Value in Integrated Geosciences Panel

GeoConvention is excited to welcome a diverse panel for discussion on the value that integrated geoscience brings to the energy industry, both within oil and gas and new energy alternatives.  Join the panel discussion moderated by Dennis Ellison to knowledge share with industry leaders and add to the discussion to gain insights to ongoing work and past integration success stories.

Dennis Ellison

In his role as Solutions Principal – Interpretation, Dennis Ellison helps producers reduce costs and leverage their data with next-generation technology. His career started in depth imaging of geologically complex land data and transitioned into Reservoir Characterization and Quantitative Interpretation, focusing on unconventional reservoir fluid and rock property prediction. He holds a Master’s degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Calgary in Canada. Dennis is the current President of the CSEG and a director at ENERGYminute, an organization that distills relevant, well-research and engaging educational content on energy, technology, and the environment. He has received technical and service awards from GeoConvention, CSEG, APEGA, SPE, and Scouts Canada.


Lori Barth

Lori Barth is Senior Manager of Lloyd Thermal Development Geoscience at Cenovus Energy. For 20 years she has created value in both development and optimization by utilizing seismic inversions and 4D seismic analysis. Lori previously held Team Lead and Staff Geophysicist roles at Cenovus Energy, and Senior Geophysicist positions at Athabasca Oil Corporation and EnCana, working on various plays including Southern Alberta conventional oil trends, Northeast BC gas plays, Alberta’s Athabasca Oil Sands, and Saskatchewan Thermal (Manville) trends. Lori believes in the value of comparative analysis, making data driven decisions, and transformational leadership.

Outside of Cenovus, Lori dedicates time to the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG), recently co-chairing the inaugural CSEG/CHOA Joint Symposium. She is Senior Trustee on the CSEGF Scholarship Committee and volunteers with the CSEG Mentorship program. Lori holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Geophysics from the University of Saskatchewan and is a certified professional member of APEGA.

Laurie Weston

Laurie Weston is the President and CEO of Sound QI Solutions Ltd. Originally a physics/astronomy graduate from the University of Victoria, B. C., Canada, Laurie started her oil and gas career with Shell Canada doing seismic processing and interpretation in the central plains area of Alberta. Seeking adventure and travel, she took a position with LASMO plc in London, to work on various European, North African, and Middle East exploration projects. She later returned to Canada and began her consulting career, initially with short term interpretation contracts for a variety of companies.

As her interest in the early days of QI grew, she started her own company to explore and contribute to this fascinating field. Since then, Laurie has been 'practicing' QI for over 15 years - the latter half of her career as a geophysicist in the oil and gas business. Through her interpretation experience in many basins around the world. Laurie has received numerous awards and honors for her work and presentations, including being selected as the 2017 CSEG Distinguished Lecturer. She has also presented a Practical QI course multiple times for the CSEG Doodletrain.

Laurie is an SEG, EAGE, and AAPG member, and an honorary lifetime member of the CSEG, a member of APEGA, CSEG, SEG, CSPG, and SPE.


John Duhault

John Duhault is an “Interpreter Uncertainty-Mitigator Trainer” with over 44 years of industry experience. Known as “The Sage,” he is passionate about teaching the business value of integrated geophysics through the “storytelling” of case histories. He has presented papers in North America, Europe, and New Zealand.

Mr. Duhault is currently the President of Starbird Enterprises, a consulting and training company. He specializes in geophysical interpretation for conventional exploration (Onshore and offshore), unconventional resource plays, CCS and wastewater injection projects. He has been a subject matter expert in acquisition and structural geophysics. He loves to teach “Rock Stories” to elementary school students.

Mr. Duhault is a Past President of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG).

He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BSc in Geological Engineering and is a member of APEGA, CSEG, SEG, CSPG, and SPE.

Lee Hunt

Lee Hunt is a professional geophysicist with 3 decades of experience. He has drilled over 400 wells, using 2D and 3D seismic. He has catalogued the value of these experiences in some 50 conference presentations and journal publications.

Lee was appointed as the 2012 CSEG Distinguished Lecturer, a national lecture tour where he spoke about AVO analysis, fracture and hazard detection and the economic value of processing and interpretive techniques. In 2020, he was chosen as the 2020 CSEG Symposium Honoree, the ninth such honoree in the history of the society. Lee and his co-authors won Excellence of Oral Presentation for the 1997 SEPM Convention, the 2000 CSEG Convention Best Paper Award, the 2008 CSEG Convention Best Geophysical Abstract, the 2008 CSEG Best Technical Luncheon Talk, the 2010 CSEG Convention Best Geophysical Oral Presentation, the Best Exploration Paper at VII INGPET in 2011, Honorable Mention for Best Paper in The Leading Edge in 2011, and Best Paper in the CSEG Recorder in 2011. He was a participant in the creation of the CSEG MLA, APEGA’s Q.I. Practice Standard, as well as APEGA's Guideline for the Ethical Use of Geophysical Data.

Lee currently works as a Principal Consultant, Geophysics for Carbon Alpha.