The new CSPG Hydrogeology Division was launched in November, 2015, with the following mandate:

  • To promote the crucial importance of water in energy production; 
  • To profile existing/emerging technologies/markets; 
  • To educate CSPG members and public at large on water resources;
  • To assist/guide the content of hydrogeology sessions at GeoConvention; and
  • To foster collaboration, knowledge transfer and cross-division linkages with the CSPG

Talk space generously provided by:

The goal is for the Division meetings to be held once a month over the lunch hour (monthly meeting to be scheduled from October to May, no talks from June to September). All lunch talks are free and open to the public, and please bring your lunch. 

The success of the Division depends on the participation and volunteer efforts of CSPG members and the public at large. If you are interested in giving a presentation, or in learning more about the Division, please contact Jamie Wills at jwills@waterlineresources.com 

The division is currently compiling an email distribution list that will be sent out as a reminder prior to upcoming Division talks. If you are interested in receiving such emails, please send your email address to jwills@waterlineresources.com
Upcoming Division Talk

The Critical Importance of Hydrogeology to WCSB Development

Speaker: Jamie Wills, M.Sc., P.Geol., President, Waterline Resources Inc.
Location: 2nd Floor, 540 – 5th Ave SW, Calgary

Date: 11:45-13:00, January 18, 2018

As venue seating is limited, please register for free to guarantee a spot


The presentation will highlight the fundamental importance of hydrogeology and water to current and future oil and gas development.  It is applicable to a wide audience, including company directors, senior financial and technical managers, project-based geoscience and engineering staff, and operations staff, including risk-based decision makers and environmental specialists.

Water has always been critical to petroleum exploration and development. From understanding regional flow systems as drivers for the migration and trapping of oil and gas deposits, to produced water management, to waterflood schemes, etc., all had to be understood to drive recovery and manage cash flow.  As conventional production gave way to heavy oil and oil sands projects, large water volumes were required to enable thermal recovery and bitumen processing. More recently, our focus on tight reservoir development, via horizontal wells and multi-zone fracs, requires large water volumes and secure disposal zones.

At the same time, changing climate patterns, and population and industry growth has focused societal concerns on water sustainability and quality over the long term.  It is thus increasingly complex for the petroleum industry to secure long-term water supplies, and to safely and economically manage produced water.  Other considerations, such as the risks posed by aging infrastructure to non-saline water resources, and other key receptors, place additional pressure on industry to manage the collective liability.

It is often stated “no water, no project”. Thus, as an industry we must improve our understanding of water resources, and recognize that hydrogeology factors into all aspects of the life cycle of an O&G asset.  Our discipline must incorporate the knowledge of petroleum geoscientists, physical and contaminant hydrogeologists, and surface water professionals. Those whom invest in increased water knowledge, and available smart tools, will maximize their individual and corporate success.

The presentation will review some of these aspects, efforts, tools, regulations and drivers, as well as upcoming CSPG Hydrogeology short courses.  It will also illustrate how the CSPG Hydrogeology Division can play a lead role in hydrogeology knowledge training and transfer.


Mr. Wills is president and co-founder of Waterline Resources Inc., an AB and BC-based hydrogeology and environmental consulting firm providing services to the energy, industrial, commercial and government sectors in western Canada. Jamie has 30 years of experience on groundwater exploration, development and management, including water resource and contaminant hydrogeology projects in Western Canada and internationally. He has extensive experience on regional assessments, including preparing baseline and EIAs for in-situ projects in Alberta’s oil sands regions. A key role for him is assisting clients with developing strategic water management plans for unconventional plays, as well as risk management associated with aging O&G infrastructure. Jamie received a B.Sc. in geology, and a M.Sc. in hydrogeology, from the University of Waterloo. He has chaired and presented at numerous conferences over the last three decades, and currently Chairs the CSPG Hydrogeology Division