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SPE Canada Regional Student Paper Contest

The SPE Memorial University Student Chapter, in collaboration with the Atlantic Canada section, is proud to announce that they will be hosting the 2016 Canadian Region Student Paper Contest for undergraduate, master’s and PhD students. This work can include anything from coursework, internship projects, theses, dissertations and more - as long as you are the major contributor to the work.

Selected students will have the opportunity to present their work to an audience of industry professional and peers. Winners in each category will receive travel support form SPE International and will also be asked to prepare a written paper and represent the SPE Canada Region at the SPE International Student Paper Contest at the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition on 26-28 September 2016 in Dubai, UAE.

View the details at the Atlantic Canada Section events page.

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The Status of SPE in Canada

Wow, what a ride!

Since I wrote my last column almost a year ago, entitled “Who Runs SPE in Canada, Anyway?”, a lot has transpired.  I would now suggest the answer to the the above question is: who knows?- but we are hanging on!  As a member driven organization, our members have been through a lot of changes dictated by the current price scenario.  Many have lost their jobs, some households have even lost two breadwinners.  Belts have been tightened, and I’m not sure how many more notches there are left!  Almost everyone has been affected.  Traffic in downtown Calgary is noticeably light, and I have heard that you can get any table you want at any restaurant in Lloydminster at lunchtime. What do we do? Where are the bright spots?

Read the complete article.


Canada Region Welcomes New Sections

The Canadian region of SPE is growing with the addition of two new sections to its membership. Read the complete article.


SPE Calgary Livestream Initiative

The SPE Calgary Section is partnering with all Canadian SPE sections and university chapters to offer weekly Special Interest Group (SIG) luncheons to SPE members across the country. The initiative is designed to engage SPE members across Canada and disseminate the technical resources available within the Calgary energy community.

The first trial in this program took place 29 September with the Atlantic, Maritimes, Grande Prairie, Edmonton, Lloydminster, and Vancouver sections.  Syd Nejad, CEO Naft Energy, presented about International Business Development Opportunities: An Introduction to Iran Upstream Openings.

Three more trials are expected to take place through December 2015 with a targeted full-deployment by January 2016.

At a later date, the Calgary Section hopes to make the webcast available to all SPE Calgary section members and corporations as a cost-effective alternative to individual luncheon registrations. Currently, the initiative is being funded by the Calgary Section and will offer a different topic every Tuesday from 1145 to 1300 MST.

To view the upcoming topics, please visit the SPE Calgary Section Website.

To learn more about the program, contact Claudio Virues or Ramez Hanna Alla.

Upcoming Section Events

South Saskatchewan

Optimization of Multi-Fractured Horizontal Completions; A New Industry Challenge

Regional activities

Technical and networking luncheons

SPE sections in Canada offer Technical and Networking Luncheons on a monthly basis. Contact Member Services Specialist Jill Thomas at +1-403-930-5453, or your local section for the upcoming luncheons.

Training Courses

SPE Canada Office

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900 521 – 3rd Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3T3

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