CEGA Career Awards

The Stanley Slipper Gold Medal is amongst the highest honours awarded by the Canadian Energy Geoscience Association (CEGA).  The Stanley Slipper Gold Medal was established in 1989 and is named for Mr. Stanley E. Slipper (1890-1982) who was the Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists’ first President and a pioneer of early exploration efforts in Alberta.  The medal is presented annually for outstanding contributions to petroleum exploration and development either in Canada or by Canadian-based petroleum geologists working internationally.  In contrast to other CEGA awards, the Stanley Slipper Award recognizes, in part, accomplishments in business and in the broader petroleum industry through the application of the knowledge of petroleum geology.

Nominee Eligibility

  • Must be a member of CEGA
  • Must be living at the time of nomination
  • Must be a petroleum geologist
  • Must not be serving on the current CEGA Board of Directors of the Stanley Slipper Award Committee or have served on either in the last two years
  • Must not have received the Award previously
  • Must be recognized as having made significant contributions in one or more of the following areas:
    • initiating and/or leading exploration or development programs
    • making significant discoveries on new or existing exploration trends
    • applying new technologies to exploration and exploitation
    • generating  notable economic exploration/development directly through the application of their pioneering geologic ideas/models
    • teaching and/or training of petroleum geologists

To Nominate

  • Provide a letter with compelling evidence to support the nominee’s professional and career achievements. The letter should target 250 words.  Submit the nomination letter to the CEGA office using this nomination form by October 31st.
  • Additionally, submit two or more reference letters from other CEGA Members or Professional Members of APEGA, of about 250 words supporting the nomination as well.

Criteria for Award: Honorary Membership is the oldest award bestowed by the Canadian Energy Geoscience Association.  Any person who has contributed distinguished service to the cause of energy geosciences is eligible for membership as an Honorary Member.

Nominee Eligibility

  • Persons who have made outstanding contributions to the Society
  • Geologists or other earth scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the cause of energy geoscience on a national or international basis
  • There will be no restriction to age in considering someone for honorary membership
  • Past Presidents are given honorary membership at the age of retirement with automatic consideration for honorary membership being given earlier (i.e. at the end of their three year term) on the basis of the above criteria.

To Nominate

  • Provide a letter with compelling evidence to document the nominee’s outstanding contributions to energy geosciences or the Canadian Energy Geoscience Association
  • This letter should be accompanied by two separate letters from members supporting the recommendation
  • Provide a short biography emphasizing the nominee’s qualifications based on the award’s criteria

NEW! The committee welcomes suggestions for future CEGA Honorary Member Award recipients; please complete a nomination form by October 31st.

Contact: membership@cegageos.ca

Award: A framed certificate; no further dues to CEGA

for CEGA individuals or teams who have blazed new trails in the field of energy geoscience. 

The Patricia J. Lee Trailblazer Award will be given to CEGA individuals or teams who have blazed new trails in the field of energy geoscience. 

The individual or team must be recognized as having made significant contributions in one or more of the following areas, for accomplishments achieved within the past 5 years:

Innovation Demonstrated creative initiative that significantly contributed to energy geoscience.  

Vision Demonstrated steps towards establishing long-term vision and strategy to achieve trail-blazing advances in energy geoscience. 

Collaboration Worked collaboratively with others to achieve these goals.

Process for Nomination

  • A sponsor must submit an award nomination form outlining the contributions of the nominee.
  • The nomination requires the names and contact information for three referees who can comment on the nominee’s qualifications along with a description of the nature of their relationship to the nominee. These people will be contacted by the committee for telephone references.
  • Nomination forms must be received by CEGA by October 31, 2023.
  • Unsuccessful candidates will be automatically reconsidered for 3 additional years providing they continue to meet the award criteria. Sponsors will have the opportunity to update the information for the nomination.

Important Note: CEGA members from all genders are eligible for this award. For a multidisciplinary team to be considered, at least one individual from the team must be a CEGA member. 

Method for Selection

The Patricia J. Lee Trailblazer Award Committee, consisting of 3 to 4 members, will review nominations for a recipient of the Patricia J. Lee Trailblazer Award and bring recommendations to the CEGA Board. A recommendation for a recipient will only be made when the Committee deems that the criteria for this special recognition have been met to the satisfaction of all members of the Committee. The goal is to have the committee members represent the diversity of our society.

Recognition

The Patricia J. Lee Trailblazer Award will be presented by the Committee Chair or a delegate at a CEGA event or virtually within the Reservoir and Social Media. The Award will also be awarded in the form of a trophy with a reservoir sample from Caroline field, which is a high-impact gas discovery that was found as a result of Patricia Lee’s innovation and leadership.

About Patricia J. Lee

Patricia J. Lee played an instrumental role in discovering the high-impact 2 TCF Devonian Swan Hills Caroline gas field in 1986. As a young exploration geologist, she was a trailblazer, convincing Shell to allow her to develop geophysical processing and modeling skills at a time when geology and geophysics departments were siloed. At the time, many explorationists were skeptical that her amplitude prospect represented excellent porosity in a very deep Swan Hills carbonate pool.  By combining her newly learned skills in geophysics with carbonate geology, she identified a possible narrow, elongate but highly porous Swan Hills carbonate edge south of known trends that had eluded other explorers.  As a result of her integration skills, advocacy and collaboration skills, she generated interest in the Caroline prospect, conservatively estimating one trillion cubic feet of gas in place.

Shell drilled the prospect identified by Lee, found significant pay and quietly acquired leases before results became public. The Caroline field had almost twice the resource that Lee predicted and at that time was the largest Alberta discovery in over two decades. Caroline has generated billions of dollars in revenue to date. After Lee’s success, Shell Canada developed a formal program to cross-train geologists in geophysics which is a practice that is common in industry today.

Patricia J. Lee found further success in other Foothills discoveries, and eventually rose to the position of Chief Geologist of Shell Canada. She was awarded CSPG’s 2004 Stanley Slipper Gold Medal for her significant contributions to petroleum exploration and she acknowledges the immense team effort to have made Caroline a success. In 2005 she was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal for significant contributions to the Province of Alberta. It is Patricia J. Lee’s trailblazing spirit for which this Award is named.

Thanks to the CEGA GeoWomen Committee members for their assistance in creating this award. 

CEGA Technical Awards

for Best Paper Related to Canadian Petroleum Geology

The Medal of Merit has been awarded since 1952 and is the most prestigious and oldest technical award of the society.  The medal is awarded annually for the best peer reviewed paper on a geological subject related to the petroleum geology or the geology of energy generation and extraction, of Canada.  The stated objectives of the Medal of Merit Award are: to promote the preparation and publication of geological papers of high quality, to give honorable recognition to works of merit, and by means of suitable publicity, to bring the attention of the members and of the public to the activities of the geological petroleum profession by awarding the Medal of Merit annually for the best paper.

Click here to read award criteria and nomination information. And, please complete a Nomination Form.

Contact: membership@cegageos.ca

Award: Sterling Silver Medal and stand

for Outstanding Contributions to the Understanding of Sedimentary Geology in Canada

The R.J.W. Douglas Medal was established by the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists in 1980 to honour the memory of one of Canada’s outstanding geologists, Dr. Robert J.W. Douglas.  It recognizes those who best emulate the scientific qualities of this extraordinary geologist.  This medal is awarded annually by the Canadian Energy Geoscience Association to an individual for outstanding scientific contributions to the understanding of sedimentary geology and, just as importantly, commending major contributions to regional tectonics and structural geology that are important to petroleum geology in Canada.

Award: Bronze Medal

Nominee Eligibility: Open to any geoscientist who models the scientific attributes of Dr. R.J.W. Douglas

To Nominate

  1. Submit a nomination form by October 31st that explains how the nominee qualifies for the award by specifically addressing the following:
    • What is the nature and scope of the scientific contribution?
    • How is the contribution novel, original and creative?
    • How is the understanding of sedimentary geology advanced?
    • How is the sedimentary geology linked to regional tectonics and structural geology?
    • What is the contribution’s significance to petroleum geology in Canada?
  1. Submit two additional succinct letters of support from members of the geoscience community of less than 250 words
  2. Submit a short biography of the nominee that emphasizes their qualifications for the award
  3. Submit a 100-150 word citation

Please complete this nomination form where you can upload these documents.  And note that any nomination submitted will be considered active for up to 3 years.

Nomination deadline:  October 31, 2023

For more information contact: membership@cegageos.ca

CEGA Volunteer Awards

for Outstanding Service by a CEGA Member

The President’s Award is CEGA’s most prestigious form of volunteer recognition.  It is presented for sustained and distinguished service to the society.  Recipients are selected by the President at the end of their term. Past winners share the traits of providing exemplary leadership in a variety of roles and capacities that the contributions to society programs and events such that this award often provides a milestone in a distinguished career of exemplary membership.

Criteria for Award: The highest volunteer award presented in a year. It recognizes a current CEGA member who has contributed to the society through outstanding service, and is chosen by the CEGA President at the end of their operating year.

for Distinguished Service to the Society

The H.M. Hunter Award is presented to CEGA members who have provided long-term service to the society.

This award is named after Mr. H. (Harry) M. Hunter who was a founding member of the Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists (ASPG) in 1927.  He had one of the longest volunteer careers of the founding members.  Harry Hunter served as ASPG Secretary-Treasurer in 1929, as Business Manager in 1935 and 1937, and as President in 1939.  Harry Hunter was the only founding member present at the final meeting of the ASPG where they overwhelmingly agreed to change their name to the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists.  This award is named in honour of Mr. Hunter’s work in the early days of the Society, on the Executive and his subsequent volunteerism.  This award is a wall clock chosen to represent the time members have given to the Society.

Award Criteria

The H. M. Hunter Award recognizes:

  •  the longer term CEGA member (20+years) who has contributed to the Society on an on-going basis in a volunteer capacity in a variety of portfolios and/or singular outstanding service.
  •  the shorter term CEGA member (10-20 years) for exceptional performance, who has gone above and beyond and is considered a rising star as a volunteer, someone who demonstrates outstanding commitment to CEGA.

Both awards are of equal merit and recognize exceptional volunteer commitment to the Society. CEGA is built on a legacy of service by members and so strives to recognize and encourage volunteer efforts. There is no restriction as to the number of times an individual may win this award.

Nominee Eligibility

  •  must be a CEGA Member
  •  minimum 10 years volunteer service

To Nominate

  •  Provide a letter with compelling evidence to support the nominee’s volunteer achievements.  The letter should be less than 250 words.  
  •  Provide a short biography of less than 250 words emphasizing the nominee’s qualifications based on the Award’s criteria.

Complete a nomination form where you can upload your documents.

Nominations due by October 31, 2023.

Coordinators: Astrid Arts and Gord Stabb

Award: Slate Clock

for Members Who have Set New Standards of Excellence

The Tracks Award is presented to CEGA members and friends of the CEGA to recognize specific meritorious service to the Society through committee or other volunteer work.  The objective of this award is to recognize individuals who have set standards of volunteer excellence within the Society of whom we can follow, be proud and derive benefit.  This award distinguishes members and friends who have excelled at a particular volunteer position by an exceptional committee function, initiating new and innovative ideas or making a significant effort that goes beyond that of the usual volunteer.  The award is specific to a particular event or major contribution.

Nominee Eligibility

  •  CEGA member or a friend of CEGA
  •  demonstrable and specific exemplary volunteer service
  •  no minimum length of volunteer service

To Nominate

  •  Provide a letter with compelling evidence to document the nominee’s outstanding contributions
  •  Provide a short biography emphasizing the nominee’s qualifications based on the Award’s criteria
  • Complete a nomination form where you can upload these documents by October 31, 2023.

Coordinator: Astrid Arts and Gord Stabb

Award: Ceramic Tile with Dinosaur tracks on wood plaque

CEGA Student Awards/Scholarships

Three scholarships in the amount of $1000 each which will be awarded across Canada by region plus one scholarship of $1000 not restricted by region. Regions are defined as follows:

  1. Atlantic & Quebec Universities
  2. Central / Ontario Universities
  3. Western Universities

Purpose:
To provide recognition to up and coming Geology or Earth Science students who demonstrate a keen interest and flair for geology, particularly as it pertains to soft-rock geology and oil and gas exploration and development. 

Eligibility:

  • Enrolled fulltime in an undergraduate Geology or Earth Science degree program at a Canadian University
  • In either the 3rd or 4th year of their program
  • A student member of CEGA at the time of application. Free student membership is available to sign up for here.

How to Apply:

Complete the online Application Form and submit by the February 28th, 2024 deadline.

This scholarship is sponsored by the CSPG Foundation

Purpose:
To provide financial support for Geology or Earth Science graduate students (MSc. or PhD candidates) who are pursuing a thesis-based degree with a dissertation in a field of Earth Science in areas related to the discovery, delineation or recovery of oil and gas resources.  Four scholarships are available at $2,500 each.

Contact:
For additional information, please contact:
Andre Chow (studentawardthesis@cegageos.ca) – CEGA Regional Graduate Student Scholarship Representative

Four (4) awards in the amount of $2500 each which will be awarded across Canada with three MSc. awards defined by regions and a Ph.D award not defined by region. The three MSc. regions are defined as follows:
1. Atlantic and Quebec Universities
2. Ontario Universities
3. Western Universities

How to Apply:

Review Scholarship Information document and apply through the online Application Form.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 Regional Graduate Student Scholarships. Deadline for Applications is February 10th.

This scholarship is sponsored by the CSPG Foundation

Award: Certificate, Cash Awards ($5,000 for Ph.D., $4,000 for M.Sc., $500 for Honorable Mention)

Criteria for Award: Eligible theses are either produced in a Canadian university, regardless of project location, or deal with a Canadian sedimentary/petroleum geology topic, regardless of university of origin. Theses entered for the 2023 awards must have been submitted to a recognized university inside or outside of Canada and must have formed part of the requirements for degrees awarded at the Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 convocations.  Candidates theses must be well written and clearly and adequately illustrated. 

Submission:  Please complete a submission form where you can upload an electronic copy of your thesis for judging to the CEGA Graduate Thesis Awards Committee.
For additional information please contact Andre Chow at the email below or by telephone: 587-777-2154

Coordinator: Andre Chow | email: studentawardthesis@cegageos.ca

Submission deadline is September 29, 2023.

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