Officers and Directors

Dan Allan, P.Geol.
President & CEO
403-233-9298 Ext. 223

Dan's Bio

Mr. Allan is a registered professional geologist with 40 years of diverse industry experience working in both Canada and the United States. He is a graduate of McGill University with an honours degree in Geological Sciences.

Mr. Allan has held executive management positions in numerous oil and gas companies. These have included both large and smaller exploration and production companies, including being the President and CEO of several Canadian publicly listed energy firms.

Mr. Allan has extensive experience in unconventional resource exploration and development having worked on projects throughout North America over the last 20 years.

Mr. Allan is the former chairman of the board for CSUR, is a member of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and is a registered Professional Geologist in both the province of Alberta and the state of Wyoming.



Bill Whitelaw
Governance and Nominations Chair, Diretor
geoLOGIC Systems and JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group / geoLOGIC Systems Ltd.


Bill's Bio

Bill Whitelaw is the Managing Director, Strategy and Sustainability at geoLOGIC Systems and JWN Energy. In this role, he helps shape the company’s focus on the products and services most widely used in Canada’s upstream oil and gas sector. In addition to his CSUR role, Bill is on the steering committee for the Energy Futures Lab, as well as its partner council.

Bill is a graduate of Loyalist College and Queen’s University and holds a master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Calgary.



Dr. Brad Hayes
Secretary and Outreach, Director
Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd.


Brad's Bio

At Petrel Robertson Consulting (PRCL), Brad leads a professional team with extensive and diverse geoscience and engineering experience in the technical and strategic evaluation of conventional and unconventional oil and gas reservoirs.  As the industry evolves, PRCL’s work has expanded to include new subsurface ventures ranging from water resources and aquifer evaluations through helium and lithium brine exploration to geothermal assessments.

Brad holds a Ph.D. (Geology) from the University of Alberta, and a B.Sc. (Geology) from the University of Toronto.  He worked as an exploration geologist for 15 years in Calgary before joining PRCL in 1996.  Brad is a Professional Geologist registered in Alberta (APEGA), B.C. (EGBC), and Nova Scotia (APGNS), and served on APEGA Council for six years.  Brad has been a CSPG and AAPG member for more than 40 years, and served as CSPG President in 2001.  He is an Adjunct Professor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, a sessional petroleum geology instructor at Mount Royal University, and a fellow of Geoscientists Canada.



Caralyn Bennett


Caralyn's Bio

Ms. Bennett is Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of GLJ where she specializes in reserves and resource governance, emerging technology, energy diversification, sustainability, business collaboration and strategy. Ms. Bennett advises the Dean of the MacPhail School of Energy, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, along with the Canadian Energy and Climate Nexus, and serves as a committee member of the Petroleum Advisory Committee to the Alberta Securities Commission, the Industrial Curricular Advisory Board, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for the University of Waterloo and the Membership and Recognition Committee of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Calgary Section. She sits on the Board of publicly traded transformational clean-tech innovator Acceleware Ltd, is Co-Chair of the Canadian Society of Unconventional Resources and is President of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association. Ms. Bennett has a Professional Engineer designation with an Honours B.A.Sc. in Geological Engineering from the University of Waterloo.




Donna Phillips
Pacific Canbriam Energy


Donna's Bio

Donna Phillips has over thirty years of professional experience in business with particular focus in the areas of finance, ESG, Indigenous engagement, business development, government relations, stakeholder/ community relations and land negotiations in the energy industry. Ms. Phillips is the Executive Vice President, Corporate Development of Pacific Canbriam Energy Limited, a company with an organic natural gas growth story now producing >45,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Prior to joining Canbriam in 2007, Donna held the position of Director and Vice President, Land at Direct Energy/Centrica Canada Ltd. She began her oil and gas career in Finance at SaskOil, following which she worked in Corporate Planning, Asset Management and Land at Wascana Energy/CanOxy (now Nexen/CNOOC).

Ms. Phillips is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Geoscience BC. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Hudson Resources Inc. , Saltworks Technologies, Canadian Society of Unconventional Resources (CSUR) and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN).

Ms. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Regina, a CPA CMA certification and the Institute of Corporate Directors Director designation (ICD.D).




Jennifer Keturakis (RESIGNED)



Jennifer's Bio

Jennifer Keturakis is the Corporate Vice President at Integrated Sustainability with over 20 years of professional experience working in the regulatory, sustainability, and environmental fields. Her range of experience spans from environmental consulting, to reviewing and assessing applications and compliance, to operational programs. As a former provincial regulator, Jennifer has comprehensive legislative experience including in-depth knowledge of the Oil and Gas Conservation Act, the Oil Sands Conservation Act, the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, the Water Act, and the Public Lands Act. Her comprehensive knowledge of the oil and gas industry and her passion for sustainability ultimately narrowed her career path to pursue a role in water management where she could contribute to the responsible development within the industry. Jennifer’s industry connections, personability, and powerful communication skills have contributed to increased industry collaboration, where she has built a proven track record for conducting successful liaison across industry operators, stakeholders, and government agencies.

An experienced leader, Jennifer joined the leadership team at Integrated Sustainability in 2016 and leads multidisciplinary teams which manage complex and challenging projects. Her skills as a leader are evaluating and managing risk, creating, and executing corporate strategies, and investing her time and energy into people and her team. She is a woman in leadership who is knowledgeable in all facets of the unconventional resource sector and oil and gas industry, but her greatest accomplishment has been investing in her people, aiding in their personal and professional development, and realizing the significance of how this type of investment translates to corporate success.



Dr. Jennifer Winter
University of Calgary


Jennifer's Bio

Dr. Jennifer Winter is an Associate Professor and the Scientific Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy Research Division at the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. Her research evaluates climate policies, and examines the effects of government regulation and policy on energy development and the associated consequences and trade-offs. Current research projects include carbon pricing costs for households in Canada; comparing provincial emission-reduction policies; and federalism and climate policy. She has testified to the Senate of Canada on emissions pricing policies based on her work in this area, and has advised the Government of Alberta and Government of Canada in several capacities. Dr. Winter is actively engaged in increasing public understanding of energy and environmental policy issues; recognition of her efforts include a 2014 Young Women in Energy Award, being named one of Alberta Oil Magazine’s Top 35 Under 35 in 2016, one of Avenue magazine’s Calgary Top 40 Under 40 in 2017, and one of Canada’s Clean50 and Clean16 in 2019. Dr. Winter serves on the Future Leaders Board of Directors of the World Petroleum Council Canada, the City of Calgary Climate Panel, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources, the Mitigation Expert Panel at the Canadian Climate Institute, and is a member of Global Affairs Canada’s Environmental Assessment Advisory Group.



Randy Rousson
Birchcliff Energy


Randy's Bio

Manager, Drilling and Completions, Birchcliff Energy Ltd.

Randy currently holds the Drilling and Completions Manager position at Birchcliff Energy. He is a Registered Engineering Technologist (RET) and a member of Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) with a Professional Licensee P.L. (Eng.) designation and the acting Responsible Member (RM) for Birchcliff Energy’s Drilling and Completions Group.  Randy has over 33 years of progressive knowledge and extensive domestic and international drilling and completions experience in the oil and gas industry.  Randy is actively involved numerous industry committees where emerging technologies, health and safety, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) are discussed. Director, Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR) since 2018 and spokesperson and lead member in creating and tracking internal KPI, Best Practices and Trials through continuous improvement initiatives.  Last, Randy has a strong operational background, is actively engaged in field operations including the local and Indigenous communities Birchcliff operates.




Wally Kozak
Past-Chair, Director


Wally's Bio

Wally has over 30 years of broad engineering experience in the oil and gas industry – with both operating and service companies. Prior to being appointed Director of Industry and Government Relations with Calfrac, Wally was Chief Engineer, Global Services with the company. From the operating side, Wally has over twenty years of production engineering, well completions and workover experience, complemented by several years of production operations, midstream operations, business development, and acquisitions/divestiture activity. This experience was gained with BP, both in Canada and the UK North Sea, and with other operators in Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Wally has a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. Currently, he is a Director and Past Chair of the CSUR Board of Directors.