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Arctic Oil and Gas North America 2014 speakers included

Arctic Oil and Gas North America 2014 speakers included

Prem Thodi Engineering Specialist INTECSEA Canada

Prem Thodi, Ph.D., is an Engineering Specialist with INTECSEA Canada, WorleyParsons Group. Dr. Thodi gained his PhD degree in Oil & Gas Engineering from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He has more than 8 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry with offshore pipeline engineering, pipeline leak detection and integrity management. Previously he worked with McDermott International Inc. in Dubai, UAE and Baku, Azerbaijan.

Desmond Power Vice President, Remote Sensing C-CORE

Desmond Power has 22 years experience in the field of engineering, dealing mainly in radar, radio frequency, remote sensing and earth observation projects. He started his career in terrestrial radar, working as a RF designer on an over the horizon radar for the Canadian military. In the early part of his career, he worked on antenna design, simulation and testing, mainly in the high frequency band. He was also heavily involved with signal processing and analysis of radar data. Soon after the launch of RADARSAT in 1995, Desmond moved into projects related to Earth Observation, with his first project dealing with iceberg detection capabilities of synthetic aperture radar. Since that time, Desmond has managed and been technical advisor to a large series of projects at C-CORE involving Earth Observation, including marine target detection, vehicle detection and surveillance, and interferometry for ground deformation measurement. In his role as VP of Remote Sensing, Desmond leads a team of 35 people involved in projects related to radar and RF systems systems, computer vision, earth observation and software development. Desmond’s team specialized in the remote sensing of ice and icebergs and has participated in a large number of projects that are of interest to the Oil and Gas industry; recent projects have included historical sea ice and iceberg analysis; tactical monitoring of ice for ice management purposes; forecasting of ice and iceberg movement and resource optimization for ice defence systems.  Desmond holds a Bachelor and Master of Engineering Degree and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Ian Murphy Environmental Analyst Stantec

Ian Murphy is an Environmental Analyst with Stantec’s socio-economic services team in St. John’s, NL. Ian has an MA from Memorial University and an Advanced Diploma in Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management from the Marine Institute. Focusing on community impacts, Ian has prepared socio-economic effects assessments for major projects in the oil and gas, mining, and power sectors. This has included studying and assessing the socio-economic effects of industrial development in Newfoundland and Labrador and elsewhere in Atlantic, Central, and Western Canada, including work on such oil and gas projects as Husky Energy’s White Rose Extension Project in NL and several proposed LNG facilities in BC. Ian has also assisted with the development and implementation of benefits and diversity plans for offshore oil and Labrador mining projects, and he co-authored a recent Stantec report on the socio-economic benefits from petroleum industry activity in Newfoundland and Labrador. Before joining Stantec in 2011, Ian worked with several university research units and NGOs on projects involving regional development and sustainable community planning.

Robert Brown Research Lead, Offshore Safety & Survival Centre, Marine Institute Memorial University

Rob is a professional engineer with over 15 years experience in the planning, conduct and dissemination of applied research.  For the last 9 years, he has led research at the Marine Institute’s Offshore Safety & Survival Centre with a focus on understanding aspects of human and equipment performance during evacuation, survival and rescue for the harsh marine environment.  Prior to this, Rob was employed as an Ice Engineer at C-CORE in St. John’s.

Rob has B.Eng (Nav. Arch.) and M.Eng (Nav. Arch. - Ship Manoeuvrability in Sea Ice) degrees from Memorial University and is currently completing a PhD from the University of Greenwich (UK) with a focus on modelling human behaviour during the mustering and evacuation process on cruise ships and ferries.  Rob has a great deal of experience in running full-scale sea trials, as well as laboratory-based experiments.

Rob is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA).  He has authored or co-authored about 30 peer-reviewed publications, more than 60 technical reports and was guest editor for the Journal of Ocean Technology’s Safety at Sea issue in January, 2011.

António Simões Ré Senior Research Engineer National Research Council of Canada

António J. Simões Ré is a Senior Research Engineer at the National Research Council, Ocean Coastal and River Engineering. António graduated in 1983 with a B. Eng. in Naval Architecture from Memorial University of Newfoundland and in 1986 joined NRC.  In 1994 António graduated with the Ms. Sc. in Naval Architecture from the Technical University of Nova Scotia. In 1998 António started development of the Marine Safety Technologies for Extreme Environments research program and shortly after became the Principal Investigator and the program Lead.  Most of his research efforts concentrate on the performance envelopes of lifeboats, liferafts, immersion suits and novel life saving appliances. He is also known for his modeling and evaluation of marine/offshore evacuation and retrieval systems. António has over 47 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings on the subject of lifeboat evacuation, survivability and rescue and liferaft performance and safety at sea.

Odd M. Akselsen, PhD Senior Scientist SINTEF Materials and Chemistry

Dr Akselsen has been with SINTEF since 1982, and is now with SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Department of Materials Integrity and Welding where he is senior scientist. He is also adjunct professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Institute of Engineering Design and Materials. He got his MSc degree in 1981 and PhD in 1988, both at NTNU. Dr Akselsen has extensive experience from various joining methods applied to a wide range of materials. During the last 5 years he has been project leader of the Arctic Materials R&D project concerning materials behaviour at low temperatures. He is author and co-author of about 130 papers in international journals and conference proceedings.

Brian Rogers Engineering Manager Subsea 7 Canada

Brian Rogers is currently the Engineering Manager for Subsea7 Canada.  In this role, Brian is responsible for the development and management of a multi-discipline engineering team comprised of 24 Engineers with expertise in subsea construction, structural design, riser/flowline/umbilical installation, and R&D.  Prior to his current role, Brian has worked as Project Engineer, Deputy Discipline Manager, Facilities Engineer, and Lead Engineer in the areas of Mining and Mineral Processing, Technology Development, and Subsea Engineering/Construction.  Prior to joining Subsea7, Brian worked with Hatch in the mining sector completing numerous projects in Northern Ontario, Quebec, and Labrador, for clients including Inco (Vale), Falconbridge (Xstrata), and Agrium.  Additionally, Brian worked with Suncor Energy as Facilities & Technology Engineer, responsible for the development and execution of the East Coast R&D strategy.  In this role, Brian was member of a number of R&D committees, including Petroleum Research Newfoundland & Labrador (PRNL) Management Committee, PERD proposal evaluation committee, and various Industry Steering Committees for active R&D projects in Newfoundland. 

Brian has a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Memorial University, and has completed the Engineering Management Development Program at Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, UK.


Per S. Daling Senior Research Scientist, Oil Spill Research Dept. SINTEF Materials and Chemistry

Per Daling has a MSc in Organic Analytical Chemistry from Institute of Chemistry, University of Trondheim from  1983.

He has 30 years of experience within the field of oil pollution, and has been project manager and scientist responsible for many research programs within:
• Weathering and behaviour of oil at sea /in ice / on shore
• Oil analysis and Oil Spill identification (fingerprinting).
• Field and laboratory testing of oil spill dispersants and countermeasure techniques.
• Oil Spill Contingency Analysis and Planning.

Per S. Daling has authored or co-authored more than 40 refereed publications, and more than 150 non-refereed publications, papers and invited presentations.

Jukka Salminen Chartering Manager Arctia Offshore

Christian Nygaard Facility Manager, NSC Technip Norge

Degree in Naval Architecture from UK in and Business Admin degree from US
25 years experience in the offshore industry
• Spent 5 years with DNV; classification of Mobile Rigs
• Department Lead  with Norwegian Contractors, with prime responsibility for floaters, such as Troll Oil and Heidrun TLP.
• 6 years in Houston when Aker established themselves there. Main focus was on business development and various PM roles for Spars International Inc,  a JV between Aker and Mc Dermott
• 5 years with Technip, mostly in Paris responsible for business development within one of the product lines
• Co - founder and MD of Marine Subsea, an offshore ship-owner company
• Since December 2012 employed as Offshore Facilities  Manager for Technip Norway

Alaa Mansour Marine Eingineering Manager INTECSEA

Dr. Mansour is the Marine Engineering Manager with INTECSEA, WorleyParsons Group in Houston. He has eighteen years of engineering and engineering management experience in the offshore and coastal engineering fields. Key projects include the design and engineering management of Tension Leg Platform (TLPs), Semisubmersibles and Single Column Floaters.

Before joining INTECSEA, Dr. Mansour served as the Naval Architecture Department Manager with Versamarine Engineering and as a Principal Naval Architect with ABB Lummus Global in Houston.

Dr. Mansour has a Ph.D in Hydrodynamics from the University of Houston. He served as a Lecturer in the spring of 2013 at the University of Houston. He is also an Associate Professor (on leave) from Cairo University, Egypt.
Dr. Mansour holds several patents for new floater designs.

Geir Utskot Arctic Manager Schlumberger

Geir Utskot, based in Calgary, has been the Schlumberger Arctic Manager at a global level since 2010. He was the Arctic Manager for Canada from 2006. In this position he was responsible for oilfield services for Schlumberger in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut where he established relationships with a number of customers, local aboriginal groups and government organizations. He has worked for Schlumberger for 28 years starting as a field engineer in Nigeria in 1985. Geir held a number of positions in in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, North America and Asia before he started working as operations manager for one of the Schlumberger Segments in Canada in 2003. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering at Agder University College and a degree in petroleum technology at Hoegskolen i Stavanger, both in Norway.

Kees van Zandwijk Senior Advisor, Innovation Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland

Kees van Zandwijk is employed with Heerema Marine Contractors for more than 35 years. Presently, he is working in the function of Senior Advisor Innovation. He is involved in the development of new technologies and equipment, in particular for arctic and deepwater.

Mark Shrimpton Principal, Socio-Economic Services Stantec Consulting

John Aronson President/CEO AATA International, Inc.

John Aronson is President and Founder of AATA International, Inc. an environmental and social management, permitting, and technical services firm that was established in 1989.  AATA provides senior advisory support to natural resource developments worldwide, including large-scale Environmental and Social Impact Assessments.  Mr. Aronson began his career as a limnologist, water quality specialist, ecologist, and environmental impact assessment specialist in 1973.  Mr. Aronson holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the Nebraska Wesleyan University and an M.S. in Zoology (Limnology, Minor Civil Engineering) from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and has had extensive post graduate training in environmental engineering and sciences at the Colorado State University.  Over the past 40+ years, Mr. Aronson has worked on some of the world’s most challenging natural resource development projects as an environmental and social impact assessment analyst. He has been involved in Arctic and Subarctic projects in Russia and the CIS, Alaska, and Canada.  These have included Sakhalin II, one of the world’s largest oil and gas (LNG) projects, Sakhalin Oblast, Russia; TengizChevroil, Kazakhstan’s largest oil and gas project; and over 50 natural resource development projects in the Russian Federation.  Mr. Aronson served as a principal environmental consultant to ConocoPhillips/Lukoil on the Northern Territories Project, Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Archangelsk Oblast Russia.  Mr. Aronson is author of “Watershed Management in Russia and the Former Soviet Union” IN Reimold, R.A. 1998. McGraw Hill.  Mr. Aronson served as a Director of the Russian American Chamber Of Commerce for more than 10 years.  He is a member in good standing of many professional organizations, including the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Ecological Society of America, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, the American Chemical Society, the American Fisheries Society, among others. 

Shawn Kenny Associate Professor and Wood Group Chair in Arctic and Harsh Environments Engineering Memorial University of Newfoundland

Shawn is an Associate Professor at Carleton University, Ottawa Canada. Shawn has experience with the engineering assessment of arctic geohazards; such as ice gouging, frost heave, and thaw settlement, on the mechanical integrity of onshore and offshore pipelines. Shawn has been involved with pipeline engineering studies for projects located in Alaska, Canada, Beaufort Sea, Caspian Sea, Grand Banks, Labrador Sea and offshore Sakhalin Island. Shawn also serves as a chair and technical committee member of the Canadian Standards Association for oil and gas pipeline systems.

Stephen Whidden Project Development Manager, Offshore North America Arctic Arcis

Stephen Whidden is currently employed by Arcis, a TGS company.  He is the Project Development Manager, Offshore North America Arctic.  He has been in this role for the last two years, prior to that he had a twenty three year tenure with WesternGeco/Schlumberger working in a variety of management, operations, marketing, and sales roles.  He graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a Bachelor of Science in Geophysical Engineering in 1986.

Sten Warnfeldt Manager RADAR-Technology

Wylie Spicer QC Counsel Norton Rose Fulbright

Wylie Spicer is counsel to the International Law Firm Norton Rose Fulbright, working from their offices in Calgary. He has published extensively on issues related to the Arctic Oil and Gas and Shipping industries. Wylie has more than 35 years experience advising clients concerning all aspects of the offshore oil and gas and maritime industries and for many years taught maritime law at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Vince Mitchell Vice President, Special Projects Lamor Corporation

Vince Mitchell is currently the Vice President of Special Projects, for the Lamor Corporation.  In addition to attending spills worldwide for Lamor, Vince is involved in a wide variety of projects and conducts all levels of the International Maritime Organization oil spill response training courses.

Vince has a wide range and substantial operational and technical oil spill expertise spanning nearly twenty five years leading many teams, projects and operations.  Working locations have ranged from the arctic conditions found in Alaska U.S. to the desert conditions of the Middle East.   Vince is a 1979 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and currently holds a U.S. masters license.  Prior service includes the U.S. Coast Guard, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation.  Previous spill experience includes BP Macondo, Nisar R3, Pacific Adventurer, Costco Busan and Exxon Valdez

Pu Li Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences Memorial University of Newfoundland

Pu Li is a PhD Candidate of Civil Engineering with the Northern Region Persistent Organic Pollution Control (NRPOP) Laboratory led by Dr. Bing Chen at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research mainly focuses on the integrated decision support system for supporting offshore oil spill response and countermeasures in harsh environments, including oil spill vulnerability index classification, response technology screening, and simulation-based optimization for technology settings and resource allocation. The corresponding achievements have been published in peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Journal of Ocean Technology and Ocean & Coastal Management) and presented in conferences such as the CSCE 2013 Annual General Conference, the 4th Annual Arctic Oil & Gas North America Conference, and the 35th AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response.

Svein Ole Strømme Vice President Concept Development Kvaerner Concrete Solutions

Mr. Stromme has over 30 years progressive engineering experience related to offshore oil and gas installations. Recent experience includes  over 10 years in project and corporate management roles as Study/Project Manager for Engineering Feasibility, Pre-FEED, FEED studies related to GBS, topsides, production and LNG projects.  In addition, Mr. Stromme has held roles as Engineering Manager, Manager Research & Development, Department Manager for Mechanical Discipline, and System Engineering Supervisor.  Previous to project management roles, Mr. Stromme has held senior technical positions such as Package Responsible Engineer for main generators, compressors, pressure vessels, heat exchangers and various process packages gained a wide multidiscipline as well as detailed knowledge for most of the topside equipment. Experience from LNG studies and FEED with special attention to LNG tanks. Commissioning planning and execution experience.

Brian Johnston Business Development Manager, Americas Rutter Technologies

Currently the Business Development Manager for the Americas at Rutter Inc., a St. John’s Newfoundland based company specializing in enhanced marine radar systems.

Brian has over 20 years’ experience across several market sectors, including in the marine, aerospace & defence and satellite communications. Previously Brian spent six years as Americas Business Development & Operations Manager for an Australian based aerospace company delivering operations and training management systems to a number of air training facilities around the world. 

Prior to this Brian served as Software Engineering Manager at Provincial Aerospace Ltd., a Canadian aerospace  company, and was responsible for the system development, system delivery and business development activities of airborne surveillance aircraft and ground based data systems. Brian also worked at Stratos Global Corporation, one of the world’s largest satellite service provider, in a variety of positions, including manager of web services as well as working in the marketing and Information technology groups.

Klaus A. Harnvig Project Manager Danish Meteorological Institute

Wylie Spicer QC Counsel Norton Rose Fulbright Canada

Wylie Spicer is counsel to the International Law Firm Norton Rose Fulbright, working from their offices in Calgary. He has published extensively on issues related to the Arctic Oil and Gas and Shipping industries. Wylie has more than 35 years experience advising clients concerning all aspects of the offshore oil and gas and maritime industries and for many years taught maritime law at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Ole Aspholm Senior Principal Consulatnt DNV GL

Tom McKeever, R&D, Statoil Canada

Mike Maguire, Senior R&D Advisor, Atlantic Region, Husky Energy

John Dolny, Senior Engineer, ABS HETC

Derek Pearcey, Project and Engineering Manager, White Rose Extension Project, Husky Energy
Vidar Aanesland, Manager, R&D, APL, National Oilwell Varco

Ole Øystein Aspholm, Associate Director, DNV-GL

Christopher King, Director of Operators, Petro-Nav

Lesley James, Associate Professor & Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Jim Keating, Vice President, Nalcor Energy Oil & Gas

Bill Wells, One Ocean