graduated from Queen’s University in 1988 with a degree in Geological Engineering. During his career, he has worked with large and small E&P companies, as well as companies that provide software and services to the oil and gas industry. Jeff is currently the Manager of Geological Data Management at CNRL. He joined the ESfS Committee in 2020 and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for geoscience with the community.

The Venue & Logistics committee coordinates 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: Jeff Allison, Rebecca Haspel, Patrick Lagasca

Sponsorship Chair – Bruce Moore and Vice-Chair – Julia Davison

After retiring from the Canadian Forces in 2015, Bruce completed his BSc degree in Geophysics at the U of C. He is working as a processing Geophysicist (GIT) at Thrust Belt Imaging. Bruce first volunteered at ESfS 2018 with Yukon Dan and as a group guide. He was moved by the impact the exhibition was able to have on so many youth, teachers, and families in building awareness and understanding of geoscience, technology, engineering, and related industries.

Julia Davison is a professional geologist providing consulting in geoscience and working in business as an analyst with Direct Energy. She has a master’s of business administration and master’s in geology from the University of Calgary and her bachelor’s geology degree from UBC Vancouver. Julia has worked on a range of interesting petroleum basins, shifting from conventional Cretaceous reservoirs in Canada to global offshore, unconventional shale reservoirs, CO2 storage, ‘green gas’ and geothermal potential. After volunteering as a guide in 2016, Julia acted as the Sponsorship Chair (2017-2019) and chaired the inaugural ESfS Science Odysssey traveling exhibit in 2018. She is excited to be volunteering with this fantastic, educational exhibition in 2020-2022.

Bruce and Julia 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, prepares the Sponsorship brochure content, tracks sponsorship and exhibitor progress, applies for grants and helps coordinate the post-event Thank-you mail out.

Sponsorship committee: Bruce Moore, Julia Davison, Pam Pribilovic, Melissa Sawyer

Exhibits Chair – Taylor Foret and Vice-Chair – Jeff Allison

Taylor recently graduated from University of Calgary, receiving a MSc in Geology. She volunteered as a guide at ESfS in 2017 and 2018, was Vice-Chair for Venue in 2019 and is Exhibits Chair in 2020 and 2021-2022.

Jeff is a Professional Geophysicist with over 30 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry. He graduated from Queen’s University in 1988 with a degree in Geological Engineering. During his career, he has worked with large and small E&P companies, as well as companies that provide software and services to the oil and gas industry. Jeff is currently the Manager of Geological Data Management at CNRL. He joined the ESfS Committee in 2020 and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for geoscience with the community.

The Exhibits committee is responsible for inviting exhibitors to ESfS to ensure a fun and dynamic exhibition. Taylor prepares the Exhibitor brochure content, leads the team that solicits for ESfS exhibitors, develops the pavilion and exhibitor floor plan, compiles exhibitor requirements for venue and logistics, prepares the exhibitor kit, coordinates the exhibitor summary, coordinates on-site assistance, compiles the exhibitor feedback surveys, and contributes to the post-event Thank-you booklet.

Exhibits committee: Taylor Foret, Jeff Allison, Melissa Sawyer

Marketing Chair – Vacant

The Marketing team develops the marketing and communication plan, works with the marketing team and other committees to prepare all collateral material and advertising, coordinates with other technical societies, connects with external youth groups, coordinates all branded event material, ensures consistent ESfS branding and communication, prepares newsletters, develops signage requirements, develops and compiles feedback surveys, organizes the welcoming committee and coordinates the post event Thank-you mailout.

Marketing committee: Renu Sahota, Ariana Pumo, Patrick Lagasca, Annette Milbradt, Taylor Foret

Volunteers Chair – Hilary Schumacher and Vice-Chair – Phil Harms

Hilary graduated from the University of Calgary, receiving a BSc with a major in Geophysics. She is currently working at Suncor Energy Inc. in the Chief Sustainability Office. Hilary started with ESfS in 2018 as a volunteer and is now the Chair of the Volunteer Committee in 2020. She has a passion for geoscience and the environment which she hopes to share with the youth that get involved with ESfS.

Phil graduated from University of Calgary with a double major in geology and geophysics. Phil has been a geoscience consultant advising on international oil and gas exploration for more than a decade and more recently is taking a keen interest in applying his experience and data analytics technology to gas storage and geothermal energy. A life long learner, he is passionate about experiencing our planet and sharing it with the next generation. Phil was Vice Chair of the Volunteer Committee in 2017, Chair in 2018 and advisor in 2019. In 2020, Phil is looking forward to supporting the ESfS in new and exciting ways!

The Volunteer Committee is 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: Hilary Schumacher, Phil Harms, Judith Chan (advisory)

Program Delivery Chair – Helen Isaac

Helen works part-time 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 and has been deeply committed to ESfS since its inception in 2010.

Helen is responsible for coordinating all aspects of student visits. She coordinates school sign-ups and communications, prepares the school rotation schedule, compiles volunteer guide requirements, coordinates buses, prepares school packages and provides them with an itinerary letter, prepares geoscience reference materials for educators, creates the Scavenger Hunt Booklets, works with exhibitors to prepare Q&A for the booklets, coordinates bag stuffing, and compiles materials for the students’ bags and the teachers’ bags.

Program Delivery committee: Helen Isaac

Budget & Finance Chair – Maverick Cue and Vice-Chair – Annette Milbradt

Maverick graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science in Geophysics. He has had the opportunity to work in the oil fields of West Texas and New Mexico, drilling wells. Currently, he is studying at the University of Alberta School of Business. Maverick has been a volunteer with ESfS since the summer of 2017, and is grateful to be working with people passionate about education and Earth science.

Annette is a retired Geophysicist, interested in geoscience outreach. She has served as a Director for the CSEG Foundation and also volunteers with other CSEG Foundation Outreach initiatives. She has been involved with ESfS since it started in 2010.

The Budget & Finance team is responsible for preparing the budget, assisting with coding payables, and tracking revenues and expenses to ensure that ESfS stays on budget.

Budget & Finance committee: Maverick Cue, Annette Milbradt

Speakers Chair – Daniela Waldbott von Bassenheim

Daniela is currently in her Master’s degree at the University of Calgary. During her undergraduate degree she has worked several summer internships, as well as pursuing research interests in a variety of fields, including igneous petrology, and classical sedimentology and stratigraphy. Her passion lies with fostering environments that nurture experiential learning and conversation, enabling community interaction. She first got involved in ESfS in 2016 and has increased her involvement year over year. Daniela is responsible for arranging and coordinating the geoscience speakers for the Sunday Geo-Theatre.

Speakers committee: Daniela Waldbott von Bassenheim

ESfS in Motion Chair – Victoria Desjardins

Victoria is an early-career professional working as a Geospatial Analyst with Airborne Imaging Inc. She graduated from Dalhousie University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences and Environment, Sustainability, and Society with a certificate in Environmental Geoscience. In 2019 she graduated from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology with a Diploma in Geomatics Engineering Technology. She began volunteering with ESfS in 2017 with the Association for Women Geoscientists and has since taken on various other roles at the exhibits and has been with the ESfS in Motion team since 2018. Victoria is interested in the intersection of society, technology, and the natural world. She has explored this interest through aiding development of ESfS In Motion’s “Explore Space” booth which has been featured at Science Odyssey and Science Literacy Week events.

The ESfS in Motion committee organizes the Yukon Dan gold panning exhibit, the ESfS Fossil station, and the Geoscience Activity tables at ESfS every March.

ESfS has developed travelling exhibits that we can take to science education and outreach events or add as a booth at ESfS. We’ve participated in Science Odyssey in May 2017, 2018, and 2019 and in Science Literacy Week in September 2018 and 2019.

The ESfS in Motion travelling exhibits showcase four fun and interactive stations: the Explore Space Station, the Trilobite Fossil Station, the Rock Cycle Station and the Our Changing World Station. Visitors investigate space travel and our solar system at the Explore Space Station. The Trilobite Fossil Station allows participants to touch, identify and classify trilobite fossils. The Rock Cycle Station has sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks and mineral samples to examine. The Our Changing World Station has activities related to plate tectonics and seismic methods.

ESfS in Motion committee: Victoria Desjardins, Rick Wierzbicki, Julia Davison, Tezla Hayduk

ESfS Administrator – Annette Milbradt

Annette is currently the volunteer ESfS Administrator.

The ESfS Administrator manages bookings, accounts & contracts (venue, suppliers, buses, marketing) on behalf of the CSEG Foundation, generates invoices and receives payments, tracks and manages receivables, ensures payment of expenses by credit card, and provides support and physical address for orders – venue, venue suppliers, buses, schools, exhibitors, sponsors, student and educator materials, volunteers and volunteer materials, printing, and media/marketing.