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Geothermal Energy in Western Canada

Many Applications in Many Places

Friday, December 8, 2023
8:45 AM–9:00 AM Pacific time: Login
9:00 AM–11:00 AM Pacific time: Webinar
Advanced registration is now closed. Please contact Tasha Booth at [email protected] for inquiries.

Eligible for 2 CE Hour(s) of Technical Learning

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Event Details


Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Early Bird Price: $59.00 + GST = $61.95 until Nov 24, 2023

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Regular Price: $99.00 + GST = $103.95

Non-Registrant Price: $99.00 + GST = $103.95

Student Price: $50.00 + GST = $52.50


Tasha Booth

Event Description

Geothermal energy is a low-emissions energy source holding potential for a variety of power and heat applications in many different places. Electricity production in geothermal "hot spots" such as California and Iceland attract a lot of attention, but geothermal resources are less abundant in other places. Geothermal opportunities are only beginning to be developed in Western Canada because shallow, intense heat sources are relatively rare.

Event Presenter(s)

Dr. Brad J. Hayes, P.Geo., FGC
President, Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd.

About the Event

There are several projects underway in Western Canada where we are trying to make geothermal power generation work. But perhaps even more exciting from an energy point of view are projects to create a reliable, steady source of low-emissions heat for residential, agricultural and industrial purposes. All these projects rely on geoscience and engineering skills and data sets to become reality.

In this webinar we will learn how professional engineers and geoscientists are applying their skills to maximizing geothermal energy production in Western Canada.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn why geothermal energy is important as a low-emissions energy source.
  • We will see how existing subsurface geoscience and engineering skills and datasets are re-purposed to geothermal energy development.
  • Participants will gain insights into the potential for geothermal energy to provide both electricity and useful heat energy in Western Canada.

Key Takeaways

  • A comprehensive understanding of how geothermal energy can contribute to modern, low-emissions energy supply, particularly in Western Canada.
  • An appreciation for the value of our existing professional skills and abundant datasets in developing critical resources.

Target Audience

This webinar is for professional engineers and geoscientists wanting to gain insights on emerging geothermal energy production and applications, and will have broad appeal to all those interested in the 21st century energy transition.


Dr. Brad J. Hayes, P.Geo., FGC

President, Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd.

Brad Hayes is President of Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd., a geoscience consulting firm addressing technical and strategic issues around helium and lithium exploration, oil and gas development, water resource management, geothermal energy, and carbon sequestration. He joined PRCL in 1996 after 15 years of exploration experience in operating oil and gas companies including Shell Canada and Canadian Hunter Exploration. He was recently Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Imperial Helium Corp., a publicly-listed helium exploration company.

Dr. Hayes earned a PhD in Geology from the University of Alberta after completing a B.Sc. in Geology at the University of Toronto. He is Outreach Director for the Canadian Society for Evolving Energy (CSEE), and a Past-President of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG). He completed two three-year terms as Councillor for APEGA in 2013-2019, and is also registered as a P.Geo. with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia. He is a member of the Energy Resources Technical Advisory Committee for Geoscience BC.

Dr. Hayes is an Adjunct Professor in the University of Alberta Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and a sessional lecturer in Earth and Environmental Sciences at Mount Royal University. He has published and presented extensively on a variety of technical geoscience subjects in industry and regulatory conferences and media. Dr. Hayes is also a prominent media commentator, writing for a variety of technical and business publications as well as engaging actively on social media, focused on energy systems of the future.