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 & Nominations Chair, Diretor
JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group


Bill's Bio

Bill Whitelaw is president and CEO of the JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group, one of North America’s largest integrated energy information services companies. In this role, he oversees the production of a diverse suite of information products, ranging from the Daily Oil Bulletin and Oilweek Magazine to specialized data and research tools to GIS mapping solutions. Bill serves on many industry boards. He is currently a director and secretary of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association and chairman of the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame. 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, 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 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.



Dr. Brendan Galloway
Petronas Canada


Brendan's Bio

Brendan joined Progress Energy Canada in November 2016. Prior to that, he worked for Royal Dutch Shell for almost 9 years supporting their Canadian unconventional and mineable and in-situ oilsands operations. Brendan also held the position of Environmental Scientist while at Golder Associates consulting from 2004 to 2008. He received his Doctorate from the University of New Brunswick in 2005.



Caralyn Bennett
GLJ Ltd.


Caralyn's Bio

Caralyn Bennett is the EVP and Chief Strategy Officer for GLJ Ltd. Ms. Bennett originally joined GLJ in 1990 and later went on to co-found a private oil and gas company and consult on petroleum engineering matters for a long list of clients. Since returning to GLJ in 2010, she has progressed rapidly through a series of roles highlighting her expertise in reserves and resource governance, unconventional plays, in situ oil sands, mergers and acquisitions, emerging technologies, and business development.

Ms. Bennett’s conviction to collaboration, continuous improvement and innovation extends to her work as an active committee member of the Petroleum Advisory Committee to the Alberta Securities Commission and the Industrial Curricular Advisor Committee, CEE for the University of Waterloo. Ms. Bennett also resides as President for the Canadian Heavy Oil Association.

Ms. Bennett is a passionate advocate for excellence and progressing the energy industry’s ongoing initiatives to responsibly meet the needs of society through both incremental improvement and disruptive step-change. Ms. Bennett’s leadership and support of diverse perspectives were recognized with the “Outstanding Role Model for Women in our Industry” award by the Calgary Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2019.  Caralyn Bennett holds an Honours degree with a BA in Science, Geological Engineering from the University of Waterloo.




Donna Phillips
Pacific Canbriam Energy


Donna's Bio

Donna Phillips has thirty years of professional experience in business with a particular focus in the areas of finance, corporate planning, land negotiations, business development, government relations, stakeholder/community relations and Indigenous negotiations in the energy industry. Ms. Phillips is the Executive Vice President, Corporate Development of Pacific Canbriam Energy a company with an organic growth story now producing >40,000 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).

Ms. Phillips is a member of the Board of Directors for Geoscience BC. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers British Columbia Executive Policy Group and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen. She is President of the Petroleum Acquisition and Divestiture Association where she has been a board member since 2006.

Ms. Phillips holds an Institute of Corporate Directors designation, ICD.D (September 2018). She has a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Regina and a CPA CMA certification.




Jennifer Keturakis
Integrated Sustainability


Jennifer's Bio

Jennifer Keturakis is the Corporate Vice President at Integrated Sustainability and has 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.

Throughout her career, Jennifer has gained environmental and regulatory experience across a breadth of industries including oil and gas, mining, municipal water and waste, and pulp and paper.
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 (PhD, Calgary) is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Scientific Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy research division at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. Her research is focused on the effects of government regulation and policy on the development of natural resources and energy, and the consequences and trade-offs of energy development.

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, and being named one of Avenue Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2017. She has advised the Government of Alberta in several capacities, including participating in two of the 2015 Royalty Review’s Working Groups and advising the Energy Diversification Advisory Committee. Dr. Winter also serves on the Future Leaders Board of Directors of the World Petroleum Council Canada and the advisory board of the Alberta Narratives Project, and is a member of Global Affairs Canada’s Environmental Assessment Advisory Group. Prior to joining The School of Public Policy, Jennifer worked at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, researching Canadian labour markets..



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 Chairman of the CSUR Board of Directors.