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Arctic Oil & Gas North America Conference 2015 speakers included:

Arctic Oil & Gas North America Conference 2015 speakers included:

Honourable Darin King MHA Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development Govt of Newfoundland & Labrador

Dr David Murrin Manager, Eastern Canada Wood Group Kenny

Dr. David Murrin was appointed as Manager for Eastern Canada for Wood Group Kenny in September 2014 to lead the newly established St. John’s office, and has operating responsibility for the Company’s activity in Eastern Canada. Dr. Murrin brings a record of achievement and demonstrated success initiating, negotiating and stewarding multimillion-dollar R&D projects for the oil and gas industry. He has more than 14 years of experience addressing the technical challenges of oil and gas development in harsh environments, from both operations and research perspectives.

Before joining Wood Group, Dr. Murrin served as Executive Director for the Centre for Arctic Resource Development, and was previously responsible for delivering on the Research and Development obligations of the Hebron Project on behalf of ExxonMobil. In these roles he fostered strong relationships with academia, private R&D organizations and international oil and gas companies through the negotiation and stewardship of multimillion-dollar projects.  

A proud three-time graduate of Memorial University, Dr. Murrin holds undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral degrees in Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering; his study focused on the phenomenon of vortex-induced vibrations in marine risers using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). He served as a visiting Assistant Professor at Memorial University and in 2009 his contributions to engineering education earned him the Canadian National Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. In 2012 Dr. Murrin received the Early Accomplishment Award from Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador in recognition of exceptional achievement in the early years of his professional career and notable leadership in the community.

Jason Muise Managing Director Technip Canada

Dr Lesley James Assistant Professor and Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering Memorial University

Dr. Lesley James is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University. Her research focuses on enhanced oil recovery and her time is split between research, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in process engineering and oil and gas, and various committees and outreach.
Dr. James returned to her native Newfoundland and Labrador after 19 years away, during which time she completed a bachelor of applied science in chemical engineering and a diploma in technology management and entrepreneurship (1997) from the University of New Brunswick and a master's (2003) and PhD (2009) in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo. Between degrees, Dr. James worked as a management consultant with Accenture for more than four years with work assignments in Canada, the United States and Europe.
Dr. James's research interests focus on sustainable oil production by increasing oil recovery rates through enhanced oil recovery (EOR). Currently, her focus is on maximizing recovery from offshore Newfoundland and Labrador oil and gas fields through understanding the fluid-fluid and rock-fluid interactions and particularly examining miscible/near-miscible fluid injection and optimal EOR strategies for offshore production. Working closely with industry, Dr. James is in the process of developing a world class enhanced oil recovery laboratory at Memorial, which will allow for fundamental and applied research and development in the area of enhanced and improved oil recovery. Dr. James' research results have been presented at international conferences, including the Canadian International Petroleum Conference, Society of Core Analysts and Gordon Research Conferences.
Over the past 10 years, Dr. James has been actively involved in numerous committees and outreach opportunities. She has worked on a Women in Engineering Task Force and has presented research on strategies to increase the participation of women in engineering and oil and gas. Dr. James regularly promotes science and engineering through speaking engagements, giving tours on campus, and mentoring. Groups include Let's Talk Science, Shad Valley, Techsploration, Mining in Society, the Women in Science and Engineering Student Summer Employment Program (WISE-SSEP), Stiletto's to Steel Toes, the Student Society of Petroleum Engineers, and GO ENG Girl. Dr. James is a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Society, and is registered as an Engineer in Training in Ontario.

Mike Paulin Operations Director Canada INTECSEA

Helene Lunde HSE Specialist Inocean Engineering

Specialist within arctic environments and winterization of offshore units. 

Core areas: Analysis and interpretation of regulatory requirements, development of HSE-programs and HSE-philosophies. 7 years offshore experience onboard mobile offshore drilling units in the North Sea.

Captain Christopher Hearn Director Centre for Marine Simulation, The Marine Institute of Memorial University

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.

Greg Warbanski Oil Spill Response & Iceberg Protection Operations Canatec Associates International

Mike Crosby Senior Business Development Manager, Drilling Lloyd's Register Energy

After serving seven years in the U.S. Navy, Mike Crosby began his career in the Oil and Gas industry in 1992 when he joined Dresser-Rand working in Venezuela. After leaving Dresser-Rand, Mike started a technical consulting company working in the area of water filtration and injection systems primarily in the O&G industry.

Mike transitioned from his technical consulting company in 2002 when he launched a business development company and consulted for a nation-wide firm located in the southeastern U.S.

Mike joined legacy ModuSpec as a Technical Specialist for the BOP Risk Model in 2012 and quickly transitioned to the role of Business Development Manager for the BOP Risk Model project.

Dennis Lingo Director of Business Development Trendsetter Engineering

Dennis has 37 years industry experience.  His experience has been in the areas of wellhead and christmas tree manufacturing, fiscal flow measurement and process control and source control and capping systems.

Jan Reier Huse Vice President Lloyds Register Consulting

In total 35 years’ experience as a Safety Specialist with QRA, technical safety and working environment as key areas.  Previous employment includes 9 years with Norsk Hydro in project/operation/staff positions.

Michael Cowie Technical Director Ecosse Subsea Systems

Michael Cowie is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology. He has been involved in geotechnical engineering for 27 years with the last 16 years being associated with subsea engineering.  Michael's subsea career originally focussed on detailed design engineering as well as seabed interaction.  He has extensive and varied ploughing experience having acted as Contractor, Consultant, Client and Expert Witness on numerous Projects. His geotechnical positions led him on to Engineering Management through opportunities at both Technip and Subsea 7.  In the last 3 years Michael has returned to his core subject of offshore geotechnics as General Manager at Canyon Offshore where he helped establish a new seabed drilling Business Unit in the offshore site investigation market.  He joined Ecosse Subsea Systems in April 2014 as their Technical Director and he aspires to help grow this business in specialist seabed interaction activities.

Klaus A. Harnvig Krane CEO and Managing Director Arctic Integrated Services

Klaus, founder of and employed by the Company Arctic Integrated Services (ARIS) as CEO and Managing Director. ARIS is providing logistics solutions for the Arctic area as well as ice advisory services for offshore operations in the Arctic.
Klaus Harnvig Krane is educated as Master Mariner and graduated from Svendborg International Maritime Academy in 1992. He spent several years in worldwide trade which brought him to The Greenland and Arctic waters for 4 years on board Arctic cargo vessels and expedition ships. He ended his career at sea as Chief Mate on large passenger and car ferries in 1998.
After a whole decade of running his own travel & tourist bus business providing European travel arrangements he started in 2007 working at the DMI as Project and Business Development Manager in the DMI Ice Service.
After being responsible for DMI's ice charting offices in Kazakhstan providing ice charts and routing advice for the Kashagan oil field for 4 years he became responsible for the business development in Center for Ocean and Ice (COI). In COI he also developed and managed the iceberg research program in West Greenland and the Offshore Ice Advisory services, and now he is deeply involved in supporting the development work of new technologies enabling the industry to enter the Arctic in the safest possible way.
In 2014 he has been engaged in the Rosneft/ExxonMobil Russian Kara Sea drilling campaign as Shore Operation Center Manager being responsible for the ice surveillance and ice management advisory service.

Matt Debicki General Manager Canatec Associates International

- Project management of numerous large budget vessel rebuilds and retrofits
- Extensive collaboration with Transport Canada regarding vessel classification
- Piloted Research vessel through 9/10th ice coverage
- Navigated in the NW Passage, Greenland, and Iceland
- 10 years of Arctic expedition experience

Began a career as a professional mariner in 2000, ran a multitude of sailing vessels as Captain since 2002, ranging from a wing-sailed trimaran to large monohulls. After a decade of managing vessels throughout the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Aegean, and Pacific Oceans, changed over to running Arctic expeditions and project management for remote operations. Project managed the retrofit of a small science vessel for a Norwegian group, and delivered the vessel on site to Greenland. Project managed the selection, purchase, retrofit and subsequent reclassification of a
survey vessel for arctic waters.
Joined Canatec in 2013 to develop Grand Banks offshore and Greenland business, and strengthen Canatec’s capabilities to work in marine and iceberg environments.

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.

Dwayne Hopkins R&D Engineer Subsea 7 Canada

Dwayne Hopkins is a Research & Development (R&D) Engineer for Subsea 7, with the focus of asset and technology development to enhance the Company’s competence and capacity in the remote and harsh environments such as the Arctic regions.  Projects include Arctic Bundles, Subsea Arctic Asset Protection, and Vessel Winterization.  Prior to joining Subsea 7, for 5 years he managed R&D projects within the Kashagan Oil Field in order to increase the safety aspect of operating offshore in the North Caspian Sea.  Prior to joining the oil and gas industry, Dwayne was involved in research activities investigating safety systems and ship behaviour that operate in the harsh waters of the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.  Dwayne graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Masters in Engineering Degree (Ship / Model Correlation Study - Honours).

Stephen Green General Manager, Ice Management Group Provincial Aerospace

Mr. Stephen Green has degrees in Physics, Civil Engineering and Meteorology plus holds numerous offshore certifications.   Mr. Green is the General Manager of Provincial Aerospace Limited’s Ice & Environmental Services Group and has managed numerous projects including ice management, weather forecasting, oceanographic monitoring, data analysis, numerical modelling, and field data collection & analysis. 

In addition Mr. Green is an ISO Lead auditor and is currently the Vice-Chair for the ISO/TC 67/SC8 Committee for Development of Arctic ISO Ice Management Standards and the Canadian Federal Government Liaison to the Russian ISO/TC 67/SC8 Committee for the Development of Environmental Monitoring Arctic ISO Standards.

Given Mr. Green’s technical & academic background, he is considered, by many, as an expert in offshore physical environmental management.

Bruce Harland Vice President Crowley Marine Services Inc.

Mr. Harland has business unit responsibility for Contract Services in Alaska, the U.S. West Coast and the International markets. Crowley provides ship assist and escort services, salvage and oil spill response equipment, contract towing services, Arctic transportation services, naval architecture and marine engineering services, logistics and project management services. Harland joined the company in 1984 as Operations Supervisor in Anchorage, Alaska and has held progressive management positions throughout the Crowley organization in Alaska, Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas. Harland was awarded the Thomas Crowley Award in 1995. Mr. Harland is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and received an M.B.A. degree from Seattle University.

Sten Warnfeldt Manager RADAR-Technology

Sten Wärnfeldt, born in Sweden 1952, started his career as a Radar Officer in the Swedish Naval forces.  He qualified as an Engineer (Master of Science) at the ship's Engineering Department within the Swedish Royal Technical University.

He worked within Sales & marketing in Sweden & Scandinavia, retired as Captain from his position as Chief Officer in the Reserves for Swedish Coastal Radar Stations. He started Maritime Education, and launched an Interactive GMDSS Training together with Inmarsat.

In 1999 Mr. Sten Wärnfeldt worked with a "ship's black box" project, which he introduced to Consilium Marine, where he managed this project into the Consilium VDR, into launching of this VDR system. He thereafter worked with Nautic Systems introducing Nautic VDR.

He joined Rutter Technologies in 2002 where he has worked with Rutter VDR systems and Sigma S6 Radar systems.

In 2010 he joined Sea-Hawk Navigation. His background as Radar Officer could benefit in his work launching Sea-Hawk Polarimetric radar systems. These are Surface Detection radars.

Now in 2013, Sten launched a new Optimized Surface Detection Radar Company – RADAR-Technology. This is a New Generation Surface Detection Radars, improved compared to what was possible only a few years ago.  These radars are developed using the latest radar technology available only today.


Duane Hawkins Engineer Vindland FEA Limited

Duane is an engineer with over 20 years’ experience in a variety of industries.  He has been involved in the subsea industry for the past 13 years, most of which has been focused on using Finite Element Analysis to support the design and construction of offshore oil and gas developments.  After taking a course on Design of Experiments in 2009, he has been working to incorporate these methodologies into typical analysis work scopes.

Dr. Leonard M. Lye Associate Dean Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Leonard M. Lye holds a first-class honours degree in civil engineering and a PhD specializing in the areas of statistical hydrology and environmental statistics.  Dr. Lye has been with Memorial University since 1988. He is currently serving his second term as the Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.  In addition to administrative duties, he has graduated over 30 Masters and PhD students and has published over 130 publications in the areas of statistical hydrology, experimental design, and education. Dr. Lye has also served as a consultant to several major private companies and government organizations over the last 25 years. Dr. Lye is an Associate Editor of the Canadian Water Resources Journal and the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering. He is also a Fellow of Engineers Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. Dr. Lye has also won multiple awards for teaching and community service.

 Additional expert speakers include:

Steven Kopits, Managing Director, Princeton Energy Advisors

Dr Luc Rolland, Associate Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland





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(updated 1 October 2015)

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