About the Instructors
Rudy Strobl, P. Geo., partner in VGeoTours.
Rudy earned his B.Sc. (Hon) in Geology from the University of Manitoba and M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Alberta. Rudy began his career with research at the Alberta Geological Survey, focusing on conventional, coal and oil sands geology. Following 10 years of research activities, Rudy moved to industry, initially working for Newport Petroleum in conventional oil and gas exploration. He moved to new positions focusing on heavy oil and oil sands geology with Alberta Energy Company, Encana, Enerplus Resources, Statoil Canada, and Nexen CNOOC Oil Sands Division. Currently Rudy is semi-retired, a partner in VGeoTours offering virtual tours using UAV technology and initiating cost effective training/mentoring and geoscience services.
Rudy has specialized in oil sands and steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) projects over the past 18 years. Rudy has 30 years of conventional, heavy oil and oil sands geology experience in Western Canada. He is co-founder and instructor of the Oil Sands SAGD Fundamentals Short Course and Field Seminar offered by the CSPG continuing education division. Rudy is the author or co-author of more than 40 oil sands publications and presentations. His research focuses on reservoir characterization studies including the application of image log interpretation in conjunction with core and outcrop data to better understand 3-d geometries and associated reservoir performance.
Dr. Jen Russel-Houston, PhD, P.Geo. Vice President, Geoscience and Land at Osum Oil Sands Corp
Prior to joining Osum in 2008, Dr. Jen Russel-Houston worked for Shell on both onshore and offshore projects where she developed expertise in reservoir evaluations, thermal production geology, and leading technical teams. As Vice President, Geoscience and Land she oversees Osum’s geoscience evaluations as they relate to current assets and guides the assessment of future potential opportunities of interest to Osum. Dr. Russel-Houston is an active member of APEGA and is the Past President of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists. Jen is most content exploring the mountains with her husband and her two boys, who accommodate her frequent stops to hunt fossils and look at outcrops.
Wes Sutherland, Sr. Geological Technologist
Wes graduated top of the class in Petroleum Geology at SAIT and began his technical career with Canadian Hunter Exploration working the WCSB. Taking advantage of Canhunter’s many technical advancement programs during the 90s, Wes developed cutting-edge 3D visualisation schemes which were well received at many CSPG and other conferences. In the new millennium, Wes joined AEC’s (later Encana’s) SAGD team and thrived in the high science of thermal recovery, again providing specialized graphics for geological publications, papers, talks, and field guides. Contracting for Enerplus, Statoil, Husky, and others, he continued to push the merits of 3D visualisations. Now a licensed drone (RPAS) pilot and computer modeller, he builds digital outcrop models (DOMs) for Augmented and Virtual Reality experiences revealing new insights and perspectives through his company Rock Star Geotechnical.