Engineers and Geoscientists BC

21st Century Energy Transition: The Global Challenge of Our Time

Thursday, March 21, 2024
8:45 AM–9:00 AM Pacific time: Login
9:00 AM–11:00 AM Pacific time: Webinar

Eligible for 2 CE Hour(s) of Technical Learning

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Event Details


Tasha Booth | Continuing Education Coordinator
Direct: 604.558.6653
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Event Presenter(s)


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 oil and gas development, water resource management, helium exploration, 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 until its sale.

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 Unconventional Resources (CSUR), 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 Research Advisory Committee for the Canadian Energy Research Institute and a member of the Energy 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.

About the Event

In this webinar, we will examine the complexity of energy issues confronting humanity today to gain insights on how best to deal with the global challenges of energy transition.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn how humanity sources various forms of energy to sustain our modern lifestyles, and how each has its own positive attributes and challenges.
  • We will also learn about the challenges humanity faces in successfully transitioning to a more diverse set of energy sources in the future.

Key Takeaways

Webinar participants will take away:

  • An understanding of the complexity of systems supplying energy to people around the world,
  • A realization of competing viewpoints of how quickly, practically, and effectively global societies can transition to alternative energy sources, and
  • An appreciation of the enormity of the tasks facing society to define realistic pathways to meet a wide range of energy goals.

Target Audience

This webinar is for professional engineers and geoscientists wanting to gain insights on the complex issues of energy supply in today’s world, and will have broad appeal to all those interested in energy sources, issues, and planning.