The librarian at the Crowfoot library branch recently told me that the Crowfoot branch is the second busiest library in North America. Calgary is the most well-read city in Canada, according to In that spirit, this month I bring you information on two authors from our geophysical community that have recently released books. You will find more information in this column under Member News.


Beverly Bridger is pleased to announce that she has relocated from New Plymouth, New Zealand back to Calgary, Alberta and is now the Technical Support Assistant / Geophysical Technologist for Sasol Canada Limited.

Sasol Canada is a division of Sasol Limited, a world leader in the commercial production of liquid fuels and chemicals from coal and natural gas. Sasol owns a 50% working interest in two natural gas fields in British Columbia and is pursuing the opportunity to build the country’s first gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility to convert natural gas into high-quality transportation fuels. GTL is a proven technology that harnesses clean, abundant natural gas resources to make diesel, naptha and petrochemical feedstocks. Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sasol has operations in 37 countries and a workforce of nearly 35,000 worldwide.

Doug Campbell would like to announce that he has moved over to Canadian Natural Resources, along with the Conventional assets sold by Devon Canada. Doug is continuing to work on projects in the Ferrier/Rocky Mountain House area. He can be reached at or 587-955-0133.

Kelly Hrabi is pleased to announce that he has joined NAL Resources as a contract Geophysicist. You can reach Kelly at or 403-515-3431.

Ikon Science is pleased to announce the following new team members. Jeremy Gallop (PhD) has joined Ikon as Principal Geophysicist and will lead and manage Ikon’s growing rock physics driven QI consulting business. Wes Hamlyn joins as Product Geophysicist primarily focused on developing and promoting RokDoc technology for sub surface rock property prediction. And finally Armin Schafer has joined as a Senior Business Development Manager with over 20 years’ experience. We welcome them to the team.

Ikon provides sub surface seismic rock property (Lithology, Fluid, Pressure and Stress) prediction via technical consulting and RokDoc technology. Ikon has grown from a team of 5 in 2013 to 10 in 2014 and continues to grow as we develop new technologies and broaden our offering to industry.


Cecil Watson of Canmore, Alberta passed away peacefully at the Canmore Hospital on June 29, 2014.

Cecil is survived by his wife of 64 years Mary, son Rex (Linda) and daughters Kathleen and Valerie (Paul), five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is pre-deceased by his son Tyler. Cecil is also survived by sisters Eleanor, Virginia and Mayanne.

Cecil was born and raised in Claresholm before embarking on a career in the oil industry. He worked for many years as a seismic surveyor, first for United Geophysical and then for Hudson’s Bay Oil & Gas. Cecil enjoyed the outdoor work, the travel and the camaraderie of life on a seismic crew. Cecil, Mary and their children travelled with the crew to many towns across Alberta and Saskatchewan. Cecil and Mary settled in Calgary before retiring to Canmore almost 30 years ago. In retirement, they enjoyed trips to Disneyland and several cruises. Cecil always enjoyed walks around Canmore especially if they ended with a coffee and muffin at Tim Hortons.

The family would like to say a special thank you to the many Home Care workers and the community support that was so lovingly provided to Cecil over the past few years.


Al Onia (Yoho Resources) is pleased to announce his debut science fiction novel, “Javenny” which has been released by Bundoran Press. Now available through Indigo and Amazon online. ISBN-13: 978-1927881040. Al will sign your copy at no charge.

You can reach Al at

A race for power and wealth transforms into a race to save the world in Al Onia’s debut novel, Javenny. A young woman’s calling may be all that stands between Earth and the dreams of a dying alien race... assuming she survives the machinations of her church and the corporate sharks who want to use her for their own ambitions! Javenny is a globe spanning adventure that asks the question: ‘Can a single person change the world?’

Javenny is a thrilling first-contact story with an unforgettable heroine. An auspicious debut from a major new talent: this is one of the best first novels I’ve read in years.
– Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Red Planet Blues

Sudhir Jain was an active CSEG member from 1974 to 2000. He published dozens of articles in the CSEG Journal and the RECORDER and was a regular speaker at the luncheons and in the convention. He received CSEG Meritorious Service award and the Honorary Membership for his services to the profession.

After retiring from consulting Sudhir turned to writing fiction. Isolde’s Dream and Other Stories was published in 2007, Couldn’t Shut Up, a collection of published Letters to the Editor and humour pieces in 2011 and Pages From an Immigrant’s Diary, a collection of stories and essays based on his immigrant experience, in 2012.

His first novel, Princess of Aminabad: An Ordinary Life is now in bookstores. It was published by Bayeux Arts ( in July 2014. The novel interweaves the life a woman who lived through most of the twentieth century India with political and social changes taking place in the country.

Sudhir can be contacted at

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