Junior companies led by experienced geoscientists and engineers are leveraging subsurface expertise developed in the oil and gas industry to explore for both helium and lithium in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin, supported by a wealth of subsurface geological and engineering data derived from more than 100 years of petroleum exploration and development.
In this session, we will learn how professional engineers and geoscientists are applying their skills in these exciting new marketplaces.
- Participants will learn why helium and lithium are so critical to developing new energy applications and other cutting-edge technologies.
- We will see how existing subsurface geoscience and engineering skills and datasets are re-purposed to helium and lithium exploration and development.
- Participants will gain insights into western Canada’s growing importance as an energy and high-tech resource centre.
Participants will takeaway:
- An improved understanding of critical materials in our rapidly-changing energy and high-tech industries.
- An appreciation for the value of our existing professional skills and abundant datasets in developing critical resources.
This webinar is for professional engineers and geoscientists wanting to gain insights on emerging modern resource exploration and development, and will have broad appeal to all those interested in re-purposing existing data and skill sets to the demands of the 21st century.
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.