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 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.
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 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.
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 is an Associate Professor and the Wood Group Chair in Arctic and Harsh Environments Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland within the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Shawn has experience with the engineering assessment of unique arctic geohazards such as ice gouging, strudel scour, frost heave, and thaw settlement. Shawn has developed computational engineering models to assess the effects of large deformation ground movement events on the mechanical integrity of buried onshore and offshore pipelines with respect to ovalization and local buckling. Shawn has been involved with pipeline engineering studies for projects located in the Beaufort Sea, Caspian Sea, Grand Banks, Labrador Sea and offshore Sakhalin Island. Shawn also serves as a chair and technical committee member for Canadian Standards Association oil and gas pipeline systems standard.
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.
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 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 is a PhD Candidate of Civil Engineering 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.
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.
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.
Desmond Power, Vice President, C-Core
Vidar Aanesland, Manager, R&D, APL, National Oilwell Varco