New country, new career, new future: Great Plains College

Chris Ayala came to Canada to build a better life for his wife and two children. The price he paid was three-and-a-half years without seeing them once. A carpenter by trade, Ayala moved to Edmonton from the Philippines in 2008.  When that job dried up, his immigration agency found him…

PTAC’s role in the sustainable development of Canada’s world-class hydrocarbon resources

By Soheil Asgarpour, PhD., P.Eng. The Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) is a not-for-profit organization that was created to promote collaborative research and technology development for the Canadian hydrocarbon energy industry.  In 1996, downsizing and tight budgets resulted in a dramatic decrease in research and development spending for the oil…

The unconventional resource

By Kevin Heffernan, CSUR president Saskatchewan, as Canada’s second-largest oil producer and third-largest producer of natural gas, is in an enviable and strategic position at this game-changing time in our industry’s history. Our organization, the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR), like Saskatchewan, is technology-driven. The province, known for its world-class geoscience research, has been…