Firstly, I'd like to thank the other members of this and the previous Executive Committee who asked me to fill in this term as the Director of Communication. It is an honour to serve the organization of the CSEG after being a member for the past twenty odd years. I really don't have to thank the voting procedure since I was elected by acclamation. Secondly, I'd like to thank all the previous Executive Committees and Presidents who have set up and organized such a solid society. There is no debt and the financial situation is strong. This is in stark contrast to a couple of the very large companies who are in the news these days with debatable financing and accounting procedures.
Over the past twenty years I've come to know this association as one that values the social functions along with high technical standards. When I worked overseas, the reputation of Canadian Geophysicists is extremely high. I think that this is a real credit to the people in this industry, both past and present. As we continue into the future, I'm confident that the future challenges will be met with innovative and wise decisions.
One of the large issues that is upon us is what to do now that the Journal is discontinued. The first immediate change is the noticeable increase in the technical quality of the Recorder. I applaud this effort. However, our bylaws dictate that some sort of technical publication must still be published. The fact that technical papers can be published in our parent organization, the SEG's "Geophysics" doesn't really satisfy the present CSEG bylaws. This will necessitate that we either change our bylaws to match the present practice, or join with the CSPG and do a joint publication through them. I'm sure that we, as a society, will need to vote on this issue at some time in the near future.
Lastly, I'm pleasantly surprised with the many volunteers who give their time for this society. There are many different aspects that the CSEG is involved with. The scope of activities that the society is concerned with is an eye-opener for me now that I'm on the Executive. The CSEG is what we make it and I'm honoured to be involved.